When recording a video on your camera it's important to know how long you can record for to prevent missing any special family moments.

The Knowhow

There are several things that can alter how long you can record for:

Quality: Find out what quality your camera is recording in. If you're recording in HD then it will take up incredibly more space than if you're recording in low quality (320 x 240). There are generally a few options to choose from, which can be changed in your camera's settings menu.

Storage Size: Most cameras use a type of memory card to record onto. Sizes can vary from 1GB - 128GB, but check your camera's manual as different models have varying capabilities (some will only be able to use up to 16GB memory cards for example). You may also find that your camera has some internal memory.

Below shows an estimated table of how long you can record for when recording in MPEG-4 (.mp4):

Video (HD MPEG-4) Fine Normal Low
1GB 10 minutes 15 minutes 22 minutes
2GB 20 minutes 30 minutes 45 minutes
4GB 40 minutes 1 hour 90 minutes
8GB 80 minutes 2 hours 3 hours
16GB 160 minutes 4 hours 6 hours
32GB 5.5 hours 8 hours 12 hours
64GB 11 hours 16 hours 24 hours
128GB 22 hours 32 hours 48 hours

Please Note: To prevent overheating, most cameras will only allow you to record 2GB at a time (Standard Quality: 7 minutes - 15 minutes). Generally you're able to continue recording straight after.

Updated On:

Nov 11, 2011

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