Nikon DSLRs Hacked To Remove Video Recording Time Limit

First major win for the Nikon Hacker team – removing the 30 minutes (or 29:59 if you wanna be picky) video recording limit on Nikon DSLRs .

Nikon DSLRs Hacked To Remove Video Recording Time Limit

Ever since DSLRs introduces video capabilities, there has always been a recording time limit for 30 minutes. Interestingly enough, this limit is not coming from hardware of software restrictions, but rather from a regulatory requirement that classifies devices recordings over 30 minutes of video as Camcorders, thus increasing their custom duty rates.

While Nikon’s hacked firmware is not nearly as advanced as CHKD or MagicLantern, it is slowly making its moves into becoming a reality. (Why make it so hard Nikon? Why? See what MagicLantern did to Canon and how it helped embrace the 5D +ML as a beloved tool for videographers).

The first release with a significant firmware hack is now released and is compatible with D5100 and D7000. With the first feature being removing that video recording time limit restriction.

I think this would turn out to be a major milestone for the Nikon Hacker team. As with any hack the more incentive someone has to use it, the bigger the relevant community gets, thus expediting the development.

For the announcement instructions and download link check this post.

Of course, this is not something that Nikon released, and it could brick your camera, so act at your own risk.

[ Nikon D5100 Video Beta Testers Wanted via Nikon Rumors, Illustration based on Ready steady… Go]

  • DGVeLab

    Great and useful. But the sensor will be able to withstand a heating more than 30 minutes?

    • Funn Foto

      Good point that is what many have said. Also if you are really doing film making how often do you need to run a shoot for .. the idea is you are setting up each shot. Action,cut next

      • Emranur Rahman

        some people may want to record log segments e.g.: children’s talents show or an event like a press conference. So there is a need for more than 30 minute.

    • Simeon Pilgrim

      People have reported recording hour long segments (back to back recording) so it’s possible in regards to the heat issue.

      • DGVeLab


  • Greg Easton

    I wish someone would hack the D90

  • sam

    You’re missing the point. The big news is that there is a working patch out. now looking forward to the clean HDMI on the D5100:

  • Simeon Pilgrim

    I would like to point out that the linked pages are over a year old. But thanks for the extra traffic.

  • t

    how about hacks for canon’s rebel dslrs

    • Simeon Pilgrim

      Look for the Magic Lantern project.

  • Shane Taylor

    30 minutes would be great. My D3s only records a maximum of 5 minute clips. Lame. Hack that!

  • Jonathan Alcantar

    D3200 please

  • kiddov

    any for d5000?

  • RaySnaps

    I wish there was a version for the D5000, the time limit is driving me crazy.