Label Parts Of A Digital Camera

By | 25/10/2022

Finding your fashion around the controls and functions on your DSLR photographic camera is your first footstep to photography across unproblematic point-and-shoot. Here’s our guide to the essential parts of the photographic camera and what they practise. (Reported by: Ryosuke Takahashi)

Parts of a DSLR camera


DSLR front

F1: Shutter Button

Shutter button

Printing this button to release the shutter. The shutter push button press has two stages: One-half-pressing the button activates the AF function, while pressing it down fully releases the shutter.

F2: Red-center reduction/self-timer lamp

AF-Assist Beam Emitter

Red-center reduction:
If ruddy-centre reduction is enabled on your photographic camera, one-half-pressing the shutter button volition light up this lamp when you use the born flash.
Self-timer: When you lot set the cocky-timer, this lamp will blink for the duration of the timer until the picture is taken.

F3: Lens Mount

Lens mount

This is the section that connects the interchangeable lens to the camera torso. To attach the lens, you line upward the lens mount index (see F3) on the lens with the corresponding one on the lens mountain and plough the lens clockwise until you hear a click.

F4: Lens Mountain Index

Lens mount index

Align the mark on the lens with this marker when y’all are attaching or detaching a lens.
Red alphabetize: For EF lenses (Can be used on both Canon full-frame and APS-C DSLRs)
White index: For EF-S lenses (Can be used on Canon APS-C DSLRs)

Detect out more about the different types of lenses and their key concepts in:

In Focus: Lens Basics

F5: Lens Release Button

Lens release button

Press this button when you want to detach the lens. The lens lock pin retracts when the push button is pressed, enabling you to turn the lens freely. Before shooting, lock the lens into place by turning it until you hear a click.

F6: Mirror

Camera mirror

The mirror is unique to DSLR cameras. Information technology reflects light from the lens into the viewfinder, which lets the photographer run into the shot through the viewfinder in real fourth dimension. The mirror flips upwards immediately correct before shutter release (the shot is taken).

F7: Microphone


This is a built-in microphone for capturing the sound audio during movie recording. The microphone used may be monaural or stereo depending on the photographic camera model.

Viewfinder Brandish

Viewfinder display

V1: AF Point

AF points in viewfinder

Indicates the position of the focus during AF (autofocus) shooting. The selected AF point volition exist highlighted in scarlet. Yous tin can cull to select an AF point automatically or manually.

V2: Shutter Speed

Shutter speed (viewfinder display)

Indicates the time interval during which the shutter is open. The shutter speed value is denoted in the “one/parameter” format. However, just the parameter value is shown in the viewfinder. Increasing the parameter value shortens the time interval the shutter remains open. Shutter speeds slower than 1/4 2d are indicated as, for example, 0”three, 0”iv, 0”v, 0”half dozen, 0”8, one”, or ane”iii. In this instance, 1″3 ways 1.3 seconds.

Find out more than almost shutter speed in:
Photographic camera Basics #2: Shutter Speed

V3: Aperture Value

Aperture value (viewfinder display)

This value indicates the extent to which the aperture blades inside the lens are open. A smaller value means the aperture is more widely open up, which allows more than low-cal to be captured. The selectable aperture value range varies according to the lens in use.

Learn more than about discontinuity in:
Photographic camera Basics #1: Discontinuity

V4: ISO Speed

ISO speed (viewfinder display)

The ISO speed setting varies constantly when the Auto setting is selected. A higher ISO speed makes it easier to capture shots of a dimly-lit scene.

You lot tin detect more information nearly ISO speed in:
Camera Nuts #5: ISO Speed


Camera rear

R1: Eyecup


The eyecup prevents external low-cal from entering when your heart is in contact with the eyepiece. A soft cloth is used to reduce the burden on the eye and the forehead.

R2: Viewfinder Eyepiece

Viewfinder eyepiece

The viewfinder eyepiece is a small window on the photographic camera which you look through in order to etch your photo and establish focus on a subject area. When shooting using a viewfinder, external light is reduced. This allows you to put full attending on the subject right before your optics, which in turn makes information technology easier to track moving subjects.

Read more well-nigh viewfinders here:
Camera Basics #12: The Viewfinder

R3: LCD Monitor

LCD monitor

In add-on to the shooting settings equally shown in the illustration here, the captured image also every bit text information such as the menu can also be displayed on the LCD monitor. Besides, you can magnify the brandish image to bank check the details. Some photographic camera models have a Vari-bending LCD monitor, which allows you to modify the angle of the monitor during Live View shooting, making it easier to capture depression-bending or loftier-bending shots.

