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So my a7r2 has had to go into repair twice now.  First time the USB port didn't work at all (would not charge or connect to a PC).  I bought this used with the MACK warranty.  Turnaround time for repair (MACK had to get a part from Sony) - was about 1 month.

Thursday night I was headed out to a game to film - my a7r2 would make a strange noise and only turn on and off for about 1 second (no menus).   It would do this repeatedly 4-5 times then shut off.  Almost sounded like it was trying to initialize the IBIS system upon startup but couldn't.   Leaving the battery out overnight, removing the lens / battery off for hours (and trying 5 different batteries) made no difference.  What is scary is I didn't drop, bang or even slightly bump it - I was testing some picture profiles and had it mounted indoors in A/C.  Since I could not find a way to do a hard reset online and the fact it's under warranty, I sent it back in Friday 06/09.

This is making me very nervous about continuing to buy $3k Sony "disposable" cameras.  While the Canon C models are expensive and don't have the ultra slow mo or dynamic range, they certainly take care of their customers and make much more reliable bodies.

I had 3 cameras I had prepared for the shoot - a7r 2 + Metabones, a6300 for some 120p and an alternate angle, and a 1dx for stills.  I had to rig up the 1dx quickly for the "center field / pitching view shot" and it didn't miss a beat.  0 problems.

Sigh.  Please share your experience with any NEX / A7 series bodies.  I strongly suspect my IBIS module went haywire on my a7r2.

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Wouldn't trust my a7s2 as far as I could throw it.

Only user issue is your reading, I had a iv not a iii

Both A7sii and RX100iv jammed, froze and needed battery pulled almost daily. Never happened on Canikon or Panasonic.

I recently sold a three year old 5D MK III to fund an A7R II. even after intensive use, the Canon  was like new and I got a very good price. Within two days (yes, days!) the paint had started to rub off the Sony and has continued to do so ever since. Same for the lenses. Although the Sony seems particularly shoddily built, last year I had to repair under guarantee a GH4 (touch screen broken), LX100 (sensor filth), EM5 MK II (buttons stopped working) and a Sony A6000 (circuit board fried after less than a month). That's more cameras to fix in 2015 than in the previous 25 years of pro work. Seems to me that cameras are currently brought to market too soon and that early adopters pay a high price to be beta testers of equipment that is often built to minimum acceptable standards.

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Currently field testing a A7r 2 to buy as a video/stills camera. Giving it a go after they fixed the overheating issue. Love it so far. Stories like this make me very nervous. I've been using the NX1 and the only issues I've had are it freezing with Lexar cards, other than that they have been rock solid. And my D750 which I'm looking to replace has given me 0 issues.

 

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Both my RX10 ii (zoom rocker is now very fiddly) and my A7s exhibited problems quite quick (less than 1 year). A7s got a weird LCD issue with the right side having some bad pixels in a row. Also it lost the ability to notice when someone puts their eye next to the viewfinder.

On other news, my old 5d iii from 2012 has no technical issues, but it just peeled off a bit of the rubber on top of the electronics. Glued it back on. 

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I don't know that I'm a big fan of the Sony anodized bodies - certainly they're easier to scratch.

Overall though, I haven't had particular reliability issues. My A7s does the slow boot thing from time to time, which is annoying, but it's fine really. Haven't had any major problems.

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The fact that you are regularly using the usb port on the camera to charge a battery would imo go some way towards explaining why you;re having issues.  basic logic tells me to avoid using a delicate connection like a micro usb port for everything except firmware update.  it's NOT a professional port.  When using a Sony camera for professional use you have to consider which functions are genuinely right for pro use.

canon use common sense and don;t provide in body charging for the exact reason that if they do, people will use it and knacker their usb port.  Since the A7Rii sits within the consumer devision sony have included consumer functionality - just because it's there, if you;re using a camera professionally it should be basic logic that tells you to invest in a £20 external charger, and a proper card reader.  

 

I'm unable to comment on your other problems, but based on the fact that you;re using the usb port for a job that should be done with dedicated devices like chargers and card readers, I assume other logical steps to ensure a consumer device is kept within it's comfort zone may be being overlooked.  

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45 minutes ago, aldolega said:

I plug/unplug the MicroUSB on my smartphone probably eight times a day, have been for years, and I've never had it fail. Sony's jack is probably just cheap and/or poorly designed.

