Canon EOS 600D review

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Canon EOS 600D review

Canon EOS 600D review

Canon EOS 600D - an excellent amateur DSLR camera, it is very easy to operate, and advanced automatic shooting programs can almost completely complete all tasks of the photographer for him. Usually the Canon 600D comes with a Canon EF-S 18-55mm F3.6-5.6 IS II lens, or a similar class 18-55 lens, such a kit is called a 'kit'. This review presents only the Canon 600D body itself - no lens.

Canon EOS 600D sample photo

Canon EOS 600D sample photo

The first thing you notice when you pick up the Canon 600D is the huge swivel display. The camera display has 3 in diagonally and more than one million points that form the image. The same display can be found in cameras. Canon 650D, 550D, 60D. View the menu and footage on the display is quite convenient.

Canon EOS 600D sample photo

Canon EOS 600D sample photo

The camera has a sensor on 18 megapixel  and can create an image of 5184 at 3456 points. The same matrix can be found in cameras Canon 550D.7D 60D, 650Dbut u 650D in fact, a slightly modified matrix is ​​used, but when working at low ISOs, this can hardly be noticed. 18 megapixels is much more than is needed for amateur photography. The huge number of megapixels creates very heavy image files, for example, RAW files from a Canon 600D camera weigh from 18 to 36MB, and high-quality JPEG files from about 2 to 15MB. You can shoot in JPEG Normal mode to save space. In general, I do not recommend chasing the number of megapixels, in most cases megapixels do not play the most important role in image quality, you can read more in the section 'Battle of Megapixels'.

Canon EOS 600D sample photo

Canon EOS 600D sample photo

Canon 600D can shoot at speeds up to 3.7 fps, in some sources you can find information about 3,9 fps. Almost 4 frames per second is more than enough for amateur photography. Truth, frame buffer the camera is very small, and is only 6 pictures in JPEG format. If you enable the noise reduction function at high ISOs, the number of pictures in the buffer when shooting in JPEG format is reduced to only 2. When shooting in RAW format, the camera can only buffer 9 frames, and 4 frames with additional functions turned on. Roughly speaking, only a maximum of 2 seconds of continuous shooting can be squeezed out of the camera using maximum RAW (CR2) quality. By the way, RAW files have 14-bit color depth, which is very important when processing raw material. For 'thoughtful' shooting, speed is not important at all, personally I still use the camera Nikon D40 whose limit is 2.5 k / s.

Canon EOS 600D sample photo

Canon EOS 600D sample photo

Canon 600D is a fairly new camera, it was released in February 2011, so it has modern features, settings and capabilities that are in demand today. Of course, the Canon EOS 600D has a Live View mode that can be activated at the touch of a button. In mode Live view you can customize the display of the framing grid, which simplifies the shooting, the grid helped me to capture the winter landscape in the photographs from this review.

Canon EOS 600D sample photo

Canon EOS 600D sample photo

Of course, the Canon 600D is able to shoot video and at the same time allows you to control all the necessary settings for the video. I noticed that many people buy the Canon 600D precisely because of its excellent video shooting capabilities: 1920 × 1080 at 30 or 25 or 24 frames per second. Who does not need Terabytes of Full HD video, you can use simpler formats: 1280 by 720 or 640 by 480. In the latter two formats, you can shoot at 50 or 60 frames per second and make a 'slow-motion' effect. Videos can be shot for up to 30 minutes, or until the memory card is full, or until the video file becomes larger than 4GB. The camera can use SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards. In the review, I used the Canon 600D with a 32GB SDHC card without any problems.

Canon EOS 600D sample photo

Canon EOS 600D sample photo

Canon 600D can use range ISO 100 to 6400 and expand it to 12.800. This is a good indicator. I do not recommend using high ISOs without noise reduction. I don’t shoot on ISO 6400 even on full-frame cameras, not to mention the matrix of the Canon 600D.

Canon EOS 600D sample photo

Canon EOS 600D sample photo

The camera has a 9-point focusing system, the same system is used on many other Canon cameras:  400D, 450D, 500D, 1100D. Please note that Canon 650 and 60D there is a focusing system distinguishable from the Canon 600D, the differences are in the number of cross-shaped points, which are higher in older models 60D, 650D. Auto focus speed is more dependent on the lens than on the camera. When writing a review, the auto focus system performed well.

Canon EOS 600D sample photo

Canon EOS 600D sample photo

For measuring exposure thrown out 63-zone sensor... In general, you need to get used to the operation of the exposure meter in each camera. For amateurs, I'll write that in automatic modes the camera determines the exposure quite well. But in difficult situations, for example, when shooting winter landscapes, where bright areas predominate, the exposure meter was a little 'lying'. In general, for measurement exposure and auto settings white balance no complaints.