R4: MENU Button

Menu button

Utilise this button to display the menu for adjusting the different camera functions. Later selecting a menu item, you can adjust the camera settings in greater detail.

R5: Playback Push

Playback button

This is the push button for playing back images you have captured. Pressing the button once displays the last image you captured or showed on the LCD monitor.

R6: Wi-fi Lamp

Wi-fi Lamp

This lamp indicates the wireless connexion status.
Lamp on: Wi-fi connection is on
Blinking lamp: Camera is waiting for connection/reconnection
Intermittent rapidly-blinking lamp: Connectedness error
Speedily blinking lamp: Data is beingness sent/received

R7: Access Lamp

Access lamp

The lamp appears blinking when there is data transmission between the camera and the retentiveness card. Do not open the card slot or bombardment compartment comprehend while the light is blinking. Doing and so may cause the camera to malfunction.

R8: Prepare Push/Multi-controller


The Multi-controller keys are directional buttons that allow yous to:
– Move betwixt menu items
– Move a magnified display to a unlike signal during image playback
– Motility the AF point during AF point selection

In shooting mode, the functions of the keys switches to the ones indicated by the icon on information technology. Meanwhile, the Ready button confirms a selection.

R9: ISO Speed Setting Push

ISO speed setting button

Printing this button to adjust the sensitivity of the camera toward light. ISO speed is an international standard that is determined based on the sensitivity of negative films.

R10: Quick Command Button

Quick Control Button

Pressing this push displays the Quick Command screen (farther explained in the department “Settings on the Quick Control Screen”), which allows you to ostend various photographic camera settings at one glance and suit them.

R11: Brandish Button

Display Button

By pressing the DISP push, you lot can:
– Turn the display on/off
– Toggle between different information displays in Image/Moving picture Playback mode and during Live View shooting
– Display the camera’s major role settings when the menu is displayed

R12: Erase Button

Erase button

Utilize this button to erase unwanted images.

R13: Focus Point Selection Button

focus point selection button

Utilise this push to get into AF bespeak (autofocus) selection fashion during AF shooting. You can then select any of the AF points manually using the Multi-controller keys.

R14: Alive View Shooting/ Picture show Shooting Switch

Live View shooting/ Movie shooting switch

Use this button to turn on or turn off the Live View function. Pressing the push button one time displays the Live View image on the LCD monitor, and the camera is ready for Live View shooting. To record a movie, set the shooting style to “Motion picture Shooting” on the manner dial (T6), and press this button to start recording. To end, press the button once again.

R15: Dioptric Adjustment Knob

Dioptric adjustment knob

Use this knob to adjust the clarity of the viewfinder image co-ordinate to your eyesight. To practice so, turn the knob while looking through the viewfinder.

Settings on Quick Control Screen

Camera Quick Setting screen

QC1: Shooting Fashion

Shooting mode icon

Displays the text or icon corresponding to the shooting manner you have selected every bit you lot turn the Way Punch.

QC2: Shutter Speed

Shutter speed icon

Displays the time interval during which the shutter is open. Increasing the parameter value shortens the fourth dimension interval the shutter remains open.

QC3: Battery Level

Battery level icon

Displays the remaining battery level with an icon. The analogy hither shows the state when the battery level is still full. The icon display changes as the battery level decreases.

QC4: Shots Remaining

Shots remaining icon

Indicates the number of remaining shots that can be captured. The number varies with the capacity of the memory card in use every bit well every bit the image-recording quality yous take selected.

QC5: Paradigm-recording Format/ Quality

Image-recording format/quality icon

Displays the prototype-recording quality that is currently selected. The icon here indicates that the camera is set up to record in the Large JPEG format.

QC6: ISO Speed

ISO speed icon

A higher ISO speed makes it easier to capture shots of a dimly-lit scene. By and large, ISO 100 is used equally the standard setting. In the ISO Auto setting, the optimal value is automatically selected according to the scene. You can also choose to set the ISO speed manually.

QC7: Aperture Value

Aperture value icon

This value indicates the extent to which the aperture blades within the lens are open. A smaller value means the aperture is more than widely open, which allows more than lite to be captured. The discontinuity value is also known as the f-number, which varies with the lens in use.


