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You'll have the option of shooting in either Live View mode or Viewfinder mode with the Rebel T6i, as is common on DSLR cameras.

In Live View mode the scene will appear on the LCD screen, operating similar to a point-n-shoot camera. In Viewfinder mode data about the Canon T6i's settings will appear on the screen, but you'll only see the scene you want to photograph through the viewfinder.

To switch between Viewfinder and Live View modes, press the button with the white camera icon on it and the red dot above it on the back of the camera (just to the right of the viewfinder).

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When you turn the mode dial in Viewfinder mode, you'll see an icon representing each shooting mode appear across the top of the screen. An explanation will appear along the bottom of the screen, which is a nice feature for those new to advanced photography.

When turning the mode dial in Live View mode, you'll only see the icon representing each shooting mode in the upper left corner of the screen change ... and that's only if you have selected the correct viewing format. If you have a selected a Live View viewing format with only basic information on the screen, you won't see any icons change on the screen as you turn the mode dial, which is really frustrating if you're looking at the screen instead of watching the mode dial as you turn it. No explanation of each mode dial setting is offered in Live View mode either.

This is a disappointing design decision on the EOS Rebel T6i. Most inexperienced photographers will be more comfortable using Live View mode when they initially begin using the T6i, as it's closest to what they likely used with their beginner-level camera to frame scenes previously. So it'd be nice if Live View mode offered some explanations of each shooting mode.

The shooting modes on the mode dial are:

  • Program (P)
  • Shutter Priority (Tv)
  • Aperture Priority (Av)
  • Manual (M)
  • Scene (SCN)
  • Sports (running man icon)
  • Close-Up (flower icon)
  • Landscape (mountain icon)
  • Portrait (face icon)
  • Creative Auto (CA)
  • Flash Off (flash icon crossed out)
  • Scene Intelligent Auto (A+)

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In Live View Program mode you can change the data displayed on the screen by pressing the Info button on the back of the camera body.

The main screen shows the number of photos and battery charge remaining in the upper left corner and the Q button in the upper right corner. In the lower left corner is the touch screen shutter button, where you can either turn on or off the touch shutter. And in the lower right corner is the EV graph, the ISO setting, and a magnifying glass button, through which you can magnify the scene on the screen by either 5x or 10x, making it easier to dial in the focus when using manual focus.

Press Info to add icons to the sides of the screen, which show the current settings, including the current shooting mode, the focus mode, the image size, white balance setting, and any special effect settings. You cannot make changes to these settings by touching these icons, which can be confusing, because you can touch the on-screen icons and buttons in so many areas of Live View to make changes. Instead, press the Q button to make any desired changes to these icons using the touch screen.

Press Info again to add a histogram to the screen. Press Info one more time to remove all icons and buttons from the screen.

When you press the Q button in Live View mode in the Program shooting mode, the settings you can change are:

  • AF Method - AF Face + Tracking, AF FlexiZone Multi, AF FlexiZone Single
  • Drive Mode - Single Shooting, Continuous Shooting, Self-Timer 10 sec./Remote, Self-Timer 2 sec., Self-Timer Continuous (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  • Metering Mode - Evaluative Metering, Partial Metering, Spot Metering, Center-Weighted Average
  • Image Quality - Large JPEG 24M High-Quality, Large JPEG 24M Standard, Medium JPEG 11M High-Quality, Medium JPEG 11M Standard, Small JPEG 5.9M High-Quality, Small JPEG 5.9M Standard, Small JPEG 2.5M, Small JPEG 0.35M, RAW + Large JPEG 24M, RAW 24M
  • Back
  • White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, Custom
  • Picture Style - Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (1, 2, 3)
  • Auto Lighting Optimizer - Disable, Low, Standard, High
  • Creative Filters - Off, Grainy B/W (Low, Standard, High), Soft Focus (Low, Standard, High), Fish-Eye (Low, Standard, Strong), Art Bold (Low, Standard, High), Water Painting (Light, Standard, Deep), Toy Camera (Cool Tone, Standard, Warm Tone), Miniature

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Making use of Manual shooting mode in Live View leaves a similar set of icons on the screen as you had in Program shooting mode. However, you will now see buttons representing shutter speed and aperture along the bottom of the screen. If you see green corners in one of the buttons, you can change that setting using the command dial on the camera's right hand grip. Otherwise you can touch the shutter speed or aperture buttons on the screen to make changes.

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Switching to Viewfinder mode will create a completely different look on the screen. You'll still have access to a similar amount of data as you had in Live View mode, but it will be organized a bit differently. The screen shows the settings for the currently selected shooting mode.

