How to Access Your Canon EOS 6D Camera Menu - dummies

How to Access Your Canon EOS 6D Camera Menu

By Doug Sahlin

In spite of all the buttons and knobs on your camera, some of your picture-taking tasks involve using your Canon’s camera menu. For example, when you format an SD card, you use the menu. You also use the menu to specify image size and quality as well as to set the parameters for tasks such as automatic exposure bracketing. To access the camera menu:

  1. Press the Menu button.

    The last-used menu displays.

  2. Press the Mode Lock button and then rotate the Mode dial to P.


    P on the Mode dial stands for Programmed Auto Exposure mode. When you access the menu in one of the Creative shooting modes (P, Tv, Av, M, or B), you have access to all the menu items, which is extensive — 15 tabs in all.

    Alternatively, you can choose one of the Basic Zone options: A+, CA, or SCN, in which case you have a limited menu; 11 tabs to be exact. The latter might be considered training wheels for a beginning photographer who absolutely has to have a full-frame digital SLR, but for the purpose of getting familiar with the menu, stick with the P mode.

  3. Press the Multi-controller left or right to access the Shooting Settings 1 tab on the left.


    This tab, which is called Shooting Settings 1, is your first set of shooting options. You also have access to many of these menu options when you shoot in Creative Auto mode. Certain menu options, such as changing image format, aren’t available when taking pictures with one of the Basic Zone shooting modes.

    When you access a menu, the last command used is highlighted.

  4. Use the Quick Control dial or Multi-controller to highlight Image Quality and then press Set.

    Your menu display changes to reveal the image-quality options. Notice the icon to the right of the RAW options. This signifies that you use the Main dial to specify this setting. Notice the icon to the right of the JPEG settings. This signifies that you use the Quick Control dial to specify this setting.

    Your camera can capture JPEG and RAW images simultaneously. This is handy when you’re shooting an event where you need to deliver or post images almost immediately. Use the JPEG images to satisfy immediate client demands, and then process the RAW images to perfection for later use.

  5. After changing a menu option, press Set.

    This commits the change and returns you to the previous menu.

  6. To highlight another option in the current menu, use Multi-controller or the Quick Control dial to select the desired item.

    This highlights the menu option.

  7. To access the menu options, press Set.

    You can now change the menu option. Sometimes you use a combination of the Multi-controller, the Quick Control dial, and the Main dial to make a setting. In most instances, you commit the change by pressing Set, although the Menu button is used on some occasions to apply a setting. An icon appears on each menu, indicating the button to press to apply the change.

  8. Press the Multi-controller button right.

    This displays the Shooting Settings 2 tab. The amount of tabs you have depends on the mode in which you’re shooting. Note that when you shoot using one of the Basic Zone modes, you have only 11 menu tabs from which to choose.

  9. Press the Menu button or press the Shutter button halfway to exit the menu.

    Either operation returns you to Shooting mode.

If you’ve graduated from another Canon camera, or this is your first digital SLR, you may be slightly awed by the fact that you’ll have to navigate through 15 menu tabs to find the item you want. Not to worry; Table 2-1 describes the menu tabs and what you can expect to find in each one.