Friday, February 19, 2016

Canon EOS 600D/Rebel T3i Review

The 18 megapixel Canon 600D/canon rebel t3i with a fully articulated display is one of the cheapest and top class entry level DSLR camera among Canon cameras. In North America it is called as EOS Rebel T3i and in Japan it is known as EOS Kiss X5. Canon EOS 600D supersedes the Canon EOS 550D/Rebel t2i and comes with a 1040k dots multi angle LCD display and a user friendly control menu. We have tested 600D with Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS and Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II. The result is simply awesome for an entry level budget camera.
Canon 600D rebel t3i review body front

Key Features of Canon 600D:

This lightweight Canon camera has a very user friendly interface and offers a beautiful LCD screen which is very helpful for low and high angle photography. Canon EOS 600D is a very popular camera to all over the world. This camera was first released in 2011 and now in 2016 we found that the Canon 600D is still very popular to Canon lovers.

Some key features of Canon EOS 600D:

*Fully articulated 1040k dots LCD screen.  *18 Megapixel CMOS sensor.    *ISO level 100-12,800
*Scene Intelligent Auto (Full Auto Mode).  * Inbuilt Wireless flash control   *Basic+ Mode
*Full HD 1080P video recording at 30fps.   *Digital Zoom in video recording (3–10×)

Canon 600D rebel t3i review body front with flips out

Full specification of Canon EOS 600D:

Canon 600D Specs:
Detailed Specification of Canon 600D 
Camera NameCanon EOS 600D/ EOS Rebel T3i/ EOS Kiss X5
Released On7 February 2011 By Canon Inc.
Camera Body Type & WeightCompact SLR, 570 g (Including batteries)
Image Sensor Size22.3 x 14.9mm CMOS
Camera PixelsEffective Pixels 18.0 MP & Total Pixels 18.7 MP Approx.
Image Ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Maximum Resolution5184 x 3456
Other Resolutions of  Canon 600D5184 x 2912, 4608 x 3456,3456 x 3456, 3456 x 2304, 3456 x 1944, 3072 x 2304, 2592 x 1728, 2592 x 1456, 2304 x 1728, 2304 x 2304, 1920 x 1280, 1920 x 1080, 1728 x 1728, 1696 x 1280, 1280 x 1280, 720 x 480, 720 x 400, 640 x 480, 480 x 48
SensorDIGIC 4
LENS Mount TypeCanon EF/EF-S Lens
Image ProcessorDIGIC 4
ISO SettingsLowest ISO 100, Highest 6400 (12,800 if boosted)
Image StabilizationNO
Presets of White Balance 6
AF System/Focus Points9-Poing Auto focus (One cross type)
Manual Focusing YES
Auto Focus Selection SystemAutomatic selection or manual selection of auto focus
AF Lock YES.
Digital ZoomYES (3-10x)
Screen size 3", Fully articulated
Screen Resolution1040K Dots
Touch Screen NO
Live View ModeYES
Screen TypeTFT Colored LCD
Magnification of ViewfinderYES, 0.85x Approx.
Shooting ModesCreative Auto Mode, Portrait Mode, Landscape Mode, Scene Intelligent Auto, Night Portrait, Movie Mode, Program AE, Close-up Mode, Sports Mode, Aperture priority AE, Manual Mode, No Flash Mode, Shutter priority AE,
Color space of 600DsRGB and RGB (Adobe)
Picture StyleAuto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (3 Changeable Presets)
Shutter SpeedMin 30 Sec, Max. 1/4000 Sec, Bulb Mode
Videography Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (60, 50 fps)
Video FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Exposure Compensation +/-5 EV (at 1/3 EV and 1/2 EV )
Built in FlashYES, Range 13.00m, Up to 17mm focal length coverage
External FlashYES, Wireless multi flash support
Metering ModesMulti, Center-weighted, partial and Spot metering
Connectivity USB 2.0, HDMI mini, Wireless Eye-Fi connection
Remote ControlYES
Storage TypeSD/ SDHC/ SDXC
BatteryRechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E8
Battery LifeApprox 400 ( with 50% flash), 440 (without flash)
Camera Menu LanguagesTotal 25 (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese)
Supplied with 600DPrinted Manual, Batteries, Charger, Software CD
Microphone & SpeakerMONO


