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Battery Monitor in Canon DSLR

Canon DSLR’s offer a way to monitor your battery. A feature unknown to many. It is a simple but effective system. It lets you know whether the battery requires to be replaced. It also provides the number of shots taken since the battery was inserted.

Canon DSLR Battery Monitor

To access this feature, simply go under the menu option “Battery Info” on your Canon DSLR. Once within, you will be able to see the battery inserted along-with shots taken and its health. Now press ‘Info’ & then select register. Now your battery will be registered and you can monitor it time and again. This way you can register multiple batteries. This also helps when you swap batteries with someone and are unable to identify the two, as the batteries are registered by the system via their unique serial number. This might not work if you are using third party batteries which do not have the smart chip within. I always recommend to use original spares from the manufacturer.

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It is crucial that you use genuine accessories with your digital camera. It doesn’t makes sense to save money purchasing duplicate accessories in your high-end machine. Its like using cheap oil in a high performance race car. Doing so will deteriorate the car’s performance as time progresses. It will also cause havoc with the car’s circuitry. Even your DSLR is like a high performance sports car and using a pirated battery pack can affect its performance.

Genuine Canon Battery

I recommend purchasing a genuine Canon battery pack since;

1) Long Battery Life – They last longer. Without battery, your camera is as good as a paper weight. A longer lasting battery means you can shoot on and never miss any potential shot.

2) Smart Chip – The Original Canon battery packs bundle in a smart chip which communicates seamlessly with your DSLR. This helps in providing you with accurate information about the status of your battery(battery health) and even battery charge.

3) Safe – Since its a genuine battery pack, it will provide stable power supply to your high precision DSLR’s which are sensitive in nature. Non-genuine battery packs have a tendency to fluctuate in supply voltage which can have adverse effect on your camera.

Here is how you can check if the Canon battery pack you are going to purchase is genuine.

# Cost – The cost of original Canon battery packs are twice or thrice than the third party/pirated counterparts. So if you feel its expensive, its probably the genuine thing. However, its foolish to simply go by the price. Some unethical vendors may fleece you by over-pricing non-genuine battery packs.

# Canon Hologram – Check if your Canon’s battery packaging has a small hologram in the corner. The hologram changes when you view it from different angles. This is a mark of an genuine canon product.

# Font – The font on the battery is another indicator which will tell if its genuine. On a genuine Canon battery pack, the font used is slim and the size is small. On a pirated battery pack, it is large in size and somewhat bold.

In addition, the original canon battery pack comes with a packing which cannot be resealed. You will also find instruction manual bundled smartly inside which can be accessed once you tear along the dotted lines on the rear.

A good flashgun is an indispensable accessory for any photographer. If you don’t have one, you should definitely get one. This is one of the accessory which I highly recommend would improve your photography. However, getting one is not a walk in the park as the market is flooded with hundreds of manufacturers offering tons of flashgun. Separating chalk from cheese is the order of the day. Further, there is no single flashgun which suits all. It all depends on what you would be using & how much budget you can allocate.

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If you own a enthusiast or pro level camera body, you’ll find a mode titled ‘C’ on the mode dial. Depending on the camera model, there may be several of these titled ‘C1’, ‘C2’ & so. This mode is known as “Custom Mode/Recall Mode”. Don’t confuse it with “Custom Settings”. This mode is there for users who often need to shoot a particular subject frequently. The gist of this mode is that, it asks users to input their preferred settings & save it, so that the user can recall them anytime in future quickly.

C Mode on Dial

Let me give you an example. I shoot lots of food & still photos, for this I have set the ‘C’ mode on my camera to certain default settings like 2 secs timer, a starting aperture value of f/4, ISO 200 & Shutter-Speed 1/100. So when I need to shoot food, I just select the ‘C’ mode on camera & the camera is ready for shooting. This saves my time as I can concentrate more on the subject I shoot than over the camera. Off-course, the settings you make in this mode can be changed during operation as you normally would.

Let me show you, how to set your settings for this mode. I’ll imagine that I have to shoot a wedding indoors & I’ll have my base settings accordingly.

# First enter the “MANUAL” mode of the camera & make the settings on your camera. These settings need not be absolute correct but thereabouts. Since I want to shoot a wedding indoors, the light will be low. So I select ISO 800, a shutter-speed of 1/100 & aperture f/2.8. I set the Picture Style to ‘Standard’, Metering to Evaluative & Quality to “Small jpeg + Large RAW”.

# Now that I’m happy with my settings, I head over the “Camera User Settings” in the third wrench menu on my Canon EOS 60D. I enter within & select “Register Settings”. It will ask for a confirmation to register camera user settings to “C”. Select OK. It will take a moment to save the settings.

# Now when you turn the model dial to ‘C’, the settings you made will be displayed. You can change them on fly as you’re in field but they will revert back to the once you set(defaults) when you switch off the camera or on the auto power off of the camera.

I absolutely love this custom mode. They really help me in speeding up my shooting. I hope they do the same for you.


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