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Canon EOS 600D / Rebel T3i review!

NEW! Also see my Canon EOS T3i / 600D vs Nikon D5100 comparison video!


Capture every moment of your adventure with the new EOS 600D

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United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 7th February 2011 – Canon today announces the launch of the EOS 600D – a compact, lightweight Digital SLR (DSLR) that makes capturing exciting, fun and creative images easier than ever. The perfect choice for aspiring photographers looking for a combination of outstanding image quality and ease-of-use, the EOS 600D sits at the top of Canon’s entry-level EOS line-up, above the existing EOS 550D and the new EOS 1100D.

Capturing stunning images and Full HD video has never been easier, thanks to a range of automatic shooting modes that beginners can use to instantly express their creativity. A Feature Guide has been added to the user interface to help you learn about the camera as you use it, helping to develop your photography skills. With an unrivalled range of EF lenses, Speedlites and other accessories to enhance your shooting, the EOS system holds the key to the perfect shot – wherever your journey takes you, and whatever the scene before you.

First-class image quality
The EOS 600D provides all the tools to capture beautiful stills and HD movies. Amazing picture detail is provided by a high-resolution 18 Megapixel (MP) APS-C CMOS sensor, which combines with 14-bit DIGIC 4 processing so you can capture the wonder of a beautiful blue sky and enjoy exceptionally smooth gradients between colours. The camera’s low light shooting capability enables you to achieve clear, natural images in darker conditions, with an ISO range of 100-6400 that can be further expanded to 12800.

Great for shooting pets, children or wildlife, the EOS 600D allows high-speed shooting at 3.7 frames per second (fps), enabling you to capture fast-moving action. Each shot will be captured in sharp detail thanks to the 9-point Auto Focus system, which can track subjects using the auto focus points across the frame. Even more accurate focusing is providing by an extra-sensitive central AF Sensor, while the iFCL Metering system from the semi-professional EOS 7D features a 63-zone Dual-layer metering sensor, helping you to ensure your shot is correctly exposed, even in difficult lighting conditions.

Easy shooting, amazing results
New fully-automatic Scene Intelligent Auto mode makes it easy for you to capture outstanding quality shots with almost no effort. Allowing you to focus exclusively on framing your picture, Scene Intelligent Auto analyses the scene for you and automatically picks the best settings to capture it. Your images will look better than ever thanks to a new ‘Auto’ Picture Style, which automatically makes fine adjustments to colours while you focus on capturing the scene you want.

The EOS 600D also makes it easy for you to instantly add creativity to your pictures. Change the atmosphere of a scene with Basic +, which allows you to pick the mood you want to achieve from one of eight options, including ‘Warm’, ‘Cool’ or ‘Intense’. Whether you’re shooting landscapes, portraits, or close-up macro shots, Basic + makes it easy to capture the perfect image.

Simple, flexible, artistic
Ideal for beginners, a Feature Guide has been added to the EOS 600D’s menu system, offering a brief description of each key setting and its effect, helping you learn more about the camera as you use it.

You can also shoot overhead, at ground level or around corners with the EOS 600D’s Vari-angle 7.7cm (3”) 3:2 ratio ClearView LCD. Rich on-screen detail is provided in 1.04 million-dot resolution, and the side-mounted hinge allows users to comfortably and creatively shoot from a range of unusual angles, or when using a tripod. A smudge-resistant fluorine coating and three anti-reflection coatings also ensure you can see the LCD in clear detail, wherever you are.

Allowing you to apply your own stamp to your shots, the EOS 600D is perfect for experimenting with different Creative Filters. Fish-eye-Effect creates a barrel-shaped distortion similar to a fish-eye lens, and you can instantly turn a scene into a small-scale model with Miniature Effect. Toy Camera Effect, Grainy B/W and Soft Focus offer additional options, allowing you to experiment with your images in a number of different ways.

Capture stunning detail with EOS movie
Capture your memories in superb clarity with Full HD (1080p) movie mode, while a dedicated movie shooting mode means you can switch between stills and HD video instantly. You can also reach distant subjects using new Movie Digital Zoom function, which crops the centre of the sensor from 3x to 10x while still maintaining Full HD quality – great for capturing wildlife on a safari holiday.

Enabling you to capture more engaging videos, Video Snapshot mode shoots video in two, four, or eight second segments, creating clips that are short, easy to edit and of similar lengths to clips used in most TV programmes. As they are recorded, the clips are saved to a Video Snapshot Album and combined into one movie. A soundtrack can be added by choosing from tracks uploaded to the camera and the result viewed on the camera’s LCD, or on an HDTV via the built-in mini HDMI connection.

The EOS system – unrestricted creativity
As your skills develop, the EOS 600D grows with you. As part of Canon’s EOS range, the camera is compatible with the unrivalled selection of EF lenses and a range of accessories, so you can add to your kitbag as your ability and style develops. Over 60 lenses provide you with unlimited creative possibilities: wide-angle lenses capture sweeping landscapes, macro lenses capture the most intricate beauty of the tiniest creatures, and telephoto lenses make distant scenes appear as if they are right in front of you.

Using Canon’s range of Speedlite flashes and the EOS 600D’s Integrated Speedlite Transmitter, you can also experiment with different lighting techniques, or use your flash off-camera, to give your subject or scene a completely different look and feel. With the Easy Wireless function, the camera will also take care of the complicated settings whilst you focus on framing and lighting your scene as you wish.

