Basics of Setup Menu 2 for the Canon Rebel T5/1200D - dummies

Basics of Setup Menu 2 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 section features the Setup Menu 2 and covers basic setup options that are commonly used. As shown below, Setup Menu 2, contains these options:


  • LCD Brightness: This option enables you to make the camera monitor brighter or darker. But if you take this step, remember that what you see on the display may not be an accurate rendition of exposure. The default setting is 4, which is the position at the midpoint of the brightness scale.

  • LCD Off/On Btn: Through this option, you tell the camera what to do with regards to the Shooting Settings display when you press the shutter button halfway. You get three choices:

    • Shutter Btn: The display turns off when you press the shutter button halfway and reappears when you release the button. This setting is the default.

    • Shutter/DISP: The display turns off when you press the shutter button halfway and remains off even after you release the button. You then press the DISP button to view the Shooting Settings screen.

    • Remains On: The display stays on until you press the DISP button. (This setting is a battery-waster because it keeps the monitor on even when your eye is to the viewfinder.)

  • Date/Time/Zone: When you turn on your camera for the very first time, it automatically displays this option and asks you to set the date, time, and time zone. You also can specify whether you want the clock to update automatically to accommodate Daylight Saving Time (accomplish this via the little sun symbol).

    Keeping the date/time accurate is important because that information is recorded as part of the image file. In your photo browser, you can then see when you shot an image and, equally handy, search for images by the date they were taken.

    When the Time Zone setting is active, the value displayed in the upper-right corner of the screen is the difference between the Time Zone you select and Coordinated Universal Time, or UTC, which is the standard by which the world sets its clocks.

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

  • Clean Manually: This setting, which appears on the menu only when the Mode dial is set to P, Tv, or Av, locks up the camera mirror to allow you to clean the image sensor manually. It is not recommended that you tackle this maintenance job unless you’re either experienced at. Instead, take the camera to a local camera store that provides this service.

  • Feature Guide: When this option is enabled and you choose certain camera settings, notes appear on the monitor to explain the feature. Although the Feature Guide screens are helpful at first, having them appear all the time is a pain after you get familiar with your camera.

  • GPS Device Settings: If you attach the optional GP-E2 GPS device, this menu option offers settings related to its operation.