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Does the Panasonic HC-V770 Have a Recording Time Limit?

Yes, the Panasonic HC-V770 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 Panasonic HC-V770 Record Before Stopping?

The maximum continuously recordable time on the Panasonic HC-V770 is about 6 hours.

When the recording reaches 6 hours the recording will automatically pause and then resume after a few seconds have passed. 

If you plan to record for more than 6 hours you should be aware of this momentary pause in recording.

Total Recording Times Available for SD cards

Even though your HC-V770 can record continuously for 6 hours, you also have to keep in mind the remaining memory left in your SD card.

For example, when recording in 4K resolution you won’t have as much recording time as files get large very quick and can fill an SD card quite easily.

Using a 64 GB SD card when recording in MP4 at a 4K resolution with 25 fps, you would get approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes of recording time before the SD card fills up.

Clearly in this scenario you won’t be getting 6 hours of continuous recording because you would need a fresh SD card with free memory.

Are There File Size Limits For Videos on The HC-V770?

A lot of cameras have a 4GB file size limit for video files.

On page 26 of the user manual for the Panasonic HC-V770 it explains what happens for scenes exceeding approximately 4GB…

When ‘REC FORMAT’ is set to ‘MP4/iFrame’, video files will be split when they reach a file size of approximately 4GB or around 30 minutes in length, however the recording will not be interrupted.

The camera does not stop recording at the 4GB file size limit, but it just automatically creates a new file so you can continue recording without interruption. 

My Panasonic HC-V770 Automatically Turns Off Unexpectedly

If your Panasonic HC-V770 is turning off unexpectedly you might have the ‘Economy’ settings turned on. 

There are two different economy settings based on the type of power you are using:

Economy (BATT) – When you are powering the HC-V770 just with a battery pack.

Economy (AC) – When you are powering the HC-V770 with an AC adaptor.

With Economy (Batt) set to ON, the camera will automatically turn off after 5 minutes have passed without any operation. 

With Economy (AC) set to ON, the camera will automatically turn off after 15 minutes have passed without any operation while it is connected to an AC adaptor.

To change these settings to ‘OFF’ do the following:

  1. In your ‘Menu’ go ‘Setup’.
  1. Find and select the ‘Economy (AC)’ and set this to ‘OFF’.
  1. Also in the ‘Setup’ menu find and select ‘Economy (BATT)’ and set this to ‘OFF’.


We hope you found this post useful.

You should now know the recording limits on the Panasonic HC-V770.

To summarise, the maximum continuously recordable time for one single video is about 6 hours on the Panasonic HC-V770.

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