Canon EOS Rebel T3i / 600D 18.0 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Kit w/ EF-S IS II 18-55mm Lens)
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- jijimumbaiJul 5, 2011by
In short a very good Camera, worth spending.
I'm not sure of my qualifications or ability to make a detailed review of this camera, but I love it and will do my best. Having only ever used a Canon PowerShot and cell phone cameras before, this was a huge leap for me.
I use the camera primarily to take pictures of the kids and flowers/gardens.
I have read through the manual and found it a great asset (I have written techmanuals and read a lot of manuals, and find this one to be very easy to use). With its use I have tried every mode on the dial and used the Q - Quick Control to try the different functions. With the exception of the "M" -Manual Exposure, I have taken great pictures (OK - Excellent/Awesome by my standards, the people on the photo blogs may disagree with my assessment of my photos:)).
The video capability is truly amazing, but does require a fast card (class 6 and up) I have a Class 10 and noted some lag when my son was running around in a low light living room. The Grandparents will be able to watch HD movies on their big screen.
The weight is a bit hefty compared to the Point and Shoot but feels right in your hands.
Battery life appears to be very good, I have yet to have the battery fail on me when I need it, but I have only had the camera a short time. Time will be the judge of this. I do have a second battery File size requires a SD card of decent size (Large .jpg High Quality = 6.4MB, RAW = 24.5MB) the camera is compatible with SDHC and SDXC cards, I have a 16 gig SDHC Class 10 (A-Data 16 GB Class 10 SDHC Flash Memory Card 16GSDHC10 (Blue)). Not sure what the SDXC brings to the table but if I pick one up I'll update this review.
Live Mode (like a standard point and shoot - LCD screen shows image to be captured) is great for videos and can help when composing shoots from various angles (taking pictures of the dog near floor - without kneeling). There is even a Live Mode with facial recognition and tracking, chases my sons face all over and gives me the correct focus. The Live Mode was the only mode I figured I would be able to use, but I find the standard viewfinder eyepiece to be very easy to use and has all of the information you need.
I plan to have this camera for years to come and hope to someday master all of the settings (high expectations). I feel this camera is the perfect match for my current ability (A+ Fully Automatic Shooting allows me to take excellent pictures while using the camera like a Point and Shoot) and my desire to become the photographic artist I hope to be).
Anyone thinking about make the change from Point and Shoot to dSLR should really consider this camera. May I also suggest a camera bag, and cleaning kit.Read full review
- tygraphJul 1, 2011by
In line with the best of the Canon DSLR's! Highly recommended!
The newer of the Canon DSLR's, the Canon 600D/Rebel T3i is an excellent addition to this line of fabulous cameras! It's very light but has a great build in comparison the the older T2i yet slightly less beefy than the similar 60D. Picture and video quality between this, the T2i and the 60D are almost exactly the same. This camera is a great value vs. the 7D if you are thinking about shooting video. Speaking of that, this camera is excellent for video! The sensor allows it to be great in low-light (with a high-aperture lens). The rotating screen makes your life much easier by letting you get low and high shots that wouldn't have worked otherwise. The menu system is easy to navigate when you've got your bearings. Everything is a touch away though the menus are said to be a little more seamless on the 60D. This isn't a crutch at all though if you know what you're looking for. This is a terrific camera!
