Shooting mode

Like most cameras in its class the EOS 500D doesn't have a secondary (top panel) display and uses the main LCD monitor for camera settings display during normal shooting. Thanks to a proximity sensor this display is automatically blanked when you raise your eye to the viewfinder (so as not to be distracting). In addition there is a secondary status display available by pressing the DISP button while in the camera menu (shown on the right below).

Normal display Pressing the 'DISP' button from a menu page brings up the settings screen

Record review & play displays

By default the EOS 500D provides a two second review display immediately after the shot is taken, this can be disabled or extended to 4 or 8 seconds or as long as you hold the shutter release button. During record review you can press the erase button to cancel / erase the current image. Record review and play share the same display modes, just press the INFO button to select between the four available modes (see below).

Display modes

There are four display modes available in record review / play, you can also optionally enable 'Highlight alert' (blinking highlights) and / or 'AF point display' (the last two in the table below).

1: Large image + status line (shutter speed, aperture, comp, filename) 2: Large image + status line + image number and image quality
3: Small image + status line + lum histogram + detailed shooting info 4: Small image + status line + lum histogram + RGB histogram + detailed shooting info

Play magnification

The EOS 500D uses the two shoulder buttons to zoom in and out. There are 15 steps of magnification. Rolling the click wheel jumps to one of the neighboring images, retaining magnification and position, to allow images to be compared and focus confirmed.

Play thumbnail index

Like its predecessor the 500D provides two levels of thumbnail index, the initial view being a four image 2x2 index, press the thumbnail button once more to switch to a nine image 3x3 index. You can use the multi-controller or quick command dial to move around images or the main dial to jump images (ideal if you have the 'screen' jump mode selected).

Other Play displays

There are a series of actions that can be applied to images in playback mode. The playback section of the menu is used to access these actions - Protect, Rotate, Erase. Most of these can be applied in the thumbnail, as well as the individual image view.

Images can be protected or rotated in the thumbnail view... ...or at the individual image level.
Images can be erased either via selection, or by clearing the card (except protected images) Rather than the thumbnail view, selective erasing gives a filmstrip view