Canon EOS 5D Mark II Modes and Menus

The Mode dial on the left side of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II's top panel lets you select various exposure modes, with a number of additions compared to the 5D. Being a model targeted at professionals and serious enthusiasts, just like the 5D, the 5D Mark II does not offer any scene mode, but it does offer the new Creative Auto (CA) mode (see description below). Other settings consist of Full Automatic, Programmed Auto Exposure, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, full Manual Exposure, and Bulb. There are also three Camera User settings (up from one on the 5D), for registering up to three banks of settings for quick recall.

Here's a description of each of the shooting modes:

Full Automatic Mode: Full Automatic is indicated on the Mode dial by a green rectangular outline. In this mode, the camera makes all exposure decisions with the exception of image quality. Autofocus mode is set to AI Focus. (AI Focus evaluates subject movement, automatically sets either one-shot AF or AI Servo AF automatically.) Drive mode is set to Single Shot, ISO is set to Auto, and the metering mode is set to Evaluative.

Creative Auto Mode: Canon has added their new exposure mode called Creative Auto (or "CA"). The CA mode is a cross between the green zone and program mode.

When set to CA mode, the 5D Mark II allows the user to adjust picture style, motor drive, and exposure compensation, as well as to use the program shift function and select between RAW or JPEG file formats, but the rest of the more complex features remain under automatic control. The 5D Mark II's rear-panel LCD display offers text help for each setting while in CA mode, for example prompting the user as to whether they want to blur the background with program shift, or make the picture brighter / darker with exposure compensation, etc.

Program AE: This is the first mode in the Creative Zone of the Mode dial. Program AE works similarly to the Full Automatic exposure mode, but allows more control over the exposure variables. Aperture and shutter speed are automatically selected by the camera, but you can bias the exposure to larger or smaller apertures by turning the Main dial, which will change the combination of aperture and shutter speed so as to maintain the same exposure value, but with a different combination of aperture/shutter speed.

Shutter-Priority AE: This mode allows you to manually set the shutter speed anywhere from 1/8,000 to 30 seconds, while the camera chooses the best corresponding aperture setting. You have control over all other exposure variables, including exposure compensation.

Aperture-Priority AE: The opposite of Shutter-Priority mode, Aperture-Priority AE allows you to set the lens aperture (with available apertures depending on the lens in use), while the camera selects the most appropriate shutter speed. Again, you have control over all other exposure variables, including exposure compensation.

Manual Exposure: This mode provides the same range of exposure control as the other Creative Zone exposure modes (except for exposure compensation), but lets you control both shutter speed and lens aperture independently.

Bulb: In this mode, the shutter stays open as long as the shutter button is pressed. This is useful for long exposures such as night scenes, fireworks, and astrophotography. The top Status display reports the elapsed time, from one to 999 seconds, as the exposure progresses. The use of an RS-80N3 Remote Switch or TC-80N3 Timer Remote Controller is recommended.

, , Camera User Settings Modes: These three final settings on the Mode dial allow you to save three individual sets of camera settings for quick recall. Useful when shooting an event with multiple light sources, such as a wedding and reception, these custom modes let you register camera settings for specific conditions and easily go between modes. You can save most of the camera's shooting mode options as well as the Custom Function settings. Settings are registered as C1, C2, or C3 through the Camera User Setting menu.

Playback Mode
This mode is entered by pressing the Play button on the back panel. Playback mode lets you erase images, protect them, or set them up for printing on DPOF-compatible devices. You can also view images in an index display, enlarge images to 10x, view a slide show of all captured images, or rotate an image. The Info button activates an information display, which reports the exposure settings for the image and graphs the exposure values on a small histogram.


Canon EOS5D Mark II Menu Details

Below are 5D Mark II menu options and their descriptions. Click on the image to see a matrix of screen shots showing the full menu layout.

Record Menu 1:

Record Menu Options: Screen 1
- 5616 x 3744, Fine
- 5616 x 3744, Normal
- 4080 x 2720, Fine
- 4080 x 2720, Normal
- 2784 x 1856, Fine
- 2784 x 1856, Normal
-sRAW1 (3861 x 2574)
-sRAW2 (2784 x 1856)
Select image size and quality combination.



