Canon 600D

 
Canon EOS 600D front
 
  • 18MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Push to 12800)
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 570g - 133 x 100 x 80mm
  • Revealed March 2011
  • Other Name is EOS Rebel T3i / EOS Kiss X5
  • Succeeded the Canon 550D
  • Successor is Canon 650D
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
66
Imaging
61
Features
72
Overall
65

Canon 600D overview

Canon 600D is Canon's Entry-Level DSLR digital camera initially released on March of 2011. The camera uses a 18MP, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a peak resolution of 5184 x 3456. The camera is also known as "EOS Rebel T3i / EOS Kiss X5" in some countries.

Canon released this model in order to upgrade the previous Canon 550D (Read Full Comparison) and afterwards launched the newer Canon 650D (Read Full Comparison) to upgrade this model.

The 600D stands at #29 out of 79 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras and all round #216 out of 1422 for cameras in our list. You can try out our Smart camera filter to see camera rankings based on your customized factors.

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Canon 600D history

The Canon 600D comes with a history of related cameras. Below, you can discover all past and current models alongside main features.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Canon-EOS-750d front thumbnailCanon 750D
600D vs 750D
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2015
Canon-EOS-700D front thumbnailCanon 700D
600D vs 700D
18MPAPS-C5.0 fps2013
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Canon-EOS-650D front thumbnailCanon 650D
600D vs 650D
18MPAPS-C5.0 fps2012
Canon-EOS-600D front thumbnailCanon 600D18MPAPS-C4.0 fps2011
Canon-EOS-550D front thumbnailCanon 550D
600D vs 550D
18MPAPS-C4.0 fps2010
Canon-EOS-500D front thumbnailCanon 500D
600D vs 500D
15MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Canon-EOS-450D front thumbnailCanon 450D
600D vs 450D
12MPAPS-C4.0 fps2008
Canon-EOS-400D front thumbnailCanon 400D
600D vs 400D
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006
Canon-EOS-350D front thumbnailCanon 350D
600D vs 350D
8MPAPS-C3.0 fps2005
Canon-EOS-300D front thumbnailCanon 300D
600D vs 300D
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2003

Canon 600D Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of advantages and disadvantages of the Canon 600D based on things which are typically seen as necessary in a digital camera.

built-in flash
exports RAW files
features face detect autofocus
focusing manually
good resolution screen (1,040 k dot)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes HDMI port
includes mic port
nice sensor size (APS-C)
screen can move to multiple angles
screen is selfie friendly
screen size is good (3 inches)
sensor has phase detect autofocus
sensor resolution is decent (18MP)
swap lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
very good min ISO (100)
does not have image stabilization
no headphone port
no Time Lapse mode
not so great battery power (440 CIPA)
painfully slow continuous shooting (4.0 fps)
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Canon 600D Sensor features

The Canon 600D is powered by the Digic 4 processor chip. The size of the sensor in the Canon 600D is 22.3mm x 14.9mm (APS-C). The 332 mm² sensor can resolve 5184 x 3456 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 18MP and supports a standard ISO range of 100 - 6400. The ISO can also be widened electronically to a maximum of 12800. RAW format is saved so you have more room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath illustrates the 600D's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The 600D sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.6 and is showcased in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon 600D dimensions

Canon 600D has a weight of 1.26 pounds (570g or 20.11 ounces) and the physical size of the camera is 133mm x 100mm x 80mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 3.1"). The weight of general Entry-Level DSLR camera is 538g so the Canon 600D is very similar when compared with various competitors.

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Here is a image of the Canon 600D next to a soda to help you to have a feel for its size.

Canon EOS 600D dimensions scale

The top view underneath will illustrate the button arrangement on the 600D.

Canon EOS 600D topview buttons dials

Canon 600D Lens features

The 600D works with the Canon EF/EF-S mount and has 324 lenses available for purchase. Here is some of the lenses we have in our database that will fit the 600D.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Canon-EF-600mm-f4.0L-IS-USM lensCanon EF 600mm f4.0L IS USM600mmf/4.0 5360g
Venus-Laowa-25mm-F2.8-2.5-5X-Ultra-Macro-Canon-EF lensVenus Laowa 25mm F2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro25mmf/2.8400g
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Canon-EF-200-400mm-f4L-IS-USM-Extender-1.4x lensCanon EF 200-400mm f4L IS USM Extender 1.4x200-400mmf/4.0 3620g
Canon-EF-100-400mm-f4.5-5.6L-IS-II-USM lensCanon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II USM100-400mmf/4.5-5.6 1590g
Canon-EF-400mm-f2.8L-IS-USM lensCanon EF 400mm f2.8L IS USM400mmf/2.8 5370g
Sigma-120-300mm-F2.8-DG-OS-HSM-Canon-EF lensSigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM120-300mmf/2.8 2950g
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Sigma-50mm-F1.4-DG-HSM-A-Canon-EF lensSigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A50mmf/1.4 815g
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Canon 600D Connectivity

The 600D has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that feature NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to copy files and oftentimes change camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.

A few apps also provide a Liveview and press the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it can be connected to an external screen. Many cameras enable you to charge the battery with the USB port.

