Canon EOS 600D Specification Review

Ever since Canon presented its unique ‘Digital Rebel’ back in Aug 2003 – popularly the first ‘affordable’ electronic SLR – the organization has constantly designed and enhanced its entry-level range with ever-more-frequent produces, including in more and more functions at the same time. So real to build, almost accurately a season to the day after the appearance of the EOS Insurgent T2i / 550D Canon released its next design, obviously known as the EOS Insurgent T3i / 600D. As always the 550D continues to be in The canon eos variety at a discounted factor, with the EOS 1100D slotting in below it to circular off their promotions to entry-level SLR customers.

Canon EOS 600D
Canon EOS 600D

The new kid on the market can most succinctly be described as a 550D with an articulated display, that also features many of the beginner-friendly functions we first saw on the more enthusiast-orientated EOS 60D. Perhaps most significant of these is ‘Basic+’, an effective, results-orientated way of picture improvements in the scene-based visibility ways, that allows the consumer to modify the look of their pictures and management qualifications cloud without having to know anything technological about how this all performs. The 600D also benefits multi-aspect rate capturing (in stay view) plus the 60D’s ‘Creative Filters’, a variety of outcomes than can be used to pictures after capturing, such as toy electronic camera, fisheye and fake-miniature looks. Furthermore it can now easily management off-camera quick flashes, such as the Speedlite 320EX and 270EX II declared together with it.

Canon EOS 600D LCD
Canon EOS 600D LCD

Put this all together, and it’s obvious that the 600D is a very well-featured little electronic camera that’s well beyond the conventional stripped-down ‘entry level’ take a position up, and indeed gives little away in regards to functions in comparison to the EOS 60D (the variations are mainly in regards to ergonomics and handling). It’s also clearly trying to make lifestyle as simple as possible for SLR beginners to leap on board and begin testing with innovative manages, while providing enough to understand and create their abilities. But there’s a lot of competitors in this industry area at when, and the 600D will have its work cut out to take a position apart from the audience and entice audience away from the little, smooth and light and portable mirrorless designs that will sit together with it on the dealers’ racks. Study on to discover how well it deals in this aggressive industry.

Key Features

  • 18 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 4 processor with ISO 100-6400 (Expansion to 12800)
  • Fully articulated 7.7cm (3.0”) 3:2 Clear View LCD with 1,040k dots
  • Full HD movie recording with manual control and selectable frame rates
  • Digital zoom in movie mode (3x – 10x)
  • New ‘Scene Intelligent Auto’ exposure mode (replacing full auto)
  • ‘Basic+’ and ‘Creative Filters’
  • Integrated wireless flash control
  • ‘Video Snapshot’ mode for the creation of multi-take movies

Body system & Design

The 600D symbolizes an progress of The canon eos long-running entry-level style, with the articulated display being the most factor to a primary structure that goes back to the Insurgent XSi /EOS 450D. There’s a new hold for your left-hand, and the method switch goes back to a knurled (as compared to ridged) style, but on the face of it little else is different compared to the 550D. So the is engrossed in immediate access control buttons for most of the significant capturing features, which are used together with the 4-way operator or main control switch on the top dish to change configurations.

Canon EOS 600D Body & Design
Canon EOS 600D Body & Design

Perhaps the most important changes, though, from the photographer’s perspective, are those which are not at all apparent from simply looking at images of you. Check your hold is enhanced upon, and the control buttons for key capturing manages such as ISO and visibility secure have been increased and given further travel, making them much more beneficial in use. This makes the 600D feel more like a serious device than any of its forerunners.


Overall Performance

The 600D is reassuringly quick electronic camera – it’s uncommon to find yourself awaiting it to respond. Pushing recption menus, Q.Menu or play-back key leads to a near-instant reaction and the actions is in the same way immediate when capturing. Only in the changes to and from stay perspective is there really any lag during which the electronic camera is non-active. In most circumstances the electronic camera is quick enough that you don’t observe it – which is the key way of measuring it being quick enough.

