Canon has some of the most sought after cameras that and the most eminent DSLR’s have been creating new photographers and photography enthusiasts for generations, and it continues to do the same. Joining the triple digit DSLR range of the advanced entry level DSLRs comes the 600D, this camera is the upgraded version of the 550D with numerous hardware upgrades, new features and a few design upgrades, the specs haven’t changed much but, the camera outshines its predecessor.
To start off, the camera features an 18 Mega Pixel APS-C sized CMOS sensor along with a canon DIGIC 4 processor similar to the 550D. The camera has a well-articulated screen and inbuilt wireless flash trigger. The ISO ranges from 100-6400 and it can be expanded to 12,800 using the expand mode. The camera has a nine – point auto focus module and 63 zone metering system just like the 550D, the camera has a shooting range of 3.7 fps.
The camera has an all -new high-resolution tilt – and – swivel LCD monitor that can be extended to 180 Degrees from the camera’s body and can swivel 270 degrees on its hinge. Canon eases down the difficulty of shooting from different angles by this new monitor upgrade. If you have nothing to shoot, you can click selfies too.
The aspect ratio through the 600 D’s viewfinder remains 3:2 on the other hand; users can change the aspect ratios (4:3, 16:9 and 1:1) while using the camera in live view mode, this comes in handy while recording movies, this is considerably a new feature from the 550D.
There are new filters effects in the 600D and they can be applied to the images post capture (you can apply these changes to RAW as well as JPEG files) the new effects are Toy Camera, Soft Focus, Miniature, Grainy Black and White and Fish Eye.
DESIGN AND BUILD:
The camera has a dial with a creative quartet of Aperture Priority, Manual, Shutter Priority and Program. The camera feels heavier than its predecessor and it is a little bigger in size. But, on the other hand it feels quite comfortable to hold, there is a right arm grip that easily fits 3 fingers, it has a pronounced thumb channel too than the 550D.
The camera has an addition of a rubbery finish that allows users to get a better grip with both the hands. The 600D feels more firm and secure than its predecessor. The articulated monitor consumes a lot of space thereby redistributing the buttons on the camera. The eye sensor that used to be located under the viewfinder on the 550D is located with a display button that resides in front of the main shooting mode dial in the 600D; this helps toggle your monitor’s display. There is a new Info button added left to the camera’s viewfinder that helps users to toggle between the basic shooting mode and the histogram information page when the playback mode is turned on.
There is a small direction pad on the 600D and the buttons placed next to it seem a bit cluttered. The 600D has a very flat mode dial that gives it a well-balanced premium look. The camera is well built and it does not feel cheap.
PERFORMANCE, HANDLING AND ERGONOMICS:
There is minimal delay right from the moment when you turn on the 600D to flick off the camera. There is a phase-detection method that enables users to focus super fast. There are 9 AF points that are shaped like a diamond within the viewfinder. The central point is a cross type sensor and the other is linear in shape. There is also an addition of some basic controls to the creative auto mode. This mode allows users to mark the background blur via the on-screen slider and it also allows the users to choose the flash or not. There is a feature guide that is perhaps one of the most useful additions for novice photographers. The feature guide displays a brief description of the 600D’s shooting modes and various settings that allow you to navigate through them. The Picture Styling on the 600D is the same as the 550D. There is an Auto, Standard, Portrait, and Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome settings.
PHOTOS AND VIDEOS:
Just like most DSLR’s, the 600D offers Full HD movie recording 1080p at 25, 25 and 30 frames per second, users can also shoot 720P movies at 50 -60 frames per second. There is a one touch dedicated movie -recording button that allows you to shoot the clips of your choice. The image quality on the 600D is quite immaculate; needless to say the 600D is quite a solid performance companion that delivers eye-pleasing images with an extra ordinary punch of vibrant colors and a well-composed picture. The images look quite natural and the look quite professional (of course, the choice of your lens matters a lot) there are less AF points meaning, that the camera is useful for certain kinds of photography. High-speed photography is a tad challenging on this camera. The camera doesn’t seem to have any problem with the white balance outdoors, indoor photographed images appear warm, even the noise doesn’t seem to be of any hindrance, the performance is really praise worthy when the mid / high settings are used (ISO 800 – ISO 1600).
The RAW files pack quite a punch, they can be modified and the shades and colors can be enhanced through digital imaging software’s available in the market.
As noticed above, there aren’t many feature differences between the 550D and the 600D. There are a few improvements in the new and embellished model and it is certainly a good camera. It is an effective camera in the hands of a photography savvy user. There are a few niggles with the controls and the placement of buttons. If you are a serious videographer, then this is definitely a worthy companion.
Canon EOS 600D Rivals:
Canon EOS 650D