36 Steps to the Ultimate Canon EOS R50 Setup

The Canon EOS R50 is here, and it is time to set up this camera for use. Following are the 36 steps taken to prepare an out-of-the-box EOS R50.

  1. Record serial number, and add camera to the insurance policy
  2. Open the box, find the battery, place it in the charger, and plug it in.
  3. Consider downloading and installing the latest Canon imaging software to gain support for the latest camera model(s). Canon Digital Photo Pro (DPP), EOS Utility, and Lens Registration Utility are the options I include in the install.
  4. Insert a memory card (we'll format the card in a later step), insert a charged battery, and power the camera on.
  5. The date, time, and time zone setup display will show at the first startup. Use the rear control dial and set button to update this information.
  6. The camera will prompt to connect your phone running the Canon Connect App. Follow the prompts as desired.
  7. Set the camera's mode to Av, Tv, or M (some modes may provide only a subset of available menu options) and press the menu button.
  8. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image quality: Use the top control dial to set RAW to "RAW", and use the rear direction keys to set JPEG to "-" (RAW image files provide the highest quality and are especially valuable for post-processing work)
  9. Shooting Menu, Tab 4: White balance: AWB W (White) (I seldom use another white balance setting while shooting, though I often adjust white balance modestly during post-processing)
  10. Shooting Menu, Tab 4: Picture Style: Neutral with Sharpness = 1 (Note: the low contrast "Neutral" picture style provides a histogram that best shows the available dynamic range. I usually change the Picture Style to "Standard" in DPP after capture.)
  11. Shooting Menu, Tab 5: Lens Aberration Correction: All options "OFF" (I suggest that most photographers enable Chromatic Aberration correction)
  12. Shooting Menu, Tab 5: High ISO speed NR: Low (noise reduction is destructive to images details, so I prefer to add noise reduction sparingly during post-processing)
  13. Shooting Menu, Tab 6: Release shutter without card: OFF (only in a retail store would you want to press the shutter release without saving the image file)
  14. Shooting Menu, Tab 7: Image review: Review duration: 4 sec. (the Viewfinder review option is disabled by default, speeding the shooting process)
  15. Shooting Menu, Tab 8: Shooting info. disp.: Screen info. settings: Enable 1, 2, 3, and 4; edit screen 2 to show only: Basic shooting info and Electronic level; edit screen 3 to show only: Basic shooting info, Histogram, and Electronic level
  16. Shooting Menu, Tab 8: Shooting info. disp.: VF info/toggle setting: Enable 1, 2, and 3 (the default); edit screen 2 to show only: Electronic level; edit screen 3 to show only: Histogram and Electronic level
  17. Shooting Menu, Tab 8: Shooting info. disp.: Grid display: 3x3 (sometimes the 3x3 grid is helpful for alignment checking while not complicating the view)
  18. Shooting Menu, Tab 8: Shooting info. disp.: Histogram disp: RGB, Small (show the brightness levels of each channel separately and do not let the graph to take up much space in the display as it can affect the perceived composition)
  19. Shooting Menu, Tab 8: Disp performance: Smooth (select Smooth if shooting fast action and battery life is not a concern, and Power saving otherwise.)
  20. AF Menu, Tab 1: Subject to detect: Select Auto, People, Animals, Vehicles, or No priority as makes sense for your current shooting scenario
  21. AF Menu, Tab 2: Preview AF: Disable
  22. AF Menu, Tab 3: Touch & drag AF settings: Touch & drag AF: Enable (allows the thumb drag across the rear LCD to quickly move the AF point while looking through the electronic viewfinder)
  23. AF Menu, Tab 3: MF peaking settings: On
  24. Playback Menu, Tab 4: Playback information display: 1, 2, and 3 only; change view 2 histogram to RGB
  25. Set-up Menu, Tab 1: Format card (always format a memory card in-camera before using it - all data on the card will be lost)
  26. Set-up Menu, Tab 1: Auto Rotate: On computer (images are properly rotated when viewed on a computer, but are always oriented to fill the LCD when viewed on the camera)
  27. Set-up Menu, Tab 2: Mode guide: Disable (novices may appreciate this feature)
  28. Set-up Menu, Tab 2: Feature guide: Disable (novices may appreciate this feature)
  29. Set-up Menu, Tab 2: Beep: Disable (probably no one wants to hear your camera's beep)
  30. Set-up Menu, Tab 2: Power saving: Screen dimmer: Disable (I found the dimmer annoying - the LCD is as useful off as dimmed)
  31. Set-up Menu, Tab 5: Copyright information: enter as desired
  32. Custom Functions Menu, Tab 3: Customize dials: Control ring: Av
  33. Custom Functions Menu, Tab 3: Retract lens on power off: OFF (prevents a carefully-selected focus distance from resetting when the camera auto powers off)
  34. My Menu: Add My Menu 1; Register the following options: Expo.comp./AEB, Display simulation, Subject to detect, Format card, Date/Time/Zone (great for monitoring the time); reorder menu items as desired
  35. My Menu: Add My Menu 2; Register the following options: Anti-flicker shoot., Shutter mode, reorder menu items as desired
  36. With a lens mounted and a subject focused on, adjust the viewfinder diopter until the scene is sharp

I make additional menu and other setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.

To copy this configuration means you intend to shoot as I do - including in RAW-only format. While this setup works great for me, you should adjust the setup to your needs.

If you can't remember your menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a great idea. Anytime the camera is set to the factory state, such as when serviced or when acquiring an additional camera, you will be ready to create your setup quickly, while ensuring that an important setting is not omitted.

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Posted: 3/2/2023 11:48:38 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
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