Canon EOS Rebel T2i (with 18-55mm lens)
Manufacturer: Canon Part number: 4462B003
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CNET editors' review
price range: $549.99
- Reviewed by: Lori Grunin
- Reviewed on: 04/12/2010
- Released on: 03/06/2010
The good: Fast performance; excellent photo quality; above average video-capture quality.
The bad: Annoying viewfinder; irritating control layout for video capture.
The bottom line: A great follow-up to the T1i, if you want the best photo and video quality in a dSLR for less than $1,000, the Canon EOS Rebel T2i is hard to beat.
Great Camera with High Expectations of the Lens!
by Guillermo_Maxwell on January 29, 2011
Pros: + Color / loyalty.
+ Very high resolution.
+ Very good image quality
+ Faster autofocus.
+ Ergonomic controls.
+ Brilliant display.
+ Image noise performance at high ISO values.
+ Movie function with good quality.
+ Large lens of available parking.
Cons: - very large RAW files (16GB = 550 images).
- very large movie files.
- missing intermediate step for image size for example 12MP instead of 8MP.
- tens. Scene modes on a DSLR unnecessary.
- Live View focusing unusable even while recording.
Summary: Of course, this camera also has its limitations and one should always keep an eye on the prize, judging the performance. You can currently over $1,400 for any advanced ...
Summary: Of course, this camera also has its limitations and one should always keep an eye on the prize, judging the performance. You can currently over $1,400 for any advanced features of the 7D or housing of the 50D. For me here the price-performance ratio and is even exceeded. However, it should also mention that I not one of the photographers to each image belongs to 200x magnification on genome aberrations, because what counts for me especially because of the fun of photography and the joy of the good shots.Edit Link
considering switching to a DSLR but was advised to take in each case the camera at times in the hand, to check whether the camera is comfortable to hold and to operate. Not every great man's hand in harmony with the little Canon.
For me, a strong buy recommendation and a 5-star product! The move has paid off for me in any case.
I use the rest of the camera with the Canon EF-S 18-135 IS as always plan and I'm surprised really positive!
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9 out of 9 users found this user opinion helpful.
7D in a T1i body (Lori's reviews are a joke!!!)
by creatoor21 on May 4, 2010
Pros: Excellant video at 1080p 30, 25 or 720p 60
Excellant image quality with 18mp
Best in class LCD screen (high resolution & accurate colors)
Cons: Kit lens is not that great
Summary: For the price of the T1i, you are getting a 7D with lower frame rate bursts and less autofocus points. This really upstages the 50d, d5000, d90 and to some ...
Summary: For the price of the T1i, you are getting a 7D with lower frame rate bursts and less autofocus points. This really upstages the 50d, d5000, d90 and to some extent the 7d. Dont listen to Lori, this is the best entry level dslr out there and will be for a while. If you read any real unbiased review, you'll see.
12 out of 19 users found this user opinion helpful.
Excellent Entry Level DSLR: Room for growth
by steveygti on June 16, 2010
Pros: Produces sharp images and images are still nice at ISO3200. HD video recording capability. uses SanDisk memory card which makes it easy to transfer files.
Cons: Very small and lightweight which promotes camera shake. Some ways to alleviate this is to get a battery grip and/or use a heavy lens w/ IS. The max shutter speed is at 1/4000 and continuous shooting is only 3.7
Summary: This camera is a must have for 1st time DSLR buyers. The feautures are comparable to the semi-professional cameras such as the Canon 50D and 7D, and the kit lens (...
Summary: This camera is a must have for 1st time DSLR buyers. The feautures are comparable to the semi-professional cameras such as the Canon 50D and 7D, and the kit lens (18-55mm) produces better images than the 50D/7D kit lens (28-124mm). This camera still produces good images at a high ISO3200. ISO6400 is pretty fuzzy and the H-ISO is beyond fuzzy...I cant see why anyone would want to use that. For a 1.6x cropped sensor (APS-C sensor) , it produces good 18MP images. The AutoExposureBracketing feature and AutoWhiteBracketing features are fun and easy to use. The controls/buttons are ergonomically perfect. They are not difficult to use/press and cannot be pressed easily by mistake. The camera is a little light for me as it promotes easy 'camera shake' on my light lens without IS. The battery lasts several hundred shots for me which is better than most cameras. All the controls and settings are visible in the view finder and do not get in the way of your view. You can also take pictures using the 'Live View mode' which is the 3inch LCD screen. Most DSLR cameras dont have this feature which i find quite odd since it is mostly used in point and shoot cameras. Another feature installed in this camera is the CreativeAuto mode which enables to user to control the 'bokeh', the blurred background and the brightness of the subject/background. The continuous shooting is only 3.7 frames per second. Its still pretty fast however would be nicer if it was at least 6fps which is condusive for sports photography. The AutoFocus has a 9point CMOS sensor instead of 19point sensor like the 50D and 7D. overall, this is a great entry DSLR, the best in its class for its features and for its price. This SLR camera is half the price of the 7D and the major differences is only the slower shutter spd of 1/4000 vs. 1/8000, the continuous shooting of 3.7fps vs. the 7D's 8.0fps, and the differences in the AF points. Its those 3 major differences that kept me from buying the 7D and saving the extra $900. Plus the built in flash shoot 1meter (3.2ft) farther than the 7D's built in flash, and the kit lens produces higher image quality pictures than the kit lens for the 7D.
