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Canon® EOS Rebel XSi/450D Guide to Digital SLR Photography by David D. Busch

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Shoot without a Memory Card Installed

This entry in the Set-up 1 menu (see Figure 3.7) gives you the ability to snap off “pictures” without a memory card installed—or to lock the camera shutter release if that is the case. It is sometimes called Play mode, because you can experiment with your camera’s features or even hand your XSi to a friend to let them fool around, without any danger of pictures actually being taken. Back in our film days, we’d sometimes finish a roll, rewind the film back into its cassette surreptitiously, and then hand the camera to a child to take a few pictures—without actually wasting any film. It’s hard to waste digital film, but Shoot w/o Card mode is still appreciated by some, especially camera vendors who want to ...

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