So, you’re still here? Okay, don’t say I didn’t warn you. Here’s the good news and the bad news, depending on how deep your pockets are.
The bad news if you’re strapped for cash is that Canon has just announced the release of the EOS 600D – the slightly bigger brother of the 550D and smaller sibling of the 60D. Coming in at £679, the good news is that the camera won’t actually be released until April, so you have a bit of time to save up if you’re really tempted.
So what does the 600D have that the 550D doesn’t? Well, if you’ve drooled over the pricier 60D’s articulated screen, there’s one on the 600D, a real boon if you want to take video. With a 1.04 million-dot LCD as well as a fingerprint-proof fluorine coating and anti-refection coatings the screens sounds like it should do the business. While we’re on the subject of video recording, the 600D offers Full HD recording AND a built-in stereo mic.
So what else is there to tempt you? Well, there’s an 18-megapixel CMOS sensor, and continuous shooting at 3.7fps, plus the 600D features wireless flash technology, which should make using a flashgun remotely a breeze.
While the 600D would certainly suit an enthusiast, especially at its price point. Canon is really aiming it at the beginner, which is why it benefits from Canon’s ‘Basic +’, which allows the user to make changes to the exposure modes without really knowing all the technical explanations behind it. Also useful to beginners is the Feature Guide, which has a short onscreen explanation of how each function works.
And videographers can make use of Video Snapshot, which stitches together short bursts of video into one continuous movie – effectively editing within the camera.
While it’s more than a bare-bones entry-level model, the 600D does offer a number of facilities that will tempt the beginner, as well as functionality for the more enthusiastic photographer with a smaller budget.
Having said that, there’s quite a lot of competition in this part of the market, especially from the mirrorless, smaller models, so it will be interesting to see how it fares in the long run.
For absolute beginners, however, Canon has another model up its sleeve – the EOS 1100D, which boasts a 12.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, as well as Basic + and Creative Auto models and comes in at a pretty reasonable £419 for body only.