The structure of the 7D's menus will be immediately familiar to anyone who has shot an EOS DSLR before, with camera settings separated across a series of sensibly ordered, color-coded tabs. As usual, the really fine-level camera customization is defined in the Custom Functions tab, with the 7D including a 1D-series-esque 27 custom functions, defining almost every aspect of the camera's behavior in minute detail.
The menus are also context sensitive, with different menu options provided depending on which shooting mode you're in. As with previous EOSs 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. However, as a sign of the increasingly integrated nature of video on 7D, the fourth Record tab also changes depending on whether the camera's mode switch is set to movie or live view.
|Full menu (P, Tv, Av, M, A-DEP, C1-3)||Limited menu (Auto and CA)|
|Movie tab||Live view tab|
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.
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||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.|
||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.|
|| Select and erase images
All images in folder
All images on card
|Print order||Allows you to create a DPOF print order file, for use with compatible printers or photo finishers.
Mark all in folder
Clear all in folder
|Highlight alert|| Disable
|AF point disp.|| Disable
|Slide show|| Select files
|Image jump w/ control dial||
Select number of images