Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II SLR Review
By Movable Type Admin
To review captured images you press the DISPLAY button, this puts the camera into
playback mode. To chose the desired playback format you hold the DISPLAY button in
and rotate the Quick Control dial.
When selecting a playback mode, this menu bar will appear across the top of
the color LCD. The playback modes are: Shooting Info, Single image,
Four-Image Index, Nine-Image Index and Folders.
The Shooting Info mode displays a small thumbnail of the picture and a histogram,
and also indicates: shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation, image
protection, sound recording, image quality, memory card, AF point, shooting mode,
metering mode, flash compensation, ISO speed, white balance, image verification data
appended, color temperature, WB bracketing amount, WB correction, date, time and file
The histogram can be configured to display Brightness or the RGB data.
The Single image screen shows the picture full screen with the shutter speed, aperture,
protected image (key icon), voice note attached (musical note icon), image quality
(or RAW+L for simultaneous RAW and JPEG capture) and source memory card (1=CF, 2=SD)
above the image. If the Highlight Alert option is enabled any portion of the image
that is over-exposed or potentially over-exposed will blink.
If the Auto Rotate option was enabled when you captured the picture it will be
displayed like this on playback. You can manually rotate portrait mode images via
the playback menu when needed.
The Single image can be enlarged from 1.5X up to 10X for inspection of focus, color or
composition. You can scroll around the magnified image at any step. RAW images
are displayed unsharpened. If you want to field-check focus when shooting RAW
images, record RAW + Small JPEG with a high value for sharpness; the camera will
display the sharpened JPEG in playback mode.
There are two Index modes available, the first one displays four thumbnails per screen.
You can quickly find and select an image to be displayed full screen.
In the upper left corner is the playback mode menu, shown here because the
DISPLAY button is being held depressed.
The second Index screen displays 9 thumbnails per screen.
The last option is the Create Folder screen. A new folder can be created on the
CF (left side) or SD (right side) card.
While viewing an image you can record a voice annotation (or add any sound) by pressing
and holding the Protect/Sound Record button down for 2 seconds. You can record up to
30 seconds, stop recording by releasing the button.
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