Yes, the Canon EOS 90D has a recording limit based on time.
We discuss it in this post and address another unexpected way the camera might turn off…
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How Long Does The Canon EOS 90D Record Before Stopping?
The Canon EOS 90D will stop recording when the recording time limit is reached, but this depends on the frame rate used.
Standard frame rates at 60fps or under:
The maximum continuous recording time for standard frame rates on the Canon EOS 90D is 29 minutes and 59 seconds.
After 29 minutes and 59 seconds is reached, the recording will automatically stop and you will have to restart the recording as a new movie file.
If you need a camera that has a higher recording limit then read my guide on the best alternatives to the Canon EOS 90D (my recommended alternatives all have recording limits above 1 hour)
For high frame rates e.g. 100fps or 119.88fps
The maximum continuous recording time for high frame rates on the Canon EOS 90D is 7 minutes and 29 seconds.
When the 7 minutes and 29 seconds time limit is reached, the recording will automatically stop and you will have to start recording again as a new movie file.
Are Files Separated When They Reach 4GB In File Size?
For a lot of older cameras, recording stops when you reach 4GB in file size.
Luckily on the Canon EOS 90D, this does not happen.
However, there are differences in how files are separated out depending on the type of memory card you are using.
Using SD/SDHC Cards Formatted With The Camera
FAT32 formatting is applied to the SD/SDHC card.
After a 4GB file size is reached during recording, the camera will still continue recording and a new file is automatically created.
In this scenario, you can record without interruption, but you will have multiple files for editing and playback.
Using SDXC Cards Formatted With The Camera
exFAT formatting is applied to the SDXC card.
After a 4GB file size is reached the camera continues recording as normal and does not create a new file.
The camera will keep recording one single file instead of multiple 4GB files.
The time limits are based on ‘normal’ operating conditions.
If the temperature of the camera gets too hot then the recording time may actually be lower than the time limits described above.
Tips To Avoid Overheating On The Canon EOS 90D
As mentioned earlier the estimated recording time available is based on normal operating conditions.
If the camera gets too hot then this wouldn’t be classed as ‘normal’ operating conditions.
Here are two tips to make sure your Canon 90D can stay cool:
- To get the most out of your camera, try to turn it off when it is not being used so it can cool down between recordings.
Not only will this let it cool down, but it will also save battery life.
- You can also flip out the flip screen away from the camera body.
This will allow more heat to dissipate from the camera and let it cool off faster.
These two tips will help reduce the chance of your Canon 90D overheating.
My Canon 90D Automatically Turns Off Unexpectedly
If your 90D is turning off unexpectedly you might have the ‘Auto Power Off’ function set to a short time limit.
The ‘Auto Power Off’ setting automatically turns the camera off after a certain amount of time being idle to save battery power.
This auto power-off function is important to know especially if you are using your Canon 90D as a webcam for live streaming or video calls.
To change the ‘Auto Power Off’ setting on the Canon EOS 90D do the following:
- In your ‘Menu’ go to the ‘Setup Menu’, which is the yellow wrench tab.
- Go to page 2 of the ‘Setup’ menu. It may also say ‘SET UP2’ in the corner of your screen.
- Find and select ‘Auto power off’.
- Select the desired time limit you would like to use for the ‘Auto Power Off’ function.
- Set to ‘Off’ if you want there to be no limit for the ‘Auto power off’ setting. Note that this will still turn the screen off in approximately 30 minutes, but the camera will still remain on.
We hope you found this post useful.
You should now know of the different recording limits on the Canon EOS 90D.
To summarise, the Canon 90D can continuously record up to:
- 29 minutes and 59 seconds at standard frame rates
- 7 minutes and 29 seconds at high frame rates.