Left & Right Sides
Moving our way around to the left-hand side of the camera, we have our flash button that we have talked about. First button pops it up, second flash enters the flash mode which we will see as we go through the menu system. Depending on which lens you have, you may or may not have one or all of these buttons on the camera but the lens will have the focus button on it, most likely, where you control the auto-focus, manual focus option. In general, I'm a big fan of auto-focus. It works well. I do like to manually focus from time to time and a lot of the Canon lenses have a special clutch in the motor, which allows you to focus anytime you want, manually. This particular lens is the new 18 to 35 that you see pictured here, which does have a stabilizer, as do a lot of the lenses. And some of the lenses that do have a larger zoom will have a lock button on it, and what this does is it locks the lens into the widest angle position, which is the smallest, most compact position. And this is sim...
ply for transporting your camera around when you don't want that lens to extend out. So, it's just kind of a transportation lock mode. There's also the little white square, which indicates where you should be mounting your camera. We'll talk more about that as we get around to the front side. So, we have a lot of ports on the side. The first of them is your digital terminal and you would use this if you wanted to download from the camera to the computer. It's basically a communication port on the camera. Next up is the HDMI port and this is how you plug your camera in if you wanted to do a slide show on a TV. And so, this is the video out function of the camera. Next up, in the top little cover is your headphone jack and your microphone jack for people shooting video who want to monitor the sound. They can plug in headphones, standard size headphone jack. And for those who are shooting video and want better quality sound, the camera does have built-in microphones, but if you want to get better sound, you need a better quality mic and that's gonna plug in right there. Down at the very bottom, is the little sync for the Canon wireless remote. And so there's actually a variety of remotes that'll fit in here. It's a fairly standard sized jack, but the RS-60E3 is the wired remote switch for the camera, and that can be a very useful tool for anyone who shoots from tripods and wants to make sure that the camera is not moving when they are wanting to take a photo. Now, you'll also notice an NFC symbol over here on the sides and for NFC activated devices like a lot of the mobile phones, you would hold that device, it might be a tablet, right up near that side of the camera and the camera and the device would then link and you could transfer images back and forth. So, you need to make sure that your device is NFC. And some of this will become a little bit more clear once we go through the Wi-Fi connection of the camera as to how we can transfer images from the camera to our smart devices. And it's generally something that you need to be within a few inches for it to work, and so sometimes, you'll actually have to rub it up next to it. But, usually you just get it right up next to it and it can make that connection and it will turn on that signal so it can transfer back and forth. Around over on the right-hand side, we have our memory card door. This uses the Secure Digital cards. These come in a variety of different sizes. Be aware that there is a lock switch over on the side that sometimes gets bumped. You put it in the camera and the camera will not shoot a picture and will not delete a picture because it's locked. So, be aware if that is in the up or the down position. The different size of cards will determine whether it's an SD or and HC or and XC version of the cards. This camera can handle all the available sizes that are on the market at this time, at least. The maximum speed of the card is how fast the card's peak speed at writing information to the card will be. This number is of some importance to people who shoot a lot of action and sports. And you want to be able to shoot and have that buffer clear as quickly as possible. The minimum speed, kind of the buff speed of the card, is how fast it can steadily write lots of information to the card, and this is more important to people who are shooting video. And so, it is recommended if you want to shoot a lot of video, that you get a Speed Class three card, which handles 30 megabytes per second. That means that your camera is going to be able to send information to that memory card, and it will be able to record it all without getting caught up. And so, faster cards do help out for those who shoot a lot of video. If you don't shoot much video and you don't shoot much action, the speed of the card does not matter too much. Now, as I said before, you can connect up the USB to download images to the computer, but the protocol and system for sending images over is rather slow. And so, if you are willing to spend $10 to $ to get a card reader, it's gonna be able to send the images over much, much more quickly. If you have the ability to plug the card directly into your computer, that's gonna do so very quickly, as well. So, for anyone who shoots more than 100 shots at a time, I would say this is gonna be well worth it's money in saving time and hassle on the download 'cause you don't need any special software when you plug the card directly into your computer or through a card reader.