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    • I get why people love the a6500 but at the end of the day these are deal killers for me and why I went with the GH5 and the G85 for my b-cam: The battery life. Unless you set up some kind of external battery the number of batteries you'll eat through on an entire wedding day is ridiculous. This alone is a huge killer for me.  The overheating. This scares the hell out of me, as someone that has never, ever had to worry about a camera overheating. Especially if I'm shooting an outdoor wedding on a hot day. It's probably more of a mental thing for me, but still, I like knowing that I'm not going to have to worry about my camera overheating, needing a break, or even shutting off when I really need it.  The record limit. Not an issue if you're not shooting long form, however if you are, the recording limit can become a real pain in the but, especially if you're doing any external audio (which, for a wedding, you should for speeches, the actual wedding itself, etc.) Not a total deal killer but it's just a minor thing I'd prefer not to deal with.  The rolling shutter. I don't mind a little rolling shutter but the a6xxx cameras have way too much. On a wedding shoot it's probably not a deal breaker, but overall, for me and my work, it's just too much.  The 1080p is truly awful. I know a lot of people might not care because they will always shoot in 4K, but I still shoot regularly in 1080p for some projects and in my opinion it's unusable.  The color science is not pleasing at all. Probably the worst out of all the major companies in my opinion.  The form factor. This is obviously a much more personal issue, but I HATE the form factor. BLAH.  Lens selection. It has gotten better, obviously, but still, it's still limited compared to other cameras and they come at a premium. Again though this is getting better.  The menu system. Blah!  All the other little issues others have raised.  Overall I get the appeal of the low light performance and the auto focus. But they aren't enough for me personally to deal with all the other things that drive me nuts about these cameras. The A7iii does a lot to improve upon these issues, thankfully, and I think Sony will inevitably get better with this series of cameras. But right now they aren't for me. 
    • I am curious, as to where you found this information from. Source? 
    • The easy analogy is 96khz.  Not because having it is bad, but simply because 48khz is more than adequate.   4K vs. 1080.  Same thing. Honestly, I still feel like my old GX7 delivered better IQ than my GH5.  That's kuz almost all I do is delivered in 1080.  The 4K GH5 can technically "do more," but ultimately how does it matter in the final deliverable?  Same thing goes for my old EM5II.  It's an inferior IQ camera, but if it gets me what I need then it's very much a "better" camera in certain instances. As are discussions about mic pre-amps or mic frequency response.... yet they're vital to people successfully plying such craft.  Those that delve into the minutiae and wisely use it to their advantage will do so.  Other people will be chasing specs and numbers.
    • I don't think there's a direct music example that would make music people get it. I think all you can do is make it clear that while there are benefits to 4K, those benefits are separate from the industry's vested interest in getting people to embrace 4K, and that pressure they're feeling to use 4K stems primarily from strategic marketing coming from those vested industry interests.  It's also tricky because in music/audio production and broadcasting, uncompressed audio is the standard format, but that's possible because the files are so much smaller. So I can see why a music person would think the higher the quality the better. Point is there aren't simple comparisons between the two mediums on this particular topic.
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