Out, Damned Spot! A Solution to Sony’s Darned Record Button

by Hugh Brownstone4 Comments

The incontrovertible Achilles heel of Sony hybrid cams? The damned spot of a movie record button. But help is here with the Cineasy Touch, especially version 2.

planet5D reader Tom Altman reached out to us a few months back to tell us about his new product to make recording on Sony’s a7 and a6000 cameras less of a hassle. Called the Cineasy Touch, it’s this generation’s version of the old soft shutter release button. I tried it, it worked, and it has remained fastened to my a6000 until this morning.

I was surprised to find a new and improved version in my mail box, and it is even better. Now the big button is bright red with a convex surface rather than concave – easier to see, feel and engage, though the original was already great.

I really like it, and like its predecessor it is now comfortably nestled over that damned spot of a movie recording button on my a6000.

The Cineasy is available in black or red for the a6000/a5100 and for all first and second generation a7 variants (a7, a7r, a7s, a7II, a7rII, and a7sII).

First Generation Cineasy Touch

This is the original.



Second Generation Cineasy Touch

And this is the next generation, already ensconced on my a6000 (don't you just love Photoshop?).

Cineasy Red 2b desat

Cineasy red 1 desat

Even more than before, I see this as a no-brainer: get one. It takes less than 30 seconds to install.

To learn more, visit cineasytouch.com.


Cineasy Touch Button Enhancement

Via Cineasy Touch:

The Sony A7S is one of the best video cameras in the market. The Sony A6000 is one of the best selling cameras in the market. But both cameras have one major challenge when using the video feature. The video record button is too small, awkwardly placed and slightly recessed. This makes it very difficult to activate without much fumbling around. You usually have to remove your eyes from the viewfinder to even locate the button. All this searching and fumbling around can cause shaky footage or missing the action all together. This is why we created the Cineasy Touch Button Enhancement.

This Patent Pending device, for the Sony Alpha line of mirrorless cameras will help your camera to capture pristine video just as easily as it does still images. The Cineasy Touch installs in just minutes and is super intuitive and very responsive. The Cineasy Touch provides a larger point of contact that can easily be found without taking your eye off the action. Simply press the Cineasy Touch and record video intuitively and effortlessly. You will love it so much you will never remove it from your camera. It simply attaches to the neck strap eyelet nearest the video button with the included screw. You will not be able to attach a neck strap while the Cineasy is attached.

(cover photo credit: snap from Hugh Brownstone)


  1. This product is a very good invention.  However, I solved the problem of the damned button on my Sony A7s a while ago.  I purchased a pack of “Rhinestone Stickers” at Michael’s craft store for $4.00.  The medium size sticker fits perfectly on the A7s.  If it were to fall off, there are several more in the pack, even different colors.  This is a convex button, bright color, easy to see and feel.  See the photo below of my A7s.  FYI,  Dave S.

  2. Why not just assign the top custom button to movie record like I have on my A7rii?

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