Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of 600D vs 5D Mark II

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Reviews from canonwatch.com, 1001noisycameras.com, trustedreviews.com, techradar.com and 3 more

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Winner
Canon EOS 5D Mark II 

Camera Rocket recommends the Canon EOS 5D Mark II  based on its image quality, focusing, responsiveness and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of EOS 600D vs 5D Mark II

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

EOS 600D
793 ISO
EOS 5D Mark II
1,815 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

EOS 600D
2,500 LPH
EOS 5D Mark II
2,600 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 600D
283 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

EOS 600D
87 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

EOS 600D
1,500 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 600D
3.7 fps
EOS 5D Mark II
3.9 fps

Features Key features of the EOS 600D  vs 5D Mark II 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

EOS 600D
17.9 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

EOS 600D
12,800 ISO
EOS 5D Mark II
25,600 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

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

EOS 600D
18.5 microns
EOS 5D Mark II
41.1 microns

Reviews Word on the street

EOS 600D  vs 5D Mark II 

7.7
7.9
It is essentially a simplified Aperture Priority mode, giving you the options to choose between a blurred and sharp background and a darker or brighter image.
EOS 5D Mark II

8.0
10.0
It has a 24.6-megapixel CMOS sensor, built-in sensor-shift image stabilisation and sensor cleaning, 5fps shooting in Raw+JPEG mode, a tough weatherproof body and what is widely acclaimed as the best viewfinder on the market.
EOS 5D Mark II

7.8
8.2
Many of the new capabilities definitely target pros: a pair of low-resolution raw formats (10 and 5.2 megapixels), more interchangeable focusing-screen options, in-camera peripheral-illumination correction to compensate for brightness nonuniformity across the image, and a silent Live View mode.
EOS 5D Mark II

Overall

8.3 Out of 10
8.7 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

EOS 600D  vs
5D Mark II 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 17.9 MP 21 MP
Resolution 5184 x 3456 5616 x 3744
Size APS-C Full frame
Area 22.3 x 14.9 mm 36 x 24 mm
Crop factor 1.6x 1.0x
Pixel size 18.5 microns 41.1 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 50 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,500 LPH 2,600 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,500 LPH 2,600 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 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 133.1 x 99.5 x 79.7 mm 152 x 114 x 75 mm
Thickness 79.7 mm 75 mm
Weight 570 g 850 g
Is weather sealed No Yes

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
5D Mark II 
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 920 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 Pentaprism
Coverage 95% 98%
Magnification 0.85x 0.71x
Viewfinder size 0.53x 0.71x

performance

Max continuous shooting 3.7 fps 3.9 fps
Battery life 440 850
Continuous shooting
3.9 fps, JPEG
3.7 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 283 ms 206 ms
Shutter lag 87 ms 82 ms
Startup delay 1,500 ms 400 ms
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