By Julie Adair King, Robert Correll

Setup Menu 2 on the Rebel T6i/750D offers several ways to customize basic operations. Setup Menu 2, posing in the following figure, contains these options:

Setup Menu 2 offers more ways to customize basic operations.

Setup Menu 2 offers more ways to customize basic operations.
  • Auto Power Off: To save battery power, the camera automatically goes to sleep after a certain period of inactivity. By default, the shutdown happens after 30 seconds, but you can change the shutdown delay to 1, 2, 4, 8, or 15 minutes. Or you can disable auto shutdown altogether by selecting the Disable setting, although even at that setting, the ­monitor still turns itself off if you ignore the camera for 30 minutes. Just give the shutter button a quick half‐press and release or press the Menu, Info, Playback, or Live View button to bring the monitor out of hibernation.

  • LCD Brightness: This option enables you to make the camera monitor brighter or darker. But if you take this step, remember that what you see on the display may not be an accurate rendition of exposure. The default setting is 4, which is the position at the midpoint of the brightness scale.

  • LCD Off/On Btn: Through this option, you tell the camera what to do with regards to the Shooting Settings display when you press the shutter button halfway. You get three choices:

    • Shutter Btn: The display turns off when you press the shutter button halfway and reappears when you release the button. This setting is the default.

    • Shutter/DISP: The display turns off when you press the shutter button halfway and remains off even after you release the button. You then press the DISP button to view the Shooting Settings screen.

    • Remains On: The display stays on until you press the DISP button. (This setting is a battery‐waster because it keeps the monitor on even when your eye is to the viewfinder.)

  • Date/Time/Zone: When you turn on your camera for the very first time, it automatically displays this option and asks you to set the date, time, and time zone. You also can specify whether you want the clock to update automatically to accommodate Daylight Saving Time (accomplish this via the little sun symbol).

    Keeping the date/time accurate is important because that information is recorded as part of the image file. In your photo browser, you can then see when you shot an image and, equally handy, search for images by the date they were taken.

    When the Time Zone setting is active, the value displayed in the upper‐right corner of the screen is the difference between the Time Zone you select and Coordinated Universal Time, or UTC, which is the standard by which the world sets its clocks. For example, New York City is 5 hours behind UTC. This information is provided so that if your time zone isn’t in the list of available options, you can select one that shares the same relationship to the UTC.

  • Language: This option determines the language of any text displayed on the camera monitor.

  • Viewfinder Display: In addition to adjusting the viewfinder to your eyesight, as explained earlier in this chapter, you can customize the display via the following Viewfinder Display options:

    • Grid Display: Enable this option (select Show) to display a grid like the one shown on the left. The grid is especially helpful for checking the camera alignment with respect to objects in the scene, such as making sure the horizon line is level.

      You can display a grid (left) and be warned of flickering lights (right).

      You can display a grid (left) and be warned of flickering lights (right).
    • Flicker Detection: Flickering lights (tubular fluorescents in particular) can cause exposure problems because they strobe on and off very quickly. To display a warning if the camera detects flickering lights, enable this feature. You’ll see the warning in the lower-right portion of the viewfinder, as shown on the right. Note that you can’t access this menu option unless the Mode dial is set to P, Tv, Av, or M.

  • GPS Device Settings: If you attach the optional GP‐E2 GPS device, this menu option offers settings related to its operation.