Tips & Tricks | Backing up your camera settings

Modern DSLR menus have a plethora of customisation options available and most photographers will spend time fine tuning their cameras to suit their particular style of shooting.

But what happens when your patiently selected settings are wiped out if you have to reset your camera? Or, if you have a second, identical body that you want to set up with exactly the same shooting options?

Fortunately, the majority of modern DSLRs have an option tucked away (usually in the setup menu) that allows you to backup and/or restore your custom settings very easily. These settings can be stored on an old card, kept in your camera bag and can save you a headache later on.


Nikon cameras

With most Nikon DSLRs, the option is found under the Setup menu. Simply select the option and then choose to either Save or Load your settings.

 


Canon cameras

With most Canon DSLRs, the option is also found under the Setup menu. Simply select the option and then choose to either Save or Load your settings.

 

NB. If you update your camera’s firmware, you generally can’t restore your settings, as new features may have been added to your camera, so useful as it is, it’s not unfortunately foolproof!

Also, bear in mind that any firmware update will generally reset your customisation options.

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