Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of 600D vs 550D

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

EOS 600D
9.6
EOS 550D
9.5
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

EOS 600D
6.4
EOS 550D
6.6
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

EOS 600D
7.9
EOS 550D
8.4
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

EOS 600D
9.1
EOS 550D
9.2
Reviews from canonwatch.com, 1001noisycameras.com, trustedreviews.com, techradar.com and 3 more

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

EOS 600D
8.8
EOS 550D
8.9

Winner
Canon EOS 550D 

Camera Rocket recommends the Canon EOS 550D  based on its focusing, responsiveness and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of EOS 600D vs 550D

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

EOS 600D
793 ISO
EOS 550D
784 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

EOS 600D
2,500 LPH
EOS 550D
2,100 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 600D
283 ms
EOS 550D
252 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

EOS 600D
87 ms
EOS 550D
96 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

EOS 600D
1,500 ms
EOS 550D
400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 600D
3.7 fps
EOS 550D
3.7 fps

Features Key features of the EOS 600D  vs 550D 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

EOS 600D
17.9 MP
EOS 550D
17.9 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

EOS 600D
12,800 ISO
EOS 550D
12,800 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

EOS 600D
0.53x
EOS 550D
0.54x

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

EOS 600D
18.5 microns
EOS 550D
18.5 microns

Reviews Word on the street

EOS 600D  vs 550D 

7.7
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.
EOS 600D

9.0
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.
EOS 600D

8.0
8.0
At 135mm the 18-145mm kit lens has produced an image displaying good levels of sharpness and detail.
EOS 600D

8.0
9.0
While the EOS 550D can shoot at 3.7 frames per second in Continuous Shooting Mode, it's restricted to 34 JPEG images, or six RAW files – so sports and action photographers might want to look elsewhere.
EOS 550D

7.8
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.
EOS 600D

Overall

8.3 Out of 10
8.4 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

EOS 600D  vs
550D 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 17.9 MP 17.9 MP
Resolution 5184 x 3456 5184 x 3456
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 22.3 x 14.9 mm 22.3 x 14.9 mm
Crop factor 1.6x 1.6x
Pixel size 18.5 microns 18.5 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 6,400 ISO to 12,800 ISO 6,400 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,500 LPH 2,100 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,500 LPH 2,100 LPH

focus system

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

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 133.1 x 99.5 x 79.7 mm 129 x 98 x 62 mm
Thickness 79.7 mm 62 mm
Weight 570 g 530 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR No No
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization

video

EOS 600D  vs
550D 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack 3.5mm 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Manual Manual
Autofocus type N/A N/A
Autofocus supports continuous N/A N/A

display

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

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentamirror Pentamirror
Coverage 95% 95%
Magnification 0.85x 0.87x
Viewfinder size 0.53x 0.54x

performance

Max continuous shooting 3.7 fps 3.7 fps
Battery life 440 440
Continuous shooting
3.7 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 283 ms 252 ms
Shutter lag 87 ms 96 ms
Startup delay 1,500 ms 400 ms
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