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Digital camera that can overcome 4gb movie limit?

by Cameradude123 / May 11, 2010 4:37 PM PDT

I'm in the market for a digital camera that can record HD (720p or 1080p preferably).

Now I know there are lots of them out there, however they all have this really annoying 4gb limit on files. And when you're shooting a video in 720 or 1080, 4gb goes by very quickly.

So what cameras are out there that overcome this by automatically starting a new file whenever it hits 4gb?

I need to be able to record for about an hour straight, or even more. I can't be going up to the camera to restart it recording every 15 mins when it fills up 4gb worth of video.

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Buy a camcorder.
by MarkatNite / May 11, 2010 5:08 PM PDT

With that out of the way, look for a *U.S.* model--EU models are limited for tax purposes--that supports AVCHD. e.g. Panasonic.

HTH - Mark

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No Camcorder lol
by Cameradude123 / May 11, 2010 5:13 PM PDT
In reply to: Buy a camcorder.

I'm not really interested in buying a camcorder. I think in this day and age, with point&shoot cameras able to record in 1080p, camcorders will go the way of the dinosaur.

I think it's really stupid to have a 4gb limit on files for a digital camera that can record 1080p

As for your other suggestion, yes I have read about panasonic and their format. Is it more compressed so it can fit more time into 4gb? How much more? I've read that their AVHDC or whatever format is very tough to work with as well.

I would prefer a camera that can just start a new 4gb file automatically if it has to. Then I can just leave the camera alone indefinitely (of course depending on the size of my SD card, but that's not the problem)

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re: AVCHD
by MarkatNite / May 11, 2010 6:39 PM PDT
In reply to: No Camcorder lol

>"Is it more compressed so it can fit more time into 4gb?"

Yes. But more importantly for your needs, it supports file-chaining.

>"How much more?"

Depends on the specific cameras and formats being compared. But roughly speaking, Canons are usually configured to max out around 25mbs vs Panys at around 17mbs.

>"I've read that their AVHDC or whatever format is very tough to work with as well."

Yup. To be safe, you should plan on either using a fast machine or an intermediate codec.

Mark

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There's still a difference
by kalel33-20416052469708587370302374692233 / May 12, 2010 3:02 AM PDT
In reply to: No Camcorder lol

"I'm not really interested in buying a camcorder. I think in this day and age, with point&shoot cameras able to record in 1080p, camcorders will go the way of the dinosaur."

This will not happen for quite awhile. That's like saying the in this day and age, with phones able to do 5MP and more images, that point and shoots will go the way of the dinosaur. It's also like saying, "why do I need a DSLR when my camera already shoots 14MP". There is a difference in the control, abilities, compression, microphones, ergonomics, etc. that set the 1080p video from camcorders from the 1080p video from point and shoots.

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True
by Cameradude123 / May 12, 2010 5:04 AM PDT

Ok, I knew I would get flak for that comment. And for a professional, yes of course there is a difference. But for the casual user, a digital camera that can shoot 1080p movies makes owning a separate camcorder redundant. But yes I realize that there is a quality difference between camcorder 1080p and digital camera 1080p, just not enough for me to care. The benefits of having a small, all-in-one unit greatly overshadows any difference in quality.

And thanks to the poster who pointed me towards panasonic cameras. I will look into those.

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