10 out of 17 users found this user opinion helpful.
Is it worth the extra $$$?
by Jefftech on February 16, 2010
Pros: Newer updated features. See below.
Cons: Higher price.
Summary: Well, the new T2i has new metering, a better battery, higher megapixels, different sized LCD & improved HD video.
My question is simple, is it worth the extra $200 or ...
Summary: Well, the new T2i has new metering, a better battery, higher megapixels, different sized LCD & improved HD video.I returned the T1i for the T2i and they added a bag, filter & battery. Great service from Future Shop, big Pro.
My question is simple, is it worth the extra $200 or so to go for it over the very good T1i?
At this point, the 2009 T1i will be on sale and will provide 95% of the camera that the T2i offers.
You tell me, which would you buy if Canon were the final choice in this category of DSLRs?
Updated on Feb 27, 2010
Firstly, the T1i battery charger was a compact unit which had no cord, this one needs a cord, Con.
The LCD is clearer and larger, a Pro.
The grip seems more comfortable in my large hands, Pro.
The software was updated, Pro.
The rear buttons are easier to utilize, larger top knob, dedicated live view button, Pro.
Limited videography as of today, but the potential is there for some impressive videos, Pro.
More capacity with the new battery and accepts newer memory cards, Pro.
Not any heavier, looks fantastic, glad I returned the T1i.
9 out of 15 users found this user opinion helpful.
simple the best !
by sidvar9 on April 8, 2010
Pros: Excellent Image Quality
Excellent low light peformance
Amazing 1080p video clarity
18 mp give you more life like details than cameras like D90 give
Cons: Battery charge gives u less shots compared to its competitors. But if u can afford an extra battery, it will not affect you.
18 MP Images take up a lot of space on your disk
Summary: i researched a lot about the camera and was stuck between the D90 and the T2i. but after i chose T2i, i really think i made the right choice. Both ...
Summary: i researched a lot about the camera and was stuck between the D90 and the T2i. but after i chose T2i, i really think i made the right choice. Both are wonderful cameras, but the T2i is simply better with a better quality lens. both are close to each other when u use the basic kit lens, but when u upgrade it to a better lens, the D90 gets washed out. T2i gives Excellent Image Quality and Great 1080p video, which looks amazing on the big screen TV
7 out of 11 users found this user opinion helpful.
Exactly what I was looking for in my first digital-SLR.
by WN81 on June 16, 2010
Pros: -Photos are excellent
-18-55mm kit lens is great. Focus is fast and I.S. is very effective.
-LCD is bright and clear, easy to determine focus (if you're not using the viewfinder).
-Controls (with one exception, see Cons)
Cons: -Separate button for video capture. It's nice to have the option of taking a still while shooting a movie, but they should have used the main shutter button for video capture and used the other for taking stills (in video mode).
Summary: I had done quite a bit of research in looking for a new digital camera. Not that my Canon Digital Elph was bad, but I was looking for something that ...
Summary: I had done quite a bit of research in looking for a new digital camera. Not that my Canon Digital Elph was bad, but I was looking for something that I could have a lot more control over. I did look at fixed lens/mega zoom cameras as the thought of having a wide zoom range readily available was appealing, but the quality of most interchangeable lenses far exceeds that of a fixed lens system. Being able to shoot true high definition was also a factor, and I felt that the T2i had more options with exposure control and frame rate. In the end, it was just the sheer amount of features that the T2i has that put it way ahead of the other cameras I was looking at (T1i, Pentax K-x, Nikon D90).
Aside from the video capture button the only other problem i noticed was what I discovered to be a "hot pixel" issue. This may be an issue with other cameras, but I do not know. For me, I noticed that there were a couple blue and red pixels in a couple of the still images and even in one video. Having a couple discolored pixels is easy enough to ignore/photoshop out, but they are very noticeable in low-light videos (and much harder to remove). Fortunately, I was able to learn that setting the camera to "manual sensor cleaning mode" for a few seconds (without actually removing the lens or coming anywhere near the sensor) fixed the problem. I haven't come across any more problem pixels in the past week since first seeing it, so it seems like a non-issue at this point.
Bottom line, this camera is perfect for what I was looking for: a higher-than-entry-level DSLR with an abundance of excellent features.
