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Old Apr 11, 2010, 11:00 PM   #161
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Do all of these competing cameras (HX5, SX210IS, TX7) have a 29 second cut off on video? Is there a known (and safe) way to get around it?
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Old Apr 11, 2010, 11:22 PM   #162
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Sorry, my typo... thanks to FiveO and Donalduc for pointing this out.. I was meaning to say 29 mins cut-off and Donalduc's precise timing was 29 mins and 59 sec.

Apologize for the typo..
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Old Apr 11, 2010, 11:26 PM   #163
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There certainly is anti-blooming filter software to remove these streaks.

Thanks FiveO for pointing this out. I am not aware of the existence and effectiveness of this anti-blooming software. I stand to be corrected.

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Old Apr 11, 2010, 11:26 PM   #164
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Wow, that's a relief haha.

Thanks for clearing that up.
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Old Apr 11, 2010, 11:32 PM   #165
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This discussion seems somewhat circular. Neither the HX5 nor the TZ10 are dedicated camcorders. If video is your primary focus, then you would most probably be better served with a high quality camcorder.

I prefer to see the HX5 a bit differently. It is primarily a still camera that can also take reasonable HD video when needed as a convenience. It is not primarily a camcorder, that takes an occasional still photo.

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I agree with Sarah. I am currently using my Hx5 as my primary inconspicuous still camera strap to my belt and use its 1080 video as my secondary to supplement my dedicated (bigger and heavier) camcorder.

I tend to leave my heavier camcorder at home most of the time as it is not convenient for me to strap it on my belt everywhere I go as I do not want to risk to be mistaken as Rambo with all those stuff hanging down my belt when I walk around town

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Old Apr 11, 2010, 11:50 PM   #166
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Hi folks,

In testing the Hx5's anti-shake capability this morning, I boarded a subway train and when it reached it's full speed of 60 miles per hour, I took a series of 10 multi-burst shots at a distant mountain through an enclosed window pane using intelligent mode. I use 0 zoom and then 6X zoom followed by 8x zoom. The pics were taken in 9 am morning sun spring time, not in full sunlight yet.

Result: While the subway train was rattling and rumbling at full speed, I was fighting hard to keep my camera holding hands still. Pretty difficult to keep still as the subway train was not a smooth ride at all. When I aimed at the mountain thru' the window at intelli mode, Hx5 first sensed the window and the macro icon come on. Then, it intelligently realized that I was trying to shoot a distant mountain and the landscape icon came on.

Below are the four pic.. No.1 and No. 2 without zoom and No. 3 with 6x zoom and 4 with 8x zoom. The following pics are originals without any sharpening or editing, only re-sizing to 20% of their original sizes to fit with posting requirements

PIC No. 1 without zoom through the window of 60 miles per hour subway train


PIC No. 2 without zoom through the window of 60 miles per hour subway train


PIC No. 3 with 6x zoom through the window of 60 miles per hour subway train


PIC No. 4 with 8x zoom through the window of 60 miles per hour subway train

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That is an excellent test, Ric-

Considering what you describe about the ride, you had good results. By the way that 29 minute, 59 second limit on video is a European Union requirement. That is where it comes from.

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Old Apr 12, 2010, 12:55 PM   #168
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It's an invention from the dudes in EU, protecting VIDEORECORDERs - they never built in Europe!

A camera with more then 29:59 is a videorecorder ----> +14% extra tax! Since last yearthousand ... or since time of robber barons?
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Do all of these competing cameras (HX5, SX210IS, TX7) have a 29 second cut off on video? Is there a known (and safe) way to get around it?
If the camera allows you to select NTSC/PAL, then you can possibly flash the cam with firmware from Japan/US that does not have the limitation.
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how do you normally "flash" firmware... it is a matter of updating with Japan firmware files to replace the existing ones? Would that invalidate the warranty of the camera?
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