How to Zoom in for a Focus Check in Live View on You Canon EOS 80D
Here’s a cool focusing feature on your EOS 80D not available during viewfinder photography: You can magnify the Live View display to ensure that focus is accurate. This trick works during manual focusing or in any AF mode except Face+Tracking mode. Follow these steps:
- Press the AF Point Selection button or tap the Zoom icon in the lower right of the screen.
Most shooting data disappears, and you see a magnification frame on the screen plus a white box in the lower-right corner, as shown on the right in the image above. The white rectangle is a thumbnail representing the entire image area.
The value x1 appears above the thumbnail to show you that you’re viewing the image at its regular size (no magnification).
- Move the focusing frame over your subject.
Tap the screen or use the Multi-controller to position the frame.
- Press the AF Point Selection button or tap the Zoom icon again to magnify the display.
Your first press or tap displays a view that’s magnified five times. Now the thumbnail icon changes, and the tiny white rectangle indicates the area of the frame you’re viewing. Additionally, a scroll arrow appears on each side of the frame.
If needed, tap the scroll arrows or use the Multi-controller to scroll the display.
Press the AF Selection Point button or tap the Zoom icon again for a x10 (ten-times) magnification.
- To exit magnified view, press the AF Point Selection button or tap the Magnify icon again.
Pretty cool, yes? Just a couple of tips on using this feature:
- Press the Erase button or the Set button to quickly shift the magnification frame to the center of the screen.
- Exit magnified view before you actually take the picture. Otherwise, exposure may be off. However, if you do take the picture in magnified view, the entire frame is captured — not just the area currently displayed on the monitor.