Two new Silent Shooting modes in Live View utilize the sensor's front curtain electronic shutter and help minimize noise during exposure, reduce shutter-cocking noise, and can be very handy when shooting wildlife, performances, courtrooms, or events when your camera's noise could be a distraction. In combination with either Remote Controller RC-1 or RC-5 or when using the camera connected to a computer by using the provided software, the Silent Shooting modes can discreetly cover situations without being obvious. Mode 1 quiets down the shutter's noise and allows single-frame or continuous shooting up to the camera's fastest advance speed. Mode 2 is virtually silent and delays re-cocking the rear shutter curtain until you remove your finger from the Shutter button. Both can be exceptional allies in the right situations, although these modes can be used only for shooting stills.
The HDMI mini OUT terminal connects your camera to a high-definition TV by means of a compatible cable. Get one with a mini-plug on only one end. Once connected, the camera automatically detects the HDTV output source and scales the video to the correct quality (720p or 1080p).
You can also copy portfolio images, video clips, or slideshows to a CF card and then connect the camera to an HD video projector to present your work to prospective clients. This has tremendous potential if the client happens to be an ad agency that already has its own projector and screen set up in a conference room. All you need to do is plug in and wow them. The mini HDMI plug is steadily becoming more common among digital camera and camcorder manufacturers, and cables of all lengths are widely available on the Internet.
Directly above the HDMI mini OUT terminal is the mini USB digital OUT terminal, which is used to connect your camera to a laptop or another computer. With EOS Utility installed on a computer, Live View allows you and your clients to view the image remotely in real time on the computer in order to make adjustments in the exposure, color, or composition of a scene.
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