EU Video Laws

Discussion in 'Filmmaking' started by JayShiva, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. JayShiva

    JayShiva Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 6, 2011
    Yarm, UK
    Hi guys,

    Someone at work has asked to borrow my GF1 to film a drama exam.

    The camera is to be tripod mounted, and plugged into a power source.

    Recording will be 3 x 2hour sessions.

    I read somewhere that EU law restricts video recording on 'stills' cameras to be limited to 30 minutes. Regardless of how large my SD card is.

    Is this true? If so, I assume there is no way round this??
  2. MajorMagee

    MajorMagee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2011
    Dayton, OH
    They tax video camera imports under a different classification, so still cameras have to be limited to avoid being accused of skirting the law to avoid paying the tax.
  3. meachp

    meachp Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 16, 2011
    Norton-on-Tees, UK
    It's actually 29 minutes. If you got 30 it would be classed as a video camera and be subject to the extra tax.
  4. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    2 points

    1) yes european non video cameras are restricted to 30 mins

    2) there is a reason why pro video cameras cost more than a GF1.... and have a smaller sensor ...GF1 was not designed to shoot continuously for 2 hours... sensor gets too hot

  5. yourguitarhero

    yourguitarhero Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 29, 2011
    Can you get round this by installing US firmware?
  6. yourguitarhero

    yourguitarhero Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 29, 2011
    Hmm, I downloaded the US firmware but can't update as I already have version 1.2 on my GF1. Any way round this?