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Canon EOS 600D Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

by Canon
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (278 customer reviews)

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  • Outstanding image quality from an 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor and 14-bit DIGIC 4 image processor
  • ISO 100-6400, expandable to ISO 12,800, for flash-free low-light shooting
  • Scene Intelligent Auto optimises camera settings for beautiful images every time
  • Full-HD EOS Movie, with Video Snapshot for multi-scene movie clips
  • Shoot from any angle with a 1,040k-dot vari-angle 7.7cm (3.0") screen
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  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 8 x 10 cm ; 517 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Item model number: 5170B065AA
  • ASIN: B004MPQXS2
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 7 Feb 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (278 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,838 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

The perfect choice as your first EOS camera

For those looking to step up to a new digital SLR the Canon EOS 600D is the perfect introduction to the EOS system. With a raft of new features and technologies, the EOS 600D redefines this area of the DSLR market. Key features include:

  • 3” Vari-Angle LCD screen for excellent control when shooting at different angles
  • 18 Megapixels capture every scene in dazzling colour and brilliant detail
  • Full HD movies (1080p) with optical zoom, stereo sound, Dynamic IS and HDMI
  • Scene Intelligent Auto combines technologies to ensure high image quality
  • Feature Guide explains each mode and gives onscreen help
  • New HD CMOS Pro sensor
  • Creative Auto and Basic+ Modes allow you to manually adjust image settings
  • Built-in wireless Speedlite transmitter

Feature Guide - a first for EOS cameras

To get the best out of any digital SLR, an understanding of the camera’s features and technologies is essential. With the EOS 600D’s new Feature Guide, newcomers to the DSLR world are given a brief explanation of what each feature does and how one might best use it. For example, the ‘Aperture priority AE’ feature is explained on the camera’s LCD screen saying “Adjust aperture to blur background (subjects stand out) or keep foreground and background in focus”. Once any feature is selected, the camera also provides onscreen help with step-by-step instructions as well as useful hints and tips.

Ensure high quality images every time

The EOS 600D combines advanced imaging technologies to form Scene Intelligent Auto which guarantees high quality images with every shot. Scene Intelligent Auto is powered by the EOS Scene Detection Technologies which combine to help you achieve the highest quality images: EOS Scene Detection System, Auto Focus, Auto Exposure, improved Auto White Balance and Auto Lighting Optimizer and new Picture Style.

Full High Definition movies
Record full High Definition movies with stereo sound

Zoom in to High Definition movie-making

Boasting HD (720p) movie capability, the EOS 600D does not just shoot video clips, it offers the enhanced image quality, smooth frame rates and aBoasting the most advanced EOS full HD (1080p) movie capturing features to date, the EOS 600D does not just shoot video clips, it offers the enhanced image quality, smooth frame rates, in-shooting optical zoom, stereo sound and adaptive exposure compensation you would normally find in a professional movie-making tool.

In addition to selectable frame rates, the EOS 600D enables easy manual control of exposure, focus and Live View features and even allows for in-camera editing. The large APS-C CMOS sensor and compatibility with over 60 Canon lenses provide a wealth of depth-of-field options, and it's all as easy as the press of a dedicated Live View/Movie Recording button that gets the shooting started fast.

It also features a Movie Crop mode that effectively provides a 7x zoom.

It is easy to view and share your movies and stills too, thanks to an HDMI connection which allows High Definition playback of footage and images on any HDTV.

Multi-shot movies with music made easy

Video Snapshot mode makes it fun and easy to create great videos without the need to edit on a PC. All you have to do is press the record button to capture short clips, 2, 4 or 8 seconds. These can they be put together in a playlist to create a highlights movie of your day. Add music to the movie using pre-loaded tracks for that professional finish or add your own music using the Music Transfer Utility supplied.

Low light performance
The EOS 600D performs outstandingly in low light, with incredibly low image noise.
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Powerful resolution and low light performance

The EOS 600D's 18 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor performs outstandingly in low light and produces images with incredibly low noise. Canon's DIGIC 4 processor works alongside the sensor to deliver 14-bit image processing, for smooth gradations and natural looking colours, as well as split-second start-up times and near-instant image review after shooting. DIGIC 4's advanced Noise Reduction when shooting at higher ISO speeds enables the EOS 600D to offer a high ISO range of up to 6400 - expandable to 12800 - so you can shoot in low light without the need for flash.

