30 minute video limit: technology or tax code?

Started Nov 27, 2010 | Discussions thread
Paul De Bra
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It is a tax issue: import tax to be precise.

The EU defines a video camera as one that will take video clips of 30 minutes or more. If such a camera is not manufactured in Europe (I doubt whether any still are) it is subject to a 12% import duty (and regular vat on top of that).
To avoid this tax manufacturers built in a limit of 29 minutes and 59 seconds.

I have no idea why this limit is implemented in all versions of the cameras and not just the ones shipped to the EU.

GPapa wrote:

Just heard this from Leo Laporte, a tech guy broadcasting on XM Radio.

There is a higher tax on video cameras than still cameras in Europe. The definition of a video camera is one that will take more than 30 minutes of video.

So, what is the real technological limit, before the sensor overheats, on a DSLR camera that also has a video feature?


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