Canon EOS 600D 18Mp DSLR
Review Those looking for a new DSLR haven’t had a decision this tricky in years. In one corner, Nikon’s D5100 and in the other, Canon’s EOS 600D. Both offer similar specifications, and neither is exactly lacking when it comes to both image quality and platform support.
Entry-level in the mid-range market? Canon's EOS 600D
At the heart of the EOS 600D is an 18Mp, APS-C CMOS sensor. Notching up 18Mp is fast becoming Canon’s sweet spot for its mid and high-end DSLRs – see also the EOS 7D, EOS 60D and EOS 550D. The ISO ranges from 100 to 6400, yet make a small adjustment in the custom settings menu and you can push it to ISO 12800. It’s a very wide range range, but image quality is impressive across the board. Noise simply isn’t a factor until ISO 1600 – and it merely shows its presence with a little softness and chroma noise at ISO 3200.
Even ISO 6400 is usable, which isn’t something you could have said about any mid-range camera 18 months ago. Compared to similar still-life images from the Nikon D5100 (review next week), it’s not quite as sharp or as refined, but for many, choosing between them is merely an exercise in hair-splitting.
Sensor details aside, image quality isn’t particularly helped by Canon’s EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-f.6 II. It’s a stabilised lens with no huge flaws – chromatic aberration isn't a major problem, and the stabilisation mitigates the relatively small aperture when zoomed in. However, it is rather soft, and keen photographers will do better to buy the EOS 600D body-only and invest in some superior glass.
The EOS 600D is a compact DSLR, with a smaller grip than Canon’s more expensive offerings. With the front of the grip and the back of the camera coated with rubber where you grasp it, even ham-fisted types should have no problem keeping hold of it. It’s also an easy to manage weight, at just under 600g without a lens.
The video option on the dial is some way off from the other modes
If you're already Canon DSLR user, you'll find the body controls fall nicely to hand with no major surprises. The mode dial and control wheel click round satisfyingly, and the knobbly ISO and Display buttons on the right-hand shoulder are easier to find and press than those on the EOS 60D. The viewfinder covers 95 per cent of the frame with 0.85x magnification – a rather tighter viewfinder than some, but not enough to make framing difficult.
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Perhaps they still like making cameras for photographers...
Everything you suggest are toys/tricks that eat into battery life.
When I go out with a camera, its to take pictures not ass about with Facebook.
All I need is a good selection of lenses, a spare battery and SD card, but then again I am one of those people who cringe when I see people taking snaps holding a camera at arms length.
So long as camera mounts are non-standard then you'll buy what body fits onto your lenses.
Those starting out right now should be more interested in buying a decent lens than the body. But everyone I know who has bought an SLR has stuck with the very average kit lens, bad move.
Re: Re: EF lens mounting makes it (AC@14:31)
Don't want to turn this into even more of a Canon vs Nikon bunfight because both systems are great, but there are a few things that need to be clarified.
Nikon's entry level bodies don't have a focus drive screw and so won't AF with AF lenses that don't have a built-in motor. They also won't meter with non-CPU lenses, so while "Any Nikon-mount lens will mount onto a Niikon DSLR", that is true only if you're willing to accept variable values of "will work".
Meanwhile as Thomas pointed out, all EF lenses will work properly and completely on all EF and EF-S bodies. And as a bit of irony, using a mount adaptor any Nikon lens will meter on any Canon DSLR, albeit with stop-down metering, and with a focus confirmation chip in the adaptor they'll also trigger the body to indicate focus lock.
EF-S is for consumer-only... - nope that's not right
Not true! -' No professional worth his salt .... yada yada' There are excellent EF-S lens, 15-28 and 18-135 which are more than capable especially on the 7D. Yes professionals use EF-S too. EF-S are not consumer based.
If you want excellent lens for canon and don't want to spend a fortune on 'L's buy the EF primes 50 f1/4 and 85 f1/8.
Also most if not all, the f/4 L lens are sharper than the f/2.8 lens equivalent. While we are that it, I feel like a rant, people who are not Event/Wedding/Sport photographers who buy the f/2.8 lens are simply wasting there money and don't understand what they are doing. If you need to shoot in low light buy an EF prime for a quarter of the price. Yes I know some of the L prime are beautiful too but get real unless you know how to take picture. </rant>
EF-S work perfectly fine on a 7D. RTFM