With continuous shooting up to 3.7 frames per second in bursts of up to 34 JPEGs or 6 RAW files it is easy to capture dramatic action shots. It captures enough detail to enable you to make ultra-large prints or crop sections from pictures and still maintain the highest quality, as well as get creative with your image processing.

Auto focus system
The 9-point AF system, 63 zone dual-layer light meter and 3.7fps shooting means you’ll always get the perfect shot.
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Focusing made easy

A wide-area Auto Focus (AF) system uses nine separate focusing points to lock onto subjects fast and makes it easy to get the shot you want. As well as Manual Focus there are three auto-focus modes to choose from: One-Shot AF, ideal for static subjects such as portraits and landscapes AI Servo, great for moving subjects and keeps following the subject with predictive tracking until you take the shot and AI Focus, which switches from One Shot to Servo when movement is detected. The centre, cross-type focus point operates flawlessly in lower-light and lower-contrast settings.

iFCL light metering for better results in difficult lighting situations

To complement the 9-point AF system, the EOS 600D features a 63 zone dual-layer sensor. By taking into account the colour and luminosity surrounding chosen AF points, this system delivers an incredible level of accuracy for better results even in difficult lighting situations. Since the metering sensor has a colour measurement function, exposure errors and focus errors caused by different light sources are minimised; the EOS 600D gives stable exposure from shot to shot in situations where light changes, such as a theatre or concert hall. This makes the EOS 600D ideal for scenes with extreme difference in brightness; the camera balances exposure of the main subject at the background, and exposures are not overly influenced by bright areas in the shot.

Live View Function

Live View is a real-time visual feed, which enables you to view your subjects directly on the LCD monitor, a great help when shooting from awkward angles. It's easy to magnify any part of the scene 5x or 10x for precise manual focus. You can even choose a grid overlay, perfect for keeping vertical or horizontal lines straight in your composition. Live View Function can be used remotely via a computer through a USB connection and the included EOS Utility software.

A-DEP mode automatically sets depth of field
The different modes allow you to control the look and feel of your images
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Unlock your creativity

The EOS 600D has five Creative Modes to explore: Av mode automatically sets the shutter speed, but allows you to control depth of field by letting you choose the aperture. By setting the extent to which the lens opens ('aperture'), you can control the portion of a scene that appears sharp in the image ('depth of field'). A larger aperture will provide a shallow depth of field (sharp in the foreground with a blurred background) whereas a smaller aperture will give a sharp picture throughout.

Tv mode automatically sets the aperture and you select the shutter speed. This enables you to change the appearance of motion in your shots.

In Program Mode both the aperture and shutter speed are controlled by the camera but you can select other settings: with Drive Mode you can select from Single Shot, Continuous Shooting or Self-timer; Metering Mode allows you to specify the area of the image you wish the camera to use to calculate exposure; White Balance setting means you can determine what the camera reads as white to allow for your specific lighting conditions and Flash Mode gives you control over your flash settings.

Manual Mode allows you to control both aperture and shutter speed so you have total creative freedom with your shots - great for difficult lighting situations or capturing subjects with different effects.

A-DEP Mode automatically sets your depth of field so you can be sure to capture as much or as little of the scene as you wish in focus.

All the Creative Modes allow you to change your ISO speed. This is the measure of the sensor's sensitivity to light. Altering it allows you to modify the exposure accordingly and gives you more freedom to be creative with your shots in different lighting conditions.

For those times when you prefer to concentrate on great composition the EOS 600D also offers several Basic Modes, which control all the settings. These include; Full Auto, which allows you to use the camera to 'point and shoot'; Portrait, which ensures the background is out of focus and the foreground is pin sharp; Landscape, which sets a longer exposure and a smaller aperture to capture both the foreground and background in focus; Close-up which allows you to focus on very close objects; Sports, which uses a fast shutter speed to freeze action; and Night Portrait, which increases the ISO to make the camera more sensitive to light. You can also prevent the built-in flash from popping up using the Flash Off setting (for shooting in Museums and galleries).

