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What is that black dot on the front of DSLR cameras?

 
jwildman16
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Dec 19, 2013 10:52 |  #1

I have a Nikon D40 and just got a Canon 6D. I've always wondered - what is that little black dot that is on the front of most DSLR cameras? Both of my cameras have it, but not all do. I've always seen it sit right under the forefinger, which I think would be an odd place to put it if it were, for example, where the plastic was injected. Any idea what it is??

See it circled in red in the attached picture.


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Dec 19, 2013 10:55 |  #2

i believe that is for IR remote controls


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Dec 19, 2013 10:56 |  #3

lilkngster wrote in post #16539775 (external link)
i believe that is for IR remote controls

Ohhhh! I guess I assumed that was housed within the AF illuminator for some reason.




  
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Dec 19, 2013 10:57 as a reply to  @ lilkngster's post |  #4

your manual should have a diagram near the front that explains what everything is on the camera. I have had three Canon digital bodies, and all three manuals had that. Doesn't your manual have this?


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Dec 19, 2013 10:58 |  #5

lilkngster wrote in post #16539775 (external link)
i believe that is for IR remote controls

Well that took about four seconds to solve. You could have at least waiting a couple minutes to make me believe you had to think about it a little... ;) LOL




  
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Dec 19, 2013 10:58 |  #6

jwildman16 wrote in post #16539779 (external link)
Ohhhh! I guess I assumed that was housed within the AF illuminator for some reason.

canons don't have a built in AF assist lamp like the Nikons.




  
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Dec 19, 2013 11:02 |  #7

paddler4 wrote in post #16539781 (external link)
your manual should have a diagram near the front that explains what everything is on the camera. I have had three Canon digital bodies, and all three manuals had that. Doesn't your manual have this?

I don't actually have the new camera yet, but I looked up the manual online and you were right. Thanks!


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Dec 19, 2013 11:04 |  #8

caoko wrote in post #16539789 (external link)
canons don't have a built in AF assist lamp like the Nikons.

Good to know. I see that's just a self timer lamp on this camera. I'm excited to get familiar with 6D!




  
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Dec 19, 2013 13:30 |  #9
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Dec 19, 2013 13:42 |  #10

CanonVsNikon wrote in post #16540211 (external link)
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Shutter blocker - if you place your indicator there, instead of in the shutter button, it won't take a picture


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Dec 19, 2013 14:48 |  #11

My body doesn't have that(OK 5DIII does as well as my previous 5DII and 300D).

The missing remote sensor was the only thing I didn't like about my upgrade from the 300D to 30D, I really enjoyed using my RC-1 for selfie-group shots. I was glad to get it back with my 5Ds, but don't really miss it on the 1D(at most I'd normally only use my RT system for multiple body tethered shooting).




  
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Dec 19, 2013 17:29 |  #12

lovemyram4x4 wrote in post #16540431 (external link)
My body doesn't have that(OK 5DIII does as well as my previous 5DII and 300D).

The missing remote sensor was the only thing I didn't like about my upgrade from the 300D to 30D, I really enjoyed using my RC-1 for selfie-group shots. I was glad to get it back with my 5Ds, but don't really miss it on the 1D(at most I'd normally only use my RT system for multiple body tethered shooting).

The assumption is that snapshooters with nnnD cameras (and now also) 6D cameras will use IR remotes, whereas 'more advanced' users will use radio remotes with longer distances possible and increased reliability on bright sunlight.


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Dec 19, 2013 17:59 |  #13

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that's what THEY want you to believe. THEY deliberately fed that misinformation out to the masses to conceal the true nature of the mysterious black dot.

In reality, the mysterious black dot is to first check the DNA of the camera owner, and second to be used as a secret camera that sends images of everything it sees plus GPS data to the reptilian overlord shape-shifters who live underground.

a bit of gaffers tape will take care of it.


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Dec 19, 2013 18:02 |  #14

hes gone wrote in post #16540890 (external link)
=he's gone;16540890]that's what THEY want you to believe. THEY deliberately fed that misinformation out to the masses to conceal the true nature of the mysterious black dot.

In reality, the mysterious black dot is to first check the DNA of the camera owner, and second to be used as a secret camera that sends images of everything it sees plus GPS data to the reptilian overlord shape-shifters who live underground.

a bit of gaffers tape will take care of it.

This is completely wrong and will mislead people here looking for real information. The reptilians are known as Biaviian and not underground. They are pulling The strings of earth from a distant planet. O-Qua Tangin Wann.


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Dec 19, 2013 18:44 |  #15

Nick3434 wrote in post #16540899 (external link)
This is completely wrong and will mislead people here looking for real information. The reptilians are known as Biaviian and not underground. They are pulling The strings of earth from a distant planet. O-Qua Tangin Wann.

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