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The 600D has a Gn. 13 (m/ISO 100) flash, which is pretty standard. The metering does a good job ensuring a simple portrait is fairly well lit but for most situations more demanding than this one, it's worth considering investing in one of Canon's external Speedlite flashguns.

The 600D finally offers the ability to use its built-in flash to remotely control external flashguns - a feature long seen on other brands that has trickled down from the EOS 7D.

Highlight Tone Priority

The 600D has Canon's Highlight Tone Priority (HTP) mode, a method for getting more highlight detail into your images. This works by amplifying the sensor's output by one stop less than usual, meaning highlight detail is less likely to be discarded. The result is that HTP ISO 200 is, at the Raw level, the same as conventional ISO 100 underexposed by a stop. A modified tone curve then ensures you still get the correct image brightness, and any properly compatible Raw converter should reflect this and be able to render the additional highlight detail.

In line with the proverb, you're not actually getting a free lunch, of course. Using a lower chunk of the sensor's response leaves more space to capture highlight information, but means shadow detail is recorded using the noisier bottom end of that output. Thus, when these tones are pulled up to the correct brightness, they tend to bring a bit more noise with them.

HTP Off - ISO 200
HTP On - ISO 200

As you can see, in good light (where you're most likely to want the extra highlight capacity), Highlight Tone Priority can be rather useful. The additional shadow noise isn't particularly problematic in such situations, and is more than outweighed by the benefits of the additional information in the highlights. HTP is certainly a useful feature to have access to, which makes it all the more frustrating that it's buried in the Custom Functions sub-menu. We'd strongly recommend adding it as an option to the 'My Menu' list, and using it on bright, sunny days.

Auto Lighting Optimizer

Canon's other mode for coping with high-contrast images it the much more readily accessible 'Auto Lighting Optimizer.' This attempts to make context-specific tweaks to the image in shadow regions, and balance out the contrast. As with previous Canon cameras, we've found it rather difficult to provoke much of a response from the ALO system.

If you were feeling charitable you might see this as being a sign that its effect is subtle and naturalistic. However, in repeatedly comparing the effects of its different settings, we'd tend to see it as being unhelpfully cautious.

ALO Disable - ISO 200
ALO Strong - ISO 200

Highlight clipping / dynamic range

Even without HTP the Canon's highlight dynamic range is not at all bad. As we're used to seeing, there is scope for recovering some highlight detail that isn't being pulled into the JPEGs.

As always, the amount of detail recoverable depends on a number of factors, including which of the color channels has clipped first. At best you might get as much of a stop of detail back, but the further you have to reach, the more likely it is that you'll experience false color shifts.

RAW - Metered Exposure, 0EV correction
RAW - + 1.0EV Exposure, -1.0EV correction
RAW - +1.33EV Exposure, -1.35EV correction

Here we've taken a region of an image that's very close to being overexposed. We've then intentionally increased the exposure by 1EV and tried to correct for that over-exposure (middle image). As you can see, most of the detail is recovered, despite being over-exposed by 1EV. However, if we over-expose by another 1/3EV (bottom image), it's no longer possible to recover all the detail. Worse still, grey patches are starting to appear in the recovered regions. So, at best, you might recover 1EV of detail from over-exposed regions of an image, if you process from Raw.

Overall Image Quality / Specifics

In general the 600D's images are very good (which was also true of the 7D, 60D and 550D, all of which used the same sensor). Color response is familiar from existing cameras and is more geared towards pleasing than realistic. Dynamic range isn't at all bad and becomes rather good once you've engaged Highlight Tone Priority. Detail capture is excellent though you'll want to consider processing from Raw if you want to show the very finest detail in very large prints.

Raw processing can also be useful for making the most of low-light images - the ability to fine-adjust the noise reduction allows you to choose a balance between noise suppression and detail retention that suits your subject and output requirements. The preset options for JPEG output do a pretty good job, though.

Canon's characteristic overly orange response to artificial light also rears its head as usual, but can be dialed-down with a bit of white balance fine tuning. Beyond that there are few nasty surprises waiting for users.

