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Does the Canon EOS M200 Have a Recording Time Limit?

Yes, the Canon EOS M200 has a recording limit based on time.

This post tells you what this is and also addresses another unexpected way the camera might turn off…

How Long Does The Canon EOS M200 Record Before Stopping?

The Canon EOS M200 will stop recording when the recording time limit is reached, but this depends on the frame rate and resolutions used.

Standard frame rates at 60fps or under:

The maximum continuous recording time for standard frame rates on the Canon EOS M200 is 29 minutes and 59 seconds.

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After 29 minutes and 59 seconds is reached, the recording will stop and you will have to restart the recording as a new movie file.

Recording in 4K resolution:

The maximum continuous recording time per movie is 9 minutes and 59 seconds when recording in 4K. 

When the 9 minutes and 59 second limit is reached, the recording will automatically stop and you will have to start recording again as a new movie file. 

Recording in Full HD or HD resolution:

The maximum continuous recording time per movie is 29 minutes and 59 seconds when recording in FHD/HD.

When the 29 minutes and 59 second limit is reached, the recording will automatically stop and you will have to start recording again as a new movie file. 

For high frame rates e.g. 100fps or 119.88fps

The maximum continuous recording time for high frame rates on the Canon EOS M200 is 7 minutes and 29 seconds.

When the 7 minutes and 29 second 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 cameras, recording stops when you reach 4GB in file size. 

Luckily on the Canon EOS M200 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 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 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 as opposed to multiple 4GB files. 

Note: 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 M200

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 M200 can stay cool:

  1. 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.
  1. 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 you reduce the chance of your Canon M200 from overheating.

My Canon M200 Automatically Turns Off Unexpectedly

If your M200 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 it being idle to save battery power.

This auto power off function is important to know especially if you are using your Canon M200 as a webcam for live streaming or video calls.

To change the ‘Auto Power Off’ setting, do the following:

  1. In your ‘Menu’ go to the ‘Function Settings’ which is the yellow wrench tab.
  1. Go to page 2 of the ‘Function Settings’ menu. It may also say ‘SET UP2’ in the corner of your screen.
  1. Make sure ‘Eco Mode’ is set to ‘Off’.
  1. Find and select ‘Power Saving’.
  1. Select the desired time limit you would like to use for the ‘Auto Power Off’ function. 
  1. Set to ‘Disable’ if you want there to be no limit on the ‘auto power off’.
  1. You can also change your ‘Display Off’ settings from this ‘Power Saving’ menu.

Remember that ECO Mode needs to be turned off otherwise it will override whatever settings you have selected for ‘Display Off’ and ‘Auto Power Off’

Conclusion

You should now know of the different recording limits on the Canon EOS M200.

To summarise, the Canon M200 can continuously record up to:

  • 29 minutes and 59 seconds at FHD/HD resolution at standard frame rates.
  • 9 minutes 59 seconds at 4K resolution at standard frame rates.
  • 7 minutes and 29 seconds at high frame rates.

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