Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Mirror lockup mode, part of Learning the Canon Rebel SL1 (100D and Kiss X7).
- The flapping of the mirror on your DSLR camera can really lead to unwanted camera movement, which usually results in a blurrier image. One way to minimize this is to shoot from a tripod, and even further, to use the mirror up mode. In this mode, the camera's mirror is raised. Once raised, you won't be able to see the viewfinder or use any of the auto focus commands, however, live view will continue to work. The real benefit here is that the mirror is raised and then will only close when you take the photo.
Here's how you use it. To lock up the mirror, make sure you're in a supported shooting mode, usually something in the creative zone. Press the menu button and choose the fourth setup tab. Select custom functions and press the set button. From page five, choose mirror lockup. Now, you can enable or disable. Half-press the shutter button to meter the scene and engage auto focus. When you're ready, press the shutter button down all the way, to raise the mirror.
Note, you haven't actually taken a picture yet. When you're ready to take a picture, press the shutter button down all the way to release the mirror and make the photo. To minimize movement, press smoothly or consider adding a remote cable or wireless release. A few things to keep in mind. If you don't take the photo within 30 seconds, the camera will release the mirror lockup mode and take the shot for you. You can also only take one shot using mirror lockup mode. Be sure to not point the camera into the sun, as it could quickly damage the sensor, and if you're shooting in really bright areas, such as the beach or snow, make sure to not leave the mirror up too long, or it too can lead to some damage.
When the mirror is locked up, you will be locked out of all of your camera shooting function settings in menu operations, so make sure you get everything correct before you lift the mirror.
Want to get up and running even faster? Check out the "Quick Start" chapter to learn how to use your 100D straight out of the box.
- Reviewing the lens controls
- Changing image format and size
- Adjusting ISO and exposure compensations
- Using Program Shift mode
- Exploring Autofocus
- Focusing manually
- Shooting in Continuous (burst) mode
- Switching between metering modes
- Shooting with flash
- Shooting video