Canon Rebel T3i / EOS 600D Review
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
|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)
|Chooses whether orientation information is recorded and if the camera should rotate in play mode.|
|Format|| • OK
|Format the SD card|
|File numbering|| • Continuous
• Auto reset
• Manual reset
|Controls the numbering method used for filenames.|
|| • Select folder
• Create folder
|| • 1
|Select control panel display from a choice of four colour schemes|
|LCD Brightness||• Levels 1 to 7|
|LCD off/on btn|| • Shutter btn.
• Remains on
|Date/Time|| • Set Date & Time
• Set Date format
|Language|| • English
• Simplified Chinese
• Traditional Chinese
|Select menu language.|
|Video system|| • NTSC
|Select video system for video out connector.|
|| • 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
|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)
|Firmware||Select to load new firmware from SD card||Also shows current version - on our camera; 1.0.0|
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
|II-5: High ISO speed noise reduction||0: Standard
|II-6: Highlight tone priority||0: Disable
|III-7: AF-assist beam firing||0: Enable
2: Enable external flash only
3: IR AF assist beam only
|III-8: Mirror lockup||0: Disable
|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
|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.|
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