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Old Sep 9, 2003, 5:33 AM   #1
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Default Powershot A70 movie mode?


I just ordered an A70.
Can I record continious movies with a larger cf card.
Or is it limited to 30 seconds even if you have a 512 MB card.
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Old Sep 9, 2003, 7:45 AM   #2
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PowerShot A70 Resolution (pixels) 256MB
High 640 x 480 - 249sec.
Medium 320 x 240 - 735sec.

Individual movie clips are limited to 3 minutes maximum per clip. Above figures show total movie capacity on various CF cards, measured under Canon's standard test conditions, and may vary depending upon scene, subjects or camera settings.
from the powershot site http://www.powershot.com/powershot2/a70-60/specs.html
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Old Sep 9, 2003, 9:31 AM   #3
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Although the website does say 3 minutes, the camera only records approx. 30 sec at the highest resolution(640X480). At the lower 2 settings it should record 3 minutes of video.

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Old Sep 15, 2003, 7:12 PM   #4
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I think the Web site quotes the most favourable time. I have an A70 with a 512MB card. In 640x480 (VGA) movie resolution, it records exactly 30 seconds and never a bit more. Lower resolutions are 3 minutes. All as specified. I'm pretty certain that the size and speed of the CF card matters not a bit, except that it be large enough to hold the full file. I think this is a restriction based on the internal buffer size and firmware.


P.S.: Say what you like about movies on digicams, but they are fun to have available without lugging a movie cam along as well. The stills are the most important, but if they can cram in a VGA movie mode, that's great.
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Old Sep 16, 2003, 8:30 PM   #5
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Shooting on 320, for a full 3 mins my camera is ready to take the next 3 mins in a second. As close to continious as u can get with it. On the 640 for 30 seconds, it does chug for a bit more.
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