Canon EOS 600D sample photo

Canon EOS 600D sample photo

Features:

  1. Automatic mode is called 'A +', which implies new technology and new algorithms for the camera in automatic mode. I have not used this green zone, I usually shoot in one of the modes A, S, M, which behave the same on all cameras.
  2. The camera has an interesting video function that can connect short clips together and add music to them.
  3. The camera uses a DIGIC 4 processor, the same as in the previous version 550D
  4. The focusing system has only one cross-shaped focusing point in the center. This point allows you to focus on lenses with a maximum aperture of F / 5.6
  5. When focusing, the built-in flash can work in strobe mode and highlight objects that you want to focus on. I do not like this feature.
  6. The camera can work with shutter speeds from 30 seconds to 1 \ 4000 seconds, with a minimum flash excerpt is 1 \ 200 seconds
  7. Canon 600D uses a pentamirror, while the optical viewfinder covers only 95% of the field of view, this sometimes leads to the appearance of extra detail at the edges of the frame. In Live View, coverage is 100% - what we see is what will be in the picture
  8. In Live View, you can turn on the histogram and framing grid and zoom in any area of ​​the image up to 10 times
  9. Canon 600D can remotely control external flashessuch as the Speedlite 320EX and 270EX II
  10. The battery of the camera is not enough for about 500 shots. The number of shots per battery charge is highly dependent on a number of settings.
  11. Canon 600D has auto adjustment function vignetting (peripheral lighting), but does not have distortion correction functions and HA.
  12. Auto ISO takes into account the focal length of the lens and selects the desired shutter speed to take sharp pictures when the camera is in the hands. When I used a 50mm lens, the camera in auto ISO mode did not lower shutter speed below 1 \ 60s.
Canon EOS 600D sample photo

Canon EOS 600D sample photo

Nameplate of some parameters of Canon amateur cameras:

EOS 300D 350D 400D 450D 500D 550D 600D 650D 1000D 1100D
Digital rebel Digital rebel XT Xti xSI T1i T2i T3i T4i XS T3
Kiss digital Kiss digital n X x2 X3 X4 X5 X6i F X50
The number of MP 6,30 8,00 10,1 12,20 15,10 18.0 18.0 18.0 10,10 12,20
Year of construction summer 2003 winter 2005 summer 2006 winter 2008 spring xnumx winter 2010 winter 2011 Autumn 2012 summer 2008 winter 2011
Maximum ISO 1600 1600 1600 1600 3200 6400 6400 12800 1600 6400
ISO Extended no no no no 12800 12800 12800 25600 no no
FPS, JPEG 2,5 fps 3,0 fps 3,0 fps 3,5 fps 3,4 fps 3,7 fps 3,7 fps 5 fps 3 fps 3 fps
Focus points 7 7 9 9 9 9 9 9 7 9
Measuring area exposure 35 35 35 35 35 63 63 63 35 63
Display 1,8 ′, 115k 1,8 ′, 115k 2.5 ′, 230k 3 ′, 230k 3 ′, 920k 3 ′, 1.040K 3 ′, 1.040K 3 ′, 1.040K 2.5 ′, 230k 2.7 ′, 230k
Live view no no no Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Display rotation no no no no no no Yes Yes no no
Touch screen no no no no no no no Yes no no
Video no no no no yes, 1920x1080, 20k \ c yes, 1920x1080 yes, 1920x1080 yes, 1920x1080 no yes, 1280 × 720
Photo on Canon 600D

Photo on Canon 600D

The main differences between Canon 550D and Canon 600D

  • Canon 600D has a rotatable display
  • Cameras have slightly different settings, especially in post photo processing
  • Canon 600D can shoot with the aspect ratio of 3: 2, 4: 3, 16: 9, 1: 1
  • Canon 600D can control external flash
  • Canon 600D knows how to compose a video series
  • Canon 600D adds DISP button and sensor disappears near viewfinder

The cameras are very similar, the Canon 600D is mostly more suitable for video due to its rotatable display.

Photo on Canon 600D

Photo on Canon 600D

The main differences between Canon 650D and Canon 600D

  • Canon 650D uses a modified 18MP 'Hybrid CMOS' sensor
  • Canon 650D has a unique phase focus sensor in live view and when shooting video
  • Canon 650D has a unique touch screen display
  • Canon 650D uses the new DIGIC 5 processor, Canon 600D uses DIGIC 4
  • Canon 650D doubles its ISO limit
  • With the Canon 650D, the shooting speed reaches 5 fps compared to 3.9 fps with the Canon 600D
  • The Canon 650D uses a different focusing system, although the focus points are the same as the Canon 600D, but the Canon 650D is all cruciform
  • Canon 650D uses a built-in stereo microphone for video
  • Typically, the Canon 650D comes with a Canon 18-135mm f / 3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, and the Canon 600D with a Canon 18-55mm f / 3.5-5.6 IS II

In a manner Canon 650D is a revolutionary camera, but in general, the quality of images can be expected at a level Canon 600D.

All sample photos in this review were shot on a lens Canon EF 50mm F1.8II.

Canon EOS 600D sample photo

Canon EOS 600D sample photo

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Conclusions:

The Canon EOS 600D is a good amateur camera. It attracts with excellent image quality, video availability and ease of operation. It is not in vain that the camera won the TIPA 2011 and EISA 2011-2012 awards. Recommend.

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Comments: 275, on the topic: Canon EOS 600D review

  • Alexander Rifeev

    alas, when the question arose about switching to the full format, I had SANON 500D, then SANON 600D definitely lost to NIKON D610 ... the reason is the built-in flash ... what kind of marketer came up with a good digital camera, but without a built-in flash?

    • Viktre

      Form your thoughts more clearly.

      Not SANON, but Canon, Canon, at worst.

      Not 600d, but 6d (probably)

      If CFC, then probably not bad?

      Well, for that matter, terrible marketers came up with all the “ones” for both Canon and Nikon without built-in flashes. I have no idea how the people who work for them survive.

      • B. R. P.

        Again, there was not enough money for a snack, so thoughts are confused.

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