Camera Menus

The EOS 5D menu system is virtually identical in operation to the EOS 20D, you navigate by turning either camera dial and press the SET button to modify / enter, you can press JUMP to skip to the next section. The menu is still split into three categories (red, blue, yellow) which is indicated by the colored scroll bar down the right edge of the menu.

Shooting Section (Red)

Values / Actions
Quality *
 • Large / Fine
 • Large / Normal
 • Medium / Fine
 • Medium / Normal
 • Small / Fine
 • Small / Normal
 • RAW + Large / Fine
 • RAW + Large / Normal
 • RAW + Medium / Fine
 • RAW + Medium / Normal
 • RAW + Small / Fine
 • RAW + Small / Normal
 • RAW

- 4368 x 2912 JPEG Fine
- 4368 x 2912 JPEG Normal
- 3168 x 2112 JPEG Fine
- 3168 x 2112 JPEG Normal
- 2496 x 1664 JPEG Fine
- 2496 x 1664 JPEG Normal
- 4368 RAW + 4368 JPEG Fine
- 4368 RAW + 4368 JPEG Normal
- 4368 RAW + 3168 JPEG Fine
- 4368 RAW + 3168 JPEG Normal
- 4368 RAW + 2496 JPEG Fine
- 4368 RAW + 2496 JPEG Normal
- 4368 x 2912 RAW

Beep  • On
 • Off
Enables auto focus confirmation beep. Also used for self timer.
Shoot w/o card  • On
 • Off
Allow shot to be taken without CF card inserted.
AEB  • +/-2 EV
 • 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps (C.Fn 6)
Configures auto exposure bracketing.
WB Shift / BKT
 • Shift: B9-A9, M9-G9
 • Bracket: BA+/-3, MG+/-3
Configures WB shift and WB bracketing.
Custom WB  • Set custom WB Select image for custom WB.
Color temp.  • 2800 - 10000 K in 100 K steps Select Kelvin WB temperature.
Color space  • sRGB
 • Adobe RGB
Picture Style *  • Standard
 • Portrait
 • Landscape
 • Neutral
 • Faithful
 • Monochrome
 • User Def. 1
 • User Def. 2
 • USer Def. 3

Picture Style explained

New to the EOS 5D (and the EOS-1D Mark II N) is the concept of 'Picture Style', these are pre-programmed image parameter sets which are intended for the most 'pleasing' reproduction in various 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, in my opinion level 2 is more appropriate and it's easy to modify this. Note that sharpness now has 8 levels (0 to 7) and contrast, saturaiton and color tone have 9 levels (-4 to +4).

Playback Section (Blue)

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 filesystem.
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.
Print Order Allows you to create a DPOF print order file, this defines which images will be printed, how many copies of each, what format etc. For use with compatible printers or photo finishers.
Auto Play Start an automated slideshow of images on the CF card, delay between each image is preset at four seconds.
Review time Select the record review time: 2, 4, 8 sec or Hold (as long as the shutter release button is held down).
AF points Choose to display or not display the active AF points in playback (only detailed playback view).
Histogram Select either Brightness (Luminance) or RGB histogram display.

Setup Section (Yellow)

Values / Actions
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 pressing any key.
Auto rotate  • Off
 • On
When enabled the camera will display shots taken in the vertical orientation rotated.
LCD Brightness  • -2 to +2 Sets the LCD backlight strength.
Date/Time  • Set Date & Time
 • Set Date format
File numbering  • Continuous
 • Auto reset
Controls the numbering method used for filenames.
Select folder *
 • 100EOS5D (etc.)
 • Create folder
Select record / display folder

 • English
 • German
 • French
 • Dutch
 • Danish
 • Finnish
 • Italian
 • Norwegian
 • Swedish
 • Spanish
 • Simplified Chinese
 • Japanese
 • Traditional Chinese
 • Korean
 • Russian

Select menu language.
Video system  • NTSC
 • PAL
Select video system for video out connector.
Communication *  • PC connection
 • PTP
Sets USB communication protocol.
Format Format the CF card  
Custom Functions Set up custom functions (See next page)
Clear settings  • Clear all camera settings
 • Clear all custom functions
 • Clear registered camera settings
 • Cancel
Clears camera settings and or just custom functions
Register camera settings *  • Cancel
 • OK
Register the current camera settings to the 'C' mode
Sensor clean  • Cancel
 • OK
Select OK to flip up the mirror and open the shutter to allow you to clean the sensor. Power Off once done.
Firmware Select to load new firmware from CF card Also shows current version, on our pre-production camera; 3.9.1 (beta)

* New or changed compared to the EOS 20D