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Camera Menus

For this latest generation EOS Canon has slightly updated the presentation and structure of its menu system. Camera settings are still separated across a series of sensibly ordered, color-coded tabs but an increase in menu functions required the introduction of a second level of organization. Below each top level tab there are now 'sub-pages' within each category. In the previous system each tab represented a menu page. Some of the really fine-level camera customization has been moved out of the Custom Functions which, as a consequence, are now less comprehensive. Notably the AF-system got its dedicated AF-tab and some image parameter settings have been moved into the shooting menu.

As before the menus are context sensitive, with different menu options provided depending on which shooting mode you're in. There is a simplified menu structure if you shoot in the more automated modes - in this instance that means the Creative Auto and Auto modes. The fourth and fifth page within the shooting menu also change depending on whether the camera's mode switch is set to movie or live view.

Shooting section (red)

Values / Actions
Shooting tab 1
Quality  • RAW
Large Fine
Large Normal
Medium Fine
Medium Normal
Small1 Fine
Small1 Normal

- JPEG Large = 5760 x 3840
- JPEG Medium = 3840 x 2560
- JPEG Small1 = 2880 x 1920
- JPEG Small2 = 1920 x 1280
- JPEG Small3 = 720 x 480

- RAW = 5760 x 3840
- MRAW = 3960 x 2640
- SRAW = 2880 x 1920

Turn front dial to change RAW image, turn rear dial for JPEG.

Image review  • Off
 • 2 sec
 • 4 sec
 • 8 sec
 • Hold
Beep  • Enable
 • Disable
Enables auto focus confirmation beep. Also used for self timer.
Release shutter without card  • Enable
 • Disable
Allow shot to be taken without memory card inserted.

Lens aberration correction


 • Peripheral illum.
 • Chromatic aberration
Corrects vignetting and chromatic aberration depending on the attached lens.
External speedlite control  • Flash firing
 • E-TTL II meter
 • Flash sync speed in Av mode
1/200-1/60 sec auto
1/200 sec (fixed)
 • Flash function setting
Flash mode
Manual flash
MULTI flash
Shutter sync
1st curtain
2nd curtain
Flash exposure compensation
+/– 3.0 EV
Flash exposure bracketing
+/– 3.0 EV
 • Clear flash settings

 • Flash C.Fn setting
Only with compatible flash
 • Clear external flash C.Fn setting
Only with compatible flash
Mirror lockup

 • Enable
 • Disable

Shooting tab 2
Expo. comp./AEB  • +/–3 EV   Rear dial changes exposure compensation, front dial changes AEB settings.
ISO speed settings

 • ISO speed
100 - 25600
H1 (51200)
H2 (102400)
 • ISO speed range
Minimum (50-51200)
Maximum (100-102400)
 • Auto ISO range
Minimum (100-6400)
Maximum (200-25600)
 • Min. shutter speed

Auto Lighting Optimizer  • Off
 • Low
 • Standard
 • High
Press Info button to disable during manual exposure
White balance  • Auto
 • Daylight (5200K)
 • Shade (7000K)
 • Cloudy (6000K)
 • Tungsten light (3200K)
 • White fluorescent light (4000K)
 • Flash
 • Custom
 • Color temp. (Kelvin)
Custom WB  • Set custom WB Select image for custom WB.
WB Shift / BKT  • Shift: B9–A9, M9–G9
 • Bracket: BA+/–3, MG+/–3
Configures WB shift and WB bracketing.
Color space  • sRGB
 • Adobe RGB
Shooting tab 3
Picture Style  • Picture Style
User Def. 1
User Def. 2
User Def. 3
 • Detail set
Sharpness (0-7)
Contrast (-4-+4)
Saturation (-4-+4)
Color tone (-4-+4)

