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Old Oct 21, 2010, 12:35 PM   #1
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I am going to buy the Sony Alpha a55. I currently have an Alpha a230, which was my first DSLR. I want an upgrade. However I heard that there is possible overheating issues? Has anyone else heard this? Also everywhere online seems to be out of stock or post ridiculously long shipping times. Is this because they are just so popular or is this due to the overheating? I have noticed that the a33 is more readily available, but the extra $100 is worth it for me just for the GPS.

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Old Oct 21, 2010, 12:57 PM   #2
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For some detail as well as some perspective on overheating, see PopPhoto.com's Tested: Sony A33 and A55 Video Overheating Issue.
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Here's an article on the subject over at popphoto.com.

http://www.popphoto.com/video/2010/0...rheating-issue

The A33/A55 models will automatically shut down when they detect their internal temperature is too high, which can limit video recording time. Ambient Temperature and use of SSS will impact what recording times you may see. I've read a number of threads about it, and some users report it to be more of an issue compared to others when recording video.
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SonyStyle.com and Adorama.com have them in stock.
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SonyStyle.com and Adorama.com have them in stock.
No they don't. Thanks though. Sony does say shipping November 15 though so that might be my best bet.



OK, thanks for the link everyone. It looks like it won't be that big of a deal then. I can deal with it. The rest of the camera has everything else I want so I'll be fine.
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They've got the kits including a lens in stock now, but they're out of the body only.

http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/...52921666254669

With a new product, supply tends to be a bit sporadic for a while until demand dies down some.
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Just on the over-heating issue. The camera was advertised as video capable so you'd ve excused to think it could do a lot. but really, dslrs are not the choice if you want great/easy video. it's great for quick clips. the overheating starts after 5 or 10 minutes it seems. use it for what it can do and you'll not have a problem.
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