The 5D Mark II has two small RAW (sRAW) options, sRAW1 and sRAW2.



You can select any size and quality JPEG when shooting RAW + JPEG or sRAW1/2 + JPEG.

Turns all camera beep sounds on or off
Shoot w/o Card
If on, the camera will fire the shutter even without a memory card
Review Time
-2 sec.
-4 sec.
-8 sec.
If off, the camera does not display the captured image after capture, otherwise the image appears for the designated time.

Hold setting displays the image until the auto power off time elapses.

Peripheral Illumination Correction
If on, the camera corrects for corner shading "vignetting" in JPEGs, depending on which lens is detected (therefore, probably won't work with third-party lenses).


Record Menu 2:

Record Menu Options: Screen 2
Exposure Comp./AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing)
-Select EV variable
Step sizes from 0.3 to 2.0 EV, total range covers +/-2 EV, maximum span for a single series is +/-2 EV, but you can now go up to 4 stops darker or brighter from the recommended exposure.
White Balance
-Kelvin Temperature (2,500 to 10,000)
Custom WB
-Choose image for reference, then set white balance
White Balance Shift/BKT
-Set the color shift on a two-dimensional grid (Green/Magenta, Blue/Amber)

- Choose bracket (+/-3 Magenta and Green, +/-3 Blue and Amber)
Color Space
-Adobe RGB
Picture Style
-User Def. 1
-User Def. 2
-User Def. 3
-Sharpness (arbitrary units from 0 to 7)
-Contrast (9 units from - to +)
-Saturation (9 units from - to +)
-Color Tone (9 units from - to +)
Monochrome has Filter and Toning effect instead of Saturation and Color Tone.
Dust Delete Data

Captures a reference image for the dust reduction system, showing where dust is present on the sensor. Dust shadows can then be automatically removed from the images when they're processed through Canon's software.


Playback Menu 1:

Playback Menu Options: Screen 1
Protect Images
Sets or removes protection mark. Protected images can only be deleted by reformatting the memory card.
Rotates selected image clockwise, either 90 or 270 degrees
Erase Images
-Select and erase images
-All images in folder
-All images on card
Erases images.
Print Order
-Sel. Image
-All image
Sel. Image:
-Select image

-Mark all in folder
-Clear all in folder

All image:
-Mark all on card
-Clear all on card

-Print Type (Standard, Index, Both)
-Number of copies
-Date (On, Off)
-File No. (On, Off)

Marks images on the memory card for later printing on a DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) compatible printer.

Transfer Order
-Sel. Image
-All image
Sel. Image:
-Select image

-Mark all in folder
-Clear all in folder

All image:
-Mark all on card
-Clear all on card

For transferring images to a computer. (Computer must be running Canon's EOS Utility software.)


Playback Menu 2:

Playback Menu Options: Screen 2
Highlight Alert
Enables a blinking highlight display in Playback mode
AF Point Display
If Enabled, the AF point used to set focus appears in red in the image display

RGB option displays individual histograms for each color channel, brightness shows only a single graph.
Slide Show
-Select images



-All images

-Play time

Sets up Slide Show feature. Users can choose to play all folders, one folder, or just photos taken on a particular date. The Menu button stops playback.
Image Jump w/ dial
-1 image
-10 images
-100 images
Selects how image jump works using the Main Dial.


Setup Menu 1:

Setup Menu Options: Screen 1
Auto Power Off
- 1 min.
- 2 min.
- 4 min.
- 8 min.
-15 min.
-30 min.
- Off

Auto Rotate
-On (Record, Display)
- On (Display)
Record, Display - vertical images are rotated on both the camera's LCD and on the computer. (In applications that understand "Rotate" tags in the files' EXIF headers.)

Display - vertical images are only rotated on the computer.
Erases all files on card, even protected ones
File Numbering
-Auto Reset
-Manual Reset

Continuous numbers image files sequentially.

Auto Reset resets the numbering every time a card is formatted or a new card inserted.

Manual Reset resets numbering at any time to 0001.

Select Folder
-Select existing
Creates new folders.
WFT Settings
Displayed only when WFT-E4/E4A wireless file transmitter is attached.
Recording func.+media select
Displayed only when WFT-E4/E4A wireless file transmitter is in use.


