Canon EOS 600D / Rebel T3i

Canon EOS 600D is a digital SLR camera that launched by Canon and is intended for the beginner photographer. The camera is equipped with 18 megapixels APS-C CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 image processor, 3-inch LCD monitor that can be rotated in Vari-Angle, Full HD 1080p video recording with manual exposure, as well as compatible with Canon EF and EF-S. Not only that, the EOS 600D also has the ability to 3.7fps continuous shooting, ISO100-6400, 63 Zone Dual-Layer Metering / 9-Point AF, and has a Live View shooting mode including Intelligent Auto Scene Mode. The camera is also sold at a price range of $599.00 – including EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens Kit. The prices are not too expensive for the beginner photographers who already understand enough about DSLR cameras.

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Our Reviews

Features & Design

Canon EOS 600D has the same shape as all Canon DSLR cameras with the settings that are accessible to the user so convenient to use when in the palm of your hand. At the top there is a camera hot-shoe for external flash and the settings like ISO button, Display, and Creative Mode button to help users get great pictures using a variety of shooting modes such as portrait, landscape, macro, and sports. Not only that, the EOS 600D also comes with Creative Filters similar to the Canon EOS 60D which serves to give effect like black-and-white, toy camera and fish-eye to the image that has been captured.

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Equipped with 3-inch LCD monitor that can be articulated, the Canon EOS 600D is easy to use to view the images and videos that have been captured. On the right of the monitor, you can find the four-way control with the Set button in the middle, Live View button, Quick Function, Playback, and Delete. While at the top of the screen, there is the Menu and Info buttons including viewfinder. Looking at the design and features of the Canon EOS 600D, this camera is very convenient and easy to use by beginner photographers plus simple camera controls that make the camera even more attractive. In addition, the battery life is also strong enough to shoot images up to 440 shots.

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Performance & Image Quality

Speaking about the image quality, the Canon EOS 600D is able to capture impressive images with high resolution. If you shoot photos in JPEG format, you will get excellent quality pictures. However, in the RAW format, you will get a better picture when compared to JPEG. The camera is also capable of dealing image noise very well, allowing you to shoot high ISO. You can use ISO100-6400 to obtain good quality images. Coupled with wirelss-flash control feature that serves to control several external flash, thus helping you get high quality pictures in low-light situations.

Sample photos by postpic at Flick

Sample photos by postpic at Flick

For video quality, the Canon EOS 600D allows you to record Full HD 1080p video with excellent quality. The video quality and image color is very nice and soft. The camera also has the digital zoom feature which allows you to zoom during video recording. Video can be recorded at 1080p resolution at 30p, 24p or 25p frames per second in the format file .MOV.

Should I buy the camera?

For the beginner photographer, the Canon EOS 600D is an interesting camera with a resolution of 18 Megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 image processor, 3-inch LCD monitor that can be rotated to vari-angle, Full HD 1080p video recording with manual exposure. Not only that, his ability to control several external flash also features an interesting one. Now, the Canon EOS 600D is sold at a price that is quite lower compared to when it first launched so that more appeal to the beginner photographers.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Specifications

Sensor

Camera Type Digital SLR with Interchangeable lenses

Lens Mount Canon EF

Camera Format Canon APS-C (1.6x Crop Factor)

Pixels
+ Actual: 18.7 Megapixel
+ Effective: 18.0 Megapixel

Max Resolution 17.9MP: 5184 x 3456 @ 3:2

Other Resolutions
+ 8.0MP: 3456 x 2304 @ 3:2
+ 4.5MP: 2592 x 1728 @ 3:2
+ 2.5MP: 1920 x 1280 @ 3:2
+ 0.35MP: 720 x 480 @ 3:2

Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 22.3 x 14.9 mm

File Formats
+ Still Images: JPEG, RAW, TIFF
+ Movies: MOV

Noise Reduction Yes

Memory Card Type SD, SDHC, SDXC

Focus System

Focus Type Auto & Manual

Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)

