The A+ logo in the top right represents the camera in Scene Auto mode. This was carried over from Canon's compact line, allowing the camera to choose a scene mode for your current shooting situation when you half press the shutter release. All of the controls in this mode are automatic, allowing you to just point and shoot.
Program mode is also an automatic shooting mode, allowing the user to control a range of settings that effect the final image, but does not give control of the aperture and shutter speeds. This still allows the camera to do the work at the end to produce a well exposed image. Shown above is the LCD screen while shooting in Live View mode. The Info button allows you to change the amount of information on the LCD screen. Since it is a touch screen, you have the option of setting the focus or even controlling the shutter release by just touching the screen where you would like it to focus.
There are also your user controlled settings: manual, shutter priority and aperture priority as well. These give you complete control over every aspect of the camera, for complete creative control.
A new mode added to the T4i is the HDR/Backlighting mode. This mode allows you to press the shutter once to capture these tricky images. The camera automatically takes 3 images, bracketing the exposure and combining them inside the camera to create an image that takes care of backlighting or gives you an instant HDR image. This is a fast and easy way to capture these types of images without having to post process later.
Not only is the 4-way controller for scrolling and navigating the menu systems of the camera, each direction also acts as a shortcut to a commonly used camera setting. Up allows you to adjust the white balance, Right is the auto focus mode, down changes the picture style and left is the drive mode and self-timers.
Shooting Menu Items:
- Image Quality - Choose the RAW and JPEG (Large Fine/Normal, Medium Fine/Normal, Small 1,2,3 Fine/Normal) settings by rotating the Control and Quick Control dials
- Beep - Enable/disable "button beep" sounds
- Release shutter w/o card - Allows or denies shutter release when no memory card is installed
- Image review time - Sets review timeout on LCD - Off, 2 sec., 4 sec., 8 sec., Hold
- Lens Aberration Correction - Allows the camera to correct Peripheral Illuminations and Chromatic Aberrations automatically
- Red-eye Reduction - Enable or Disable
- Flash Control - Choose whether the flash fires, Built-in flash function settings, External flash function settings, External flash custom function settings, etc.
- Exposure Comp./AEB - Choose the EV compensation for AE Bracketing and Exposure compensation (±5EV in 1/3 or 1/2EV steps)
- Auto Lighting Optimizer - Automatically adjusts brightness and contrast to increase detail in shadow areas; Standard, Disable, Low, or Strong
- Custom WB - Set the custom white balance value using a stored image
- WB SHIFT/BKT - Set white balance correction or the step increment for white balance bracketing
- Color Space - sRGB, Adobe RGB
- Picture Style - Selects image effects; see next menu description.
- Metering Mode - Evaluative, Partial, Spot, Center-weighted
- Dust Delete Data - Takes an exposure (of a white object) to identify dust spots on the image sensor. The dust data are appended to subsequent images for post-processing removal by Canon's software.
- ISO Auto - Set the maximum sensitivity value when using the ISO Auto setting
- Long Exposure Noise Reduction - Off, Auto, On: Noise reduction applied to images exposed at or over 1 second
- High ISO Speed Noise Reduction - Off, Low, Standard, High: If not shooting in RAW, there is also a multi-shot mode to reduce noise
Live View menu options:
- Live View shoot. - Enable or Disable
- AF method - Tracking, FlexiZone - Multi, FlexiZone - Single, Quick Mode
- Continuous AF - Enable, Disable
- Touch Shutter - Enable, Disable
- Grid Display - Off, Grid 1, Grid 2
- Aspect Ratio - 3:2, 4:3, 16:9, 1:1
- Metering Timer - 4, 16, 30 seconds or 1, 10, 30 minutes
C. Fn I: Exposure - Exposure level increments: 1/3-stop or 1/2-stop
C. Fn I: Exposure - ISO expansion: On or Off
C. Fn II: Exposure - Image Highlight Tone Priority: Enable or Disable
C. Fn III: Auto focus/Drive - AF-assist beam firing: Enable, Disable, Enable external only, or IR AF assist beam only
C. Fn III: Auto focus/Drive - Mirror lockup: Disable or Enable
C. Fn IV: Operation/Others - Shutter/AE lock button: AF/AE lock, AE lock/AF, AF/AF lock (no AE lock) or AE/AF (no AE lock)
C. Fn IV: Operation/Others - Assign SET button: Normal (disabled), Image quality, Flash exposure comp., LCD Monitor On/Off, Menu display, or ISO speed
C. Fn IV: Operation/Others - LCD display when power ON: Display or Previous Display status
My Menu Settings:
- Register - For faster access, you can register up to 6 menus and Custom Function setting you change frequently
- Sort - Change the order of your registered menus
- Delete - Chose to delete a registered menu
- Delete all item - Delete all registered menu items
- Display from My Menu - Enable or Disable the My Menu tab to be shown first when you press the MENU button
Canon's new and improved video recording mode gives you complete control over capturing you home movies. As one of the only a handful of dSLR camera's capable of continuous autofocus, your creativity can really come alive. You also have the ability to capture an image while a video is recording. A stereo mic will capture your sound, unless you opt for an external mic that can be plugged into the left side of the camera.
While the camera is in Live View mode, you do not have the option of the camera setting screen that you do shooting through the optical view finder. Pressing the "Q" button on the back of the camera allows you to adjust any of the camera settings that you see on the LCD screen above, acting as the camera's quick menu.
Movie Menu Options:
- AF Method - Tracking, FlexiZone - Multi, Flexizone - Single
- Movie Servo AF - Enable, Disable
- AF with shutter button during recording - Enable or Disable
- Grid Display - Off, Grid 1 or 2
- Metering Timer - 4, 16, 30 seconds or 1, 10, 30 minutes
- Movie Rec Size - 1920x1080 - 30fps or 24fps, 1280x720 - 60fps, 640x480 - 30fps
- Sound Recording - Auto, Manual, Off
- Video Snapshot - Enable, Disable