UPDATED 8th November, 2012. First released in March 2011, the Canon EOS 600D is positioned as a mid-level enthusiast DSLR. Still listed as a current model, the Canon EOS 600D has since been succeeded by the Canon EOS 650D. Can the Canon EOS 600D still cut it against the competition? We find out in the What Digital Camera Canon EOS 600D review…

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Canon EOS 600D (Rebel T3i)

Overall score:88%
Image Quality:90%


  • Excellent image quality, easy to pick-up and use


  • Sluggish AF during Live View and video recording


Canon EOS 600D (Rebel T3i) Review


Price as reviewed:


Value & Verdict

Canon EOS 600D review – Value


In June 2012 the Canon EOS 650D was announced as the successor to the EOS 600D with a launch price just shy of £800 with an 18-55mm kit lens. This has since fallen to around £600. The price for the older EOS 600D (with 18-55mm kit lens), meanwhile, now stands at around £450-500. In other words, investing in the older model will currently save you around £100-150. Of course, the EOS 600D doesn’t come with the unique touchscreen functionality offered by the EOS 650D, and compared to the newer model’s 18MP sensor effective resolution is slightly less at 16MP. However, you’re still getting quite a lot of camera for the money.

Looking at what’s on offer from rival manufacturers, the EOS 600D faces some stiff competition not least from the Nikon D5100 that was launched at much the same time as the EOS 600. Whereas the D5100 launched with a similar £780 price tag (with 18-55mm kit lens), it has since fallen to around £430 – making it slightly cheaper than the EOS 600D. Another big contemporary rival to the EOS 600D was the Pentax K-r, which launched with a £480 price tag. As a discontinued model the K-r is harder to find than the Nikon D5100, and somewhat bizarrely the price has held firm (no doubt due to lack of stock) at around £460. All said and done the Canon EOS 600D is still very good value.


Canon EOS 600D review – Verdict

There’s no getting away from the fact that the Canon EOS 600D has inherited a lot from existing models in the Canon line-up, primarily the 550D and to a lesser extent, the 60D. In essence, the EOS 600D is a 550D with the 60D’s vari-angle screen, with very little in the way of innovation. With the 550D still available for around £150 less than the 600D, you’ll have to ask yourself how desperately you want a vari-angle screen and the other minor additions.

Ignoring its predecessors for one moment, and as a standalone mid-price DSLR, and the EOS 600D is a great camera. Admittedly, the performance can be left a little wanting, especially with certain aspects of the AF and frame advance, but results from the 18-megapixel sensor are great, with bags of detail and well-controlled noise. Then there’s the polished user interface that allows novice users to grow with their new bit of kit, while the list of features shouldn’t leave more experienced users feeling short-changed either. It may not feel particularly cutting edge, but the Canon EOS 600D has been years in the making, evolving into a great camera for the price.


Lens Mount:Canon EF/EF-S
White Balance:Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom
ISO:100-6400 (Expandable to 12,800)
Built-in Flash:Yes
Memory Card:SD/SDHC/SDXC
Exposure Comp:-5 to +5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps
Cable Release:Yes
PC Socket:No
Viewfinder Type:Optical Pentamirror
Output Size:5184x3456
LCD:3in, 1040k-dot Clear View TFT LCD
Field of View:Appox. 95%
Colour Temp Control:2000-10,000K
AF Points:9 points (central point cross-type)
White Balance Bracket:3 frame +/- 3 levels
Sensor:18MP APS-C CMOS
Max Flash Sync:1/200th sec
Focal Length Mag:1.6x
DoF Prview:Yes
Dust Reduction:EOS integrated cleaning system
Built-in Image Stabilisation:No, lens based
Movie Mode:1080p HD, 30, 25 or 24fps, H.264 (MOV format)
Metering System:TTL using 63 zone iFCL system
Live Mode:Yes
Exposure Modes:P, A (Av), S (Tv), M, Scene Intelligent Auto, Creative Auto, Scene Modes, Movie
Connectivity:HDMI, USB 2.0, 3.5mm mic jack
Power:Rechargeable Li-ion battery LP-E8
File Format:Raw (14bit), JPEG, Raw & JPEG
Dimensions:133.1 x 99.5 x79.7mm
Shutter Speeds:60-1/4000th second, plus Bulb
Drive Mode:Single, Continuous, Self-timer (2secs/10secs/Continuous) & Remote L (low), H (high), Self Timer
Focusing Modes:One Shot (Single), AI Servo (Continuous), AI Focus (switches from One Shot to AI Servo if movement is detected), Manual
Colour Space:sRGB, Adobe RGB
  1. 1. Canon EOS 600D review - Features
  2. 2. Design
  3. 3. Performance
  4. 4. Image quality
  5. 5. Movie/video mode
  6. 6. Value & Verdict
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