How to Snap a Photo in Movie Mode on a Canon T5/1200D

By Julie Adair King, Robert Correll

You can interrupt your recording to take a still photo without exiting Movie mode on the Canon Rebel T5/1200D. Just press the shutter button as usual to take the shot. The camera records the still photo as a regular image file, using the same Picture Style, White Balance, and Auto Lighting Optimizer settings you chose for your movie.

The Image Quality setting determines the picture resolution and file format. You’re restricted to the Single Frame setting for the Drive mode (one picture per each press of the shutter button), and Evaluative (whole frame) exposure metering is always used.

There are a few drawbacks to capturing a still photo during a recording:

  • If you use a Movie Recording Size setting that results in a 16:9 aspect ratio, you get a 16:9 still JPEG photo instead of the normal 3:2 proportions. If you set the Image Quality to Raw instead of JPEG, the camera records the entire 3:2 image, but the preview you see on the camera monitor appears as a cropped, 16:9 image.

    To reveal the hidden image area, you must process the Raw file in Digital Photo Professional. If the movie size is set to 640 x 480, your still photos still have the normal 3:2 aspect ratio regardless of the Image Quality setting.

  • You can’t use flash.

  • Perhaps most importantly, your movie will contain a still frame at the point you took the photo; the frame lasts about 1 second.

If you do shoot a photo during recording, it’s displayed automatically during playback. You can also view the separate image file after you exit the movie playback.