Product Type: Canon digital cameras
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Great camera for video and photos
Canon EOS 600D
Member Name: metaphiston
Canon EOS 600D
Date: 23/07/12, updated on 24/07/12 (10 review reads)
Advantages: high resolution, tilting screen, good feature set
Disadvantages: lack of weather sealing, plastic build
Amongst its class of entry-to-intermediate level cameras, the 600D represents great value for money now that it's replacement the 650D has been announced - causing a price drop on the 600D. It also represents a leap from its predecessor the 550D, the flip-out screen isn't just a gimmick and really adds versatility to the angles you can achieve and helps you tilt the camera to reduce glare in bright light, and in video the full HD zoom and manual audio control are welcome additions over the 550d.
The build is good, solid and the buttons respond well to the touch - all in all a class act from Canon though lacking the pro-feel of mechanical robustness of the 7D, 5D and 1D
In terms of the brand, Canon is the market leader - they have the largest lens line-up of any manufacturer so there genuinely is a lens for everything - also for me the ability to hire lenses for one-off use from companies is vital, and for that you really need Canon or Nikon.
There are a few minor irritations, including the plasticky feeling of the flip out screen - I always feel in danger of snapping it off. It is also just a little disappointing on image noise at ISO 800 to 1600, I feel at 100% size they are quite badly affected by loss of sharpness and the appearance of blotchy noise which means large size printing is out of the question at high sensitivity. Would also like to see better weather protection and a top screen, but you have to upgrade to the significantly more expensive 7D for that.
All in all, great camera - particularly right now, as the price has dropped.
Summary: great camera amongst its competitors at a reasonable price
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