Basic Operations

Holding the Camera

  • Viewing the screen as you shoot

    As you shoot, you can tilt the screen to adjust it. For details, see Using the Screen.

    • (1) Normal angle
    • (2) Low angle
    • (3) High angle
  • Shooting through the viewfinder

    To obtain sharp images, hold the camera still to minimize camera shake.

    • (1) Horizontal shooting
    • (2) Vertical shooting
    1. With your right hand, hold the camera firmly by the camera grip.
    2. With your left hand, support the lens from below.
    3. Rest your right index finger lightly on the shutter button.
    4. Rest your arms and elbows lightly against the front of your body.
    5. To maintain a stable stance, place one foot slightly ahead of the other.
    6. Hold the camera near your face and look through the viewfinder.

Shutter Button

The shutter button has two steps. You can press the shutter button halfway. Then you can further press the shutter button completely.

Pressing halfway

This activates autofocusing and the automatic exposure system that sets the shutter speed and aperture value.

The exposure value (shutter speed and aperture value) is displayed on the screen or in the viewfinder for 8 sec. (metering timer/Timer 8 sec.).

Pressing completely

This releases the shutter and takes the picture.

  • Preventing camera shake

    Hand-held camera movement during the moment of exposure is called camera shake. It can cause blurred pictures. To prevent camera shake, note the following:

    • Hold the camera still, as shown in Holding the Camera.
    • Press the shutter button halfway to autofocus, then slowly press the shutter button completely.


  • The camera will still pause before taking a picture if you press the shutter button completely without pressing it halfway first, or if you press the shutter button halfway and immediately press it completely.
  • Even during menu display or image playback, you can return to shooting standby by pressing the shutter button halfway.

Dial Dial

(1) After pressing a button, turn the Dial dial.

Press a button such as ISO, then turn the Dial dial.

If you press the shutter button halfway, the camera will go back to shooting standby.

  • Used for operations such as setting the ISO speed.

(2) Turn only the Dial dial.

While looking at the screen or viewfinder, turn the Dial dial.

  • Use this dial to set the shutter speed, aperture value, etc.

Control ring Control Ring

Exposure compensation can be set by turning the control ring of RF lenses or mount adapters while pressing the shutter button halfway in P, Tv, Av, or M mode. Otherwise, you can assign a different function to the control ring by customizing it in [Custom Functions: Customize control ring] ().


  • [Autofocus: Focus/control ring] must be set when using lenses that have a combination focus/control ring but have no switch to switch between these features ().

INFO Info Button

Each press of the INFO button changes the information shown.

The following sample screens are for still photos.

In Basic Zone modes, the screen by (1) is not displayed.