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.
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
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: At first glance Canon’s newest entry-level DSLR, the Rebel T2i, might trick you into thinking that it’s merely a repackaged version of its predecessor. That’s a mistake. This new Rebel definitely has a cause. It’s been hopped up under the hood with a re-designed 18-megapixel image sensor, a Digic 4 processor and a 3:2 aspect ratio LCD (it’s about friggin’ time).
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
Excerpt: There haven’t been many recent DSLR introductions for less than $999. Sure you can spend four grand for a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV or a $5,000 Nikon D3s, two of the newer ones available, but those models are really for pros. News on the affordable DSLR front has been pretty sparse—until now as Canon just introduced an upgrade for the popular T1i which remains in the line-up.
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
Summary: I like the Canon EOS 550D, and although £750 is by no means a small amount of money, it does seem to buy a lot of technology. Importantly, the EOS 550D also delivers excellent image quality making it a good choice for enthusiasts looking for a sub-£1,000 camera and novices who want a little more headroom along with the satisfaction of owning the very latest equipment.