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  • Canon 600D – DSLR Basic Guide.

    Insert the SD Card - under the flap on the side.

    Turn the mode dial to ‘movie mode’ and power on the camera.

    Switch the Lens to Manual Focus

  • Mount the lens, take care to not get finger prints on the back of the lens or dust inside the camera body. The lens should click into place when you turn it


    To remove the lens, push the button on the front.

    Set the Exposure

    First put the camera in Manuel Exposure mode

    Push the Menu Button first then use the arrow keys to navigate to the first

    menu tab. Use the Set button to select manual.

  • SET the ISO

    ISO – refers to the brightness sensitivity of the camera, it’s a bit like gain. The higher the ISO number the less light you need for correct exposure, the lower

    the ISO the more light you need.

    The standard setting for the Cannon 600D is 400 ISO. If you go to 800 ISO it requires half as much light for the same exposure – so the equivalent of

    adding 3db’s of gain. High ISO’s (like gain) will result in more nose and grain and as a rule try not to set the ISO higher then 1600. The camera will go up to 6400 ISO, but this should only be used in extreme circumstances in very low

    light. On sunny days set the ISO to 100.

    ISO is set by pushing the ISO button and scrolling the adjacent thumb wheel –

    the screen on the back of the camera will show you what the ISO is set too. Don’t use ‘Auto’ ISO mode.

  • SET the IRIS (f-Stop) You use the same thumbwheel on the top of the camera to adjust the IRIS as

    the ISO. But you need HOLD DOWN the AV button at the same time to set the IRIS.

    The F-Stop readout is on the bottom of the Screen.

    If you don’t have the same readout as above – push the INFO button (next to

    the menu) – to add the icons to the display.

    It’s better to set the ISO to 400 and use the F-stop/IRIS setting to get the correct brightness for your shot.


    The Standard shutter speed should be 1/50 of a sec for shooting at 25fps

    Higher shutter speeds will result in darker images and more motion judder

    and strobing.

    To set the shutter speed use the thumb wheel on the top of the camera – the same as the one used for IRIS and ISO.

  • On the screen it will display your shutter speed, next to the F-Stop – for 1/50sec it should read 50 – as below.


    Push the “Q” key (next to AV) – the use the arrow and select keys below to select the white balance symbol on the screen. It may be currently defaulted

    to AWB rather then the bow tie symbol.

    (You may need to press the INFO button to see all the icons on the screen)

    It should open this menu:

  • Select the white balance setting that best suits your shooting condition.

    For Manual white balance use the bow tie symbol – then take a photograph of a white piece of paper. The camera will use this as a reference but you need

    to select the photograph in the camera menu settings.

    To do this push the menu key on the back of the camera and navigate to this menu:

    This menu will allow you to select the photo you took of the white paper and

    will now set the white balance. For most situations the pre-set white balances are fine – only use the full manual white balance, if your unhappy with the



    Go into the menu and format the SD card (making sure you have backed up any important work)

    More information about the menus is in the camera manual

    Check you are recording in the correct format

  • 1920 by 1080 at 25fps – as below:

    AUDIO Although the camera can be used to record audio – the sound quality and the metering isn’t great – its best to record separate sound on a Zoom or Merantz

    recorder and sync in post.

    Go filming. The record button is on the back of the camera – push once to start and again

    to stop.