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It was kind of funny to take a 24-70 f 2.8 lens on a 600D, was afraid it will broke…Don't worry, work just fine, only the neck-strapp is maybe to delicate…Great little camera. Like video options too.


Does anyone knows if this camera has a socket for studio flash sync cord?


The Canon EOS Rebel T3i is great. It has the ability to take excellent shots, you can learn alot about photography with it. And if you're new to photography it wouldn't be wise to invest in a higher-end expensive camera that you have no idea how to operate. Read the manual a couple of times and you'd be good to go, its not that difficult to use. Read more at

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I've had my t3i for about four months now and I find learning how to use it properly an enjoyable project. This camera can be as complex or as simple as one would like it to be, depending on one's interest.

I bought a 70-300 TeleZoom to add to the camera's flexibility and to be able to shoot wildlife.

So far, I have no regrets purchasing this camera and I can't imagine having any going forward.

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Pretty good review, thanks.


I have had this camera for over 2 years. The video works very well for exposure, especially in difficult lighting areas. The problem is the focus is slow and hunts. It is best to use it in manual mode and with fairly fast lenses. This was an upgrade to EOS 350, but I only use 2 of the lenses I used before with the 600D - Canon EF 50mm 1.8 and Sigma 70-300 mm. Photos are good and the lens profile works well with the Canon lenses I have. Profile does not work with non-Canon lense like my sigma 17-70 2.8-4 and the 70-300mm. I have also bought a Canon 10-18mm wide angle lens to add to the 18-55 is and 55-250 is lens, plus the lenses mentioned earlier.
I had to buy Nissin flashes as the Sigma 500 flash is not compatible, even after being sent to Sigma for a fix.
The worst issue is the slow focus in live view. Fast lenses are better, but it is best to go manual or use the view finder. I was think of getting the 700D, but not sure if it is worth it, even with the upgrades.


Great camera for shooting still photos. The quality is superb and low-lighting is a breeze (as soon as you get used to working the correct settings).
The main reason I chose the T3i was for the 1080p video is offers. The video quality is great, but there are a few things to be aware of.
You'll want to get a memory card rated at a 10 for speed, and make sure it's a good-quality brand. If you scrimp on the card you'll forever be hitting yourself when the video recording repeatedly stops for no apparent reason. I have been through three cards that don't cut it (three different brands). Make sure you shell out the money for a quality card or you won't be able to record the data fast enough for 1080p (particularly in bright lighting or when you have a light source in the background--like a TV or lamp).

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This is my first DSLR as well and I think it functions very well. I use the kit lens and additionally I bought a telephoto zoom lens 55 to 250mm (f4 to f5.6) and a prime 50mm (f1.8). The camera gives me reasonably sharp shots. It does not have as many focus points as a competitive Nikon D3200. I post process with Aperture and then the pictures look even better!


This is my first DSLR, coming from two previous Canon PowerShot cameras and a Minolta 35mm SLR. For my purposes (not professional) this camera has been outstanding. I mainly wanted a camera that allowed me to take better family and vacation photos and one that would allow me to learn about shooting manually. I also feel confident that lens purchases I make for this camera will be supported on better Canon cameras should I see the need for it in the future.


Even for an amateur camera very well. Of course, for a good job requires additional configuration. Plus, the lens plays an important role. That the work of the unit, I want to note the high processing shots. Good sharpness and color rendition. In general, a good camera. And not expensive!


Canon t3i 600D

This new piece of kit is very similar but quite a few dollars cheaper. The specs are similarly very close, with one exceptional difference: the new baby is 240 grams lighter in weight, made from stainless steel and polycarbonate resin with glass fibre. Which says a lot: pros like cameras with a dab of weight while the amateur fraternity goes kinky for models that don’t lower the shoulders.

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So All In All., Im Looking Between This &The Rebel SL1 For Video... I Would Like To Kno Which Would Be Best For The Task &Video Editing ...

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