Setup Menu 2, shown in Figure 1-16, offers an additional batch of customization options. But you can adjust and take advantage of only the following three options in all exposure modes (Full Auto, Manual, Portrait, and so on):
1 Language: This option determines the language of any text displayed on the camera monitor. Screens in this book display the English language, but I find it entertaining on occasion to hand my camera to a friend after changing the language to, say, Swedish. I'm a real yoke-ster, yah?
i Video System: This option is related to viewing your images on a television, a topic I cover in Chapter 9. Select NTSC if you live in North America or other countries that adhere to the NTSC video standard; select PAL for playback in areas that follow that code of video conduct.
1 Sensor Cleaning:Auto: By default, the camera's sensor-cleaning mechanism activates each time you turn the camera on and off. This process helps keep the image sensor — which is the part of the camera that captures the image — free of dust and other particles that can mar your photos. You have the option of turning the feature off, but I can't imagine why you would choose to do so.
That leaves the following four options which, again, you cannot access in the fully automatic exposure modes:
1 Custom Functions: Selecting this option opens the door to customizing 11 camera functions, which are labeled on the menu as C.Fn-1, C.Fn-2, and so on. These functions either relate to advanced exposure options or are otherwise designed for people with some photography experience. I cover functions 2, 3, 6, 8, and 9 in Chapter 5, which explains the advanced exposure modes; I detail the remaining Custom Functions in Chapter 11.
1 Clear Settings: You can restore the default settings that are used for the advanced exposure modes via this menu option. You also can reset all the Custom Functions settings to their defaults through this option.
1 Sensor Cleaning:Manual: This feature enables you to clean the image sensor manually, by opening up the camera and using special tools to do the job. My advice on this procedure can be summed up in one word: Don't. The sensor is extremely delicate, and this is a task best left to professional camera technicians. Expect to pay about $30 to $50 for the service. (Some stores, however, provide sensor cleaning free if you purchased your camera from them.)
i Firmware Ver.: This screen tells you the current version of the camera firmware (internal operating software). The appendix in this book explains how to check which version is installed in your camera and how to update it via the Canon Web site if needed.
Keeping your camera firmware up-to-date is pretty important, and I suggest that you skip to the appendix and do a firmware check now even if you're not ready to actually use the advanced exposure modes. That way, you can be confident that you're taking advantage of the most recent internal software.
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