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How to Work with the Canon EOS 60D Movable Monitor

The Canon EOS 60D is the first Canon digital SLR that sports an articulated monitor: You can adjust the position of the LCD monitor on the back of the camera, moving it around to find the best position for you. The monitor, which is mounted on a sturdy hinge, can move in and out and even swivel. To protect it (or if you decide you don’t need it), you can even turn the monitor over so the screen faces into the camera body.

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The important thing to remember is to treat the LCD monitor with respect. You don’t have to baby it, but don’t force it, either. If it resists or feels like it won’t turn how you want, stop what you’re doing or you may break it.

These steps show you how to manipulate your LCD monitor:

  1. Flip out the monitor.

    Put a finger in the indentation on the back of the camera and leverage the monitor out of its housing.

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  2. Position the monitor.

    You can pull it out all the way so the monitor extends to the side of the camera, and even rotate it toward or away from you. If you’re holding the camera low, position the monitor so it faces up (and vice versa).

    If you position the monitor so it points away from you, you can turn the camera around and take your own portrait.

  3. To use the monitor so it acts like a more conventional LCD, flip it out of the camera, rotate it away from you (the face will rotate upward and then away), and flip it back into the camera.

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  4. Position the monitor for storage by extending it from the camera, rotating the screen so it faces you, and then flipping the monitor back into the camera.

    The back of the monitor should face you. This is the most secure and protected position.

Keep these points in mind as you manipulate your LCD monitor, and you will keep it in tip-top shape:

  • Easy does it. Don’t force the monitor when flipping or rotating.

  • Protect the monitor. Face the monitor inward when not using the camera. This protects the LCD from scratches and bumps. This is a great tip even when you pack your camera in a camera bag because even padded bags can be dropped, crushed, or banged.

  • Watch the crunch factor. When positioning the monitor back into the camera (whether face in or face out), take care that nothing gets in the way. Use a lens brush or blower to clean the monitor housing on the camera back so there's nothing in the way that could damage the monitor.

  • Protect your fingers. Like other obstructions, fingers can get caught between the monitor and the camera body. Fingers can get hurt, so make sure they’re out of the way when snapping the monitor back into the camera.

  • Be aware. You can easily lose track of what you’re doing when you have a nice LCD monitor to look at. Conversely, don’t walk or otherwise move around when we look through the viewfinder. When using the monitor, watch where you’re going.

  • Read the manual. Pages 12 and 13 of the camera manual list several safety tips for your camera and monitor, which you should review. Take special care to protect your camera from water, heat, bumps, drops, magnetic fields, moisture, and corrosive chemicals.

  • Clean smart. Wipe off your LCD monitor regularly. It’s recommended to clean it after every use and as required when you are using it.

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