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Does the Canon VIXIA HF G50 Have a Recording Time Limit?

Yes, the Canon VIXIA HF G50 has a recording limit based on time.

This post tells you what this is and also addresses another unexpected way the camera might turn off…

How Long Does The Canon VIXIA HF G50 Record Before Stopping?

The recording limit on the Canon VIXIA HF G50 is different depending on whether you are using slow motion or standard recording formats.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that your recording will be interrupted though.

Recording Time Limits

Standard Recording

The maximum continuous recording time for a single video on the Canon VIXIA HF G50 is 6 hours. 

After 6 hours is reached, a new file will automatically be created and you can carry on recording continuously without interruption. 

So in this scenario your recording session won’t be interrupted, but you will have to edit or playback files separately if they are longer than 6 hours each. 

Slow Motion Recording

The maximum continuous recording time for a single slow motion video is 6 hours of playback time. 

After the playback time of 6 hours is reached for slow motion videos the recording will stop so you will have to restart a new clip. 

Since this is based on playback time it depends on the slow motion setting used.

For example if your slow motion is 0.5x normal speed then playback of 6 hours will be equal to 3 hours of recording. 

Are there File Size Limits For Videos on The VIXIA HF G50?

Video files will be split when they reach a file size of approximately 4GB, however their playback will be continuous on the camcorder. 

The camera does not stop recording at the 4GB file size limit so you can continue recording without interruption. 

You are also able to join these separate clips on a computer using the Canon ‘MP4 Join Tool’ so that they can be saved as one single clip. 

To give you an idea of the total approximate amount of time you can get out of each SD card here’s a screenshot from the manual. 

Canon VIXIA HF G50 – Total approximate time of recording you can get for different SD cards at different resolutions and bit rates.

My Canon VIXIA HF G50 Automatically Turns Off Unexpectedly

If your Canon VIXIA HF G50 is turning off unexpectedly you might have the ‘Auto Power Off’ function set to a short time limit. 

The ‘Auto Power Off’ setting automatically turns the camera off after 5 mins of it being idle to save battery power. This only happens when the camera is being powered by a battery pack. 

You can turn the camcorder back on by using the ‘power switch’.

To change the ‘Auto Power Off’ setting, do the following:

  1. In your ‘Menu’ go to ‘system setup’ (this is the one with the wrench icon).
  2. Find and select the ‘Auto Power Off’ option.
  3. Select whether you would like to set this to ON or OFF.

The auto power off option will not be available when ‘Rec Command’ is set to ‘ON’


We hope you found this post useful.

You should now know the recording limits on the Canon VIXIA HF G50.

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