How to use Front-left Features on the Canon Rebel T5/1200D Camera - dummies

How to use Front-left Features on the Canon Rebel T5/1200D Camera

By Julie Adair King, Robert Correll

The front-left side of the Canon Rebel T5/1200D camera sports three important features: the Lens-release button, the microphone, and Port access door as seen in the figure below.


  • Lens-release button: Press this button to disengage the lens from the lens mount so that you can remove it from the camera. While pressing the button, rotate the lens toward the shutter-button side of the camera to dismount the lens.

  • Microphone: This cluster of holes leads to the camera’s microphone.

  • Connection ports: Hidden under the cover labeled port access door in are inputs for connecting the camera to various devices.


    • Remote-control terminal: You can attach the Canon Remote Switch RS-60E3 wired controller here.

      The controller currently sells for under $30 and is a worthwhile investment for long-exposure shooting (such as nighttime shots and fireworks). By using the remote control, you eliminate the chance that the action of your finger on the shutter button moves the camera enough to blur the shot, which is especially problematic during long exposures.

    • Digital terminal (USB and GPS connection terminal): You use this terminal to connect the camera to a computer via the supplied USB cable for picture downloading. This terminal is also used for attaching the optional Canon GP-E2 GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) unit, which mounts on the hot shoe and connects here.

    • HDMI terminal: For playback on a high-definition television or screen, you can connect the camera via this terminal, using an optional HDMI male to mini-C cable. These cost about $50 if you buy Canon’s version, the HTC-100 cable.

If you turn the camera over, you find a tripod socket, which enables you to mount the camera on a tripod that uses a 1/4 -inch screw, plus the chamber that holds the battery and memory card. Also found here is a connection for attaching a Canon AC power adapter kit ACK-E10. See the camera manual for specifics on running the camera on AC power.