Canon T1i / 500D / Kiss X3 Manual Available for Download

First published on: Tuesday, 5 May 2009

The English Language Canon EOS Digital Rebel T1i / 500D / Kiss X3 user manual / operating instructions (Canon calls it the “EOS Rebel T1i / EOS 500D Instruction Manual”) is now online and available for download at (right-click and save the user guide to your hard drive).

If the download link didn’t work for you, go to the drivers / software / firmware / guides and manual download section for the T1i / 500D / Kiss X3 and manually locate the file.

Unlike with Nikon, Canon allows you to freely print the T1i / 500D / Kiss X3 owner’s handbook without building in any password protection into the PDF. There is a watermark displayed on each page though.

The file size of 228-page Canon T1i / 500D Adobe Acrobat PDF document is 6.1 MB (megabytes).

The guide discusses the features of the T1i / 500D / Kiss X3 and how to use the camera.

Canon T1i / 500D / Kiss X3 Manual

It also describes the use of, and camera settings for several optional accessories. The page references are:

Page 157: Viewing on HD (High-Definition) TV Sets using a HTC-100 Cable

Viewing on HD (High-Definition) TV Sets using a HTC-100 Cable, as described on Page 157 of the Canon T1i / 500D / Kiss X3 Manual

The manual specifies the use of the Canon HTC-100 Mini-HDMI Cable option for viewing still photos and movies streamed from the camera.

Page 194: Remote Control Shooting

Remote Control Shooting, as described on page 194 of the Canon T1i / 500D / Kiss X3 manual

Just like the previous generation Canon XSi / 450D / Kiss X2, the T1i / 500D / Kiss X3 features an IR (infrared) remote control sensor on the front of the body. This allows you to use the Canon Wireless Remote Control RC1 or Canon RC-5 Wireless Remote Controller infrared remote control units to trip the camera’s shutter.

You can also shoot BULB exposures, see Wireless infrared remote triggers for the Canon XSi / 450D for details, and also for the differences between the RC-1 and RC-5 remote control units.

Another option is to shoot with a Canon Remote Switch RS60-E3 which functions as a shutter release cable that’s also suitable for long / BULB exposures.

Note on interval timer shooting with a Canon remote switch

Unlike with the higher-end Canon DSLR models such as the EOS 50D, Canon does not make a remote timer switch such as the Canon TC80N3 Timer Remote Control for time-lapse / interval-timer shooting (see the Canon 5D Mark II manual post for a screenshot of the relevant page).

Therefore, you’d need to settle with third-party options, for instance, the Phottix Nikos, if you want such features — see Canon T1i / 500D Remote Shutter Release Trigger Options for more details.

Here’s a list of related photography books that you might want to refer to for a tutorial-based approach to learning how to take great digital photos with the Canon T1i / 500D:

  1. Digital Photography Secrets — Starts off with a free e-course on the basics of great photography.

  2. Popular Canon T1i / 500D books and other printed literature and reading material in the Arts & Photography and Books section on

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