Expert Review of Canon EOS 600D DSLR Body Black
True, SLRs have changed the very definition of lifelike image capturing, a word that comes to minds of many, without a moment of hesitation when you talk about SLRs definitely has to be "Canon". Canon, the Camera giant over the years has provided variety of brilliant SLRs one such example is Canon EOS 600D SLR, the 18 megapixel SLR sports a 14 bit DIGIC 4 image processor which is Canon’s forte and works on a CMOS sensor measuring 22.3mm x 14.9mm in dimensions. The default aspect ratio set here is 4:3 thought others like 1:1, 16:9, 3:2 are also provided. The body of Canon EOS 600D is not exactly a compact one as it is not a point and shoot camera with the dimensions of 133.1mm x 99.5mm x 79.7mm, the camera fits in the hand well though it weight of 570 gms can hinder the comfort. On the back lies a 3 inch clear view TFT screen or the Pentamirror Viewfinder which has a resolution of 1040K dot pixels which is accompanied by smart features such as double anti reflection and smudge coating. The camera supports SD card, SDHC card and SDXC card. The rechargeable Li-ion battery LP-E8 available with the kit can shoot up to 440 pictures in one charge. On the top of the device mounts the standard Canon EF and EF-S lens , the device possesses TTL-CT-SIR focus which supports both manual and auto focus. It has 9 AF points system (1 central cross-type sensor), that helps in accurate focusing of the object. The Canon EOS 600D has various Focus modes such as AI Focus, One Shot, and AI Servo and has a Focus range from EV -0.5 -18 (ISO100). The standard Light sensitivity range provided in this device is ISO 100-6400. The camera works with a focal plane shutter which is electronically control maintains minimum shutter speed of 30 seconds and maximum shutter speed of 1/4000 seconds.
Design and Build Quality
Canon EOS 600D measures 133mm x 100mm x80mm in dimensions which is which effectively makes the camera like 3 – 5 inches bigger than any of its predecessor. This is done mainly for the accommodation of articulated screen, and one is highly unlikely to notice the difference in practice. Same goes for the weight, while the camera is heavier than its predecessor when both are equipped with battery and card, 570 gms to 527 gms, it is virtually unnoticeable in your hands. The build quality of both models is also essentially the same. Although when we talk about controlling it is essentially the same as its predecessor with only a handful of tweaks, mostly to accommodate its articulated screen. The upper left side is again left bare, with the bulk of the controls located on the right side of the body. Starting on the upper right surface, there's the main Command Dial, rotary power switch, finger dial, shutter release button, and dedicated buttons for ISO and DISP.
Focus and Face Detection
Talking about focusing power of the SLR, Canon EOS 600D works on the same 9 point AF system on which Canon 550D and several other Canon SLRs worked. As before these are arranged in a diamond pattern, with only the middle point being a cross-type sensor. Which marks one of the most important difference between Canon EOS 600D and Canon EOS 60D, as though both share same arrangements for its AF points, but all nine of them are cross-type sensors, making it more responsive with a variety of subjects.
Lens and Image Stabilization
One of the kits that are mounted on the front of Canon EOS 600D is Canon EF-S 18-55mm, the lens mount is mostly or totally plastic. In fact the whole body is plastic except for the glass mounted on. The advantages to this construction are the loss of unnecessary weight brought along with the lens, and obviously the reduction of cost. There is no distance window on the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens. The tiny manual focusing ring is barely usable and is located on the end of the extending objective end of the lens. There is no USM focusing motor which means there is no FTM focusing. Even without USM, focusing is not slow or loud. This lens is certainly not the best lens ever made by Canon but is just fine for its targeted audience, while the other lens, the EF-S 18-135mm IS is a decidedly superior option for the EOS 600D / T3i without breaking the bank. It delivers a very flexible range which takes you from wide-angle to decent telephoto, along with sporting a smoother manual focusing ring and a non-rotating front section.
Screen and Menus
Canon EOS 600D is marching on Canon EOS 60D’s footsteps to become Canon's second DSLR to feature a fully-articulated screen. The screen is pivoted on the left side of the body and rear, allowing it to flip and tilt in any direction for easier composition at high or low angles, while also being able to turn to face the photographer or back on itself for protection. This panel measures 3 inches and employs a wider 3:2 aspect ratio which perfectly matches the shape of its images. The vast majority of other cameras use squarer 4:3 aspect ratio screens which mean 3:2 images in Live View or playback have black bars above or below when the entire frame is viewed.
The source of power of Canon EOS 600D is the same LP-E8 Lithium Ion battery pack that powered its predecessor. The specifications of the battery include 1120 mAh power rating with essentially the same internal components. Canon raises itself to a bigger picture yet again when it put the exact pin point claims of 440 shots under CIPA conditions with 50% flash usage, or 550 without.
Canon EOS 600D as of now becomes the latest Canon device to offer Full HD video recording. The Full HD 1080p mode can be set to record at either 30fps or 24fps when the Video System is set to NTSC, and 25 or 24fps when set to PAL. The 720p and VGA modes record at a higher frame rate of either when set to NTSC or 50fps when set to PAL.
The Canon EOS 600D is powered by a 18 Megapixel CMOS sensor which delivers the same resolution as the EOS 60D, EOS 550D and the high-end EOS 7D. Indeed we understand the only difference between the sensors in each body is the data readout: four channels on all but the EOS 7D, which boasts eight, allowing it to support quicker continuous shooting for RAW files.
Overall strong image quality
Wireless flash capabilities
Full HD video recording
Plenty of features for beginners to grow
Meagre burst rate
Not built for those with large hands