Changing the AF Mode to Use the Live View Function to Shoot Still Photos and Movies (EOS 70D)

 

Description

Changing the AF Mode to Use the Live View Function to Shoot Still Photos and Movies (EOS 70D)

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.
REFERENCE
Live View shooting is suited to shooting situations like 'Still Life' photography where the distance between the camera and the subject stays constant.
If you handhold the camera and shoot while viewing the CD monitor, camera shake can cause blurred images. Using a tripod is recommended.

Part I. Preparing for Live View Shooting

1. Set the camera's power switch to <ON>.

2. To shoot still photos, you can set the Live View shooting/Movie shooting switch to <>. To shoot movies, select < > (Movie shooting).

When < > (Movie shooting) is selected, the image will automatically be displayed on the LCD monitor.

3. For still photos, press the < > button. The Live View image will appear on the LCD monitor.
REFERENCE
To shoot still photos, select the [ ] tab, and then select [Enable] in the [Live View shoot.] option.
([Enable] is set by default.)

To use AF to focus, please proceed to Part II. To focus manually, please proceed to Part III . Part II, and III describe common procedures for still photos and movies.

Part II. Selecting the AF Method

4. Set the lens focus mode switch to <AF>.

5. Make sure that the camera is ready to take shots, and then press the <MENU> button.

6. To shoot still photos, select the [ ] tab, or to shoot movies, select the [ ] tab, and then press the <Multi-controller> to select [AF method]. Press the < > button.

7. Select the [AF method], and then press <>.

8. Press the <MENU> button, and then close the menu window. An image will appear on the LCD monitor.
NOTE
While the image is displayed on the LCD monitor, pressing the <> button will enable you to set the AF method etc. on the Quick Control Screen.
For more information, please refer to the instruction manuals that came with your camera.

As the next step may differ depending on the AF method setting, Please confirm your AF mode setting before proceeding.
Part II-1 Using AF (Face+Tracking) to Focus
Part II-2. AF Using AF (FlexiZone - Multi) to Focus
Part II-3. Using AF (FlexiZone - Single) to Focus
Part II-4. Using AF (Quick Mode) to Focus

Part II-1 Using AF (Face+Tracking) to Focus

In [ +Tracking] AF The camera detects and focuses human faces. If a face moves, the AF point <> also moves to track the face.

9. Focus the subject's face.
  • When a face is detected, the [ ] frame will appear over the face to be focused.
  • If multiple faces are detected, [ ] will be displayed. Use <> to move the [ ] frame over the face you want to focus on.
You can also tap the LCD monitor screen to select the face or subject. If the subject is not a face, [ ] will be displayed.
  • If no faces can be detected, or if you tap the LCD monitor but do not select any face or subject, the camera will switch to [FlexiZone - Multi] with automatic selection.

10. Press the shutter button halfway to focus the [ ] face.

  • 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.
IMPORTANT
  • At this point the camera has only achieved focus and a picture will not be taken. To take a picture, follow the procedure in Part IV.

REFERENCE
  • If the subjects face is significantly out of focus, face detection will not be possible. 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 will 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.
  • If you press the < > or <> button to display the AF point [ ] at the center and use <> to move the AF point.
  • Since AF is not possible with a face detected near the edge of the picture, the [ ] will be grayed out. If you press the shutter button halfway, the subject will be focused in FlexiZone - Multi method with automatic selection.

Proceed to Part IV.

Part II-2. AF Using AF (FlexiZone - Multi) to Focus

[FlexiZone - Multi] is an AF method that makes it easy to focus a moving subject.
You can focus over a wide area with up to 31 AF points (automatic selection). This wide area can also be divided into 9 zones for focusing (zone selection).

9. Select the AF zone.
Pressing <> or the <> button will toggle between automatic selection and zone selection. In Basic Zone modes, automatic selection is set automatically.
  • Use <> to select the zone. To return to the center zone, press <> or the <> button again.
  • You can also tap the LCD monitor screen to select a zone.

10. 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 area frame will turn orange.
IMPORTANT
At this point the camera has only achieved focus and a picture will not be taken. To take a picture, follow the procedure in Part IV.