However, you cannot make changes to those settings through this screen, which again is a little confusing. You first must press the Q button on the back of the camera to create buttons on the screen through which you can make changes to the settings. Either make the changes by touching the desired button on the screen or by highlighting the desired button using the four-way button and then pressing the Set button. You also can make some changes by spinning the command dial on the right-hand grip once a button is highlighted.


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In Viewfinder mode with Shutter Priority (Tv) and Aperture Priority (Av) shooting modes, you'll see similar icons on the screen as you saw in Program mode. However, you'll also see shutter speed and/or aperture settings across the top of the screen. If you see orange arrows next to either setting, you can change the setting using the command dial (without having to press the Q button).

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After pressing the Q button in Viewfinder mode, you'll be able to make changes to the features associated with the highlighted button. With some features an explanation will appear across the top of the screen too. In the example illustrated here, you can change the image size by highlighting the L button, selecting the desired image size in the horizontal popup list in the middle of the screen, and pressing Set.

The buttons available in the Program shooting mode after pressing the Q button in Viewfinder mode are (starting on the top row and moving from left to right):

  • ISO - Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800
  • Exposure Compensation - +5 to -5 in 1/3 increments
  • Flash Exposure Compensation - +2 to -2 in 1/3 increments
  • Picture Style - Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (1, 2, 3)
  • White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, Custom
  • White Balance Shift/Bracket
  • Auto Lighting Optimizer - Disable, Low, Standard, High
  • Flash - Normal (Shutter Sync (1st Curtain, 2nd Curtain)), Easy Wireless (Channel (1, 2, 3, 4)), Custom Wireless (Flash Mode (E-TTL II, Manual Flash), Shutter Sync (1st Curtain, 2nd Curtain), Wireless Func. (1 flash, 2 flashes), Channel (1, 2, 3, 4), Firing Group (All, A:B), Flash Output or Exposure Compensation (depending on other selections))
  • AF Operation - One Shot AF, AI Focus AF, AI Servo AF
  • Focus - Manual Selection 1 pt. AF, Manual Selection Zone AF, Auto Selection 19 pt. AF
  • Metering Mode - Evaluative Metering, Partial Metering, Spot Metering, Center-Weighted Average
  • Drive Mode - Single Shooting, Continuous Shooting, Silent Single Shooting, Silent Continuous Shooting, Self-Timer 10 sec./Remote, Self-Timer 2 sec., Self-Timer Continuous (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  • Image Quality - Large JPEG 24M High-Quality, Large JPEG 24M Standard, Medium JPEG 11M High-Quality, Medium JPEG 11M Standard, Small JPEG 5.9M High-Quality, Small JPEG 5.9M Standard, Small JPEG 2.5M, Small JPEG 0.35M, RAW + Large JPEG 24M, RAW 24M

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To help ease inexperienced photographers into making use of the advanced EOS Rebel T6i DSLR, Canon provided fully automatic scene modes on the mode dial (marked with SCN). Scene modes, which are aimed at automatically matching the camera's settings to certain common photographic subjects, are more commonly found on point-n-shoot cameras, so photographers new to DSLR cameras may make use of these fully automatic scene modes as they're learning more about how the T6i works in more advanced modes. The scene mode options are:

  • Kids
  • Food
  • Candlelight
  • Night Portrait
  • Handheld Night Scene
  • HDR Backlight Control

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If you like shooting with special effects, you may be a little confused by how Canon chose to provide access to Creative Filters. You only have full access to the Creative Filters shown here while in Live View mode. These effects are not fully available to be selected in Viewfinder mode. (One exception is noted below.)

To open Creative Filters while in Live View mode, press the Q button and then touch or highlight the Creative Filters button in the lower right corner of the Q menu. The available buttons will appear along the bottom of the screen. You can select one by either touching a button on the screen or highlighting a button with the four-way keys and pressing Set.

If you see an Info icon on the screen for the special effect you've highlighted, you can press the Info button on the back of the camera to gain access to more precise settings. The Creative Filters buttons are:

  • Off
  • Grainy B/W - Low, Standard, High
  • Soft Focus - Low, Standard, High
  • Fish-Eye - Low, Standard, Strong
  • Art Bold - Low, Standard, High
  • Water Painting - Light, Standard, Deep
  • Toy Camera - Cool Tone, Standard, Warm Tone
  • Miniature
When shooting in Creative Auto mode on the mode dial, you'll have the ability to use the Extra Effect Shot feature, which records two photos simultaneously, one with no special effects and one with a special effect added, including Creative Filters, Ambiance-Based Effects, or Picture Styles (which we'll discuss next). You can allow the T6i to assign the special effect randomly or you can select the effect.

Just to confuse you a bit more, Creative Filters are available in Creative Auto when you're in Viewfinder mode, but only in the Extra Effect Shot feature. Ambiance-Based Effects and Picture Styles are available fully in either Viewfinder or Live View modes.

