About the Canon VIXIA HF G50
A 4K camera with plenty of advanced options
The Canon VIXIA HF G50 has a 3" LCD screen that helps you frame and review shots.
A 4K camera with plenty of advanced options
This 4K camera offers advanced features and settings that can be partially automated, or manually controlled when you want to manage the details. It gives you options, so you can get creative with confidence.
The camera offers 20X optical zoom with a manual focus ring, so you can get closer to the action and make sure the image is crisp and clear. There's also a large CMOS image sensor that captures rich colors and fine details. It can shoot sharp images in low light or in bright light. You can shoot time-lapse footage up to 1200X and slow motion down to 0.4X.
Keeping an image stable while you're shooting can be challenging. The VIXIA HF G50 features five-axis intelligent IS (Image Stabilization) that continuously applies the best type of correction throughout the camera's zoom range. You also get manual control for those times when you want to get very specific and "hands-on" with your shots. When you're zooming in or out, you can keep the motion smooth by choosing from one of 16 constant zoom speeds.
A touch-panel screen and separate viewfinder
There are a couple of ways to make sure your shot looks good before, during, and after recording. When you peer into the viewfinder's eyepiece, you're looking at a 1.56-million-dot image of your scene. If you want to see it even larger, just flip open the 3" LCD touchscreen. You'll get a dazzling full-color look at what your camera sees, so you can make timely adjustments and get it just right.
- 8.29-megapixel, 1/2.3-inch 4K UHD CMOS image sensor
- 20X optical zoom
- 35mm equivalent focal range: 29.3-601mm
- captures MP4 files at 1080/60p (up to 60 fps)
- maximum recording bit rate: 35 Mbps
- fast, powerful DIGIC DV 6 image processor
- shutter speeds up to 1/1000 sec.
- 1/4" color LCD viewfinder (1.56 million dots)
- ultra-clear 3" LCD touchscreen (460,000 dots)
- five assignable buttons for quick-access and custom shooting
- ergonomic joystick control offers fast access to camera control settings
- manual focus ring lets you more precisely focus on subjects (can be reassigned to zoom control)
- intelligent five-axis IS applies the best type of image stabilization for your environment
- dual card slots for extended continuous shooting with SD, SDHC or SDXC memory cards
- time-lapse recording of up to 1200X and slow motion down to 0.4X
Connections and dimensions:
- high-speed USB interface
- 3.5mm microphone input (mic/line switchable)
- 3.5mm headphone output
- 2.5mm input for optional remote control
- mini HDMI output (cable not included) for connection to compatible TV
- lens hood with lens barrier included
- cold shoe lets you add optional accessories
- comes with an AC adapter/charger and rechargeable lithium ion battery (BP-820)
- 4-1/2"W x 3-5/16"H x 9-1/8"D (with lens hood)
- weight: 1.91 lbs. (with battery and hood)
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # 3667C002
What's in the box:
- 4K camcorder
- Lens cap (installed)
- Lens hood
- BP-820 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery (7.4V 1780mAh 13Wh)
- CA570 Compact Power Adapter with attached 64" DC output cord (DC output 8.4V 1.5A)
- 59" AC cord (polarized C7 plug)
- Ferrite core noise filter (for power cord)
- Quick Guide
- Dealer Record of Canon Purchase sheet
- Register Now sheet
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Features & specs
|LCD Screen Size (inches)||3.0|
|Total Pixel Count||21.14 MP|
|Effective Pixel Count for Video||8.29 MP|
|Optical Zoom||20 x|
|Image Stabilization||Optical + Digital|
|Built-in Video Light||No|
|Max Recording Time w/ Included Battery||210 min|
|Digital Still Camera Features|
|Effective Pixel Count for Stills||---|
|Built-in Photo Flash||No|
|Still Image Aspect Ratios||16:9|
|Inputs and Outputs|
|USB Port||Mini-B 2.0 USB|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||30.56|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|Image Sensor Warranty||1 Year|
Overview: The Canon VIXIA HF G50 camcorder shoots stunning 4K and high definition video, as well as digital still images. The camcorder comes with a high-capacity rechargeable battery, and a compact power adapter.
Image Sensor: The HF G50 features a 1/2.3" 4K CMOS image sensor with 21.14 megapixels, and 8.29 effective pixels. The video is processed by the on-board DIGIC DV 6 image processor.
3.0" LCD Touch Screen: The HF G50 features a 3.0" widescreen, capacitive touch-sensitive LCD screen with approximately 460,000 dots and 100% field of view. The flip-out LCD panel can be rotated 270° (180° forward, 90° backward), allowing you to shoot videos from high and low angles. Onscreen buttons allow you to maneuver through the menus and change settings. You can also review your images by swiping your finger up/down or left/right across the screen.
Viewfinder: In addition to the 3.0" LCD screen, the camcorder also features a separate 0.24" TFT color viewfinder with 1.56 million dots. The viewfinder is activated when it is pulled out, and you can tilt it up to 45° for easier viewing. A dioptric adjustment lever lets you adjust the viewfinder to your eyesight. The viewfinder includes a large, comfortable eye cup for blocking out light to improve visibility.
