Live View is an exciting new feature for the 5D Mark II many photographers may already be familiar with from point-and-shoot cameras where a live image appears on the LCD monitor and the viewfinder isn't used to take the picture. The mirror flips up to display the image from the camera sensor on the LCD monitor. Working in Live View allows compositional adjustments similar to shooting with a large format view camera where the image is projected onto the ground glass. It's best utilized when working with a tripod or when you'd rather not use the viewfinder and employ one of the optional grid overlays as compositional aids. It's the only mode you can shoot movies in.
For more on shooting video with the 5D Mark II by using Live View, see Chapter 8.
1.8 The Live View display
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