Five Sony camera issues people don’t often mention

Jan 24, 2018

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Five Sony camera issues people don’t often mention

Jan 24, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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While there are photographers switching to Sony from other brands, we’ve also witnessed some major issues with Sony mirrorless cameras. We’ve heard a lot about the “star eater” and overheating. But Max Yuryev focuses on five problems people don’t mention so often, yet they can be pretty annoying. He focuses mainly on issues that affect video shooters but adds two extra problems Sony photographers might encounter.

Don’t get it wrong. Sony makes incredible cameras, and here is our top Sony camera guide, but still, that does not mean they are without issues.

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Max starts the video with the issues that could bother photographers: speed of dual card slots and size of RAW files.

1. Dual card slots aren’t the same speed

The first problem Max points out is that dual card slots in Sony a9 and a7R III aren’t the same speed. If you’re doing a backup recording, this means you’ll have to wait twice longer for the buffer to clear up.

2. Single RAW size

Sony doesn’t offer a medium or small RAW size. So, if you shoot with a high-resolution camera, you’re forced to shoot the largest possible RAW files.

As for the problems for video shooters, they affect Max the most because he’s a video shooter himself. Here are the major issues he talks about in the video:

1. Clip info

When you’re flipping through video clips to see which one to select, you get a kind of a film reel icons that don’t show what the framing was and what the shots look like. You also don’t see the clip length. So, you need to start playing each video to be able to see the length, which is annoying and wastes some of your time.

2. Lack of AF–Single

We’ve seen before that Sony does a great job with Eye AF. However, Max points out Sony cameras don’t offer the AF-Single feature. You need to select the AF-C, wait for the camera to lock in focus, and then switch to Manual focus.

3. Display quality

When you’re in the video mode and want to focus manually. When you’re in the video mode, the output you see on the LCD screen is quite soft. Because of this, it can be difficult to tell when you get the focus right. Max says this has been improved in newer camera models, but it’s still not ideal.

4. External monitor

The fourth issue Max mentions is using an external monitor when you’re shooting in 4K. Newer Sony cameras have the touchscreen LCD screen that lets you tap on the subject and the camera will focus on it smoothly and accurately. However, when you shoot in 4K with an external monitor, as soon as you hit the Record button, you don’t get to see the image in the camera’s LCD screen any longer.

5. Clip titles

Lastly, Max mentions an issue that isn’t a big deal, but it can still be annoying. Whenever you insert a new SD card into the camera, it resets the numbering. So, for example, if you shoot weddings and use multiple cards, you’ll end up having several videos with the same name that were shot at different times.

Personally, I have no experience with shooting Sony cameras, and I rarely shoot video. So I wouldn’t know how annoying these issues are for Sony video shooters. But those of you who use these cameras for videos and stills, do these problems seriously annoy you, or you just see them as minor nuisances?

[5 Sony Camera Issues (RARELY Mentioned) via FStoppers]

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7 responses to “Five Sony camera issues people don’t often mention”

  1. radcraig Avatar
    radcraig

    As a longtime sony shooter I can agree with the clip titles issue. My workaround is using something like advanced renamer for pc or using automator on mac but it’s silly that it doesn’t just continue the numbering like it does with stills.

  2. Dieter Greven Avatar
    Dieter Greven

    Only five?

  3. Paul Richards Avatar
    Paul Richards

    Wow didn’t know they didn’t do af-single. That’s a deal breaker right there for me!

    1. brnpttmn Avatar
      brnpttmn

      Keep in mind that’s only for video. They have AF-S for stills.

  4. Nifty Snaps Avatar
    Nifty Snaps

    Sony SonyAlphaRumors Please hear us out!

  5. Sean Avatar
    Sean

    Title should read “5 VIDEO problems…”

  6. Lastoadri Avatar
    Lastoadri

    Also, there is no live view availability. so i can’t use stopmotion programs with my sony.