Canon T2i Overheat Test

Posted on 8/23/2010 2:35:00 PM

Perform a series of testing on how long it takes for T2i to get overheat. It is by no means any scientific tests.

We tested the Canon T2i overheat issue in different configuration measuring the time it takes from a cool down T2i to start recording in video (1080p30) till the overheat icon shows up. T2i was mounted on tripod. The surrounding temperature makes a difference in the outcome.

Room temperature around 65 to 68 degree

T2i default1:08 (hh:mm)
T2i + battery grip1:14 (hh:mm)
T2i + battery grip + external monitor 1:24 (hh:mm)


Room temperature around 78 to 82 degree

T2i default0:41 (hh:mm)
T2i + battery grip0:48 (hh:mm)
T2i + battery grip + external monitor1:04 (hh:mm)

From the result, the battery grip and external monitor does help in reducing the time for T2i to reach it's overheat status. However, the difference is not significant.



Posted by Miles on 10/5/2010 2:42:00 AM I noticed this same thing while filming yesterday on a sunny day, around 11am, at about 85 or 90 degrees. The camera overheat icon came on frequently, so I had to shut it off between takes. Kind of annoying... Any other tips to help reduce heat problems?

Replied by LA Color Pros Thanks for your message. We shot a wedding a week ago in a hot day. We left the camera under the sun. The camera got overheated once the wedding started. Lesson learned.
Posted by Michael Angelo on 10/20/2010 1:01:00 PM This happens with my 7D and T2i occasionally. In my experience, the only thing that helps it last a little longer is swapping in a fresh battery and letting the battery compartment air out a little bit. The battery gets extremely hot while overheating and it is the only thing you can actually control. This usually gives me another 5 minutes of recording time if I'm lucky. In the hot Florida sun, when we do weddings I try to have a white towel handy to lay over the camera body. Again though, it only helps a little bit.
-Michael Angelo

Replied by LA Color Pros Michael, you can also consider using a battery grip. That will move the heat out of the camera body. It helps a little bit but not a lot.
Posted by Daniel on 10/24/2010 5:28:00 PM So, curiously... how long does it take this baby to crap out and overheat? It looks like a killer piece of equipment, but I bet that overheating kills the specialness of it.
Posted by Nancy Fleming on 12/23/2010 10:23:00 AM This is very good information to know!! You could have been a quality assurance engineer, but I'm sure you are having more fun doing this.
Posted by M. Myrdal on 2/3/2011 12:42:00 PM Nice info,
I want to share my experience. Once, I used an ebay cheap battery pack made in china for my eos 550D (T2i). And the overheat icon showed up in less than 30 minutes. Hence, I never use that battery pack again.
My advice, never use an imitation battery pack. It's cheap, only about $16, but very dangerous for your camera.

Replied by LA Color Pros Thanks for sharing your experience. There are low quality generic batteries and high quality ones. Our LP-E8 batteries are made with Japanese manufactured cell that perform just like the Canon stock batteries.
Generally, eBay is not a good place to buy high quality third party batteries.
Posted by forex reviews on 4/18/2011 7:42:00 AM This was a nice article to read, thank you for sharing it.
Posted by Arch Parsons on 10/10/2013 12:25:00 PM Has anyone come up with a practical heat sink solution for the T2i, or better still, offered to install such a system on other people's cameras? In the meantime there are two simple work-arounds: 1. Keep in mind at what time point your camera will probably overheat. Try to pre-empt that hot point with a 10-15 minutes pre-scheduled intermission. 2. Use a second (or even third) camera with smaller sensors for backup footage. This is necessary anyway if you don't want to lose 2 seconds of frames every time the ML restarts a new 4gb clip. I find my wife's Samsung WB750 gives pretty good 1080p footage and stops every 20 minutes instead of every 12. It's easy to attach extra cameras like this on a cold shoe bracket on the T2i. Switching between the extra camera views can actually be used to make the final product look more professional.
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