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I tried making a video using my camera. I'm not sure why, but it only dcan record 20 seconds. How can I change it?

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Hi there
you don't say what size your memory card is but 20 secs means its very small.
a 1 gig card gives around 30 mins of standard video 2 gig 60 mins etc, its half that time if you record hq. your camera can only use up to a certain size card so be careful if you buy one and check the manual to see the biggest it can take.

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