Canon Powershot A70 640x480 3 minute video hack

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The Cannon Powershot A70 has the ability to take 30 seconds of video at 640x480 screen resolution at 15 fps.

It can also take 3 mins of video at 320x240 resolution.

The thought crossed my mind that maybe the 30 second limit was imposed by a firmware setting.

So I looked on the web and guess what - some nice helpfull geek types have hacked the firmware to allow you to take a full 3 minutes of 640x480 video.

Wicked eh!

go here and sign up to the group to get the hack http://groups.yahoo.com/group/canondigicamhacking/

I'd suggest you go to canon and get the pdf which describes how to perform a firmware upgrade.

I've just flashed my A70 and can confirm it all works as expected.

You cannot preview the 3 minute video's on the camera but hey nothings perfect the files work fine when downloaded to your PC.

Note I've not tested this using a mac to perform the upgrade!!!

My advice use a PC!

The big question why didn't canon allow 3 min vids in the first place?

I'd advise getting a big 1GB memory card cause the 3 min video's take up over 100MB of space...

The video is rather special in that it is progressive rather than interlaced so you get a film look to it. Normally you'd be paying £2000 to get a camcorder that could do this. OK so it's only 3 minutes at 15fps and 640x480 but for the £175 price tag on a canon A70 who's complaining?

PHLUR :sun:
 
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