What's New in the EOS Line: Quick Control Screen

March 29, 2011

What's New in the EOS Line: Quick Control Screen
The Quick Control screen is particularly useful when you're shooting... at or above eye level…

The Canon EOS 50D and EOS 5D Mark II cameras introduced a number of features designed for improved operability across a wider range of users.

One of the most useful of these was the debut of a valued feature in the EOS line -- the Quick Control Screen.

The concept is simple: Push in the 8-way multi-controller, and you get an immediate display of the major shooting settings on the rear LCD monitor. Instead of having to press different buttons or navigate through menus to change settings such as ISO levels, metering modes, white balance, image quality, etc – the Quick Control screen gives you instant access to the most common settings, all in one place! It’s a great way to quickly confirm or change settings while you’re shooting. The Quick Control screen is particularly useful when you're shooting from a tripod or monopod, with the camera at or above eye level, because it eliminates the need to view the LCD data panel on top of the camera while changing settings.

Part of the high functionality of the Quick Control Screen is that once you’ve highlighted a particular function (by navigating to it with the multi-controller -- pressing it up, down, left or right), you can change the highlighted function’s setting by turning either the Main Dial or the rear Quick Control Dial — whichever you find easier. Furthermore, the function you’ve selected is spelled-out at the base of the LCD monitor (see the above image), which makes this a useful option for users who are new to the camera.

The following functions and settings that can be changed from the Quick Control Screen include:

  • Shutter Speed
  • Aperture/F-Stop
  • ISO
  • Exposure compensation and Auto Exposure Bracketing
  • Flash Exposure compensation
  • AF point selection, including moving to automatic AF point select mode
  • Picture Style
  • White Balance
  • Exposure Metering modes
  • Image size and quality (RAW, JPEG, RAW + JPEG)
  • AF modes
  • Drive modes, including self-timer settings

The following information is visible in the Quick Control Screen for convenient reference, though you can not make changes from the screen itself:

  • Shooting Mode (M, Av, Tv, P, A-DEP, etc)
  • Battery check
  • White Balance compensation
  • Maximum burst
  • Possible shots remaining
  • Highlight Tone Priority (enabled status indicated by 'D+')
  • AE Lock

Of course, the standard methods of changing shooting modes/settings continue to remain available. What the new Quick Control Screen does is both gather all these shooting settings into one easily-accessible place, and make it very easy to quickly change settings on the fly as you shoot. It’s one of the great new feature in the EOS line that will appeal to experienced shooters for its convenience, as well as photographers new to digital SLRs for its simplicity.

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