The Ambiance-Based Effects available through Creative Auto are:

  • Standard Setting
  • Vivid - Low, Standard, Strong
  • Soft - Low, Standard, Strong
  • Warm - Low, Standard, Strong
  • Intense - Low, Standard, Strong
  • Cool - Low, Standard, Strong
  • Brighter - Low, Medium, High
  • Darker - Low, Medium, High
  • Monochrome - Blue, B/W, Sepia

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Another special effect option is Picture Style, which is available in either Viewfinder or Live View mode. However, Picture Style only is available in the advanced shooting modes on the mode dial: Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual.

When you select a particular Picture Style on the screen as shown above, you can press the Info button to make more precise selections,including adjusting features such as Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, Color Tone, Filter Effect, or Toning Effect. The Picture Style options are:

  • Auto - Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, Color Tone
  • Standard - Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, Color Tone
  • Portrait - Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, Color Tone
  • Landscape - Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, Color Tone
  • Neutral - Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, Color Tone
  • Faithful - Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, Color Tone
  • Monochrome - Sharpness, Contrast, Filter Effect (None, Yellow, Orange, Red, Green), Toning Effect (None, Sepia, Blue, Purple, Green)
  • User Defined - 1, 2, 3

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The four-way buttons on the back of the Canon T6i each offer a shortcut to a particular camera feature. These four-way button shortcuts are only active in Viewfinder mode, which may confuse some photographers who often move between Viewfinder and Live View modes.

If you're in a shooting mode where one of these shortcuts isn't able to be changed manually, such as pressing the White Balance button in Creative Auto shooting mode, you'll see an error message across the bottom of the screen. The four-way button shortcuts are:

  • White Balance (top button) - Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, Custom
  • Drive Mode (left button) - Single Shooting, Continuous Shooting, Silent Single Shooting, Silent Continuous Shooting, Self-Timer 10 sec./Remote, Self-Timer 2 sec., Self-Timer Continuous (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  • Picture Style (bottom button) - Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (1, 2, 3)
  • AF Operation (right button) - One Shot, AI Focus, AI Servo

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Canon included a dedicated button for changing the autofocus mode on the top panel of the camera near the right-hand grip. Continue pressing this button to change between the focus modes, which are:

  • Manual Selection, 1 pt. AF
  • Manual Selection, Zone AF
  • Auto Selection, 19 pt. AF
You also can touch the icons across the top of the screen to change modes. This button only works in Viewfinder mode. You'll see an error message on the screen if you press this button while in Live View mode.

Press the Menu button on the upper left of the back panel of the camera to open the Canon EOS Rebel T6i's on-screen menus. The main shooting menu options are outlined in red. The three camera icon tabs across the top of the screen also indicate the main shooting menu. The fourth red tab represents the Live View menu options.

Either use the touch screen to select menu options or use the right and left four-way buttons to move across the tabs and the up and down four-way buttons to scroll through the menu options. Press Set when the menu option you want to use is highlighted to make changes to the settings.

  • Image Quality - 24M L High-Quality JPEG, 24M L Standard Quality JPEG, 11M M High-Quality JPEG, 11M M Standard Quality JPEG, 5.9M S1 High-Quality JPEG, 5.9M S1 Standard Quality JPEG, 2.5M S2 JPEG, 0.3M S3 JPEG, RAW 24M + JPEG 24M L High-Quality, RAW 24M
  • Beep - Enable, Touch to Mute, Disable
  • Release Shutter Without Card - Enable, Disable
  • Image Review - Off, 2 Sec, 4 Sec, 8 Sec, Hold
  • Lens Aberration Correction - Peripheral Illumin. (Enable, Disable), Chromatic Aberration (Enable, Disable), Distortion (Disable, Enable)
  • Red-eye Reduction - Enable, Disable
  • Flash Control - Flash Firing (Enable, Disable), E-TTL II Meter. (Evaluative, Average), Flash Sync Speed in Av Mode (Auto, 1/200-1/60 Sec. Auto, 1/200 Sec Fixed), Built-In Flash Settings (Built-In Flash (Normal Firing, Easy Wireless, Cust. Wireless), Flash Mode, Shutter Sync. (1st Curtain, 2nd Curtain), Exp. Comp. (+2 to -2 in 1/3 increments)), External Flash Func. Setting, External Flash C.Fn Setting
  • Exposure Comp./AEB Setting - +5 to -5 in 1/3 increments
  • Auto Lighting Optimizer - Disable, Low, Standard, High
  • Custom White Balance
  • WB Shift / Bkt.
  • Color Space - sRGB, Adobe RGB
  • Picture Style - Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined 1, User Defined 2, User Defined 3
  • Metering Mode - Evaluative Metering, Partial Metering, Spot Metering, Center-Weighted Average
  • Dust Delete Data
  • ISO Auto - Max: 400, Max: 800, Max: 1600, Max: 3200, Max: 6400
  • Long Exp. Noise Reduction - Off, Auto, On
  • High ISO Speed NR - Off, Low, Standard, High, Multi Shot Noise Reduction
  • Aspect Ratio - 3:2, 4:3, 16:9, 1:1
  • Anti-Flicker Shooting - Disable, Enable
The Live View menu options in the shooting menu are:

