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Ignore this and you might have to regret your purchase period
Reviewed in India on 21 November 2019
I am a beginner but I quickly realised that this camera is crippled in a way that if Amazon details that info here in the product details (which they must) can change your buying decision. Firstly, this camera cannot shoot videos for more than 29min 59secs (less than half an hour in one go) that too if you are really lucky!
For those who thinks that 20 mins on a single video file is enough for them, then you must also be informed that if you don't let it cool down for a minimum 30 mins....the subsequent runs will give you lesser and lesser video shooting duration as it will heat up a lot faster and frequently. In my case the 2nd attempt after 15 mins of recording in 1st go with a 10mins of cool down period, experienced a heat warning at around 5 mins mark! and a shutdown at around 8mins! which is truly poor performance and makes this camera a joke in terms of video shooting.
In general scenarios my a5100 usually shoots for around 10mins in video mode before getting a temperature warning and usually shuts itself down completely after 16-20mins - depending on its mood! (yes mood, not mode!) I am saying mood because, there is no fixed duration for which it can record properly, sometimes it shutsdown at 6-7 mins, sometimes at 15 mins. Which makes using it for video even more challenging, so much that it can be also termed as useless imo and this is when, it is not shooting any fancy formats or resolutions, just simple full hd 1080p (default settings) the performance remains poor...).
Also, Amazon has nowhere mentioned this limitation, and none of the reviewers have pointed this out. So there, are 2 issues with this product. 1)the sony's built in video capture time limit per clip and 2) amazon description should state the same. However this can be corrected by Amazon, so that unsuspecting buyers like me don't buy a product which is not meeting their needs.
For pictures this is a fine camera.
Sad part is, In my case, i didn't find this flaw, which was built in by sony and never communicated by amazon in the product details, went unnoticed as i didn't use the camera for a longer duration during the first 10 days of delivery. Some of the stuff was on the way, the lens etc. so i felt no need to use it for long with the kit lens. I did tried everything just to make sure that its working or not and never put it to record anything greater than 2 mins untill it was too late to return(the return window was also shorter - 10 days in this case). :(
As of now, Amazon has denied the return request and suggested me to contact Sony support. my 2 cents..Do not entirely rely on the information provided by amazon, Just make your purchase after doing proper research using information available outside amazon too...
Hope this will help you make a wiser decision.