Photo capacity and movie recording time on memory cards - EOS 7D Mark II

Article ID: ART168772 | Date published: 10/26/2017 | Date last updated: 10/31/2017


Learn how many photos or movies of a certain quality and format fit on on a memory card.


The file size, possible shots, and maximum burst during continuous shooting are based on Canon's testing standards (3:2 aspect ratio, ISO 100 and Standard Picture Style) using an 8 GB CF card. You can multiply or divide to reach the capacity of the card you are using. These figures vary by the subject, card brand, aspect ratio, ISO speed, picture style, custom functions, and other settings.

Photos on a memory card

Image quality Pixels recorded (megapixels)  Printing size File size (MB)  Possible shots Maximum burst
JPEG 20 M A2 6.6 1090 130 (1090)
3.5 2060 2060 (2060)
8.9 M A3 3.6 2000 2000 (2000)
1.8 3810 3810 (3810)
5.0 M A4 2.3 3060 3060 (3060)
1.2 5800 5800 (5800)
  2.5 M 9x13 cm 1.3 5240 5240 (5240)
0.3 M - 0.3 20330 20330 (20330)
RAW 20 M A2 24 290 24 (31)
  11 M A3 19.3 350 28 (31)
5.0 M A4 13.3 510 35 (35)
RAW + JPEG 20 M A2 24.0 + 6.6 220 18 (19)
20 M A2
  11 M A3 19.3 + 6.6 260 18 (19)
20 M A2
5.0 M A4 13.3 + 6.6 340 18 (19)
20 M A2
  •  and  are in  (Fine) quality.
  • The maximum burst applies to <> high-speed continuous shooting. Figures in parentheses apply to an Ultra DMA (UDMA) 7 CF card based on Canons testing standards.
  • If you select RAW and JPEG, the same image will be recorded simultaneously to the card in RAW and JPEG at the image recording qualities that were set. The two images will be recorded with the same file numbers (file extension: .JPG for JPEG and .CR2 for RAW).

Movie recording time

In MOV format (file size per minute)

Movie recording quality Total recording time on card File size
4 GB 8 GB 16 GB
      8 min. 17 min. 34 min. 440 MB/min.
       5 min. 11 min. 23 min. 654 MB/min.
       16 min. 33 min. 1 hr. 7 min. 225 MB/min.
    225 MB/min. 13 min. 26 min. 583 MB/min.
    19 min. 38 min. 1 hr. 17 min. 196 MB/min.
      50 min. 1 hr. 41 min. 3 hr. 22 min. 75 MB/min.

In MP4 format (file size per minute)

Movie recording quality Total recording time on card File size
4 GB 8 GB 16 GB
    8 min. 17 min. 35 min. 431 MB/min.
     5 min. 11 min. 23 min. 645 MB/min.
     17 min. 35 min. 1 hr. 10 min. 216 MB/min.
    43 min. 1 hr. 26 min. 2 hr. 53 min. 87 MB/min.
  6 min. 13 min. 26 min. 574 MB/min.
  20 min. 40 min. 1 hr. 21 min. 187 MB/min.
    2 hr. 5 min. 4 hr. 10 min. 8 hr. 20 min. 30 MB/min.
    57 min. 1 hr. 55 min. 3 hr. 50 min. 66 MB/min.
    2 hr. 43 min. 5 hr. 26 min. 10 hr. 53 min. 23 MB/min.

Frame rate

Frame rate (fps: frames per second)
 29.97fps /  59.94fps For areas where the TV format is NTSC (North America, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, etc.).
 25.00fps /  50.00fps For areas where the TV format is PAL (Europe, Russia, China, Australia, etc.).
 23.98fps /  24.00fps Mainly for motion pictures.
Compression method
 ALL-I (For editing/I-only) Compresses one frame at a time for recording. Although the file size is larger than with IPB (Standard) and IPB (Light), the movie is more suited for editing.
 IPB (Standard) Compresses multiple frames at a time efficiently for recording. Since the file size is smaller than with ALL-I (For editing), you can shoot longer (with the same card).
 IPB (Light) Selectable when the movie recording format is set to [MP4]. The movie is recorded at bit rate lower than with IPB (Standard) resulting in a smaller file size and compatibility with a larger range of playback systems. Of the three methods available, this method allows the longest total possible movie shooting time on a card of a given capacity.

Movie files that exceed 4 GB

  • You can keep shooting without interruption even if you shoot a movie larger than 4 GB.
  • During movie shooting the elapsed shooting time or time code displayed in the movie-shooting screen starts blinking about 30 seconds before the movie reaches a 4 GB file size. If you keep shooting, a new movie file is automatically created and the elapsed shooting time or time code stops blinking.
  • When you play back the movie, you have to play each movie file individually. Movie files cannot be played back automatically in consecutive order.

Movie shooting time limit


  • The maximum recording time of one movie clip is 29 minutes and 59 seconds. Movie shooting stops automatically. You can start shooting a movie again by pressing the <> button.
  • When shooting movies, use a large-capacity card with a fast reading/writing speed. For more information on supported cards, please refer to Types of Memory Cards that can be used with the camera (EOS 7D Mark II).
  • If you use a slow-writing card when shooting movies, the movie may not be recorded properly. Also, if you play back a movie on a card with a slow reading speed, the movie may not play back properly.
  • If you want to shoot still photos while shooting a movie, you will need an even faster card.
  • If the camera gets too hot, it might stop movie shooting before the time limit.

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