Product Type: Canon digital cameras
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Canon EOS 600D
Member Name: pixwix
Canon EOS 600D
Date: 10/01/12, updated on 10/01/12 (27 review reads)
Advantages: Good quality inages - and that's what counts - plus no shortage of shooting options
Disadvantages: Pricey - of course - especially extra lenses.
Cameras are like cars. What's the best? It's a question no-one can answer. A Lotus may do 0-60 in seconds but it won't get your caravan out of a muddy field. Horses for courses.
In my case I've used Canon cameras for years - as much as anything because I now find the controls intuitive. The film era ended (for me) with a Canon compact in my pocket (I'm 68 and I haven't left the house without a camera since I was 13) and a Canon EOS SLR in the 'big bag'. A keen photographer most of my life, I'd latterly almost given up photography - partly for health and disability reasons, partly because of the near-impossibility of getting decent processing any more (in my area at least).
So for the last few years it's been a Canon Powershot A620 digital in my pocket. A camera I liked a lot to be fair, but somehow I just wasn't a natural digital convertee. I've taken some decent photos - but never in the volume I used to when using my film SLR - curious considering the cost of film and processing has been removed.
Clearly I wasn't going to be doing much more quality photography short of a really good digital SLR - and being retired, disabled and on an almost fixed income, that was a pure pipe dream.
Until this Xmas, when a joint family effort allied to a small windfall had me looking around at digital SLRs with - for once - no fantasy involved. I was taken with a number of models - I really liked some of the Nikons. But given I was used to Canons, and still have a couple of EOS lenses, I decided to go for Canon again.
My first choice was the Canon 550D - just inside my upper spending limit of £550. But when I learned that Canon was offering a £50 cashback (which a couple of friends assured me had proved genuine) I went for the 600D at around £590 from Amazon with a basic lens. I chose this specifically because it has a swivelling screen which makes low-level shots possible for someone whose back and legs aren't what they were. I haven't spent so much money in one go in quite a long time - I spent an entire evening building up the courage to press that Order button.
And I haven't been disappointed. It's a complex camera - no question - to the point I've even bought a couple of books devoted to it. Is it better than the Nikon, Fuji, etc? Who's to say? I don't have all of them to compare. All I can say is that the 600D hasn't disappointed. To date I'm using it mainly on manual setting - I've used SLRS for enough years not to find that a problem. But I'm working on getting to grips with all the other options - and I don't eschew fully automatic - it's often better than losing a shot. And - as with all cameras - every poor shot at least teaches a new lesson (and doesn't cost in the way film used to.) The image quality is in fact better than film (given recent processing anyway) and that's a first among the digitals I've had so far.
The first couple of weeks with this camera were nerve racking - such a LOT of money - had it been a silly idea? Not in the least. Even my family have noticed my photography has taken on a new life, not entirely just down to the novelty. The best of all was some Xmas photos of my grandchildren - just a cut above the usual compact camera snapshots - that had my family saying "Good heavens, Dad - you're really quite good with that thing aren't you?" Well - I used to be some time ago. Courtesy of this Canon - possibly once again.
A final point. Two friends have the Canon 550D. It's a bit cheaper and the image quality is almost indistinguishable. So is it worth upgrading and what are we paying the extra for? In my opinion it's not worth upgrading unless you need that swivelling screen - pretty vital for me - possibly incidental to younger photographers. If you have a 550, stick with it - it's a great camera and it's what pointed me towards my purchase.
By the way, the £50 Canon cashback came through in about 3 weeks. Not sure if that's still on, though - you should check.
Summary: There are other contenders, but if you like Canons anyway, go for it.
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