How to Change Flash Modes on the Canon Rebel T5/1200D

By Julie Adair King, Robert Correll

The change the flash mode on the Canon Rebel T5/1200D begin by setting the camera to Live View mode using autofocusing and the default settings for Auto and Auto Flash Off modes:

  1. Set the Mode dial to Auto or Flash Off.

    Refer to below if you need help locating the symbols that represent these shooting modes.

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  2. Set the lens focusing method to autofocusing.

    On the 18–55mm kit lens, set the switch to AF.

    For handheld shots, also enable Image Stabilization, if your lens offers it. (On the kit lens, set the Stabilizer switch to On.) This feature helps to compensate for small amounts of camera shake that can blur an image when you handhold the camera.

  3. Press the Live View button to engage Live View.

    The viewfinder pulls the blanket over its head and goes to sleep, and the scene in front of the lens appears on the monitor. What data you see superimposed on top of the scene depends on your display mode; press Disp to cycle through the available display options.

    If you press the button and nothing happens, Live View may be disabled. To turn it back on, set the Live View Shooting option on Shooting Menu 4 to Enable, which is the default setting. You can get to this option only when the Mode dial is set to P, Tv, Av, or M.

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  4. Focus.

    The default Live View AF (autofocus) mode is called FlexiZone-Single. In this mode, you use the cross keys to move the focus frame, labeled in figure below, over your subject. Then press the Shutter button halfway and hold it there to initiate autofocusing. When focus is achieved, the focus frame turns green and the camera beeps, signifying that you’re ready to shoot.

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  5. Press the shutter button fully to take the shot.

    You see your just-captured image on the monitor for a few seconds before the Live View preview returns.

  6. To exit the Live View preview, press the Live View button.

    You see the standard Shooting Settings screen. You can then return to framing your images through the viewfinder.

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