S3IS Recording Problems

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  1. Shadrachtcc

    Shadrachtcc New Member

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    I'm a newbie and I have the s3is digital camera. When recording a video the camera just suddenly stops recording after about 4-5 minutes for no reason. It has done this with a 2,4, and 8 Gb SD memory card. The batteries are fresh and the memory card is formatted. The settings are re-set to the factory default settings. Does anyone have a solution to this problem. The manual states that it should at least record up to one hour. Please help!
     
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    The other thing with movie files on that camera is that there is also a limit of 1GB for each file. If you record at the highest quality settings, it records at 1980KB/sec, which works out to around 500 seconds to hit that 1GB limit, which is just over 8 minutes. While 8 minutes is longer than 4-5 minutes, you might check the file sizes on the movies that you've taken to see if you've hit that 1GB limit.
     
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    Shadrachtcc New Member

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    Ben, does that mean that I have to restart the camera every 8 minutes, 8 times on an 8 gb memory card to get 64 minutes of video??
     
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    Probably yes. This is a still camera, to make real videos you need a video camera :)
     
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    Shadrachtcc New Member

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    E.B.E., I can probably double that recording time by reducing to 320/240 from 640/480, correct? However will I be sacrificing video quality in doing so? What are your setting suggestions to maximize recording time and still maintain a decent noiseless video?
     
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    Yes of course you will sacrifice video quality. I don't have any useful suggestions...
     
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    Okay, thanks everyone for educating me on this issue. It looks like I may need to get a camcorder to compliment my digital camera. By the way, what is a good quality but reasonable camcorder for a novice who is just getting into photography? If you can list a couple or three I will investigate according to my preferences.

    Thanks!
     
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