Canon EOS 600D

  • 17.9 MP
  • APS-C CMOS
  • 3" LCD
Released February, 2011
Overall the video shooting isn't as seamlessly integrated as it is on the 7D - you still have to select a separate mode to engage video shooting for one thing.
Rated 77% by by DPReview (Mar, 2011)

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First reviewed December, 2011

Features Key features of the Canon EOS 600D

Angle view of Canon 600D / T3i
Ironically, this design is more suited to pros who plan to use the camera as a cheap video dSLR and never take it off the video setting than to the consumers at whom it's ostensibly targeted.
Rated 78% by by c|net (Mar, 2011)

megapixels

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24.2 MP

17.9 MP
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30 MP
The level of detail it resolves is excellent, and both its default contrast and brightness are spot on, too.
EOS 600D by TechRadar (Dec, 2011)
All of the sample images in this Review were taken using the 18 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 6Mb.
EOS 600D by Photography Blog (Mar, 2011)

sensor size

Canon EOS 600D
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
Nikon D5100
The 600D's APS-C format sensor is smaller than the full-frame sensor inside its stablemate the 5D Mark II, but larger than the Four Thirds format sensor of a camera like the recently reviewed Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2, and far larger than the sensors in any compact camera.
EOS 600D by DPReview (Mar, 2011)
So Canon's tried-and-trusted 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor is still in place, along with its sensitivity range of ISO 100-6400 (expandable to 12800) and 3.9fps continuous shooting.
EOS 600D by DPReview (Mar, 2011)

viewfinder size

Canon EOS 600D
Sony SLT A58
Nikon D3200
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.
EOS 600D by DPReview (Mar, 2011)
The whole process in Quick mode takes momentarily longer than it would were you using the viewfinder.
EOS 600D by TrustedReviews (Nov, 2011)

body size

133.1 x 99.5 x 79.7 mm
101.6 x 58.1 x 35.9 mm
117 x 91 x 69 mm
It feels sturdy, and though the texture rubberized grip feels kind of cheap, the camera is comfortable to hold and shoot single-handed, and can stand up to the weight of a good lens.
EOS 600D by c|net (Mar, 2011)
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.
EOS 600D by DPReview (Mar, 2011)

focus points

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The 600D’s nine AF points are spread out in a diamond shape within the viewfinder, with only the central point being a cross-type sensor (equally as quick, irrespective of whether the camera is being held in landscape or portrait mode), with the other eight being linear.
EOS 600D by TrustedReviews (Nov, 2011)
Next to the focusing modules found in competing models, the 600D's wide-area nine-point AF system may seem a little lacking, but the system cover a healthy portion of the frame while the centrally placed cross-type point promises an increase in speed and accuracy over the eight around it.
EOS 600D by TechRadar (Dec, 2011)
 

Performance Real world tests of Canon EOS 600D

DxOMark image quality

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These control the level of sharpness, contrast, saturation and colour tone parameters applied to each image and store them, so that you can quickly switch between a rich, vivid look for landscape photographs to more muted settings when, say, shooting someone’s portrait.
EOS 600D by TrustedReviews (Nov, 2011)
Dynamic range isn't at all bad and becomes rather good once you've engaged Highlight Tone Priority.
EOS 600D by DPReview (Mar, 2011)

DxOMark low light performance

Canon EOS 600D
Nikon D5200
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
During the test the camera coped perfectly well with standard natural lighting and even managed to render to warm glow of sodium vapour streelights against twilight with aplomb.
EOS 600D by TechRadar (Dec, 2011)
The Canon EOS 600D's maximum shutter speed is 30 seconds and there's a Bulb mode for even longer exposures, which is excellent news if you're seriously interested in night photography.
EOS 600D by Photography Blog (Mar, 2011)

shutter lag

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Immediately behind the shutter button is the command dial that, in concert with the +/- button on the rear, is used for changing the main exposure parameters (shutter speed, aperture and exposure compensation).
EOS 600D by DPReview (Mar, 2011)
Mirror lock-up is inconveniently buried in the custom function menu, and when enabled allows no quick method of switching back to normal shutter button.
EOS 600D by DPReview (Mar, 2011)

