Canon EOS 600D DSLR Camera

Review: Canon EOS 600D DSLR Camera Price in the Philippines, Features and Specs - Since joining the fray in the advanced entry-level DSLR market in 2003, Canon have been known to increase the overall resolution and put in more advanced processing engines with every new model that gets introduced to its range of triple-digit DSLRs.

With this “tradition” in place, the Canon EOS 600D may be the first to deviate from this trend. Though the 600D supersedes the Canon EOS 550D, it does not altogether replace its older sibling. The 600D may bring to the table new features and design tweaks along with a couple of hardware upgrades but its core specifications remain almost similar to what the 550D packs.

The 550D in its own way is an exceptionally well-rounded shooter. How much better is the 600D? Read on for the full details.

Design and construction

Measuring 13 x 10 x 8 cm and weighing in at just 570 grams including its battery pack, the 600D is compact and light for a DSLR. Its size and dimensions are perfect for somebody who has relatively small hands but somebody with bigger claws might find their pinkies hanging off the grip of the camera.

A quick look-see at the 600D will make you think of it as something almost similar to the 550D with just minimal aesthetic design changes that make the camera look fresh. This includes tweaks on the mode dial and finer grooves around it to make it look more high-end along with the addition of a rubberized grip.

Compared to its predecessor, the grip of the 600D is slightly deeper and the body of the camera has a sculpted channel at the back that serves as an anchor point for a user’s thumb. Due to these design changes, most users will find the camera more comfortable to tote around one-handed even for extended periods.

Core specifications

Looking at the specs sheet of the 600D would make you think that the specs of the 550D were mistakenly used for this shooter. Only very little has been changed from its predecessor the 600D hopes to succeed.

The similarities start with the sensor. The 600D still packs the same 18-megapixel resolution APS CMOS sensor though Canon is quick to point out that the chips are not identical to what the 550D has. The two siblings also have the same nine-point auto-focus and 63-zone metering system and are both capable of similar 3.7fps max burst speed brought about by the same DIGIC IV image processor.

With the 600D though, you can also shoot Full HD video clips with options of 30, 25 and 24fps video capture. Shooting videos and capturing stills can also be set at 4:3, 16:9 and 1:1 aspect ratio which the 550D didn’t offer aside from the native 3:2 aspect ratio making this shooter very versatile indeed.

The display

The 600D may share most of its DNA with the 550D but there were also some changes to differentiate it from its older sibling. The most obvious difference in this respect is the rear screen of the 600D.

Though the specs remain unchanged with the 600D’s display still measuring 3 inches with the same 3:2 aspect ratio and 1040k dot resolution as the 550D, the screen used by the 600D is now capable of swivel and tilt positioning just like the vari-angle screen seen in the Canon EOS 60D.

With the swivel-and-tilt feature of the 600D’s display, shooting at awkward angles, on a tripod or even when holding the camera above your head becomes a non-issue.

Shooting performance and image quality

The 18-megapixel sensor of the 600D may have the similar APS-C 1.6x crop 3:2 aspect ratio seen in the 60D and in the more exorbitantly-priced 7D but it has less power in terms of image processing which make it only able to turn out a continuous shooting rate of 3.7fps which is still pretty impressive.

Despite its being just an entry-level shooter, the 600D was able to turn out images with exceptional quality. The resolution is among the best in its class and noise handling was pretty good. No “red eye” effect was seen even when the built-in flash was used and stills shot in low-light conditions came out pretty well.

The same goes for capturing videos: video clip quality is pretty good, no significant noise was apparent and an exceptional amount of detail can be seen in the video clip even when shooting in dim lighting.

In short, the performance of the 600D is pretty impressive for a shooter that packs smaller pixels compared to its competitors in its class.

The verdict

Let’s face it: the Canon EOS 600D is basically the 550D without the vari-angle display. Don’t take it the wrong way though. The 600D brings to the table some improvements and the fact that it is a very user-friendly entry-level DSLR that is capable of consistently delivering above-average results make it worthy of your attention.

However, if you can do away with the vari-angle display, then you are better off going for the Canon EOS 550D which basically has the same features as the 600D at a much lower price-point and save some dinero in the process.

Canon EOS 600D DSLR Camera Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 44,000.00


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