We recently upgraded our old Fuji Finepix S5600 Digital camera. We took the Fuji (only 5mp) with us on our last travels and took some really great shots. The photos look great on the computer and even when printed onto 6×4 or 8×10, but we really wanted to get a few printed onto large “poster size” canvas but were disappointed to find out that the low resolution would result in blurry or grainy pics. This time we not going to take the chance- Here is a review we wrote about our new camera.
We all know that a picture speaks a thousands words, so when it came to deciding on a camera to capture all of those priceless moments during our travels we needed a camera that had great resolution (megapixels), which had a few lens options available, was a reputable brand and was somewhat easy to use,
After nearly months of looking around we decided on a Canon EOS 600D with the twin lens kit- it finally broke the $1000 price barrier so we bit the bullet and grabbed one.
We opted for a DSLR camera as we want to eventually have some of our prints put onto canvas and we needed a camera that had the quality for us to do this effectively. Also the photo processing capability of a DSLR camera, in my view, is far superior to a standard compact camera giving you clearer photos that can usually be enlarged without too much pixelation and blurriness.
With DSLR cameras rapidly coming down in price and with more and more features being included in entry-level models, soon DSLR cameras will be the new standard for the amateur photographer.
The Canon EOS 600D with twin lens kit is a great introductory DSLR camera package. The kit comes with the camera, an 18-55mm ISII Lens, a 55-250mm IS Lens, Wide neck strap, Battery Charger, Battery Pack, Interface Cable (USB), AV Cable, Software, Camera Cover and eye-cap. All that you require to be able to take your amateur photography to the next level.
But don’t be fooled by its entry-level price tag, this camera boasts fantastic features and photo processing power that is not too far short of professional class cameras. Of course a lot comes down to your choice of lenses with some fancy lenses available costing upwards of $3000- not for me but I’m sure plenty of budding freelance photographers and wannabe paparazzi would see value in that kind of expense.
The Canon EOS 600D features:
- 18.0 megapixels (adjustable),
- quick start up time,
- a bright and easy to read multi-angled 3.2” LCD screen,
- full-HD video mode (external mic jack),
- 5 creative filter effects (Grainy B/W, Soft Focus, fish-eye effect, toy camera effect, miniature effect),
- built-in flash with the option of additional flash modules, the ability to take 3.7 frames per second- great for action shots,
- a self-timer function,
- remote control capability (optional extra),
- robust design,
- 14 easy to select pre-set scene modes including “Auto” mode for fully automatic operation.
The focus settings can be either manual or fully automatic and the included lenses are “image stabilizing” – perfect for us with shaky hands!
The battery pack is fully charged in just 2 hours and navigating the on-screen menu is fairly easy compared to similar cameras on the market. This makes the Canon EOS 600D also a great choice for those who have a fear of buttons, dials and complicated settings, however the perfectionists can still have full control over how the camera performs.
The two lenses that are included in the package are quite capable of doing the job most amateur photographers require, even those who love landscape photography and those who love photographing scenery and need to have that bit of extra zoom.
The best thing about Canon DSLR cameras is the availability to expand the lense range and the availability of other accessories such as the remote control, extra battery packs and flash modules. The 600D requires an SD card for the storage of photos, it may be best to speak to a retailer about the best SD card for your camera.
My advice for anyone owning a DSLR camera is to invest a fairly cheap UV lens filter. This filter is designed to screw onto the outer side of the lens and reduce glare, however it also makes a great protective cover to eliminate scratching, dust, dirt and moisture affecting the precious lens.
We can’t wait till we get out there and start taking some serious scenic shots with our new camera.
If you are in the market for new camera, one of these may well be worth considering my only concern with this camera is the size of the camera body and the access to the buttons when taking photos if you have smaller hands- it is bulky and your fingers may need to stretch to reach some of the settings.