Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of T1i vs 600D

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 dpreview.com, trustedreviews.com, techradar.com, photographyblog.com and 1 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Rebel T1i vs EOS 600D

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

Rebel T1i
663 ISO
EOS 600D
793 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Rebel T1i
2,000 LPH
EOS 600D
2,500 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Rebel T1i
159 ms
EOS 600D
283 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Rebel T1i
89 ms
EOS 600D
87 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Rebel T1i
300 ms
EOS 600D
1,500 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Rebel T1i
3.4 fps
EOS 600D
3.7 fps

Features Key features of the Rebel T1i  vs EOS 600D 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Rebel T1i
15.1 MP
EOS 600D
17.9 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Rebel T1i
12,800 ISO
EOS 600D
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

Rebel T1i
0.54x
EOS 600D
0.53x

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

Rebel T1i
22.1 microns
EOS 600D
18.5 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Rebel T1i  vs EOS 600D 

6.7
7.7
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.
EOS 600D

9.0
9.0
The new 15 megapixel CMOS sensor and expanded ISO range thankfully haven't compromised image quality in any way, quite the opposite in fact.
Rebel T1i

9.0
8.0
The image quality is quite printable at 1600 ISO, which is about what you need for good indoor no-flash photography.
Rebel T1i

7.8
7.8
Photos remain sharp with few artifacts as high as ISO 1,600-by the numbers as high as ISO 3,200-though sharp-eyed photographers will probably want to max out at ISO 400 for the cleanest photos.
Rebel T1i

Overall

8.3 Out of 10
8.3 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Rebel T1i  vs
EOS 600D 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 15.1 MP 17.9 MP
Resolution 4752 x 3168 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 22.1 microns 18.5 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 3,200 ISO to 12,800 ISO 6,400 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,000 LPH 2,500 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,000 LPH 2,500 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 129 x 98 x 62 mm 133.1 x 99.5 x 79.7 mm
Thickness 62 mm 79.7 mm
Weight 520 g 570 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

Rebel T1i  vs
EOS 600D 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 20 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p No Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack None 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 920 k dots 1,040 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No Yes
Supports live view Yes Yes

viewfinder

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

performance

Max continuous shooting 3.4 fps 3.7 fps
Battery life 400 440
Continuous shooting
3.7 fps, JPEG
3.4 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 159 ms 283 ms
Shutter lag 89 ms 87 ms
Startup delay 300 ms 1,500 ms
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