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Menus (cont.)

Setup Section (yellow)

The setup menu is where you performs tasks like formatting the SD card, adjusting screen brightness, configuring energy saving settings and setting the date and time. The custom functions (described in the following section) are accessed from here as well.

Values / Actions
Setup tab 1
Select folder
 • Select folder
 • Create folder
File numbering  • Continuous
 • Auto reset
 • Manual reset
Controls the numbering method used for filenames.
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 card  • Cancel
 • OK
Format the CF card
Setup tab 2
Auto power off  • 30 sec
 • 1 min
 • 2 min
 • 4 min
 • 8 min
 • 15 min
 • Disable
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  • Levels 1 to 7  
LCD auto off  • Enable
 • Disable
Time zone  • Select city  
Date/Time  • Set Date & Time
 • Set Date format
Language  • 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.
Setup tab 3
Screen color
 • 1
 • 2
 • 3
 • 4
 • 5
Select control panel display from a choice of five colour schemes
Feature guide  • Enable
 • Disable
Touch control  • Enable
 • Disable
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 this can be interrupted).

The 'clean manually' option locks the mirror and shutter up for manual access to the sensor.
GPS device setting  • Options displayed only with GPS connected  
Setup tab 4
Certification Logo Display  • N118
 • VCI
Custom Functions (C.Fn) Enters Custom Function menu See below for details of custom functions
Copyright information  • Display copyright info
 • Enter author's name
 • Enter copyright details
 • Delete copyright information
Clear settings  • Clear all camera settings
 • Clear all Custom Func. (C.Fn)
 • Cancel
Firmware Select to load new firmware from CF card Also shows current version, on our camera 1.0.1

Custom Functions

The 700D's 8 custom functions are grouped into four categories: Exposure (I), Image (II), Autofocus/Drive (III) and Operation/Other (IV). Because these categories consist of just two or three items each, the options are simply placed in sequence.

While most of the custom functions fit firmly into the set-it-and-forget-it category, both mirror lockup and highlight tone priority are options that you'd reasonably want to access between shots. We'd much prefer to see these options moved out of the hard to get at Custom Function menu for easier access. We do note, however, that unlike in the EOS 600D, both the high ISO NR and long exposure NR options now sit in a top level menu page. And of course you still have the option of adding any of the custom function items to 'My Menu'. Custom function options that have been changed from the camera's default value are indicated by blue numerals at the bottom of the menu screen.

I-1: Exposure level increments 0: 1/3 stop
1: 1/2 stop
I-2: ISO expansion 0: Off
1: On (enables H ISO mode - equivalent to ISO 25,600)
II-3: Highlight tone priority 0: Disable
1: Enable
III-4: AF-assist beam firing 0: Enable
1: Disable
2: Enable external flash only
3: IR AF assist beam only
III-5: Mirror lockup 0: Disable
1: Enable
IV-6: Shutter / AE lock button 0: AF/AE Lock
1: AE lock/AF
2: AF/AF lock, no AE lock
2: AE/AF, no AE lock
IV-7: Assign SET Button 0: Normal (disabled)
1: Image Quality
2: Flash Exp. comp.
3: LCD monitor On/Off
4: Menu display
5: ISO Speed
IV-8: LCD display when power on 0: Display on
1: Previous display status

My Menu

The 'My Menu' feature allows you to produce a custom menu made up of any of the cameras menu options (including custom functions) which means that previously buried but useful options can now be brought to a top level menu.

From the setup page you can not only add/delete items to the menu, but sort them as well. You can have up to six items at a time in the menu.
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Total comments: 12
By RyanBoston (1 month ago)

How is it that the 550D scores higher than this camera? Even in the compare to score section, raw scores higher on the 550D. I find it weird that a camera 3 generations newer scores worst.

My girlfriend sold her 550D and wants a new touchscreen Canon, but it feels like the quality has not moved ahead in years.

Kishore Pratap Sanghvi
By Kishore Pratap Sanghvi (4 months ago)

I am graduating from a bridge camera to a DSLR. Have been a hobby photographer for many years primarily doing landscape photography but I do it only when on a vacation that would be twice a year. I was a little confused whether to buy a Canon 700D or a Nikon D5300. I have always used Canon cameras before and after going thru many reviews comparing the two cameras I am not wiser. I also understand that once one buys a DSLR one continues to buy cameras of that family so that it can save money on lenses. Assuming that the quality of photos is not much different in the two cameras is the touch screen in 700D so useful that I should buy a Canon or the WIFI-GPS so important in the Nikon. As there anything else that help me decide between the two. Your advice would be most helpful.Tx. You can reply directly on my mail -

ravi pratap
By ravi pratap (4 months ago)

since u have been using canon , it is better to go for 700d as u r familiar with canon system and picture style and may have canon lenses with you. i find canon 700d is nice cam with cleaner sharper image with better color than nikon.

zdenek nostalgig
By zdenek nostalgig (4 months ago)

Nikon always have bean a crap for landscapes...I mean in case we talking about cheaper model DSLRs. Nikons green color is absolute joke and ISO stuck ....stay with canon...Nikon is great for moving objects r portraits...but as a landscape photographer I will never ever go for Nikon unless I can buy D4.

ravi pratap
By ravi pratap (5 months ago)

canon 600d or 700d ?
i have been carefully seeing 1000s of photos taken by 600d and 700d on flickr and other review sites including this top cam site, in review images 600d looks better on most parameters notably sharpness and color but on flickr photos 600d pix looks a bit less sharp to 700d pix which is more evident on night landscapes shots.
Especially a few shots on 700d plus canon 18-135 of hongkong night landscape is very sharp with great color...which none of nikon, sony or pantex match...i m in dilemma , can the 600d with 18-135 canon match 700d?
experts are requested to clear the doubt, thanks!

By tophy42 (5 months ago)

its very great camera and the new design is beautiful
my bro buy one yesterday and till this moment never stopped shooting

Really great product

By Neo111 (9 months ago)

An outstanding review as usual. I just wish camera makers would let cameras be cameras and camcorders be camcorders. All I want is a camera. Take away the video mode gubbins and we would see a big drop in price. I can buy a pocket camcorder if I need urgent video. Why stick it in a camera at all? Better buffers could be included and also better features by knocking out the video stuff. Well, that's what I think anyway.

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By rinkos (9 months ago)

blah blah blah ..cannon stays cannon ..all the new shiny freaks will rush on buying a camera that is basically the same as the one they had 3 years ago .
no true innovation from cannon for a long while now .

just for once i wish they would atleast try to innovate something new

Dave Smith Trelawnyd
By Dave Smith Trelawnyd (9 months ago)

A nice camera that replaced my 600D after it ingested yellow steam on a volcano!
The camera does everything I ask of it including astro photography, and the touch screen is used far more than I thought it would be, all in all an excellent camera.

Pepe Le Pew
By Pepe Le Pew (11 months ago)

The Rebel series are getting worse and worse every year

By PDBreach (9 months ago)

How so? This is an upgrade..

cor ela d obe x6Ps6
By cor ela d obe x6Ps6 (8 months ago)

@pepe... then, what is the best DSLR?

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