Camera top

T1: Focus Manner Switch

Focus mode switch

Use this switch to set the focusing fashion to Automatic (AF) or Manual (MF).

T2: Speaker

Camera speaker

Audio audio of a recorded movie can be played dorsum through the speaker. During motion-picture show playback, turning the Chief Dial allows you to adjust the book level. Not only so, you can also select and play back the background music from the menu screen.

T3: Strap Mount

Strap mount

Pull the end of the strap through the eyelet, and secure information technology firmly while ensuring that the two ends of the strap are well-counterbalanced.

T4: Hot Shoe

Hot shoe

This is a terminal for attaching external flash units. Data is transmitted between the camera and the flash unit through the contacts. Maintain the contacts in a clean country to ensure proper firing of the external flash when needed.

T5: Power Switch

Power switch

Use this switch to power on or power off the photographic camera. When the power of the camera is left on for a prolonged period of fourth dimension, information technology switches automatically to the standby style to conserve ability. For some cameras, the power switch comes with a Flick icon equally shown in the illustration, which allows you lot to switch to the Picture shooting style directly.

T6: Mode Dial

Mode dial

Turn this dial to select a shooting mode according to the scene you lot want to capture. The shooting modes are largely divided into two dissimilar zones, Creative and Basic.

A: Creative Zone

The Artistic Zone modes allow users to select and fix functions according to their intended purpose.

B: Bones Zone

In the Bones Zone modes, the camera automatically selects the appropriate settings according to the selected scene.

T7: Flash Push

Flash button

Use this button to pop upward the born wink. In the Bones Zone, the congenital-in wink may pop up automatically in some cases co-ordinate to the function in employ.

T8: Principal Punch

Main dial

This is a multi-purpose dial that allows yous to perform tasks such as adjusting the value of the shooting settings (usually aperture/shutter speed/exposure bounty) and jumping through playback images.

T9: Zoom Ring

Zoom ring

Plough the zoom ring to alter the focal length. The selected focal length tin be identified from the numbers and alphabetize marks at the lower terminate of the lens

T10: Focus Band

Focus ring

When the photographic camera is in the Transmission Focus (MF) mode, turn this ring to adjust the focus. The position of the focus ring varies co-ordinate to the lens in utilize.


Camera left,Camera right

S1: Remote Command Terminal, Audio/Video OUT/Digital Final, HDMI Mini OUT Terminal, N-Mark

Remote control terminal, audio/video out/digital terminal, hdmi mini out terminal, n-mark

A: Remote control final

This is a terminal for connecting the camera to an external device. Before you do and then, make certain that the device is compatible with the camera, and connect them properly.

B: Audio/Video OUT/Digital terminal
C: HDMI mini OUT final

These are terminals for Telly output and data transmission, as well equally for HDMI mini output.

D: Northward-Mark

Touching the North-marking confronting an NFC-uniform smartphone will initiate pairing between the camera and the smartphone.


DSLR bottom

B1: Carte Slot, Battery Compartment

Battery Compartment/ Card Slot

Battery Compartment

Load the supplied battery hither. Insert the battery with the orientation of the battery terminal aligned with that inside the camera.

Carte Slot

Insert the memory bill of fare for recording images into this slot. The blazon of card usable varies with the camera model.

B2: Tripod Socket

Tripod socket

This is a socket placed at lesser of the photographic camera trunk for attaching the camera to a tripod. On near DSLR cameras, this socket fits the 1/iv-20 UNC standard screw thread size, which is used past most commonly-bachelor tripods.

And at that place you take it—these are the central parts of a DSLR photographic camera and what they do. The next step is to start shooting: Check out our Tips & Tutorials in the menu above for some ideas on how to commencement. To proceed reading almost cardinal concepts and theories, y’all could also check out our Camera Basics or Lens Nuts serial.

Happy shooting!

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Born in Aichi in 1960, Takahashi started his freelance career in 1987 subsequently working with an advertising photo studio and a publishing house. Besides photographing for advertisements and magazines in and out of Japan, he has likewise been a reviewer for “Digital Camera Mag” since the launch of the publication likewise equally published a number of works. In his product and lens reviews, Takahashi specially advocates photography techniques that bring out the lens performance through his unique point of view and tests. Takahashi is a member of the Japan Professional Photographers Society (JPS).