October 19, 2015 at 3:05PM, Edited October 19, 3:09PM

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A7s mark II and rolling shutter ?

Alright guys, so the A7s II is now in stocks. I'm very impressed by this camera's performances for the price and I'm just about to empty my bank account before christmas. The only thing that I'm still scared of and that numbers can't (yet) provide an answer to is the rolling shutter. I'm a big fan of action sports and it's going to be a great part of what I film with it, for example quite fast Glidecam shots of freestyle skiers hitting jumps (with a Canon 16-35mm). So all this rolling shutter mayhem on the first version of the A7s has gotten me pretty anxious knowing that the sensor is apparently still the same on the mark II, so my question(s) is(are): should I be worried about it ? Is the 5 axis sensor stabilisation going to help it ? Is fixing it in post (Premiere Pro) easy enough ? Or should I just buy a used FS700 ?

http://www.zapiks.fr/season-ender-val-thorens.html This is some old work of mine, but the shots are going to look like this. Shot with a Canon 550D/T2i and a Tokina 11-16mm.

Sorry for all those fears and questions but it tickles me !

Have a great day !

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The issue that concerns me more than rolling shutter is: Does the A7S II overheat when recording 4K internally? The A7R II has this problem, and I would be hesitant to buy the A7S II if it has the same issue. So far I haven't read any A7S II reviews that answer this question...

October 19, 2015 at 4:01PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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I've read some early reviews on youtube and nobody mentions any overheating problem at all -maybe the problem with the a7rii has to do with the huge amount of megapixels compared to the a7sii. However, rolling shutter is disappointingly quite similar to the previous version, as you can see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPyKTtIe2CY

Carles

October 20, 2015 at 8:17AM

I just read a personal review on DvxUser that says the A7S II will overheat if run for too long. They didn't go into many specifics, but it sounded very similar to the A7R II overheating issue. They also mentioned overheating when operating it in hot environments. Hopefully somebody will explore this issue in more detail soon.

i.e. How long can you record before overheating ? How long to cool-down completely ?

October 20, 2015 at 8:15PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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The overheating issue in the a7R II is kind of over exaggerated. It'll overheat, but then you can switch it off and back on again and it will continue to record. After a few times of "overheating" just let it rest for a couple minutes and it's good to go again. I've been working on a documentary and shooting several 1-2 hour interviews. I use 2 cameras for separate angles, so I've never had any issues not getting the shot I needed even with it overheating. I've never had any issues with it overheating with typical use (recording 1-2 minute clips/starting and stopping).

Jeremiah Kuehne

October 21, 2015 at 1:05AM

Agreed, with Guy about overheating. Weddings, seminars, short films, life does now wait for your camera to "let it rest for a couple minutes". Back in the day the rebel line was known for overheating and it caused me untold amount of stress. The A7R II is worse than the rebels and the A7S II seems to be in the same boat. I just dont want to stress out -- and this is quite up there in terms of the stress level -- when it comes to your camera overheatin.

October 22, 2015 at 12:25AM

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Alex Zakrividoroga
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