Press Info button to access Detail Set mode
Long exposure noise reduction  • Disable
 • Auto
 • Enable
High ISO speed NR  • Standard
 • Low
 • High
 • Disable
Highlight tone priority  • Disable
 • Enable
Dust Delete Data  • Cancel
 • OK
Multiple exposure  • Multiple exposure
On: Func/Ctrl
On: ContShtng
 • Multi-expos ctrl
 • No. of exposures (2-9)
 • Save source imgs
All images
Result only
 • Continue Multi-exp
1 shot only
HDR mode  • Adjust dyn range
Disable HDR
+/- 1 EV
+/- 2 EV
+/- 3 EV
 • Effect
Art Standard
Art Vivid
Art Bold
Art Embossed
 • Continuous HDR
1 shot only
Every shot
 • Auto Image Align
 • Save source imgs
All images
HDR image only
Live view tab
Live View shoot.  • Enable
 • Disable
AF mode  • Live mode
 • Live mode
 • Quick mode
Grid display  • Off
 • 3x3
 • 6x4
 • 3x3+diag
Aspect ratio  • 3:2
 • 4:3
 • 16:9
 • 1:1
Expo. simulation  • Enable
 • During DoF button
 • Disable
Silent shooting  • Mode 1
 • Mode 2
 • Disable
Metering timer  • 4 sec
 • 16 sec
 • 30 sec
 • 1 min
 • 10 min
 • 30 min
Movie tab 1
AF mode  • Live mode
 • Live mode
 • Quick mode
Grid display  • Off
 • 3x3
 • 6x4
 • 3x3+diag
Movie rec. size  • 1920 x 1080 (30/25fps)ALL-I
 • 1920 x 1080 (30/25fps) IPB
 • 1920 x 1080 (24fps) ALL-I
 • 1920 x 1080 (30/25fps) IPB
 • 1280 x 720 (60/50fps) All-I
 • 1280 x 720 (60/50fps) IPB
 • 640 x 480 (30/25fps) IPB
Selects movie recording size and frame rate. Frame rates of 30/60fps are recorded in NTSC mode, 25/50fps in PAL.
Sound recording

 • Sound recording
 • Rec. level (1-5)  
 • Wind filter

Sound recording levels are displayed underneath the settings.
Silent LV shooting  • Mode 1
 • Mode 2
 • Disable
Metering timer  • 4 sec
 • 16 sec
 • 30 sec
 • 1 min
 • 10 min
 • 30 min
Movie tab 2
Time code  • Count up
Rec run
Free run
 • Start time setting
Manual input setting
Set to camera time
 • Movie rec count
Rec time
Time code
 • Movie play count
Rec time
Time code
Silent control  • Enable
 • Disable
Movie shoot button  • Start/Stop-button
 • Start/Stop-button / shutter

Picture Style

The Picture Styles are a range of pre-programmed image parameter sets intended to deliver the best results in different situations. Each Picture Style has its own preset mapping for tone and color response as well as providing the ability to tune sharpness, contrast, saturation and color tone for each. For instance the default sharpening for the Standard Picture Style is level 3, if you prefer less strong you can just adjust it downwards. Sharpness has 8 levels, contrast, saturation and color tone all have have 9 levels.

AF section (purple)

Values / Actions
AF tab 1
AF 'Cases'

Select from the following AF 'cases':
 • Case 1 : Versatile multi purpose setting
 • Case 2: Continue to track subjects, ignoring possible obstacles
 • Case 3: Instantly focus on subjects suddenly entering AF points
 • Case 4: For subjects that accelerate or decelerate quickly
 • Case 5: For erratic subjects moving quickly in any direction
 • Case 6: For subjects that change speed and move erratically

Press the 'Rate' button to change settings for each case:
 • Tracking sensitivity (-2-+2)
 • Accel./decel. tracking (0-2)
 • AF point auto switching (0-2)

AF tab 2
AI Servo 1st image priority  • Release priority
 • Equal priority
 • Focus priority
Release timing for the first image when using AI Servo AF
AI Servo 2nd image priority  • Shooting speed priority
 • Equal priority
 • Focus priority
Release timing after first image in AI Servo AF continuous shooting
AF tab 3

