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Canon SL3 (200d MK II / 250D) Tutorial: Beginner’s User Guide – Buttons, Dials and Modes


what’s up guys Iggy here and welcome to another tech gear talk today I’m going to walk you through the physical features and manual controls of the Canon SL 3 aka 250 D aka 200 deep mark – okay so we’re gonna get started by turning the camera on we’re gonna use the dial on the top right we can flick it – on which puts the SL 3 in photo mode if we wanted to shoot video we would just click it on to the next position with the icon of a video camera we’re gonna go ahead and go back to photo mode for now next we’re gonna start looking at the buttons and dials starting with the shutter button which has two functions if you fully press the button it will acquire focus and then take a picture and you’ll hear a little beep right before the picture is taken letting you know that the camera is attained critical focus now if you have pressed a shutter button you’ll only get focus and then you can continue to press it all the way down to take the picture and this is really useful in a lot of situations for example look if you need to slightly reframe your shot after getting focus so you

can go ahead and get focus by pressing halfway down and you can make slight adjustments while you’re holding the button down and then when you’re ready just press it all the way down and it will take the picture now this also helps prevent camera shake that sometimes happen when you press the button all the way down without first getting focus now next to the shutter button you’ll find the main dial and this is a dial you’re going to use to adjust many of the settings of the camera this dial rotates left and right and the functionality actually changes based on what mode you’re in so a few examples of settings that you’re going to change using this main dial are shutter speed aperture and ISO next to the main dial you’ll see the display button and by default the LCD screen is going to be on now depending on what mode you’re in you’ll see your settings and/or a live view of the scene if you plan on only using the viewfinder and you want to conserve some battery life you can hit the Display button and it will turn the display off I have to turn it back on you just click this button again next to the display button will find the isobe which will let us quickly select ISO speed settings to use it you just press it once which brings the ISO display both on the LCD and in the viewfinder you can

then use this main dial to change the settings now all the way on the Left you’ll find the auto setting which lets the camera adjust the ISO setting for you or you can select an ISO setting manually which is what I recommend if you’re not sure what ISO does check out my how to get a proper exposure tutorial which I’ll link up in the corner and in the description I’m gonna skip the mode dial for an hour then come back to it at the end but right underneath it and to the left you’ll see the live view shooting and record button if the power is switched to on meaning that you’re still in photo modes pressing this button will turn the live view shooting you will not be able to see the scene on your LCD display and you can use it to see your settings from your shots set focus and see a lot of very useful information and when you press it you hear the camera make a noise which sounds like you’re taking a picture now this is perfectly normal you’re just hearing the mirror flip up and move out of the way of the sensor so that the LCD can show you what the sensor sees

through the lens if you want to turn live view off you just press the button again if your power switches turn to movie mode then the LCD screen is already on and pressing this button will start and stop recording so if I press it it’s gonna start recording and then if I press it again it’s going to stop I want to give you a little pro tip here you can actually set the shutter button to start and stop recording what you do is you go to menu function settings you’re gonna go to page four you’re gonna look for shutter button function for movies you’re gonna select the option for fully pressed and then change it from no function to start and stop movie record I like doing this because it’s easier to hit this button than the small record button on the back okay moving on next to the Live View button you’ll see your viewfinder which is obviously something that you’re going to use all the time this is an optical viewfinder and there are times where I end up using instead of the LCD it’s sometimes easier for me to block out distractions and I can focus on what’s happening in the scene I also find that it gives me another point of contact with the camera which

keeps the camera more stable especially when I’m using a longer lens and then finally if I’m shooting in really bright conditions it’s much easier to see the scene because I don’t have to deal with glare on the LCD now if for some reason the image in the viewfinder is not sharp there’s a die optic adjustment knob on the top right corner which would let you bring the viewfinder into focus now next to the viewfinder we find the info button which I use all the time when you’re in Live View the info button lets you toggle between different display options on the LCD so you might want a clean display that only shows you focus zone and lets you cleanly frame your shot if you press the info button once you’ll get some more of the settings to show up on the screen you press it one more time and you’ll get all the settings and one last time to add a histogram which can really help with your exposure now another press will get you all the way back to the clean display with only two focuses own or spot now

moving on all the way on the Left we’ll find the menu button which again you’ll use all the time pressing this button brings up the camera settings where you can change or reset all of the functions of the camera you can navigate the menu using the touchscreen LCD or the cross keys and set buttons that are on the bottom right of the camera now I’ll do another tutorial about the menu settings of the sl3 so if you’re interested hit the subscribe and notification buttons next I want to talk about the aperture and exposure compensation button by default when you’re shooting images or video in manual mode the main dial controls shutter speed and you’ll see these orange indicators on the outside of the shutter speed setting letting you know that if you use this dial that’s where you’re going to be changing now if you want to change the aperture instead you can hold down the aperture button with your thumb which will move the orange indicator to the aperture setting on this screen now while you’re holding it down you can use the main dial to a just your aperture now as

