Canon EOS Rebel T2i Review – DSLR Camera
To be the newest generation among the Canon DSLR consumer camera marketing, the Canon EOS Rebel T2i is a nice DSLR for beginners although you may feel it a little uncomfortable to hold the small handgrip. It also takes some seconds before you can display an image in the Live View mode. Commonly, you are able to preview your final shot, check the differences and make some adjustments; it costs you more time to enter this mode.
Finally, there remain some small drawbacks with this pretty perfect camera. The camera can be compatible with all kinds of the Canon lenses.
Overview of the Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR Camera
- The resolution is 18 megapixels with the CMOS image sensor supported
- ISO adjustments ranging from 100 to up to 6400, which can be expandable to 12800 in 1-stop increments
- 9 point AF focusing
- HD movie mode supported
- Built in flash unit
- 3-inch LCD screen with the resolution of 1,040,000 pixels
- Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E8
- Dimensions: 5.07 x 3.83 x 2.44 inches (equivalent to 128.8 x 97.3 x 62 mm)
- Weight: 18.7 ounces (equivalent to 530 grams) (including both the battery and memory compartment)
- Image size: 5184 x 3456 pixels at maximum with the two RAW and JPEG image formats supported
- The resolution is 18 megapixels
- The autofocus is fast
- It is a little bit slow to get into the Live View mode
- The handgrip is narrow and mildly uncomfortable
- The common number of frames per second in the continuous shooting mode is 3.7 (for 6 RAW or 34 JPEG images)
Detail Review of Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR Camera
The T2i is the next generation right after the Canon Rebel T1i which was released last year and had the resolution of 15 megapixels. In addition to the resolution increase versus the T1i, you can see a lot of enhancement with this camera in comparison with the previous model. It is pretty common for a Canon camera aimed at beginners to be lightweight and small, and the T2i is not an exception.
Meanwhile, the plastic shell is quite large. Obviously, the camera brings the sturdy feel, but it’s the lightweight shell that helps lower the price. Since the Rebel T2i is not full frame, there are many types of lens that can fit into this camera and work flawlessly. Some technical reviewers confirmed that about 100 lens, from EF to EF-S types, are compatible with this Canon camera.
The LCD screen on the back of the camera is large with the 3:2 aspect ratio. Importantly, this screen is like that of the camera’s image sensor, which means that the photos will be fully displayed on the screen. While the dot resolution is magnificently large on the screen, you should not expect accurate rendition of your image at the 100% level with this LCD screen. Therefore, you had better learn to take well exposed photos right from the beginning.
However, for a LCD screen with the size of 3 inches and the resolution of 1,040,000 pixels, it is great for both creating exceptionally sharp still images and videos in Live View mode and viewing photos on the screen as well. But the slow speed of the live view may cost you several seconds to view the image. Moreover, the speed of the contrast detection autofocus is also slow.
With the HD movie mode, the autofocus is also not full-time or fast, which should have been equivalent to the image quality of the camera.
Similar to other Canon cameras, you can easily find the controlling buttons on the top and the back panel of the camera, and they are all included with clear labels. However, one tiny drawback is that the buttons are not large enough, which causes inconvenience in pressing them sometimes.
You can see one of the most important controlling buttons on the top panel which is designed in the form of the shooting mode dial. For beginners, the Programmed Auto (P) may be an easy option. However, there are many other nice modes in which you can adjust your photos particularly. Some of those modes can be mentioned such as: Manual (M), Aperture Priority (Av), A-DEP (Automatic Depth of Field) or Shutter Priority (Tv). Among the above listed modes, A-DEP is a nice mode in which you can pick an F-stop in which all subjects covered by the 9 AF points focusing will be rendered. In addition, the proper shutter speed will be set as well.
One of the interesting features with this camera is the inclusion of Quick Control screen in which the camera settings is clearly displayed and you can make direct changes on them. Despite the clever aspect, this feature seems not really essential because with the external controls, you can easily change the important settings such as the white balance, the ISO settings or exposure compensation.
The image quality is extremely great with images of the RAW format with the 18 MP resolution. However, you should not expect exactly the same for JPEG photos. Obviously, the images are a little bit softer with this format. The T2i also shows the great image quality for photos shot at higher ISO settings. While ISO 6400 does not ensure the great image quality, you will be always satisfied with the images at lower ISO settings.
HD Movie Mode
While the standard HD mode is just limited to 1280×720 pixels, the full HD movie mode with the Rebel T2i has the resolution up to 1920×1080 pixels. In terms of the HD movie mode, the Rebel T2i does outperform other competitors. Manual controls are also supported such as setting different frame rates or choosing an external microphone socket for more professional work.
During recording movies, you are not allowed to automatically adjust the focus, and because the autofocus is slow as mentioned above, this thing is not really so bad. In those situations, it is recommended that you rely on the depth of field for focus and set a small aperture. Even though the Rebel T2i isn’t designed to compete with professional camcorders, it is a really attractive camera and can be an alternative choice for customers who have limited budget.
The Rebel T2i is highly recommended among the DSLR cameras market. With the lightweight design and the capacity to shoot amazingly detailed photos with the fuss at the minimum level, this is a very nice model. There are many good features included as in the bigger brother – the Canon 7D while its a little bit lower price is an appeal. If you are mainly interested in the Rebel T2i’s resolution, don’t forget to purchase a high-quality lens.
In comparison with the competitors, the price of the T2i is very reasonable and you will receive more values for the spent money. Especially, the great movie mode is a strong point with this camera. Despite some small drawbacks, this is still a highly recommended option. Being one of the best DSLR cameras for the consumer level, it can be even favorably compared to a lot of other cameras in a higher category.