USM lens electronic MF

 • Enable after One-Shot AF
 • Disable after One-Shot AF
 • Disable in AF mode
AF-assist beam firing  • Enable
 • Disable
 • IR AF assist beam only
One-Shot AF release prior

 • Release priority
 • Focus priority

AF tab 4
Lens drive when AF impossible  • Continue focus search
 • Stop focus search
Selectable AF point

 • 61 points
 • Only cross-type AF points
 • 15 points
 • 9 points

Select AF area selec. mode  • Manual selection: Spot AF
 • Manual selection: 1 pt AF
 • Expand AF area
 • Expand AF area: Surround
 • Manual selection: Zone AF
 • Auto selection: 61 pt AF
AF area selection method  • M-Fn button
 • Main dial
Orientation linked AF point  • Same for both vert/horiz
 • Select separate AF points
AF tab 5
Manual AF pt. selec. pattern  • Stops at AF area edges
 • Continuous
AF point display during focus  • Selected (constant)
 • All (constant)
 • Selected (pre-AF, focused)
 • Selected (focused)
 • Disable display
VF display illumination  • Auto
 • Enable
 • Disable
AF Microadjustment  • Disable
 • All by same amount
adjust (-20-+20)
 • Adjust by lens
adjust (-20-+20)

Playback Section (Blue)

Play tab 1
Protect images
Protect mode, allows you to browse images either in a single image or thumbnail view and mark each image as protected (or un-protect). This simply sets the read-only flag on the CF card file system.

 • Select images
 • All images in folder
 • Unprotect all images in folder
 • All images on card
 • Unprotect all images on card

Rotate mode, again, this can be performed in either single image or thumbnail index view. This option allows you to rotate an image on-screen by 90 or 270 degrees. Doesn't actually rotate the JPEG file, but marks its orientation.

Erase images
 • Select and erase images
 • All images in folder
Select folder
 • All images on card
Print order Allows you to create a DPOF print order file, for use with compatible printers or photo finishers.

 • Select images
 • By folder
Mark all in folder
Clear all in folder
 • All images
 • Set up
Print type
File no.
Image copy Allows you to copy images between SD and CF memory cards in the camera

 • Select image
 • Select folder
 • All images
RAW image processing

Allows you to process Raw-images in-camera and adjust the following parameters:

 • Exposure
 • White Balance
 • Picture Style
 • Auto Lighting Optimizer
 • Noise Reduction
 • Image quality
 • Color space
 • Peripheral illumination correction
 • Distortion correction
 • Chromatic aberration correction

Play tab 2
Resize   • Select image
M (9.8M)
S1 (5.5M)
S2 (2.5M)
3 stars
S3 (0.3M)
Rating  • Select image
1 star
2 stars
3 stars
4 stars
5 stars
Slide show  • Select files
All images
 • Set up
Play time
1 sec
2 sec
3 sec
5 sec
Image transfer  • Image sel./transfer
Select image
Select folder
All images
 • RAW+JPEG transfer
JPEG only
RAW only
Image jump w/ control dial

 • Select number of images
1 image
10 images
100 images
 • Select files
Image rating

Play tab 3
Highlight alert  • Disable
 • Enable
AF point disp.  • Disable
 • Enable
Playback grid  • Off
 • 3x3
 • 6x4
 • 3x3+diag
Histogram  • Brightness
 • RGB
Movie play count  • Rec time
 • Time code
Magnification (apx)  • 1x (no magnification)
 • 2x (magnify from center)
 • 4x (magnify from center)
 • 8x (magnify from center)
 • 10x (magnify from center)
 • Actual size (from selected pt)
 • Same as last magnification (from center)
Ctrl over HDMI

 • Disable
 • Enable

Setup Section (Yellow)

Values / Actions
Setup tab 1
Record func+card/folder sel.

