Tips To Convert Your Sony a7C II Into a movie Camera

Within mere minutes of an exciting new camera being announced—like the Sony a7C II—we already have tons of cool reviews, tutorials, and built-out hacks to explore on YouTube and across different filmmaking communities.

While we are certainly excited about the Sony a7C II ourselves (as well as its beefier sibling the Sony a7CR), we’re even more excited to check out some of the cool build-out hacks that are already popping up online that should turn this a7C update into a more functional higher-end movie camera option, which surprisingly rivals the bigger, more expensive movie cameras more than you might think.

Let’s look at this build from DSLR Video strikeer and explore how you might want to upgrade the Sony a7C II if you do indeed decide to purchase it here soon.

Building Out the Sony a7C II

So, before we dive into this movie conversion build-out, let’s rehash some of the pros and cons of the Sony a7C II itself and what you might want to add (or subtract) from its out-of-the-box specs.

As a camera we knew was coming,

it was no surprise really to see Sony double down on the popular Sony a7C with an update. However, while the A7C II might have bumped up the recording capabilities a bit, overall truthfully not a huge improvement in terms of video recording specs as it maxes out at 10-bit Full-Frame 4K30p video internally.

The Sony a7C II’s best features really have to do with its new AI processor that powers all types of improved auto features like focus, exposure, and even white balance. It’s certainly a smarter camera than its predecessor, but still perhaps lacking in terms of the raw video recording capabilities you might want in a movie camera.

A movie Camera Conversion

That’s where this movie camera conversion from DSLR Video strikeer comes in as a welcomed build-out option for those looking for higher-end specs and features. The focus of this build is all about adding functionality and modularity to the camera.

As a compact frame mirrorless, you’re obviously not going to have all of the mounting options and cooling controls that you’d find on a bigger movie camera.

What Should You Consider Adding to the Sony a7C II

All that being said, any build-out that you could or should consider really will come down to you and your videography and movietography needs. Adding a modular base rig to a mirrorless camera is nothing new, but if you’re serious about adding features and more high-end functionality, it’s a great place to start.

Honestly, there are so many great digital mirrorless camera options out there on the market today that could easily rival some of the best specs from their movie camera counterparts. However, there’s a reason why most professional DPs prefer movie cameras over mirrorless ones and it isn’t just based on specs.

With a real movie camera, you’re getting much better design and durability. If you are focused on building out a movie conversion rig, your focus should be on making sure things are secure and cool enough to work on larger, and often longer, projects and strikes.

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