Since Canon first introduced the ‘affordable’ DSLR camera in the market, Canon has continually developed and refined its entry-level line with ever-more-frequent releases, adding in more and more features in the process. Here we want to review the hottest one in this series, the Canon 600D (Digital Rebel T3i ).
The Canon 600D was first introduced in the market in 2011, it was described as a upgrade of the a-year older brother 550D, which means the 600D was at the top of Canon’s entry-level line at that time. The Canon 600D/ Digital Rebel T3i is built around an 18Mp (APS-C) CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4 processor, and with a 1,040k dots vari-angle LCD screen, a metering sensor with 63 zones-downsizing from EOS 7D- the integrated wireless flash control also give the users more fun in shooting. Canon 600D key features
The 600D represents an improvement of the body design than its predecessors, with textured rubber covering more of the exterior, the 600D was more comfortably held in hands. The buttons for key shooting controls have been enlarged, making then much more sensitive in use. The grip is enlarged and a emphasized deep-sculpted channel provides a comfortable grip for your thumb. The most impressive improvement over the 550D is the addition of a high-resolution , articulated screen, which can extend 180 degrees out from the camera body and swivel 270 degrees on its hinge. This flexible screen makes it possible for users to shoot with unusual angels, or to compose self-portraits with. And also, this design also give you a choice to fold the screen back to the camera body for protection when it’s not use. Overall, the 600D is a fast camera, the menu response instantly after selected and there is merely any lag when swift in shooting. There is only a little lag in the transitions to and from live view when the camera is inactive. So, in most situations the camera is fast enough for use. The 9-point Auto focus system is a little disappointing, with only one cross in the center and the other eight points in the liner, you can’t expect this AF system to shoot for pro-sports shooting, but it’s easy to use and dependable right in its level. The continuous shooting in 600D also not so impressive, as being set in the entry-level class, Canon did not set the continuous shooting rates into a high level, The 600D attains a respectable, though not astonishing 3.6fps, and shooting in Raw may have a buffer limited for about 7 consecutive images. The 600D is the second video-enabled DSLR with a articulated screen of Canon, so the EOS 600D shares almost the same video mode with the EOS 60D but a new feature- a 3-10x digital zoom that’s available with Full HD recording. The build-in microphone in the EOS 600D does a credible job, although it is not good as the external microphones, but it is good enough for a casual video shooter.
In general, the 600D’s images are very good, The resolution may not be the best in the market, but the image quality is good enough for just a beginner to handle. Noise handling is also very good considering the pixel density. If you want to taking lots of high-ISO shots, shooting in RAW format is again a good choice. And as the other canon’s camera, the overly orange response to artificial light also occur as usual, but can be reduced with a bit of white balance fine tuning.
The EOS 600D has been on the market for 3 years, and compared to the latest entry-level DSLR, it is still a good competitor. Early this year, Canon has introduced the 1200D with almost the same features as 600D. As the 1200D sits in the price bottom of Cannon’s entry-level line, you can get a high resolution articulated screen and the integrated wireless flash control to extend the fun of shooting. I think the 600D is still a good choice for the DSLR beginners.
Until now, the 600D still the hottest camera to the users. For most of the users of Canon 600D, complains boil down mainly to two points, the continuous shooting rate and the overexposure with auto lighting optimizer. So 600D may be a better camera for still and portraits instead of sports shooting. Also the 400 shot battery life may be a shortage for a long travel, so an extra battery must be standby if you want to have a longe shot.
The 600D/ Rebel T3i was the camera well designed for the beginners- it’s feature-rich, reasonably priced, easy to use and, most importantly, takes great pictures. It’s not built around latest features but it is generally well planned one. If you want a DSLR in a budget, The 600D will be an impressive camera and it’s hard for owners not to love it. Good for: Budget-conscious, Family, Movie shooter with limited budget
|Auto Focus Points||9||Sensor Size||APS-C (22.5 x 15 mm) 95%|
|Maximun Shutter Speed||1/4000||Shooting Speed||3.7fps|
|Maximum ISO||6400||Viewfinder Coverage||95|
|Shoots per battery||440||Build in Flash||Yes|
|Build in WIFI||No||Video Recording||Yes|
|Articulated LCD Screen||Yes||Live view mode||Yes|
|Memory Card Slot||1||Microphone||Yes|
|GPS Tagging Capability||No||Environmentally sealed||No|
|Weight||570 g||Dimensions||133.1 mm x 99.5 mm x 79.7 mm|
|Date First Available||2015-06-25||Country Code||JP|
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