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Old Nov 27, 2013, 9:22 AM   #1
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I've been shooting a web series with my Sony A55. It produces a great picture, but once in a while it tells me it is overheated and won't work until it has cooled down. Meanwhile all the actors and crew have to take a break. The Sony also has limited sound capabilities. So please recommend a DSLR that is more of a pro level without costing megabucks.
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Old Nov 27, 2013, 9:51 AM   #2
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If you're talking about video work, I'm going to suggest you google some other forums. This forum doesn't have a lot of video discussion on it. And, you're better off getting buying device from people who are actually doing a lot of serious video work.
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Ok. So many cameras do both these days, I thought someone here might be doing video.
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If you're doing serious video, you need a serious video camera. ... as in ... not a still image camera with video capabilities.

In the interim, if you turn off the image stabilization (SteadyShot) in the A55, it won't overheat as often or as quickly. But, of course, you won't have image stabilization.
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If you're doing serious video, you need a serious video camera. ... as in ... not a still image camera with video capabilities.
That depends on your creative goals with video - DSLRs offer DOF advantages just like they do with stills. THey also allow the videographer to use all the lenses available for the still - often quite an advantage over dedicated video camcorder. And, they're smaller. And, again because of larger sensor they have better low light capabilities. Which is why they are employed by professionals for video purposes. They've been used in movies and TV shows. That's not to say a DSLR is for everyone doing video work. But the notion that today's DSLRs can't do "serious" video work is no longer true.
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The TV Series "House" had a Season Finale filmed in a collapsed parking garage. The set was too confining for conventional video equipment, so they videographers used Canon 5D Mk II's with 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses. They were able to do it because they had 3 they could continually swap on and off the set.

rreed423 could probably solve his problem by getting himself one or two spare A55's too. Or he could get a video camera that's up to the job.
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... or he could turn off the SteadyShot.
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