Canon EOS 550D (Rebel T2i) Reviews: High Image Quality & Little Noise

March 31, 2010, By Alex Ion

Last February, Canon officially unveiled the 18-megapixel Canon EOS 550D (also known as the EOS Rebel T2i in the US) and while we knew what are its talents and how great the 1080p/30fps video mode is, we were expecting some in-depth reviews to see if we’re doing a good job buying one, or not. Well folks, we’re looking at a responsive and versatile camera with goods and bad, so let’s dive in for a quick review.

Canon EOS 550D (Rebel T2i) DSLR Camera

First thing to cover is image quality. Citing the good chaps from Camera Labs who got some time with it, the new Canon EOS 550D (Rebel T2i) delivers “images which were essentially the same as those from the EOS 7D”. Apparently it brings highly detailed images and noise levels are not to worry you. Another interesting feature is the 1,040,000-dot LCD screen with an aspect ratio of 3:2.

For those of you who can’t remember it, Canon EOS Rebel T2i (EOS 550D) features include the same 100-6400 ISO sensitivity range (with 12,800 ISO expansion) as the 7D model, 1080p or 720p movie mode (at various frame rates), an external stereo microphone input and a 63-zone Focus Colour Luminance metering system (iCFL for short) with dual layers.

As a conclusion, Canon Rebel T2i is not as neat as the 7D in terms of ergonomics, weatherproofing, continuous burst mode, and autofocus, its continuous shooting speed is about average for its class and is supposedly sluggish to fully start up and when entering Live View.

But bottom line, the Canon EOS 550D is a powerful camera that just got a “highly recommended” badge to go with.

(Camera Labs & Photography Blog)

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