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Canon EOS 600D review

Is Full HD video capability and an articulated screen enough of an improvement on the 550D?

Our Verdict

An excellent camera to allow DSLR beginners to flourish, though it doesn't quite carve out a totally clear niche for itself for more advanced users.

For

  • Overall strong image quality
  • Wireless flash capabilities
  • Articulated LCD
  • Full HD video recording
  • Plenty of features for beginners to grow

Against

  • Meagre burst rate
  • Not built for those with large hands

Canon EOS 600D: Verdict

Although the 600D's focusing speed is generally good, the meagre burst rate and slow down upon processing mean that it's perhaps not the ideal camera for action photography. It's also probably not ideal for larger handed users, but otherwise there's little to complain about.

The various changes bestowed upon the 600D perhaps make a little more sense here than they do in the enthusiast EOS 60D, and what results is a model that provides plenty of growing space for beginners but enough to keep the more adventurous happy from the off.

When the LCD screen, wireless flash capabilities and numerous other improvements are considered, the premium of around £150 over the EOS 550D isn't entirely unreasonable, but the 600D is nevertheless a minor upgrade to an already-acclaimed formula.

We liked

A raft of new featurers and up-to-date specs give the beginner buying this DSLR more room to grow than with, for example, the Canon EOS 1100D announced at the same time as the EOS 600D.

We disliked

The Canon 600D burst mode averaged 19 high-quality JPEGs before slowing down, and about six Raw frames at a continuous speed. Also, only around six or seven Raw and JPEG captures may be taken at a much slower rate of around one per second before the camera prohibits images from being shot without needing a few seconds in between exposures.

Verdict

It's far from revolutionary, but the Canon EOS 600D is a well specified camera that's ideal for those wanting to get creative and elevate their photography to the next level.

The various changes bestowed upon the EOS 600D make a little more sense here than they do in the enthusiast EOS 60D, and what results is a model that provides plenty of growing space for beginners but enough to keep the more adventurous happy.

Features: 4/5

Build quality: 4/5

Image Quality: 4/5

Value: 4/5

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution18 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyEOS
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesExternal Flash Shoe, Continuous Shooting Mode, Live View
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)570 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Maximum Image Resolution5184 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution18.7 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody Only
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height99.5 mm
Width133.1 mm
Depth79.7 mm
Autofocus Points9
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Rear Curtain Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Flash Exposure Compensation
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product Model600D
Product NameEOS 600D Digital SLR Camera
Product LineEOS
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number5170B065
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing Information

With class-leading 18-megapixel resolution, user-friendly design, and the entire EOS family of lenses and accessories at your disposal, the EOS 600D lets nothing stand in the way of your photography.

Display Resolution1040000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year