How to get the perfect set-up with your Canon camera

Canon menu
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As digital cameras have become increasingly advanced, the menu structures have invariably become more complicated, too. That said, the menu structure and appearance on Canon's EOS cameras has generally remained consistent throughout the years and latest models, meaning it shouldn't take long for Canon users to navigate the menu when  moving between cameras. 

That said, the sheer number of features crammed into modern EOS cameras means that there are now many more pages to get through compared with older cameras. On most of the best Canon cameras, you'll find a Red Shooting menu, a Blue playback menu and the the Yellow Set-up menu.

The yellow Set-up menu is where you’ll find a range of ‘housekeeping’ settings and more technical tweaks for the camera itself. You’ll find the screen brightness adjustment, sensor cleaning and firmware update functions here, for instance.

While more recent Canon EOS bodies have their Wi-Fi connection options in a separate purple tab, older bodies have that function buried in the Set-up menu. 

Rather than have an orange set of tabs for Custom Functions, beginner-friendly bodies with a more limited range of customization options tend to have a Custom Functions sub-menu within the Set-up section too.

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Lauren Scott
Managing Editor

Lauren is the Managing Editor of Digital Camera World, having previously served as Editor of Digital Photographer magazine, a practical-focused publication that inspires hobbyists and seasoned pros alike to take truly phenomenal shots and get the best results from their kit. 

An experienced photography journalist who has been covering the industry for over eight years, she has also served as technique editor for both PhotoPlus: The Canon MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine and DCW's sister publication, Digital Camera Magazine

In addition to techniques and tutorials that enable you to achieve great results from your cameras, lenses, tripods and other photography equipment, Lauren can regularly be found interviewing some of the biggest names in the industry, sharing tips and guides on subjects like landscape and wildlife photography, and raising awareness for subjects such as mental health and women in photography.