Recording Media: The Canon HF G50 camcorder captures video and still-images SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards (sold separately). Cards rated as SD Speed Class 6 or 10 are recommended for HD video recording. For 4K or slow/fast motion recording, SD cards rated UHS Speed Class U3 should be used. The camcorder is equipped with two memory card slots, giving you added recording capability. Recording simultaneously on both memory cards (Dual Recording) provides an instant backup for your recordings. Another option is Relay Recording, allowing the camcorder to automatically switch from one memory card to the other when the first card becomes full.
Recording Formats: The camcorder records movies in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video format with 2-channel AAC audio. Still photos are recorded in JPEG compression.
Recording Modes: When recording video, you can choose from the following modes:
|Resolution||Bit Rate||Frame Rates|
|4K: 3840 x 2160||150 Mbps||30p, 24p|
|FHD: 1920 x 1080||35 Mbps||60p, 30p, 24p|
|HD: 1280 x 720||8 Mbps||60p|
Slow and Fast Motion: You can record videos with a slow motion or fast motion effect during playback. By recording individual frames at specific intervals the camcorder can provide smooth time-lapse recordings up to 1200x and slow motion down to 0.4x original speed. No audio is recorded for these scenes. You can choose from the following recording rates:
|Recording Mode||Frame Rate||Slow/Fast Motion Rates|
|3840 x 2160||30p, 24p||x2, x4, x10, x20, x60, x120, x600, x1200|
|1920 x 1080||60p||x2, x4, x10, x20, x60, x120, x600, x1200|
|1280 x 720||60p||x2, x4, x10, x20, x60, x120, x600, x1200|
Mini Advanced Shoe: The top-mounted Mini Advanced Shoe allows you to attach a range of optional accessories, such as video lights (VL-5) and external microphone (DM-100) without the need for additional cables.
Genuine Canon Video Lens: The HF G50 comes with a Genuine Canon 4K video lens with a 20x Optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 29.3 - 601mm at 4K) and a 20x digital zoom for a 400x total digital zoom. The minimum focusing distance is a mere 0.4" at wide angle and 23.6" at telephoto. It includes 12 elements in 10 groups, including two aspheric elements). The lens has a 58mm filter thread, allowing you to add screw-on filters, the TL-H58 tele-converter, or the WA-H58 wide attachment. The lens has an 8-blade aperture to give you pleasing bokeh (out-of-focus elements) in your recordings. A lens hood is included to reduce the amount of stray light to enter the lens.
Digital Tele-Converter: You can digitally increase the focal length of the camcorder by a factor of approximately 2x and record the enlarged image at full resolution.
Assignable Controls: The HF G50 features five assignable buttons for quick access. Often-used functions, such as AutoFocus/Manual Focus, White Balance, Pre-recording, Magnification, Backlight Correction, and Powered IS can be assigned to certain physical buttons. In addition, there is an assignable button on the LCD screen that can be used for another often-used function.
Zoom Controls: The camcorder offers several different methods for zooming in and out:
- Focus/Zoom Ring: When the focus/zoom ring is set to zoom, the zoom speed is controlled by how quickly you turn the ring.
- Zoom Rocker: The zoom rocker, by default, operates at a variable speed--gentle press for a slow zoom, harder press for faster zooms. Overall zoom speeds can be set to Slow, Normal, or Fast. You can also change the zoom speed to one of 16 constant speeds.
- Touch Screen Control: Using the Touch Screen, you can zoom in and out by pressing the W (wide) or T (tele) areas. Soft Zoom Control allows you to start and/or stop the zoom gradually.
- Optional Remote Control: With the optional RC-V100 Remote Controller plugged into the camcorder's 2.5mm remote input, you can vary the zoom speed by turning the zoom dial on the remote. Third-party plug-in remotes that do not support variable zoom speeds will zoom at a constant speed.
Advanced Image Stabilization: The HF G50 has a 5-axis SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization system to reduce image blur caused by camera shake. You can choose from Standard IS (lowest degree of camcorder shake), Dynamic IS (higher degree), or Powered IS (while zooming or at high zoom situations).
Camera Modes: Using the Mode Switch on the top of the camcorder, you can select one of the following Camera Modes:
- Auto: The camcorder takes care of all of the settings while you concentrate on recording.
- Manual: The manual setting gives you full access to menus, settings, and advanced functions.
Instant Auto Focus (AF): The HF G50 offers Instant Auto Focus, which uses an external sensor, in combination with Canon's auto focus system, to help significantly decrease the time it takes to focus, even in low light situations. The Focus Assistance feature provides a 2x magnification of your subject in the LCD monitor before you start recording. When recording begins, the Focus Assist is canceled. Other Autofocus modes include Medium AF and Normal AF.
Manual Focus Ring: The HF G50 has a manual focus ring that helps you achieve the focus you're looking for. The focus ring response can be set to fast, normal, or slow, plus the focus direction can be set in either direction.
