How to Preview Images on Your Canon EOS 7D Mark II

By Doug Sahlin

In addition to displaying information with your images on the EOS 7D, you can display multiple images on the Canon’s 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, to study the image up close to make sure the camera focused properly, and to ensure that you have a blur‐free image. To preview images on the camera LCD monitor:

  1. Click 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.

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  2. Click the Index/Magnify/Reduce button and rotate the Main dial counterclockwise.

    Four thumbnails appear on the LCD monitor. A filmstrip icon appears around a movie when it’s shown in thumbnail view.

  3. Rotate the Main dial counterclockwise again.

    Nine thumbnails appear on the camera LCD monitor. Each time you rotate the Main dial counterclockwise, more images are displayed on the LCD monitor. You can view a maximum of 99 thumbnails on the monitor, but if you view that many images, you won’t be able to see much detail.

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  4. Rotate the Quick Control dial to navigate between images.

  5. Press 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.

Magnifying images

When you preview an image you get a good view thanks to your camera’s three‐inch monitor. However, there are times when you want a closer look at details to make sure you nailed the shot. This is especially important when you create someone’s portrait. You can zoom in to make sure the eyes are in focus and any other important details. To zoom in on an image:

  1. Click the Playback button to preview an image.

    The last image photographed or reviewed displays on the ­monitor.

  2. Press the Index/Magnify/Reduce button and rotate the Main dial clockwise.

    The image is magnified. Each time you rotate the Main dial clockwise, the image zooms to the next highest magnification. A white rectangle indicates the part of the image to which you’ve zoomed.

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  3. Press the multi‐controller button to pan to different parts of the image.

    With this button, you can move left, right, up, or down.

  4. Rotate the Main dial counterclockwise to zoom out.

    Each time you rotate the dial counterclockwise, you zoom out to the next lowest level of magnification. Eventually you can zoom out until the image fills the monitor. If you rotate the Main dial counterclockwise again, you display thumbnails.

Previewing images side by side

When you take several pictures of a subject, sometimes it’s hard to separate the wheat from the chaff. You can delete images that are obviously duds, but you can also preview images side by side. To preview images side by side:

  1. Press the Creative Photo/Comparative Display button.

    Two images are displayed on your LCD monitor. The last displayed image, or last photographed image is highlighted with an orange frame.

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  2. Press Set to highlight the other image.

    You can now select an image to compare with the currently selected image.

  3. Rotate the Quick Control dial to display another image.

    When you rotate the dial, the image with the orange frame changes. This makes it possible for you to compare one image to another. You can zoom in on the currently selected image to view details.

  4. If you zoom in on the currently selected image, press the Quick Control button.

    This displays both images at the same magnification.

  5. Press the Playback button to display the highlighted image as a single image.

  6. Press the Creative Photo/Comparative Display button to return to side‐by‐side display.