Reviews and Problems with Canon EOS 550D / Rebel T2i / Kiss X4
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Value for money 9
Audio & image quality 8
Build quality 7
Canon EOS 550D Digital Camera Review
28 September 2012
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.
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: With the launch of various mirror-less cameras, the Canon EOS 550D isn’t the smallest or lightest camera though it still holds its ground well with other ‘real’ DSLRs. Irrespective of everything; it is effortless to carry around and perfect for people who don’t want the bulk of a heavy professional camera.
Excerpt: (1 items) It's tempting to refer to Canon's T2i as an evolutionary upgrade to its predecessor, the T1i. That is, until you review its pictures and video on your computer screen. Yes, Canon has added incremental refinements to its latest Rebel, but they add up to improved image quality and movie recording that is a notable step forward. The T2i has been bumped to 18-megapixels (compared to 15.1-megapixels for the T1i).
Pros: Higher resolution and improved image quality over previous Rebels, Improved video mode with external mic capability, LCD with high resolution and new 3:2 dimensions, Excellent software bundle for both Mac and Windows users, Snappy 3.7 fps in burst mode
Cons: Relatively expensive for entry level camera kit, Light plastic feel is a turn off for some photographers
Summary: CONCLUSION The T2i appeared on the market shortly after the T1i, but appears to be an addition to the Rebel line that fleshes out the resolution range rather than a replacement. No matter its intention, the T2i is a capable performer and pleasant shooting companion. Shutter lag is what you expect from a DSLR, and AF speed is good as well.
Pros: Good still image quality, Good video image quality, Good ISO performance, Good AF and shutter lag times
Cons: Battery life lowest of similar models, 72 dpi output
Conclusion: Reflecting on the Canon EOS Rebel T2i we feel a bit like Randy Jackson, a judge on American Idol: “Dog, we’re not digging it.” Yes, the DSLR delivers very accurate colors and noise remains under control up to ISO 1600. As a camera—with a caveat of using good glass—you’ll be satisfied with this new DSLR, especially if you keep the flash open. Yet the issue of video quality is hard to overcome. If it were our money—and movies were a non-issue—the Nikon D5000 is the pick.
Pros: Accurate colors, Quick response of 3.7 fps, Good control layout, Noise under control up to ISO 1600
Cons: AF Assist lamp not on body, Kit lens is weak, Problematic videos