 • Record func.
Auto switch card
Rec separately
Rec to multiple
 • Record/play
Slot 1
Slot 2
 • Folder
Select folder
Create folder

File numbering  • Continuous
 • Auto reset
 • Manual reset
Controls the numbering method used for filenames.
File name  • File name
IMG+image size
 • Change user setting 1
Enter string
 • Change user setting 2
Enter string
Auto rotate  • On (play mode and EXIF)
 • On (EXIF)
 • Off
Chooses whether orientation information is recorded and if the camera should rotate in play mode.
Format  • Select card slot
Format the CF card
Setup tab 2
Auto power off  • 1 min
 • 2 min
 • 4 min
 • 8 min
 • 15 min
 • 30 min
 • Off
Sets camera power off time, this is the amount of "idle time" before the camera powers itself off. In the power off state the camera can be woken by half or fully depressing the shutter release (or turning the power switch to Off and back to On).
LCD Brightness  • Auto
Adjust brightness
 • Manual
1 to 7
Date/Time  • Set Date & Time
 • Set Date format

 • English
 • German
 • French
 • Dutch
 • Danish
 • Portuguese
 • Finnish
 • Italian
 • Ukrainian
 • Norwegian
 • Swedish
 • Spanish
 • Greek
 • Russian
 • Polish
 • Czech
 • Hungarian
 • Romanian
 • Turkish
 • Arabic
 • Thai
 • Simplified Chinese
 • Traditional Chinese
 • Korean
 • Japanese

Select menu language.
Video system  • NTSC
 • PAL
Select video system for video out connector.
Sensor cleaning
 • Auto cleaning
 • Clean now
 • Clean manually

Defines the settings for the built-in cleaning system, by default the system is enabled and cleans at startup and shutdown (although can be interrupted).

The 'clean manually' option locks the mirror and shutter up.

VF grid display  • Disable
 • Enable
Setup tab 3
Video system  • NTSC
 • PAL
Battery info Displays remaining battery capacity and recharge performance  
Sensor cleaning  • Auto cleaning
 • Clean now
 • Clean manually
INFO. button display options  • Displays camera setting
 • Electronic level
 • Displays shooting functions
Rate button function • Rating
• Protect
Setup tab 4
Custom shooting mode (C1-C3)  • Register settings
 • Clear settings
 • Auto update settings
Clear all camera settings  • OK
 • Cancel
Copyright information  • Display copyright info
 • Enter author's name
 • Enter copyright details
 • Delete copyright information
Firmware Select to load new firmware from CF card Also shows current version, on our camera 1.0.7
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I am new to the Canon brand and was considering a 5D3 or a 7D2. I need a camera that captures images and short video clips of very fast sports at close and far ranges. So for me, speed, image quality, and movie quality are the most important.

Edit: I should add that the sports are indoor but very fast, and I usually cannot use flash, so I have to work with what's available.

If there is another camera that you recommend beyond these two, please let me know. I have only used a Nikon D4S in the past which did well but I can no longer use that. Thanks in advance and sorry if this is a low-level question.

Comment edited 7 minutes after posting

First test ever here the 5d mark iii filming in 4k Magic lantern also unlock Raw

Pascal Parvex

It is not filming in 4K, it is still 1080p. It was just uprezzed (DNG files).


your right


I am owner of 5d mark III.
I ll totally disagre about noise free image of mark III.
Camera make iso free, but with jpg image, where is use in camera noise filter.
I can do it in photoshop with any camera.
More important, and no one talk about that, raw image on 1600!! iso have noise, 3200 and more, have lot of noise.
And second thing, image on higher noise are not sharp!


Which lenses you use?

