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When I select video recording on my Canon EOS M50 by turning the wheel

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the first menu under shooting settings makes it possible to select remote control

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but when I select still images instead on the wheel

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the first menu under shooting settings does not contain anything about remote control

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Why?

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The menu tabs for still imaging and the menu tabs for video often differ from one another. Which version of the menu you see will depend on whether the camera is currently in video mode or stills mode.

None of the items in the "stills" 'Shooting Tab 1' are applicable to video, so those items don't exist in the "video" 'Shooting Tab 1' menu.

However, the last item on the 'Shooting (Red) Menu' → Tab 1 → Drive Mode is where you find the setting to enable using the wireless remote.

To use the BR-E1 remote for still images, you need to set the 'Drive Mode' to 'Self Timer: 10 sec/remote'

You also need to have already paired the BR-E1 and the camera via Bluetooth.

It's all covered on page 14 of the EOS M50 Help Guide. ¹

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¹ Why the information in the separate EOS M50 Help Guide was not included in the EOS M50 User Guide is beyond me! It usually is included in the manual.

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  • Thanks for the the link to the help guide! Jul 24 '20 at 4:57
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As far as I remember on Canon cameras remote control (infrared) for still is activated when you set drive mode to 2 or 10 seconds delay.

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  • It depends on the specific camera model, but most do it that way.
    – Michael C
    Jul 23 '20 at 9:41
  • Do you know if there is a reason for that? Jul 23 '20 at 16:20
  • @AndersLindén, reason for what? Jul 23 '20 at 16:40
  • That you cannot use the remote if the camera is set to shoot instantly? Jul 23 '20 at 17:01
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    @AndersLindén Then use a wired remote that functions exactly like the actual shutter button.Or the Bluetooth app from a phone that doesn't require the Drive Mode to be set to self-timer, though there is probably some very small amount of lag when using the BT app.
    – Michael C
    Jul 23 '20 at 22:58

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