Face Detection: The camcorder can automatically detect people's faces and use this information to adjust the focus and set the best exposure and color control settings for beautiful videos and photos. When there are a number of people in the picture, one person will be determined to be the main subject. You can also select the main subject manually.
Automatic Exposure Modes: The HF G50 features several automatic exposure modes, each depending upon how much control you have over recording-related settings:
- Programmed AE: The camcorder automatically adjusts the aperture and shutter speed to obtain the optimal exposure for the subject.
- Shutter Priority AE: You choose the shutter speed to freeze or blur the shot while the camcorder selects the appropriate aperture for the scene. You can select shutter speeds of 1/8 to 1/2000, or 1/6 to 1/2000 when the frame rate is set to 23.98P.
- Aperture Priority: You choose the aperture to affect the depth of field and the camcorder selects the appropriate shutter speed for the scene. You can choose aperture settings between f/1.8 and f/8.0.
Manual Exposure: When automatic exposure settings do not produce the proper exposure, you can adjust the exposure manually. In Manual Exposure mode, you can adjust the aperture, shutter speed, and gain to achieve the desired exposure. You can use the available Zebra Pattern to identify overexposed areas, if needed. In addition, Exposure Compensation and the Touch AE function can help you make fine adjustments to the set exposure.
Special Scene Recording Modes: The camcorder features the following Preset Scene Recording Modes to match special conditions: Portrait, Sports, Night Scene, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Low Light, Spotlight, and Fireworks.
Touch Exposure: Touching the LCD screen on a specific area or subject will automatically adjust the exposure for the selected point and lock the exposure settings. You can also touch a bright area of the image to avoid overexposure (Highlight AE).
White Balance: The camcorder's white balance system helps you accurately reproduce colors under different lighting conditions so that white objects will always look truly white in your recordings. You can choose from the following modes: Automatic, Daylight, Tungsten, Color Temperature, and Set 1/Set 2 (Custom WB).
Still Image Recording: The HF G50 can capture still photos in three available sizes: 3840 x 2160 (3080KB), 1920 x 1080 (880KB), or 1280 x 720 (420KB).
Pre-Recording: When Pre-Recording is activated, the camcorder starts recording video continuously into a temporary 3-second memory. When you press the Start/Stop button, the scene recorded will have started 3 seconds before you started shooting. This is especially useful when it is difficult to predict when to start recording.
Built-in Microphone: You can change the directionality of the built-in microphone to control how sound is recorded. The options include: Monaural, Normal (stereo), and Wide. In addition, you use the audio equalizer to adjust sound levels for specific high- or low-frequency ranges. You can choose from Normal, Boost LF Range, Low Cut Filter, Boost MF Range, and Boost HF+LF Range. An electronic "wind screen" can be activated when conditions are windy to reduce wind noise in the microphone. There are two levels (High, Low), and Off.
Optional External Microphone: The camcorder has a Mini Advanced Shoe that will accept the optional DM-100 Directional Stereo Microphone. Other commercially available microphones can be plugged into the camcorder's 3.5mm microphone input. When an externa microphone is connected, the built-in microphone is muted.
Built-in Speaker: The camcorder has a built-in speaker so you can review the soundtrack as well as the picture when you're using the LCD screen to playback a recording. The built-in speaker is monaural.
Lithium-Ion Battery Pack: The Canon HF G50 comes supplied with the BP-820 rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack . The optional BP-828 battery pack also works with the camcorder. An AC power adapter (CA-570) is included for charging the battery or powering the camcorder. The battery recording and playback times are as follows:
|Battery Pack||Resolution||Max. Recording Time||Typical Recording Time||Playback Time||Charging Time|
|BP-820||3840 x 2160||175 min||100 min||280 min||210 min (in camcorder); |
190 min (CG-800 charger)
|1920 x 1080||210 min||115 min||315 min|
|1280 x 720||185 min||100 min||315 min|
|BP-828||3840 x 2160||270 min||150 min||415 min||300 min (in camcorder); |
260 min (CG-800 charger)
|1920 x 1080||325 min||325 min||175 min|
|1280 x 720||280 min||155 min||480 min|
Auto Power Off: After 5 minutes without any operation when powered by the battery, the camcorder automatically powers off. Approximately 30 seconds before the camcorder automatically turns itself off, a warning message appears in the display.
HDMI Output: The HF G50 features a mini-HDMI (Type C) terminal that offers a high-quality digital video and audio connection. No HDMI cable is included with the camcorder.
USB 2.0 Connection: The camcorder features a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed terminal for fast transfer of photos and videos. The port has a Mini-B 2.0 terminal.
Microphone Input: In addition to the camcorder's built-in microphone, the HF G50 features a 3.5mm stereo microphone input for connecting an external microphone (sold separately).
Headphone Jack: The camcorder has a 3.5mm stereo headphone output that allows you to monitor the audio during recording or playback.
Remote Control Input: The camcorder features a 2.5mm sub-mini jack terminal for connecting an optional remote control unit.