TUESDAY TIPS: Canon 5D Mark III Q Button

The Q button on the back of Canon cameras is used primarily for quick access to the camera’s primary settings.

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If you’re like me, and avoid manuals at all costs, you may have missed another function of the Q button, too. The other day, I discovered that while in the camera’s menu, pressing the Q button moves to the next menu category.

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Instead of rolling the wheel through several submenus in each category, just press the Q button until the menu you want is highlighted.

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It would appear that this only works on Canon cameras that contain submenus. The 7D, for example, uses tabs instead of submenus, so the Q button doesn’t help.

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