Basics of Setup Menu 1 for the Canon Rebel T5/1200D - dummies

Basics of Setup Menu 1 for the Canon Rebel T5/1200D

By Julie Adair King, Robert Correll

One of the many advantages of investing in the Canon Rebel T5/1200D is that you can customize it to suit the way you like to shoot. The following sections cover basic setup options that are commonly used. Open Setup Menu 1, shown below, to access the following options:


  • Auto Power Off: To save battery power, the camera automatically goes to sleep after 30 seconds, but you can change the shutdown delay to 1, 2, 4, 8, or 15 minutes or you can disable auto shutdown altogether by selecting the Disable setting. Give the shutter button a quick half-press and release or press the a Menu, button to bring the monitor out of hibernation.

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

    • Continuous: This is the default; the camera numbers your files sequentially, from 0001 to 9999, and places all images in the same folder (100Canon, by default) unless you specify otherwise using the Select Folder option described in the next bullet point. This numbering sequence is retained even if you change memory cards.

      When you reach picture 9999, the camera automatically creates a new folder (101Canon, by default) and restarts the file numbering at 0001 — again, the folder issue being dependent on the status of the Select Folder option.

    • Auto Reset: If you switch to this option, the camera restarts file numbering at 0001 each time you put in a different memory card or create a new folder. However, with this option it’s easy to wind up with multiple photos that have the same file number if you’re not careful about storing them in separate folders.

      Beware of one gotcha that applies both to the Continuous and Auto Reset options: If you swap memory cards and the new card already contains images, the camera may pick up numbering from the last image on the new card, which throws a monkey wrench into things. To avoid this problem, format the new card before putting it into the camera, as explained earlier in this list.

    • Manual Reset: Select this setting if you want the camera to begin a new numbering sequence, starting at 0001, for your next shot. A new folder is automatically created to store your new files. The camera then returns to whichever mode you previously used (Continuous or Auto Reset) to number subsequent pictures.

  • Select Folder: By default, your camera creates an initial file-storage folder named 100Canon and puts as many as 9,999 images in that folder. When you reach image 9999, the camera creates a new folder, named 101Canon, for your next 9,999 images. The camera also creates a new folder if you perform a manual file-numbering reset.

    If your memory card contains multiple folders, you must use the Select Folder option to choose the folder where you want to store the next photos you shoot. But selecting the menu option also leads to another neat feature: You can create your own storage folders at any time. Here’s how to view which folder is active and choose a different one:

    • See which folder is currently selected. Choose Select Folder to display a list of all folders, with the current one highlighted and appearing in blue type. The number to the right of the folder name shows you how many pictures are in the folder. You also see a thumbnail view of the first and last pictures in the folder, along with the file numbers of those two photos.

    • Choose a different folder. Highlight the folder by using the cross keys and then press the Set button.