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Lesson 33 of 37

Button Dial Setting & Power Management


Fujifilm X-T2 Fast Start

Lesson 33 of 37

Button Dial Setting & Power Management


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Button Dial Setting & Power Management

Next up is our button dial settings, and so we have a lot of buttons and dials that can be customized on the camera and this is where we get to dive in and control those. First up is our focus lever setting. Now, we already talked about the quick method of programming this which was holding that button down for about two, three seconds, but we can come here into the menu system and we can turn this focusing stick off so that it doesn't do anything or that we have to push to unlock it. Normally most people are gonna wanna leave it turned on so they can change their focusing point quickly and easily. Edit and save the quick menu, and so we saw how we could do this with a shortcut, but we can also do it here. Let me go ahead and jump in and just show you again right here. So, let's get into the correct menu mode, and so we are in button dial settings, edit save quick menu, now you see this same screen up here and we get to choose and we get to find items that we use, like I'm not gonna us...

e face and eye detection that much, I'll hit the okay button and I'll find something else that I use on a regular basis in here. And let's just say I like to access the movie mode in here, and so now that mode is into that spot and if I want, let's see, so now I can press the Q button and I can come down and I can select my different, let's try this again. I turn the back dial and I can start scrolling through all the different menu options. And so the quick menu is gonna be one of the fastest ways to get access to a number of the features in here. Now realize that a lot of the buttons we're gonna get to here in just a moment can be reprogrammed in certain ways, and there's gonna be a list of options that you can reprogram one of these buttons. And the options that you have for this are not the same as this. And so you might wanna figure out where you can program these buttons, and so when you go into the selections you are probably gonna be a little bit frustrated because not everything in the menu is available, but figure out what is available to you and what will work for you, and go ahead and fill this up. And if you don't need it, you can take it out and leave it blank like we've done down here in these bottom two right squares. And one other little quick note, when you press the Q button, yeah I guess it goes back to where you last left, but often times it's here in the top left, and if it's in the top left you wanna think about what's closest to the top left, and you have the right, down, but also if you go up this is one of the most important ones, and if we go back to C1 over here and so you might wanna think about where do you normally leave this, and how close are those settings so that you only have to do the fewest amount of clicks to get the most used settings in the camera. All right, so that is customizing the quick menu. The function AE-AF-L button setting, I think this is horribly named they shoulda just called it the button setting because the camera has eight different function buttons and you can reprogram all of them. They could all do the same thing or they can all do something different. Now, they come packaged from the factory programmed pretty well. Pretty well, but I bet that you are gonna wanna go in and reprogram these buttons. So, when you go into this function they have a nice little graphic display that actual shows you where the button is on the camera and what it is currently programmed to do, and you simply go to the right and you reprogram it with something that you find more useful. Now, realize that this is one step quicker than the quick menu, and so you wanna put your most important functions in here. And so basically you get to go choose the eight things that you think are the most important in here and reprogram these buttons. And so I have found that my preferences change over time and they also change depending on what I'm shooting and so you may need to kinda have two different setups, one for sports and one for portrait photography. Or you'll find that you no longer use something that you used a lot. Go back in and recheck those and see if they're really set the way that you want them to. Let 'em settle in and see if they work out the way you want. Selector button setting. Okay, so the selector buttons on the back of the camera are normally function buttons, which means they perform a certain function, one of the ones that we just programmed in in the above setting. But if you don't want them to do that, they can double as a focus area. So, let's just say that you don't like the focus stick. For whatever reason, you don't like changing the focus area with this. You could change this mode to focus area and you would then move the focus by moving up, down, and left, and right on the selector buttons. And so it's a personal preference. I think those four buttons make for a fantastic shortcut buttons and so that's why I'm recommending leaving that as the function button. Command dial setting. Normally the front command dial is being used for shutter speeds, and the back one is being used for apertures, but that isn't exactly the way either Canon's or Nikon's or Pentax's or somebody else's camera's may work. And if you wanna flop those controls, you can flop them. Totally not necessary, it's just a personal preference option. If you recall on the ISO it had a high setting and you get to choose whether it's 25,000 or 51, and this is where you get to choose it. The 51,000 is pretty low in quality and you would only wanna choose that if you are really desperate and needed to shoot there, and so most people are gonna wanna be set at the 25,000 mark. Shutter auto focus, so when you press down on the shutter release, does the