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Taking movies when taking movies, my camera shuts down after about 2 minutes. What's my problem.

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  • nbnick Sep 14, 2008

    neither, camera just cuts out after about 2 minutes, I can start it up again by just pushing the record button again.

  • Anonymous Nov 02, 2008

    The film starts to record and shuts down after around 2 minutes. The camera stays on. I'm wondering if it's associated with warning about camera shake.
    On a tripod it's OK.


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Is the Battery flat? Or is the Memory card running out of room?

Posted on Sep 14, 2008

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    Emmanuel Higgins Sep 14, 2008

    mmm..... thats really weird??? 

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