continuous shooting

Because it takes 8 seconds to fully clear its buffer in these modes, it's not terribly useful for shooting short bursts of action, since there's every chance the camera won't have recovered by the time you need another handful of shots.
EOS 600D by DPReview (Mar, 2011)
The 600D / T3i offers a 1,040,000-dot vari-angle LCD screen, a 63-zone metering sensor - identical to the one used in the more expensive EOS 7D - standard ISO settings of 100-6400 (expandable to 12800), and 3.7fps continuous shooting.
EOS 600D by Photography Blog (Mar, 2011)

battery life

440 photos
690 photos
660 photos
Most other alterations concern the rear of the camera; the eye sensor used to help conserve battery life is nowhere to be seen, having been displaced by the larger articulated LCD screen, while the menu pad and thumb rest are each a shade smaller for the same reason.
EOS 600D by TechRadar (Dec, 2011)
 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
  • Generic
  • Yes
  • 1,040 k dots
  • Great for recording movies
  • Opaque
  • 3.5mm
  • For that film look
  • Combines multiple photos together to capture both bright and dark areas

cons

  • APS-C
  • 65.0
  • 1,500 ms
  • 12,800 ISO
  • Feb, 2011
  • 3.7 fps
  • 1
  • None
  • 11.5 ev
  • 22.1 bits
  • 95%
  • 793 ISO
  • 283 ms
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
  • Use buttons to access features and menus
  • 440
  • You'll have to protect your camera from the elements
  • 9
  • No automatic stitching
  • 82.67%
  • 133.1 x 99.5 x 79.7 mm
  • 79.7 mm
  • 1/4000 s

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 77%
Read the review (Mar, 2011)
It's only available in Full HD mode, and when set to 3x it crops into the central portion of the sensor, effectively producing a full-resolution output in which one sensor pixel corresponds to one output pixel.
Rated 90%
Read the review (Mar, 2011)
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Rated 80%
Read the review (Nov, 2011)
At 135mm the 18-145mm kit lens has produced an image displaying good levels of sharpness and detail.
Rated 80%
Read the review (Dec, 2011)
Another significant addition is the Wireless Flash option, which allows the camera's pop-up flash to be used as the master for other Speedlite flashguns.
Rated 78%
Read the review (Mar, 2011)
JPEGs look very clean up through ISO 400, and even at ISO 800 you really have to scrutinize to see the beginnings of detail degradation; at ISO 1,600 the noise becomes more obvious but still isn't too bad.

Sensor

What hasn't changed at all, though, is the camera's core specification, making the 600D the first camera in the line that hasn't gained a higher resolution sensor or new processor.
Canon EOS 600D | Rated 77% by by DPReview (Mar, 2011)
At ISO 3200 a little more fine detail has been lost, but the image still remains impressively sharp.
Canon EOS 600D | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Nov, 2011)
Even at ISO 400 images remain clear and sharp.
Canon EOS 600D | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Nov, 2011)

Iso

The small, light and friendly EOS 600D fits that bill very well, yet it also offers enough features for both the beginner to grow into and to tempt the more experienced user, most notably 18 megapixels, ISO range of 100-12,800, 63-zone metering sensor, full HD movie mode and built-in wireless flash control.
Canon EOS 600D | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Mar, 2011)
Sensitivity remains pegged at a useful, if not class-leading, ISO 100-6400 with ISO 12,800 available in expanded mode.
Canon EOS 600D | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Nov, 2011)
Canon eos 600d review: 1/200sec at f/5.6, iso 100 1/200sec at f/5.6, ISO 100 ( Click to view full size image).
Canon EOS 600D | Rated 80% by by TechRadar (Dec, 2011)

Photography

But you can still apply a range of 'Creative Filters' to your images after they've been shot, with the modified version being saved as a new file.
Canon EOS 600D | Rated 77% by by DPReview (Mar, 2011)
Using the ‘Landscape’ Picture Style has increased the vibrancy of both the cherry blossom and the blue sky behind it, with fairly pleasing results.
Canon EOS 600D | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Nov, 2011)
The CA (Creative Auto) mode offers a good stepping stone between the camera-controlled scene modes and the more participatory P,A,S and M modes.
Canon EOS 600D | Rated 77% by by DPReview (Mar, 2011)

