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Does the Nikon D850 Have a Recording Time Limit?

Yes, the Nikon D850 has a recording limit based on time. There are also some file size limits to be aware of too.

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

How Long Does The Nikon D850 Record Before Stopping?

The Nikon D850 will stop recording when the recording time limit is reached, but the time limit changes depending on the format of the recording.

The recording limit on the Nikon D850 is different depending on whether you are using slow motion or standard speed recording formats.

Recording Time Limits

Standard Recording

The maximum continuous recording time for a single video on the Nikon D850 is approximately 29 minutes and 59 seconds. This is for standard speed recordings.

Slow Motion Recording

The maximum continuous recording time for a single slow motion video on the Nikon D850 is 3 minutes.

Note: The time limit is 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 Nikon D850

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 Nikon D850 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 move the touch 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 Nikon D850 from overheating.

Are there File Size Limits For Videos on The Nikon D850?

The file size limit for the Nikon D850 for video files is about 4GB but your recording will not be interrupted.

If you are recording up to the recording limit the files will be split into up to 8 files of about 4GB each. 

The number of files and the length of each file will vary depending on the frame size/frame rate and movie quality.

My Nikon D850 Automatically Turns Off Unexpectedly

If your Nikon D850 is turning off unexpectedly you might have the ‘Monitor Off Delay’ settings set to a short time limit. 

The ‘Monitor Off Delay’ settings let you choose how long the monitor remains on when no operations are performed. 

This setting is important to know especially if you are using your Nikon D850 as a HDMI webcam for live streaming or video calls.

Here’s how to change your ‘Monitor off Delay’ settings on the Nikon D850:

  1. Go to your ‘Custom Settings Menu’ (this is the pencil icon).
  1. Select ‘Timers/AE lock’.
  1. Scroll to ‘c4 Monitor Off Delay’ and select this option.
  1. Under the ‘Monitor off delay’ settings you can select your desired time limit for the following
    • Playback
    • Image Review
    • Menus
    • Information Display
    • Live View
  1. Select the relevant setting that is causing you issues and change it to the desired time limit. 

For example, if you are using a HDMI output to show the camera’s live view on an external device then you will want to increase the time limit for ‘Live View’.


You should now know the different recording limits on the Nikon D850.

To summarise, the Nikon D850 can continuously record up to a maximum of:

29 minutes and 59 seconds for standard motion recordings


3 minutes when recording slow motion.

To record videos longer than this you will have to restart the recording as a new file. 

If you need further info you can find links to the different manuals at the following link:

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