Take photos using Live View on the LCD screen - EOS 7D Mark II

Article ID: ART168774 | Date published: 10/26/2017 | Date last updated: 11/30/2017


Learn how to shoot photos while the LCD monitor is showing the live view. Live View shooting is useful when you cannot or do not want to use the viewfinder.


Live View shooting is enabled by setting the Live View shooting/Movie shooting switch to <>. This allows you to see on the LCD screen what the camera sensor sees when you take the photo. 
  1. Set the lens focus mode switch to <AF>.
    Toggle auto focus
  2. Turn <ON> the camera.
    Turn on the camera
  3. Set the Live View shooting/Movie shooting switch to <> .
    Live view button
  4. Press the <> button to display the live view image on the LCD monitor.
    Start/stop button
  5. Select an AF point.
    • When a face is detected, the <> AF point appears over the face.
    • If multiple faces are detected, <> is displayed. Use <> to move the <> frame over the target face.
      Face detection
    • Face detection does not work if the subject is out of focus. You can prevent this by setting [  : Continuous AF] to [Enable].
    • An object other than a human face may be detected as a face.
    • Face detection does not work if the face is very small or large in the picture, too bright or too dark, or partially hidden.
    • The <> may cover only part of the face.
  6. Press the shutter button halfway to focus.
    Shutter button
    • When focus is achieved, the AF point turns green and the camera beeps.
    • If focus is not achieved, the AF point turns orange.
  7. Press the shutter button the rest of the way to take the picture
    Shutter button
    • The picture is taken and the captured image is displayed on the LCD monitor.
    • When the playback display ends, the camera will return to Live View shooting automatically.
  8. Press the <> button to end the Live View shooting.

Good to know

  • Do not point the camera toward an intense light source, such as the sun or a bright light. You can damage the image sensor. 
  • The field of view is about 100% (when the image-recording quality is set to JPEG  ).
  • In the <P> <Tv> <Av> <M> <B> shooting modes, you can check the depth of field by pressing the depth-of-field preview button.
  • During continuous shooting, the exposure set for the first shot is applied to subsequent shots.
  • You can also use a remote controller (sold separately) for Live View shooting.
  • Use a tripod to reduce camera shake.

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