Basic Setup Options on a Canon EOS Rebel T3 Series Camera - dummies

Basic Setup Options on a Canon EOS Rebel T3 Series Camera

By Julie Adair King

One of the many advantages of investing in the Canon Rebel T3 or T3i is that you can customize its performance with basic setup options to suit the way you like to shoot. These options are related to initial camera setup.

Basic Options on Setup Menu 1

At the risk of being conventional, start your camera customization by opening Setup Menu 1.


Here’s a quick rundown of each menu item:

  • Auto Power Off: To help save battery power, your camera automatically powers down after a certain period of inactivity.

  • Auto Rotate: If you enable this feature, your picture files include a piece of data that indicates whether the camera was oriented in the vertical or horizontal position when you shot the frame.

  • Format: The first time you insert a new memory card, use this option to format the card, a maintenance function that wipes out any existing data on the card and prepares it for use by the camera.

  • File Numbering: This option controls how the camera names your picture files.

  • Select Folder: You need to worry about this option only if your memory card contains more than one image-storage folder.

  • Screen Color: If you don’t like the default color scheme of the Shooting Settings display, which is the one used for the screens shown in this book, you can choose from three other schemes via the Screen Color option.

  • Eye-Fi Settings: Eye-Fi memory cards are special cards that enable you to transmit images from the camera to the computer over a wireless network.

Options found on Setup Menu 2

Setup Menu 2 offers an additional batch of customization options:


  • LCD Brightness: This option enables you to make the camera monitor brighter or darker.


  • LCD Off/On Bttn: This option determines what buttons you press to turn the Shooting Settings display on and off.

  • Date/Time: When you turn on your camera for the very first time, it automatically displays this option and asks you to set the date and time.

  • Language: This option determines the language of any text displayed on the camera monitor.

  • Video System: This option is related to viewing your images and movies on a television.

  • Sensor Cleaning: Highlight this option and press the Set button to access some options related to the camera’s internal sensor-cleaning mechanism. (On the T3 this option is called Clean Manually.)

  • Feature Guide: When this option is enabled and you switch exposure modes (via the Mode dial) or choose certain other camera options, little text notes appear on the monitor to explain the feature you’re about to use.

    To get rid of the Help screens that appear when you select certain camera options, disable the Feat
    To get rid of the Help screens that appear when you select certain camera options, disable the Feature Guide.

Basic options found on Setup Menu 3

Setup Menu 3 contains the following offerings, which you can access only in the advanced exposure modes. Again, those modes are P, Tv, Av, M, and A-DEP.


  • Custom Functions: Selecting this option opens the door to Custom Functions, a set of customization features that either relate to advanced exposure options or are otherwise designed for people with some photography experience.

  • Copyright Information: Using this menu option, you can embed your personal copyright information in the image metadata. Metadata is invisible text data that doesn’t appear on the photo itself but can be read in many photo-viewer programs.

  • Clear Settings: Via this menu option, you can restore the default shooting settings.

  • Firmware Ver.: This screen tells you the version number of the camera firmware (internal operating software).

Three more customization options

Shooting Menu 1 offers two more basic setup options:


  • Beep: By default, your camera beeps after certain operations, such as after it sets focus when you use autofocusing.

  • Release Shutter without Card: Setting this option to Disable prevents shutter-button release when no memory card is in the camera.