Changing the AF Mode to Use the Live View Function to Shoot Still Photos and Movies (EOS 5D Mark III)

 

Description

Changing the AF Mode to Use the Live View Function to Shoot Still Photos and Movies (EOS 5D Mark III)

Solution

With your camera, you can shoot photos while viewing the image on the camera's LCD monitor. This is called "Live View shooting."
This page describes how to change the focus mode for Live View shooting. For details on how to perform easy Live View shooting in default settings, please refer to the related information.
Please note that some shooting procedures differ between still photos and movies. To shoot still photos, please refer to the instructions for still photos, and to shoot movies, please refer to the instructions for movies.

Part I. Preparing for Live View Shooting

1. Turn the camera's power switch to

2. Turn the
  • When shooting still photos, position the switch to [
    ] and when shooting movies, position the switch to [
    ].
  • When the mode dial is set to

Part II. Selecting the AF Mode

3. Set the lens focus mode switch to

4. Press the

5. Press the <
> button to select [
] tab.

6. Turn the
] tab.
You can also use <
>(Multi-controller).

7. Turn the

8. Tuen the
REFERENCE
While the Live View image is displayed, you can press the < AF?????????DRIVE &gt; button to select the AF mode on the setting screen displayed.

9. Select the image-recording quality for still images or the movie-recording size for movies.
  • For still images, select [Quality] from the [
    ] tab, press the
  • For movies, select [Movie rec. size] from the [
    ] tab, press the
For more information about the image quality of still images and the recording size of movies, please refer to the instruction manuals that came with your camera.

NOTE
the Quick Control Screen
While the Live View image is displayed, you can press the

10. Press the
  • During movie shooting, movie will appear on the LCD monitor.
  • To shoot still photos, press the

Part II-1. Using AF (Live Mode) to Focus

When [Live mode] (
) is set:
The image sensor is used to focus. Although AF is possible with the Live View image displayed, the AF operation will take longer than with Quick mode. Also, achieving focus may be more difficult than with Quick mode.
[Live mode] is set by default.

11. The Live View image will appear on the LCD monitor with AF point.
  • You can use <
    >(Multi-controller) to move the AF point to where you want to focus (it cannot go to the edges of the picture).
  • If you press <
    > straight down, the AF point will return to the image center.


12. Aim the AF point over the subject and press the shutter button halfway.

  • When focus is achieved, the AF point will turn green and the beeper will sound.
  • If focus is not achieved, the AF point will turn orange.

Please proceed to Part IV.

Part II-2. Using AF (Face detection Live Mode) to Focus

When [
(Face Detection) Live mode] is set:
With the same AF method as the Live mode, human faces are detected and focused. Have the target person face the camera.

10. The Live View image will appear on the LCD monitor.
  • When a face is detected, the <
    > frame will appear over the face to be focused.
  • If multiple faces are detected, <
    > will be displayed. Use the < Multi-controller &gt; to move the <
    > frame over the target face.

12. Press the shutter button halfway and the camera will focus the face covered by the <
> frame.

  • When focus is achieved, the AF point will turn green and the beeper will sound.
  • If focus is not achieved, the AF point will turn orange.
  • If a face cannot be detected, the AF point [
    ] will be displayed and AF will be executed at the center.

CAUTION
Notes when shooting in [
(Face detection) Live Mode]
  • If the focus is way off, face detection will not be possible. If the lens enables manual focusing even while the lens focus switch is set to ] will be displayed.
  • Face detection will not work if the face is very small or large in the picture, too bright or too dark, titled horizontally or diagonally, or partially hidden.

Please proceed to Part IV.

Part II-3. Using AF (Quick Mode) to Focus

When [Quick mode](
) is set:
The dedicated AF sensor is used to focus in the same way as with viewfinder shooting. Although you can focus the desired area quickly, the Live View image will be interrupted momentarily during the AF operation.

  • If the AF area selection mode is set to "61-point automatic selection AF", the Area AF frame will be displayed.
  • In other modes, the AF point will be displayed as a small frame.
  • The larger rectangular frame is the magnifying frame.

12. Press the <
>(AF point selection) button to display [AF area selection mode] window.
Each time you press the

13. Select the AF point.
  • The AF point selection will change in the direction you tilt the <
    >. If you press <
    > straight down, the center AF point (or center Zone) will be selected.
  • You can also use the

14. Aim the AF point over the subject and press the shutter button halfway.(Keep the shutter pressed.)

15. The Live View image will turn off, the reflex mirror will go back down, and AF will be executed. (No picture is taken.)
  • When focus is achieved, the beeper will sound and the Live View image will reappear.
  • The AF point used to focus will light up in green.
  • If focus is not achieved, the AF point will blink in orange.

