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Fujifilm X-T3 Fast Start

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Menu Functions: User Settings

John Greengo

Fujifilm X-T3 Fast Start

John Greengo

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Lesson Info

16. Menu Functions: User Settings
Customize the basics of your XT-3 in this lesson, such as date and time, sensor cleaning and sound set-up.

Lesson Info

Menu Functions: User Settings

next up is the set up menu, and there's a lot of things. There's a lot of little rabbit holes in here we're going to go into in setting up parameters for all different types of operations on the camera. The 1st 1 is kind of generically called user settings, and so this is kind of a catch all phrase for a lot of variety of settings on the camera. So let's dive in further into this one and see what we have. First and foremost is something that we do quite frequently is format the memory cards. This deletes the information. The file directory cleans the cards off, so there's a good communication between the camera body and the card. This is something I recommend you do on a regular basis after you have downloaded and backed up your information so you'll be able to come in here and format either slot one or slot to course date and time said it as needed. Of course, we will have some options for those of you who travel with the time difference here, you can keep your home settings. You don'...

t actually have to change the clock, and you can just go in and change it to the local time when you are traveling, and then when you come home, just switch it over to home time. In that way, you don't have to change the clock. In that case, different languages for whichever one you speak most frequently. Next up is my menu. So one of the items we're gonna get to at the very end of this menu section is talking about my menu. And what we're gonna need to do is to come in here to add and rank are items. So we're actually we're actually gonna wait. We have some patients and we're gonna come back and put these in a little bit later. But just remember, we got to come into the user settings in order to get this. Next up is sensor cleaning. As I mentioned before, the camera automatically will clean the sensor, but if you wanted to go in and change it when it was either off or on, you could do it. There's not really too much difference, but you can change it according to your needs. If you do want to clean the sensor manually the way that I do it is with a rocket blower and think everyone who has this camera should have one of these. There's different brands and styles, but something like that is used to blow in and knock dust off the sensor. And so be careful not to hit the sensor. You don't want to do that, but that'll knock off a good portion of the dust that may collect on the sensor after time. If something is just not coming off, that's when you need to sweep it off in. One of the best options I've seen is this lens pen sensor clear to, and this is basically a little pan, and what you do is you go in and you look at the dust on your sensor with a magnifying glass and white flashlight, and you wipe this stuff kind of off to the edge of the sensor and get that stuff away off the image area on your sensor. And so it's a good little device doesn't sell for too much money, and it's small in size. Getting in here and resetting the camera. If you have, for instance, been messing with the camera and it's all out of sorts and you just want to reset it. You can come in here and reset all the shooting menu items as well as all the set up menu items. And so there are actually two different categories, depending on what you would like to reset. And that's actually what I did with my camera before I started the class today, because I want it to be just like a camera would be from the factory that you get straight out of the box. The next category that we're gonna look at is sound set up. This camera is possible of making all sorts of noises, and you can control them by diving in here and adjusting. First up is the beep that is followed when you auto focus and this is used to confirm auto focus, it can get a little annoying with lots of people do entered in the same place at the same time, or it going on and on and on. And so this is something that a lot of people like to turn off just to be a little bit more discreet in there photography. And so turn this off. Next up is the self timer beep. There is a light on the front that lets you know when the self timer is gonna fire. So you don't need it really for the self timer. And so if you want to reduce the sounds, you can turn that one ofus well, operational volume. This is when you're going through the menu system. Do you want to hear little clicks and beeps as you change from one setting to the next? And once again, you know, my little personal style here is just keep everything on the low key. Don't make a big nuisance of yourself with the camera and noises that it makes. And so that's why I'm recommending turning them off in most every case, the shutter volume. This will only take in effect when you are using the electronic shutter, which does not have any noise at all. And switching to an electronic center is a little bit hard to get used to because you don't get that shutter clicking sound that we're all used to. And so for some people, they might want to leave this on one of the lower settings just to confirm that the camera actually did fire cause sometimes it's hard to tell without that shutter sound. Now, if you do have the shutter making a sound, there are three different tones that you can choose, and I will let you experiment and choose which one of those tones is your favorite. If you are playing movies back, how loud do you want the sound on the movie playback? Remember the speakers on the bottom of the camera, so it's a little bit hard to say. See might want to tilt the camera little bit in order to hear it better, but you can adjust the sound as necessary here.

Class Description


  • Leverage the new viewfinder for live view and playback
  • Understand how to navigate and customize the menus, modes, and settings
  • Know when and how to use the sports mode for subject tracking and fast shutter speeds
  • How to take advantage of the film simulation and grain effect modes
  • Use the 4k film options for incredible video performance with amazing opportunities for color grading in post production


The Fujifilm X-T3 is a mirrorless digital Fujifilm camera, hauling features from the 26.1-megapixel sensor to the 4K video and up to 30 fps shutter. But the Fujifilm’s X-T3 long list of features is just money wasted if you don’t actually know how to find them and put them to use. Skip the floundering through menus and join photographer John Greengo exploring the camera’s many features, from customizing the camera to understanding subject-tracking focus.

This class is designed for photographers using the Fujifilm X-T3, from those just pulling it out of the box to photographers that just haven’t found all the camera’s features yet. The class can also serve as an in-depth look if you’re not yet sure if the Fujifilm X-T3 is the best camera for you.

This Fuji camera class covers the camera from understanding the controls to customizing the menu.

What's packed in this Fujifilm camera Fast Start? Learn the vital information in less time than it takes to analyze the menu -- and have more fun doing it too.


  • Action Photographers
  • Videographers
  • New Fujifilm X-T3 Camera owners


John Greengo has led more than 50 classes covering the in-depth features of several different DSLR camera models and mirrorless options, including Fast Starts for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, and Panasonic. The award-winning photographer is one of the most celebrated CreativeLive instructors, leading classes covering a myriad of topics, including the previous Mark II and Mark III 5D cameras. Greengo has used the 5D series since the first 5D. He's led photographers through the ins and outs of advanced options like the EOS 80D and EOS 7D Mark II to entry-level Canon Rebel cameras like the Rebel T6i and T6.


Justina Tumaite

Thank you it's super helpful. I loved it :)

Eric Geerts

I've been with CL for quite a while and I pretty much got used to (all of) John's top quality classes. Kinda been waiting for this one over the last months. So thanks again, John, for your consistent 5 star quality standard!!

Robert Felice

I loved this class! How much did I love this class? I loved this class and I don't even have an X-T3! I have the Fujifilm X100V, a camera similar enough to the X-T3 that this class easily covered 85% - 90% of the features on my camera. It's also a camera new enough that there isn't much available on how to use it. This class got the job done for me. Well done, John!