Why Does My Canon Camera Stop Recording Automatically?

DSLR cameras are great for taking videos. I’ve been using my Canon DSLR to create video content for my blogs for a few years now, and I’m more than happy with it.

However, there have been a few times where my Canon camera just stopped recording automatically, and this got me into doing some research into why it does this.

As it turns out, there can be a few things that might cause it to do this.

Join me as I share my findings with you.

Why Does My Canon Camera Stop Recording Automatically?

A Canon camera can stop recording video automatically if the SD card is not capable of recording the video due to its low write speed. Depending on the quality of the video that you are recording, the SD card might not be able to handle the amount of data it needs to save, and this can cause the camera to stop recording automatically.

It is also worth noting that video recordings can take up a lot of space on the SD card, so if there is no more free space available on the SD card, then your Canon camera will stop recording.

In more extreme cases, your camera might also stop recording when it overheats. This does not happen often, but it can happen when you are recording a video on a hot day. Cameras, in general, do not favor extreme cold or humid conditions, so your camera might need a cool-down period if you’re recording on a scorcher of a day.

What SD Card Is Good For Video?

Ok, so now that we’ve established that the SD card can be the main reason for your Canon camera to stop recording automatically, let’s take a look at the type of SD card that you should be using when recording video.

As mentioned earlier, an SD card with a low write speed might not be able to record the video. A high-resolution video will require a lot of data to be written to the SD card in a short period of time, so the SD card needs to be able to do this.

Now, the piece of advice I’m going to give you is going to save you a lot of potential headaches, not only when recording video, but also when taking photos with your Canon camera.

Even if you’re just starting out, opt to get a quality Class 10 SD card.

What does Class 10 refer to? Well, SD cards have a class rating and this is an indication of how fast they can write data. A Class 2 SD card can write at a speed of 2MB/sec, a Class 4 SD card can write at a speed of 4MB/sec, and the highest class SD card, Class 10, can write at a speed of 10MB/sec.

A Class 4 SD card should be ok when recording 1080P video, but I strongly recommend that you get a Class 10 SD card instead. This will eliminate potential breaks in video recording, and will also be able to handle 4K video if your camera supports it.

As for the capacity of the card, I recommend that you get a card with a minimum capacity of 64GB. If you have the means to get a 128GB SD card, even better. Video recordings take much more space than photos, so an SD card with a high capacity is better.

As an example, if you get a 128GB SD card, and you record a 4K video, then you can save anything between 110 minutes to 160 minutes worth of video. That should be enough for most of us.


As you can see, there are a few reasons why your Canon camera can stop recording automatically.

In most cases, the SD card is at fault, so you need to make sure that the SD card that you are using is up to the task of writing all that video data.

A Class 10 SD card is the preferred choice for video recording. It has a write speed of 10MB/sec, which is more than enough for 1080P video recordings as well as 4K recordings.

I would also recommend that you get an SD card with a high capacity. Video recordings can take up a lot of space on the SD card, and you don’t want to be caught out with no more free space on the SD card while recording video. An SD card with a capacity of 64GB or even 128GB will be just fine.