30 Minute Video Limit in Digital Cameras May Be On Its Way Out

News recently broke that the 30 minute (or rather 29 minute and 59 second) time limit on DSLR video may soon be a thing of the past. Interestingly however, the reason for the potential change has nothing to do with updated hardware or software. The only reason DSLRs don’t already shoot longer video is because camera manufacturers want to bypass the 5.6% duty applied to video cameras, and the time limit allows them to avoid being classified as such.

But now, several countries including the U.S. have begun discussing the possible extension of the World Trade Organization’s Information Technology Agreement to include video cameras. If this happens, digital camera manufacturers will no longer have to jump through hoops to avoid extra duty and tariffs, and we’ll likely see an increase in video length allowed. Other limitations will still exist (i.e. file size limitations and overheating concerns) but barring a serious objection that has yet to be raised, the change should go into effect as soon as the WTO makes a decision.

(via DPReview)

Image credit: Camera bokeh by Joffley

  • jdm8

    Hopefully this helps do away with region-specific models, except for the charger’s power plug, I suppose.

  • bob cooley

    I was under the impression that the time limit had to do with the sensor overheating.   This is just one of many articles on the subject:

  • Oliver Holbrooke

    Anyone who wants to know the truly poisonous nature of this sort of law could do no better than reading The Kingdom of Moltz: which describes exactly this scenario, what causes it and why it is so corrosive to society.

  • Steffen Graumann

    My Canon 600D stop when the file size hits 4 GB. I get between 11 and 18 minutes recording depending on how dark or bright the scene is.

  • js43

    Will older cameras be able to be upgraded?  New firmware?