Canon Vixia HF G50 UHD 4K Camcorder (Black)

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Canon Vixia HF G50 UHD 4K Camcorder (Black)
Key Features
  • 1/2.3" UHD 4K CMOS Sensor
  • Record up to UHD 4K30 Video
  • DIGIC DV 6 Image Processor
  • 8-Blade Circular Aperture
Record high-resolution 4K video with the compact, black Canon Vixia HF G50 4K Camcorder. The G50 features a 1/2.3" UHD 4K CMOS sensor, a DIGIC DV 6 image processor, an 8-blade circular aperture, 5-axis image stabilization, a 20x optical zoom in 4K, and up to UHD 4K30 resolution.
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Canon HF G50 Overview

By B&H Photo's

Record high-resolution 4K video with the compact, black Canon Vixia HF G50 4K Camcorder. The G50 features a 1/2.3" UHD 4K CMOS sensor, a DIGIC DV 6 image processor, an 8-blade circular aperture, 5-axis image stabilization, a 20x optical zoom in 4K, and up to UHD 4K30 resolution.

Record up to UHD 4K30 3840 x 2160 video to separately available SD cards using the built-in dual SD card slots. Recording features also include slow-motion, fast-motion, and interval recording in both HD and 4K. The lens features a wide 29.3 angle of view and a 20x optical zoom, which allows zooming to 627mm in 4K. The five-axis advanced image stabilization reduces shake and jitter, especially at longer focal lengths.

There are five assignable buttons around the camera, as well as a joystick, a lens ring, and a custom dial for full control of your settings. The EVF tilts for convenience and comfort, and the adjustable LCD features a touchscreen that provides easy access to your settings.

Also included is an AC adapter with adapter cable, a BP-820 battery pack, and a lens hood with lens barrier.

1/2.3" UHD 4K CMOS sensor and DIGIC DV 6 image processor for recording up to UHD 4K30 video
Intelligent 5-axis image stabilization
8-blade circular aperture, 20x optical zoom at 4K, and wide 29.3 to 627mm zoom
Dual SD card slots
Five assignable buttons, joystick, lens ring, and custom dial controls
Slow-motion, fast-motion, and interval recording available in both HD and 4K
3" capacitive touchscreen LCD and tiltable EVF
UPC: 013803317091

Canon HF G50 Specs

Sensor Type1/2.3"-Type CMOS Sensor
Sensor ResolutionActual: 21.14 Megapixel
Effective: 8.29 Megapixel
Focal Length3.67 to 73.4mm
35mm-Equivalent Focal Length29.3 to 627mm 
Maximum Aperturef/1.8 to 2.8
Minimum Focus Distance0.8" / 20.0 mm
ZoomOptical: 20x
Filter Size58 mm
Video Format3840 x 2160p at 30 fps (MP4 via H.264/AVC)
1920 x 1080p at 60 fps (35 Mb/s MP4 via H.264/AVC)
1280 x 720p at 60 fps (MP4 via H.264/AVC)
Channels2.0-Channel Stereo
Audio FormatAAC-LC
Bit RateAAC: 16.0-Bit
Display TypeArticulating Touchscreen LCD
Resolution460,000 Dot
Resolution1,560,000 Dots
Exposure Control
Shutter Speed1/1000 to 1 Second in Video Mode
Exposure ModesModes: Auto, Low Light, Manual, Movie
Shooting ModesA (Aperture Priority)
Interval Shooting
Low Light
M (Manual)
Image StabilizationOptical & Digital
White Balance ModesAuto
Accessory Shoe1 x Cold
1 x Mini Advanced Shoe
Input/Output Connectors
Video I/O1 x Mini-HDMI Output
Audio I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Mic/Line Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
Other I/O1 x 2.5 mm Sub-Mini (LANC) Control Input
1 x Mini-USB Output
BatteryRechargeable Battery Pack, 7.4 VDC
Charging MethodAC Adapter
Power Adapter8.4 - 8.4 VDC
Operating Temperature23 to 113°F / -5 to 45°C
Humidity: 60%
Dimensions (W x H x D)4.5 x 3.3 x 9.1" / 11.4 x 8.4 x 23.1 cm
Weight1.91 lb / 870 g (With Battery, Recording Media)
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.715 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10.6 x 8 x 7.35"

