I've had many point-n-shoot cameras over the past 20 years: Fuji A201, Canon A540, Nikon S8100, Nikon S8200, Nikon S9900: all of these do video recording but limit the time. The old Fuji A201 only did like 12 minutes, and the Canon A540, Nikon S8100, Nikon S8200, Nikon S9900 all do 28-30 minutes of video. It is really frustrating to have to babysit the camera so when it stops recording, (then takes 25-45 seconds of "closing" the video) I can push the record button again to start the next video segment. I've not found a way on any of those cameras to eliminate that moment of not recording in between segments. I've been to multiple events where I needed to record non-stop for 45 minutes to 1.5 hours; but did the best I could. While the camera manufacturers do state this limitation in the manuals, it is not listed in specs. That makes it difficult to research prior to purchase which cameras will have this limitation. Most of these state the 4G file size limitation of the SD card as the reason. Which I understand, but the frustration comes with the 25-45 seconds of non-recording prior to being able to push the record button to start a new video.
I'm wondering if cameras whose primary purpose is shooting video, rather than pictures, do any better? I'm looking at Minolta MH50HD, Canon Vixia HF R800, Panasonic HC-V180K. Do any of these automatically move on to the next file to keep recording, or at least have a lesser stopped time in between?