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5.0 out of 5 stars
Very impressed, 24 Feb 2012
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.
5) A 50mm lens is generally regarded as being a standard lens. If you want to buy a good prime lens (basically a prime is a non zoom lens) then you probably want to look for something around 30mm so that on the 600D it becomes effectively a 50mm lens.
6) Buy a USM lens. The stock lenses have a noisy autofocus while the USM is quiet and also these lenses are better quality anyway so a worthwhile investment.
7) Image Stabilization works very well. If you want to see how well it really works just fit a zoom lens and zoom to max and switch to live view and zoom that in fully to 10x. Now half press the shutter button to focus and activate the IS and you will see the picture is pretty steady. Now let go of the shutter button and after a second or so the IS will switch off and you will notice the image suddenly start to shake. If you are using a tripod you may wish to turn off the IS feature. If you are video recording in a quiet environment you may wish to turn off IS aswell as it does generate a little noise.
8) Buy a UV filter for the lens and fit it as soon as you take the lens out of the box and never remove it. If you bump the front of the lens on something then a new filter is much cheaper that a lens repair.