The European TZ7 15-minute video recording limit

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The European TZ7 15-minute video recording limit
Apr 14, 2009

So I've been trying to figure out what the story behind this is. Thus far all I'd read is that it's because the camera gets taxed if it can record more than 15 mins continuously.

From various bureaucratically constructed EU documents covering the "Combined Nomenclature" and "CN codes" still cameras and camcorders are classified under, it seems 30 minutes of continuous 800x600 or higher res video is the point at which a camera gets classified as a video camera.

In other words, Panasonic has imposed a further artificial limit of 15 mins - they could have set it to 29 mins (or 25 mins if 29 is not a pretty enough number) without any change in classfication.

Here's an outline of how cameras may be classified:

8525 80 30 (digital cameras) - no import duty
8525 80 91 (video cameras) - 4.9% duty

8525 80 99 (video cameras with an input that can record from external sources) - 12.5% duty

The third is apparently behind the crippling of DV inputs on many European market camcorders.

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