In our article for today, we are going to be taking a look at a number of different ways that you are able to deal with a number of common causes for Sony a5100 overheating issues. Just like some of the other Sony alpha mirrorless cameras on the market, the a5100 struggles with a few overheating issues that you can take a number of quick and easy steps against.
Due to the majority of reports for overheating problems being using your sony a5100 video recording capabilities, that is where we will be focusing most of the article but some of the tips can be used no matter what.
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Switch To External Storage
If you are a professional or high-end videographer with paying clients and are having overheating problems when shooting video then this is the perfect option for you. It can potentially allow you to record more footage for longer periods of time without having any overheating issues at all.
Using a video recorder like the Blackmagic shuttle has no effect on your image quality and simply replicates the functionality of the SD card writer in your camera without all of the head being dissipated into the camera body. The video below gives a full overview, explanation, and tutorial of how to best set this up.
Upgrade The Memory Card You Are Using
Many people still use SD cards that have a data rate that is sub 125MB/s and although they are able to store the data created by your camera when recording in high resolutions, they will generate a ton of heat. As the SD cards are in an enclosed area of your camera, the heat is unable to disappear and in stored in the body of your camera. If you are recording footage for extended periods of time the heat generated from your SD card will only increase and commonly cause the flashing overheating warning.
We would highly recommend that you quickly check the data rates of your current SD cards of choice, it should be clearly visible on the front of the label of the card as shown in the image above. If your current cards are sub 125MB/s then we would highly recommend that you give a higher data rate card a try and see if it solves your overheating issues.
Pick Up A Spare Battery Set
Picking up some spare NP-FW50 batteries (Click here to check for product prices and availability) allows you to swap out your batteries as and when required and remove the overheating battery for a new fresh one. Depending on what you are doing with your camera this may not be a viable option but even swapping your battery out every half hour can help to reduce the overall heat while also increasing your overall battery life.
Update To Latest Firmware
Sony is actually very good at looking at the data provided by their users and quickly improving the firmware of their products. The Sony a5100 is no different so always ensure that you keep your camera’s firmware up to date as various Sony cameras have firmware patches available to help deal with their overheating issues.
Keep The Screen Off The Body Of The Camera
Although it is not as effective as the methods above, a very simple way of reducing any overheating on Sony a5100 cameras is to just move screen away from the body as shown in the image above. It is a quick, easy, and free method that works by increasing the overall airflow around the camera and helping the heat trapped in the body of the camera to dissipate quickly.
Additionally, if you are recording for extended periods of time then the screen on your camera is commonly the third-highest heat source and providing this airflow helps reduce this. From the reports that we have seen, this is one of the easiest ways to get your a5100 overheating solved.
Take Advantage Of Airplane Mode
Another free, quick, and easy way to keep your a5100 cool is to turn on Airplane mode when wireless functionality is not required. The more wireless tools turned on increases the overall power consumption and in turn, the overall heat generated as well as some wireless technologies also generating their own heat.
Quickly turning airplane mode on and off as required is, in our opinion at least the best solution to quickly disable or enable these tools without having to manually go into your camera’s settings and change each one.
Consider Investing In An External Power Supply
Due to this, we would not really recommend this solution to our readers for the a5100 unless you are an experienced tinkerer and are confident in your abilities as it requires a fair amount of customization and IS NOT as simple as simply plugging a USB into your camera to power it and simply using a spare set of batteries covered above is much easier.