ISO Accuracy

The real stage of sensitivity of each indicated ISO is calculated using the same photos as are used to evaluate ISO disturbance stages, we evaluate the visibility for each taken to the metered mild stage (using a adjusted Sekonic L-358), center greyish printed. We calculate the precision of these outcomes in be +/- 1/6 EV (the edge of mistake given in the ISO specifications). Observe that these exams are in accordance with the sRGB JPEG outcome of the electronic cameras, in compliance with ISO 12232:2006, the conventional used by electronic camera producers.


The EOS 60D was the first video-enabled Canon DSLR to present an articulated display, and the EOS 600D is the second. The flip-out display isn’t the only region of common function – in conditions of requirements and performance the EOS 600D’s movie method is almost the same as that provided in the more costly 60D (and the mature EOS 550D as well). There is one new function, though, which is a 3-10x zoom capability that’s available with Complete HD documenting, changing the 60D’s somewhat restricted ‘Crop 640’ method.

Overall conclusion

The Insurgent sequence has never been recognized by cutting-edge advancement or extreme understanding of what a digicam can be – instead, the series’ growth seems to be motivated by a peaceful, logical evaluation of the functions individuals want in a tolerably little program and at a cost individuals are willing to pay. And, though the cameras which consist of it may dissatisfy the technology lovers, it’s a system that has created some of the best-selling DSLRs ever created and kept a lot of starter and fanatic photography lovers very happy.

Keen lovers who feel they’ve outgrown their current DSLRs are likely to appreciate the two-dial customer interface, bigger viewfinder and larger hold provided by the EOS 60D but many others are likely to identify that almost all its actual functions are present in the a much less expensive option more compact T3i. The flip-out display is useful for tripod and movie work, though the slowly contrast-detection AF in stay perspective and movie catching means it’s not as useful as on cameras such as Panasonic’s GH2.

Image Quality

This is it all Canon DSLR that we’ve seen that brings together the 18MP CMOS indicator with Digic 4 managing, so it’s no excellent shock that there are no excellent excitement. Details reflection in JPEGs is often excellent and managing from Raw reveals there’s a little more being taken if you want to strike the images up really large.

The JPEG outcome is the standard Cannon efficiency – shades nearer to punchy than fairly neutral and rather crispy improving giving highly described sides. It’s not a look that’s to everyone’s preferences, of course, but it does provide the images a bit more effect – which is exactly what many customers at this level will be looking for. Of course it can be toned-down if you like. Great ISO efficiency is also amazing – with user-adjustable disturbance decrease providing you to decide the appropriate stability between disturbance and detail for your picture utilization.

Canon EOS 600D Images Quality
Canon EOS 600D Images Quality

The indicator does an excellent job of catching powerful variety and this can be enhanced still further by permitting Emphasize Overall tone Concern method – catching more features without any excellent cost with regards to disturbance. We can see very few reasons not to use this as the standard way of catching you and would suggest that new customers at least provide it with a shot.

There’s even more to be obtained in Raw – with more information and low light ability to be obtained if you are willing to customize your disturbance decrease and improving to each individual picture. The 600D’s information don’t have quite the same visibility permission as those from its colleagues using the competing 16.2MP indicator, but there’s still a lot of opportunity for playing around in Raw if you really want to get the best out of your images.

As far as movie picture high quality cares, the 600D does not dissatisfy. 1080p movie is distinct and specific, and movement is taken efficiently as well as. Noise can be a problem at high ISO configurations, just like it can in still images, but you have to project above ISO 3200 for it to be in any way intrusive. One thing to watch out for though – the 600D’s .MOV information are pretty large, generally 5-6Mb per second of movie. This is one regard in which the more effective movie created by certain Panasonic and Sony designs cameras really ratings points.

Auto-focus Speed

In-line with the ‘slightly enhanced 550D’ concept of this digicam, its AF program is basically the same as the mature design. This implies it provides an very decent 11-point AF program that works quickly and effectively. It’s not nearly as innovative as the AF systems in The cannon eos more expensive cameras, so an inexpensive it to monitor and capture as far as required for pro-sports capturing, but it’s as easy to use and reliable as you could wish for of a digicam at this level.

