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Canon EOS Rebel T2i (Body Only)
Fast performance; excellent photo quality; above average video-capture quality.
Annoying viewfinder; irritating control layout for video capture.
The bottom line:
A great follow-up to the T1i, if you want the best photo and video quality in a dSLR for less than $1,000, the Canon EOS Rebel T2i is hard to beat.
Canon EOS 550D
Image quality: 9/10
Value for money: 7/10
The Canon EOS 550D / Rebel T2i is a solid mid-range camera whose main virtue is that it allows you to capture incredibly detailed photos without ever getting in the way or spoiling the fun of picture taking. Surely enough, it doesn't have the robust build, comfortable hand-grip, weather sealing, dual control wheels, large viewfinder, 8fps burst mode or 19-point auto focus module of the EOS 7D - but then a Rebel probably never will. Canon understands the principles of product differentiation, and knows that those who really need these features will eventually cough up the price for the higher-specified model, while the rest of the target market will happily embrace the smaller, lighter and friendlier Rebel.
Canon EOS 550D Digital SLR Review
Even at the guide price of £899, this camera is a worthy addition to the current Canon line-up, especially if it's the video features that may have caught your attention. If that applies to you, this camera offers virtually the same video main video features as the EOS 7D, but costs £800 less. With this camera, videographers interested in a HD movie equipped SLR are truly spoilt.
From a still photographer's perspective, there are still a few additional features that may make day-to-day shooting that bit more pleasurable, such as the improved Auto ISO function, higher resolution screen and improved control layout.
Overall the performance of this camera is excellent, and will find many fans whether they be interested in still, or video, or both.
- Tweaked Auto ISO function
- High resolution LCD screen
- Quick control function
- Larger buttons
- Increased exposure compensation range
- Battery life
- Movie mode
- Small buffer for RAW images
- Although improved, AF during LiveView could still be better
- FEATURES: 9/10
- HANDLING: 8/10
- PERFORMANCE: 8/10
- VALUE: 9/10
- OVERALL: 8/10
Build quality: 8.5/10
Image quality: 9.5/10
- High resolution 18 Megapixel stills.
- Adjustable HD resolution and fps with mic input.
- Superb high resolution screen with 3:2 shape.
- Confident 63-zone metering system from 7D.
- Modest 3.7fps shooting and small RAW buffer.
- Screen fixed in position, unlike several rivals.
- Average 9-point AF system and viewfinder.
- Compelling rivals if you don't care for 1080p movies.
Canon EOS 550D dSLR review
Wired: Simply amazing value, the highest resolution in its class, and a host of high-end features adapted from the semi-professional EOS 7D. Excellent image quality and versatile video mode.Tired: Not a lot. The introductory price is rather high. A few less pixels might mean better quality at high ISO levels. Plastic construction belies advanced features.
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•Excellent detail and resolution (especially in raw mode)
•Lovely new LCD screen - the 3:2 format really makes a difference.
•Capable, flexible AF system in both phase-detection and live view modes
•High-spec video mode, including external microphone jack
•Highly intuitive operation, refined ergonomics
•Fast and responsive operation (although shooting in raw mode slows things down)
•Very reliable metering and white balance in most shooting situations
•Decent build quality for the price - no creaks
•Highlight Tone Priority works well, in both raw and JPEG mode.
•Excellent battery life for its class
•Acceptable - although not outstanding - image quality at highest ISO settings.
•Excellent supplied software suite - DPP is one of the best bundled raw converters around
•Auto Lighting Optimizer's effect is subtle to the point of being unnoticeable
•No rear control dial (as found on higher-end Canon bodies)
•Entry-level ergonomics won't suit everyone (the EOS 50D and 7D just feel nicer)
•No in-camera raw conversion option
•Slightly soft JPEG output at default settings (but this is far from unusual)
•Chroma noise takes a fairly big chunk out of resolution at ISO 12800 (but better than the 500D)
•AF assist strobe can be annoying
Inget betygDigital Photo Expert
High ISO image quality is very good. We shot in an almost dark room at ISO 6400 without any high hopes and found the image perfectly acceptable. Noise reduction is not too aggressive and the high pixel density doesnâ€™t seem to have increased image noise too severely.
We found a noticeable difference in image quality between jpeg and RAW files. This is not something to dislike, but it is a warning that it is worth the trouble of shooting RAW. The included RAW converter is excellent.
The EOS 550D is an excellent way into the Canon system. It doesnâ€™t have the luxurious feel of the 7D, but then it costs $1300 less for the body. Our test unit came with the Canon 18â€“135mm lens which is not good enough for the camera. We would recommend buying the body with a better â€“ and, sadly, more expensive â€“ lens.
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From our limited time with the Canon EOS 550D, we can say that it shoots very good images, its usability is high and it's reasonably swift. The auto mode still tends to pop up the built-in flash most of the time, instead of utilising the high ISO capability, so you're still better off learning how to use the camera's controls instead of completely relying on it to do all the work. However, it is still a very capable camera in auto mode when there is plenty of light. Overall, it's a great camera for both new and experienced users looking to make the step up to a digital SLR camera. We can't wait to get it in for a full review.
- Main dial has too much resistance, is uncomfortable in use
- No rear control dial
- Evaluative metering tends to blow highlights, often requires 1/3 to 2/3EV of negative exposure compensation
- No dedicated AF-assist lamp (flash is used), and AF-assist adjustment is buried in the menu system
- No wireless flash control
- Live View and Histogram menu items placed in illogical menu pages
- No intervalometer or multiple exposure support
- No in-camera image stabilization (lens based)
- No in-camera lateral chromatic aberration correction
- Kit lens slightly soft; 18-megapixel sensor demands very good lenses for best results
- Kit lens produces somewhat high barrel distortion and chromatic aberration at wide-angle
- Front lens barrel rotates on kit lens, making polarizer lens use difficult
- Flash coverage is uneven, falling off in the corners at wide-angle
- Slightly below average accuracy from the optical viewfinder
- No continuous autofocus in Movie mode
- Single AF during movie recording is very clearly audible with kit lens
- Microphone placement dictates attention to proper grip during movie recording
- Auto white balance leaves tungsten lighting too warm
- High ISO noise suppression has trouble with low-contrast areas, especially in the red channel
- Buffer fills very quickly when shooting in RAW mode
- Peripheral Illumination Correction and Auto Lighting Optimizer reduce JPEG burst depth
- Battery capacity is slightly better than T1i, but still below average
- No AF Microadjustment feature
- Shutter is noisy
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- Detail in images
- Excellent video performance and controls
- Performance in ISO range
- Shooting mode to appeal to newbies and advanced photographers
- Some of the advanced settings are well hidden in menus
Conclusion Impressive image performance is paired with hardware specs that will widely appeal. You don't get all the bells and whistles, but those elements that are missing really are high-end features. If anything, it's the fast action stuff where the EOS 550D isn't so capable.Some might snort at the body only price that is just under £700 (and the kit we tested here is £1099), but considering that this camera will be a solid foundation for a number of years makes it look like better value for money. Certainly, offering an arguably wider range of options than the 50D and being much more affordable than the 7D, it is the sort of camera that you'd probably want to stretch your budget to buy.For those with a 500D, it is probably a more difficult sell, but for those with an older model or the EOS 1000D, the difference in performance is distinct and once you've used that LCD screen for a while, you won't want to use anything less. Highly recommended.