REFERENCE
  • If the camera does not focus the desired target subject with automatic AF point selection, switch the AF method to zone selection or [FlexiZone -Single] and refocus.
  • Depending on the [ : Aspect ratio] setting, the number of AF points will differ. At [3:2], there will be 31 AF points. At [1:1] and [4:3], there will be 25 AF points, and at [16:9], 21 AF points. Also, at [16:9], there will be only three zones.
  • For movie shooting, there will be 21 AF points (or 25 AF points if [640x480] is set) and three zones (or 9 zones if [640x480] is set).

Proceed to Part IV.

Part II-3. Using AF (FlexiZone - Single) to Focus

In [FlexiZone - Single AF], the camera focuses with a single AF point. This is effective when you want to focus a particular subject.

9. The AF point <> will appear. During movie shooting, if [Movie Servo AF] is set to [Enable], the AF point will be displayed in a larger size.

10. Move the AF point.
  • Use the <> to move the AF point to where you want to focus. (It cannot be moved to the edge of the screen.)
  • To return the AF point to the center, press the <> or <> button.
  • You can also tap the LCD monitor screen to move the AF point.

11. Aim the AF point over the subject, then press the shutter button halfway and hold it.

  • 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.
IMPORTANT
At this point the camera has only achieved focus and a picture will not be taken. To take a picture, follow the procedure in Part IV.

Proceed to Part IV.

Part II-4. Using AF (Quick Mode) to Focus

In [Quick Mode], The dedicated AF sensor is used to focus in One-Shot AF mode, using the same AF method as with viewfinder shooting. Although you can focus the target area quickly, the Live View image will be interrupted momentarily during the AF operation. In AF area selection modes other than 19-point automatic selection AF, you can manually select the AF point. In Basic Zone modes, 19-point automatic selection AF is set automatically.
IMPORTANT
  • Quick mode cannot be set for movie shooting.
  • When [Quick mode] is set, [Continuous AF] will automatically be set to [Disable].

9. The small boxes inside the screen are the AF points.
  • With FlexiZone - Single (manual selection), the AF point will be displayed as a small frame.
  • With Zone AF (manual zone selection), the frame indicating the zone is displayed.
REFERENCE
  • Press the button to display the current AF area selection mode.
  • Each time you press the button, the AF area selection mode changes.

10. Aim the AF point over the subject, then press the shutter button halfway and hold it.
  • 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 AF point that achieved focus will turn green and the Live View image will reappear.
  • If focus is not achieved, the AF point will blink in orange.

IMPORTANT
At this point the camera has only achieved focus and a picture will not be taken. To take a picture, follow the procedure in Part IV.
REFERENCE
  • You cannot take a picture during autofocusing. Take the picture while the Live View image is displayed.

Proceed to Part IV.

Part III. Focusing Manually

You can magnify the image and focus precisely with manual focus.

3. Once you have completed steps 1-3 of Part I, set the lens focus mode switch to <MF>.

4. Turn the lens focusing ring to focus roughly.

5. Press <> to display the magnifying frame.You can also tap [ ] on the screen to magnify the image.

6. Press the <> key to move the magnifying frame to the position where you want to focus.
To return the magnifying frame to the screens center, press the <> or <> button.

8. Press the <> button to magnify the area within the frame.

Each time you press the <> button, the magnification within the frame will change as follows:
Normal view -> Approx. 1x -> Approx. 5x -> Approx. 10x -> Normal view
  • While in magnified view, you can use <> to scroll around in magnified view.

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

10. After achieving focus, press the <> button to check the image composition in normal view.

Part IV. Shooting

After focus is achieved by following the instructions in Part II-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.

