Guided user in­ter­face

Amateur Photographer - - Testbench Camera Test -

WE’VE seen Canon roll out its new guided user in­ter­face across sev­eral DSLRs, in­clud­ing the EOS 800D and EOS 77D. It has been de­signed to aid new­com­ers to a DSLR who’d pre­fer a more an­i­mated menu and some ba­sic shoot­ing ad­vice based on the ex­po­sure mode that’s se­lected.

For ex­am­ple, with shut­ter-pri­or­ity mode se­lected, the rear LCD re­veals a slider graphic of where in the range the shut­ter speed is cur­rently set. Tap­ping the Q but­ton gives users the op­por­tu­nity to in­crease or de­crease the shut­ter speed us­ing the touch­screen as well as ad­just­ing ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion, drive mode, fo­cus po­si­tion and the method of fo­cus­ing (One Shot, AI Fo­cus, AI Servo) from the same screen. The ad­vice doesn’t go into any great de­tail, but should prove use­ful to users just start­ing out with a DSLR who may be un­sure of how chang­ing key cam­era set­tings will af­fect their im­ages.

The guided menu dis­play sim­pli­fies the stan­dard menu dis­play by group­ing all four sub-menu tabs – Shoot­ing, Play­back, Func­tion and Dis­play Level – to­gether on a sin­gle screen, with a brief de­scrip­tion of what is found within each. The good news is that both the shoot­ing screen and menu dis­play are op­tional, so when you feel you have out­grown them, they can be switched off.

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