Canon HF G50 Reviews

Has design flaws

By Gerald
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-01

This product has some design flaws: The camera comes with a 32-page printed manual, but it is only a summary. I need to download the PDF version to see the entire manual. The ferrite core is not built into the power cord (even though the manual states the importance of attaching the core). I needed to manually attach it. If the ferrite core is so important, it should already be attached to the power cord when I bought the product. The camera comes with a plastic lens cap, but it is not connected to the camera, making it easy to misplace. My previous camcorders had a better design (lens cover is built in, and opens/closes automatically). When I press the Disp Batt Info button (to see how full the battery is) when the camera is turned off, the first bar in the bar graph is never lit, making it difficult to comprehend what the screen is displaying. When in recording mode, the top of the display has a number like 5:05:04.25. It's obviously some type of clock (the value increases when recording) but the manual does not say what this value means nor how to reset it. The Face detection & tracking feature appears to be worthless. All it does is display a box around the person's face on the touchscreen (adding more clutter to the display); it does not alter the recording at all. The camera lens does NOT move to follow the person. When deleting video clips, one of the options is to delete all. But another option is to delete 112_0831. To me, that looks like a filename, meaning it will delete that ONE particular file. Instead it deleted ALL the files recorded on August 31! The 112_ prefix appears to be meaningless. The 0831 suffix should be in the MM/DD format I specified in the settings so I will realize the camera is referring to a date rather than a sequential filename. The IFC-400PCU USB cable is NOT included. And with the cable the transfer speed is only USB 1.0 or 2.0 (I'm not sure which, but definitely not 3.x) The camera supports TWO memory cards. But when I connect the camera to my Windows 11 PC via the IFC-400PCU USB cable, Windows only shows ONE of the memory cards. By the way, I checked and the camera already has the latest version of its firmware. The cover for the DC IN connector is held on by a tiny piece of plastic, which I am sure will break off soon. Having a sliding cover would be a better design.


By Ryszard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-17

Canon Vixia HF G50 UHD 4K Camcorder, very good camera, compact and work perfect...

Very pleased so far!

By Mark
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-06

The camera is easy to use. Turn it on, point and shoot. The results are amazing. Can't wait to explore all the great features. Thank you B&H for the quick delivery and customer service!

Best bang for the buck for 4K run & gun video

By Stephen
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-02

I love this camera. I bought one several years ago from B&H to benefit from the 4K capability. I own 4 HFG10's which have served me well but after a couple of recent shoots the difference in quality even at 1080 between the G10 & G50 was substantial enough that I just purchased a 2nd G50. The 2 G50's now comprise my main arsenal for most projects. The look of this camera is beautiful. Canon has the best color look for my taste and the 20x zoom is very impressive for a camera just under $1K.

Settled on 5

By William
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-18

I am going back and forth between 4 and 5 stars. I upgraded from an older SONY and I must say I miss two things; built-in GPS and file names that include date and time. I didn't use the GPS that much and I can get the date and time from the metadata, so not that big a deal. Had I not had those features in the SONY I would not hesitate to give this 5. Operationally this camcorder hits all the right things for what I shoot, which is mostly trains and nature. So far I have primarily used it on a tripod, so not sure how it will be to handhold. The record/stop button is close to the joystick and I have already missed one shot by hitting the wrong one, but this is part of the learning curve, I am sure. The two buttons are very different in terms of size, shape, and texture so I'm sure it is just a matter of getting used to it. When shooting of the tripod I use a wired remote so it is not an issue at all. The images are great and exceptionally crisp. The menu is easy to use and not unlike my Canon DSLR. Autofocus is accurate , but like any other autofocus sometimes you have to tell what to focus on. It is nice to be able to go back and forth between manual and autofocus with just the push of a button. I have not had it that long and have not indulged in the variety of customizations for which there are many buttons and a dial, but it's nice to know that they are there for when I become more familiar with this tool.

Nice Camcorder.

