The R5 might shoot glorious 8K video, but the recording times are limited by the camera’s tendency to build up heat. A company now offers a modification that it claims will double your 8K recording times and reduce recovery time by two thirds.
Kolari Vision, a company based in New Jersey and best known for its filters and camera conversions, offers a modification service for $399.99. The process has an estimated two-week turnaround and involves adding a new copper heatsink that transfers heat away from the processor and motherboard and dissipates it into the camera’s case. The design is completely internal and doesn’t affect the camera’s weather-sealing.
Kolari Vision states that its own testing increased recording times in an environment at 68° Fahrenheit (20° Celsius) from 23 minutes to 44 minutes. If the camera then has five minutes to recover, the modified camera can continue to operate for another 25 minutes as opposed to the 8 minutes achieved by an unmodified R5.
Of course, it’s worth investigating what implications this has for your warranty.
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