How to Preview Images on Your Canon EOS 6D

By Doug Sahlin

The Canon EOS 6D gives you several options for previewing images. In addition to displaying information with your images, you can display multiple images on the monitor, zoom in to study the image in greater detail, or zoom out. This flexibility makes it easier for you to select a single image from thumbnails and to study the image up close to make sure the camera focused properly.

To preview images on the camera LCD monitor:

1Click the Playback button to preview an image.

The last image photographed or reviewed displays on the monitor. You can change the information displayed with the image or video by pressing the Info button. A movie is designated by an old-fashioned movie-camera icon with the duration of the movie shown above the icon.

2Rotate the Quick Control dial or use the Multi-controller to navigate from one image to another.

Rotate the Main dial to the right to jump ahead 10 images, or to the left to jump back 10 images.

3Press the Index/Magnify button and rotate the Main dial to the right to zoom in on the image.

As you rotate the Main dial, you zoom in on the image.

4Use the Multi-controller to navigate within the image.

As you navigate within the image, you see a small rectangle in the lower right corner of the image. Inside the rectangle is a solid square to show you the location in the image that you’re exploring.

5Continue rotating the Main dial to the left to zoom all the way out and then rotate the dial one more time to display four thumbnails on the LCD monitor.

Use the Multi-controller or Quick Control dial to navigate from one thumbnail to another.

6Rotate the Main dial left once more to display nine thumbnails.

Use the Multi-controller or Quick Control dial to navigate from one thumbnail to another.

7Press the Set button to fill the monitor with the selected image.

If the image was shot with the camera held vertically, the image doesn’t fill the screen unless you enable the menu option to rotate images.

8Press the Index/Magnify/Reduce button to return to standard image viewing mode with a single image filling the LCD monitor.

There are options when reviewing images to rate them. Rating images is all well and good, but the place to rate images is in an image-editing program, not when you’re out shooting. You can also resize images to save space on a memory card.

The place to resize images is in your image-editing program. If you find the need to resize images in camera, buy extra memory cards. Your time is valuable and memory cards are cheap. Use your time wisely to photograph images, but don’t get sucked into using technology you don’t really need.