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

General Notes for Live View Shooting

Please be aware of the following notes for Live View shooting.
IMPORTANT
- Under low or bright light conditions, the Live View image may not reflect the brightness of the captured image.
- Even if a low ISO speed is set, noise may be noticeable in the displayed Live View image under low light. However, when you shoot, the image recorded will have minimal noise. (The image quality of the Live View image is different from that of the recorded image.)
- If the light source (illumination) within the image changes, the screen may flicker. If this happens, exit Live View shooting and resume shooting under the actual light source.
- If you point the camera in a different direction, it may throw off the Live View images correct brightness momentarily. Wait until the brightness level stabilizes before shooting.
- If there is a very bright light source in the picture, the bright area may appear black on the LCD monitor. However, the actual captured image will correctly show the bright area.
- In low light, if you set the [ : LCD brightness] to a bright setting, noise or irregular colors may appear in the Live View image. However, the noise or irregular colors will not be recorded in the captured image.
- When you magnify the image, the image sharpness may look more pronounced than in the actual image.
  • Custom Functions
- During Live View shooting, some Custom Function settings will not take effect.
  • Lens and Flash
- The focus preset function is possible for Live View shooting only when using a (super) telephoto lens equipped with the focus preset mode, available since the second half of 2011.
- FE lock will not work if the built-in flash is used. FE lock and modeling flash will not work if an external Speedlite is used.
  • Image Quality
- When you shoot at high ISO speeds, noise (such as dots of light and banding) may become noticeable.
- Shooting in high temperatures may cause noise and irregular colors in the image.
- If Live View shooting is used continuously for a long period, the cameras temperature may rise, and image quality may deteriorate. Always exit Live View shooting when you are not shooting.
- If you shoot a long exposure while the cameras temperature is high, image quality may deteriorate. Exit Live View shooting and wait a few minutes before shooting again.
  • White <[ ]> and Red <[ ]> Temperature Warning Icons
-If the cameras temperature increases due to prolonged Live View shooting or under a high ambient temperature, a white <[ ]> or red <[ ]> icon will appear.
-The white <[ ]> icon indicates that the image quality of still photos will deteriorate. You should exit Live View shooting and allow the cameras temperature to cool before shooting again.
-The red <[ ]> icon indicates that the Live View shooting will soon stop automatically. If this happens, you will not be able to shoot again until the cameras temperature decreases. Exit the Live View shooting or turn off the power and let the camera rest for a while.
-Using Live View shooting at a high temperature for a prolonged period will cause the <[ ]> and <[ ]> icons to appear earlier. When you are not shooting, turn off the camera.
-If the cameras temperature is high, the image quality of high ISO speed images or long exposures may deteriorate even before the white icon <[ ]> is displayed.
  • Shooting Result
-If you take the picture in magnified view, the exposure may not come out as desired. Return to the normal view before taking the picture. In magnified view, the shutter speed and aperture will be displayed in orange. Even if you take the picture in magnified view, the image will be captured in the normal view range.
-If [ : Auto Lighting Optimizer] is set to other than [Disable], the image may look bright even if a decreased exposure compensation or decreased flash exposure compensation is set.
-If you use a TS-E lens (except the TS-E17mm f/4L or TS-E24mm f/3.5L II) and shift or tilt the lens or use an Extension Tube, the standard exposure may not be obtained or an irregular exposure may result.
  • Notes for [ +Tracking] , [FlexiZone Multi AF], and [FlexiZone Single AF]
-Even when focus has been achieved, pressing the shutter button halfway will focus again.
-You cannot focus a moving subject continuously.
-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 may flicker and focusing may be difficult. If this happens, exit Live View shooting and autofocus under the actual light source.
-When [FlexiZone - Multi] is set and you press the < > button (or tap [ ] on the screen), the center of the selected zone (or image center with automatic selection) will be magnified. If you press the shutter button halfway, the display will return to normal and the camera will focus.
-When [FlexiZone - Single] is set and you press the < > button (or tap [ ] on the screen), the area covered by the AF point will be magnified. Press the shutter button halfway to focus while in the magnified view. This is effective when the camera is attached to a tripod and you need to attain very precise focus. If focusing is difficult in magnified view, return to the normal display and use AF. Note that the AF speed may differ between the normal and magnified views.
-If you magnify the view after focusing with [FlexiZone - Multi] or [FlexiZone - Single] in the normal view, precise focus may not be achieved.
-If [ +Tracking] is set, magnified view is not possible.


Live View Shooting (Photos) with the Default Settings (EOS 70D)

SIMS Doc Id

8201845700

Doc ID   ART142752
Updated   11/04/2015

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