Introducing the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II
Launching with the EOS 600D is the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II – a new kit lens that provides excellent performance for beginners. A lightweight construction makes it easy to carry, and Canon’s acclaimed optical Image Stabilization also minimises the risk of blur, allowing photographers to use shutter speeds 4 stops slower while still maintaining a blur-free shot. The EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II will succeed the existing EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS in Canon’s lens line-up.

EOS 600D – key features:
• 18-megapixel CMOS sensor
• Scene Intelligent Auto mode
• Full-HD EOS Movie
• On-screen Feature Guide
• 3.7fps continuous shooting
• Wide-area 9-point AF
• 1,040k-dot vari-angle 7.7cm (3.0”) screen
• Basic+ and Creative Filters
• Built-in wireless flash control

Pricing and Availability
• The EOS 600D (body only) is available from early April 2011, priced at £679.00/€819.00 RRP incl. VAT.
• The EOS 600D EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II is available from early April 2011, priced at £769.00/€929.00 RRP incl. VAT.
• The EOS 600D EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS is available from early April 2011, priced at £949.00/€1,149.00 RRP incl. VAT.


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Short version: It's a 550D with an articulated screen. Definitely not bad but... well... :roll:

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:31 am 
another pointless upgrade...amazing...didn't saw that one coming


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Not convinced by the screen but the built in wireless flash control looks like a great addition.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 10:07 am 
I think the swivel screens are underrated, I really appreciate mine on my D5000 and I shoot with the viewfinder most of the time. I think that this is a nice camera. Obviously nobody with a 550D or 500D will be upgrading to this, but then you'd expect those people to upgrade to a grade above, say the 60D or 7D. But for what it is I think this is a nice camera.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 10:37 am 
I bet my gear that the launch price of the 600D in my country will be close to the current price of the 60D. (for an amateur camera,that's just stupid) The 550D is ~40% more expensive than the D3100 (both considered to be in the same class),now the 600D will be launched. Canon is losing the battle here,with their "brilliant" prices. And the lenses,that's another story.
Honestly,for that built-in flash control 1st time buyers will look at a used D80 or D90,or even a new D7000,instead of checking the Canon 600D. (btw,Canon still has 9 AF points...is it so hard to implement the 7D's AF in lower end cameras?)


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Hi Razvan,

Always nice to see Nikon owners taking such a keen interest in Canon cameras even when they are less than compementary! :P But maybe it's, how shall I put it, less than wise to compare the launch price of the 600D/T3i with the current price of the already well established 60D. What premium is paid to be an early adopter is outside any company's control but what Canon can do is set relative price levels. In the case of the 600D and 60D there is a very clear differentiation in RRP (the 60D is 50% higher than the 600D here in the UK) and, once the early rush is over, we'll see a marked price difference at the checkout as well.

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You can put me down as a probable purchaser of this camera! The tilting screen is long on my wish list, but the 60D didn't provide the right cost balance for me to bite. Here the list price of the 600D is less than the current street price of the 60D, so that gap can only increase after launch. Fortunately I'm not in any hurry.

Feature wise, I haven't gone down the spec list in detail yet, but my gut feeling is that the 60D might be the one in trouble as it isn't "different enough"...

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 1:01 pm 
I'll bet with you that the 60D here will be just 20-30% higher than the 600D. So far,didn't lost any bets with Canon stuff in my country :) And yes,I am somewhat subjective because I don't like their begineer line cameras. (however I love the 7D & a possible 70D made out of magnesium)
If I would ever go Canon,I'll buy from the US. The best way to go. I've also adviced every Canon shooter I know to shop from the US in the future,because this country is expensive for Canon.
P.S. If you think the VAT in the UK is high,in our country is 24%.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 1:21 pm 
This launch has caused the cost of 60Ds (at least on Amazon, B&H and Adorama) to drop by about 50$ overnight. While I'm still looking at buying a 60D in the next couple of months, I might just do it sooner given the price drop!


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I don't feel I'll be missing out on anything from my 550D to this. Yay! :lol:


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Why didnt they upgrade the resolution?! This is the first time for a Rebel to have the same resolution as the predecessor! I want a 21MP family-DSLR!! :twisted:

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Improved flash capabilities, effect modes (who the hell uses such things) and a nice screen. What a big upgrade, tipically Canon. I at least expected a bigger viewfinder with ,90x magnification...

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I rather go for 550D or 1100D for my sis starter DSLR .: :roll:
still hope 550D price decrease more. when 600D came. :)
why they don't put 21mp like the use to do? :evil: (JK)

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 4:34 pm 
Looks like a nice progressive upgrade over the 550D a year after the 550D was launched. Which in itself was a progressive upgrade a year after the 500D.

This makes me wonder when the 7DII will be launched as this is older than the 550D? It also makes me wonder how soon after the 7DII is announced the 60D will be upgraded to the 70D with a lot of the current 7D's features including the 19 point AF?

...these progressive upgrades make sense and I like what I see in the 600D.


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Don't try too hard to compare across product line release schedules. The xxxD as a mainstream consumer level gets refreshed most often. xxD less so, and xD less again. The xxxxD is the exception here, but then again that line does seem thrown on as an afterthought and will probably find it hard to compete against mirrorless cameras in that region.

I did wonder myself if they might have yet another MP count update for a 600D, but for the positioning it wasn't essential and keeping to the same 18MP unit across so many models can only help with manufacturing ease.

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