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06-11-2012, 07:11 PM   #1
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16 minute maximum video recoding time?

Hi all.

I've been considering using my K-01 for a school project where we have to shoot some video, instead of my old school DV recorder. However when doing some test shots, I've noticed that the camera only lets me shoot 16:23 at a time, even though I have space on my memory card for over 30 minutes of video.

Is this a limitation of the camera? What am I missing? I took a cursory look at the manual but couldn't find any reference to an upper limit on continuous video shooting.


06-11-2012, 08:02 PM   #2
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It is a limitation of the FAT32 file system. File size is limited to 4GB. If the K-01 supported AVCHD you would be able to record until the battery ran out or the processor melted down.
06-12-2012, 01:07 AM   #3
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When you go down to one star quality you can record 23 minutes and 33 seconds, but still not the maximum of 25 minutes.
06-15-2012, 05:16 PM   #4
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You can shoot episode by episode. Imagine in the old days when you have to change your reel of 8mm movie film every 5 minutes! By contrast, having 16 minutes of videoing is a blessing.

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K-01 writes to the SD card much faster than the K-5...same card in the K-5 after recording 7 minutes in HD takes another minute to finish writing to the card (Sandisk Ultra). Same card in K-01 and 7 minutes of recording appears to have less than a second of lag...the encryption change made a very noticeable difference.

So 16 minutes may not be as long as you want, you have the option to shut it off for a couple seconds and restart with a fresh 16 minutes. Note that eventually the sensor will heat up and shut you down anyway somewhere around 25 minutes (had it happen once on the K-5 but didn't check how much time had elapsed).

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