Effortless operation

The EOS 600D’s 3” Vari-Angle LCD screen not only flips 175° and rotates 270° - it also has an incredible 1,040,000 dot resolution and 3:2 aspect ratio, offering incredible flexibility of shooting without compromising on quality. So whether you’re shooting across a crowd or from ground-level, you’ll capture the scene perfectly every time. Plus, the EOS 600D’s anti-reflective, water-repellent coating makes for easy viewing in bright light and from a variety of angles.

Choose your style

The EOS 600D allows you to change the look of your images by customising Picture Style settings for colour, saturation, sharpness and contrast, either in-camera or later with Canon's comprehensive software suite supplied. Six preset Picture Styles include Portrait, which provides a sharp and crisp image with nice skin tones Landscape, which emphasizes vivid blues and greens and Monochrome to give you stunning black and white images. Canon also offers additional downloadable 'Picture Style Files' that can be installed into your camera for even more imaging options at your fingertips.

Professional Software

The EOS 600D allows you to shoot in RAW format and the Digital Photo Professional software which comes free with it enables high-speed RAW image processing, fast previewing for real-time image adjustment and support for sRGB, Adobe RGB and Wide Gamut RGB colour spaces. Because it is CMS (Colour Management System) compatible, Digital Photo Professional allows for easy image layout and printing in Adobe RGB in conjunction with Easy-PhotoPrint and PictBridge printers.

Power in your hands

Canon's latest generation of DIGIC processor, the DIGIC 4, is the brain of the camera and is responsible for the superb responsiveness of all EOS models. Faster and more powerful than its predecessor, the DIGIC 4 processor gives exceptional performance and low noise at higher ISO speeds. When shooting in darker conditions, even if you are pushing the ISO to the limit, DIGIC processing applies sophisticated Noise Reduction algorithms - helping to eliminate graininess and preserve detail. The speed of DIGIC also means less processing time for longer battery life and faster start-up times.

Canon lenses

With over 60 Canon lenses to choose from you'll never be short of creative options.
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EF & EF-S Lenses

Over 70 years of experience give Canon an inherent advantage when it comes to lens manufacture. EOS digital SLRs are backed up by the world's most comprehensive system of interchangeable lenses. From the 8-15mm ultra wide angle to 800mm super telephoto, the 60+ lenses in the EF series cover all possible shooting requirements.

Canon lenses employ advanced optical expertise and micron-precision engineering to deliver unprecedented performance in all facets of the photographic process. Special optical technologies, such as aspherical, ultra-low dispersion, or fluorite elements are featured in the universally acclaimed L Series lenses. Canon's Optical Image Stabiliser technology is also featured in selected lenses to minimise the effect of camera shake.

Extend your lighting capabilities

Mastering flash photography can take a lifetime but Canon's extensive range of Speedlites, can make it simple to get great results. These flash head units can be used on or off camera to open up a range of creative possibilities. You can use them in situations where there would otherwise not be enough light or as a fill-in flash to change your daylight pictures dramatically.

The EOS 600D comes with an Easy Wireless Flash Shooting mode allowing the user to simply turn on the built-in wireless Speedlite transmitter, place the wireless compatible Speedlites around a scene and start shooting – reducing the complexity of the set-up. The EOS 600D is only the third Canon EOS to feature a built-in wireless Speedlite transmitter, with the 7D and 60D being the other two.

The Speedlite range is compatible with all EOS cameras and includes a choice of four standard models and two models for specialist macro use.

EOS Integrated Cleaning Systems

For consistently pristine results, a complete dust prevention and cleaning system works to keep the EOS 600D's sensor spotless. A combination of technologies reduces, repels and removes dust, including a Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit that shakes dust from the sensor with each power-on.

Box Contains

  • EOS 600D Body
  • Eyecup Ef
  • Camera Cover R-F-3
  • Wide Strap EW-100DBIII
  • Battery Charger LC-E8E
  • AC Cable (with E-type plug) 1m
  • Battery Pack LP-E8
  • Battery Cover
  • Stereo AV Cable AVC-DC400ST
  • Interface Cable IFC-130U
  • EOS Digital Solution disk
  • Software instruction manual disk
  • Camera instruction manual disk

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

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    358 of 371 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Not disappointed 30 April 2011
    By Venton
    Style Name:Body Only|Verified Purchase
    To be fair, there isn't a great deal of difference between this and the 550d, but I went for it for the articulated screen.
    This has proved useful for taking shots of small children as you can place the camera down at their height and compose the shot without laying on the floor. Rather than looking through the view finder you can switch to 'live view' where the photo you take will be shown on the lcd panel. This is also good for taking photos of flowers in meadows etc, you can get some quite fresh looking viewpoints.

