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Doesn't Record Over 30 Minutes
Reviewed in the United States on March 19, 2019
I purchased this camera to record events (commencements, meetings, weddings, etc), only to find out that it stops recording at 29 minutes 50 seconds. Apparently, Sony would have to classify it as a video camera and pay extra tariffs in Europe if they let it record over 30 minutes. So to avoid the expense, they programmed it to stop recording. Other companies, like Panasonic, are wiling to shell out the extra fees so their customers can record over 30 minute videos.
Did some research to see what I could do before sending it back; there was software for the previous Sony cameras that would bypass the 30 minute time limit, but Sony has blocked all third party software. So, I purchased an Atomos screen recorder for $1200.. Waste of money, because it doesn't record sound. I could've purchased a microphone and a mixer, etc, but going through all this trouble just to record an hour long event isn't worth it to me.. Plus, if you mount the microphone on the camera, the Atomos screen recorder is super loud and the mic would pick up all the feedback from the fan.
Ended up sending this camera back and going with Panasonic GH5S. The Sony video and picture quality is absolutely stunning, and I'd prefer to keep it, but huge deal breaker having to purchase all the extras just to record over 30 minutes. You may say, just come back at 29 minutes and press record again; I tried that, and for a 3-4 hour long event, setting a timer and running back and forth becomes tiresome.