  • Live View Shooting - Enable, Disable
  • AF Method - Face Detection with Tracking, FlexiZone Multi AF, FlexiZone Single AF
  • Continuous AF - Enable, Disable
  • Touch Shutter - Enable, Disable
  • Grid Display - Off, Grid 1 (3x3), Grid 2 (6x4)
  • Metering Timer - 4 Sec, 8 Sec, 16 Sec, 30 Sec, 1 Min, 10 Min, 30 Min

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To access the four screens of the Setup Menu highlight the yellow wrench icon tabs across the top of the screen. The Setup Menu options are:

  • Select Folder
  • File Numbering - Continuous, Auto Reset, Manual Reset
  • Auto Rotate - On Camera / Computer, On Computer, Off
  • Format Card
  • Wi-Fi/NFC - Enable, Disable
  • Wi-Fi Function - Transfer Images Between Cameras, Connect to Smartphone, Print from Wi-Fi Printer, Upload to Web Service, View Images on DLNA Devices
  • Auto Power Off - 30 Sec, 1 Min, 2 Min, 4 Min, 8 Min, 15 Min, Disable
  • LCD Brightness - 1 through 7
  • LCD On/Off Button - Shutter Btn., Shutter/Disp, Remains On
  • Date / Time / Zone
  • Language
  • Viewfinder Display - Grid Display (Hide, Show), Flicker Detection (Hide, Show)
  • GPS Device Settings
  • Screen Color - 1 / Black, 2 / Gray, 3 / Brown, 4 / Blue, 5 / Red
  • Feature Guide - Enable, Disable
  • Touch Control - Standard, Sensitive, Disable
  • Battery Info.
  • Sensor Cleaning - Auto Cleaning (Enable, Disable), Clean Now, Clean Manually
  • Video System - NTSC, PAL
  • Certification Logo Display
  • Custom Functions
  • Copyright Information
  • Clear Settings
  • Firmware Ver.

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On the far right of the set of tabs is the My Menu Settings tab, which is marked with a green star icon. You can set up a personal menu for the Rebel T6i through this feature, allowing you to include the menu options you use most of the time. The options here include:

  • Register to My Menu
  • Sort
  • Delete Item / Items
  • Delete All Items
  • Display From My Menu - Enable, Disable


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If you want to record movies with the EOS Rebel T6i, you cannot simply record from just any shooting mode. Instead, you're going to slide the power switch upward to the movie camera icon. At that point the camera will switch into Live View mode. As is common with DSLR cameras, you cannot record movies in Viewfinder mode.

In Movie mode the Live View button on the back of the camera (to the right of the viewfinder) becomes the movie recording button to start and stop video recording. As a video recording is happening, you'll see a red dot in the upper right corner of the screen and the time elapsed in the current recording in the upper left corner.

As with still images, you can change the look of the data on the screen in Movie mode by pressing the Info button on the back of the camera.

Press the Q button on the back of the camera to make changes to the Movie mode settings. The Q menu options in Movie mode are:

  • Autofocus - Face Detection with Tracking, FlexiZone Multi AF, FlexiZone Single AF
  • Drive / Self-Timer - Single, Continuous, Self-timer 10 Sec./Remote, Self-timer 2 Sec, Self-timer Continuous (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  • Image Quality - 24M L High-Quality JPEG, 24M L Standard Quality JPEG, 11M M High-Quality JPEG, 11M M Standard Quality JPEG, 5.9M S1 High-Quality JPEG, 5.9M S1 Standard Quality JPEG, 2.5M S2 JPEG, 0.3M S3 JPEG, RAW 24M + JPEG 24M L High-Quality, RAW 24M
  • Movie Rec. Size - 1920x1080 30fps Standard, 1920x1080 30fps Light (smaller file size than Standard) 1920x1080 24fps, 1280x720 60fps, 1280x720 30fps, 640x480 30fps Standard, 640x480 30fps Light
  • Video Snapshot - Off, 4 Sec.
  • Back
  • White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent, Flash, Custom
  • Picture Style - Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined 1, User Defined 2, User Defined 3
  • Auto Correct - Disable, Low, Standard, High
  • Miniature Effect Movie - Off, 5X, 10X, 20X

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