By Ashley
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-17

So far I really like it! The video looks smooth, came with a lens hood which is nice on the bright sunny days, light weight, and the 20 X optical zoom is all I needed for recording trains. The only thing I dislike is you need a special HDMI cable to plug it from the camcorder to the TV.

Good in a pinch is the best I can say for this camera

By Mike
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-10

These cameras are great for my clients that need a basic point-and-shoot camcorder. If you are an experienced shooter and need to get into the internal settings, you'll be frustrated with the clunky and illogical menu system. This is my biggest complaint with the entire Vixia product line; the menu system makes no sense. On top of that, I don't care for the mini-HDMI connector, or the 1/8 external mic input (on any camera) due to the fragility of those types of connectors. Video quality is decent, but this is a poor choice for experienced shooters, because of the menu system and external connectors.

Well worth the money.

By Kerry
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-25

For something that is refurbished, this resembles a brand new product. It does everything a brand new video camera would do. I was somewhat reluctant to buy refurbished; but after talking to the stores rep I was assured everything would be OK and it was!

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How does this camera compare to sony's ax53? Are ...

How does this camera compare to sony's ax53? Are there any expert reviews out yet?
Asked by: Robin
The G50 and AX53 compare very well to each other. The G50 has a 1/2.3" sensor compared to 1/2.5" on the AX53. Both shoot UHD 4K at up to 30fps and have a 20x zoom lens. It will come down to brand preference and the actual look of the camera which determines the proper option for you.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2020-04-22

How do you get the video files from this camera ...

How do you get the video files from this camera copied to a computer or imported into FCPX?
Asked by: Mark
The best way to do this is to remove the SD card(s) from the camcorder and use an SD card reader to connect to your computer. You can also use a USB cable (not included with the camcorder) to connect the camcorder directly to the computer and use the camcorder itself as a card reader. A dedicated SD Card reader is normally much faster than plugging the camcorder directly into your computer. Final Cut X has the ability to recognize when a camcorder or SD card is detected and can ingest the footage for you or you can manually transfer the video files.
Answered by: Jabari
Date published: 2021-02-05

Can I stream to zoom and simultaneously record ...

Can I stream to zoom and simultaneously record in-camera with the Canon Vixia HF G50?
Asked by: Mark
You absolutely can do so. You will need to purchase a mini HDMI to HDMI cable or an adaptor to send the signal to the device that you will be using to drive the signal to Zoom. We have done this using Zoom and also streaming it live to our Vimeo live stream account including having speakers in multiple locations on one call as our SMEs. We have been very impressed with the cameras.
Answered by: Robert
Date published: 2021-12-25

What is the censor size?

What is the censor size?
Asked by: Bill
The Vixia HF G50 has a 1/2.3-inch 4K UHD CMOS sensor.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2019-01-12

Would this work well to livestream a worship ...

Would this work well to livestream a worship service?
Asked by: Nathan
We have used this camera at my church for over a year, and it is great. There is also another church nearby that uses a few of these for their setup. It has great quality for the price.
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2022-07-18

Is the Canon CA-570 Compact AC Power Adapter ...

Is the Canon CA-570 Compact AC Power Adapter included in the box with the G50 camcorder?
Asked by: Greg
The Canon CA-570 power adapter is included with the Canon HF G50.
Answered by: Whitney H
Date published: 2022-08-02

If using to record to computer, does it ...

If using to record to computer, does it automatically shut off? Or, can Auto shutoff be disabled?
Asked by: Robert
By "record to computer", do you mean using HDMI out of the camera and a capture device on your computer? Either way -- yes, this camera can stay powered on indefinitely (or until something goes wrong LOL). I leave mine on for extended periods, while not recording, and have no issue.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2021-03-09

Will this record to mp4 files larger than 4GB?

Will this record to mp4 files larger than 4GB?
Asked by: kevin
While the exact size of the files recorded is not listed, this camcorder will break up the clips within the Memory Card. However if you follow proper workflow and keep the file structure intact, when you import the footage in to an editing system the video will appear as one complete clip. Proper workflow means that if you copy the footage from your SD card to the computer you must copy and paste the entire contents of the memory card, which includes meta data, and from there important it in to your NLE.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2019-03-17
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