I am looking for a (cheap, used) camera with an almost silent shutter sound that allows decent photos in low light conditions.

The main reason for this is to take pictures in churches.

How can I find out how noisy a camera is when taking pictures?

I know already that mirror-less cameras with a "big" sensor (like e.g. an APS-C sensor) are what I should be looking for.

I watched several camera reviews on YouTube, but did not find any videos where the shutter sound of e.g. the Canon EOS M10 is hearable.

Is there any other approach I could follow?

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    \$\begingroup\$ DSLR often have a low-noise shutter mode (that introduces a small delay, but for church photography this shouldn't matter). There are also sound muffling sleeves and the rather expensive "sound-blimps", but in a church the size of the latter is going to be more disturbing than the noise they aim to suppress. \$\endgroup\$
    – xenoid
    Feb 2, 2020 at 14:17
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    \$\begingroup\$ @DrMoishePippik's advice is spot on: the best approach is empirical (i.e. visiting a camera store). But if you want to be more systematic, you could adopt an approach like this one. Incidentally, that post suggests that the Fuji X100 series should be very quiet indeed (but you might be limited by the fixed lens). \$\endgroup\$
    – Kahovius
    Feb 2, 2020 at 16:22

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As you state, SLR's have mirror-slap, unless you lock up the mirror. However, the mechanical shutter of even mirrorless cameras still makes some noise, so you might consider a camera that allows use of only the electronic shutter. That can have disadvantages, though, such as a 'rolling shutter" effect if the suibject is moving.

The best thing would be to visit a camera store, where you can look at (and listen to) various models, and get advice from the clerks.


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