camera auto focus? Normally this is on when you buy the camera it's turned on, it's the way most cameras work, but a lot of photographers like a back button focus. So, they are turning off the auto focus when you press halfway down, and that is what would be considered back button auto focus, but if you do this remember that you are gonna have to program the AFL button in the back of your camera as being your focus button if you are in the focusing modes. If you are in a manual focusing mode you will be able to use that AFL button for focusing. And so the more advanced users may wanna turn it off. Basic users are gonna leave that turned on I think. The shutter auto exposure lock, we talked about this at the beginning of the class. When you press halfway down on the shutter release, not only does it meter, it locks the meter in so you can recompose the camera with those exact same settings. Not everyone likes that, in fact that's not the way most cameras work. Most cameras work with just metering and then it adjusts the metering as you move the camera around. And so it's really gonna depend on how you like the camera to work, and so it's a little hard for me to recommend but I know that most cameras on the market are kind of an active metering system, and so if you want this camera to act like most cameras out on the market, you would wanna turn this feature off. Second page. Shooting without a lens. And so if you have your camera hooked up to some sort of adapter for other lenses, do you wanna be able to fire the shutter? If you normally just own Fuji lenses you can leave this turned off, that where there's nothing that gets in the way if you stuck your finger in there it's not gonna get caught on the shutter and break the shutter or anything. If you are using external lenses, third party lenses with adapters, that's when you would wanna turn this on. The focusing ring in the camera can be adjusted so that when you focus to infinity it either turns clockwise like Nikon, or counter clockwise like everyone else in the industry. That's right, Nikon is the awkward one. They focus backwards from everyone else, and so those lenses, they make great lenses but for people who shoot video and they shoot Canon and like lenses and then they bring a Nikon out, everything focuses reverse. It's just kind of awkward. And so if you're coming from a Nikon camera you can make this camera mimic a Nikon in the direction of the focusing ring. The auto exposure AF-lock mode, and so when you press these buttons, do you want it to be where you have to press and hold the button in for it to stay active, or do you want it to be like a switch where you just press it once and turn it on, and press it once if you turn it off. Normally I leave it in the pressing mode because it really forces me to think that I am setting this function, it's very, it's easy because once you take your finger off it's no longer activated. If I used it a lot I could see the switch mode here because it's very easy to just press the button in and then you can recompose and you don't have to have your finger down there. So, it's a matter of personal preference, but most people have it on pressing. The aperture setting when using one of the XC lenses that do not have an aperture, you can either choose for manually to be able to change all through the different ranges of apertures, or where it will also go down to auto if you turn the dial far enough by turning that back control dial, and that's only gonna come into play with the XC lenses and that 27 millimeter which does not have an aperture ring on it so it's just a small collection of lenses. Next up is is a lock mode and this actually goes into a little bit of a sub menu here. And so the lock setting allows us to lock or unlock functions of the camera. And this is gonna be the buttons and controls, and we've seen a number of locks all ready, but this is a more intensive lock system on the camera. So, here's the five pages of information of things that you could lock on the camera. So, if you were having the camera setup in a situation where maybe other people were utilizing it and you didn't want 'em to be changing the modes, but you wanted the camera to be allowed to shoot photos, you could go in and check anything that you don't want to change. So, for instance if you don't want somebody to format the memory card or change the white balance, go put little check modes by that and those will be locked in when this lock mode is engaged. And so, useful in a variety of situations, but it's pretty peculiar and there's gonna be a lot of people who never, ever, ever use this particular feature. And that takes us through the button dial settings. Next up is power management. Lot of things dealing with the battery system here. So first off, auto power off. How quickly do you want your camera to go to sleep, and it's a matter of convenience versus battery life, and so one minute seems to be a pretty good balance, but if you think something else works better for you, make the change here. Power management, we also get the boost and normal option. We saw this before when we have the downward button turns this on and off, but a lot of people don't use this particular feature a lot, and so they'll just set it here in the camera's menu system and leave it there. Remember that by putting it the boost mode if increases the speed of focusing, the acquisition of focus is gonna be a little bit faster. The frame rate in the view finder is gonna be faster, and I like that because it gives you a more realistic look, however, I will tell you on the EVF before you switch it just to do that particular thing, if you're looking at a static subject you're not gonna see any difference. It's when you're moving the camera from side-to-side or a subject is moving around in the frame. So, action photography is where it's gonna have its biggest advantage, but it does come at a little bit of a cost to the battery's life and how many shots you're expected to get.

