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The Problem with your GF1 stopping at 9 minutes of film might have to do with custom duties: If a photo-camera can record more than a prescribed length of film is is viewed as a cam-corder by customs which carries a higher duty. In Germany this starts at 30 minutes. In your country it may be 10 minutes.
The manual should describe the limits of continuous shooting.
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