Initially, the Canon EOS 600D may seem nothing more than a slight upgrade from the EOS 550D, but the newcomer actually owes much to AP’s Product of the Year 2011, the EOS 60D. We find out how the new 18-million-pixel camera handles
- 18-million-pixel CMOS sensor
- Articulated, 1.04-million-dot, 3in screen
- ISO 100-12,800
- Street price approx £750
- New Basic+ mode
- Wireless flash control
Canon EOS 600D review – Introduction
In any competition, if you stand still your rivals are likely to overtake you, so if you want to stay ahead you’ve got to keep moving. This is why Canon has released the Canon EOS 600D just a year after it announced the EOS 550D. A few quizzical eyebrows may be raised at this because at first glance there seems to be very little difference between the two. For instance, both share the same 18-million-pixel sensor, Digic 4 image processor and maximum ISO 12,800 sensitivity.
However, such overt similarities are deceptive because the new camera has actually adopted a few features from the next model up in the range, the Canon EOS 60D, which won both the Enthusiast Camera of the Year and Product of the Year at this year’s Amateur Photographer Awards.
Among the features the Canon EOS 600D inherits from this prize-winning model are an articulated 1.04-million-dot, 3in screen, in-camera wireless flash control, a Basic+ exposure mode and creative filters. So, while there are differences in the build and handling of the 600D and 60D, in terms of their specification the two cameras are, at least on paper, remarkably similar.
Interestingly, every other three-digit EOS camera has a different resolution of 6, 8, 10, 12 and 15 million pixels in the EOS 300D, 350D, 400D, 450D and 500D respectively, so it would be logical to assume that the Canon EOS 600D should command an even greater pixel count. However, its resolution has plateaued, and remains the same as that of the EOS 550D.
Now, Canon says that for the time being the 550D is not being officially discontinued, but will remain in the EOS range with a reduced price. In light of this, I can’t help wondering whether the new features of the 600D will prove tempting enough for enthusiast photographers to buy it, rather than the less expensive 550D or better-specified 60D.