Setup Menu 2:

Setup Menu Options: Screen 2
LCD Brightness
-Manual (7 levels)
Auto uses ambient light sensor to set brightness automatically. Manual allows setting brightness level from dark to bright in seven steps
-Set Date
-Set Time
-Set Display Format
-Simplified Chinese
-Traditional Chinese

Video System
Sensor Cleaning
-Auto Cleaning
-Clean Now
-Clean Manually
Auto Cleaning setting automatically enables cleaning when camera is turned off or on (adds about 1 sec. to time)

Clean Now activates cleaning

Clean Manually locks up the mirror for manual cleaning.

Live View/Movie func. set.
-LV func. setting
-Grid Display
-Silent Shoot
-Metering Timer
-AF mode
-Movie rec. size
-Sound recording
LV function Settings
-Stills only

Grid Display
-Grid 1
-Grid 2

Silent Shoot
-Mode 1
-Mode 2

Metering Timer
-4 sec.
-16 sec.
-30 sec.
-1 min.
-10 min.
-30 min.

AF mode
-Quick mode
-Live mode
-Live face detect mode

Movie rec. size

Sound recording

Silent Shoot Mode 1 lowers sound when shooting in Live View mode.

Silent Shoot Mode 2 delays the shooting sound.

Silent Shoot Disable mode is for shooting with a TS-E lens or extension tube.

Sets how long the meter is on while Live View is active.

- Quick mode uses phase detection

- Live mode uses contrast detection

- Live face detect mode uses face detection


Setup Menu 3:

Setup Menu Options: Screen 3
Battery Info.
-Delete info.
Displays battery type and serial number, remaining capacity, shutter count and recharge performance. Keeps track of multiple registered batteries via serial number.
INFO Button
-Normal Display
-Camera Setting
-Shoot Func.
Normal Display shows the standard image information display.

Camera Setting shows all of the camera settings used to create the image (such as Picture Style, Color Space, etc.).

Shooting Functions shows the more basic shooting modes, such as exposure variables, ISO, White Balance, etc.

External Speedlight Control
-Flash function settings
-Flash C.Fn. Setting
-Clear all Speedlight C.Fn.'s
Flash function settings
-Flash mode
-Shutter sync.
-Flash exp. comp
-Flash firing

Flash C.Fn. Setting
-depends on flash

Clear all Speedlight C.Fn's

Controls an array of flash settings for attached external flash unit.

Camera User Setting
-Clear Settings
-Mode dial C1
-Mode dial C2
-Mode dial C3
Registers the current camera settings to one of three available modes.
Clear Settings
Resets all camera settings to default.
Firmware Version
-Update firmware version

Updates firmware version if a properly-prepared CF card is in place


Custom Functions Menu:

Custom Function Menu Options
C.Fn I: Exposure
-C.Fn. I-1 Exposure Level Increments
-C.Fn.I-2 ISO Speed Setting Increments
-C.Fn.I-3 ISO Expansion
-C.Fn. I-4 Bracketing Auto Cancel
-C.Fn. I-5 Bracketing Sequence
-C.Fn. I-6 Safety Shift
-C.Fn. I-7 Flash Sync. Speed in Av Mode
C.Fn. I-1 Exposure Level Increments
-0: 1/3-Stop
-1: 1/2-Stop

C.Fn.I-2 ISO Speed Setting Increments
-0: 1/3-Stop
-1: 1-Stop

C.Fn.I-3 ISO Expansion
-0: Off
-1: On

C.Fn. I-4 Bracketing Auto Cancel
-0: On
-1: Off

C.Fn. I-5 Bracketing Sequence
-0: 0, -, +
-1: -, 0, +

C.Fn. I-6 Safety Shift
-Enable (Tv/Av)

C.Fn. I-7 Flash Sync. Speed in Av Mode
-1: 1/200-1/60 sec. auto
-2: 1/200 sec. (fixed)

C.Fn.I-3 ISO Expansion option On adds "H1" 12,800 and "H2" 25,600 ISO and "L" 50 ISOsettings

C.Fn. I-6 Safety Shift Enable option automatically shifts exposure if brightness changes suddenly.


