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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Why Timelapse Photographers Will Love the Canon EOS R5

You’ll be glad to know that the Canon EOS R5 doesn’t overheat when shooting timelapse video.

The other night, we put the Canon EOS R5 on a balcony in near 90 degree NYC weather. Then we shot a timelapse with it to test if the camera would overheat. There have been lots of reports on YouTube and on websites about the Canon EOS R5 overheating when shooting video. When shooting my own, the camera started to get warm closer to the 30-minute mark. But it only stopped recording because of the natural recording time limit. I was shooting at 4K 24p–which is arguably the standard across the industry. 60p video is for slow-motion stuff, and 30p is for sports, soap operas, and live events. Much of the testing I’ve seen have been torture tests shooting 60p video for over 10 minutes. And I really wonder why folks are doing this? Why would you slow down 10 minutes of video? What’s the point? And more importantly, because the Canon EOS R5 is shooting a timelapse for five hours, will it overheat?

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Video: The Canon EOS R5 Is Awesome for Still Photography

The Canon EOS R5 is a fantastic camera if you care about are still images.

We’ve been using the Canon EOS R5 for stills photography primarily so far. It’s fantastic! And you can catch up on all our coverage so far. We’ve even used it for short video clips and have talked to a few video professionals about using it. So we decided to talk about it a bit on the latest episode of Pro Camera Reviews.

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No, the Canon EOS R5 Isn’t Overheating When Shooting It in Stills Mode

We’re clearing up some misinformation we’re seeing in Facebook groups, comments, on Instagram, etc. about the Canon EOS R5.

We’ve been seeing a lot of really stupid and wrong comments about the Canon EOS R5 across various platforms. All of it is in regard to overheating. Lots of YouTubers have been discovering the heating issues when shooting video across various formats. Admittedly, we haven’t tested it in video. First and foremost, we’re a photography website. Even when advertisers say that they want to promote video-based products on our website, I tell them that the audience is mostly a photo audience that probably barely, if ever, shoots video. But folks online have been saying things like, “Oh good luck with those overheating issues,” when we’re specifically talking about photography. And I think it’s promoting a bit too much misinformation.

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Is Your Camera Overheating? Chill Out! Try Some of These!

To prevent your camera from overheating in the summer, try these tips.

It’s a fairly common problem with all sorts of cameras. You’re out shooting, and you suddenly feel the camera get pretty hot. We’ve had it happen with a lot of ones we test, and we always try different approaches. Some of these are tried and true methods for years now. While you can’t overcome all overheating issues with your camera, there are some you totally can. So we’ve rounded up a list of things every photographer should try. The next time your camera really starts heating up on you, give one of these a shot.

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