Class Description


  • Capture images on the Fujifilm X-T2 with confidence
  • Set custom controls and menus
  • Master exposure and autofocus with the X-T2
  • Easily set up the camera's Wi-Fi


The Fujifilm X-T2 is one of the best travel cameras on the market, with a large X-Trans CMOS APS-C sensor packed inside a mirrorless compact camera. But that first date with the X-T2 doesn't always go well. Skip the 356-page instruction manual and explore the X-T2's features with expert photographer John Greengo at your side.

Start with basics like setting up the camera and taking the first shot, then dive into advanced topics like using a battery grip and customizing the electronic viewfinder. Learn how to capture an accurate exposure and how to work with the X-T2's AF system. Finally, in an update to the class, find out how to update the firmware and what new features Fujifilm has added since the mirrorless digital camera's launch.

This fast start course gives you everything you need to successfully shoot with the X-T2. Whether you are just picking up the X-T2 for the first time or are self-taught, learn the X-T2 inside and out, including more than a dozen "secret" shortcuts.


  • Photographers just picking up the X-T2 for the first time
  • Self-taught photographers that want to find what they're missing
  • Photographers considering investing in the X-T2

MATERIALS USED: Fujifilm X-T2, lenses and accessories


John Greengo is an award-winning travel and outdoor photographer. Along with his creative work, he's lead dozens of classes on photography basics. He's taught Fast Start classes for dozens of different cameras, including Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Olympus digital cameras as well as Fujifilm cameras. He's lead several classes on X-Series cameras, including the Fujifilm X-T20, Fujifilm X-H1, Fujifilm X-Pro2, Fujifilm X-T1, Fujifilm X-E2, and Fujifilm X-T10. John's straightforward teaching style makes it easy to ditch the boring instruction manual to learn the ins and outs of your camera.


  1. Class Introduction

    Get started with the Fujifilm X-T2 in this short intro lesson. Learn what to expect in the class, and why the X-T2 is such a great little camera.

  2. Camera Overview

    Start exploring the X-T2 in this lesson. Get a quick overview of the Fuji camera history influencing the Fujifilm X series. Learn what the weather-sealed camera can handle, what requires rain gear and how to check for new firmware. Set up the camera to take your first, simple photo.

  3. Photo Basics

    Learn the basics of how the Fujifilm X-T2 works. Understand basics like aperture and shutter speed, as well as essentials like how to hold the camera and why you should understand manual mode.

  4. Top Deck: Overview

    Gain an essential overview of the camera's most essential controls, from powering the camera on and off to navigation through the menu and using the new focus stick.

  5. Top Deck: Exposure Control

    Start deciphering all those controls at the top of the camera, beginning with the exposure adjustments. Learn how to use the ISO, shutter speed and exposure compensation wheels. Without a mode dial, learn how to switch from automated modes to manual modes.

  6. Top Deck: Metering

    Learn how to use the first of several function buttons on the camera with the button set by default to face detection. Gain recommendations for Fujifilm flashes that best pair with the camera, from the bundled flash to more advanced options to slide into that hot shoe slot. Underneath the shutter speed dial, learn how to use the metering controls on the camera and what each setting entails.