MicroUSB is indeed designed to be used for charging: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB#Mini_and_micro_connectors.

But probably as a camera is a lot heavier than a smartphone there are more forces on the USB port when moving the cable (a smartphone will move together with the cable, an a7RII with a 50 F1.4 doesn't). Here's an image of the USB port (on an a7R): http://***URL removed***/articles/2352853254/sony-a7r-teardown-roger-cicala-lensrentals-gets-his-hands-dirty?slide=9. Sony soldered the USB and HDMI connectors right on to the main PCB. I don't like that. But, most other cameras don't even offer in-camera charging, so...

On the a7RII they did the same: iFixit a7RII (see step 11). But it seems the audio jacks now got their separate PCB.

 

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23 hours ago, richg101 said:

The fact that you are regularly using the usb port on the camera to charge a battery would imo go some way towards explaining why you;re having issues.  basic logic tells me to avoid using a delicate connection like a micro usb port for everything except firmware update.  it's NOT a professional port.  When using a Sony camera for professional use you have to consider which functions are genuinely right for pro use.

canon use common sense and don;t provide in body charging for the exact reason that if they do, people will use it and knacker their usb port.  Since the A7Rii sits within the consumer devision sony have included consumer functionality - just because it's there, if you;re using a camera professionally it should be basic logic that tells you to invest in a £20 external charger, and a proper card reader.  

 

I'm unable to comment on your other problems, but based on the fact that you;re using the usb port for a job that should be done with dedicated devices like chargers and card readers, I assume other logical steps to ensure a consumer device is kept within it's comfort zone may be being overlooked.  

It's a hell of an assumption to assume I'm "regularly using the USB to charge the camera" based on the fact I stated it stopped working.  I had the camera for a while before I'd even tried it.  I have about 14 batteries and 2 dual chargers and 3 single chargers.  No, only tried it once as I had my phone charging and was curious how long it'd take in a pinch - this lead to noticing the failure, and then seeing if it would still sync on my pc (which it didn't).  I could play devil's advocate and remind you Sony lists in the manual that USB charging is fine but I won't bother.

In fact Rich I only cared that the USB worked in order to get the much needed firmware updates.  But, feel free to continue to make all sorts of assumptions.

 

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16 hours ago, Shield3 said:

It's a hell of an assumption to assume I'm "regularly using the USB to charge the camera" based on the fact I stated it stopped working.  I had the camera for a while before I'd even tried it.  I have about 14 batteries and 2 dual chargers and 3 single chargers.  No, only tried it once as I had my phone charging and was curious how long it'd take in a pinch - this lead to noticing the failure, and then seeing if it would still sync on my pc (which it didn't).  I could play devil's advocate and remind you Sony lists in the manual that USB charging is fine but I won't bother.

In fact Rich I only cared that the USB worked in order to get the much needed firmware updates.  But, feel free to continue to make all sorts of assumptions.

 

If a manufacturer makes a product and instructs me in the proper use of the hardware... and then "the internet" finds out that some bit isn't robust and won't work as advertised (IE "even though the manual says to charge via USB, this will trash the camera over time"), I don't think it's user error - it's manufacturing error.

(Even worse is when a manufacturer makes an amazing and robust product and then leaves the market... FU Samsung. What an amazing camera you dropped.)

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On ‎6‎/‎11‎/‎2016 at 7:00 AM, Mattias Burling said:

Both A7sii and RX100iv jammed, froze and needed battery pulled almost daily. Never happened on Canikon or Panasonic.

My RX100iii never froze, jammed or needed battery pulls. Had it since the day it was released in Canada. A user issue perhaps?

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12 minutes ago, Mattias Burling said:

Only user issue is your reading, I had a iv not a iii :)

Ok, I have an RX100 iv, have used it for seven months. I have shot scores of hours of 4K video, 120 fps video, 240 fps video, in six different countries and I have never had it freeze, jam or need a battery pull. I also occasionally stress the lens using a magfilter and Raynox 250D, with no consequences. Have not used it yet in freezing temperatures, though.

I am confident the bad experience is not user error. Bad copy or these are also symptoms of a bad sd card (My GoPro would freeze and require a battery pull often until I used a different sd card). Anyway, jamming and freezing for the RX100 iv ain't normal. Mine does get a heat warning every once in a while though. That does not cause the camera to stop working.

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