Yes, the Canon EOS Rebel T6 (also known as the Canon EOS 1300D) 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…
How Long Does The Canon Rebel T6 Record Before Stopping?
The Canon Rebel T6 will stop recording when the file size limit or the recording time limit is reached – whichever comes first.
Recording Time Limit
The maximum continuous recording time for a single video 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.
File Size Limit
The file size limit for the Canon Rebel T6 is 4GB for videos.
When the file size of a video reaches 4GB the recording will stop and you will have to start recording a new file.
Depending on the resolution you are recording in, the 4GB file size limit will be reached at different lengths of time.
This is because higher resolutions and frame rates take up more memory per second of recording.
Below I’ve listed the approximate timings for when you reach a 4GB file size based on the different movie recording sizes on the Rebel T6.
Time To Reach 4GB File Size on a Canon Rebel T6:
- 1920 x 1080 (30fps, 25 fps, 24fps) – 11 minutes
- 1280 x 720 (60fps, 50fps) – 11 minutes
- 640 x 480 (30fps, 25fps) – 42 minutes
*These values are all taken from the official user manual for the Canon Rebel T6.
You’ll notice that 1920×1080 and 1280×720 have the same time to reach 4GB even though they are different resolutions.
This is because they use different frame rates.
The 1280×720 setting is about half the resolution of 1920×1080, but 1280×720 on the Canon Rebel T6 uses double the frame rate.
This is why both resolutions take up roughly the same amount of memory per minute.
If the temperature of the camera gets too hot then the recording time may actually be lower than the limits above.
Tip To Avoid Overheating On The Rebel T6
As mentioned earlier the estimated recording time available is based on normal operating conditions.
If your Canon Rebel T6 gets too hot then this wouldn’t be classed as ‘normal’ operating conditions.
To ensure you can get the most out of your camera, make sure to turn it off when it is not being used so it can cool down in between recordings.
This will reduce the chance of your Canon Rebel T6 overheating.
My Canon Rebel T6 Automatically Turns Off Unexpectedly
If your Rebel T6 is turning off unexpectedly you might have the ‘Auto Power Off’ function set to a short time limit.
The ‘Auto Power Off’ setting automatically turns the camera off after a certain amount of it being idle to save battery power.
You can turn the camera back on by pressing the shutter button down halfway or pressing any of the following buttons:
- Live View
You can set the Auto Power Off timer to one of the following settings:
- 30 seconds
- 1 minute
- 2 minutes
- 4 minutes
- 8 minutes
- 15 minutes
When the setting is set to ‘Disable’, the camera’s LCD monitor will still turn off after 30 minutes as this is the maximum allowed time for the Canon Rebel T6.
You can turn the LCD screen back on by pressing the ‘DISP’ button when this happens.
This auto power off function is important to know especially if you are using your Canon Rebel T6 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 first ‘yellow wrench tab’.
- Find and select the ‘Auto Power Off’ option.
- Select the desired time limit you would like to use for the ‘Auto Power Off’ function.
You should now know of the different recording limits on the Canon EOS Rebel T6.
To summarise the Canon Rebel T6 can record up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds or 4GB in file size (whichever comes first) before it stops recording.