Exposure compensation can brighten (increased exposure) or darken (decreased exposure) the standard exposure set by the camera.
Exposure compensation is available in , , , and modes. For details on exposure compensation when mode and ISO Auto are both set, see Exposure Compensation with ISO Auto.
Check the exposure.
- Press the shutter button halfway and check the exposure level indicator.
Set the compensation amount.
Increased exposure, to brighten images
Decreased exposure, to darken images
- Set with the dial.
- The exposure compensation range is ±3 stops in Live View shooting, movie recording, and when [: Shooting screen] is set to [Guided].
- The exposure compensation range is ±5 stops in viewfinder shooting when [: Shooting screen] is set to [Standard].
- The exposure compensation amount displayed in the viewfinder goes up to only ±2 stops.
Take the picture.
- To cancel exposure compensation, set the exposure level to the standard exposure index .
- Setting the power switch to clears any compensation amount that was set. To retain the setting even after the power switch is set to , set [5: Exposure comp. auto cancel] in [: Custom Functions(C.Fn)] to [1:Disable].
-  or  is shown at the ends of the exposure level indicator if the exposure compensation amount exceeds ±3 stops (or in the viewfinder, ±2 stops).
- To set compensation beyond ±2 stops, consider using the Quick Control () screen or [: Exposure comp./AEB setting] ().