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Which DSLRs can record more than 5 minutes of HD video?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: November 21, 2010 10:30PM
Anyone know which ones can record clips longer than 5 minutes?




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Re: Which DSLRs can record more than 5 minutes of HD video?
Posted by: archipirata
Date: November 21, 2010 10:38PM
Sony Alpha a33 and a55.



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Re: Which DSLRs can record more than 5 minutes of HD video?
Posted by: clay
Date: November 21, 2010 10:40PM
Canon 5DmkII, for one. 12 minute clips are the max, if memory serves, but you can of course record as many clips on a card as what the card will hold.
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Re: Which DSLRs can record more than 5 minutes of HD video?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: November 21, 2010 10:45PM
anybody want to know why?

because fat32 has a 2 gig max file size. Thats the format of flash memory cards the cameras use. Not sure what Sony does differently. Video cameras may be NTFS.
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Re: Which DSLRs can record more than 5 minutes of HD video?
Posted by: DRR
Date: November 21, 2010 11:09PM
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Racer X
anybody want to know why?

because fat32 has a 2 gig max file size. Thats the format of flash memory cards the cameras use. Not sure what Sony does differently. Video cameras may be NTFS.

Not true. Panasonic P2 cards are FAT32 formatted and can record continuously for 2 hours (depending on the capacity of the card.)
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Re: Which DSLRs can record more than 5 minutes of HD video?
Posted by: Black
Date: November 21, 2010 11:18PM
Hmm . . . I've got an aging Olympus Stylus that is only limited by the size of the card (45 minutes). I'm suprised to hear any current cameras have clip length limitations.




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Re: Which DSLRs can record more than 5 minutes of HD video?
Posted by: Doc
Date: November 21, 2010 11:54PM
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Racer X
anybody want to know why?

I'm pretty sure that I know why.

It's because major camera manufacturers have entered into an unlawful cartel wherein they have agreed to put absurd limits on their devices in order to prop up the failing consumer video-camera market, to raise the perceived value of their prosumer equipment and to postpone the inevitable convergence of video and still photography for as long as they can squeeze another penny out of another sucker.

IMHO.
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Re: Which DSLRs can record more than 5 minutes of HD video?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: November 22, 2010 12:04AM
FAT32 max file size is 4 GB, about the size of a single side DVD.



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Re: Which DSLRs can record more than 5 minutes of HD video?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: November 22, 2010 12:31AM
Even still, if they stop at 4GB they can just create another file. The key thing for me is that when they're all dropped into a timeline, the time is perfect.

Can any of them do closer to an hour of recording?




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Re: Which DSLRs can record more than 5 minutes of HD video?
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: November 22, 2010 07:24AM
Canon T1i, T2i, D60, 7D, 5D2, 1d4 all at full 1080P
All with auto and manual exposure and external mic port except T1i

Nikon D3100 (no mic port), d7000 (hard to get) at full 1080p

Sony A560 & A580 at 1080i



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Re: Which DSLRs can record more than 5 minutes of HD video?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: November 22, 2010 08:21AM
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Doc
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Racer X
anybody want to know why?

I'm pretty sure that I know why.

It's because major camera manufacturers have entered into an unlawful cartel wherein they have agreed to put absurd limits on their devices in order to prop up the failing consumer video-camera market, to raise the perceived value of their prosumer equipment and to postpone the inevitable convergence of video and still photography for as long as they can squeeze another penny out of another sucker.

IMHO.

Sacre Bleu!

That would be like Apple releasing paltry 4gb iPhones or 16gb iPads and then releasing double that memory a half year later at the same price, in order to get you to buy another!

But, yes, you are correct, IMHO..
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Re: Which DSLRs can record more than 5 minutes of HD video?
Posted by: deckeda
Date: November 22, 2010 08:33AM
Dunno about file length limitations, but regarding the 5 minute clip length, I'd read that's to prevent the sensor chip from overheating.
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Re: Which DSLRs can record more than 5 minutes of HD video?
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: November 22, 2010 09:46AM
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deckeda
Dunno about file length limitations, but regarding the 5 minute clip length, I'd read that's to prevent the sensor chip from overheating.

The 5 minute limit was Nikon's poor attempt at shoehorning in a video mode on a chip not meant to be used for video, it does in fact overheat the chip. Even the codec used is motion jpeg which is a very inefficient and memory hungry method. Nkon is rolling out full 1080p and more than 5 minutes on the d3100 and D7000. I expect to see it on the D300s and D5000 replacement with chips and a codec more suitable for video capture.



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Re: Which DSLRs can record more than 5 minutes of HD video?
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: November 22, 2010 09:48AM
Oh, yeah the Sony A55 and A33 also do video mode with the same 1080i as the other SOny cameras.



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Re: Which DSLRs can record more than 5 minutes of HD video?
Posted by: Don Kiyoti
Date: November 22, 2010 09:57AM
Pentax K-5 will too.





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Re: Which DSLRs can record more than 5 minutes of HD video?
Posted by: Mike V
Date: November 23, 2010 04:32AM
Also a factor is EU laws that have radically different import taxes applied to still and motion cameras.

The defining factor is 30 minutes of video.

So nn the Canon 5D MK II it is limited to 30 minutes of standard def video which equates to about 12 minutes of HD video.



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