Reviews and Problems with Canon EOS 550D / Rebel T2i / Kiss X4
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Canon EOS 550D Review
3 February 2014
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.
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
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.
Summary: The Canon EOS Rebel T2i Digital-SLR camera almost has too many features to list, with a 18-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, DIGIC 4 image processor for high image quality and speed, ISO of 100-6400 (expandable to 12800), enhanced 63-zone, dual-layer metering system, and improved EOS Movie mode. While it still has a few minor flaws, such as questionable white balance, for the most part it is a very good DSLR with excellent features and capabilities.
Pros: Improved- better video and audio in EOS Movie mode, DIGIC 4 image processor, Advanced- compatible with the latest SDXC memory card standard for higher capacity, Affordable- certainly one of the best-valued DSLRs for the price, Featured- 3-inch LCD, 18-MP sensor, EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens
Cons: Limited- average battery life, noisy, no full-frame sensor
Summary: Canon's EOS T2i ($899 with an 18-55mm lens) strikes a couple of nice balances: It's easy enough for novices to use but contains enough manual features to satisfy intermediate users looking to get more out of their cameras. More importantly, whether you adjust the settings or leave the camera on Auto, the image quality is so gorgeous the T2i is bound to impress even users who have been shooting for a while.
Excerpt: Canon's latest EOS Digital Rebel model, the T2i is an entry-level dSLR that offers many of the same features we saw on its predecessor, the T1i . New improvements include an 18-megapixel CMOS image sensor (same one used on the 7D), a new 63-zone Dual Layer Metering sensor, increased burst rating at up to 3.7fps, along with a host of other features that have been borrowed from it's big brother, the EOS 7D .
Excerpt: Canon describes this DSLR as ‘entry level’. If this is the entry where’s the exit? Boy is it well equipped! At last look, Canon’s Web site showed nine DSLR models in its range, ranging from entry level to pro: a camera for everyone. Without even a glance at the 260 page manual, I jumped in at the deep end and shot the ISO tests you see in this posting.