Having read the coverage provided by some bloggers of late, I was half expecting the shutter release of my new Sony A7RII to sound like an angel gently tapping on the stem of a rose. Here's how it actually sounds compared to an A7II: If pressed to pick which sound I prefer, it would be the A7II, which has less high-pitched components. That said, they sound similar enough that I can't imagine anyone choosing between them based on the difference. A key difference is that the A7R II also has a silent mode, which truly is silent. However, that mode limits you to 12-bit files, which diminishes your dynamic range by increasing shadow noise. It also removes an audible cue to which many of our subjects are accustomed.