--The Slightly Bad--
My only complaint thus far is that it is a crop sensor camera. Keep in mind this is a problem almost all of the affordable DSLR's. You will see this with the T3i and 60D as well so this isn't specific to this camera. It's is easily worked around with a super wide-angle lens but those can be a little trickier to find. Necessary, they are not but if you are shooting landscape or want nice eye-wide scenes, a 10/12mm would be suggested.Read full review
- 1958sonycamJul 27, 2011by
Awesome dslr for pro's & amatures
My best investment... After experience with panasonic,sony, JVC, this tops them all. I bought this camera the end of may, since that time I have purchased 3 different lenses in which I recommend if you want higher quality, better zoom etc. Excellent menu features when changing dial functions. Great automatic features, but the manual controls are even better in which allows you to have more control. Great control of DOF results, in which was one of my main reasons for buying. Excellent pictures. Great digital zoom features. You have to keep experimenting with features to get the look you want, (in which I really like). Love the ability to use flip out screen. I do recommend a battery grip for doubled batt. life when filming and taking pics extended periods of time. Also recommend a speedlight flash transmitter for extra flash when doing professional photos. The internal flash is great for using in normal conditions. Sound quality can be controlled manually in certain situations, but the automatic control is sufficient. I highly recommend this, canon did an excellent job.
Here is my latest review on this slr camera:
After experiencing and constantly playing around
with this camera, I'm still very satisfied and
happy I purchased this. I want to highlight the
manual controls on this... my favorite happens to
be manual and AV modes.
This suites my needs perfectly, here you have so
much control over ISO, Aperture,exposure. You have
to adjust numbers in these modes to get the look you want. 1rst start off by taking snapshots of where your settings are on... then taking one adjusting
ISO, and etc. You come out with stunning results.
The automatic controls are fantastic, but when you
want to have personal great picture results, use
It's pretty important to invest... buy extra equipment for your camera, from extra batteries,
lenses ( in which makes a big difference in quality ). From zoom lenses to low fstops...
these lenses can be very expensive, but well worth
I hardly use the built in flash, invest in external
flashes, this is why this camera was built, so you
can experience perfection in filming. I have the canon 320ex speedlite, getting ready to purchase the
430ex for more light. These flashes are great for
bouncing off walls, etc. And with combination of extenal & built in flash, these can be used sync to
create stunning results in low light.
I can't go over everything this slr has... but you
have to take time to play and try new features... you
won't be dissappointed. This is indeed a great camera I'm trying & learning almost everyday something new.Read full review
- sib2048wJun 7, 2012by
Excellent Canon DSLR at a Very Good Price
I've had this camera for about 6 months now. If you're used to Canon DSLR's then you'll like this camera. I'm not going to write a lengthy review, but will just give my personal experiences.
I had the T1 and then the T1i, and now the T3i. I decided to stay with Canon as I always have had this brand of camera. If I had a Nikon, I would most likely stay with Nikon. The reason that I prefer staying with 1 brand is that you become familiar with it, and it's quite easy to adapt to the next newer model.
I purchase the T3i because I got a very good price for it. Also, I wanted more megapixels,and so went from 14 to 18 megapixels. I haven't made any large-sized prints, so the difference on a computer screen is hard to see.
The T3i is faster than the T1i, however it's still a bit slow when shooting 18 megapixel files both as JPEG's and Raw. I haven't really needed the raw, but I keep the images.
When you escalate to these high megapixel camera, I would recommend the following:
1. Higher speed SD cards of at least class 6. I use 4 for now and that's OK,
since I do mostly tabletop. SD cards of at least 8 GB.
2. A battery grip. The reason for this is that you can take loads of photos and almost never have the batteries lose their power. Also, if you do sports or shoot outdoors in winter, purchase extra batteries as the cold will deplete your batteries' charge faster.
3. A Delkin or similar viewing screen shade. These allow you to view your photos easier by shading them. This is especially great outdoors during daylight. It's not perfect,but it's better than no shade at all!
2. Several hard drives of at least 2 TB (Terabytes). Taking photos at 18 megapixels eats up
lots of hard drive memory!
3. A computer with at least 8 GB RAM, a 3.06 dual processor (IMac) or PC.
I don't bother with 90% of the features on the camera, so that's why I didn't talk about the features. The camera does have lots of features if you need such. However, whatever I need for image adjustment or enhancement, I have with Photoshop.
1 improvement that I have noticed is that the mirror internal vibrating cleaner works much better on the T3i than in previous models. I don't know if they have in fact improved this feature, or that I store the camera much better than before.