Viewfinder / LCD Display

Viewfinder Type Pentamirror

Viewfinder Coverage 95%

Display Screen 3″ Rear Screen LCD (1,040,000)

Screen Coverage 100%

Live View Yes

Exposure System

ISO Sensitivity 100-6400 (Extended Mode: 100-12800)

Shutter
+ Type: Electronic & Mechanical
+ Speed: 30 – 1/4000 sec

Remote Control RS-60E3 & RC-6 (Optional)

Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Spot metering

Exposure Modes
+ Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
+ Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in .33 EV steps)

White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (White), Shade, Tungsten

Flash

Flash Modes Auto

Built-in Flash Yes

Guide No. 42.65′ (13 m) ISO100

Max Sync Speed 1 / 200 sec

Flash Compensation -2 EV to +2 EV (in .33 or .5 EV steps)

External Flash Connection Hot Shoe

Recording

Video Recording Yes

File Size
+ 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
+ 1280 x 720 (HD)
+ 640 x 480 (SD)

Frame Rate
@ 1920 x 1080: 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
@ 1280 x 720: 60 fps, 50 fps
@ 640 x 480: 30 fps, 25 fps

Exposure Control
+ Auto: Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO
+ Manual: Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO

ISO Sensitivity 100 – 6400, Expandable to 12800

Exposure Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)

Focus Auto, Manual

Continuous Shooting Time
+ 1920 x 1080: 11 min. (330 MB / min.)
+ 1280 x 720: 11 min. (330 MB / min.)
+ 640 x 480: 29 min. (82 MB / min.)

Audio Recording Optional External Mic: With Video, Mono,

Performance

Continuous Shooting Up to 3.7 fps

Start-up Time 0.1 Seconds

Self Timer 2 sec, 10 sec

Connectivity AV Output, HDMI C (Mini), USB 2.0

Battery

Type 1x LP-E8 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2VDC, 1120mAh

AC Power Adapter ACK-E8 (Optional)

Operating/Storage Temperature
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 0 – 85%

Weight & Measure

Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.2 x 3.9 x 3.1″ / 13.2 x 9.9 x 7.9 cm

Weight 18.2 oz / 516 g Body only

Video Reviews

Review Video By Digital Camera World

Review Video By DigitalRev TV

Review Video By TechRadar

User Manual

Canon Rebel T3i (EOS 600D) User Manual (PDF)

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Rivals

Panasonic Lumix GF2

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Nikon D5000

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Sony A390

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Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Olympus E-P2

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆


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5 Comments »

Comment by Williams
2011-02-14 03:51:33

It looks like gonna be another great camera from Canon. Before reading this article my mind has set to buy the 60D with better viewfinder, AF, and more FPS.. But I also want the upgrade features from this camera (articulated screen) with cheaper price. Which camera should I get?

Comment by Tom
2011-02-14 04:15:01

I think if you shoot lots of sport then the 60D with more FPS and better AF is more suitable for you.

 
 
Comment by Jess
2011-02-14 03:57:10

Should I wait for this camera to hit the market in March/April? .. should I just wat for the 550D price falls?

Comment by Tom
2011-02-14 04:18:00

I would buy the latest technology available in the market.. so The brand new 600D is the my pick.

 
 
Comment by Doug
2011-02-20 20:23:50

If you are interested in learning to use your new Canon T3i/ 600D, please have a look at my ebook, Canon T3i Experience, available on my WordPress blog “Picturing Change” or here:
http://www.dojoklo.com/Full_Stop/Canon_T3i_Experience.htm

It is aimed towards those just starting out with a dSLR or those with some experience but want to learn to get more out of their T3i/ 600D and shoot in Av and Tv modes, make full use of the autofocus system, metering and exposure modes, and understand how and why to use various settings for the way you shoot. It also covers all of the Menu and Custom Function Settings, with recommended settings to get you started. It cuts through all the information presented to you in the manual and focuses on functions, settings and information to help you get out there shooting in the real world.

 

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