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02-02-2016, 12:22 AM   #1
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30 minute recording limit

Do you happen to know of any cheap mirrorless cameras that don't have a 30-minute video recording limit?
Used is fine.

I know the Panasonic GH2 doesn't. Is there anything else out there?

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Where does it say in the GH2 manual that there is a hard limit of 30 minute video recording limit, I don't see anything like that in either G2 or G6 manual.
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Where does it say in the GH2 manual that there is a hard limit of 30 minute video recording limit, I don't see anything like that in either G2 or G6 manual.
I know that GH2 doesn't have a hard limit, from amazon's q&a. Most cameras have a maximum 29.59mins recording time due to EU taxation.
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I know that GH2 doesn't have a hard limit, from amazon's q&a. Most cameras have a maximum 29.59mins recording time due to EU taxation.
So it's a taxation issue not a technological one. According to this Youtube video, the GH4 doesn't have the 30 minute limit in either NTSC or PAL mode:


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So it's a taxation issue not a technological one. According to this Youtube video, the GH4 doesn't have the 30 minute limit in either NTSC or PAL mode: New Panasonic GH4 vs. GH3 Comparison [4K 1080, Moire, Rolling Shutter, Crop Factor, High ISO] - YouTube
There may be a technological consideration. The image sensor draws a decent amount of power and starts to warm up. In fact, the whole camera may get warm. I remember recording about 20 minutes of video with my K-30 and it definitely warmed up. I don't know how well a sensor that is probably primarily designed for still image recording does with continuous long term use. Does image noise increase for a given ISO?
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A Panasonic GF2 is cheap and can be hacked for higher video quality without a 30 minute limit.

GH2 video quality is a bit better, but depending on your needs the GF2 is fairly capable and can be found for $40-$60. For example: Panasonic Lumix DMC GF2 12 1 MP Digital Camera White Body Only | eBay
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