Back Side Controls: Menu & Function Buttons
The menu is something that we're gonna attack in the second half of the class. There's a lot of different items in there. We'll go through those line-by-line to help get you set up in a little bit. So we're gonna save that for a little bit later. We have four controls, up, down, left, and right. But these are also function buttons that will control other features of the camera and you can reprogram these if you want. And so these are function buttons three, four, five, and six. You can go into the setup menu and reprogram these to do anything else that you might want. To start with, the top one is in control of the AF mode area. We talked about this before when we were in the quick menu and this allows you to change from single to zone, to wide and tracking. My favorite option is to change it to all, and that way you can quickly change through all the different points in there. Let me give you a quick example of this one. So if we press the upward button here, I'm gonna choose down to ...
all and hit set. And so now we have a particular size focusing point. And if we want to change that, actually, wrong button, we can select it and then we can change it and we can start off down here at very small and go all the way up. And it's just bigger and bigger boxes until you hit the entire area and back down to one box. And so I think we have 10 different size boxes, whatever one fits your needs. And once again, we got to that by pressing in on the joystick button, actually, I'm sorry, we need to press the top button here, and then we selected the all. And so then when we are selecting the focusing points, we press once in, and then it's activated. And press halfway down on the shutter-release to kind of kick it out of that mode. So the all mode allows you access to everything in the most easiest way. Over on the left-hand side, function four button is your film simulation. We talked about this before in the quick menu. Normally, I would leave it in provia/standard, but if you do want a different look to your JPEG images, you can adjust it here. The right-hand button on this is white balance, a feature that we also talked about in the quick menu. Normally, I would leave it on auto unless you know that you're gonna be in a different condition for quite some time. If you go to the right, you can adjust the white balance to pretty much any particular tone or color that you want. And so you can use this color chart here to go in and make that adjustment. It's not something that I think most users are gonna need to do for most situations. The function six button is a boost in performance on the camera. And so what this is doing is it's using a little bit more juice out of the battery to improve the performance of the camera. And it's gonna effect mainly the autofocus and the electronic viewfinder. And so how fast it can move the autofocus and how fast it reacts, it's gonna be a little bit faster in that regard. It's gonna change the electronic viewfinder to 100 frames per second compared to 60 frames per second. If you're photographing static subjects, you're not gonna see any difference from 60 to 100 frames a second. But if you are tracking subjects that are moving back and forth, that is where you are likely to make the greatest benefit from having that faster readout in the viewfinder. Now of course, all of this is gonna affect the battery performance. And so it reduces the battery performance by about 30%. So do you wanna use this? Well it depends on what's more important, the performance or the battery life out of the camera. These cameras do use fairly small batteries and this camera is a somewhat power-hungry beast. And so this is why a lot of people have chosen to get the vertical grip and use three batteries all at the same time. So once again, all of these buttons are buttons that you can reprogram to do something else if you want to do that. And as a shortcut, if you press the display back button, you can go in and you can reprogram any one of these buttons to do something else. And so let me quickly demonstrate that for you. And so what we're gonna do in this is we're gonna make sure the camera is on. And I'm gonna hold down the display back button for a couple of seconds. And so now we are automatically short-cutted to our function setting. And so we can choose and it gives you a little diagram of all these different ones. So for instance, if we want to change six, the boost option, I'm gonna go to the right, and I can start looking through these different pages of information of what this particular button does. And so if I want this to control shooting raw images, now when I come back and I press this, let's save, you can see up on top, it is changing what type of images I'm shooting. It's adding a raw image to my JPEG image. And so it's just a simple way of turning raw on and off, for those of you who might be shooting JPEGs most of the time, and want that occasional raw. But there's obviously a lot of different options that you can have for setting up that back set of controls. The LCD on the back of the camera, the way that it looks, the type of information that it reads out, will be adjusted by pressing the display button in the back of the camera. You can have more or less information on there. There's some different interesting options, the dual display, which can be very handy for manual focusing, you get a magnified view of one little section, but you also get to see the entire image. This also has an impact on what you see in the electronic viewfinder. So depending on how clean the information you want, do you want information over the image? Do you want as large an image as possible? Or do you want that dual display? And so by pressing that display button, you get to cycle through those different options. So I encourage you to play around with that, find out which displays work best for the type of thing that you're doing. Normally, I like to leave as much information off as possible, because I just like to compose my images. But sometimes technically, you need to look at the data and the numbers. And so that's when you wanna turn that information on.