Article ID : S1Q0407 / Last Modified : 06/17/2010

How much video can I take on memory card media with my Sony® NEX-3 ? (alpha) camera?

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General Notes

  • This chart lists the approximate total recording time which can be saved to the memory card media.
  • Continuous shooting is limited to approximately 29 minutes or to the capacity of the memory card media, whichever is shorter.
  • The movie file size is limited to approximately 2GB of the capacity of the memory card media, whichever is shorter.
  • The combined total of the Hours, Minutes, and Seconds is the total recording time for the video format and memory stick size.
  • Before you purchase memory card media, be sure to verify it is compatible with your Sony camera. If the device is not compatible, data recorded to the memory card may be lost or damaged.
  • Recommended memory card types:
    • Memory Stick Pro™ Duo (Mark 2)
    • Memory Stick Pro-HG™ Duo
    • SD memory card
    • SDHC memory card
    • SDXC memory card (Class 4 or higher)

Video Format Length Memory Card Capacity (formatted with the camera)
256MB 512MB 1GB 2GB 4GB 8GB 16GB 32GB
1280 x 720 Fine
(29.97 fps)
Hours 1 3 7
Minutes 3 6 13 27 54 50 45 25
Seconds 0 30 20 00 30 30 10 10
1280 x 720 Standard
(29.97 fps)
Hours 1 2 5 11
Minutes 4 9 20 40 21 45 37 07
Seconds 30 50 10 30 50 50 50 50
640 x 480 VGA
(29.97 fps)
Hours 1 2 5 10 20
Minutes 8 18 37 15 31 6 23 33
Seconds 40 20 20 10 10 20 50 00