Canon 7D Full Auto Mode

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Full Auto mode, indicated on the Mode dial by a green square, is exactly what it sounds like—fully automatic shooting. This means that the camera decides all of your in-camera settings. It chooses the ISO, shutter speed, aperture, white balance, and whether or not you will need more light with the pop-up fl ash. You only control the quality settings (RAW or JPEG) and drive mode setting (where you can choose between single or self-timer shooting).

You might be wondering when you would use the Full Auto mode, right? Well, my answer is pretty simple: never! OK, that may be a little extreme, but you have this incredible camera to take great photos with, and letting the camera decide how to do it defeats the purpose of your investment. If you are very new to photography, my hope is that you want to expand beyond the full automatic mode and use your 7D as a powerful tool. It’s OK if you need to switch to this mode every once in a while, but do your best to learn the other modes to get as much out of your camera as you possibly can.


  1. Turn your camera on and then turn the Mode dial to align the green square with the indicator line.
  2. Make sure your image quality setting is selected (RAW or JPEG).
  3. Point the camera at your subject and press the shutter to take a photo. The camera will set both your color and exposure settings for you.


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