Previous page Next page

Body & Design

The 600D represents an evolution of Canon's long-running entry-level design, with the articulated screen being the most significant difference to a basic layout that dates back to the Rebel XSi /EOS 450D. There's a new grip for your left hand, and the mode dial reverts to a knurled (as opposed to ridged) design, but on the face of it little else is different relative to the 550D. So the body is covered with direct access buttons for most of the major shooting functions, which are used in concert with the 4-way controller or main control dial on the top plate to modify settings.

Perhaps the most important changes, though, from the photographer's point of view, are those which aren't at all obvious from simply looking at pictures of the camera. The grip is improved, and the buttons for key shooting controls such as ISO and exposure lock have been enlarged and given deeper travel, making them much more positive in use. This makes the 600D feel more like a serious tool than any of its predecessors.

In your hand

In the past we've not been big fans of Canon's entry-level models in terms of handling; since the EOS 350D they've been afflicted by a tiny, slim grips that seem to have been designed for the smallest of hands. The 600D finally addresses this with a grip that's slightly deeper, front to back, than its predecessor's, coupled with a sculpted channel on the back that provides a positive anchor point for your thumb.

This makes a big difference to the feel of the camera in your hand, and while users with large mitts may well still find it cramped, it's likely that a lot of users will find the 600D much more comfortable to hold than its predecessors. Overall it's the first entry-level Canon that we've been happy to carry around one-handed for an extended session of shooting since the original 300D.

Viewfinder

The EOS 600D appears to use a very similar pentamirror viewfinder to that in the 550D; the specifications indicate a marginally decreased magnification (0.85x vs 0.87x), but this is too small a difference to be noticeable in practice. That aside it's identical in terms of markings and information displayed - see our EOS 550D review for more details on this. Again this means (as we said then) that it's one of the better pentamirror finders out there, but obviously is not as big or bright as the pentaprism finders generally found in more expensive cameras.

Articulated screen

Canon was one of the very first manufacturers to use an articulated screen on a digital camera, dating right back to the Powershot Pro70 of 1998. For a long time the company seemed curiously reluctant to use one an SLR, but after 12 years of waiting, now two have turned up in quick succession. The 600D uses the same excellent 3:2, 1,040k dot display as the EOS 60D, with a side-hinged design that allows unobstructed movement even when using the camera on a tripod (something that tends to be a disadvantage of base-hinged designs).

Swivel-and-tilt screens have undoubted benefits. They're great for shooting at awkward angles, perhaps on a tripod or with the camera held above your head, and provide a much more stable platform for shooting movies. We noted though that the usefulness of the 60D's screen is compromised by its distinctly hesitant live view contrast-detect AF, and the 600D unfortunately hasn't improved in this regard (it does share the same sensor and processor after all).

There is a workaround, which is to use the 'Quick Mode' AF in Live view. This flips the mirror down and uses the conventional phase detect AF system (as used for eye-level shooting) instead, then brings the mirror up to resume live view. This is much quicker, but it does result in the momentary loss of live view which is accompanied mirror operation noises. Because of this we found it works best if you assign AF to the '*' button on the back of the camera (by setting C.Fn IV-9 to 1: AE lock/AF) as otherwise you'll lose live view every time you half-press the shutter.

Previous page Next page
1153
I own it
84
I want it
129
I had it
Discuss in the forums

Comments

Total comments: 8
BradMark

Pretty good review, thanks.

0 upvotes
KonradDC

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.

0 upvotes
reanim888

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).
Enjoy!

1 upvote
qosmioamit

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!

1 upvote
LuFra72

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.

0 upvotes
Empies

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!

0 upvotes
keekimaru

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.

Read More http://webcamerawebcamera.com/detail.php?id_detail=33

0 upvotes
VizuaLegend

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 ...

0 upvotes
Total comments: 8