Screen

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).
Canon EOS 600D | Rated 77% by by DPReview (Mar, 2011)
From the front it simply looks like the newer model has bulked up a little, while on the top-plate the only changes are to the design and functionality of the mode dial, and the addition of the display button, whose former space on the rear is now taken by an Info button.
Canon EOS 600D | Rated 80% by by TechRadar (Dec, 2011)
The LCD screen moves freely about its hinge, although accessing the Menu and Info buttons above it can be awkward when the screen is pulled away from the camera's body, because in most positions it's directly in the way.
Canon EOS 600D | Rated 80% by by TechRadar (Dec, 2011)

Lens

While shooting with digital zoom you can end up at very high magnifications indeed - using the 18-135mm kit zoom at the long end, for example, the equivalent focal length ranges from 600mm to 2000mm, which is a very long telephoto indeed.
Canon EOS 600D | Rated 77% by by DPReview (Mar, 2011)
In this quick grab of a passing squirrel we’ve raised the ISO to compensate for using the zoom at its telephoto extreme, thereby ensure a fast enough shutter speed to keep the main subject sharp.
Canon EOS 600D | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Nov, 2011)
Used at 18mm the Canon 18-135mm IS kit lens is able to fit plenty in the frame, although it does produces some notable barrel distortion.
Canon EOS 600D | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Nov, 2011)

Competition What else you should consider

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Nikon D3100 2-way tie: Fastest to start up Nikon D3100 vs Canon EOS 600D
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Canon EOS 650D 2-way tie: Has a touch screen 650D vs 600D
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Nikon D3200 Quite high resolution Nikon D3200 vs Canon EOS 600D
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Nikon D5200 Best image quality as rated by DXOMark Nikon D5200 vs Canon EOS 600D
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Sony SLT A58 Most shots per battery charge Sony SLT A58 vs Canon EOS 600D
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Canon EOS 100D OK delay taking photos 100D vs 600D
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Editions Editions of the Canon 600D / T3i

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Canon EOS 550D
  • 17.9 MP
  • APS-C CMOS
  • 3" LCD
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10 more Sortable users recommended the 550D over the 600D.
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There are a few more advantages of the 600D worth considering; The 600D has an on screen feature guide to help you understand each mode clearly It has in built wireless flash control. Yes you...

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These two cameras are essentially the same. So you'll do well with either one. However, the 600D is a year newer and comes with a flip-out screen, which you may find very helpful for video.

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I would go for the 600D or 550D, the 550D is lower than the 600 only as it doesn't have a flip out screen and some other minor bits. Depends if you want the flip out screen or not. Either of are...

Nikon D5100
  • 16.1 MP
  • APS-C CMOS
  • 3" LCD
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17 more Sortable users recommended the Nikon D5100 over the Canon EOS 600D.
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I would go for the 600D or 550D, the 550D is lower than the 600 only as it doesn't have a flip out screen and some other minor bits. Depends if you want the flip out screen or not. Either of are...

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La Canon 600D graba igual que la Sony a37 pero distorsiona menos la imagen. La pantalla rotatoria de Canon te facilitará la grabación de vídeo.

Nikon D3200
  • 24.2 MP
  • APS-C CMOS
  • 3" LCD
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3 more Sortable users recommended the Nikon D3200 over the Canon EOS 600D.
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The 600D is much newer than the XSi. Getting a new 600D for half price is a great deal. But only you know how much you use your camera.  If you don't use it that often or if you expect vastly in...

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600D all the way. Sensor is a bit better than on 550D and that flip out screen can help big time sometimes. Its not a big improvement from 550D but the flip out screen is a big advantage when...

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Hey Alex Stick with your Canon 600D, the D3200 is the better camera, but you also own a good camera already. The improvements are not enough in my opinion to warrant buying a new camera. spend...