Canon EOS-1D Review
LCD monitor playback view
The EOS-1D features five different types of display in playback mode. For record review (the image displayed immediately after the shot is taken) you can select from either of the first two views shown below (Single or Single with Histogram). When shooting a burst of continuous shots the EOS-1D will by default display the last frame of the burst, however if you press the DISPLAY button while the camera is writing images it will display each image as it is saved.
Enter playback mode by pressing the DISPLAY button. In playback mode the default display is 'single image', each of the other displays can be selected in play mode (press the DISPLAY button) by holding the DISPLAY button and rotating the main dial.
Note: Apologies for the average quality of these captures (compared to our usual), the EOS-1D does not have a video-out connector and so LCD captures must be made by taking a picture of the LCD screen.
|Single image display / Record review display. Shutter speed, Aperture, Image size / quality. Use the quick control dial and SELECT button to browse.||Press and hold the protect / sound record button and you can 'attach' a voice recording of up to 30 seconds. (Recorded as WAV format, 8 Khz, 8-bit).|
|Histogram and detailed information display with exposure details, histogram and AF point display (enabled). Use the quick control dial and SELECT button to browse.||2 x 2 thumbnail display. Exposure and image size / quality information relates to currently selected image. Use the quick control dial and SELECT button to browse.|
|3 x 3 thumbnail display. Exposure and image size / quality information relates to currently selected image. Use the quick control dial and SELECT button to browse.||Folder display. Use the quick control dial and SELECT button to choose current folder or create a new folder.|
When scrolling through images in one of the thumbnail views images 'scroll on' from the bottom right or top left corner (depending on the direction). It may also have been useful if there were a way to scroll through a page of four or nine images at a time. There is no function for magnifying an image, a contact at Canon told me that they didn't see this as a feature professionals would require. I personally would like to have seen this feature and feel that it's an important omission.
|An example of overlaid options, this after pressing the DELETE button, hold the DELETE button and use the quick control dial to select an option.|
Pressing the MENU button enters the EOS-1D's menu mode. Menus are split across four pages, you can quickly switch between menus by holding the MENU button and rotating the quick control dial. The options available in each menu are described in more detail below these captures.
|Recording Menu||Playback Menu|
|Set-up Menu||Custom / Personal function Menu|
|Custom WB||Select an image from a 3 x 3 thumbnail index to be used for manual white balance [clip]|
|Color temp.||Set the colour temperature for the
K(elvin) white balance setting:
2,800 - 10,000 K in 100 K steps
|Parameters||Select one of three parameter 'sets'
which are programmed via the supplied TWAIN software and an IEEE 1394
connection, each set allows the preset of: [clip]
Tone curve (a custom tone curve used to convert the linear image to normal gamma)
Sharpness level (0 - 5)
Pattern sharpness (Rough, Moderately Rough, Standard, Moderately Fine, Fine)
Normal JPEG quality (1 - 5)
Fine JPEG quality (6 - 10)
|Color matrix||Select the output colour space /
chroma (saturation) combination: [clip]
1. sRGB / neutral chroma
2. sRGB / ideal for portraits (adjusts hue / chroma best for skin tones)
3. sRGB / high-chroma silmilar to slide film (high saturation, vivid colours)
4. Adobe RGB colour space
5. sRGB / low saturation (captures wider colour gamut but may require some saturation boost later)
|RAW+JPEG rec.||Enables the recording of a JPEG
file at the same time as RAW: [clip]
RAW + Large/Fine
RAW + Large/Normal
RAW + Small/Fine
|Review||Selects record review mode (if an
image is displayed on the LCD monitor immediately after the shot):
On - single image with aperture, shutter speed and image size / quality
On (Info) - single image with AF points, histogram and detailed exposure information
|Review time||Set the amount of time the record
review image is shown: [clip]
Hold - display until shutter release is half-pressed
|Noise reduction||Enable / disable noise reduction
(active for shutter speeds of 1/15 sec or slower) [clip]
|Protect images||Protect images (mark them as 'read
only' on the CF filesystem): [clip]
Select all in folder
Clear all in folder
Select all on CF card
Clear all on CF card
|Erase all on CF card||Erases all images (except protected
|Highlight alert||When enabled this option will cause
overexposed areas of an image to blink in playback mode: [clip]
|Display AF points||When enabled this option will cause
red boxes to be displayed on the image indicating the AF points used
in the exposure (info view only): [clip]
|Auto power off||Set the camera auto power off time:
|File numbering||Controls how the camera numbers
images, it can be set to automatically return to zero when a blank
card is inserted, return to zero only when set manually or use continuous
running numbers: [clip]
|Date/time||Set the camera's internal clock:
Date / Time
Date format (dd/mm/yy, mm/dd/yy, yy/mm/dd)
|Format||Format the CF card (current used
and total space is displayed): [clip]
|Sensor cleaning||Begins the sensor cleaning procedure
(as defined in the camera manual): [clip]
|LCD brightness||Set the camera LCD brightness: [clip]
1 - 5 (where 3 is normal)
|Firmware||Displays current firmware version (3.16 on the first pre-production camera and 1.0.1 on the second) and looks for a firmware update on the CF card [clip]|
|Language||Select menu and alert language:
|Top Gun-2783 by vbuhay|
from Action Film Titles
|Circle in Square by RJD13|
from Square (Rectangle) and Circle
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