Canon Has Clarified Video Recording Times And Overheating On R5 R6 Cameras

Canon has released an additional press release to detail the video recording times possible with the EOS R5 and R6 cameras and whether there are any limits due to overheating.

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Last week Canon announced the new Canon EOS R5, capable of recording 8K video, as well as the Canon EOS R6, capable of recording 4K 60p video. Since the announcement, people on the internet (and mostly YouTube) has been having a minor meltdown regarding how long the cameras can record video before they potentially overheat, rendering them unable to record video again, until they've cooled down. Canon has released the following press release to detail the different video recording times, as well as how long you'll have to wait before you can record again.

From Canon - Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6: shooting times for video modes

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 14th July 2020 – The highly anticipated Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6, two advanced full-frame mirrorless cameras, offer a combination of speed and resolution to set new standards and make mirrorless an ideal choice for everyone from wedding to wildlife photographers.

EOS R5 and EOS R6 offer powerful stills and movie recording capabilities within compact body designs, allowing photographers and filmmakers to push creative boundaries harder and capture action better than ever before. At the highest frame rates and resolutions, heat is generated because of the best-in-class resolution, frame rate and autofocus capability, which can limit continuous recording times.

Several steps have been taken to manage this; magnesium alloy is used in the body to dissipate heat away from internal components and there is an ‘overheat control’ function to reduce heat generation when the camera is in standby. To maintain the level of weather sealing and retain a compact design, an internal fan has not been installed.

Before recording starts, EOS R5 and EOS R6 display an estimate of the recordable time based on the current camera temperature and the set recording mode. Approximate recording and recovery times for 23°C / 73°F environments are available so that customers will be able to decide how to best utilise each mode:

Canon EOS R6 R5 Video Recording Time Limits


Estimated camera recovery times are indicated below. The time until full record time is available will vary with ambient temperature, continued camera operation and the selected shooting resolution.

Canon EOS R5 R6 Recovery Times After Overheating


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1 Time available for continuous shooting in 23°C / 73°F environment, from a cold start. If the camera is in LV mode standby before shooting or the ambient temperature is high, the shooting time may be shorter.

2 Recording stops at 7minutes and 30seconds for high frame rate video. Indicates the time when recording can be resumed immediately.

3 Recording is limited to 29 minutes 59seconds. Indicates the time when recording can be resumed immediately.

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JackAllTog Plus
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16 Jul 2020 2:00PM
So shooting 8K on board a car in the Dakar Rally might not be best application of this technology. At least not in the hot desert stages.

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