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Old Jun 16, 2010, 4:25 PM   #1
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Default FH1A write delay - SDHC card matters

*** Editing my original post in case other newbs, can benefit from my lesson learned. Previously, I had always bought SDHC card based on "class" rating and price. Never had a problem with any of my cameras or camcorders, including one that shot 720p. I upgraded to a 1080p camcorder and learned that the SDHC class ratings are not enough for this use. Turns out, a little bit of research - would have saved me some lost video footage - google is your friend. ***

Hi, I recently purchased a Xacti FH1A and a 16GB class 6 SDHC memory card.

I've noticed that there's a lag when a video recording ends to when the camera is ready to start recording again. For a full 4GB file, the lag could be as long as a minute. Is this normal or is there any way to fix/improve this?

I'm using it to record my kids soccer games, so I want to just start recording and leave it on and just worry about pan and zoom.

I noticed that I was missing plays when I went to edit the videos and that's when I realized it happened when the camera automatically stopped recording because of the 4GB limit. The camcorder is nice enough to write the video, close the file and start a new recording on it's own - but it takes a while before it starts recording again.

Last game, I tried controlling this behaviour by stopping the recording when there was a break in the game, but I find the lag is still long enough that I miss some plays when the game continues.

I did a rough calc and a full 4GB file includes about 23:30 minutes of action so it should only need to write about 3MB/sec, which is within the Class 6 SDHC spec.

Anyone having the same problem and offer any hints/tips so that I don't miss any action? Or do I just need to adjust my expectations for this particular camcorder?

Last edited by dennyt; Jun 17, 2010 at 10:23 AM. Reason: problem solved
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