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Just above the LCD status display are these three buttons. These buttons, in addition to the two dials, are the controls that you are going to use the most on your camera, second to the shutter release button. Notice that each button has two labels underneath it; each button doubles up to give you control over two different things. This button gives you metering mode, and white balance. This button gives you autofocus, and drive mode, and this button gives you ISO, and flash exposure compensation. Now, the way Canon has doubled up the functionality on these three buttons is that the first item shown is controlled by the main dial, and the second item is controlled by the command wheel on the back of the camera.
So, for example, if I want to change the metering mode, I would press this button, and then turn the main dial, and now you see my metering mode changing over here. But this button also lets me control white balance, so by turning the rear wheel, I've got control of white balance. Similarly, if I press this button, the main dial gives me autofocus control, while the command dial gives me drive control. And with this button, the main dial gives me ISO, while the command dial gives me flash exposure compensation.
After changing any of these, I don't need to do anything to confirm the setting. I can simply half-press the shutter button, and my display goes back, with my parameters set. So if you ever get confused about how you get to a particular thing you're seeing labeled on any of these buttons, remember, the first thing you see, the thing on the left side of the little bullet there, is the main dial; the dial on top. The second thing you see, the thing to the right of the little bullet on the label, is the command dial, and that's the dial on the back.
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