In stay perspective ‘Live Mode’ the whole program is much less amazing – the precision is excellent but concentrating will consistently take 3-4 a few moments. This not only guidelines out its use for shifting topics but, in doing so, also considerably undermines the effectiveness of the articulated display for hand-held pictures capturing. Of course this includes that the 600D isn’t very good at refocusing if your topic goes while you’re documenting a film.

It’s frustrating to see that Canon has made basically no improvement on this front side, while other producers have enhanced their SLR’s stay perspective AF considerably. Eventually it signifies that the 600D’s functionality in Live View and for film capturing is some way behind most of its opponents in this respect.


As in so many other aspects, the 600D’s managing represents it out as the newest lexus of the Insurgent line. It’s a acquainted, gradually enhanced customer interface that gets most factors right but maintains a couple of traditional Cannon eccentricities. Fortunately most of these little idiosyncrasies are issues you can learn to reside with – they’re frustrating as instead of actually troublesome.

The CA (Creative Auto) method offers an excellent stepping-stone between the camera-controlled field ways and the more participatory P,A,S and M ways. If you do go to these more user-controlled ways, the Q. Selection customer interface causes it to be simple to check and modify all the key catching configurations. The fact that these can be modified with the control switch, rather than having to jump into sub-menus causes it to be ever quicker to use, once you’re acquainted with the choices.

The complicated method for establishing White Balance, the unreliable actions between viewfinder catching and stay perspective, and the sometimes perverse choices created menu prioritization are frustrating but not unforgivable. The digital camera’s hold is an step up from past Rebels, however it continues to be relatively little and customers with bigger hands may still find it unpleasant. Although it isn’t an enormous design modify, the additional rubberized covering on the back and left side of the 600D causes it to be more comfortable to hold than the T2i/550D, at any rate.

The Final Word

The Insurgent T3i / 600D is exactly you that we’d anticipate it to be – it’s feature-rich, reasonably priced, pleasant to use and, most significantly, takes excellent images. It’s not a particularly impressive digicam but it is a usually organized well one. Compared with the unique Insurgent / 300D, the T3i doesn’t sit in solitude – if you want a compact or easier-to-use digicam, there a variety of choices (including the progressively aggressive mirrorless brigade). However, in keeping with past designs in the variety, it’s an amazing digicam for the money and it’s hard not to think about owners adoring theirs.


