DSLR 30 min Recording Limit Explained + Workaround


If you have tried to film your podcast or maybe record a talk with your DSLR camera, you would have encountered a problem.

Most entry-level DSLR cameras have a recording limit of 29:59s.

This means if your podcast or maybe your talk is longer than 30 minutes, you won't capture anything pass the 30-minute mark unless you have a cameraman operating the camera.

This is because once a DSLR records past 30 minutes, it is considered a video camera and has higher tax laws.

If you aren't on a budget there are DSLR's out there that don't have this recording limit such as the Panasonic GH4 and GH5. But they start at around $2000 - $2500.

So if you want a cheaper, more affordable option, please keep reading. 

Solutions:


1.

Use your phone instead. You can easily set up and film with your phone as it does not have a 30-minute recording limit. I have written a full article about using your phone here.

2.

Use a handycam or old video camera. You might have one of these lying around the house, or you could buy one, usually under $1000.

3.

Use your DSLR, but you have to stop the podcast half 30 minutes in and hit record again. This isn't ideal, but it also is not as bad as it sounds. Just wait for a pause in the conversation and ask your guest for a 2-minute break while you get up and hit record on your camera/cameras.

So there are some easy solutions to getting around the DSLR recording limit.

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2 Comments

  1. Hey Byron, GH4 and GH5 are not nearly as expensive as you said. They are often almost half that price even with a lens. And if you happen to already own a DSLR or mirrorless camera a good option might be buying an external video recorder to plug in (like the Atomos NINJA V which allows recording until you have no more storage space. So basically unlimited) rather than buying a whole new camcorder. And side note, a camcorder will look very different than a DSLR or mirrorless camera due to the sensor size.

    • A quick google search shows the GH5 is $3000 just for the body. I guess it depends on what you consider expensive. A lot of the people I work with put our content for are looking for ways where they don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on equipment. But yes, camcorder will always look worse than a DSLR

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