C.Fn. II: Image
-C.Fn. II-1 Long Exposure Noise Reduction
-C.Fn. II-2 High ISO Speed Noise Reduction
-C.Fn. II-3 Highlight Tone Priority
-C.Fn. II-4 Auto Lighting Optimizer
C.Fn. II-1 Long Exposure Noise Reduction
-0: Off
-1: Auto
-2: On

C.Fn. II-2 High ISO Speed Noise Reduction
-0: Standard
-1: Low
-2: Strong
-3: Disable

C.Fn. II-3 Highlight Tone Priority
-0: Disable
-1: Enable

C.Fn. II-4 Auto Lighting Optimizer
-0: Standard
-1: Low
-2: Strong
-3: Disable

C.Fn. II-3 Highlight Tone Priority Enable option automatically improves highlight detail

C.Fn.III: Auto focus/Drive
-C.Fn. III-1 Lens Drive when AF Impossible
-C.Fn. III-2 Lens AF Stop Button Function
-C.Fn. III-3 AF Point Selection Method
-C.Fn. III-4 Superimposed Display
-C.Fn. III-5 AF-Assist Beam Firing
-C.Fn. III-6 Mirror Lockup
-C.Fn. III-7 AF Point Areas Expansion
-C.Fn. III-8 AF Microadjustment
C.Fn. III-1 Lens Drive when AF Impossible
-0: Focus Search On
-1: Focus Search Off

C.Fn. III-2 Lens AF Stop Button Function
-0: AF Stop
-1: AF Start
-2: AE Lock
-3: AF Point: M-Auto-Auto-Center
-4: One Shot - AI Servo
-5: IS Start

C.Fn. III-3 AF Point Selection Method
-0: Normal
-1: Multi-Controller Direct
-2: Quick Control Dial Direct

C.Fn. III-4 Superimposed Display
-0: On
-1: Off

C.Fn. III-5 AF-Assist Beam Firing
-0: Enable
-1: Disable

C.Fn. III-6 Mirror Lockup
-0: Enable
-1: Disable

C.Fn. III-7 AF Point Area Expansion
-0: Enable
-1: Disable

C.Fn. III-7 AF Microadjustment
-0: Disable
-1: Adjust all by same amount
-2: Adjust by lens

C.Fn. III-1 Lens Drive when AF Impossible option tells camera to continue to try and achieve focus or stop, useful with super telephoto lenses

C.Fn.IV: Operation/Others
-C.Fn. IV-1 Shutter Button/AF-On Button
-C.Fn. IV-2 AF-On/AE Lock Button Switch
-C.Fn. IV-3 SET Button when Shooting
-C.Fn. IV-4 Dial Direction during Tv/Av
-C.Fn.IV-5 Focusing Screen
-C.Fn. IV-6 Add Original Decision Data
C.Fn. IV-1 Shutter Button/AF-On Button
-0: Metering+AF Start
-1: Metering+AF Start/AF Stop
-2: Metering Start/Metering+AF Start
-3: AE Lock/Metering + AF Start
-4: Metering + AF Start/Disable

C.Fn. IV-2 AF-On/AE Lock Button Switch
-0: Enable
-1: Disable

C.Fn. IV-3 Assign Set Button
-0: Normal (disabled)
-1: Image Quality
-2: Picture Style
-3: Menu Display
-4: Image Replay

C.Fn. IV-4 Dial Direction during Tv/Av
-0: Normal
-1: Reverse Direction

C.Fn.IV-5 Focusing Screen
-0: Eg-A
-1: Eg-D
-2: Eg-S

C.Fn. IV-6 Add Original Decision Data
-0: Off
-1: On

C.Fn.IV-5 Focusing Screen Eg-A option is Standard Precision Matte, Eg-D option is Precision Matte with Grid, and Eg-S option is Super Precision Matte

C.Fn. IV-6 Add Original Decision Data On option appends data to verify an original image.

Clear All Custom Functions (C.Fn.)


My Menu:

My Menu Options
-(Full list of options that can exist in My Menu)


Changes the order of registered items in My Menu
Delete All Items
Display from My Menu
When Enabled, the My Menu tab is displayed first when pressing the Menu button


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