Product Type: Canon digital cameras
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Perfect Camera to bring you into the world of photography
Canon EOS 600D
Member Name: kayleighmcharris
Canon EOS 600D
Advantages: Loads of features, user friendly
Disadvantages: Not AF HD movie
So since the age of about 11 I'd been longing for an SLR camera, but coming from a lower income family my parents could only afford a cheapish fujifilm bridge camera. Until now of course, earning my own money from a part time job meant it only took a several months to save up for this bad boy, the 600D. I purchased mine the day after Christmas when canon were doing the £50 cash back offer, so in total my camera cost me £550, this was with the starter 18-50mm IS lens. If you're familiar with DSLR's or have been looking around, I'm sure you know that this is just above average price for a decent DSLR camera. Personally I didn't hesitate at all to part with the money as I'd watched all the you tube reviews, read all the comparison reviews and everything sounded great.
You have to make sure you have a fully charged battery before using the camera for the first time, one lithium battery is supplied with the body of the camera ready to be charged. The batter goes into a compartment located at the bottom of the camers which needs a trigger/pull button to be moved until it opens, making the battery secure and safe.
Before you can start using the camera you need to make sure you have a memory card that is compatible with HD I managed to get an 8GB ultra San disc card from Argos the same day for about £15. 8GB is okay but if you get snap happy over a week holiday you may want to upgrade or buy extras. The memory card goes into a slot on the side which is also surprisingly secure and safe.
The camera body arrives in a Canon cardboard box with all the relevant leads, charger, strap and of course the lens (or without the lens if you buy the body only). Both the body and lens come with dust and lens caps to ensure the mechanisms inside the products do not get and dust or fungi, and it makes them a lot easier to look after, prolonging their life. It's easy enough to attach lens' to this camera, you just unscrew the relevant caps then place the lens into the lens mount on the body and twist until it the symbols engraved on both products match up, then you have securely attached the two. To remove the lens you press a button located on the camera body and twist the opposite way.
There is a simple on and off switch at the top of the camera located near the function wheel, once this is on you're ready to start playing. The next thing to do is choose your function, this could be a problem if you're just coming into the world of photography as this camera offers a wide range of functions; every function is explained in the free instruction booklet. Personally I jumped straight into the manual setting as I'd had experience with this setting on my bridge camera, though just to get the feel of how the camera takes photographs auto would be fine to begin with. Easy enough to use just spin the wheel until the function you want reached the engraved arrow. You'll know what function you've selected as it will appear on the preview screen and give you a brief explanation of what it is and what it can do.
The HD filming function is probably one of the biggest selling points of this camera, especially for arts and media students like myself. I can't fault the image quality of the film, its absolutely stunning, with that in mind the filming funtion doesn't autofocus during filming ans stays on the focal length you set when you begin, which is a pain if you're recording movement. The sound is pretty clear, not perfect but for a photography camera I was still very impressed.
So thats the very basics of how easy it is to use this camera, however because there are so many functions and button combinations it will take you a week or two to fully get to grips and remember everything without needing the aid of the instruction book.
I was very impressed with the image quality of this camera, my previous bridge camera was a 12mp so this camera is quite a step up. The shutter works very efficiently and prompt, however there can be a lot of focusing noise if you're on the AF setting, maybe not so good for weddings and christenings!
The camera has never frozen on me and isn't showing any signs to say that it ever will. The battery life of the camera is also very impressive, I managed to get a 6 hour full HD video shoot out of my camera and it was still going (almost dead, but made it to the end!)
OTHER ADDITIONAL FEATURES
There are loads of other small features that I haven't mentioned simply because I don't know where to start and there are so many I probably would forget a couple too. So I'm just going to briefly mention some of the ones I consider to be important.
There are three different types of shooting modes, single shooting, timed shooting, and remote control shooting, this offers great versatility for pretty much every shooting situation.
There is a mini editing tool built into the camera which enables you to change the colour, crop and add cool effects such as fish-eye illusion to the images you have already taken. There are also tools which allow you to take photos in different colours and effects, however I wouldn't recommend using these tools in any serious shoots because it does take some quality away from the images.
You can alter the focus in the view finder to fit your sight abilities and theres also padding around the viewfinder which is a lifesaver if you're doing a long day of photography and don't want viewfinder marks or pains around your eye! It used to happen to me with my old camera, so I adore this feature.
This camera is a large investment but you won't be disappointed, the quality is spectacular and can only get better with additional lens'. You get the extras like HD filming which is also a handy thing to have, there's literally something for everyone with this camera great to lead you into the world of professional photography and to set you up with the basic skills. If you're looking for a beginner DSLR this one is the best on the market at the moment in my opinion.
I took some time to upload a few examples of things I took with the body and the starter lens so you can get some idea of the quality,
Summary: Great camera, recommended to anyone
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