International naming • US: Canon Rebel T3i
• Japan: Canon EOS Kiss X5
• Elsewhere: Canon EOS 600D
List price (US) • Body only: $799.99
• Body+18-55 IS II Kit: $899.99
• Body+18-135 IS Kit: $1099.99
List price (EU) • Body only: €749
• Body+18-55 IS II Kit: €849
• Body+18-135 IS Kit: €1049
List price (UK) • Body only: £679
• Body+18-55 IS II Kit: £769
• Body+18-135 IS Kit: £949
Body material Stainless Steel and polycarbonate resin with glass fiber
Sensor • 18.7 million effective pixels
• 18.0 million total pixels
• 22.3 x 14.9 mm CMOS sensor
• RGB Color Filter Array
• Built-in low-pass filter with self cleaning unit
• 3:2 aspect ratio
Dust reduction • Low-pass filter vibration at power-on (can be interrupted)
• Anti-static coating on sensor surfaces
• Software based dust-removal (camera maps dust, removed later)
Image sizes * RAW
• 5184 x 3456
• 5184 x 3456
• 3456 x 2304
• 2592 x 1728
• 1920 x 1280 *
• 720 x 480 *
4:3 *
• 4608 x 3456
• 3072 x 2304
• 2304 x 1728
• 1696 x 1280
• 640 x 480
16:9 *
• 5184 x 2912
• 3456 x 1944
• 2592 x 1456
• 1920 x 1080
• 720 x 400
1:1 *
• 3456 x 3456
• 2304 x 2304
• 1728 x 1728
• 1280×1280
• 480 x 480
Still image formats • RAW (.CR2 14-bit)
• RAW (.CR2 14-bit) + JPEG Large / Fine
• JPEG (EXIF 2.3) * – Fine, Normal
Movie recording * • 1920 x 1080 (1080p, 16:9) @ 30/25/24 fps
• 1280 x 720 (720p, 16:9) @ 60/50 fps
• 640 x 480 (4:3) @ 60/50 fps
• Quicktime MOV format (H.264 compression, linear PCM audio)
• Up to 29 min 59 sec (or max file size 4 GB)
Image processor DIGIC 4
Lenses • Canon EF / EF-S lens mount
• 1.6x field of view crop
Focus modes • Auto Focus
• Manual Focus (switch on lens)
Auto Focus • 9-point CMOS sensor
• F5.6 cross-type at center, extra sensitivity at F2.8
• AF working range: -0.5 to 18 EV (at 23°C, ISO 100)
• Predictive AF up to 8m
AF modes • AI Focus
• One Shot
• AI Servo
AF point selection • Auto
• Manual
AF assist Flash strobe
Shooting modes • Scene Intelligent Auto
• Flash off
• Creative Auto
• Portrait
• Landscape
• Close-up
• Sports
• Night portrait
• Movie
• Program AE (P)
• Shutter priority AE (Tv)
• Aperture priority AE (Av)
• Manual (M)
• Auto depth-of-field
Metering • TTL 63-zone SPC
• Metering range: EV 1.0 – 20 EV (at 23°C, ISO 100, 50 mm F1.4)
Metering modes • Evaluative 63-zone (linked to AF points)
• Partial 9% at center
• Spot 4% at center
• Center-weighted average
AE Lock AE lock button
AE Bracketing • +/- 2.0 EV (3 shots)
• 0.5 or 0.3 EV increments
Exposure compen. • +/- 5.0 EV
• 0.5 or 0.3 EV increments
Sensitivity • Auto (100 – 6400)
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
• ISO 3200
• ISO 6400
• H1 expansion (ISO 12800 equiv.)
• Highlight tone priority
Shutter • Focal-plane shutter
• 30 – 1/4000 sec (0.5 or 0.3 EV steps)
• Flash X-Sync: 1/200 sec
• Bulb
Aperture values • F1.0 – F91 (0.3 EV steps)
• Actual aperture range depends on lens used
White balance  • Auto
• Daylight
• Shade
• Cloudy
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
• Flash
• Custom
WB Bracketing • +/-3 levels
• 3 images
• Selectable Blue/Amber or Magenta/Green bias
WB fine-tuning • Blue (-9) to Amber (+9)
• Magenta (-9) to Green (+9)
Color space • sRGB
• Adobe RGB
Picture style • Standard
• Portrait
• Landscape
• Neutral
• Faithful
• Monochrome
• User 1
• User 2
• User 3
Custom image parameters • Sharpness: 0 to 7
• Contrast: -4 to +4
• Saturation: -4 to +4
• Color tone: -4 to +4
• B&W filter: N, Ye, Or, R, G
• B&W tone: N, S, B, P, G
Image processing • Highlight Tone Priority
• Auto Lighting Optimizer – 4 settings
• Long exposure noise reduction
• High ISO speed noise reduction
• Peripheral illumination correction
• Basic+ (Shoot by ambience selection, Shoot by lighting or scene type) *
