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Olympus OM-D E-M1 The first Micro Four Thirds camera that offers phase detect focusing so you can use Four Thirds DSLR lenses normally as well a Micro Four Thirds lenses.

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Video on the EM-1

Slowly finding my way around my new camera but have a question on video recording.

Does anyone know what the maximum duration is for a single video shoot? just shy of 30 mins? Also, what is the filesize if shooting full HD fine 30fps?

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Re: Video on the EM-1

I was told on a FB Group that the maximum time was 30 minutes, or just under maybe? I don't know myself personally but I was looking to video an event later this month.
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Re: Video on the EM-1

Interesting, in all the time I've had the EM1 I've never used the video
Just never got round to it. Maybe that's a project for our next holiday. I could do a comparison with the other half's Panasonic camcorder.
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Re: Video on the EM-1

It's just that I'm off to photograph sharks (if they're playing) tomorrow in the Red Sea. Having only just got my EM-1 I found that you can shoot video and interrupt with stills. That is going to be a huge bonus so just trying to get up to speed with the video side of the camera.

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Re: Video on the EM-1

The 30 mins (?) Anne is only for a continuous video clip. As long as your memory card and battery have the capacity you can shoot as much footage as you want - in multiple clips.

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Re: Video on the EM-1

If I recall correctly I think the limit (some suggest it is 30 minutes) is a measure to avoid tax. Anything over this limit gets an extra tax as a video recording device. Its an EU wide tax. US (and maybe Asian) versions of a camera do not have the limit. I would compare US and UK (EU) manuals but there is no mention of a limit in my (E-M5) manual.
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Re: Video on the EM-1

Hi I have the EM5 I'm pretty sure the manual said 20 mins at full HD, But then if doing video you would normal do it in small sections even pro video users only do short clips as it makes for ease of editing and finding any bad bits to cut out, and do retakes etc.

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Re: Video on the EM-1

I have the EM1 and Stylus 1, I tried the EM1 last year for video but not used it since as I hated the constant inability to keep focused on the subject, for example someone running meant it was hunting the first few seconds , locked then lost it once again and manual focus is not possible at the speed needed. I have a JVC video camera that is miles better for focus speed and staying on target as have all my other video cameras over the years.
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Re: Video on the EM-1

I used my E-M1 with video for the first time last month in the Caribbean, it was a short clip of my wife leaving the sea and walking towards me on the beach; the camera kept focus for the full clip. I would show it but she would kill me!
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Re: Video on the EM-1

In that case I wonder if the ability to keep in focus depends on the lens (I was using the 12-40 F2.8 and the 75-300 mk2) And or the focus option in which case which is optimum?
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Re: Video on the EM-1

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But then if doing video you would normal do it in small sections even pro video users only do short clips as it makes for ease of editing and finding any bad bits to cut out, and do retakes etc.
Not really an option for recording small scale productions in front of live audiences however for documentary purposes I entirely agree.
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Re: Video on the EM-1

When you have to track sport events its not easy and its best to keep recording as the moment you stop you miss the highlight...sods law lol
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Re: Video on the EM-1

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I was also using my 12-40 F2.8 Pro lens. It was in bright sunny Caribbean light though! Once locked on I just panned with her movement and immediately after I inadvertently kept it running and it re-focused on my feet as I was laying on a sun bed under a parasol! That was unintentional! No problem at all in focusing. The video is very sharp with faithful colours, capturing the variations of the turquoise sea, sand and blue sky.
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