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Why Does My Canon G7X Mark II Stop Recording?

There are recording time limits set for the Canon G7X Mark II, but there are also specific things you can do to avoid your recordings stopping prematurely.

If your Canon G7X Mark II keeps turning off then this post will help you.

There are differences between the G7X models so if you are looking for information about your G7X Mark III then check out the following post instead:

First let’s discuss the limits suggested by Canon for the maximum recording time per video.

How Long Can the Canon G7X Mark II Record For?

The limit for each individual video is approximately 29 minutes and 59 seconds if you are shooting in Full HD (1920 x 1080) or HD (1280 x 720).

If you are shooting at a lower resolution of 640 x 480 then the limit for each individual video is approximately 1 hour.

Why Does My Canon G7X Mark II Stop Recording?

There are recording time limits on the Canon G7X mark II as discussed above, but there are 3 other reasons that could be causing your camera to stop recording.

1. The Speed Class Is Too Low on Your SD Card

The recording limits are based on the usage of an SD card with a speed class rating of 10.

You should see this as the minimum speed rating you want for your SD card.

An SD card with a speed class of 10 will have a symbol of a 10 with a circle around it.

Below is an example of a recommended SD card for the G7X Mark II.

If you don’t have an SD card with the right speed class then this could be why your recording is stopping earlier than you would expect.

Your recording time for an individual video may be lower than the actual recording limit and the recording can stop if you use a lower speed rated card.

2. File Size Reaches 4GB

If the file size of the video you are recording reaches 4GB then the recording on your G7X Mark II will automatically stop. 

The file size varies depending on the resolution you are recording at and the frame rate used.

Here’s an example using the 1080p setting at 60 frames per second on the G7X Mark II.

In this example you will typically hit a file size of 4GB around the 15-17 minute mark. When this happens the video will cut off. 

To fix this issue you can increase your recording time by reducing the frame rate or reducing the resolution used.

Both of these things reduce the file size so this should increase your recording time limit closer to the 29 minutes 59 seconds when recording in HD or Full HD. 

3. Memory Card Becomes Full

This might be an obvious one, but you might only have a few minutes worth of memory left on your SD card and if your memory card reaches its capacity the recording can stop automatically

At this point there is no more memory for your video to be saved to.

To avoid this happening too often we recommend getting an SD card with a larger capacity and making sure you carry at least one spare SD card.

If you are shooting video on a regular basis then opt for a minimum of 64GB per memory card like the one we have recommended earlier in this article.

We hope this article has been helpful.

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