The Pros Speak: How Big Are the Sony and Canon Overheating Issues?

We spoke to several professional filmmakers to get their insights on overheating issues and if it’s being played up too much.

This article sat in our backend for a long time. Truth be told, I wondered whether or not it really needed addressing. Some of it just seems like such common sense to us who’ve shot for years. And some of it seems like unneeded hype from influencers and YouTubers. But, it needed to be addressed, and so we spoke to a bunch of professional filmmakers about overheating issues with cameras. And over the months, we’ve heard even more stories. Is overheating really an issue worth talking about with cameras?

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Sony Raises the Stakes at CES 2014 with its First Compact 4K AX100 Handcam and HDR-AS100V Action Camcorder

Kevin Lee The Phoblgrapher Sony AX100 Product Images 1

Sony is making a serious play 4K camcorder world and now it has announced the AX100 as its very first compact 4K Handcam Camcorder. Compared to the FDR-AX100, Sony’s first 4K video camera aimed at amateurs and professionals introduced in September, the AX100 is 74% smaller and 66% lighter. Although it’s smaller, the camera still records 4K Ultra HD video at a 3840 x 2160 resolution using the 14.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor.

The camera’s capabilities are also boosted with the Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens. Made with 17 elements in 11 groups the lens starts off on the 29mm wide-angle end and can zoom up to 12 times optically. Thanks to the BIONZ X processor it can also record 24fps and 30fps movies even at full resolution. The Sonly Handycam AX100 4K camcorder will be available in March for $1999.99.

In another technology push feat, Sony also introduced the HDR-AS100V, a new entry in its wearable action camera line. Packed inside a splash proof underwater housing, the HDR-AS100V features an 18MP Exmor R CMOS sensor coupled with the ultra-wide ZEISS Tessar lens yielding an impressive 170-degree viewing angle. The action cam records 1080p video at 24fps and faster, high-speed shooting modes in 720p at 120fps or 240fps. The Sony HDR-AS100V POV action cam is slated for a March release and a asking price of $299.99.

Beyond Sony’s two headline video cameras, the Japanese electronics giant also announced seven other Handycam additions with a little something for everything.

Heading up the 2014 line is the flagship HDR-CX900 sporting a 14.2MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor. Optically the camera boasts the 29mm ZEISS Vario Sonnar T lens, which can zoom up to 12 times. What’s more the CX900 can record full 1080p HD video at 50 Mbps using the new XAVC S codec and create artistic, slow motion pans with 120fps shooting. Video savvy shooters will be able to pick up the Sony HDR-CX900 for $1,500 at a yet to be announced release date.

Check past the break for more spec and images on the Sony AX100, HDR-AS100V, HDR-CX900, and even more Handycams.

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How to Make a Movie (Part II): The Gear List

In this five part serious Matthew Novak with reveal the ins and outs of producing a feature length film with the canon 7D as the main camera. To read part one click HERE

When you’re doing any shoot, whether it be photography or video, a gear list always hinges upon two things: What you want to accomplish and sometimes more importantly what your budget is. The gear list that follows constitutes what has gone into the Summer Stories Production thus far. Continue reading…

Canon Announces XF Line of Pro Camcorders- Featuring 3D and Infrared

Today, Canon introduced a new line of professional grade camcorders: the XF105 and XF100. The camcorders allow for 3D video to be shot when two of them are paired together. Canon further claims that the infrared shooting with allow the cameras to shoot in complete darkness. The release and a comparison is after the jump, but there is no word on pricing. To my eyes though, these look like higher grade HV camcorders in terms of ergonomics.

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Panasonic Announces New HM-TA1 and HDC-SDX1 Camcorders

Panasonic has just announced the release of two interesting new camcorders. The TA1 is a pocket camcorder that doubles as a web-cam and the SDX1 is their lightest full HD camcorder that also doubles as a web-cam. Hit the jump for more specs and the important pieces from the press releases.

Editor’s Note: Apparently more Panasonic information is coming this evening. Stay Tuned!

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Panasonic Announces New Full HD 3MOS Camcorders

Panasonic announced their two new flagship model camcorders: the HDC-HS700 and HDC-TM700. Each one has sensors capable of delivering Full HD video using their 3MOS sensors. Clearly aimed at enthusiasts, outstanding features include the new Power O.I.S. system that I talked about in the ZS-7 posting (but using gyrosensors now), 18x Intelligent zoom, 5.1 Channel surround sound zoom microphone, and an Auto Power LCD. Pricing isn’t available yet and the main difference between the camcorders seems to be the available Hard Disk space. Press release after the jump.

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Reader Question: A Camcorder For Trade Shows

Today’s reader question comes from my friend Jeffrey L Wilson who is the editor of He’s asking a question that lots of other tech journalists actually wonder about. You see, we all have our different niches, but when it comes down to more technical questions we all have our own specialized skills. Hit the jump; you’ve most likely been wondering the same thing.

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Sony Announces HX5V/B Premium Point and Shoot

Today, Sony announced updates to their camcorder and camera line for CES 2010. For their premium point-and-shoot line, they announced the new HX5V/B with the help of professional photographer Nigel Barker. A particularly cool feature shown off was wireless sharing with other wireless capable cameras. Another feature shown was a panoramic shooting mode using the new EXMOR sensor that is backlit and helps with low light shooting. This will help with the relatively slow lens with a maximum aperture of F3.5

More info can be found on the specific link Sony’s Website. I’ll be trying to get my hands on a test item and it seems like a product that should fly off the shelves.

Taylor Swift to Document her Tour with Sony Products

Today for CES 2010, Sony brought out Taylor where she let us know that she will be touring in Australia soon. Soon afterwards, she let the audience of journalists and web viewers know that she will be documenting it all with Sony products. Swift said that she believe her audience is really cutting edge and that it will all be done in 3D.

This was done after Sony showed off some of Jimmy Hendrix’s stuff remastered in 3D.

New Canon Product Target Analysis for CES 2010

Canon made a lot of announcements today: everything from a new lens, point and shoot cameras, and camcorders. Amongst it all though, I’ve realized amongst readers that it can be confusing what product they should get or what they may be interested in. As a result, here are the basic specs of each product and their intended target.

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