The Canon EOS 600D, a SLR camera that is 18 megapixels comes with the image processor of 14-bit DIGIC 4 that makes it favorite of most photographers. This camera is not much different from the Canon 550D except for a few changes and additions like the wireless flash control, flip-out LCD screen and creative filters. Here are few features that make this SLR popular:
The dimensions of Canon 600D are 133.1 x 99.5 x 79.7 mm and weighs 570g. So it is light enough to hold and quite comfortable to operate. The button has a directional pad that is four-way, quick and playback access buttons for the dual-purpose of live view as well as record button. The button for display is just above the dial mode increasing its functionality. The dot pixels resolution is around 1040K as well as dual properties of anti-smudge coating and anti-reflection makes this camera popular with professionals. SDXC, SDHC and SD card can be used to increase the memory of the camera. The Li-ion rechargeable batteries LP-E8 can last for roughly 440 clicks. So charging will not be a cause of concern while you enjoy going clicking.
The key features include 18 – 55 mm focal Length, CMOS Image Sensor, Digital Zoom of 10x, full HD Recording and TFT Color LCD Screen of 3 inch. Apart from this, it also has the feature of full HD video recording at 25, 30 and 42 fps. The 600D also features video snapshot mode and creative filters that let you apply the different effects to images. Some of the popular effects are fish-eye, toy camera and grainy black-and-white. These effects promise a professional quality images.
The TTL-CT-SIR Focus of Canon 600D is supported by both manual and auto focus. Precise focusing is achieved through the points system of 9 AF. The camera also has several Focus modes like AI Servo, AI Focus and One Shot. The focus range varies from (ISO100) EV -0.5 -18 which can be extended further. The focal-plane shutter that is electronically-controlled promises 30 to 1/4000 sec, shutter speed. The H.264 movie format and RAW and JPEG image format is supported by the camera. Movie Digital Zoom is a function of the camera that allows magnification of 3-10x even when shooting movie in full HD.
For connectivity features there is an input of 3.5mm external microphone, remote control, mini-HDMI, and an AV/Digital out port which allow you to enjoy your memories on all media hardware.
Image and Video Quality
The 18-megapixel sensor brings out colors that are a balance between saturation and fade. The contrast on the images is a little low for RAW files. One can easily crop images without much loss in quality which can be attributed to the large pixel count. In terms of video recording; presence of a mono mike on the camera helps in recording audio in linear PCM format. The quality of the video is crisp with good colors and contrast.
In short, Canon 600D is perfect for those who would like to pursue photography on a budget. But with a cheaper price, there are some setbacks too like live recording of only 30 minutes and fear of spoiling the camera if carried around openly. But all in all, it is quite an investment for those looking for a light camera and better features.