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Aug232009

V.I.O. POV.1 Camera - More recording time!

OK, so either I'm stupid, mistaken or both. I thought v1.2 firmware for the POV.1 video system was ALREADY supposed to support 4GB and 8GB SD Cards for extended recording times. Experience this summer shows that my SanDisk 8GB card didn't allow any more time than my 4GB card (about 76 minutes +/-). Now, mind you, that's recording at the highest resolutions and at 30 frames-per-second, but one would think double capacity would mean double recording time.

I finally spent a little time out at the V.I.O. website this morning and found that there's a v1.3 firmware that claims compatibility with these cards. I don't know how long that firmware has been available, but fifteen minutes later, I had it loaded on the POV.1 and was testing.

Wow! What an improvement!

An old 2GB card now shows 85 minutes of recording time (better than what I thought I was getting with the 4GB card I'd been using!)

The 4GB card now shows 166 minutes and my 8GB card, a lofty 334 minutes! Running in 5-minute Loop mode, I don't think I'm going to need more than just the 8GB card for a week-long trip!

V.I.O. also has a new Exposure Control Firmware release. It costs $10, but looks like it might be worth it. I'm considering it and will post here when I do.

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