• Creative filters (Grainy B/W, Soft focus, Toy camera, Miniature effect, Fish-eye) – during image Playback only *
Drive modes • Single
• Continuous: 3.7 fps up to 34 Large/Fine JPEG / 6 RAW frames
• Self-timer 10 secs (2 sec with mirror lock-up)
• Self-timer continuous
Mirror lockup Yes (custom function)
Viewfinder • Pentamirror
• 95% frame coverage
• Magnification: 0.85x (-1 diopter with 50 mm lens at infinity)
• Eyepoint: 19 mm
• Dioptric adjustment: -3.0 to +1.0 diopter
• Fixed precision matte
Viewfinder info • AF information (AF points focus confirmation light)
• Shutter speed
• Aperture value
• ISO speed (always displayed)
• AE lock
• Exposure level/compensation
• Spot metering circle
• Exposure warning
• Flash ready
• High-speed sync
• FE lock
• Flash exposure compensation
• Red-eye reduction light
• White balance correction
• SD card information
• Monochrome shooting
• Maximum burst
• Highlight tone priority
DOF preview Yes, button
LCD monitor * • Vari-angle 3.0″ 3:2 TFT LCD *
• 1,040,000 dots
• Approx 100% coverage
• Wide viewing angle (170° horizontal and vertical)
• Dual anti-reflection, anti-smudge
• 7 brightness levels
• Up to 10x zoom playback
LCD Live view • Live TTL display of scene from CMOS image sensor
• Approx 99% frame coverage (30 fps display rate)
• Real-time evaluative metering using CMOS image sensor
• Grid optional (thirds)
• Live Histogram optional
• Magnify optional (5x or 10x at any point on the screen)
• Quick or Live mode autofocus
Record review • Uses last play mode
• Magnification possible
• 2 / 4 / 8 sec / Hold
Flash * • Auto pop-up E-TTL II auto flash
• Guide number approx 13
• Modes: Auto, Manual Flash On/ Off, Red-Eye Reduction
• Integrated Speedlite Transmitter, wireless multi-flash support *
• X-Sync: 1/200 sec
• Flash exposure compensation: +/-2.0 EV (0.3 or 0.5 EV steps)
• Coverage up to 17 mm focal length (27 mm FOV equiv.)
External flash • E-TTL II auto flash with EX-series Speedlites
• Hot-shoe
Other features • Orientation sensor
• In-camera copyright information
• Image rating (0-5 stars) *
• Automatically writes FAT16/FAT32 depending on capacity
Auto rotation • On (playback uses orientation data in file header)
• Off
Playback mode • Single image
• Single image with info (histogram brightness / RGB )
• Magnified view (1.5 – 10x in 15 steps, browsable)
• 4 and 9 image index
• Auto play
• Image rotation
• Jump (by 10, 100 or date)
Custom functions * 11 custom functions with 34 settings
Menu languages * • English
• German
• French
• Dutch
• Danish
• Portuguese
• Finnish
• Italian
• Norwegian
• Swedish
• Spanish
• Greek
• Russian
• Polish
• Czech
• Hungarian
• Romanian
• Ukrainian
• Turkish
• Arabic
• Thai
• Simplified Chinese
• Traditional Chinese
• Korean
• Japanese
Firmware User upgradable
Connectivity • USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed)
• Video out (PAL / NTSC) (integrated with USB terminal)
• HDMI mini output (HDMI-CEC)
• E3 type wired remote control
• Remote Controller RC-6
• External microphone (3.5mm Stereo mini jack
Audio • Mono microphone on front
• Mono speaker on rear
• External stereo mike (optional)
Storage • SD / SDHC /SDXC cards
Power • Lithium-Ion LP-E8 rechargeable battery
• Approx 440 shots (23°C AE 50%, FE 50%), CIPA standard
• 4 level battery life display
• Optional ACK-E8 AC adapter kit
Battery Grip Yes, BG-E8
Direct printing • Canon Selphy Printers
• Canon Bubble Jet Printers with direct print function
• Canon PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge
• PictBridge
Dimensions * 133.1 x 99.5 x 79.7 mm (5.2 x 3.9 x 3.1 in)
Weight (inc batt/card) * 570 g (1.26 lb)
Software • Zoom Browser EX / ImageBrowser
• Digital Photo Professional (Windows / Mac)
• PhotoStitch
• EOS Utility (inc. Remote Capture; Windows & Mac except Mac Intel)
• Picture Style Editor