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great digital camera, but don't expect a true camcorder
by dsttexas on April 26, 2010
Pros: quality, light weight, features, value
Cons: Focus lock audio beep sound is almost inaudible.
Video Zooming is manual, jerky and at best 3:1 HD, auto focus motor sounds can be heard on video, any dark lighting situations will not come through well. It's not a camcorder, so don't expect one.
Summary: My first digital SLR, since I waited until the all the right features at a good value / price. I like nature photography and need the mega pixels to do those ...
Summary: My first digital SLR, since I waited until the all the right features at a good value / price. I like nature photography and need the mega pixels to do those zoom and crop edits to get a great picture of just a portion of the original. I also got the 70-300 lens (non IS) as an inexpensive add on, and by using its high ISO capability and a good shutter speed, I can get excellent crisp in focus shots at maximum focal length - a lot cheaper than a $1000+ 500mm IS lens.
I also do a lot of vacation photos and videoing (used to use digital camcorder), and this camera lets me do most of what I want with just the one unit. However, do not expect the video features of a good digital camcorder, as mentioned in Cons section. I was used to at least 20:1 smooth electronic zooming, continuous and quiet auto focusing, and shooting in candle lighting or less and getting accurate video portrayal. You won't get any of that with the video capability of this digital SLR, so just set your expectations accordingly. I have not tried video at lower 720 or less resolutions to see if that makes any difference in the low light situations.
4 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
My first SLR and I love it so far.
by askwa on June 21, 2010
Pros: 1) Easy to use and very intuitive.
2) Many lenses available so I can grow with the camera.
3) The color is unparalleled.
Cons: 1) Having issues with white balance in manual setting.
2) Need a SD class 10 in order for the video to record properly.
Summary: This is my first SLR so I am definitely a newbie but in the two months that I have used the camera I have thoroughly enjoyed it and I have ...
Summary: This is my first SLR so I am definitely a newbie but in the two months that I have used the camera I have thoroughly enjoyed it and I have learned so much about taking good pics. One word of caution I bought a cheap 75-300 mm lens and as they say you get what you pay for. I have already learned not to skimp on the lenses.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Amazing camera - simply the best sub $1,000 camera.
by grantcv1 on June 1, 2010
Pros: Corrects ost of the T1i weaknesses. The display is now the correct aspect ratio for pics. Improved video including 1080p at 30fps or 720p at 60fps, external mic port, better resolution.
Cons: It is small. I have smallish hands and it still feels small. I added the battery grip and it feels much better balanced and easier to control if the lens is larger (and heavier). I wish there was an easier way to reset the settings.
Summary: I don't get the author's criticisms of this camera. Canon's strategy is to add new Rebel models at the top and then slide the older models down ...
Summary: I don't get the author's criticisms of this camera. Canon's strategy is to add new Rebel models at the top and then slide the older models down one price notch, removing the bottom model. This is a smart strategy as it creates a clean continuum of products where you can get start-of-the-art at the top and value at the bottom. That's good marketing.
I also don't understand the complaints about the viewfinder. There are nine autofocus points. When the camera focuses, the point that is in focus flashes red, the in-focus indicator lights in the lower right, and the camera beeps (you don't need to turn on this feature). It isn't a strain to see the in-focus indicator at all. At least not with my eyes.
I have been using this camera to learn how to use a DSLR. While I had an SLR years ago, I am now moving up from a point-and-shoot. This camera has been a lot of fun to use. I am trying to learn how to use the creative modes, getting away from the training wheels of the fully auto mode. But quite frankly, it's hard to improve upon the auto mode. It takes great pictures.
I briefly had a Canon T1i with the kit lens. When Canon announced the T2i days after getting my T1i, I returned it and waited for the T2i. I am glad I did. I learned from my T1i experience and improved upon it. One thing I noticed is that I wanted to zoom beyond what the 18-55mm lens could do. That was frustrating to me. So when I got the T2i, I ordered the body only and then added the EF-S 18-135mm lens. I am happier with that. But, that being said, as I get more into photography, I am starting to want more lenses. I already have one 50mm f1.4 prime lens. And, after going to the park and the zoo, I want a true telephoto lens. I can tell this is going to be an expensive hobby.
3 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Fantastic camera for a novice or an avid photographer.
by ibuildcups on December 5, 2010
Pros: Display, Ease of use, Light weight, Color saturation
Cons: None to this point
Summary: I have had many SLR cameras from different companies but this was my first DSLR. Did many searches and checked reviews before deciding on this model. I am not disappointed. ...
