Bottom & Front of Camera
Looking to the bottom of the camera, we have a standard Tripod Socket, so you can hook up to monopods, tripods, and all the standard accessories. Your Serial Number is down there for records. You might wanna record that for insurance purposes. And then, of course, we have our Battery compartment. Uses the standard LP-E17 Battery and the LC-E17 Charger, which comes with the camera. Always recommend having a charged battery as a spare. That's a wise idea. There is a option for plugging the camera into an AC power outlet, so that you have continuous power. You might do this for scientific or studio reasons, any time you need to have the camera powered without that battery ever dying on you. You can get the assorted accessories from Canon. They're not real cheap, but it is possible that you can use that for certain reasons. Over on the front of the camera, we have Stereo Microphones on either side of the lens, picking up as good of sound as you're going to get with built-in microphones of ...
this nature on the camera. We have our Mirror, for the reflex mirror in there, in the SLR reflex. We have our electrical CPU contacts, which are communicating with the lens contacts. This is about as close as we get to the image sensor on this camera. 24 megapixel sensor, APS-C in size CMOS sensor. We have our Remote Control Sensor, so if you are using the RC-6, you need to have that in the front of the camera. It doesn't work on the back of the camera. It's a infrared remote, which means that it's only gonna be good for about 10 or 15 feet and struggles in bright sunlight, because it's competing with that light. We do have a little light on the front of the camera. This will come on for the Self-timer to let you know when the camera's gonna shoot. And it also comes on with the Redeye Reduction lamp, so if you do use the Redeye Reduction, there's a bright light that it shines. It's a little distracting, and some people don't like it, so if you wanna turn it off, you can jump into Set Up Menu Number Four, and go to Custom Functions Number Five, and you can turn that off, so that it doesn't have this distracting light that turns on. The red dot indicates where you would mount up the EF lenses. The white square is for the EF-S lenses, because this takes two different types of lenses from Canon. They have two different series. I'll go through those details here in just a moment. And, as far as lens mounting, we have our Lens Release and our Lens Locking Pin. Now, one of the things I notice about people who are new to interchangeable lens cameras is they feel very scared about changing lenses, and it's not a big deal, so let's go ahead and just show what we're talking about here. So it is true. I mean, we have a fairly delicate system here that we don't wanna be too rough with. But to take the lens off, we press in, we turn the button, and turn about a quarter of a turn. And we don't wanna leave our camera exposed for too long with this exposed, because dust could get into the sensor here. Now, luckily, we do have a mirror on there, and we do have a shutter unit, so dust is not likely to get into the sensor too easily, but we don't wanna leave it off for too long, so you wanna be careful the types of environments that you are changing lenses. So the EFS lenses will have this white square. You'll match that up with the white square right up there. Like so. Give it a turn, wait for the click, and then you know you've got it on there properly. So there shouldn't be any wiggle when it's on the body like that. So don't be afraid about changing lenses. This is the great thing about getting an SLR camera is that when you change the lens, you really get to change the camera. So there's lots of good options on lenses.