It seems that the camera is always in movie mode even when I am just trying to take a regular snapshot. I have even changed settings and it continues to have the same problem. I get a large "RECORDING" across the screen in red letters.
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The five-minute limit has nothing to do with the memory card or the video resolution. In some parts of the world video cameras are taxed at a higher rate than still cameras. Cameras that can only record videos up to five minutes in length are not considered video cameras and thus are taxed at the lower rate.
When was the last time you saw a movie or TV scene that was five minutes long without any cuts or breaks? It doesn't happen often and very few people find the five-minute limit restrictive.
Video quality is a very subjective thing. The quality is better than that of almost all compact still and video cameras. It's not as good as professional-quality video cameras. Video has a different "feel" from film --- but which is better?
Since the recording length doesn't depend on the resolution, I'd suggest you always record at the largest resolution. Videos can always be shrunk in size --- they can't be expanded.
When you switch the camera from mode to mode, does it make the click noise to signify that the camera recognized that it changed modes?
If not it could be that the switch itself has become unlogged from the switch. I know I had a older camera had this happen before. Try pushing down hard on the toggle wheel and seeing if it will snap back into place.
Otherwise the switch inside the camera itself is probably broken, and if this is the case cheapest thing you can do is have Sony do warranty work on the camera.
Click repair and service under Technical Support. This will get the process started on the warranty work.
This is a problem on the motherboard, sort of like a solenoid that controls the functions of on/off mode and video still mode. it needs a service and possibley a patrt replaced Hope its unjder warranty as it expesnive
This is a really simple problem and easy to solve. Unfortunately the videos you've recorded cannot be changed back because they have been recorded in Time Lapse mode.
With the camera switched on in Video Mode turn the control dial on the back (this is the dial to the right of the LCD screen). This will change the settings from TIME LAPSE to STANDARD. There are actually 6 different modes but the best one for normal videos is STANDARD. There is a HIGH RESOLUTION setting, however these record fewer frames per second (fps) so whilst the quality is better per frame, there are half the amount of fps so the the movie will look at bit jerky.
It's really easy to accidentally twist the dial when holding the camera, so always check the icon in the top right of the LCD before recording to make sure its just a yellow camera in a yellow square.
This should be problem solved for future recording.
1. Set control dial to movie mode
2. Press the Func/Set button
3. Scroll down to the recording pixels icon (probably 320 on yours right now)
4. Use left/right arrow to select 640
5. Press Func/Set button
you need to open the camera caseing a small amount. As you put the case back make sure the switch is in the movie position so it will engage the switch inside on the circuit board.
Looks like the switch has been knocked off the control inside.If you have been moveing the switch back and forward you may have broken it.
normally there are two possible causes for the problem,
1) the connectors of the rotary switch are dirty or not making proper contact.
2) the cable from the rotary switch is damaged.
In both the cases you have to get the swith changed.