I can't create a video longer than 30 seconds because of the live view 30 seconds limit. I know is to protect the sensor, but as soon as I start live view (LV) a 30 seconds timer appears.

The Manual and specifications say it can film up to 20 min (or 5 in high resolution), so what is the problem, could the temperature sensor of the camera be broken or am I missing some configuration?

The manual says the timer will appear to prevent overheat. "To prevent damage to the camera’s internal circuits, recording will end automatically before the camera overheats. A count-down display will appear in the monitor 30 s before shooting ends. At high ambient temperatures, this display may appear immediately when live view mode is selected." This timer appears when I put the camera into Live View, I even put the camera in the freezer and it still appears.

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  • This is possibly a duplicate of photo.stackexchange.com/questions/20180/… – Håkon K. Olafsen Feb 13 '13 at 17:28
  • Is there plenty of free space on the memory card? – ElendilTheTall Feb 13 '13 at 17:48
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    Yeah, different camera, but still the most plausible problem. How fast is your card? – Håkon K. Olafsen Feb 13 '13 at 18:48
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    It is probably timing out live view because it is a heavy battery drain. There may be a setting in the menus somewhere to set the timeout or possibly even turn it off altogether. None of this has anything to do with how long of a video sequence you can capture. – Olin Lathrop Feb 13 '13 at 19:56
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    Sounds like a faulty temperature sensor in that case – Matt Grum Feb 13 '13 at 22:22

Live view in Nikon DSLRs is intended to stop after 30 seconds if you're not actively using the camera. This is very useful, as live view is very hard on the battery, and it would completely draw it for no reason if left unattended. Also this is not a problem in actual use, as countdown should stop and reset to 30s whenever you do something (e.g. correcting exposure, taking a photo, changing some settings). If you start video recording (OK button) it should go on as expected until it hits its time limit.

You may have a problem with video recording not working, in which case your only option would be to have your camera replaced or serviced. But your question (and comments) seem to imply you did't have problems with video recording stopping before it was time or not even starting, as you just mentioned the 30s LV limit.

The part of the manual you're quoting in the comments is about how shooting of video, or stills for that matter, is supposed to stop if the camera is overheating. This is standard in most cameras, as far as I know, but it's very unlikely to happen unless you're doing very long exposures (I'm talking hours).

Some notes: the OP never mentions trying to start video with no results, or recording interruptions. So inferences are being made with no premises to support them. I took the trouble to have a look at the manual even if I already knew roughly how the camera worked, so I found out the 30s countdown is dealt with in the "live view" section, and the part about recording interruption in case of overheating is in a box of its own. On top of that, putting the camera in the freezer is the worst thing one could do, exposing it to condensation problems and temperatures it wasn't designed to handle.

  • I can start recording, but it stops when the LV stops (this is the intended behavior) but for what the manual says the LV can be used for more than 30 seconds so you can record longer videos (up to 20 min or so the manual says) – donnanicolas Feb 19 '13 at 17:10
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    The default behavior for live view is to stop after 30s ONLY if you're not shooting or recording. Otherwise your camera must be seriously broken, or recording is not actually starting. – MattiaG Feb 19 '13 at 17:27

Are you getting the REC with a diagonal line through it in the top left corner?

“No movie” icon Indicates that movies can not be recorded. (page 42)


Time remaining The amount of time remaining before live view ends automatically. Displayed if shooting will end in 30 s or less. (page 42)

From this .pdf version of manual.

It doesn't explain why "No REC" would appear.

Maybe take it off Auto (if you're using it) and use P or M. And are you pressing "OK" to start/stop recording?

Initially I thought that LV needed to be turned off but it states in the manual to turn it on first.

  • DSLR video always takes place in live view mode as the mirror needs to be raised for light to continuosly hit the sensor, thus obscuring the viewfinder. This might not be the case in cameras with a translucent mirror, like those from Sony. – MattiaG Feb 14 '13 at 9:36
  • When I was reading through the manual, it appeared that the 30second LV overrode the Video Mode. However, it does state in the manual that the REC with strike through can appear, but it doesn't explain when it can appear. – BBking Feb 14 '13 at 9:40
  • The OP didn't mention this "No movie" issue. – MattiaG Feb 14 '13 at 10:03
  • Exactly my point. Maybe they didn't notice it? "No mention" does not equal "Not happening". – BBking Feb 14 '13 at 21:31
  • The "No Movie" icon does no appear, only the live view icon – donnanicolas Feb 19 '13 at 17:08

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