An introductory guide to understanding
the buttons and dials found on the
eROI MASTER CLASS
eROI MASTERCLASSSHUTTER BUTTON
The Shutter Button is the most
important button on the camera.
Press this button to snap a
This is a two-phase button, meaning you press the
button down halfway to initiate the auto-focus.
Once you have your image focused, press the
button down all the way to snap a picture.
eROI MASTERCLASSMODE DIAL
The Mode Dial is where you
select your shooting mode.
If you want the Camera to automatically adjust all
settings, including shutter speed, aperture and ISO,
then you should select the automatic shooting
mode. Otherwise, if you’d like more creative
control you can select manual, aperture-priority or
eROI MASTERCLASSMAIN DIAL
The Main Dial is how you cycle
through various settings, such as
shutter speed or aperture.
When shooting in shutter speed-priority or
aperture priority mode you can quickly cycle
through the range of options with this dial.
eROI MASTERCLASSFORCE FLASH
The Force Flash button is handy
if you have the flash turned off,
but want to initiate the flash for
just one photo.
Sometimes we turn off the flash on purpose, but
we might want to shoot with a flash sparingly. This
is a great button to achieve this workflow.
eROI MASTERCLASSLENS RELEASE
The Lens Release is the button
you press when you want to
remove the lens from your
Press this button and twist the lens out from the
camera. Be very careful to not allow any dust into
the camera body during this process.
eROI MASTERCLASSDEPTH OF FIELD PREVIEW
The Depth of Field Preview
button allows you to preview the
depth of field of your
The depth of field of your composition is
dependent on the aperture setting. A smaller
aperture will likely result in a darker photo with a
deeper depth of field. Conversely, a larger aperture
will likely result in a brighter photo with a shallower
depth of field.
eROI MASTERCLASSONE TOUCH RAW/JPEG
The One Touch RAW/JPEG
button allows you to shoot just
one RAW or one JPG file,
depending on your camera’s
If the current recording quality is JPEG only, you
can press this button to also capture a RAW image
at the same time. If the current quality is RAW only,
press this button to also capture a JPEG image.
eROI MASTERCLASSQUICK CONTROL BUTTON
The Quick Control Button pulls
up the main customization menu
on camera’s back monitor.
Here, you can adjust all the key settings on your
camera, including aperture, shutter speed and ISO.
Navigate and make changes by using the
directional controller and quick control dial.
eROI MASTERCLASSMENU BUTTON
The Menu Button is where you
can access and make changes to
the camera’s back-end settings.
Typically, you won’t need to make adjustments
through the menu button. Access this part of your
camera’s settings if you’d like to adjust the beeping
noises of your camera or color profile. These are
just some examples.
eROI MASTERCLASSPICTURE STYLES BUTTON
The Picture Styles Button allows
you to adjust the color profile of
For example, you set your camera to shoot in black
and white or sepia tone, among other options.
eROI MASTERCLASSINFO BUTTON
The Info Button can be pressed
several times to cycle through
various shooting and playback
You may want to use the Info Button if you wish to
know the histogram of a certain picture or perhaps
to find a particular photo’s shutter speed or ISO.
eROI MASTERCLASSPLAYBACK BUTTON
The Playback Button allows you
to view the photos on your
You can cycle through the photos with the quick
eROI MASTERCLASSTRASH BUTTON
The Trash Button allows you to
delete photos as you view them
in playback mode.
This can be helpful in cleaning up space on your
flash memory card.
eROI MASTERCLASSLIVE VIEW / VIDEO RECORD
The Live View / Video Record is
a toggle switch with a start/stop
The toggle has two positions: Live View and Video
Record. When in the Live View position, pressing
the start/stop button will initiate a live view of your
camera’s lens on the camera’s back monitor. When
in the Video Record position, pressing the
start/stop button will initiate video recording.
eROI MASTERCLASSLCD READOUT
The LCD Readout is located on
top of you camera and displays
useful information about your
The most important information has been
highlighted to the right.
Shutter Speed Aperture Remaining Shots
Battery Life ISOFormat
As an introductory walkthrough of the Canon 7D,
not all buttons have been covered in this guide.
Furthermore, many buttons and dials discussed
have advanced functionality and features that
were not explored.
To learn more about the Canon 7D, please refer to the following links.
OFFICIAL INSTRUCTION MANUAL
CANON 7D USER’S GUIDE
DVD TUTORIAL SERIES