Inspired by a comment to one of my answers I have a question on my own. We know that one of the reasons for the time limit on video recording in DSLRs is import taxes to the EU. How much more would a DSLR cost if it was imported as a video camera?

  • When I bought Sony wx1 the clerk told me it has a 10 minute limit for video, only due to the import tax. Feb 19, 2013 at 20:21
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    The best part is the fact that this limit is put on many cameras throughout the world regardless of if the tax is applicable. My 5D mark 3 in the US also has the 30 minute limit as do many other cameras. Thanks EU!!!
    – AJ Henderson
    Feb 19, 2013 at 20:23
  • and according to this, there is no limit, so it is espeically made for the DK market: trustedreviews.com/… hmmm... I wonder if I can firmware upgrade it to not have this limit... Feb 19, 2013 at 20:23
  • One of the reasons for this is a 4GB file size limit on FAT32 formatted media. Feb 19, 2013 at 22:40
  • The 4GB limit is easily handled in software by starting a new file, there are heaps of software out there that does this. And if I record in SD (not that I would) I still can't get past the 29:59 limit. Feb 20, 2013 at 5:32

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The Danish taxation is:

  • 0% on digital cameras for stills.
  • 6.7% on accessories, like flash and lenses(!! O.o)
  • 12.5% on digital cameras for video

Reference: http://www.toldpriser.dk/toldsatser

Example 5D mrk 3:

In Denmark the price of this nice camera is 4000$.

800$ is VAT, ie. base price is 3200$.

Add 12.5% for being a video camera: 3600$

Add back VAT: 4500$


That depends entirely on where you import it.

In sweden for example there is 0% customs duty on digital cameras for stills, and 14% on video cameras.

Source: http://www.tullverket.se/innehallao/t/tullochmomsvanligavaror/tullochmomspavanligtforekommandevaror.4.13ca5ad811a0aafa2cc8000927.html

  • Could you add a source? Or was it an offline call/conversation with someone? Feb 19, 2013 at 21:02
  • @BartArondson: Added the source. Hope it doesn't break the URL length limit in your browser. ;)
    – Guffa
    Feb 19, 2013 at 21:46

I just checked for Norway, and we don't have any import tax for still or video cameras, just a value added tax of 25%.

So if the time limit doesn't make any difference for Norway.


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