Lenses for Canon EOS 600D:

Any EF/EF-S lenses will work with this gear. If you buy a camera package then you may have to buy Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II or Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM known as kit lens. But my suggestion is if you want to be a professional photographer then you may skip these lenses and buy at least a Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM if your budget suits and if you are on a tight budget and wish to have a low budget lens then go for a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II instead.
Also read: Photography Tips (A guide to buy next lens)

Technical info/Ease of use: 

In appearance Canon 600D is almost same as EOS 550D. You can also call 600D as a slight upgrade version of Canon EOS 550D. Canon 600D is slightly larger than 550D. The new 600D has some creative filters and some different aspect ratios but the main identical difference between the two is the fully articulated flip out screen which is very useful for low and high angle photography.

Canon 600D rebel t3i review body top view

Camera body:

Canon 600D is slightly heavier than 550D and the build quality is almost same. 600D weights about 570g when the battery is inserted and the measurement is 13cm wide, 10cm long and about 8cm deep from the viewfinder to the front grip. The mode dial has a texture around its side so it feels easier to grip and turn it around. The video mode is at the last end so you have to turn the mode dial so many times to get it. ISO, power switch and display button is at the top of the body. The manual flash button is close to the lens mount point at the left side (for a right handed person).

Viewfinder and Hand-grip: 

Canon 600D comes with a penta-mirror optical viewfinder as 550D with 90% coverage and 0.85x magnification. The viewfinder of 600D is slightly narrow and mildly uncomfortable. Mildly uncomfortable because it is good for people with small hands but it is uncomfortable to people with larger hands.

Live view mode:

Canon Eos 600D offers a live view mode which is very useful for videography. At the top of the LCD screen there is a dedicated button for entering live view mode. In the live view mode this Canon camera delivers the full resolution of the screen with 100% coverage with a frame rate of 30fps. You can change the shutter speed, ISO and aperture settings within the live view mode. Canon also offers two different alignment grids in live view mode which I think is very useful for checking Rule of Thirds while shooting.

Interface and Controls:

The interface is user friendly like 550D. Canon 600D offers continuous fast smooth shooting at the speed of 3.7 fps and has a 9-point AF for sharp images. You can change the autofocus points manually to ensure correct focus for you. 600D has some creative filters so you’ll be able to add effects like Fish Eye, Soft Focus, Toy Camera, Grainy B&W and Miniature. The main LCD screen gives all the shooting information and the 1040k dots high resolution display looks very decent.

LCD Screen:

Canon 600D is the second camera with a full articulated LCD screen after Eos 60D. Some other Canon cameras like Canon EOS 70D, Canon Rebel T5i or Canon EOS 8000D have the flips-out option. This articulated screen with a 1040k dots is the biggest feature of the 600D over its predecessor and is very useful for videographers and very comfortable during low or high angle photography. It is quite impossible to shoot video from high angle without a flips out screen. The screen is fully articulated that’s why the screen is foldable. You can fold it back while not in use. This will also help to protect the LCD screen.

ISO settings and Flash:

Canon 600D offers an ISO range between 100 and 6400 (expendable to 12800 while boosted). The higher the ISO level the grainer the picture would be. 600D has a built in flash which pops-up above the lens mount. There is also a hotshoe at the top to mount external flashguns. Canon 600D also supports wireless flash control. You can either use internal flash or wireless flash from the flash menu settings area.