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Canon 600D Video features

The highest video quality in the Canon 600D is 1920 x 1080 and it can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p quality provides a good balance for video quality vs file size but FULL HD will not leave you with much room to crop. Although the body comes with a mic port, it is lacking a headphone port so you won't have the ability to keep an eye on your audio levels.

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Canon 600D Weather Sealing

Canon 600D doesn't have weather proofing so wet conditions can easily ruin the camera.

Canon 600D Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon 600D houses a 3" fully articulated display screen having a resolution of 1,040k dots.

It includes a selfie friendly screen to get self portraits as well as group shots when required. Unfortunately the display screen isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Canon 600D are below:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
  • Coverage 95 percent
  • Magnification 0.53x

Viewfinders can be rather helpful for sunny outdoor conditions which will make the camera screen washed out and hard to view.

Canon 600D Shutter features

Canon 600D continuous shooting rate is 4.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.

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Canon 600D Flash and Hot shoe features

Canon 600D has got both inbuilt flash and also external flash ability. The maximum flash sync is 1/200 sec.

Canon 600D Autofocus features

Canon 600D has got both Phase Detect Autofocus and Contrast Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more snappier and precise as compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera boasts Face detection which makes it useful for portraits.

The Sensor boasts 9 focus points to select from. Canon 600D can use manual focus in case it is needed for low light or you want to have more accurate focus control.

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Canon 600D Battery life

The battery power for the Canon 600D is designed to last for 440 clicks with respect to the CIPA benchmarks which is lesser when compared with its rivals. The typical Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 592. Pentax K-x offers the highest (1900) battery life for this kind of cameras.

Below is a list of Entry-Level DSLR cameras which have the strongest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Canon-EOS-Rebel-SL3 front thumbnailCanon SL3
600D vs SL3
1070 yesnoyes

Canon 600D for different forms of photography

The following illustration gives a analysis of the Canon 600D for different forms of photography. To view more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Canon 600D Portrait photography factors

The Canon 600D receives a rating of 76 which is very high, and means the camera is a outstanding choice for portrait images. Shooting portrait images favors greatly towards sensor resolution, support for RAW files and option to work with off-camera lighting.

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manual focus
MP count decent (18MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
provides face detection focus
supports RAW formats

Canon 600D Street photography features

Getting a very good points total of 68, the Canon 600D is a fine pick for street photography. A very good street photography camera gives a fine balance of image quality plus portability.

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screen articulates
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
does not have image stabilization

Canon 600D Sports photography factors

A average sports photography score of 55 suggests the Canon 600D is reasonably suitable for shooting sports. A camera really should have great autofocus plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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MP count decent (18MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
comes with phase detect autofocus
slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
terrible battery power (440 CIPA)

Canon 600D Travel photography features

Portability is very critical in picking a travel camera. Overall, the Canon 600D gets a very good 62 for a travelling camera which makes it a fine option for your trips.

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good resolution (18MP)
flash built-in
screen is selfie friendly
missing Timelapse function
low battery life (440 per charge)

Canon 600D Landscape photography highlights

When you're planning to pick a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most essential factor is going to be image quality. The Canon 600D with it's very good rating of 64 as a landscape camera is a very decent pick in the current marketplace.

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focusing manually
change lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
megapixel count decent (18 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
no image stabilization
low battery power (440 per charge)
doesn't have Timelapse recording

Canon 600D Vlogging details

A vlogging camera ought to come with a moving screen, mic port and ideally IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Canon 600D is a fine pick as a vlog camera as it comes to a nice rating of 70.

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display is selfie friendly
provides face detection focus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes external microphone jack
no image stabilization

Canon 600D Alternatives

If you are in the market for replacements to the 600D, here is a list of the top rated cameras which fall under the class of Entry-Level DSLR.

The diagram underneath will give you a bird's eye view of the 600D versus it's highest scored competitors shown previously.

Here are a few more cameras you might regard as alternative options. To see a detailed comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand
Canon
Model
Canon EOS 600D
Other name
EOS Rebel T3i / EOS Kiss X5
Class
Entry-Level DSLR
Revealed
2011-03-31
Body design
Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS
Processor
Digic 4
Sensor size
APS-C
Sensor dimensions
22.3 x 14.9mm
Sensor surface area
332.3mm²
Sensor resolution
18 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
5184 x 3456
RAW images
Maximum native ISO
6400
Maximum boosted ISO
12800
Min native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points
9
Cross focus points
1
Lens
Lens mount
Canon EF/EF-S
Available lenses
326
Focal length multiplier
1.6
Screen
Range of screen
Fully Articulated
Screen sizing
3 inches
Resolution of screen
1,040k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen technology
TFT color LCD, liquid-crystal monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage
95 percent
Viewfinder magnification
0.53x
DXO scores
DXO All around score
65
DXO Color Depth score
22.1
DXO Dynamic range score
11.5
DXO Low light score
793
Features
Lowest shutter speed
30s
Highest shutter speed
1/4000s
Continuous shooting speed
4.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
13.00 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync
1/200s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (60, 50 fps)
Maximum video resolution
1920x1080
Video format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless
Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
570g (1.26 lbs)
Dimensions
133 x 100 x 80mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 3.1")
Other
Battery life
440 images
Battery form
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 sec or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots
1
Launch cost
$799