How to Modify Image Review Time on Your Canon EOS 6D

By Doug Sahlin

You can modify the amount of time the image displays on the LCD monitor after your EOS 6D writes it to the memory card. You can set the preview time from 2 to 8 seconds or display the image until you turn off the camera. To modify the image review time:

  1. Press the Menu button.

  2. Press the Multi-controller button right or left to navigate to the Shooting Settings 1 tab.

  3. Use the Multi-controller or the Quick Control dial to highlight Image Review.


  4. Press the Set button.

    The Review Time menu appears showing the options for image review. The Hold option displays the image until you press the shutter button halfway, navigate to another image, or power off the camera.

    When you increase image review time, you decrease battery life.

  5. Use the Multi-controller or Quick Control dial to highlight the desired option and then press Set.

    The new review options take effect the next time you take a picture.

Notice that there is an option to Release the Shutter without Card option on the Shooting Settings 1 tab. It is recommended that you disable this setting. Of course you should always check to make sure you have a card in the camera, but what happens if someone else in the family uses your precious camera and downloads a card to her computer and forgets to put it back in?

That’s right, you can trigger the shutter without a card in the camera. There is a warning displayed on the LCD monitor when you shoot without a card, but not in the viewfinder. Imagine your disappointment when you thought you captured a bunch of images of Rex catching the Frisbee only to find out you don’t have a card in the camera. You should disable this option.

When you do disable this option and try to take a picture without a card in the camera, “Card” flashes in the viewfinder.