The D5100 is a DSLR still camera with video capability, not a video camera with still capability. Keep in mind, the 20 minute/4GB limit assumes that the memory card has enough capacity and is fast enough to clear the buffer before it fills. As for hitting the record button immediately after the camera stops recording, someone that has a D5100 or D7000 will have to answer that question. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
Thanks! I experimented tonight with the video recording at the maximum of 1920x1080 24p on the Nikon D5100 and this is really interesting. It's basically a scene limit per 20 minutes on my 32GB card, and I can keep recording multiple scenes of 20 minutes each time I hit record, that's the only catch as it does automatically stop.
I have 2 files now of both 2MB each and they are 1920x1080 24p
With like 26GB free, I'm sure I could keep recording more 20 minute clips like these, except that I wonder if I'd eventually wear down the battery. Are there extended capacity batteries for this camera?
2.98GB - 20 minutes 2.98GB - 20 minutes
I guess I could have gone for more as I still had 1/3rd battery life left and when I started this, it wasn't on a full charge.
I think you have the wrong camera. If you need a video camera, you should get one of those. Attempting to force a DSLR (any of them) into fitting a videocam role is unlikely to be a very satisfying experience.
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I just tried out my new D5100 Easter Sunday. Took three consecutive 20 minute HD 1080 30fps clips without the camera even getting warm. Then the low battery light came on. I guess that"s all folks. I ordered three extra batteries today.
I noticed that you can buy an adapter and use AC power but I do not want to drag a cord.
>The big driver on the limit is the EU taxes for "video >camera" vs "still camera that also shoots >video", where the time limit is the major part of the >definition of video camera vs still camera. > If that is true we need a non Nikon firmware upgrade. It would be very nice if it were open sourced.
> > >What's with the limit of 20 minutes of video on my new d5100? > >I purposely purchased this camera as a replacement for my >Canon Vixia camcorder so I would be able to record long form >like I did with it, but also do photos. > >Please advise for solutions here. Can I record up to 20 >minutes, then hit the record button again quickly to continue >recording another 20 minutes on the same media? > >Please advise and thanks. > >
I am a newbie, but I will take a crack an answering that one. It seems like plain common sense. HD Video is not the main purpose of the D5100.. IMNO(in my newbie opinon)if one has video the main purpose of buy a camera, one should get a camcorder!!
DSLRs do an exceptionally poor job of replicating camcorders. Their use in the FILM industry as stand-in's for more expensive hardware is far more effective. Anyone who's actually worked on a live set knows the likelihood of actually getting anything more than a 2-3 minute continuous take is slim to none. So the 20 minute time limit or even the previous 5 minute limit on the older Nikons, or the 12 minute limit on the Canon's is essentially immaterial.
This limitation has been discuss ad naueam for several years now, and anyone not familiar with it has simply not done due diligence. It has been discussed on every DSLR forum of note, it's in every FAQ, etc.