How Much Video Can 32GB Hold?

In general, a 32 GB memory card can hold anywhere from 15 minutes to 4 hours of video. Of course, the exact amount of video your 32 GB memory card can hold depends on your bit rate, frame rate, and compression settings.

Hi, I’m Larry. I’ve been passionate about cameras for nearly a decade and have used dozens of different cameras and camcorders. Through my experience as a filmmaker, I’ve spent thousands of dollars on memory cards.

Today’s guide will explain how much video can 32 GB hold.

Keep reading to learn more!

How Long is 32GB Video?

The amount of video a 32 GB memory card can hold depends almost entirely on your camera’s bit rate when you’re recording. Bit rate encompasses all your recording factors, including frame rate and resolution. So, a higher bit rate indicates better video quality but a bigger file size.

For this reason, low bit rates can hold up to 4 hours or more of video in a 32 GB memory card. On the other hand, high bit rates can sometimes hold a maximum of 15 minutes. Your recording settings dictate how much video your memory card can hold. 

Your video compression setting is the second factor influencing how much video your SD card can hold. Codec is the hardware and software used to compress videos. You can either use lossy or lossless compression. Lossy creates a lower quality video and smaller file size. Lossless reduces the file size without impacting the video quality.

However, you can also film uncompressed raw videos that take up a lot of storage space compared to compressed videos. 

Is 32 GB Enough for a Video Camera?

It all depends on your recording settings, how long you need to record, and how often you import your videos to your computer or phone.

As such, 32 GB is plenty of space if you film using lower resolutions like 1080p and constantly import your videos to your computer. Once you import the video, you can delete the video from your memory card to clear up space for future videos. 

If you find yourself running out of storage space too often, I recommend buying a larger memory card in the form of 64 GB or 128 GB. However, you’ll need to check if your camera supports larger memory cards.


Below are a few popular questions I receive about how much video can 32GB hold.

How long does 32 GB last?

A 32 GB memory card can hold up to 5 hours or more of video if you use low recording settings. However, you can expect your memory card to reach max capacity after 1.5 hours if you record using 4K.

Is 32 GB enough for 4K?

The standard rule of thumb is that you can receive 2 minutes of 4K video per GB. As such, you can store just over an hour of 4K video on a 32 GB memory card. Is this enough is a question you need to answer based on how many videos you want to record and if you’re able to export the videos to your computer to clear up space.

What can 32 GB hold?

A 32 GB memory card can hold up to 5,000 photos, depending on your camera and photo settings. In terms of videos, it depends on the length of each video and what recording settings you use.

How much 720p video can 32 GB hold?

For 720p videos, your memory card can store up to 5 hours of video.

How much 1080p/60FPS video can 32 GB hold?

For 1080p videos at 60 fps, your memory card can store up to 3.5 hours of video.

How many minutes of 4K video is 32 GB?

For 4K videos, your memory card can store up to 1.5 hours of video.

Closing Thoughts

This concludes my guide on how much video can 32 GB hold. I hope you learned a lot after finishing this post.

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