If you have followed me for some time, chances are that you know how loyal a Canon user I am. There is no particular reason behind it. Canon was my first camera and ever since, I have stuck with it and have been one happy and contented user. Consumer electronics is a very tricky field and the camera industry is no exception to that. Camera manufacturers know what feature to add and what not to add in the every release they come up with. They make a well-researched decision, based on robust sales data, on what feature(s) goes in future releases of the same model so that they don’t loose the clientele who wish to upgrade for that cool new feature. Given all this, one should not be surprised that I want to upgrade my camera. As a Canon 550D/T2i user, I’m a little jealous about the new 600D/T3i that’s out there in the market. There are some cool features in 600D that makes me want it, let me put it mildly, very badly. Here are a few reasons that makes me want one
1. 3-Inch vari-angle clearview monitor I always look for that un-common or unique frame when I’m shooting pictures or videos. At times, this requires me to shoot pictures without looking at the viewfinder or LCD because of the kind of angle at which I am trying to shoot. During moments like these, the variangle LCD would make my life a lot easier. Another advantage of the LCD in 600D is that it is non-reflective and readable in bright light conditions.
2. Movie crop and Video Snapshot: Canon EOS 600D lets the user zoom into a scene by cropping the center of the sensor from 3x to 10x range at full HD quality. Another cool video feature that impressed me is that it can record movies in 2,4 8 second intervals and stitch them together as one continuous clip. To top it off, it can also add a sound track to accompany it. Since I use 550d mostly for capturing videos, these features from a the new model 600D is just begging me to upgrade to it.
3. Speedlite Transmitter: When I try off camera flash photography, I always end up using my canon 7D because of its cool feature – speedlite transmitter. Canon 550D becomes high maintenance when using off camera flash photography as it requires that I carry a wireless trigger for the speedlites. Now that Canon has added the Speedlite transmitter feature to the 600D, it is a welcome addition that 550D owners will look forward to.
Other new features: Some of the other perks of buying a Canon 600D would be the 5 creative filters that it comes with. These filters – Fisheye, tilt-shift, toy camera, soft focus and grainy B&W – can be added while taking pictures using the Canon 600D. Another cool feature is the Auto Picture style wherein the camera automatically selects the picture style depending on the type of scene that you are trying to capture. And finally, the Feature guide function where there is a small description of the settings that’s being changed is one of those new additions to this Canon model that impressed me. Having written in length about all these remarkable features the 600D can boast of, the question naturally begs: Will I take the leap and upgrade to it? Only time can tell.