Canon has unveiled its latest mid-level DSLR, the new Canon EOS 600D.
The new EOS 600D will succeed the EOS 550D, and it offers a range of features which Canon claims will make for a superior experience whether you’re shooting still photos or videos.
Which? has expert lab tests of Canon DSLRs – from the 400D to the 7D – check them out in the Canon DSLR review
Canon EOS 600D: key features
- 18Mp picture resolution
- Full HD 1080p video
- 3.7 shots per second image capture
- on-screen feature guide
- creative filters
- 1,040k-dot 3-inch rotatable Live View LCD screen
- 9-point autofocus area
- new 18-55mm IS II kit lens
- available April 2011, £769 (with kit lens)
Upon first inspection, the feature set of the new EOS 600D marks this model out as something of a hybrid of the older EOS 500D and the new, higher-end EOS 60D.
The 18Mp resolution, 3.7fps shot rate, and 1080p video capture are all familiar features from this model’s predecessor, the EOS 550D.
The new rotatable LCD screen and creative shooting effects have been transferred across from the higher-spec EOS 60D model.
Canon EOS 600D vs Canon EOS 60D vs Canon EOS 7D
It’s not unusual to see features running closely together within a family of DSLRs, and Canon’s EOS 600D now sits unusually close to the higher-priced EOS 60D and even EOS 7D in terms of its specifications.
- Read our full Which? review of the Canon EOS 60D
- Read our full Which? review of the Canon EOS 7D
Canon EOS 600D picture resolution
The 18Mp picture resolution on the new EOS 600D is the same as you’ll find on the 60D and 7D models. The only member of the Canon consumer DSLR family with a lower resolution is the newly-announced 12.2Mp Canon EOS 1100D.
Full HD 1080p video recording on the Canon EOS 600D
Just like the Canon EOS 60D and Canon EOS 7D, the new EOS 600D offers Full HD 1080p video recording. The cheaper EOS 1100D offers a lower resolution 720p video mode.
Shots per second – Canon EOS 600D
The frames per second (fps) of each of these cameras draws them apart.
While the EOS 600D can capture 3.7fps, the higher-end EOS 60D can manage 5.3fps. Top of the group is the EOS 7D, which can capture 8fps.
Rotatable LCD screen on the Canon EOS 600D
The EOS 600D offers a vari-angle rotatable 3-inch LCD screen. This can be a handy feature if you’re holding the camera above your head or at an awkward angle and using the Live View screen to compose a shot.
The EOS 60D was the first Canon DSLR to feature a rotatable screen, which the EOS 7D lacks.
Creative filter effects
The EOS 600D offers a range of creative shooting modes first seen on the EOS 60D model. For example, you can try out a grainy black and white mode, or a toy camera mode or miniature effect.
No top LCD display
Both the Canon EOS 7D and the EOS 600D feature a second monochrome LCD display on the top of the camera to display the key settings. This is a high-end feature that has been omitted from the EOS 600D model.
Given the similarities between the EOS 600D and the EOS 7D, the pricing difference between the models gives some pause for thought.
The EOS 600D is being launched at a somewhat overweight price of £769 with its kit lens. We’d expect this price to fall within a few months, but for the time-being it’s rather close to the £850-£900 asking price of the EOS 60D.
Given that the key difference between these two models is the lower shooting speed of the EOS 600D, and its lack of a second LCD display, it’s worth considering if these are drawbacks you can live without. When the price of the 600D falls from its high launch point, we’d expect this camera to seriously undercut the more expensive EOS 60D, assuming it can largely match it for picture performance.
We’ll have full test results on the new Canon EOS 600D after the model is launched in April 2011.
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