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I have the SD-1. It stops recording on my 8gb after only 43 min

The camera works great until you add a bigger SDHC card other than the 4gb. Once you add say a 8gb. starts to blink RED on time remaining and just stops at approximately 43 minutes. You then have to press record again to record the entire 8gb SDHC card.

Is there a firmware update for the larger cards? I've also tried to reformat the 8gb in the camera and get the same response.
Any help on this would be greatly appreciated. eric cosh

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  • denniscosh Dec 15, 2008

    I finally figured out the answer to this problem with the help of Panasonic and other  SD1 users.


    Here is the basic problem.  The SD1 was only designed to record at the highest setting HD for 43 minutes  continuous, regardless of how large your SDHC card is. There are several solutions to this.
    One is to record on either the HN or HE mode. This of course gives you less MBPS and the quality isn't as good, but most amateurs will never notice the difference.  This way you can record for the full length of your SDHC cards.


    My advise is that if you're recording something really important, i.e. a Catholic wedding, record right up to the time of the actual ceremony and then hit pause, then record again and now you should have enough time (approx 43 minutes) to get you to the Communion at which point you can shot it down and either replace your cards, or if you're recording with at least a 8gb care, just hit record again and that will take you to the end of the Ceremony.


    eric

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Try formatting the card while its in the camcorder, this might sort the problem for you, also look in the camera's menu to see if its restricted to a certain amount of used memory at once, basically return the camera to factory settings.
I find a lot of camera's don't like certain SD cards anyway even if the camera says it supports them, Sandisc are making just about the best SD cards at the moment

kind regards

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    Lee Hodgson Dec 11, 2008

    Sorry i see you have already formatted the card while in the camera, do the factory reset and try again, if the problem still persists then the camera doesn't support 8GB, go to panasonics support website to see if they have released a firmware update that supports 8GB, if they haven't your stuck with 4GB for the moment

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    Lee Hodgson Dec 11, 2008

    Hi there, her is the info you need

    Cards that you can use with this unit Panasonic HDC-DX1

    Motion pictures cannot be recorded on an SD card with this unit.
    For the purposes of these operating instructions, SD Memory Card and SDHC Memory Card are
    referred to as the “SD card”.
    This unit supports SD Memory Cards formatted in FAT12 system and FAT16 system based on SD
    Memory Card Specifications and SDHC Memory Cards formatted in FAT32 system.
    If you wish to use Memory Cards that are 4 GB, SDHC Memory Cards only can be used.
    4 GB (or more) Memory Cards that do not have the SDHC logo are not based on SD Memory Card
    Specifications.
    Use this unit to format SD cards. If an SD card is formatted on other products (such as a computer),
    the time spent for recording may become longer and you may not be able to use the SD card. (l 85)
    (Do not format it on a PC etc.)
    A MultiMediaCard cannot be used on this unit.
    Card type SD Memory Card SDHC Memory Card
    Capacity 8 MB, 16 MB, 32 MB, 64 MB,
    128 MB, 256 MB, 512 MB,
    1 GB, 2 GB
    4 GB

    kind regards


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The SD1 comes with a 4GB SDHC card. However, I don't know if it will use the 8GB cards. Reports on the SD150 say it will use the higher capacity cards but stops recording at 4GB. One would think that Panasonic designed the SD1 to match up with the 32GB limit on SDHC...but who knows?

With an 8GB SD card allowing only 80 minutes of 13Mbps AVCHD, I doubt one could record all day. But, it would probably suffice for most vacation videos. I suspect that we will see many people opt for the 6 Mbps because it will give very good resolution and long record times. That would basically double the record time for an 8GB card to 160 minutes.

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This camera is not supposed to support more than 4GB, and no firmware is available for 8GB

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    Ginko Dec 11, 2008

    It is not a matter of formatting, on this camera specs is written that the model supports up to two GB, that means that on certain cameras , up to 4 GB are supported, SD cards over 4 GB use a different technology, and will not work on this camera, no firmware upgrade to support bigger SD cards had ever been released.

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