How To Use Canon Rebel T7

Welcome to my blog post on “How to Use Canon Rebel T7”! The Canon Rebel T7, also known as the EOS 2000D, is a popular entry-level DSLR camera that offers a range of features for photographers of all skill levels.

In this post, I will walk you through the basics of using the Canon Rebel T7 and give you some tips and tricks for getting the most out of this versatile camera. Whether you’re a beginner looking to improve your photography skills or an experienced photographer seeking to expand your creative options, I hope this post will help you get the most out of your Canon Rebel T7.

So, let’s get started!

How to Use the Canon Rebel T7

Canon Rebel T7 is the best-selling DSLR camera on the market and it’s a popular option for beginners because it’s also very budget friendly. This way someone who is still finding themselves in photography doesn’t have to spend a fortune to see if photography is their cup of tea.

But since Canon Rebel T7 is so affordable, how much were they able to pack in the affordable package as this?
Right off the bat, Canon Rebel T7 has a Canon 24mm APS-C sensor which is the same sensor that can be found in Canon D80 which is a $1300 camera.

The camera has 3 FPS continuous autofocus which means that autofocus is solid for this price range. Whether you are doing portraits, landscapes, family vacations, etc you will get some solid photos with this camera. Of course, it is important to note that if you want to take photos of sports events, dances, and something with a lot of movement you will probably miss your shots with this camera since it is not fast enough.

One of the biggest reasons this camera is so popular is the famous Canon color science. The images on this camera look like they have already been edited in photoshop or other editing apps. Also, because of this color science skin tone of every person in the photo looks great and makes everyone attractive.
When it comes to the video, I am happy to report that this camera does videos in Full HD at 24 to 30 FPS while still having a Canons color science.

The biggest issue with this camera is hidden in the video because the autofocus is terrible when doing videos. If you want to do any kind of professional work with it autofocus will prevent you since it does a lot of hunting and it will ruin most of the video attempts.

One more con of the camera is that there is no built-in microphone input which means that every audio will be captured by the microphone inside the camera and you won’t be able to connect your mic to it.
It is also worth mentioning that the Canon Rebel T7 has a slow motion that you can use and it does 60 FPS in 720p resolution. 720p is considered low resolution but for social media and personal use, it should do just fine.

Setting Up The Canon Rebel T7

Installing the battery and memory card

Installing the battery and memory card IN CANON REBEL T7

Of course, before any shooting with this camera, we have to go through the setting up process. For any experienced photographer, this can be a routine. Naturally, the first thing you have to do is to put the battery and memory card in place. When it comes to the SD cards the Canon T7 will take SD, SDHC, and SDXC. If you are going to record videos with this camera the class 6 or higher SD card is recommended.

When it comes to the supported sizes of these cards, unfortunately, I did not find any limit in the manuals so it theoretically should mean that the camera can take the maximum-sized cards. The maximum size for the SDXC standard is two terabytes so anything that is not such which is two terabytes and a larger card should work.

The next thing you should do is of course to put the battery inside the battery slot which you can find in the bottom part of the camera. The battery that comes with Canon T7 is Canons LPE 10 and when putting it inside the slot the face of the battery should face the back of the camera. The slot for the SD card is found in the same place and for it to go the same story, the face of the card should focus on the back of the camera.

Here is how to attach a lens to the canon rebel T7

There are two lens mount indicators of which one is white, and one is red, white is for ef-s (crop sensor) and red is for ef or the full frame. So, for the crop sensor bodies line the two white dots that can be seen one on the lens and one on the camera body then twist and turn the lens clockwise until they fit perfectly.

If you want to detach the lens just press the button shown in the image below and twist the lens counterclockwise to detach it. If you want to attach the full frame lens simply do the same process but this time, line the red dots can be seen both on the lens and the camera body.

Understanding the Modes On Canon Rebel T7

Understanding the Modes On Canon Rebel T7

In this post, I am going to go over the modes that are the most important and that you will be using most often to take photos. As you can see in the photo, the M stands for manual mode. This mode gives you manual access to the shutter aperture and ISO.

I recommend using the most because it will give you the best control of the camera and allow you to take the most out of it. Of course, it is not the easiest thing to do in the world and it will take some time for you to pick up the manual mode if you are a beginner.

If you don’t know manual photography I recommend you flip to the green icon which is an A with the plus. This icon signals the intelligent auto mode which recognizes what the camera is looking on, whether that is a person or the landscape it will adjust the settings accordingly.

The next mode is the movie mode, you have to be in this one if you are going to make the videos specifically. You have to switch to this mode if you are making videos because the shutter button won’t do anything in this mode. To switch to this one you have to select the icon which signals the camera with the legs on the same button where every other mode is located.

The next mode that I find useful on this camera is the sports mode, you can select it by choosing the icon of a person running. This mode will allow you to shoot continuously at the maximum speed of this camera. This way you are still getting automatic exposure but it’s smart enough to give you a high shutter speed so you won’t be getting too much motion blur.

How To Use Manual Mode On Canon Rebel T7

manual mode menu ON CANON REBEL T7

First, you should turn the camera on and select the manual mode as shown above.
After you do that, you should be greeted with the manual mode menu, you can see the picture below.

The three most important settings that I usually stick with are shutter speed, aperture, and ISO and I think that they will be enough for most photographers.

