Shooting Photos with the Default Settings (Immediately After Purchase) (EOS REBEL SL2 / EOS 200D)
Article ID: ART168023 | Date published: 07/10/2017 | Date last updated: 07/18/2017


Shooting Photos with the Default Settings (Immediately After Purchase) (EOS REBEL SL2 / EOS 200D)



Shooting preparations and basic operations for shooting photos are described below.


Shooting Preparations

1. Insert the battery.
Slide the lever as shown by the arrows and open the cover.
Insert the end with the battery contacts. Insert the battery until it locks in place.
After opening the card slot/battery compartment cover, be careful not to swing it back any further. Otherwise, the hinge may break.
Upon purchase, the battery is not fully charged. Charge the battery before use.
  • After disconnecting the charger's power plug, do not touch the prongs for approx. 5 sec.
  • Do not charge any battery other than a Battery Pack LP-E17.
  • Battery Pack LP-E17 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.



2. Insert the card.
As shown by the illustration, face the card's label side toward the back of the camera and insert it until it clicks in place.
Close the cover.
The camera does not come with a card. Please purchase it separately.
  • When the access lamp ( ) is lit or blinking, it indicates that images are being written to, read from, or erased from the card, or data is being transferred. Do not open the card slot/battery compartment cover. Also, 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.
- Unplugging and connecting a power cord (when household power outlet accessories (sold separately) are used).
  • If the card already contains recorded images, the image number may not start from 0001.
  • 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 images on the card to a computer, transfer all the images and then format the card with the camera. The card may then return to normal.
  • Do not touch the card's contacts with your fingers or metal objects. Do not expose the contacts to dust or water. If smudges adhere to the contacts, contact failure may result.
  • Multimedia cards (MMC) cannot be used. (Card error will be displayed.)



3. Attach the lens.
Remove the rear lens cap and the body cap by turning them as shown by the arrows.



Align the lens's red or white index with the camera's index matching the same color. Turn the lens as shown by the arrow until it clicks in place.
: White index : Red index

Do not look at the sun directly through any lens. Doing so may cause loss of vision.
Tips for Avoiding Smudges and 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.



4. Set the lens's focus mode switch to <AF>.

  • <AF> stands for autofocus.
  • <MF> stands for manual focus.



5. Remove the front lens cap.



6. Set the power switch to <ON>, then set the Mode Dial to < > (Scene Intelligent Auto).
  • All the necessary camera settings will be set automatically.



7. Flip out the LCD monitor.

Be careful not to forcefully rotate the LCD monitor, putting much power on the rotating axis (hinge).
  • When not using the camera, close the LCD monitor with the screen facing inward. You can protect the screen.
  • During Live View shooting or movie shooting, facing the LCD monitor toward the subject will display a mirror image on the screen (right/left reversed).


Initial Settings (Setting the Date, Time, and Zone)

When you turn on the power for the first time, the date/time/zone setting screen 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.



1. Set the time zone.
[London] is set by default.
  • Press the < > < > keys to select [Time zone], then press < >.
  • Press < > again.
  • Press the < > < > keys to select the time zone, then press < >.
  • Press the < > < > keys to select [OK], then press < >.

The time displayed in [Time zone] is the time difference compared to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). If your desired time zone is not listed, set the time zone while referring to the difference with UTC.



2. Set the date and time.
  • Press the < > < > keys to select the number.
  • Press < > so < > is displayed.
  • Press the < > < > keys to set it, then press < >. (Returns to < >.)



3. Set the daylight saving time if necessary.
  • Press the < > < > keys to select [ ].
  • Press < > so < > is displayed.
  • Press the < > < > keys to select [ ], then press < >.

When the daylight saving time is set to [ ], the time set in step 2 will advance by 1 hour. If [ ] is set, the daylight saving time will be canceled and the time will go back by 1 hour.



4. 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 set time and date will start from when you select [OK] in step 4.
  • The date/time/zone settings may be reset if the camera is stored without the battery or if the camera's battery becomes exhausted. If this happens, set the date/time/zone again.
  • After changing the time zone or time difference setting, check that the correct date and time are set.


Taking Pictures

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



2. Press the shutter button halfway. The lens elements will shift to focus.



  • When achieving focus, the dot inside the AF point achieving focus flashes briefly in red. At the same time, the beeper will sound and the focus indicator < > ( ) in the viewfinder will light up.
  • In low light, the AF point(s) will light up briefly in red.
  • The built-in flash will be raised automatically as necessary.



3. Operate the zoom as necessary. To zoom, turn the zoom ring on the lens with your fingers.

  • Perform the zoom operation before focusing. Turning the zoom ring after achieving focus may throw off the focus.
  • When attaching or detaching a lens, set the camera's power switch to <OFF>.
  • If the front part (focusing ring) of the lens rotates during autofocusing, do not touch the rotating part.



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



5. The captured image will be displayed for approx. 2 sec. on the LCD monitor.

To display the image again, press the < > button.


After Shooting

1. When you finish shooting, push down the built-in flash with your fingers.



2. Set the camera's power switch to <OFF> to turn it off.



3. Reattach the lens cover to the lens.



This product is designed to achieve optimum performance when used with genuine Canon accessories. Therefore, using this product with genuine accessories is highly recommended.
Canon shall not be liable for any damage to this product and/or accidents such as malfunction, fire, etc. caused by the failure of non-genuine Canon accessories (e.g., a leakage and/or explosion of a battery pack). Please note that repairs arising out of the malfunction of non-genuine accessories will not be covered by the warranty for repairs, although you may request such repairs on a chargeable basis.
Handling Precautions
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 and clean cloth. If the camera has been exposed to salty air, wipe it with a clean, 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 only a commercially-available blower to blow away dust when it adheres to the lens, viewfinder, reflex mirror, focusing screen, etc. 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 camera's electrical contacts with your fingers. This is to prevent the contacts from corroding. Corroded contacts can cause camera malfunction.
  • If the camera is suddenly brought in from the cold into a warm room, condensation may form on the camera and internal parts. To prevent condensation, first put the camera in a sealed plastic bag and let it adjust to the warmer temperature before taking it out of the bag.
  • 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 nearest Canon Service Center or check the camera yourself and make sure it is working properly.
  • If you repeat continuous shooting or perform Live View shooting or movie shooting for a prolonged period, the camera may become hot. This is not a malfunction.
  • If there is a bright light source inside or outside the image area, ghosting may occur.
LCD Monitor
  • Although the LCD monitor is manufactured with very high precision technology with over 99.99% effective pixels, 0.01% or fewer of the pixel may be dead, and there may also be spots of black, red, or other colors. Dead pixels are not a malfunction. They do not affect the images recorded.
  • 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 slightly slow in low temperatures, or look black in high temperatures. It will return to normal at room temperature.
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 card's 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 that has a strong magnetic field, such as a TV set, speakers, or magnets. 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.
Smudges Adhering to the Front of the Sensor
Besides dust entering the camera from outside, in rare cases, lubricant from the camera's internal parts may adhere to the front of the sensor. If smudges are visible on the images, having the sensor cleaned by a Canon Service Center is recommended.
After detaching the lens from the camera, put down the lens with the rear end up and attach the rear lens cap to avoid scratching the lens surface and electrical contacts.