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How can I enable the highlight alert on my Canon 6D?

One of the nice features that most DSLRs have is something called highlight alert or our nickname is the blinky’s. When you view the image anything overexposed will blink so it alerts you that are overexposing parts of your picture.

In order to find it, you’re gonna hit your menu button to get into the menu and then use your multi-selector to move over. Now, you want to scroll all the way over to the third last playback icon on the top of the screen. The Highlight alert is the first option down.  I believe that disable is the default, so you want to make sure it’s on enable.

So then what happens is, let’s look at a picture. Anything that’s overexposing is gonna blink to display the overexposed pictures.  That’s what this will do. 


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  1. Craig Knowlton

    Re: Highlight Alert

    When I Enable it and then turn off and then back on, it has been disabled. How do I make it stay enabled all the time?

    • Peggy Farren

      DO you have the Canon 6D or the 6D Mark II?


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