Reviews and Problems with Canon EOS 600D / Rebel T3i / Kiss X5
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Canon EOS Rebel T3i Review
26 April 2013
Excerpt: Only a year after the release of the Canon EOS Rebel T2i, here is its replacement -- the T3i. The T3i keeps the 18 megapixels and ISO range of its predecessor, so there is no difference in image quality. What the T3i does have is a variety of interesting new features designed to tempt new users into buying a DSLR.
Pros: Excellent image quality at all ISO settings, Articulated LCD screen, Ability to remotely control flashguns
Summary: On its own, it’s a typical pop-up flash, mostly useful for fill or when you’ve got nothing else. In the end, the EOS Rebel T3i is a terrific value at about $850 with the 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6 image-stabilized kit lens. And Canon’s rich array of lens choices gives you tremendous options as you explore your own photographic inclinations.
Pros: Great feel in the hand; impressive video capabilities; good manual.
Conclusion: The Canon EOS 600D is destined to be a major success. Despite being laden with the kind of features you’d expect to find on an enthusiast-level DSLR, it retains its compact size and ease of use and manages to deliver a very high success rate in terms of well-exposed, sharp results. But there is another reason why the Canon deserves to do well. It’s an incredibly enjoyable camera to use: fast, reliable and fun to take pictures with.
Excerpt: (1 items) The Canon EOS Rebel T3i with 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS optional kit lens is a complete picture taking machine. The latest Rebel features an LCD that swings out and can be positioned at a variety of angles, full HD video recording, wireless flash control, a respectable continuous shooting mode, and the same high resolution, 18 megapixel sensor as its predecessor, the EOS Rebel T2i .
Pros: Beautiful and useful Vari Angle 3-inch LCD, Wireless flash transmitter for multiple flashes, Robust movie recording options including full HD, External mic jack, Clear, easy to use menu system and onscreen controls, Excellent image quality, even at ISO 1600, Versatile 18-135mm kit lens option provides all in one solution
Cons: Some physical controls (such as Display button) oddly placed, Lack of single button movie recording, Auto White Balance struggles in most indoor lighting conditions--a traditional Canon weakness
Summary: There's also a great deal of overlap with the higher-end EOS 60D, which meant the new model was greeted by many with a shrug. But what Canon's doing here is following a simple strategy that's proven successful for companies like Sony: to offer a wide variety of products with often only subtle differences to target every buyer.
Pros: High resolution 18 Megapixel stills., Articulated screen with superb 1040k / 3:2 panel., HD video at multiple fps with mic input and adjustable levels., Wireless flash control., Neat Digital Zoom and Video Snapshot features.
Cons: Modest 3.7fps shooting and small RAW buffer., Average 9-point AF system and viewfinder., Still no continuous AF for movies., Models on either side may be better for some photographers.
Summary: There's no getting away from the fact that the Canon EOS 600D has inherited a lot from existing models in the Canon line-up, primarily the 550D and to a lesser extent, the 60D. In essence, the EOS 600D is a 550D with the 60D's vari-angle screen, with very little in the way of innovation. With the 550D still available for around £150 less than the 600D, you'll have to ask yourself how desperately you want a vari-angle screen and the other minor additions.
Excerpt: For amateurs wanting to achieve professional looking photos, and, increasingly, video, the digital SLR remains king. Canon’s newest entry level DSLR comes after last year’s equally accessible EOS 550D, which remains just below it in the EOS range.
Summary: Canon has had an admirably tight grip on the DSLR market ever since the phenomenally successful EOS 300D dived below the four-figure price barrier back in 2003. The success of the EOS D range has never been simply about price however, but the high quality kit you get for your money. What's the difference? In the case of the EOS 600D, that kit takes a bit of scrutiny before you can distinguish it from its predecessor, the 550.