Summary: The latest model in Canon's popular Rebel series is very much the camera that the range's history leads us to expect: well featured, well-designed and competitively priced. It's a very conventional camera in a part of the market that is seeing some interesting innovations, but the conventional DSLR design still best suits many people's needs, especially when it's done this convincingly.
Pros: Excellent image quality even at high ISO settings, Extremely high detail and resolution at base ISO, good per-pixel sharpness, Good dynamic range, improved by use of Highlight Tone Priority, On-screen Q-Menu offers good access to shooting settings, Excellent LCD screen is articulated (great for videographers and tripod users), Ability to remotely control flashguns is a nice addition (offered by several of its peers), Good quality 1080/720p video output with a range of...
Cons: Slow AF in Live Mode reduces benefit of articulated screen for stills shooting, White balance often excessively orange under artificial light, Button functions in live view mode very different from conventional mode, Key features and parameters hidden in Custom Function menu, Lacks the in-camera Raw conversion options seen in 60D, Hand grip can be a little cramp-inducing after long periods of use
Summary: While Canon's pro body lineup turns over in a more leisurely fashion, the entry-level lineup now has six offerings including the T3i "flagship" that replaces the former flagship T2i after only a year on the market. To be sure, there are features that differentiate the two, notably the full HD video capability and an articulating monitor.
Pros: Movable monitor, Excellent image and color quality, Excellent high ISO noise performance for a cropped sensor, Good video image quality
Cons: Slow AF acquisition time in video and Live View, No continuous AF in video mode, Low battery life in Live View shooting
Conclusion: We have no problem whatsoever recommending the Canon Rebel T3i. It’s not as robust as the Nikon D7000, but then again it’s $400 less if you opt for similar 18-135mm kit lenses. The Nikon is really geared for the adventurous shutterbug who really wants to dig deeply into the camera’s capabilities. The EOS Rebel T3i is more for the DSLR newbie who wants great picture quality right off the bat, with room to start exploring further, if they want.
Pros: Fine 18-megapixel images, Excellent 3-inch vari-angle LCD, Full HD video at 30 fps, 3.7 fps at full resolution
Cons: Tends to run warm indoors, Video is good but focusing is cumbersome, No burst mode in A+ auto
Summary: The Canon EOS 600D is more of a tweaked EOS 550D than a completely new model, and despite what Canon has said it is really a replacement for the older model. However, it should also be thought of as a cut-down version of the EOS 60D. When the new camera is looked upon in this light, it is certainly a very attractive proposition.
I enjoyed using the Canon EOS 600D and was pleased with the images I took.
Conclusion: There's not really a great deal wrong with this camera. We would like to see the continuous AF for the HD video, but from a purely photographic perspective the 600D does a superb job. The LCD screen is a great tool, thanks to the versatile hinge that allows you to get some alternative viewing angles. Exposures are accurate and, despite the AF point illuminators being hard to see, focusing is quick and sharp.