Canon 650D: tips for using your EOS camera

Canon 650D: tips for using your EOS camera

So you think you know how to use your Canon 650D? Like many of us, you may have a DSLR or compact system camera but tend to use only a handful of your its features.

In our ongoing review of some of the more popular current and ‘out of date’ Canon cameras, we want to help you better harness the creative potential of your camera.

Call them camera tips, or call it a user’s guide to your favourite Canon camera. The advice below comes from experts who have used the Canon 650D and know this DSLR inside and out.

If you have your own Canon 650D tips you’d like to share, post them in the comments below. What we want to build is an ever-growing user’s guide for the Canon 650D that comes not from a press release or a lab test, but from the photographers who shoot with this DSLR (read more DSLR tips or read about another Canon DSLR).

We want to inspire you to twist the mode dial and move beyond your favourite settings and functions and get more out of your Canon 650D starting today!

How to use your Canon 650D: tip 1

1 Nose adjustments
If you’ve activated the touchscreen on the ‘Q’ menus, the viewfinder sensor won’t switch off the LCD when you hold the camera to your eye, and this means you can change settings accidentally with your nose! So switch off the LCD by pressing INFO.

How to use your Canon 650D: tip 2

2 Better audio
The 650D offers continuous focus for shooting movies, but the noise made by the focusing system’s motor as it makes adjustments can be picked up by the on-
board stereo microphones. For audio that matches the quality of the pictures, use an external mic.

How to use your Canon 650D: tip 3

3 Picture Style Auto
Like the 600D, the 650D has an Auto setting for Picture Style. This has a tendency to create a more vibrant image, so if you’re looking for a more subtle colour palette, choose the Faithful or Neutral Picture Style (if you shoot Raw you can change styles in DPP).

How to use your Canon 650D: tip 4

4 Movie Servo AF
The autofocus is set to Continuous by default when you enter Movie mode. As well as tapping the icon on screen to switch this feature off if you want to focus manually, you can disable the setting in the Live View shooting menu (the fourth red menu).

How to use your Canon 650D: tip 5

5 Auto ISO
If you select the Auto ISO option, the camera won’t select an ISO higher than ISO6400, in order to ensure the best possible image quality. If you want a higher sensitivity, to enable you to use a faster shutter speed or narrower aperture, you’ll have to set it manually.


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