Originally Posted by Tom Frank
Yes, you used the wrong cable. The camera only needs +5V nominal to operate with remote power (2 wires), and the +5 V need to be on pin 4 rather than pin 1 as on a standard USB plug. The thin two wire cable provides this and should be used with the card charger. The fatter round cables has 4 wires and would be used to transfer files to/from the memory card and to charge the battery.
I guess there are no instructions with the camera that explains what the cables are for?
Yes, but the instructions did not anticipate continuous filming. Nothing in them about that. It does say "when the camera battery is low power, connect the car charger and continue to work" Not sure that that means continuous video though.
Anyway, I'm trying the skinny again, looking to get continuous 50 minute videos until the 8 gb card is full. Will report if and when successful.