Best practice for storing Date/time in MySQL

I want to use the field type 'timestamp' since I have a 64-bit system, but MySQL documentation states that timestamps cannot go beyond 2038, is this true--even on a 64-bit system present-day?

I'd prefer to not use datetime as I will lose auto timezone conversions...

Please advise
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Mayank GairolaSr. Application Support Engg.Commented:
Timestamp (both PHP ones and MySQL's ones) are stored using 32 bits (i.e. 4 bytes) integers ; which means they are limited to a date range that goes from 1970 to 2038.
DATETIME don't have that limitation -- but are stored using more bytes (8 bytes, if I'm not mistaken)

After, between storing timestamps as seen by PHP, or timestamps as seen by MySQL :
•      using PHP timestamps means manipulations are easier from PHP -- see
•      using MySQL's timestamps means manipulations are easier from MySQL -- see

And, for more informations between MySQL's TIMESTAMP and DATETIME datatypes, see

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MarkProgrammerAuthor Commented:
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