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Canon EOS 600D

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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

Canon EOS 600D at a glance:

  • 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.

  • White Balance: Auto, 6 presets, plus custom setting
  • External mic: Yes
  • Video: 1920x1080 pixels (at 30fps, 25fps or 24fps), 1280x720 pixels (at 60fps or 50fps), 640x480 pixels (at 60fps or 50fps), MOV files with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression
  • Dioptre Adjustment: -3 to +1 dioptre, 19mm eye point
  • Built-in Flash: Yes – GN 13m @ ISO 100
  • Shutter Type: Electronically controlled focal-plane shutter
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC or SDXC
  • Viewfinder Type: Pentamirror
  • LCD: Articulated, 3in LCD with 1.04 million dots
  • Output Size: 5184x3456 pixels
  • AF Points: 9 (with centre-cross sensor) individually selectable points, auto or manual selection possible
  • Sensor: 18-million-effective-pixel CMOS sensor
  • Field of View: Approx 95%
  • White Balance Bracket: Yes, over 3 images
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/200sec
  • Focal Length Mag: 1.6x
  • Weight: 530g without battery or card/s
  • Exposure Modes: Auto, program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, 6 scene modes and Creative Auto
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion LP-E8 battery
  • File Format: Raw, JPEG, raw + JPEG simultaneously
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/4000sec in 1⁄3EV steps plus bulb
  • Compression: 2-stage JPEG
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Drive Mode: 3.7fps for 34 large/fine JPEG files or 6 raw images
  • Exposure Comp: ±5EV in 1⁄3EV or 1/2EV steps
  • ISO: 100-12,800
  • Lens Mount: Canon EF-S (compatible with EF)
  • DoF Preview: Yes
  • Focusing Modes: Manual, single-shot AF, automatic AF, continuous AF
  • Dimensions: 128.8x97.5x75.3mm
  • Metering System: 63-zone evaluative metering (linked to any AF point), centreweighted, partial (9%) and spot (4%)
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
  • Tested as: Enthusiast DSLR

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