Summary: I have had many SLR cameras from different companies but this was my first DSLR. Did many searches and checked reviews before deciding on this model. I am not disappointed. Shooting at night without flash is where this camera shines. Fantastic photos with natural light. Price was right and fit and finish are excellent. Have not used the included software as I use Photoshop but very happy with the camera.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Canon
- Part number: 4462B003
- Description: Capture your story in stunning detail with the EOS 550D. With the creative freedom to capture the decisive shot, see all the detail of your holiday sunset or follow action in the local football match.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Digital camera - SLR with Live View mode,
with Movie recording
- Resolution 18 megapixels
- Optical Sensor Type CMOS
- Total Pixels 18,700,000 pixels
- Effective Sensor Resolution 18,000,000 pixels
- Optical Sensor Size 14.9 x 22.3mm
- Field of View Crop Factor 1.6
- Sensor Dust Reduction Yes
- Sensor Features Self Cleaning Sensor Unit,
EOS Integrated Cleaning System
- Optical Zoom 3 x
- Image Processor DIGIC 4
- Image Stabilizer Optical
- Auto Focus TTL phase detection
- Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty 9
- Digital Video Format H.264
- Image Recording Format JPEG,
RAW + JPEG
- AV Interfaces HDMI,
Exposure & White Balance
- Light Sensitivity ISO auto (100-6400),
- Exposure Metering Partial (9%),
- Exposure Metering Zones 63
- Exposure Modes Program,
- Shooting Programs Sports mode,
- Special Effects Portrait,
- White Balance Automatic,
- White Balance Presets Daylight,
- Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec
- Min Shutter Speed 30 sec
- Exposure Compensation ±5 EV range, in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
- Auto Exposure Bracketing 3 steps in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
- White Balance Bracketing Yes
- X-sync Speed 1/200 sec
- Exposure Range EV 1-20 ( ISO 100 )
- Type 3 x x Zoom lens - 18 mm - 55 mm - F/3.5-5.6 Canon EF-S
- Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 29 - 88 mm
- Focus Adjustment Manual,
- Min Focus Range 9.8 in
- Max View Angle 74.3 degrees
- Zoom Adjustment Manual
- Lens Construction 9 groups / 11 elements
- Filter Size 58 mm
- Lens System Mounting Canon EF
- Features Aspherical lens
- Camera Flash Pop-up flash
- Guide Number (m / ISO 100) 13
- Flash Modes Rear curtain sync,
Flash OFF mode,
- Features Flash +/- compensation,
- Continuous Shooting Speed 3.7 frames per second
- Self Timer Delay 2 sec,
- Flash Terminal Hot shoe
- Additional Features Display brightness control,
Dust Delete Data system,
Depth-of-field preview button,
Live Face detection AF mode,
Exif Print support,
RGB primary color filter,
Highlight tone priority,
Auto power save,
Digital noise reduction,
Auto Lighting Optimizer,
Highlight point display,
LCD live view mode,
1080p Full HD movie recording,
USB 2.0 compatibility,
Peripheral illumination correction
- Viewfinder Type Optical - Eye-level mirror pentaprism
- Field Coverage 95%
- Magnification 0.87x
- Dioptric Correction Range -3 to +1
- Viewfinder Frames Autofocus frame
- Viewfinder Information Memory card status,
Highlight tone priority,
Flash charge completion,
Flash compensation on/off,
High-speed sync indicator,
- Type 3 in LCD display
- Display Features Built-in
- Microphone Operation Mode Mono
- Connector Type 1 x USB,
1 x Composite video/audio output,
1 x HDMI output,
1 x Remote control,
1 x Microphone ( Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm )
- Software Canon ZoomBrowser EX,
Canon Digital Photo Professional,
Drivers & Utilities,
Canon Remote Capture
System Requirements for PC Connection
- Operating System Support MS Windows 7,
Apple Mac OS X 10.4 - 10.6,
MS Windows Vista,
MS Windows XP SP2 or later
- Peripheral Devices USB port,
- Microsoft Certifications Compatible with Windows 7
- Included Accessories Battery charger,
Audio / video cable
- Body Material Stainless steel,
Fiberglass-reinforced polycarbonate resin
- Supported Battery Canon LP-E8
- Supported Battery 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( Included )
Memory / Storage
- Memory Card Slot SD card
- Supported Memory Cards SDHC Memory Card,
SD Memory Card,
SDXC Memory Card
- Image Storage RAW 5184 x 3456,
JPEG 5184 x 3456,
JPEG 3456 x 2304,
JPEG 2592 x 1728
- Video Capture H.264 - 1920 x 1080,
H.264 - 1920 x 1080,
H.264 - 1920 x 1080,
H.264 - 1280 x 720,
H.264 - 1280 x 720,
H.264 - 640 x 480,
H.264 - 640 x 480
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 5 in
- Depth 2.4 in
- Height 3.8 in
- Weight 16.8 oz
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
- Image stabilizer feature Optical stabilization helps prevent blurry pictures, especially for handheld cameras at slow shutter speeds or when using high optical zoom.