How to Change the Monitor Brightness on Your Canon EOS 7D Mark II

By Doug Sahlin

Camera LCD monitors have come a long way, baby. The monitor on your EOS 7D Mark II offers a brilliant display with lots of pixels; the better to see images with. However, at times, the monitor isn’t bright enough, for example, when the setting sun is shining brightly waiting for “Sister Moon” (thank you, Sting). You can get some help by shading the monitor with your hand or the brim of a baseball cap.

You can also get some assistance from the camera by changing the monitor brightness. You can increase or decrease the default brightness of your monitor in Auto mode. This option is handy when the monitor is too dark or too bright for your taste. You can also adjust the brightness manually.

To change the default LCD monitor brightness in Auto mode:

  1. Press the Menu button, use the Quick Control button to navigate to the Set Up tab, and then use the multi‐controller button to navigate to the Set Up2 menu.

  2. Rotate the Quick Control dial to highlight LCD Brightness and then press the Set button.

    The LCD Brightness menu displays. In most instances, Auto is perfect, and it’s the default selection. You can, however, increase or decrease the relative brightness of your monitor to suit your vision and taste.

  3. Rotate the Quick Control dial to increase or decrease brightness.

    Use this option if the default brightness of the LCD display is too dark or too bright for your taste.

  4. Press Set.

    Your changes are applied.

Auto brightness relies on a sensor in the back of the camera to the lower left of the Quick Control dial that monitors the ambient brightness. If you cover this sensor with your finger, the camera adjusts the monitor brightness to compensate for what is perceived as a dark ambient lighting, and the end result probably isn’t desirable.

You can also manually change the brightness of your monitor. When you choose the Manual option, the camera doesn’t automatically increase or decrease monitor brightness to compensate for ambient lighting.

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To manually change the brightness of your LCD monitor:

  1. Press the Menu button, use the Quick Control button to navigate to the Set Up tab, and then use the multi‐controller button to navigate to the Set Up2 menu.

  2. Rotate the Quick Control dial to highlight LCD Brightness and then press the Set button.

    The LCD Brightness menu displays.

  3. Rotate the Main dial to highlight Manual and then press Set.

    The options for manually increasing or decreasing monitor brightness display. You can choose from seven brightness levels.

  4. Rotate the Quick Control dial to select the brightness level.

    As you rotate the dial, the thumbnail image gets brighter or darker. As you look at the back of the camera, rotate the dial to the right to make the image brighter, or left to make it darker.

  5. When the thumbnail is easy to see in the current lighting conditions, press Set.

    Your changes are applied. You may have to manually adjust the monitor again if you take pictures in a brighter or darker environment than what you manually adjusted brightness in.

Making the monitor brighter does sap more juice from your battery, so unless you have a spare battery, increase monitor brightness at your discretion.

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