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Shooting Video for more than 20 mins on a DSLR?

by eyebeams / May 10, 2011 11:01 PM PDT

I have narrowed down my choice of DSLR for shooting video to the Nikon D7000 but I see you can only shoot 20 mins of continuous video. Is this the case. I want to shoot conferences with speakers sometimes speaking for more than 20 mins continuously. I also hear that DSLR's get hot because of the sensors after more than 20 mins continuous use.

Is this true? - Is there a workaround? Otherwise I'll go for something like a Canon XA10...

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I guess you are in Europe.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 11, 2011 11:29 AM PDT

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re: Shooting Video for more than 20 mins on a DSLR?
by MarkatNite / May 11, 2011 11:22 AM PDT

>"I see you can only shoot 20 mins of continuous video. Is this the case."

Yes.

>"I also hear that DSLR's get hot because of the sensors after more than 20 mins continuous use.Is this true?"

Primarily with the Canon 7D--because of the weather sealing and two image processing chips--yes. Although there have also been reports of Canon 5Ds overheating when left sitting in direct sunlight. The obvious workaround for this last would be to not leave the camera sitting in direct sunlight.

Or you can get a U.S. model Panasonic GH1 or GH2 and not have to worry about either a time limit or overheating. (U.S. models can shoot until the card is full, whereas EU models are limited to 30 minute takes for tax reasons.)

Full disclosure: I own a GH1 and GH2 - Mark

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Fascinating
by eyebeams / May 11, 2011 6:06 PM PDT

One example of the law throttling creativity - thank you very much for the answer. Hmmm

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You're welcome. And a quick note...
by MarkatNite / May 12, 2011 11:16 AM PDT
In reply to: Fascinating

...you should be able to mount your current lenses that you mentioned below on a GH1/2 with a ~$30 adapter from eBay. But they will be manual focus only.

Mark

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Camcorder?
by PistonCupChampion / May 11, 2011 11:29 AM PDT

Why not just buy a camcorder? It's not like you need the artistic flexibility of interchangeable lenses for speakers at conferences. The XA10 would definitely be more sensible in terms of continuous shooting, autofocus, controls, and form-factor.

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Thankyou
by eyebeams / May 11, 2011 6:16 PM PDT
In reply to: Camcorder?

I do need to some videography too and I have a Nikkon already with loads of lenses.

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