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Oct212010

Catch Up On Cameras: The Canon EOS 550D / Digital Rebel T2i

 

A couple of days ago I talked about the recent trend in digital photography - Compact System Cameras - but today I'll like to concentrate on one camera that is incredible in what it offers the average dSLR user - the Canon EOS 550d / Digital Rebel Ti.

 The 550d / T2i is an expensive piece of kit, coming in at about £650 with the 18-55mm Image Stabilised Kit Lens. This may seem a bit much for a consumer dSLR, but when you see the specification this camera has much more in common with it's pro-body cousins than the entry-level models.

 I'll start by getting the movie-mode out of the way. The 550d records full hd quality video at frames rates of 30, 20, or cinemalike 25 frames per second.

Importanty this camera can also take a stereo jack for an external microphone. What more could you want to record beautiful video, capture exquisite sound, and take advantage of all that great Canon glass to film your master-piece?
Cameralabs Video Review Of The 550d / Rebel T2I:

 

Back to the stills side of things, the EOS 550d / Rebel T2i packs 18 megapixels, an ISO range of 100-12800(!), 3.7 frames per second continuos shooting, a 63 zone metering system, sensor-dust cleaning and a 9 point Auto-Focus system. 
Other noteworthy stuff is evaluative, parial, spot or center-weighted metering. Auto-exposure bracketing, 3 shots, to + / 1 2.0 EV. 95% coverage in the view-finder, live-view on the 3" LCD screen, and the 550d used SD memory cards to store your photographs and videos rather than CF cards.

 

All of this seems a bit overwhelming - you just need to know that Canon have released a consumer dSLR with a lot of the specifications of its much higher priced cameras. That massive sensor with it's amazing ISO capability, the fulled-specified video function, and the ability to help you take great photographs in almost any conditions.

 

So, what Canon have delivered with the Eos 550d / Rebel T2i is a camera with an extremely high-level specification, in the body of an entry-level camera - perfect for the amateur who won't be putting the camera through the rigours of professional use. I'm not really into video, but you couldn't ask for any more than this little Canon can offer. I've personally got an old 350d / Rebel XT, but this is definitely the dSLR camera that I'd upgrade to.

 

Cheers, Rob.

 

Further Reading

 

 

What Do You Think?
Have you got a 550d / T2i, what's it like to shoot with? Are you thinking of buying one soon? Please share your comments below!

 

Reader Comments (2)

Hi Rob,

I've been rather lucky and handled the eos 550D during a recent Canon training seminar along with a selection of four lenses(!) Got to admit than Canon have done a nice job and packed some great features in and I much prefer the handling and feel of these newer body designs. They've kept the same menu system and button layout which is great for those upgrading and the custom menu setup makes for speedier settings control.

Have to admit that I found the AF somewhat sluggish when using the live view with the lenses hunting for a second or two before locking on and single AF being somewhat less frustrating than the continuous AF function. But with live view off all the lenses locked on very quickly and positively much as you'd expect. Good to see that they've squeezed in a standard external microphone connection and it's really needed - the internal microphone picks up every single noise the lens makes!!

All in all I think Canon have done a great job, the price is somewhat high but as you've mentioned they've packed some great features in and the camera does have a more professional feel about it.

Great stuff Rob and here's hoping a future Santa can pop one in your xmas stocking one day ;-)


All the best,

Victor

October 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVictor

Hi Victor,

The 550d looks like a great camera, and it seems like slow AF happens on Canons when using live-view, a bit of a shame, but workable.

It's great to hear from someone who has actually used one, and I'm glad they're a little more ergonomic, I know my 350d is a little lacking in that respect!

Cheers, Rob.

October 23, 2010 | Registered CommenterRob_Nunn

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