I shoot tabletop under tungsten lighting,so I use a tripod. I do find that the camera is slow to process combined 18 megapixel JPEG/Raw images. You have to wait about 1-2 seconds for the red light process indicator to turn off. However, it's not like the model or animal is moving and I'll lost the shots.
I would recommend that if you do upgrade, that you skip at least 1 generation. I mentioned that I first had the T1 and then the T1i. As soon as I bought the T1i, the t2i came out. Great timing!
You can be sure that Canon already has the next generation of cameras already planned.
For now, this is my camera, and I don't foresee buying a t4i or a t5i for now. I would say the same thing for software. Most of what I do in Photoshop or Word or Excel suits me just fine even if I have the latest Photoshop or Word/Excel 2008. My CS3 Photoshop works as well for my needs as My CS5. I was just fortunate to have been a photography teacher, and as such, was able to get new versions at educational prices.
My advise: if it works, and you're happy with it, don't change. If you plan to, then sell your older camera ASAP to reduce the cost of the new one.
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- pt-portugalNov 28, 2011by
Articulated, high res Live View screen, Brilliant image quality.
What’s nice and new with the 600D is its articulated, high res Live View screen that can be swung, downwards, outwards, forward or used as a fixed rear screen.
The bright and clear optical pentamirror finder will please trad snappers who will also enjoy the depth of field button that sets DSLRs in general apart from that lesser breed: compact digicams!
Some more experienced photographers may find early days with the EOS 600D a bit of a puzzle, as some controls are not where they usually are.
Added to the movie capture is an interesting helper that could enhance your videos: you can preset the record time to lengths of two, four or eight seconds, then save to memory as a single file and even add music to it, also know as snapshots videos.
I was not so impressed with the Movie Digital Zoom feature that can enlarge the shooting range by 10x … it’s a digital enlargement.
The built in mic will capture audio (of a sort) but an auxiliary stereo mic is recommended; you can shoot full size stills at the same time as movie recording.
After some time with the camera I found it best to use manual focus when shooting video; the auto focus does not track while moving; also, you will pick up any handling noises or lens action on the audio track.
Movies: you can adjust shutter speed, aperture and ISO speed via the viewfinder menu options.
So we have:
Conclusion - Pros
* Brilliant image quality even at high ISO settings
* Extremely high detail and resolution at base ISO, good per-pixel sharpness
* Good dynamic range, improved by use of Highlight Tone Priority
* On-screen Quick-Menu offers good access to shooting settings
* Excellent LCD screen is articulated (great for videographers and tripod users)
* Ability to remotely control flashguns is a nice addition
* Good quality 1080/720p video output with a range of frame rates and control over exposure
* External microphone socket (very important)
* Good battery life
* Comprehensive software bundle
Conclusion - Cons
* Slow AF in Live Mode reduces benefit of articulated screen for stills shooting
* No AF in movie mode
* White balance often excessively orange under artificial light
* Button functions in live view mode very different from conventional mode (so if you are a PRO will not enjoy it)
* Key features and parameters hidden in Custom Function menu (must read manual)
* Lacks the in-camera Raw conversion options seen in 60D (this is cheaper)
* Hand grip can be a little cramp-inducing after long periods of use, although improved if compared with 550D
The Rebel series has never been characterized by cutting-edge innovation or radical interpretations of what a camera can be - instead, the series' development seems to be driven by a calm, rational assessment of the features people want in a tolerably small package and at a price people are willing to pay.
And, though the cameras which comprise it may disappoint the technology enthusiasts, it's a formula that has produced some of the best-selling DSLRs ever made and kept a lot of beginner and enthusiast photographers very happy.
Which is a roundabout way of saying that, from the perspective of anyone following the market, the T3i / 600D isn't a outstanding camera - it's a slight upgrade of its predecessor with the flip-out screen from the more expensive EOS 60D.
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