Canon EOS 600D Rebel T3i Review

Canon EOS 600D/Rebel T3i Review

About the Product

The Canon EOS 600D or Rebel T3i as it is popularly known as, is an entry level affordable Digital SLR camera that comes with an effective DIGIC 4 image processor. The camera provides better image capture at high speeds and even in low light conditions. The users would be able to shoot in low lights with the help of a wide range of ISO settings that make it perfect for everyday shoots, specially the holiday season. The camera also enables HD movie capture with the new EOS Full HD Movie improvements. You would be able to shoot at 1920×1080 Full HD at 30, 25 or 24 frames per second.

Canon EOS 600D Rebel T3i Review

The camera allows more versatility in shooting and captures images in high resolution for effective reproduction with its APS-C size sensors. The Rebel T3i also comes with a 3 inch vari-angle LCD screen which helps the users shoot better at high angle or low angle. It also comes with different preset modes and an intelligent scene analysis feature which would help you take better pictures in the auto mode. This is a very helpful feature for quick pictures when you don’t have time for manual settings. It accepts SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards for a wider storage capacity. It is an excellent choice for beginners.

It is available for $549 on Amazon with Free Shipping in the USA. Shipments to select countries is also available. You can either buy the camera body for $499 or buy it with an f/3.5-5.6 Image Stabilization 18-135mm Type II lens for the price listed above. The pack comes with a li-ion battery pack, a USB cable, stereo AV cable and 1- year limited manufacturer’s warranty as well. You can get an extended 4 year warranty against drops and spills by paying $55 more.

Product Features and Specifications

  • DIGIC 4 Image Processor and 18 MP CMOS sensor for better image quality
  • Image Stabilization features for clear and crisp pictures
  • Low light shooting with a wide ISO range, ISO 100-6400
  • 3 inch vari-angle Clear View 3:2 LCD screen for high/low angle shooting
  • AF/AE DSLR with built-in flash
  • APS-C size image format with RAW shooting
  • Records and stores on SDXC, SDHC and SD memory. Wireless LAN and external media recording enabled.
  • 3:2 Aspect ratio and approximately 18.70 MP
  • Canon EF Mount compatible with most of Canon’s EF series lenses
  • Comes with Dust Deletion, auto white balance, 8 shooting settings and intelligent scene analysis features
  • Full HD 19020×1080 video recording features

Positive Reviews

The Canon Rebel T3i holds an exceptionally high rating of 4.7/5 on Amazon. It is a great entry level or consumer grade DSLR that can provide great pictures in Auto as well as Manual mode. The scenic auto settings and different recording modes of the camera make it a popular choice amongst the customers. It is mostly loved for the inbuilt flash that provides enough light to shoot the picture without throwing hard light and creating shadows for the subject. The camera is very user friendly and you would find most of the specifications and functions listed on the LCD screen. The camera’s auto mode takes exceptionally sharp pictures.

Most of the customers love the rotating LCD screen because of which they can become more creative with their pictures. Another one of the popular features of this camera is the full HD video recording. The camera is perfect for shooting great quality home videos and can even shoot time lapse and beginner level professional videos.

The camera is compatible with the hugely popular Eye Fi card. As a result, the users are able to automatically upload their pictures to a dedicated folder in their computer and practically never run out of space, regardless of the memory storage device they use. This feature has become a USP for the camera as people prefer to take Eye Fi cards along during vacations and holidays for an endless capturing experience.

The customers have also liked the battery life and the kit lens of the camera. As beginners, it is usually difficult for the users to find the right lens for the camera. However, most of the users who bought the camera along with the kit lens were fully satisfied with the usage and the picture quality of the lens. It comes with image stabilization features as well, because of which it has become extremely beginner friendly. The battery lasts fairly long when clicking the pictures, which is another ace of using this camera.

Negative Reviews

In principle, the T2i and the T3i are similar to each other. They provide you similar quality picture and would be offering more or less the same product specifications. However, the newer T3i is heavier as compared to the T2i. This is because of the additional rotatable LCD screen. Though most people who have used T2i complain that the T3i is a little heavier, they also suggest that photography has become better because of the screen. In fact, the ability to take high angle and low angle photographs with better frame composition has made it easier for many people to be creative with the pictures without depending on their imagination or guesswork for the results they will get.

The camera presents better battery performance while clicking pictures. However, it hogs on the battery faster while shooting HD videos. It is a very common problem with most of the DSLR cameras. The good thing is that the image quality would be really appreciable and you would only have to fully charge the battery only once in a day. The juice lasts fairly well for one complete shoot, which is ideal for one day of shooting.

Conclusion

The camera is definitely a great buy for beginners. If you are just capturing pics, you can keep doing so like a madman for an entire day without worrying about the battery. However, be a little careful about the HD shoot mode and work more carefully. The auto modes of the camera are especially great and they would be providing stellar results without worrying much about the settings. Overall, this camera is a must buy.

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