Shooting Photos with the Default Settings (EOS REBEL SL1 / EOS 100D)
Article ID: ART141977 | Date published: 05/13/2015 | Date last updated: 08/17/2015


Shooting Photos with the Default Settings (EOS REBEL SL1 / EOS 100D)


Basic operations for shooting photos are described below.
  • Icons used on this page:
<>: Scene Intelligent Auto / <><>: Cross keys / <>: Setting button / [ ]: Daylight saving time setting. [ ]: Daylight saving time-OFF / [ ]: Set-up tab 2 / <>: Playback button /
*The icons and markings indicating the cameras buttons, dials, and settings correspond to the icons and markings on the camera and on the LCD monitor.
  • SD Memory Cards
On this page, "card" refers to SD memory cards, SDHC memory cards, and SDXC memory cards.

Shooting Preparations

1. Insert the battery and card.
1-1. To open the cover, slide the lever as shown by the arrows.

1-2. Insert the battery.
Insert the end with the battery contacts until it locks into place.

1-3. Insert the card.
As shown by the illustration, face the cards label side toward the back of the camera and insert it until it clicks in place.

1-4. Close the cover.
Press the cover until it snaps shut.
After opening the card slot/battery compartment cover, be careful not to swing it back further. Otherwise, the hinge may break.
Upon purchase, the battery is not fully charged. For more information on charging the battery, refer to How do I recharge the battery? (EOS REBEL SL1 / EOS 100D).
  • After disconnecting the chargers power plug, do not touch the prongs for at least 3 sec.
  • Do not charge any battery other than a Battery Pack LP-E12.
  • Battery Pack LP-E12 is dedicated to Canon products only. Using it with an incompatible battery charger or product may result in malfunction or accidents for which Canon cannot be held liable.

The camera does not come with a card for recording images/movies. Please purchase it separately.
  • When the access lamp is lit or blinking, it indicates that images are being written to or read by the card, being erased, or data is being transferred. Do not open the card slot cover during this time.
  • Never do any of the following while the access lamp is lit or blinking. Otherwise, it can damage the image data, card, or camera.
-Removing the card.
-Removing the battery.
-Shaking or banging the camera around.
  • If a card-related error message is displayed on the LCD monitor, remove and reinsert the card. If the error persists, use a different card.
  • If you can transfer all the images on the card to a computer, transfer all he images and then format the card with the camera. The card may then return to normal.
  • Do not touch the cards contacts with your fingers or metal objects.

2. Attaching a Lens
Do not look at the sun directly through any lens. Doing so may cause loss of vision.

2-1. Remove the rear lens cap and the body cap by turning them as shown by the arrows.

2-2. Align the lens red or white index with the cameras index matching the same color. Turn the lens as shown by the arrow until it clicks in place.
Minimizing Dust
  • When changing lenses, do it quickly in a place with minimal dust.
  • When storing the camera without a lens attached, be sure to attach the body cap to the camera.
  • Remove dust on the body cap before attaching it.

3. Set the lens focus mode switch to <AF>.
  • <AF> stands for Autofocus.
  • If it is set to <MF> (manual focus), autofocus will not operate.

4. Remove the front lens cap.

5. Set the camera's power switch to <ON>, and set the Mode Dial to <> (Scene Intelligent Auto).
All the necessary camera settings will be set automatically.

Initial Settings (Time Zone, Date and Time)

1. When you turn on the power for the first time or if the time zone and date/time have been reset, the Time zone and Date/Time setting screens will appear. Follow the steps below to set the time zone first. Note that the date/time appended to recorded images will be based on this date/time setting. Be sure to set the correct date/time.
For information on changing the settings, refer to Setting the Time Zone, Date and Time (EOS REBEL SL1 / EOS 100D).

2. Press the < > keys to select the time zone box.
[London] is set by default.

3. Press <> so [ ] is displayed.

4. Press the < > keys to select the time zone, then press <>. (Returns to [ ].)
The time displayed on the upper right of the screen is the time difference compared with Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). If you do not see your time zone, set the time zone while referring to the difference with UTC.

5. Set the date and time.
Press the < > keys to select the number, then press <> so [ ] is displayed.

6. Press the < > keys to set the number, then press <>. (Returns to [ ].)

7. Set the daylight saving time if necessary.
Press the < > keys to select [ ], then press <> so [ ] is displayed.
Press the < > keys to select [ ], then press <>.
When the daylight saving time is set to [ ], the time set in step 6 will
advance by 1 hour.
If [ ] is set, the daylight saving time will be canceled and the time will go back by 1 hour.

8. Press the < > keys to select
[OK], then press <>.
The date/time/zone and daylight saving time will be set and the menu will reappear.
  • The date/time that was set will start from when you press <> in step 8.
  • If you store the camera without the battery or if the cameras battery becomes exhausted, the date/time/zone may be reset. If this happens, set the time zone and date/time again.
  • After changing the time zone, check that the correct date/time has been set.

Taking Pictures

1. Look through the viewfinder and aim the viewfinder center over the subject.

2. Press the shutter button halfway, and the camera will focus the subject.

The dot inside the AF point achieving focus flashes briefly in red. At the same time, the beeper will sound and the focus confirmation light <> in the viewfinder will light up.

