Reviews and Problems with Canon EOS 550D / Rebel T2i / Kiss X4
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Canon EOS 550D
19 April 2014
Summary: The Canon EOS 550D does so many things right that it seems churlish to mark it down for anything, but whether you should fork out for this dSLR depends on what you're planning to do with it. It's fantastic for HD movies and great for low-light, high-ISO shooting, but, in terms of ordinary, everyday stills photography, it offers little advantage over cameras that cost £200 or £300 less
Cons: Detail could be crisper; needs a decent kit lens; pricey for an amateur camera.
Summary: The Canon EOS 550D sells at a market operating price in India at Rs.38,700. This is a really good camera and it comes as no surprise that it is still widely sold in the market, despite being almost two years old. This was not intended as a replacement to the EOS 600D and the only real difference between the two is the tilt out screen. This camera costs approximately Rs.10,000 lesser than the EOS 600D and offers equally good features with the same performance.
Conclusion: As is the norm for Canon, they’ve again packaged software that allows remote controlling of the 550D from a computer, be it PC or Mac. This superb inclusion allows for remote changes to any setting that doesn’t require a dial to be switched on the camera. The only limitation is the ability to switch between Auto, Program, Manual, Aperture Priority etc, but this is a minor one.
Excerpt: After working with a Canon EOD Rebel XTi, I moved onto this camera. The size is larger, especially when coupled with a larger lens, though the quality of the images far exceeds the added weight in the pack. Various modes the camera features have been used, though a lot of my photography is done manually.
The camera holds up to a good amount of abuse. The battery with average use lasts a good amount of time, I've noticed having to charge about once a month.
Excerpt: We review the Panasonic Lumix GH2 and Canon EOS 550D DIGITAL SLRs continue to be the most popular type of camera for photographers looking for better quality images and more creativity than a compact can offer, while also providing ease of use and the versatility that comes with a system of lenses, flashguns and other accessories.
Conclusion: The arrival of CSCs pose a new challenge to DSLRs. The GH2 is without doubt the best CSC we’ve tested and offers many benefits, in particular its AF speed, smaller size, touchscreen LCD and its video function. The Canon EOS 550D has the edge in terms of ease of use, price, system back-up and image quality from its stills.
Summary: All in all, the EOS 550D is the most compelling DSLR of its class that we've ever tested. It is hard to imagine how much more we might realistically expect from a product of this type, and although the improvements that Canon has made over the EOS 500D aren't revolutionary, the 550D is a better camera than its predecessor. In terms of both still and video capture, the 550D is currently the best camera of its type on the market.
Pros: Excellent detail and resolution (especially in raw mode), Lovely new LCD screen - the 3:2 format really makes a difference., Capable, flexible AF system in both phase-detection and live view modes, High-spec video mode, including external microphone jack, Highly intuitive operation, refined ergonomics, Fast and responsive operation (although shooting in raw mode slows things down), Very reliable metering and white balance in most shooting situations, Decent build qual...
Cons: Auto Lighting Optimizer's effect is subtle to the point of being unnoticeable, No rear control dial (as found on higher-end Canon bodies), Entry-level ergonomics won't suit everyone (the EOS 50D and 7D just feel nicer), No in-camera raw conversion option, Slightly soft JPEG output at default settings (but this is far from unusual), Chroma noise takes a fairly big chunk out of resolution at ISO 12800 (but better than the 500D), AF assist strobe can be annoying
Excerpt: Another to add to Canon's esteemed EOS SLR range. The 550D comes with an 18 megapixel CMOX sensor built to perform well in low light thanks to high ISO range of up to 6400. The EOS 550D also shoots full 1080p high definition video, or high speed 720P to cope better with fast moving subjects.
Conclusion: The Canon EOS Rebel T2i pumps out beautiful pictures and boasts full-featured 1080p video recording options that were previously only available with D-SLRs twice its price.
Pros: Top-notch images. 18-MP resolution. Low noise levels through ISO 3200. Largest and sharpest LCD available on a D-SLR. Multiple HD video-capture modes. Manual exposure control available during video capture. Compatible with SDXC memory cards. HDMI-CEC support.
Cons: Video recording is not as intuitive as with a dedicated camcorder. Frames-per-second capture is slower than the competition.