  7. Top Deck: Drive Mode

    The drive mode controls, underneath the ISO dial, contains several settings. Learn how to use burst shooting on the X-T2, the perks of the low shooting mode and high shooting mode, and how to shoot at 14 fps. Find the settings for bracketing options, video capture, multiple exposure, advanced filters, and panoramas.

  8. Camera Controls: Viewfinder Display

    The X-T2 has one of the best electronic viewfinders on the market. Find out how to adjust what the viewfinder displays and whether the eye sensor automatically switches between the LCD and viewfinder. Learn how to adjust the back LCD tilt screen horizontally as well as the hidden vertical adjustment.

  9. Backside: Playback

    Take a tour of the X-T2's playback settings. Learn how to view your images with multiple control options, as well as a shortcut to switch from one SD card to the other SD card. Discover how to quickly check the focus right at the focal point.

  10. Backside: Auto Exposure Lock and Focus

    Learn how to use the autoexposure lock -- or how to reprogram the button for an entirely new purpose. See how Fujifilm recognizes two different types of button presses. Discover the many adjustments possible using just the rear control dial -- which doubles as a button.

  11. Backside: Quick Menu Custom Settings

    Fujifilm knows that you're not going to want to dig through the full menu for every adjustment -- and that's where the quick menu or Q menu comes in. Learn how to adjust the 16 different options in the quick menu to your shooting style.

  12. Quick Menu: AF Mode

    Continue exploring the quick menu options with the different settings for the Fujifilm X-T2's autofocus system. Learn how to work with different autofocus modes, as well as essentials like the difference between phase detection and contrast detection autofocus.

  13. Quick Menu: Dynamic Range & White Balance

    If you shoot JPEG, you can adjust the dynamic range of the image to prevent blowing out the highlights. Learn how to adjust the dynamic range, as well as how to quickly access different white balance settings on the X-T2.

  14. Quick Menu: Noise, Image Size, Film Sim & Color

    The X-T2 can automatically adjust noise in JPEGs --- learn how to adjust this feature, and how much noise reduction is too much. Then, work with different image sizes and file types, as well as the film simulation and colors the Fujifilm X Series is known for.

  15. Quick Menu: Self Timer, Face Detection & Flash

    Finish going through the quick menu by going through the settings for the self-timer, face detection, and flash options.

  16. Function Button of Fuji X-T2

    Learn several hidden shortcuts in the X-T2's physical controls in this lesson on the camera's custom function buttons. Discover shortcuts using that new focus stick, and the re-programmable arrow keys, which double as function buttons.

  17. Left & Right Side of Fuji X-T2

    Continue the tour around the X-T2 and take a look at the right and left sides, which houses the camera's ports. Learn what accessories are compatible, as well as essential tips like the fastest way to charge the batteries.

  18. Bottom of Fuji X-T2

    The bottom of the camera houses essentials like the battery compartment and serial number. Gain some tips on getting the most out of the X-T2 battery in this lesson.

  19. Front of Fuji X-T2

    Finish off the tour of the X-T2 body with the front of the camera body, which includes the PC sync port and focus mode switch. Learn about the APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor and how it works.

  20. Fuji Lenses

    With Fujifilm, some of the camera's controls live on the lens and not the camera body. Learn how to use these controls, like the aperture and image stabilization switch, well as what Fuji lenses pair best with this mirrorless camera body, including both prime and zoom lens options. Gain an understanding of what all those lens abbreviations mean, like XC and WR.

  21. Q&A

    Gain additional insight into the camera with common questions from students like you.

  22. Camera Menu Overview

    In the second half of the class, dive into the menu system and learn how to customize your X-T2. Start with an overview of the menu (and the hidden playback menu) to get a jump start on properly setting up the X-T2.

  23. Image Quality Settings

    Dive into the first subcategory in the menu with the image quality settings. Learn the best file settings for the X-T2. Learn what the difference is between lossless compressed and uncompressed RAW files and more image quality settings in this lesson.

