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Old Jul 24, 2013, 1:43 PM   #1
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Default Using HX-50V to record very long videos

Hi All, I'm looking to record theatrical performances that are 90+ minutes in length. After doing extensive research here and elsewhere, I was all set to buy a camcorder (the Canon Vixia HF R400) but then I stumbled across some threads about using point-and-shoot cams for video. That would be much more desirable for me for a few reasons (chiefly, portability, to have something I can easily slip in my pocket, and secondarily, the ability to capture superior still photos), and I'd narrowed down my choice to the Canon SX280 and HX-50V.

But now it occurs to me I may run into two problems.

First, 4GB file size limit - with camcorders, when you hit 4GB limit it automatically starts recording to a new file, with zero loss of data, and you can just stitch files together to get one long movie. I've spent hours looking but can't determine whether the the HX-50v does the same thing or if you have to manually start recording a new movie when you hit the 4GB limit. Does anyone know about this?

Second, battery life - based on what I can find online it seems like the battery should last around 90 minutes at HD recording - can anyone confirm this? And are there third party batteries that offer better life?

Thanks for your help!
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Old Jul 25, 2013, 12:35 AM   #2
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To answer this for others, it seems all point and shoot cams currently on the market limit clip length to 29 minutes.
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Old Jul 25, 2013, 4:40 AM   #3
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are you going to zoom in?

If not there are a few cams yo can get that will record unlimited. but are not going to be expensive cams? They will be either low budgets, or no longer companies on the market.
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