The eyelevel viewfinder is electronic and eliminates any parallax problems due
to its through the lens operation.
There is a diopter adjustment for those of us with less than perfect
eyesight. The eyelevel finder shows approximately 95% of the
Being an electronic viewfinder it allows for overlaying exposure and camera data on top of the image. The frame above shows the camera is in manual focus (MF) mode, the focus distance is displayed by the vertical bar graph on the right hand side. Icons in the upper left hand corner indicate the camera is in "M"anual exposure mode, the flash is disabled and the drive mode is single shot.
This same display is output to the color LCD when it is opened and activated.
You can change the viewfinder output between the eyelevel viewfinder and the color
LCD by pressing the center control button on the top of the camera (see picture below).
The "JUMP" button is only used in Playback mode, it lets you jump 9 images
forward or backward quickly. The "INDEX" button enables thumbnail mode in Playback,
the number of thumbnail images per page may be selected in the Setup menu.
The third button enables or disables Spot metering in Record mode and turns on the
magnified image display when in Playback mode. The Drive mode button located below
the data LCD toggles between Single, Continuous, Remote or Self-Timer exposure mode.
The data LCD displays important camera settings without using the color LCD. Depending on the operational mode other icons will indicate the selected white balance, drive mode, spot metering, exposure compensation, flash exposure compensation, AE lock, AE Bracketing, manual focus, digital zoom and raw mode. ISO speed and manual focus distance is not displayed.
A note to the camera manufacturers -- Please illuminate these data LCD displays so we
can see them in the dark, this one like most, is not illuminated.
The controls on the back include the 4-way Omni Selector switch for navigating menus, selecting images in Playback mode and changing camera parameters. The MENU button calls up the onscreen menu system and choices are made by pressing the SET button.
The STAR button is the AE/FE lock control. If the flash is disabled it functions as an
AE lock allowing you to calculate and lock the exposure and then recompose the picture.
When the builtin flash or an external Canon EX series flash is used the STAR button
becomes a FE (flash exposure) lock. Pressing the STAR button causes a brief flash to be
emitted and the exposure is held as you recompose the shot.
The middle button cycles between Exposure Compensation, White Balance, Flash Exposure Compensation and Auto Exposure Bracketing. All of these functions are adjusted via onscreen overlays as shown above.
When in shooting mode the display can be switched from the eyelevel viewfinder to the color LCD by simply opening it. The DISPLAY button cycles the LCD monitor to the next mode each time it is pressed. In shooting mode it switches between "no information" and "information view" when pressed.
Pressing DISPLAY while in Playback:
Index View: Simple Display -> No Display
On the side of the lens barrel is the Flash mode button which cycles between Auto, On, Redeye Auto, Redeye On and Off. The MF when pressed and held lets you set the focus manually. The slide switch turns the Image Stabilization system On or Off. The Main Dial located underneath of the Mode Dial selects the operating mode (Connect to PC, Replay, Off, Record).
The Mode Dial is used to select the recording mode:
The pre-programmed "Image Zone" modes that were adopted from the EOS cameras are:
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