As a big leap forward in terms of improvements and overall design and function, the Canon EOS 600D packs a super punch in likes of a new high-resolution, tilt-and-swivel LCD monitor that you could extend 180 degrees out from the body and swivels 270 degrees on its hinge. Furthermore, you can get enjoy all the new Creative Filter Effects that you can apply on the stills and videos in RAW or JPEG file post-capture. The effects include Soft Focus, Miniature, Toy Camera, Grainy Black and White, and Fisheye. Another prominent feature of the Canon EOS 600D is that it inherited the pop-up flash as a wireless commander unit from the 7D and 6D. The wireless commander unit acts to trigger off-camera flashguns. This feature is a fun and perfect for lighting enthusiasts and it’s a surprise to see such a feature in an entry-level camera model.
When capturing still pictures, the 600D is able to shoot on all the regular modes expected of a common SLR, which should include the creative quartet of Aperture-priority, Shutter-priority, Program, and Manual. You can also get Canon’s Automatic Depth-of-Field mode that features 5 individual scene modes for you to play around with. Gone are the days of the Full Auto mode and here comes in the Scene Intelligent Auto mode—which not entirely a new mode but it does analyze what it’s pointed at and then it’ll select the appropriate scene mode and color settings. There is also the Creative Auto mode which is pretty much the same with the Scene Intelligent Auto mode except for the fact that you can control how much background blur you want via an on-screen slider.
The 600D enables the capturing of very high quality photos—given that it is handled in the right hands. Furthermore, thanks to the 18-Megapixel APS-C sensor, you can take stills of high detail and definition with no problems. Adding to the fact that it’s an entry-level SLR, the 600D is ready to take pictures and videos for you as soon as you flick the on switch. The autofocus system uses a phase-detection method that enables super-fast focusing—this can only be done outside of Live View.
Should You Own It?
If you are an avid fan of Canon SLRs or if you’re looking into good entry-level SLRs that are budget-friendly and full capable of taking high-quality pictures, then a good advice would be for you to own the Canon EOS 600D because there is no such thing as taking too good of a picture.