Monday, February 28, 2011

This top-down view reveals that the 600D is also a bit deeper, front-to-back than its predecessor, again due mainly to the swivel screen. This adds about 3mm to the depth of the grip, which may not sound like much but improves the handling to a surprising degree. The new top plate 'DISP' button can also be clearly seen here.

Canon EOS 600D vs. EOS 550D feature differences

The list below gives a more complete summary of the feature differences between the 600D and 550D:
  • Vari-angle display
  • Scene intelligent Auto Mode
  • 'Basic+' creative controls in scene modes
  • 'Creative Filters' can be applied to images in playback mode
  • Multi-aspect ratio shooting (3:2, 4:3, 16:9, 1:1, previewable in Live View)
  • Integrated Wireless flash controller with multi-flash support
  • 'Video Snapshot' mode
  • Auto Lighting Optimizer now adjustable in 4 levels
  • Feature Guide
  • Image rating (1-5 stars)
  • Eye sensor for LCD display replaced by 'DISP' button
  • Marginally larger and heavier


From our initial handling of the EOS 600D, there's little doubt that this is the most feature-rich entry-level Canon yet. In fact 'entry-level' is increasingly becoming a misnomer in this range, as the 600D offers a wealth of features that we're much more used to seeing on 'enthusiast' models (which tend to be distinguished by having pentaprism viewfinders and twin control dials). Indeed the 600D comes remarkably close to its more expensive big brother, the 60D, in terms of features alone.

The standout addition to the camera is undoubtedly the articulated screen, which is likely to be most welcome to movie enthusiasts. Canon's main focus with the 600D, however, seems to have been in making the camera more easy to use for newcomers to SLR photography, an aim that's very much in line with current trends. To this end the Feature Guide, Auto+ functions and expanded Quick Control options should make it easier for beginners to start experimenting with their photography.
But it's not just beginners who will appreciate the 600D. More experienced enthusiasts will welcome the wireless off-camera flash control, that now works with all models in Canon's Speedlite range including the new 270EX II and 320EX. Last but definitely not least, Canon has finally addressed one of the Rebel series' outstanding weaknesses and made a substantive improvement to the grip, which we're very glad to see. It makes the 600D much more comfortable to hold than its predecessors, and while those with large hands should still definitely try before they buy, this is no longer an area where Canon lags behind the competition.

courtesy of digital preview ( 

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