far as exposure compensation goes that’s a little bit of an advanced topic but if you’re not shooting a manual mode and you want to override the cameras exposure settings you can hold this button down and then either overexposed or underexposed your shot and this is mostly used in situations that might trick the cameras metering system or when you might need to expose for a specific subject even though the rest of the image might be over or underexposed if you want to know more about this please let me know in the comments section and I can do a follow-up tutorial we talked a little bit about the Cross Keys and the set quick control buttons when we were using the menu but these are also very useful with general camera operations if you’re shooting stills and you’re using the viewfinder you can click on the cue or set button which will engage the quick control feature and this lets you change settings like exposure compensation single continuous and self timer options

focusing positions and methods of focusing you can do all of that without having to go into the main menu and you can see which quick control option is activated when orange indicator appears on the LCD and you can use the touch screen or the cross keys to navigate and adjust settings when you’re in Live View mode the cue or set button does the same thing as the cue on the touch screen it will bring up all of the complete control options and you can make even more changes things like white balance picture style auto focus mode aspect ratio and image size and then other things like frame rates for video and this is how I change most of the settings most of the time I don’t usually go into the menu now below the cross keys and on the Left we have a playback button which lets you go through all the images and videos on the SD card you can use the left and right cross keys to navigate through files or you can use the touch screen by swiping left and right now when you’re looking at your images or video you can click the info button to get more information about the photo that way if you took a photo that you really liked and you want to see what settings you were using you’re able to easily do that now one last thing is that a third press on the info button

will even you a histogram now the last button then the bottom right has a trash icon on it and it’s used to permanently delete files from the memory card if you took a picture or a video clip that you just don’t want you can hit this button and confirm that you want to delete it and it’s gone personally I’m pretty careful with this and I don’t usually delete any files until after I move them to my computer because I never know what I might end up wanting to use now the last two buttons I’m going to tell you about are on the top right of the sl3 and they each serve multiple functions the top button is used to zoom in when you’re using the LCD so pressing it once will give you a 5x zoom and then the next time you press that you’ll get a 10x zoom this is a great feature if you want to use manual focus and make sure that you’re absolutely nailing your focus and if you’re not using the LCD and you’re taking pictures clicking on this button will bring up the 9 autofocus points in your viewfinder then will let you choose between automatic select where the camera picks the focus

point for you to one of the specific focus points that you might want to use now this is a great feature for photographing off-center subjects the last button is used to lock exposure both with and without a flash and I’m not going to go too deep into this feature because it’s a little more advanced and can probably use its own video but essentially it lets you tell the camera not to change the settings once you’ve locked in the exposure of the intensity of the flash even if you move the camera and reframe your shot this is a great feature but it has very specific applications now finally when you preview files the top or a magnify button will let you zoom in and then the reduce button will zoom out and if you keep zooming out beyond 100% will eventually get an index view where you can see multiple files and this is great if you’re looking for a specific image and you don’t want to scroll one by one I also want to

mention that the flash on the SL 3 doesn’t have a release button like on the SL 2 and you just use this little notch on the side and you can just pop it open next I wanted to go back to the mode dial in order to cover some of the options the mode dial has the basic zone modes the creative zone modes the basic zone includes modes where all you do is press the shutter and the camera will set everything for you the first option has an A+ which stands for scene intelligent auto you just point the focus point at the subject and shoot now the camera doesn’t know exactly what you’re shooting but it will do its best to get the settings right if you want a little more control but still don’t want to mess around with settings you can choose this special scene mode on the mode dial and this will let you choose between portraits smooth skin group photo landscape sports kids close-up food candlelight night portrait and held night scene and HDR backlight control what’s great here is that we’re giving the camera more information than in the intelligent auto mode and it’s able to use this information to make proper adjustments to your aperture and shutter

speed to get a more desirable result so for example if you select portrait it will try to give you a more blurred background by using a wide aperture if you select sports it will shorten the shutter speed so that you can freeze the action now the last mode in the basic zone is creative filters and this lets you automatically apply a filter to your image so you can choose from grainy black and white a soft focus fisheye effect water painting toy camera effect miniature effect and various HDR options now as you learn more about your camera and how to use it you may choose to go to the creative zone which kind of sounds like a theme park now the first option here is P which is program auto exposure this automatically sets the shutter speed and aperture for you unlike intelligent auto you’ll still have control over ISO and exposure compensation so you have a little more control again if you want to learn more about exposure check out that tutorial that I talked about it’s in the description the next option is tv4 shutter priority and this option lets you

select a shutter speed and it will automatically adjust the aperture for you just a little bit of trivia if you’re curious why it’s called TV the answer is that it stands for time value now the next mode is a V or aperture priority and this is essentially the same but in this case you’re selecting the aperture and you’re letting the camera adjust the shutter speed automatically to give you a proper exposure now the last mode is M

which stands for a manual and use this once you’re completely comfortable with getting a proper exposure this is the ultimate mode where you control every aspect to get the exact results that you want one of the things that I love about this camera is that you can grow with it as your knowledge level increases you can take more and more control and at the same time someone who just wants to let the camera do all the heavy lifting can still get great pictures so if you have any additional questions drop them in the comment section I do my best to answer every comment that I get I really hope this Canon sl3 tutorial was helpful if it was please let me know by leaving a comment and giving it a thumbs up which really helps me out a lot and if you haven’t yet join the community by hitting the subscribe and notification buttons you can also find me on Instagram Twitter and Facebook at tech ear talk and you know what I always say bye nice or bye twice good luck and see you soon

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