Left & Right Side of Camera
Working our way around to the left side of the camera most of the Canon lenses will have an auto focus or manual focus switch, some of their lenses will have stabilizer options and so stabilizer is a great tool for stabilizing the image when you are hand-held, and so if you are hand-held I would encourage you to leave the stabilizer turned on, it does use a little bit of battery power, but very, very little battery power at that. There is the flash button for popping up the flash, we can also enter our flash modes by pressing that button once it is in the upward position. There is a depth-of-field preview button, that's the little unlabeled button down there in the corner, and so this used to be a hallmark of professional cameras, back in the 80's professional cameras had depth-of-field previews and nobody else had it. So what it does is that allows you to stop the aperture down to its working aperture, because the camera is normally at its maximum aperture and so can stop it down to s...
ee how much depth-of-field you are going to get at any given time. Now the depth-of-field preview has lost quite a bit of its significance in the days of digital, because if you want to see how much depth-of-fields you have you could just simply shoot a photograph and take a look at it, but sometimes it's really hard to see the back screen of the camera, so if you want to see it in the viewfinder that's how you can see it is with that depth-of-field preview button. Next up we have a couple of little rubber doors that open up and allow us ports for plugging in our camera into our computer and various devices. So first up is our digital terminal and if you wanted to download from the camera the camera comes with a cable that you can connect to your computer and download, it's a relatively slow process, using USB 2. and it's a Mini-B, USB terminal. Next up is an HDMI plug this is gonna send the video out for instance to a TV, and uses a mini out, Type C for that. Has a little symbol over here the camera does work with NFC capable smart devices for doing wireless communication. We'll talk more about that when we get into the wireless section in the menu, last section of the class. The other little rubber door is gonna allow you access for a mic jack, cannon makes their own DM-E which sell for around $ but there are a lot of other brands with microphones that'll fit in here. It's a common 3.5mm jack, so they'll be a lot of road and sign highs or in other jacks that you can mount right on the hot shoe of your camera and plug right in there if you want better quality sound when you're shooting your movies. And then there's a very common remote control jack it's a 2.5mm size jack on this one, the Canon RS-60E3 is a relatively inexpensive about $25 remote, and for anyone who's gonna be working from a tripod, that doesn't want to juggle the camera, move the camera in any way while at shooting this would be a great device to have to trigger those pictures being taken. Over on the right side of the camera we have a little tiny door down here that we'll talk more about when we get to the bottom of the camera, it's for hooking your camera up for constant power through a DC connection. This is the memory card door, obviously where we're gonna mount our memory cards it uses the SD memory cards, there are many different types available. SD, the HC versions and the XC versions are just different sizes of cards, it uses all three of those. The speed of the card is how fast the images can be written to the card and read of off the card. The faster your card, the faster you'll be able to shoot photos and the camera will be able to process and save them. For most photographers the speed of the card is not that big a deal with this camera. If you do a lot of sports you might look at getting a little bit faster of a card. The minimum speed of the card can be very important for anybody who shoots a lot of video. So if you want to shoot video a lot Canon recommends that you get a card that has a speed class of 30 MB/s or faster, that's a UHS 3 rating or higher. And so while the camera does not shoot 4K video it is just shooting HD video they still recommend that 30 MB/s. As far as memory cards go, as I just mentioned the USB slot on this is kind of slow and it's a little cumbersome for downloading images, and so I recommend getting a card reader. This is what a lot of people have and it just simplifies the downloading process, you don't need your camera, you're not using the battery, and if your camera needs to be off shooting photos while you're downloading with a separate device, that's handy, and if your computer has a direct plug in for the SD cards even better, that's very quick as well. Now one thing we will talk about in the menu system is formatting the memory card. When you buy new memory cards, when you're inserting new cards in your camera you should format the memory card so that the Canon System is reading and appropriately working with the cards, and so something you want to do on a regular basis to get the most life possible out of your memory cards.