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Abel Sy

Hello, I've just bought a 5D3 W/ 24 - 105MM lens, upon playing w/ it, looking for the command for multiple shots, the auto focus was affected and not wokring anymore. I don't know and can not make it back to original setting. Is somebody there know and tell me what to do? please help.
P.S. I tried the lens to put in another camera and it works, and attached another lens to 5d3, but didn't work as well. so I confirmed that the problem is the setting w/in the body.


A minor nitpick: Canon's first 35mm autofocus SLR was not the EOS 650 but the T80.


Hello i just need a professional the Canon 5D Mark III suitable for broadcast?

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Pascal Parvex

No one has answered, so here is an non-professional opinion: Should be. Since the Mark II, the 5D series has gotten some heavy use in broadcasting.


I have used the 5D Mark III for over a year and have just finished selling my Nikon gear (sad day after being a Nikon enthusiast for 30 plus years). From auto-focus to camera build to overall quality, this camera can do it all! Even with the slow burst rate, it works well for sports and nature shooting! I can't recommend this camera enough. I have found the auto-focus system to be quick enough for Equestrian events with long lenses, such as Canons 400mm f2.8 or new 200-560mm.


I have just bought a 5d mkii, and when doing a comparison test (nothing scientific) against my 50d I find that the 5d3 seems to under expose by upto 1stop, is this normal?


I work in Nyc as a fashion photographer and I have to say the the 5d series are the most used cameras out side of medium format cameras .Ive been shooting with the mark 3 for over a year after shooting with the mark 2 for 2 years great both great cameras. You can see the shots I've taken with it on my website hope it helps!!

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting

Nice shots,...I've always dreamed to be a fashion photographer.

Cyrus the Great

Nikon D800 is clear winer over 5D iii in every things. Nikon has much sharper lens.
don't know why some people buy Canon???!!!!!

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R D Carver

'Some people' buy Canon because they earn their living using a camera. Oh man, you should see those forests of white and red-ringed lenses in the pro pit at every major sporting, media and news event! 'Some people' are winning the major competitions, filling the fashion and nature magazines and filming box office busting movies with Canon. "Nikon has much sharper lens" Which lens exactly? Give a photographer a Canon 5D MKIII and an EF 70-200mm F/2.8 L IS II USM Lens and he can take on the world. Nikon is good, Canon is good why get tribal? it is so petty and amateur. At work I can pick up a Nikon/Sony D800 body or a Cannon 5D MKIII. I prefer the Cannon because I don't like the white balance on the Nikon. Others are happy to use the Nikon, but the die hard Nikon enthusiasts are disappointed that Sony make the sensors for Nikon. In comes Sony in comes the green tinged white balance.


No cameras white balance is perfectly neutral. That's why we have the ability to manually change it on the camera and even fine tune on some of the higher end models. Nikon cameras do run slightly toward the cool side, but they can always be fine-tuned to be neutral in-camera. Canon cameras have always leaned towards the orange color tint. Luckily for Canon the end result is a slightly warmer image that many photographers like the looks of. Few pros would buy a camera that couldn't be made to produce true colors. And that forest of white lenses has been thinning out quite a bit since the advent of the Nikon D3. I'm one die-hard Nikon enthusiast who's ecstatic with Sony sensors. No other brand can even match their dynamic range.

Comment edited 6 minutes after posting
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why is the D800 is the clear winner? because of a few test charts? which camera do you own? the 5DM3 or the D800? i switched from nikon to canon because i liked canon's lenses better.

ever been to a major sporting event or a press conference? if you did you'd notice an abundance of off-white telephoto lenses with red rings on them. saying that "some people buy Canon" is misleading because pretty much everyone who makes a living off their camera gear uses Canon. and believe me, there are very good reasons for that. if you don't know what they are then it will be a waste of time trying to explain them to you. you still wont get it because you are too busy looking at test charts.


The Nikon 85 1.2 and 200 1.8 is better than the Canon ones... oh wait, no, it was the 8-15 f4. ;)


thx for putting the Shadow noise test in your review. it was time to show that quite big difference.

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