These are 14 weaknesses of Sony Alpha cameras

Dec 5, 2018

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These are 14 weaknesses of Sony Alpha cameras

Dec 5, 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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Sony mirrorless cameras are used worldwide for a reason, but just like all brands, they have some quirks you may find annoying. Michael Andrew a.k.a. Michael The Maven shoots primarily with Sony, and he shares 14 of the biggest weaknesses of all Sony cameras. Some of them are just minor annoyances, but the others could be dealbreakers for some of you. So, before you switch systems, maybe you’ll want to watch this.

Michael currently has three full-frame Sony cameras, and he has used A9, A7 III, A7R II, A7R III and A6500. So, the issues he mentions are present in these models. There are a few more issues with the A7III, you can hear more about them here. And these are the 14 Sony Alpha weaknesses according to Michael Andrew. That said, Sony still makes some of the best cameras around – check out our top Sony cameras guide.

1. Rack zoom during burst issues

First, if you’re zooming in during burst mode, you’re going to drop focus. This can be a great problem for sport photographers, but the good news is that it’s been fixed on the A7III.

2. Moire and rolling shutter

Moire and rolling shutter are really big problem when shooting video, and Michael says that he sees these issues on all Sony cameras. But hopefully, at least the rolling shutter will be fixed in near future.

3. Overheating

Michael has had the overheating problem with every Sony camera he’s used. I’m pretty sure you remember when Sony’s overheating issue created quite a buzz. Sony released firmware to fix this issue in the A9, though, but I am not sure whether the other models still have the same problem.

4. Posterization in compressed RAW files

If you look closely between black and white pixels when you zoom in, you’re gonna see green compression blocks. It’s not that obvious, though, but Michael finds it a problem in dynamic range test images.

5. Star eating

Under certain circumstances the stars disappear because of Sony’s noise clean-up. It also caused a lot of reactions, and astrophotographers referred to this problem as “star-eater.” However, the problem was allegedly resolved in the A7RIII.

6. Electronic shutter banding

Under certain LED lights, there will be some electronic shutter banding, which Michael finds as another issue with Sony mirrorless cameras.

7. 12-bit RAW during high burst

Sony lowers the bit color of RAW files from 14 to 12 at a higher frame burst. Therefore, you’re not getting as much color when you’re shooting this way.

8. Buffer lag

It takes a lot of time for the camera to write the images onto the memory card when burst shooting at a high frame rate. Plus, there is no XQD card slot.

9. Confusing menus

Michael finds the menu of Sony cameras unintuitive and confusing. In addition, the touchscreen is not fully functional and not interactive enough, which makes it frustrating to navigate.

10. Front heavy

Sony mirrorless cameras are small, but when you add long lenses to them, there’s a kind of an imbalance and they become very front heavy.

11. Weather sealing

There have been some complaints about Sony’s weather sealing, and Michael adds that Nikon and Canon have done a better job here.

12. Camera body finish

Michael has a problem with the body finish of his A7RII: as the camera is rubbing on the fabric inside the camera bag, the finish gets rubbed off.

13. Limited native mount telephoto lenses

This is probably one of the biggest problems for sport photographers: there’s currently a lack of native telephoto zooms and primes for Sony mirrorless cameras.

14. Filter stack issues

Finally, filter stack issues make it harder to clean the sensor, according to Michael.

Regardless of the issues, Sony still makes great cameras. Still, there’s always room for improvement. Do you face some of these issues in your Sony camera as well? Are there perhaps any more issues you’d add?

[14 Sony Alpha Weaknesses | A9, A7iii, A7Rii, A7RIII, A6500 via ISO 1200]

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7 responses to “These are 14 weaknesses of Sony Alpha cameras”

  1. Michael Estwik Avatar
    Michael Estwik

    I have one as well, the grip is too small!

    1. Allen Barrett Avatar
      Allen Barrett

      Michael Estwik for me it’s a tad too short but not too small. I use a RRS L bracket and now it’s perfect.

  2. Johan Nohaj Avatar
    Johan Nohaj

    Everything takes time, Sony deserves an apartment in the first places in the world, just the best.

  3. Janusz Sobolewski Avatar
    Janusz Sobolewski

    ?

    1. Reza Sabet Avatar
      Reza Sabet

      I have a Sony 7aiii and a Nikon 810 D. I need a 70-200 mm 2.8 zoom lens.which one should I get

  4. Jalan Salur Avatar
    Jalan Salur

    What a load of rubbish. These ‘issues’ are found on many different brands…..get a life author…

    1. ReuelT Avatar
      ReuelT

      Also the Sony EVF causes eyestrain and giddiness. Get a DSLR with OVF or you will irreversibly damage you eye-retina and brain.
      Liars fear the truth.