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?
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
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.
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.