Adjusting Photo Brightness/Setting Exposure Compensation (EOS 80D)



      With this camera, if the mode dial is set to anything other than <>, the exposure is determined by the camera and automatically set to a suitable value. To adjust the value determined by the camera to an exposure more suitable to the desired photo, use exposure compensation.
      Exposure compensation can brighten (increased exposure) or darken (decreased exposure) the standard exposure set by the camera. The value can be adjusted in the <//> modes.
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      Use the following procedure for exposure compensation.

      1. Set the camera's power switch to <ON>.

      2. Set the mode dial to one of the following: <//>.

      3. Press the shutter button halfway and check the exposure level indicator, then while looking in the viewfinder or at the LCD monitor, turn the <> dial.
      If it cannot be set, set the <LOCK> switch downward, then turn the <> dial. If you set exposure compensation, <> will be displayed in the viewfinder and on the LCD panel.

      • Although you can set the exposure compensation up to ±5 stops* in 1/3-stop increments, the exposure compensation indicator in the viewfinder and on the LCD panel can only display the setting up to ±3 stops. If the exposure compensation amount exceeds ±3 stops, the end of the exposure level indicator will display [ ] or [ ].
      *During Live View shooting, exposure compensation can be set up to ±3 stops.
      • If you want to set the exposure compensation setting beyond ±3 stops, use the Quick Control screen or the [ : Expo.comp./AEB] menu. For details, refer to the instruction manual included with the camera.
      • If the <> mode and the ISO Auto are both set, refer to the instruction manual included with the camera to set the exposure compensation.
      • After setting the exposure compensation amount, you can prevent the exposure compensation amount from changing accidentally by setting the <LOCK> switch upward.

      4. Press the shutter button to shoot.
      • To cancel the exposure compensation, set the exposure compensation amount back to <>.
      If [ : Auto Lighting Optimizer ] is set to any setting other than [Disable], the image may still look bright even if a decreased exposure compensation for a darker image is set.
      The exposure compensation amount will remain in effect even after you set the power switch to <OFF>.