    I got this camera to take me to the next level, from a Canon Ixus 800 point and shoot (which in itself is a very good camera).
    As I wanted to really step up the quality of my photos I didn't get the kit lens, but instead started off with the Canon 50mm 1.8 II lens, which is around 85. This lens is notorious for taking very high quality photos for little money. (Be aware that serious lenses for these cameras are usually hundreds of each). I also got a Trascend 16GB class 10 memory card which can handle photos and video capture very quickly.

    I took the camera down to family and friends and took plenty of photos inside and out. To begin with I just used the Scene Intelligent setting and let it do it's thing. Well the photos the camera / lens combination took were outstanding, much better than I have taken before. The sharpness and detail is really amazing when you zoom in to look at the detail. The photos look professional quality, whereas I am an amateur, so very pleased. Shots inside the house, which was not well lit look brilliant even without using the inbuilt flash.

    The 50mm lens is really a bargain, but is probably best used as a portrait lens, as on this body it is more like an 80mm.
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    193 of 204 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Amatuer user / 1st time DSLR buyer 6 May 2012
    Style Name:18-55 mm Lens Kit|Verified Purchase
    So this was my first step to taking my photography to a hobby level, instead of just my touristy point and click at everything mentality. I was moving from a Sony Nex 5, which I had used for around a year in total. That had taught me a few things about photography but it just didn't cut for me if I wanted to be able to take better photos. So I bought the 600D.

    I had been looking at the few other cameras around this price range, including the Nikon D5100 and the Sony SLT A55, but I felt that the features the 600D had and the lenses available to purchase were more appealing.

    I have been using the camera on both manual and automatic modes and it can produce some excellent results. The automatic options include an a range of modes from sports to creative auto. The creative auto gives you the control over the depth of field and other options. These are great if you just want to fire of some shots without having to worry about the light settings.

    The manual settings are just as easy to work around and you will find yourself using them more and more. This is partly due to the easy menu options and the placement of the manual buttons around the camera. You can quickly change the ISO and many other settings from the click of the finger and the scroll wheel above the grip.

    The autofocus works great and is extremely fast, I have compared this against a friends Nikon D7000 and the 600D is always quicker and more responsive. Manual focus is easily turned on by a flick of the switch on the lens.

    Many people say they don't think the articulated screen is much to sing and dance about, but I love it. It is great to use when you want to get a funny angle or hard to reach shot.
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    124 of 135 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressed 24 Feb 2012
    Style Name:18-55 mm Lens Kit
    This is not going to be a full review but just a series of notes about points that other reviews have mentioned about this camera.

    1) Being a SLR camera the cameras autofocus operates when the mirror is down and then it flips up to take the photo. When operating in live view mode the mirror is held up so the normal autofocus cannot be used. Instead the camera uses image processing to focus in and out to detect an edge in the focusing area and then adjust the focus to make that edge as sharp as possible. This means the focusing is much slower.

    2) It is not a replacement for a camcorder. Like in live view the mirror is held up when recording and due to the time it takes to focus the autofocus feature is disabled during video recording. You can flip the mirror and use the autofocus but this causes the video recording to record a still image for a second while this happens. If you want a camera for taking pictures and video recording then perhaps look at the Sony alpha range which uses different mirror technology which means it can use the standard autofocus while video recording.

    3) Seriously consider buying the bare camera and a higher quality lens as the stock ones wont enable you to get the best pictures the camera is capable of. The 28-135 EF IS USM canon lens is very good but perhaps lacking slightly in the wide angle.

    4) If you buy additional lenses then be aware of the difference between EF and EF-S lenses. The 600D is a APS-C crop camera so the sensor is smaller (like other cameras in this price bracket). If you buy a EF-S lens then you will find it wont be compatible with a full frame camera such as the 5D MK II. However if you want a good wide angle lens they you will probably be looking exclusively at EF-S senses.
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    Everything was working well, including the auto-focussing itself. It's just that when AF points are illuminated, there is a red halo around them. Read more
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