Chapter 2: Camera Setup and Image Playback

Setting up the camera to suit your shooting needs and preferences makes all the difference in not only getting the quality of images you want from the camera, but also in increasing your enjoyment of shooting with the 5D Mark III. This chapter details the setup options ranging from setting the image quality and customizing file numbering to playing back images. Also be sure to read Chapter 6 for additional ways to customize the camera using Custom Functions.

In this chapter you also learn about some of the new features on the 5D Mark III, including the Rate button (rate.eps), side-by-side image comparison on the LCD, and in-camera RAW processing.


Selective focus and a shallow depth of field bring attention to the refracted details inside the water drop on the petal. For close-up focusing, I used the EF 100mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens with extension tubes. Exposure: ISO 200, f/14, 1 second.

Setting Up Media Card Recording and Using Eye-Fi Cards

If you use both a CompactFlash (CF) and Secure Digital (SD) card in the 5D Mark III, then early in the setup process decide how you want to use the cards for image recording and playback. I recommend doing this early because media card setup can affect your overall image-quality settings if you set each ...

Get Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital Field Guide now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from nearly 200 publishers.