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Lesson 8 of 37

Camera Controls: Viewfinder Display


Fujifilm X-T2 Fast Start

Lesson 8 of 37

Camera Controls: Viewfinder Display


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Camera Controls: Viewfinder Display

So on the back of the camera we have our LCD, liquid crystal display and our EVF. So this is, as I said before one of the best EVFs on the market to date. On the LCD I wanted to give you a little demo on just some of the things that I found on it. At first, when I first got may hands on the camera, it was very tricky for me to get the camera into its kinda vertical tilt on this, and there's a little lever here on the side of the camera, I'll just kinda see if we can get the lighting on it right here, and so if you push up on this it tilts out to the side here, so that you could shoot vertically looking down. And so it's very easy to do, just up a little bit and then out. And so when you do flip the camera out there is kinda a little nub in that you can grab on here. But I have found that it's best to put your thumb at the top and push in a little bit so that way it rotates out a little bit like that. So let me do it from the side here, go back in, and so it seems to be putting less pre...

ssure on the hinges there. Now I guess I like the side view here 'cause that you could really see what's going on. If you have it, bring it out and then you tilt it down. You can see that the angle that you can get, right about there, is kind of only so far down, and you are better off if you just leave it in right there so now we can get that angle out a little bit further. So just leaving it in there and pulling it out like that you can get a little bit steeper. So if you're trying to hold it over your head it's better to do that than to bring it out here 'cause the bottom starts hitting there and it can only go in so far. And then as far as the tilt up, you can do about a 90 degree tilt there, and at any point you wanna flip up on this, you can go out like that. So there's a lot of nice little options on here. And go ahead and push that back in there for right now and keep it there for the rest of the class. Alright. So I just wanted to show you that little bit. And so let's talk about the viewfinder and looking through the camera. Over on the side of the prism system, it's not really a prism system but the housing for the EVF is a diopter. Now this is the control for the focusing of the viewfinder. So what you wanna do is you wanna look through there and you wanna look at the information that you see, the numbers and so forth. And you wanna turn that dial so that it is sharply in focus. And it's gonna be a little bit different for everybody and it'll occasionally gets bumped so you may need to adjust that from time to time. But if you look through the viewfinder and everything's out of focus, it may have nothing to do with the focusing of the lens. It may simply have to do with that diopter. Now right below the eyepiece is an eye sensor. And I guess technically it's not really an eye sensor it's just a sensor. It senses when anything is right behind the camera usually three to four inches and then it switches to the view, to the EVF as opposed to the LCD on the back of the camera. Now there is a button on the opposite side of the diopter, the view mode. Now the normal mode that a lot of people will have the camera in is in the EVF, where it automatically switches to the LCD mode. And so depending on where the camera is, if you're holding it out you look at the big screen on the back of the camera. If you hold it up to your eye it switches over to the EVF. If you press down on the view mode you can switch it to the next setting, which is EVF only so the viewfinder for your eye is turned on all the time. It does use a lot of battery power and so it's not recommended that you use that kind of in all cases. The LCD on the back of the camera, if you're working off a tripod or you don't want it to go to the EVF, that's kinda nice. I know when I'm working with the camera on the, on a tripod and I'm moving my hands around the camera, every time my hand goes in front of the sensor it switches over to the EVF, which can be kind of irritating, and to avoid that just put the camera in the LCD only mode. And then finally, there is an EVF with the eye sensor, which means it'll only turn on the EVF when you hold the camera up to your eye. And so this is kind of nice for battery saving as that it only turns the viewfinder on when you're looking through the camera. Now if you are using a traditional camera strap and you have the camera hanging over your shoulder or around your neck or something, be aware that with the camera up against your body, your body is likely to be triggering that eye sensor and turning on the viewfinder and wasting battery power when you are not using the camera. So in many cases I recommend turning the camera off if you're not planning on shooting the camera in the immediate future, to save battery life for this reason. Press the view mode button again and it cycles back to the first of those four options. So you simply just press the button to cycle through those different options. So take a look at those options, see which ones work for you. Okay, next up, we have a screen set up, and so what you see in the EVF or in the LCD can be totally customized. There are so many different things that you can turn on or off whether you like these things. So let's go ahead and take a look at our viewfinder display and many of the different options. Now, as we go through this, well let's just go ahead and start with the frame. First off, one of the things that I've noticed with the frame is it's about 98 or 99% accurate. You get a little bit more than you see. So when you see something in the viewfinder and you line up an edge with it, you'll notice that you're getting a little bit more than that edge on your final images. There is a focusing frame that is in white that you can navigate with the little joystick around to different parts of the frame. We have grid lines that can be chosen between a grid of nine, a grid of 24 or the HD framing lines. And it gets a little quirky, there's, it's just a little quirky on Fuji's part here. You can select which one of the frames you like with the framing guide line in the set up menu. And then you choose whether you wanna have it turned on or off in the display custom setting. And the mistake that I've made, that I hope I'm not alone at, is I've gone and I've selected the grid nine and then I didn't see it in the viewfinder. It's because you have to select the grid that you want and then you would select to turn it on. And so we'll talk more about this as walk through the menu system as well. The electronic level is really nice for anyone who wants to make sure that they have a level horizon. And so it's an easy way to line up the horizon and when you do it correctly it turns green to let you know that you have correctly lined up the camera. And this is something that can be turned on and off like a lot of the features that we're talking about in the set up menu, under the screen set up, under the display custom setting. There's gonna be a long check list of items that you can turn on or off in the viewfinder. Next up is exposure information. It's the very valuable information down at the bottom of the screen. It's gonna tell you about your shutter speeds, apertures, all your basic exposure needs down there. And just as a reminder, the blue color means that you are manually setting that particular feature. White means its automatically set, and red is a warning that the camera can't get the correct setting for what it needs to. And so you wanna be very careful when you see the red come up. The exposure indicator is over on the left. We talked before about how this will show you whether you are underexposed or overexposed. The histogram can be turned down on the right and this is a graphic display of the brightness of the image and so it's kind of a light meter in a shape. And so once you know how histograms work, it's a great way of telling if you're overexposed or underexposed. And this could be turned on and off in our display custom settings for, in the menu. Up in the top right is recording information. The arrow indicates which card you are writing to. The card that is in white is the card that you are writing to. Sometimes they'll both be white 'cause you can write to both cards simultaneously. It'll tell you how many pictures you have left and what format you're recording. As far as raw or large or small or fine or normal quality JPEGs, and so you'll just see the recording info up in the right hand corner. There is a very cool distance indicator. I love this little thing. And so this will show you not only where you're focused at but it does that with the little white arrow or the white line. But in blue it shows you your depth of field. And as you change where you are focused the depth of field adjusts as it does in the real world. And so it's a very good representation of what's going to be in focus in a graphics way with that indicator and that can, of course, be turned on or off in the menu settings. Now up along the top is a variety of information. I'm not gonna go through each one of these. It just tells you if a particular feature is turned on or off. And you're gonna be able to control each and every one of these things in the display custom settings in the set up menu. And so it's a great viewfinder in here. As I said, it's a very large viewfinder, but it's one that you get to really tailor to the way that you like to work.

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.