  24. Auto Focus and Manual Focus Menus

    Next up, head into the autofocus and manual focus menu. While there are shortcuts and quick menu options for these controls, understanding this menu is helpful for setting up custom control schemes. Dive into Fujifilm's new custom AF-C options, what they are, and where to set them.

  25. Shooting Settings

    The image-related controls that aren't about focus and image quality live inside this menu. Here, follow along with the different options, from bracketing to burst speed. Learn why the fastest burst speed isn't always best because of that electronic shutter.

  26. Flash Mode

    If you have a flash mounted to the X-T2, adjust the different settings inside this menu, from choosing to shoot TTL or manual, to adjusting flash compensation.

  27. Movie Mode

    Find the options for shooting video with the X-T2 inside this menu. Learn video shooting basics like resolution and frame rate, and dive into the X-T2's different video shooting options.

  28. Camera Menu Q&A

    Find answers to the most commonly asked questions about the X-T2 menu, including questions on using the digital camera's Wi-Fi and other features.

  29. Set-Up Menu: Basics

    Dive into a quick overview of how the Set-Up Menu works, from formatting the SD cards to setting the time zone.

  30. Demo: Add Items to My Menu

    Personalizing the X-T2 allows you to set your camera up to your shooting style. In this live demo, see how to set up the My Menu so your most frequently accessed controls are easy to find.

  31. User Setting: Sensor Cleaning and Sounds

    Finish exploring the user setting menu with options for cleaning the sensor. Then, dig into the sound settings.

  32. Screen Set-Up

    Learn how to customize the viewfinder and LCD displays in this menu, from brightness and color to what's displayed on-screen.

  33. Button Dial Setting & Power Management

    In the button and dial settings, learn how to customize the way the physical controls on the camera work, along with customizing the quick menu.

  34. Save Data Set-Up & Connection Setting

    Choose how the images are saved to the SD card in this menu, from adjusting the file names to backing up your photos to the second SD card. Then, head into the Wi-Fi settings menu to adjust the X-T2's connectivity settings.

  35. Playback Menu

    Inside the playback menu, learn how to convert RAW files in camera, delete files, and more tricks for images that you've already shot.

  36. Camera Operation Overview

    Gain some final tips on camera operation in this lesson, including a pre-shot checklist as well as how to check for dust on the sensor. John shares advice on a hierarchy of custom controls and final thoughts for getting the most out of the Fujifilm X-T2.

  37. Firmware Addendum

    In this update to the class, learn how to use the new features made possible by the version 3.21 firmware. Dive into the process for updating the firmware, the firmware history of the camera, and how to use the new features.


John Simpson

I highly recommend this class! Been shooting Nikon for 40+ years and decided to give my Nikon gear to my daughter and go the smaller and lighter Fuji X-T2 for travel. Excellent camera and this course was outstanding in helping me learn how to use the camera. I have watched a number of Nikon oriented instructional videos. This video by John Greengo is the best organized and informative presentation I have ever watched.

Monroe Nevels

We all learn from different methods. I, for one, learn best by watching you while teaching, and being able to work along side you, with my camera in hand, and then follow you. I highly recommend this class if you really want to know how to use your camera. Thank you John for helping me to relive my film days, and integrating into Digital. I now have my Fujo X-T2 programmed and I LOVE IT!

a Creativelive Student

Really appreciate John putting these Fast Start Series together. Went through part of the training waiting on my Fujifilm X-T20 to arrive, which did today. That allowed me to dive into the menu settings and get the camera ready to use. I found that we are on Firmware 3.0, so, I have some updates to get installed. The training was great and informative as always. Don't hesitate to look for his Fast Start for your particular camera, and the in-depth training on Photography Fundamentals. It is well worth your time and money to get this training, especially if you are an amateur like myself, but, thanks to John Greengo I am quickly learning to use my camera in Manual Mode, most of the time.