Battery and Connectivity:

Canon 600D is equipped with LP-E8 Lithium Ion battery same as its predecessor. Battery power is 1120mAh and the battery life is same as 550D. You can shot approximately 450 shots with 50% flash usage and about 550 shots without and flash usage. Live view mode takes more battery life so if you use live view mode with 50% flash usage then you’ll be able to shoot at best 200 times. There are four indication level for the battery life. Our recommendation is if you’re going out for a travel then take an additional battery with you. You’ll get standard TV and USB cables inside the box. No HDMI cable was supplied with the box. You can connect to any HDMI supported TV or computer with a standard model mini-jack HDMI cable.

Canon 600D Camera Modes:

Canon 600D offers 14 different shooting modes. They are:
Auto Depth of Field mode (A-DEP), Aperture Priority Mode (AV), Manual Mode, Shutter Priority Mode, Program Mode, Portrait mode, Landscape mode, Sports mode, Flash disabled mode, Night Scene mode, Close-up mode, scene intelligent auto mode, Creative Auto mode and video mode.
All the different modes have different advantages.

Canon 600D Image quality:

Canon EOS 600D / Rebel T3i produces outstanding quality images and offers two different image formats one is RAW (uncompressed format) and JPG. We recommend to shoot RAW for best result especially while you’re shooting high-ISO level. The image quality is decent in its price class. This Canon camera also provides good quality images during low light photography and bright sunny conditions.

Sample pictures of Canon 600D: 

We have tested Canon t3i with Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS and Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II. The picture quality is awesome for an entry-level DSLR.

Canon 600D rebel t3i review sample picture

Canon 600D rebel t3i review sample image

Canon 600D rebel t3i review sample picture

Canon 600D rebel t3i review sample picture

Canon 600D rebel t3i review sample picture

Canon 600D Video quality: 

Canon Eos 600D produces excellent quality video. One of the main reasons behind its popularity is its video quality. 600D gives Full HD 1920x1080 video recording in 30fps (29.97 actual) and other resolution like 1280x720 or 640x480 pixels. 30fps is only available in NTSC video format and 25 or 24fps for PAL video system. This camera also has Digital zoom facility.

Pros: (Reasons to buy Canon 600D)

* Excellent image quality            * Excellent video quality          * Multi-angle LCD
*Full HD video recording            *Fast autofocus                         *HDMI output
*Wireless flash transmitter          *Great depth of field                 * Easy menu controls


* Poor build quality              *Noisy, excess shutter rolling noise    *Small hand-grip
* Slow video autofocus        *Slow AF in live view.                        * Short battery life

Overall Performance of Canon 600D:

*Design: 7/10               *Features 8/10       * LCD/Viewfinder: 9/10    *Image quality: 8/10
*Autofocus: 8/10         *Metering: 8/10     *Dynamic Range: 8/10       * Performance 8/10
*Build Quality: 7/10    *Noise/Resolution: 9/10

Canon 600d owners manual PDF


Memory card buying tips:

No memory card will be supplied with the camera box. You have to buy your own. While buying a memory card our recommendation is not to buy a cheap worthless memory card. Look at the memory card class closely before you buy it. There are several memory card classes, like class 4 memory card, class 6, class 8 and class 10. Class 4 is the cheapest but slowest. Canon 600 supports SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards. If you buy a class 10 memory card then this memory card will give you highest speed (about 10 mbps) of copying and smooth browsing experience. And of course if you want to record HD movies you’ll need a high class memory card (over 6) for the high frame rate, if you record HD movies with a class 4 memory card the record with be stopped within 30 seconds or the video resolution will be automatically downgraded.

Recommended Accessories for Canon EOS 600D:

*Large capacity high speed (class 10) SDHC/SDXC memory card.
*Extra battery grip
*Camera protection Case.
*Wireless flashgun/ Speedlight

Canon EOS 600D is a user friendly, well-designed and well-priced entry level DSLR.  It is very good for amateur photographers, semi-professional photographers, students and videographers on a budget. All the Canon cameras of the rebel series are entry-level DSLR camera and canon t3i is one of the best among them. After the immediate release of Canon 600D in February 2011 it not only takes the place of Rebel t2i but also gains huge positive reviews by critics and it is still very popular. The main reasons are its build quality, price class and video quality.

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