Yes, the Canon EOS M50 Mark II has a recording limit based on time and file size.
We discuss both in this post and address another unexpected way the camera might turn off or stop recording…
How Long Does The Canon EOS M50 Mark II Record Before Stopping?
The Canon EOS M50 Mark II will stop recording when the file size limit or the recording time limit is reached – whichever comes first.
Recording Time Limit
The recording time limit for continuous recording on the Canon EOS M50 Mark II 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 M50 Mark II is 29 minutes and 59 seconds.
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.
High frame rates e.g. 100fps or 119.9fps:
The maximum continuous recording time for high frame rates on the Canon EOS M50 Mark II is 7 minutes and 29 seconds.
File Size Limit
The file size limit for continuous recording on the Canon EOS M50 Mark II is equal to the memory remaining on the SD card.
When the file size of the recording fills up the SD card the camera will stop recording.
Depending on the resolution you are recording in, the amount of time left for recording will vary.
This is because higher frame rate and higher resolution videos take up more memory per second.
Below are some estimates of the total recording times available per 32GB SD card.
- 4K (25fps or 23.98fps) – Approximate recordable time per 32GB SD card = 35 minutes
- Full HD (59.94fps or 50fps) – Approximate recordable time per 32GB SD card = 1 hour 10 minutes
- Full HD (29.97fps, 25fps or 23.98fps) – Approximate recordable time per 32GB SD card = 2 hours 20 minutes
- HD (59.94fps or 50fps) – Approximate recordable time per 32GB SD card = 2 hours 42 minutes
- HD (119.88fps or 100fps) – Approximate recordable time per 32GB SD card = 1 hour 22 minutes
*All of the above information is from the Canon EOS M50 Mark II Advanced User Guide and are based on normal operating conditions. The times can be affected by things like extreme temperatures.
Are Files Separated When They Reach 4GB In File Size?
For a lot of cameras, recording stops when you reach 4GB in file size per recording.
Luckily, on the Canon EOS M50 Mark II 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.
This means the camera may keep recording continuously but you will have multiple files each of a maximum file size of 4GB.
Using SDXC Cards Formatted With The Camera
exFAT formatting is applied to the SDXC card.
After 4GB file size is reached during recording, 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.
Tips To Avoid Overheating On The M50 Mark II
As mentioned earlier the estimated recording times available are based on normal operating conditions.
If the camera gets too hot then this wouldn’t be classed as a ‘normal’ operating condition.
Here are two tips to make sure your M50 Mark II 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 you reduce the chance of your Canon EOS M50 Mark II from overheating.
My Canon M50 Mark II Automatically Turns Off Unexpectedly
If your M50 Mark II is turning off unexpectedly you might have the ‘Auto Power Off’ function set to a short time limit.
You might also have ‘ECO mode’ turned on.
The ‘Auto Power Off’ and ‘ECO mode’ settings are power saving features that turn your camera off after a certain amount of it being idle to save battery power.
You can set the Auto Power Off timer to one of the following settings:
- 30 seconds
- 1 minute
- 3 minutes
- 5 minutes
- 10 minutes
This auto power off function is important to know especially if you are using your Canon M50 Mark II as a webcam for live streaming or video calls.
To change the ‘Auto Power Off’ setting do the following:
- In your ‘Menu’ go to the ‘Function Settings’ which is the yellow wrench tab.
- Go to page 2 of the ‘Function Settings’ menu. It may also say ‘SET UP2’ in the corner of your screen
- Make sure ‘Eco Mode’ is set to ‘Off’.
- Find and select ‘Power Saving’.
- Select the desired time limit you would like to use for the ‘Auto Power Off’ function.
- Set to ‘Disable’ if you want there to be no limit on the ‘Auto Power Off’.
- You can also change your ‘Viewfinder Off’ and ‘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’.
The video below shows you how to do the above on the Canon EOS M50, but it is basically the same on the M50 Mark II too.
We hope you found this post useful.
You should now know the different recording limits on the Canon EOS M50 Mark II.
To summarise, the Canon M50 Mark II can continuously record up to:
- 29 minutes and 59 seconds at standard frame rates or 7 minutes and 29 seconds at high frame rates.
- Up to the remaining memory left on the SD card