Canon EOS 600D

Released February, 2011
New: EOS 650D (Jun, 2012)
  • 17.9 MP
  • APS-C 22.3 x 14.9 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
Overall the video shooting isn't as seamlessly integrated as it is on the 7D - you still have to select a separate mode to engage video shooting for one thing.
by DPReview (Mar, 2011)
8.6 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Canon EOS 600D

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

EOS 600D
8.6
D3200
9.5
EOS 400D
8.3
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

EOS 600D
6.5
D3200
6.5
EOS 400D
7.8
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

EOS 600D
7.9
D3200
8.3
EOS 400D
8.2
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

EOS 600D
9.1
D3200
9.0
EOS 400D
9.4
Reviews from canonwatch.com, 1001noisycameras.com, trustedreviews.com, techradar.com and 3 more

8.6

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

EOS 600D
8.6
D3200
8.8
EOS 400D
8.8

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Canon EOS 600D

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

EOS 600D
793 ISO
D3200
1,131 ISO
EOS 400D
664 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

EOS 600D
2,500 LPH
D3200
3,000 LPH
Rebel T5i
2,400 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 600D
283 ms
EOS 400D
200 ms
Rebel T5i
264 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

EOS 600D
87 ms
D3200
114 ms
EOS Rebel T5
113 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

EOS 600D
1,500 ms
D3200
400 ms
EOS 400D
2,500 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 600D
3.7 fps
EOS 80D
7 fps
Rebel T5i
5 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Canon EOS 600D


7.7
It's only available in Full HD mode, and when set to 3x it crops into the central portion of the sensor, effectively producing a full-resolution output in which one sensor pixel corresponds to one output pixel.

9.0
The Canon EOS 600D's maximum shutter speed is 30 seconds and there's a Bulb mode for even longer exposures, which is excellent news if you're seriously interested in night photography.

8.0
At 135mm the 18-145mm kit lens has produced an image displaying good levels of sharpness and detail.

8.0
Another significant addition is the Wireless Flash option, which allows the camera's pop-up flash to be used as the master for other Speedlite flashguns.

7.8
Ironically, this design is more suited to pros who plan to use the camera as a cheap video dSLR and never take it off the video setting than to the consumers at whom it's ostensibly targeted.

Overall

8.3 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Sensor

Even at ISO 400 images remain clear and sharp.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2014)
The level of detail it resolves is excellent, and both its default contrast and brightness are spot on, too.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2011)
It attains a respectable, though not exactly blistering 3.6 fps in all its image modes, but can maintain this for just three frames in raw + jpeg mode, and 6 frames in raw only.
by DPReview (Mar, 2011)

Iso

At ISO 3200 a little more fine detail has been lost, but the image still remains impressively sharp.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2014)
The small, light and friendly EOS 600D fits that bill very well, yet it also offers enough features for both the beginner to grow into and to tempt the more experienced user, most notably 18 megapixels, ISO range of 100-12,800, 63-zone metering sensor, full HD movie mode and built-in wireless flash control.
by Photography Blog (Mar, 2011)
Sensitivity remains pegged at a useful, if not class-leading, ISO 100-6400 with ISO 12,800 available in expanded mode.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2014)

Photography

Using the ‘Landscape’ Picture Style has increased the vibrancy of both the cherry blossom and the blue sky behind it, with fairly pleasing results.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2014)
Canon's version of an easy mode, Creative Auto, operates via what it calls "ambience selection"-Standard, Vivid, Soft, Warm, Intense, Cool, Brighter, Darker, and Monochrome-for which you can set it to one of three levels.
by c|net (Mar, 2011)
Canon's triple-digit EOS line has traditionally catered for those dipping their toes into DSLR photography, but as successive models have acquired more functionality, they've ventured further into enthusiast territory.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2011)

Screen

From the front it simply looks like the newer model has bulked up a little, while on the top-plate the only changes are to the design and functionality of the mode dial, and the addition of the display button, whose former space on the rear is now taken by an Info button.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2011)
The LCD screen moves freely about its hinge, although accessing the Menu and Info buttons above it can be awkward when the screen is pulled away from the camera's body, because in most positions it's directly in the way.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2011)
And of course, you can choose to fold the screen back in towards the camera body for extra protection when it’s not in use.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2014)

Lens

Used at 18mm the Canon 18-135mm IS kit lens is able to fit plenty in the frame, although it does produces some notable barrel distortion.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2014)
The new lens claims an extra stop of image stabilization, but I didn't find it more effective (of course, it's always possible that I'm a year shakier).
by c|net (Mar, 2011)
By selecting the A-Dep shooting mode we’ve asked the 600D to maximise the depth of field and yet it’s selected an aperture of just f/3..
by TrustedReviews (May, 2014)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 17.9 MP
Resolution 5184 x 3456
Size APS-C
Area 22.3 x 14.9 mm
Crop factor 1.6x
Pixel size 18.5 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 6,400 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,500 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,500 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 9
Cross type focus points 1
Supports continuous No

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 133.1 x 99.5 x 79.7 mm
Thickness 79.7 mm
Weight 570 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video None

display

Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 1,040 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen Yes
Supports live view Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentamirror
Coverage 95%
Magnification 0.85x
Viewfinder size 0.53x

performance

Max continuous shooting 3.7 fps
Battery life 440 photos
Continuous shooting 3.7 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 283 ms
Shutter lag 87 ms
Startup delay 1,500 ms
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