Please proceed to Part IV.

Part III. Focusing Manually

You can magnify the image and focus precisely manually.

11. Once you have proceeded up to Step 8 of Part I, set the lens focus mode switch to

12. Turn the lens focusing ring to focus roughly.

13. Use <
>(Multi-controller) to move the magnifying frame to the position where you want to focus.
If you press <
> straight down, the AF point will return to the image center.

14. Press the <
> (Magnifying) button to magnify the area within the frame.

Each time you press the <
> button, the display format will change as follows:
Normal view -> Approx. 5x -> Approx. 10x -> Normal view

15. While looking at the Live View image on the LCD monitor, turn the focusing ring to focus manually.

16. After achieving focus, press the <
> (Magnifying) button to check the image composition in normal view.

Please proceed to Part IV.

Part IV. Shooting

After focus is achieved by following the instructions in Part II or Part III, start shooting.

To shoot still photos, press the shutter button completely.
  • The picture will be taken and the captured image is displayed on the LCD monitor.
  • After the image review ends, the camera will return to Live View shooting automatically.
  • Press the <
    > button to end the Live View shooting.

To shoot movies, press the
  • To stop shooting the movie, press the
  • While the movie is being shot, the "
    " mark will be displayed on the upper right of the screen.

REFERENCE
When [
: Silent Control] is set to [Enable], you can use the

General Note for Live View Shooting

Please be aware of the following notes for Live View shooting.
CAUTION
Notes About the Live View Image
  • Under low or bright light conditions, the Live View image might not reflect the brightness of the captured image.
  • If the light source within the image changes, the screen might flicker. If this happens, stop and resume the Live View shooting under the actual light source to be used.
  • If you point the camera in a different direction, it might throw off the Live View image's correct brightness momentarily. Wait until the brightness level stabilizes before shooting.
White [
] and Red [
] Temperature Warning Icons
  • If the camera?????????s temperature increases due to prolonged Live View shooting or a high ambient temperature, a white [
    ] icon will appear. If you continue shooting while this icon is displayed, the image quality of still photos may deteriorate. You should stop the Live View shooting and allow the camera to cool down before shooting again.
  • If the camera?????????s temperature further increases while the white [
    ] icon is displayed, a red [
    ] icon will start blinking. This blinking icon is a warning that the Live View shooting will soon be terminated automatically. If this happens, you will not be able to shoot again until the camera?????????s temperature decreases. Turn off the power and let the camera rest for a while.
  • Shooting with the Live View function at a high temperature for a prolonged period will cause the [
    ] and [
    ] icons to appear earlier. When not shooting, turn off the camera.
Live Mode and
(Face Detection) Live Mode Notes
  • Focusing will take slightly longer.
  • Even when focus has been achieved, pressing the shutter button halfway will focus again.
  • The image brightness may change during and after the AF operation.
  • If the light source changes while the Live View image is displayed, the screen might flicker and focusing can be difficult. If this happens, stop the Live View shooting and autofocus under the actual light source first.

NOTE
When shooting with the camera connected to a TV
If you shoot in Live View with the camera connected to a TV, you can use the TV screen as the LCD monitor. This is convenient when you want to enlarge what you want to shoot to check the details. However, when connecting the camera to the TV with an HDMI cable, please be aware of the following points.
  • When the camera is connected to a TV set via HDMI cable, the camera will read the information on the TV set's compatible video input signals. The camera then selects the optimum video output signal (1080/60i, 1080/50i, 480/60p, or 576/50p) and the video is displayed.
  • When you are not shooting, the camera outputs the video at the ratio displayed on the LCD monitor as is, so it is not possible to use the whole screen for a 16:9 display.
  • When movie shooting starts, the video signal will automatically switch to 480/60p or 576/50p due to the imaging engine's compatible limits, resulting in a smaller image size (the size will vary according to the size of the TV screen). However, many HD TV sets will automatically try and fit the image to 16:9, so it will look unnatural with the image stretched horizontally.
  • If you connect the camera to a TV set and shoot a movie, the TV will not output any sound during the shooting. However, the sound will be properly recorded.
For more information on how to connect a camera to a TV, please refer to the instruction manuals that came with your camera.



Live View Shooting (Photos) with the Default Settings (EOS 5D Mark III)
Shooting movies with the default settings (EOS 5D Mark III)
Functions that Can Be Set When Shooting Movies with EOS 5D Mark III

SIMS Doc Id

8201360200

Doc ID   ART134415
Updated   11/04/2015

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