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Old August 10th, 2008, 10:11 PM   #1
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Recording Times vs. Recording quality

This might be a really dumb question, but why is it that my 8 gig cards always record only 28 minutes regardless of the recording quality setting? Why wouldn't the file sizes drop somewhat when I use the lowest quality setting on my EX1?
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Old August 11th, 2008, 03:23 AM   #2
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When using 1080/50i sp (25 mbs) my 8gb cards give me 39 mins.
Your 1080/60i sp should give you the same.
1080i sp is the only format which is 25mbs, all the rest are 35mbs, hence the lower recording times.

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Old August 11th, 2008, 04:14 AM   #3
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Indeed, what Paul said. The 720p modes are all high quality, designated by the HQ next to the name. The 1080/60i and 1080/24p SP modes are the lower data rate settings.
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