Playback Screens & Menus


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To enter Playback mode with the Rebel T6i, press the Playback button in the lower right corner of the back panel. The Playback button is marked in blue.

With a single image on the screen you'll see basic data about how it was created, including the shutter speed, aperture setting, exposure valuation, ISO setting, and image size along the bottom of the screen. The file number is on the top of the screen. Press the Info button on the upper left corner of the back panel to change the data viewed on the screen.

In the more detailed Playback screen you'll see a histogram, the shooting mode, white balance setting, and image size, among other details. Press the down four-way button on this screen to see additional detail, including a red/green/blue histogram. Press Info again to remove all data from the screen.

To scroll to the next image in the list, you can use the four-way button or you can slide your fingertip across the touchscreen LCD, just as you might with a smartphone or tablet.

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While in Playback mode, you can access the Q shortcut buttons by pressing the Q button on the back of the camera (middle of the right side of the back panel). You'll see buttons on both sides of the Q Playback screen. As you highlight a button, you'll see more choices across the bottom of the screen and an explanation in the middle of the screen. You can either touch each button to highlight it or use the four-way button.

Having the explanation available is a great feature for those who are new to an advanced camera, which is a large portion of the target audience for the EOS Rebel T6i. The different Q Playback buttons are:

  • Protect Images - Disable, Enable
  • Rotate Images - 90 degrees left, 180 degrees, 90 degrees right
  • Star Rating - Off, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Creative Filters - Off, Grainy B/W (Low, Standard, High), Soft Focus (Low, Standard, High), Fish-eye Effect (Low, Standard, Strong), Art Bold (Low, Standard, High), Water Painting (Light, Standard, Deep), Toy Camera (Cool Tone, Standard, Warm Tone), Miniature
  • Resize - Disable, 11M, 5.9M, 2.5M, 0.3M
  • Back
  • Crop
  • AF Point Display - Disable, Enable
  • Image Jump With Command Dial - Display Images 1 by 1, Jump 10 Images, Jump 100 Images, Display by Date, Display by Folder, Display Movies Only, Display Stills Only, Display by Image Rating
  • Wi-Fi

To scroll more quickly through images, you can use the traditional thumbnail grid function, which we'll discuss next, or you can use the command dial on the top of the right-hand grip. Spinning the command dial one position either left or right will move through 10 images at a time as a default amount. You can use the Q Playback screen discussed above to change the number of images you scroll through at a time.

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To open the thumbnail grid view you'll press the minus magnifying glass icon button in the upper right corner of the back of the camera. Keep pressing this button to cause more thumbnails to appear on the screen. You also can use the touch screen to open thumbnail grid view by touching the screen with your thumb and index finger and then bringing them together in an inward pinching motion.

To reduce the number of thumbnails press the plus magnifying glass icon or use the touch screen in an outward pinching motion. The potential thumbnail grid options are 2x2, 3x3, 6x6, and 10x10.

To bring the currently highlighted thumbnail to the full size screen, press the Set button or touch the highlighted thumbnail.

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Canon gave the Rebel T6i a magnify feature in the camera's Playback mode, allowing you to see close-ups of the images you've recorded, so you can check for sharp focus and any blemishes. Fifteen levels of magnification are available.

With a single image displayed on the screen, you can press the plus magnifying glass icon button on the back of the camera or you can drag your thumb and finger across the touch screen in an outward pinching motion. As you magnify the image, a small white outline with a white box inside will appear in the lower right corner of the screen. The white box represents the current view, while the white outline represents the overall image. Either use the four-way button or drag your finger across the screen to change the portion of the magnified image that is visible.

Press the minus magnifying glass button to reduce the magnification, or drag your fingers across the touch screen in an inward pinching motion.

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The Playback menu on the Canon Rebel T6i has two screens associated with it, represented by Playback icons on tabs across the top of the screen. The Playback menu screens are marked with a blue color.

Press the Menu button on the back of the camera from any mode to gain access to all of the menu options, including the Playback menu. Use the left and right four-way button to highlight the blue Playback menu tabs or touch one of them. The Playback menu options are:

  • Protect Images - Select Images, All Images in Folder, Unprotect All Images in Folder, All Images on Card, Unprotect All Images on Card
  • Rotate Images
  • Erase Images - Select and Erase Images, All Images in Folder, All Images on Card
  • Print Order - Sel. Image, By Folder, All Image, Set Up
  • Photobook Set-Up - Select Images, All Images in Folder, Clear All in Folder, All Images on Card, Clear All on Card
  • Creative Filters - Grainy B/W, Soft Focus, Fish-eye Effect, Art Bold, Water Painting, Toy Camera, Miniature
  • Resize - 11M, 5.9M, 2.5M, 0.3M
  • Cropping
  • Rating - Off, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Slide Show - All Images, Set Up, Start
  • Image Jump With Command Dial - Display Images 1 by 1, Jump 10 Images, Jump 100 Images, Display by Date, Display by Folder, Display Movies Only, Display Stills Only, Display by Image Rating
  • AF Point Disp. - Disable, Enable
  • Histogram Disp - Brightness, RGB
  • Ctrl Over HDMI - Enable, Disable


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To play a movie that's stored on the Canon EOS Rebel T6i, press the Set button when the movie is displayed on the screen. You'll see a list of buttons on the bottom of the screen, allowing you to control the playback of the movie. Highlight the Play button and press Set or just touch the Play button to start the movie playback. Press Set again or touch anywhere on the screen to pause the movie.

To see data about the movie press the Info button. The basic movie screen will show the amount of time on the movie recording in the lower right corner and the file number in the upper right corner.

Press Info again and you'll see a histogram for the movie, as well as additional data about the settings used when the movie was recorded. On this screen press the down four-way button to see additional data, including an RGB histogram. Press Info a third time to remove all data from the screen.

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