If somebody doesn’t know what each one of these settings is here are the fast explanations.

The shutter speed represents how many fractions of the second your shutter is open so basically, this way we are allowing more and more or less light to come in to capture the moment faster or delay it.

On the right side of the menu, you can see the ISO setting which represents the digital meter on how your image is going to light up the shot

Aperture refers to the opening of a lens’s diaphragm through which light passes. It is calibrated in f/stops and is generally written as numbers such as 1.4, 2, 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, and 16.
For example, if you want to take a sports shot you can adjust the aperture to 5 to 6, and the shutter speed should be over 200 around 300 or 400 simply because the object in your photo is going to be moving.

Also on your lens, you should have the option to turn the stabilizer on and off, you naturally want to keep this setting ON because for whatever reason most of us are moving our hands a little bit while taking a photo. The stabilizer will allow your photos to be clear of blur that is the result of your hand motion.

On the top of the lens, you have the autofocus / manual focus switch that allows you to select which type of focus you want to use. I recommend you use autofocus most of the time but if you are having any trouble with it don’t hesitate to switch to the manual. When you switch to the manual focus then you can rotate the front ring right next to the lens cap to lock your focus on the subject.

You have to be extra careful with the manual focus because your subject might move or you might move which will change the locking position of the focus so you want to check this setting frequently when using it that everything is all right.

Using The Viewfinder or LCD Screen To Compose a Shot


Many of modern cameras and Canon Rebel T7 included both options of using the viewfinder and LDC ( Live View ). As the viewfinder relies on old technology you cannot see the picture you have taken before you finish the film, get it processed, and then check the photo you have taken. With the digital cameras now, we have the second option which is to use LCD for the live view.

Of course, both of these options have some positive and negative sides which means that each one of them is good in certain situations, I will begin with the viewfinder. By looking through the viewfinder you will be able to see directly through the lens in real time because there is a mirror inside this camera that reflects the light through and out of the back of the camera.

As you can see on the image I have prepared which illustrates the path of the light through the camera when using the viewfinder mirror has to move up and down for you to take the picture. This movement of the mirror can be heard when you are taking a photo this way.

Of course, there are also versions of the cameras without the mirror and they are called mirrorless cameras in that case when you are looking at the viewfinder you are looking at the smaller version of the LCD screen on the back of the camera. This is called EVF or Electronic Viewfinder.

With mirrorless cameras of course there is no need for the camera to have mechanical parts that move the mirror up and down. For this particular reason, mirrorless cameras can and are made much smaller than the other types of cameras, making them the perfect choice for travel photographers.


When it comes to the question of which one to use, viewfinder or live view I use viewfinder more often and there are several reasons why. It allows me to hone in on exactly what I want to focus on and I can see all of the edges of the frame in one glance I physically cast my eye around the frame to see what is on the edge of the frame.

This way I can see whether I need to include more things into the frame or simply cut the stuff out. Another great thing about viewfinder is that it helps me to be much more stable while shooting and in some sort allows me to detach from the scene. This can be useful when you are in a situation where a lot is happening around you, when you put your eye on the viewfinder it somehow helps you to calm down.

Of course, the live view has its pros too, for the starter you can see the image you are about to take on the LDC screen, and all of the settings you are using are displayed too. You can also see the edges on the screen but I find it easier to be done on the viewfinder.

Most of the time when you want to take a video the live view is the only option because in particular with the DSLR cameras when you switch to video mode, the viewfinder is blacked out.
Live view is also great if you need to take the photo from an unusual or uncomfortable angle with difficult access to the viewfinder.

An example of this situation is if you need to list the camera above your head and the viewfinder is not accessible, but it is really simple to rotate the screen towards yourself and use the live view.

How And When To Shoot In Automatic Mode With Rebel T7

First things first you should turn the camera on and select the auto mode on the mode selection gear which I have shown in the picture above in the first part of the post.

From there you don’t have to do any setting adjustments no matter in which situation you are taking the photo. For example, if you take a photo inside your house and walk outside your camera will automatically readjust its settings to take the best photo possible even outside. Of course, the intelligent auto mode doesn’t come without cons, the biggest one being that you have minimal control over the camera.

The bottom line is that there is nothing wrong with using the auto mode especially if you are a beginner still learning about photography. Auto mode can be extremely useful for seasoned photographers too wherever they are in the hurry and changing the environment fast in a short period.


In conclusion, the Canon Rebel T7 is a user-friendly camera that is suitable for photographers of all skill levels. It has a range of features, including a high-quality sensor, continuous autofocus, and Canon’s signature color science, which produce attractive images and Full HD video.

However, the autofocus may not be strong enough for fast-moving subjects and the camera does not have a built-in microphone input. The camera requires a battery and memory card to be installed and a lens can be attached to the lens mount. It has various shooting modes and customizable settings that can be accessed through the mode dial and camera menu.

The camera also has a built-in flash and can accommodate an external flash. It is important to keep the camera and lens clean and handle them with care to ensure optimal performance.

I strongly encourage you to experiment with every mode that the Canon Rebel T7 provides because there is no better camera to learn photography than this one.  Also, don’t hesitate to use the manual mode just because it seems hard, it is completely fine to take some bad photos from the start until you get the grip for it.

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