If necessary, the built-in flash will be raised automatically.

3. Operate the zoom as necessary. To zoom, turn the zoom ring on the lens with your fingers.
  • Turning the zoom ring after achieving focus may throw off the focus. Always refocus after operating the zoom.
  • When attaching or detaching a lens, set the cameras power switch to <OFF>.
  • If the front part (focusing ring) of the lens rotates during autofocusing, do not touch the rotating part.
For users who purchased the EF-S18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM, or EF-S18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM lens kit, refer to Characteristics and usage notes for EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM / EF-S18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM.

4. Press the shutter button completely to take the picture.

5. The captured image will be displayed for 2 sec. on the LCD monitor.
To display the image again, press the <> button.

After Shooting

1. After taking the picture, retract the built-in flash by pushing it down with your fingers.

2. Set the cameras power switch to <OFF> to turn it off.

3. Reattach the lens cover to the lens.
  • This product is designed to achieve excellent performance when used with genuine Canon accessories. Canon shall not be liable for any damage to this product and/or accidents such as fire, etc., caused by the malfunction of nongenuine Canon accessories (e.g., a leakage and/or explosion of a battery pack). Please note that this warranty does not apply to repairs arising out of the malfunction of non-genuine Canon accessories, although you may request such repairs on a chargeable basis.
Camera Care
  • This camera is a precision instrument. Do not drop it or subject it to physical shock.
  • The camera is not waterproof and cannot be used underwater. If you accidentally drop the camera into water, promptly consult the nearest Canon Service Center. Wipe off any water droplets with a dry cloth. If the camera has been exposed to salty air, wipe it with a well-wrung wet cloth.
  • Never leave the camera near anything having a strong magnetic field such as a magnet or electric motor. Also avoid using or leaving the camera near anything emitting strong radio waves such as a large antenna. Strong magnetic fields can cause camera misoperation or destroy image data.
  • Do not leave the camera in excessive heat such as in a car in direct sunlight. High temperatures can cause the camera to malfunction.
  • The camera contains precision electronic circuitry. Never attempt to disassemble the camera yourself.
  • Do not block the mirror operation with your finger, etc. Doing so may cause a malfunction.
  • Use a blower to blow away dust on the lens, viewfinder, reflex mirror, and focusing screen. Do not use cleaners that contain organic solvents to clean the camera body or lens. For stubborn dirt, take the camera to the nearest Canon Service Center.
  • Do not touch the cameras electrical contacts with your fingers. This is to prevent the contacts from corroding. Corroded contacts can cause camera misoperation.
  • If condensation forms on the camera, do not use the camera. This is to avoid damaging the camera. If there is condensation, remove the lens, card and -battery from the camera, and wait until condensation has evaporated before using the camera.
  • If the camera will not be used for an extended period, remove the battery and store the camera in a cool, dry, well-ventilated location. Even while the camera is in storage, press the shutter button a few times once in a while to check that the camera is still working.
  • Avoid storing the camera where there are chemicals that result in rust and corrosion such as in a chemical lab.
  • If the camera has not been used for an extended period, test all its functions before using it. If you have not used the camera for some time or if there is an important shoot such as a foreign trip coming up, have the camera checked by your Canon dealer or check the camera yourself and make sure it is working properly.
LCD Monitor
  • Although the LCD monitor is manufactured with very high precision technology with over 99.99% effective pixels, there may be a few dead pixels displaying only black or red, etc., among the remaining 0.01% or less pixels.
  • If the LCD monitor is left on for a prolonged period, screen burn-in may occur where you see remnants of what was displayed. However, this is only temporary and will disappear when the camera is left unused for a few days.
  • The LCD monitor display may seem slow in low temperatures, or look black in high temperatures. It will return to normal at room temperature.
SD Memory Cards
To protect the card and its recorded data, note the following:
  • Do not drop, bend, or wet the card. Do not subject it to excessive force, physical shock, or vibration.
  • Do not touch the cards electronic contacts with your fingers or anything metallic.
  • Do not affix any stickers, etc., on the card.
  • Do not store or use the card near anything having a strong magnetic field such as a TV set, speakers, or magnet. Also avoid places prone to having static electricity.
  • Do not leave the card in direct sunlight or near a heat source.
  • Store the card in a case.
  • Do not store the card in hot, dusty, or humid locations.
  • After detaching the lens from the camera, put down the lens with the rear end up and attach the lens caps to avoid scratching the lens surface and electrical contacts.
Cautions Regarding Prolonged Use
  • If you use continuous shooting, Live View shooting, or movie shooting for a prolonged period, the camera may become hot. Although this is not a malfunction, holding the hot camera for a long period can cause slight skin burns.
About Smudges Adhering to the Front of the Sensor
  • Besides dust entering the camera from outside, in rare cases lubricant from the cameras parts may adhere to the front of the sensor. If visible spots still remain after the automatic sensor cleaning, having the sensor cleaned by a Canon Service Center is recommended.

Shooting movies with the default settings (EOS REBEL SL1 / EOS 100D)