More and more people use digital cameras to shoot video clips but there is one restriction that can be annoying, especially when it comes to making documentary films: the 30min recording limit. Imagine you follow a character or you are shooting a long interview – you will always have to change SD cards or record on external devices. But this could change now, the reason is ridiculous simple.
No it is not hard- or software limitations. Hardware manufacturers just want to avoid a 5.6% tax duty applied to all video cameras. By limiting the recording length these DSLRs are not classified as such.
Several countries have started discussing about rethinking this rule within the Information Technology Agreement from the World Trade Organization (WTO). Once video cameras are included, the manufactures would not have to pay this duty anymore and as a result we would see no more time limitations on DSLR cameras (this of course depends on the current storage devices). Other limitations like file-size and overheating concers will still exist.
A simple software update by the camera manufactures could eventually turn your gadget into a “no limits” recording device..