Menus (cont.)

Setup Section (Yellow)

The Setup section fine-tunes the camera's behaviour to your taste - it's almost entirely options you'll set once and leave there. The main exceptions here are custom functions, where Canon hides away some key options that really should be more easily available (such as mirror lockup and highlight tone priority).

Values / Actions
Auto power off  • 30 sec
 • 1 min
 • 2 min
 • 4 min
 • 8 min
 • 15 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 half or fully depressing the shutter release (or turning the power switch to Off and back to On).
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  • OK
 • Cancel
Format the SD card
File numbering  • Continuous
 • Auto reset
 • Manual reset
Controls the numbering method used for filenames.
Select folder
 • Select folder
 • Create folder
Screen color
 • 1
 • 2
 • 3
 • 4
Select control panel display from a choice of four colour schemes
LCD Brightness  • Levels 1 to 7  
LCD off/on btn  • Shutter btn.
 • Shutter/DISP
 • Remains on
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.
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.
Feature guide  • Enable
 • Disable
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 SD card Also shows current version - on our camera; 1.0.0

Custom Functions

The 600D's 11 custom functions are defined as being in four categories: Exposure, Image, Autofocus/Drive, Operation/Other. It doesn't really make sense to have an extra tier of menu to let you directly access each of these categories, since there are only two or three options in each. Instead the options are just placed in sequence, making the distinction somewhat redundant.

While many of the custom functions fit firmly into the set-once-and-forget category, a number are items you may well want to change more often (such as mirror lockup and highlight tone priority). This bafflingly poor placement of useful functions can be mitigated by adding them to 'My Menu'.

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 12,800)
I-3: Exposure flash sync speed in Av mode 0: Auto
1: 1/200 - 1/60 sec auto
2: 1/200 sec (fixed)
II-4: Long exp. noise reduction 0: Off
1: Auto
2: On
II-5: High ISO speed noise reduction 0: Standard
1: Low
2: Strong
3: Disable
II-6: Highlight tone priority 0: Disable
1: Enable
III-7: AF-assist beam firing 0: Enable
1: Disable
2: Enable external flash only
3: IR AF assist beam only
III-8: Mirror lockup 0: Disable
1: Enable
IV-9: 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-10: 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-11: LCD display when power on 0: Display on
1: Previous display screen

My Menu

The 'My Menu' feature on the EOS 600D allows you to produce your own custom menu made up of any of the cameras menu options (including custom functions). This means that previously buried but useful options such as mirror lockup and Highlight Tone Priority can be added to a top level menu.