The sounds on the Canon Powershot SX10IS are pretty nice. When you take a picture the sound is that of a shutter releasing on a film camera. For those of us making the switch from a SLR to digital, it's a reassuring sound, even if it is totally fake.
One can choose to turn the sound off or on through the menu. Turn the camera on. Press the Menu button on the back, lower right, and then use the rocker bar to select the second tab. It has a picture of two little tools on it. The first selection is Mute. Again use the rocker bar to move down to it, and then select Off or On. Keep in mind that this is sort of backwards thinking. Mute On = no sound. Then press Menu again to return to the viewer screen, or simply turn the camera off.
However, the sounds were mysteriously turning themselves off, and I couldn't figure out why.
There is a button on the top of the camera, to the left of the flash, with a little blue picture of a microphone beside it. If you hold that button down while turning the camera on it will mute the sound. This is handy if you want to take a picture of something like wildlife, or maybe in church, where the camera sounds may be distracting.
To turn the sounds back on, you need to do so through the Menu settings as explained above.
As I noted when I first began using the Canon Powershot SX10IS, it is very easy to accidentally press one or more of the buttons accidentally.
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