Custom Menu

In addition to the record menu options the 7D also has four pages of custom menu options which allow for customization of the camera setup such as the function of various buttons, focusing modes etc.

Custom menu options

Option Values / Actions Notes
Page one
Priority setup  • AF
 • Release

Choose whether the camera will release the shutter without focus lock

Focus Hold button  • Focus hold
 • DOF preview
AF/MF button  • Hold
 • Toggle
Choose if the AF/MF button must be held or toggles focusing mode
AEL button  • AE hold
 • AE toggle
 • Spot AE hold
 • Spot AE toggle
Choose if the AEL button must be held or toggles AE lock, additionally this can be set to spot meter instead
AF w/ shutter  • On
 • Off
Auto AF setup  • Auto AF
 • DMF
Select the function of the 'A' position on the AF switch
Page two
Control dial setup  • Front shutter, Rear aperture
 • Front aperture, Rear shutter
Switch the function of the front and rear control dials for exposure
Exposure compen.  • Off
 • Front control dial
 • Rear control dial
If enabled allows adjustment of exposure compensation by a turn of the specified dial
Control dial lock  • On
 • Off
When set to On the dials have no function unless an exposure is shown
Exposure compen. set  • Ambient& Flash
 • Ambient only

- EV and flash exp. comp. can be set
- Only EV exp. comp. can be set

AF illuminator  • On
 • Off
Page three
Shutter lock  • On
 • Off
When set to On the shutter can not be released when no lens is attached
AF area setup  • 0.3 sec display
 • 0.6 sec display
 • Display off
Controls how long the selected AF area is illuminated in the viewfinder
Monitor display  • Automatic
 • Manual
When set to Auto the eye sensors are used to switch off the LCD
Recording display  • Auto rotate
 • Horizontal
Controls whether the recording information display is rotated or not
AS finder display  • On
 • Off
Allows you to disable the Anti-Shake scale in the viewfinder
Page four
ISO button set  • ISO
 • Zone Matching
Control ISO or Zone Matching with the ISO button *
ISO menu setup  • 100 - 1600
 • 100 - 3200
Enables the extended sensitivity of ISO 3200
Mset button  • Memory
 • Menu shortcut
Set the function of the Mset button
Custom reset  • Enter
Reset just the custom settings

* Zone Matching

From the 7D manual: "When selected, an indicator is displayed on the monitor. The camera sensitivity is fixed at ISO 250 for high and ISO 100 for low. The color mode is fixed at Natural. Contrast cannot be changed with the Digital Effect Control. A high-key scene is made up of predominately light tones and colors. A low-key scene is made up of dark tones and colors. Zone Matching controls exposure and contrast to improve reproduction of these scenes."

Setup Menu

The last menu is the Setup menu which allows you to configure general camera settings (mostly digital related) such as USB transfer modes, video output etc.

Setup menu options

Option Values / Actions Notes
Page one
LCD brightness  • Enter
Low (-5) to High (+5)
Transfer mode  • Data storage
 • PTP
 • Remote storage
- USB 'mass storage device'
- For PictBridge and transfer wizards
- For DiMAGE transfer software
Video Output  • NTSC
 • PAL
Audio signals  • On
 • Off
Language  • Japanese
 • English
 • German
 • French
 • Spanish
 • Chinese
 • Italian
 • Swedish
Date/Time set  • Enter
Date format
Page two
File # memory  • On
 • Off
Folder name  • Standard form
 • Date form
Select folder  • 100KM023
 • 101KM023
 • etc.
New folder  • Enter Creates a new running number folder
Page three
LCD backlight  • 1 min
 • 30 sec
 • 10 sec
 • 5 sec
The amount of time the LCD backlight stays on
Power save  • 30 min
 • 10 min
 • 5 min
 • 3 min
 • 1 min
The amount of time before the camera enters 'sleep' state, it can be woken by a half-press of the shutter release or one of the LCD buttons
Menu Sec. Memory  • Off
 • On
Remember which menu section was active when returning to the menu
Delete confirm  • "Yes"
 • "No"
Set the default option for the delete confirm box
Clean CCD  • Enter
Opens the shutter and raises the mirror for the sensor to be cleaned
Reset default  • Enter
Reset camera settings to default