Recording video in 4K at 60 frames per second is understandably an intensive undertaking, but you’d hope that your phone could handle it without overheating. Unfortunately, reports suggest that the brand-new Pixel 5a gets too hot while shooting video and asks you to close the camera until temperatures return to a more reasonable level.
Tech reviewer TechOdyssey (@AdamJMatlock) took to Twitter to complain that his Pixel 5a took just a few minutes to overheat while recording video at the highest possible settings, before displaying the following message at the top of the screen: “Device is too hot. Close Camera until device cools off.”
Yup. Tested it myself on my Pixel 5a, 70 degrees inside in the A/C and on 4K @ 60 FPS it just takes a matter of minutes to overheat. This is terrible… pic.twitter.com/Pde8GcL6KU
— TechOdyssey | #TechRejects (@AdamJMatlock) August 18, 2021
That was apparently at a not exactly roasting 70°F indoors with the air conditioning turned on, which is more than a little disappointing. Another Twitter user (@LadyRedsTekRvw) jumped in to confirm that their 5a did the same thing after about 2 minutes of recording at 4K 60fps, but more worryingly still, TechOdyssey says it’s happening for him 4K fps30 and 1080P 30fps, too. We can only hope that these users have defective units since Ryne didn’t notice any such issues while reviewing the Pixel 5a.
Some users suggest that this also happens with the Pixel 5, and since I have that phone on hand, I did a little test. After more than 11 minutes of recording at 4K60, it was running super hot but no such warning. However, when I stopped recording and plugged in (the battery was about to go), then returned to the camera app, the message did indeed pop up to tell me to close the camera app. At this point, after a long recording and then hooking up to the power, that’s more understandable, although it is also a little cooler here (around 60°F). It sounds like the Pixel 5a might not be able to handle high temperatures quite so well, though.
We’ll get Ryne on the case to do some more testing once the US team wakes up, so check back later for more clarity on the situation. We’ve also reached out to Google for comment.