Does your SONY CAMERA OVERHEAT!? – 5 ways to prevent or fix overheating during video recording

Hello filmmakers, and thanks for
watching Orange83. Many people including myself use a Sony photo camera
like the a 7III or the a6400 to shoot videos. Although these cameras produce
an extremely high video quality. They are still primarily
designed for shooting Stills. Especially if you’re
shooting 4K video for a longer period then
this overheating warning sign might appear on the display
of your camera. And after a few minutes
the camera will shut down with the message
that it needs to cool down. This is really something that
you don’t want to experience while recording something important like a wedding
ceremony for example. This actually happened
to me a few times during an interview
and I can tell you that it feels
really unprofessional if you need to wait
for your camera to cool down before you can continue. Luckily there are a couple
of tricks to fix or prevent overheating
of Sony cameras or any camera in general. And this video i’m going
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camera overheating problems. The first and most
obvious way to do this is by avoiding external heat
like direct sunlight. You can do this by keeping
your gear in a back or protection case
as much as possible. And if you do need
to record outside in full sunlight conditions, then try to create some shade by using a lightweight
umbrella for example. The next simple solution is
by turning off the camera when you’re not recording. Any time the camera is on, the internal temperature
will increase. Even without any recording. So try to turn off
the camera as much as possible and this will also
save you some batteries. And speaking about batteries, these are one of the biggest
heat sources inside the camera while recording. You can avoid overheating
the camera at longtime shootings by simply opening
the battery door. This way the battery heat
can dissipate more easily outside the camera. The battery itself will
stay locked inside, but be careful
not to break the door while handling the camera. And that’s why I
would only recommend you to use this solution
when the camera is on a tripod. Another option would be
to swivel the LCD screen away from the camera body
to dissipate some of the heat. And if you have the option, you could also switch batteries
between recording clips, allowing the warmer
batteries to cool down. Or you could use external
batteries by using a power bank or use a battery grip. This way you are literally
placing the heat source outside the camera. Anyway, if you
can find a solution for the battery heating problem, then you can make
the camera run for hours without any any issues. The next solution might be
to get a faster memory card. Writing data to
the memory card is one of the most arduous tasks
your camera has to do. Using slower cards can cause internal heat
to build up quickly. If you use a faster
newer memory card chances are that your camera won’t build
up as much internal heat while writing the data. The final possible
solution can be found in most Sony cameras
like the a 7III. In each camera model the menu
might be slightly different, but you need to look for the option ‘auto
power of temperature’. On the a 7III you’ll find this on the second page
of the setup menu. By default this
is set to standard. If you set this to high, it sets the temperature
at which the camera will turn off to higher
than the standard option. This option might significantly
increase the time before the camera shuts
down caused by overheating. Simply because it allows
the camera to run hotter. Sony warns not to use
the camera in your hand while using this option
because it might cause burns. In practice this probably
won’t happen too fast, but be warned. It my test with this setting
enabled the camera wouldn’t get any hotter
than 40 degrees celsius on the outside after
recording for two hours. And by the way
with this same test including the battery door
opened and the screen swiveled, i’ve managed to record four hours without
the camera shutting down. On the other camera the screen
and door was closed and the setting was
still on standard. And this one stopped
recording after 35 minutes. Of course your results may vary, but here it definitely
extended the recording time of all my Sony cameras. I hope that this video helped
you to solve or prevent camera overheating issues. And please share in the comment
if you have another solution that I did mention
in this video. That’s it for today. Thanks again for watching. See you next time on Orange83

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