Written on: 28/02/2011 by wolu (3 reviews written)
A minor preview/review of the new Canon EOS 600D (Rebel T3i) upper entry level DSLR. An upgrade from its predecessor the EOS 550D. Specifications remain about the same; similar CMOS sensor with 18.0 megapixel, but what's really new and upgraded? The Canon EOS 600D gains a new vari-angle LCD screen similar to the EOS 60D. The EOS 600D also now has the ability to remotely control flashguns using its internal flash; a feature that normally only high-end DSLRs would have. Even more accurate iFCL Metering focusing system taken from the EOS 7D's 63-zone Dual-layer metering sensor, ensuring shots are properly exposed even in tough lighting conditions.
The EOS 600D Lens Kit will sport a new EF-S 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS II, a more revised version II lens with image stabilizer. The lens is built lightweight and easy to carry, ensures a blur-free shooting zone.
EOS 600D Specifications:
18 Megapixels APS-C CMOS sensor
Featured Guide mode
Scene Intelligent Auto mode
7.7cm (3.0-in.) 1,040k-dot Vari-angle screen
14-bit DIGIC 4 processing
ISO range of 100-6400 (expanded to 12800)
3.7 frames per second (fps)
9-point Auto Focusing
Full HD (1080) movie shooting
The EOS 600D is easy shooting with amazing results, a new fully-automatic scene intelligent Auto mode makes it easy to capture shots with nearly no effort. The Scene Intelligent system will analyze the scene for you and automatically pick the best settings to capture.
The Vari-angle LCD features 7.7cm (3.0-in.) with approximately 1.04 million dots resolution, with a wide 160 degree angle of view. The screen has been improved with anti-reflection and smudge-resistant fluorine coatings. Like the EOS 60D, the Vari-angle screen is designed to open sideways, to allow photographers to creatively shoot from unusual angles.
This camera is built for beginners, and we're more often seeing more and more Featured Guide modes, that are filling up the user interfaces, offering a brief description of each key setting and effect; it helps those new to DSLRs get the hang of what settings exactly it is they're shooting.
Overall not a bad camera, not too much of an upgrade from the 550D, major difference is the Vari-angle LCD. Price is a bit higher than your normal entry level DSLR's. Some people may be turned away because of the price difference. But for any amateur keeping up with the times, a 600D would be a great upgrade per say from a Canon 450D or Nikon D40.