Canon T2i Review

 
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EOS 550D / Rebel T2i vs Other Canon SLRs

The chart below compares the Rebel T2i with other recent Canon cameras. What we've done below is presented something of a hybrid comparison between these three models. A red cell means that a given camera performs below the other two, a green cell means that it performs better than the other two, and a yellow cell means it falls between the other two. In cases where two cameras share a superior capability, both cells will be colored green.

EOS 550D / Rebel T2i vs other Canon SLRs
Manufacturer
Canon
Canon
Canon
Model
EOS 450D
Digital Rebel XSi
EOS 500D
Digital Rebel T1i
EOS 550D
Digital Rebel T2i
Imaging
System
Sensor Manufacturer
Canon
Canon
Canon
Sensor Type
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
Color Filter Array
RGB
RGB
RGB
Total Megapixels
12.4
15.5
18.7
Effective Megapixels
12.2
15.1
18.0
Effective Sensor Size (mm)
22.2 x 14.8
22.3 x 14.9
22.3 x 14.9
Focal Length Multiplier (approx.)
1.6x
1.6x
1.6x
Image Processor
DIGIC III
DIGIC 4
DIGIC 4
A/D Resolution
14-bit
14-bit
14-bit
Viewfinder
Type
Eye-level pentamirror
Eye-level pentamirror
Eye-level pentamirror
Coverage
95%
95%
95%
Magnification (-1 diopter with 50mm lens at infinity)
0.87x
0.87x
0.87x
Eyepoint (mm)
19
19
19
Dioptric Adjustment Range (diopters)
-3.0 to +1.0
-3.0 to +1.0
-3.0 to +1.0
Focusing Screen
Fixed, precision matte screen
Fixed, precision matte screen
Fixed, precision matte screen
Viewfinder
Info Display
AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), exposure information (shutter speed, aperture, AE lock, exposure level, ISO speed, exposure warning), flash information (flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation), monochrome shooting, white balance correction, maximum burst, SD memory card information
AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), exposure information (shutter speed, aperture, AE lock, exposure level, ISO speed, exposure warning), flash information (flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation), monochrome shooting, white balance correction, Highlight Tone Priority (D+), maximum burst, SD memory card information
AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), exposure information (shutter speed, aperture, AE lock, exposure level, ISO speed, exposure warning), flash information (flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation), monochrome shooting, white balance correction, Highlight Tone Priority (D+), maximum burst, SD memory card information
Depth of Field Preview
Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
Recording
System
Recording Media / Quantity / Slot Type
SD / SDHC
SD / SDHC including Eye-Fi
SD / SDHC / SDXC
including Eye-Fi
Compatible File System
FAT 16 / FAT 32
FAT 16 / FAT 32
FAT 16 / FAT 32
Recording Formats
RAW (14-bit CR2), JPEG
RAW (14-bit CR2), JPEG
RAW (14-bit CR2), JPEG
Maximum Resolution
4,272 x 2,848
4,768 x 3,174
5,184 x 3,456
Reduced Resolutions (JPEG only)
3,088 x 2,056;
2,256 x 1,504
3,456 x 2,304;
2,352 x 1,568
2,456 x 2,304
2,592 x 1,728
RAW + JPEG Recording
Yes,
JPEG large/fine only
Yes,
JPEG large/fine only
Yes,
JPEG large/fine only
Color Space &
White Balance
User-Selectable Color Space
Yes
sRGB + Adobe RGB
Yes
sRGB + Adobe RGB
Yes
sRGB + Adobe RGB
Processing Parameters
(Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation, Color Tone) / # of Increments
8 options for sharpness, 9 options for contrast, saturation, and color tone. 

6 Picture styles (Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome), plus 3 user defined
8 options for sharpness, 9 options for contrast, saturation, and color tone. 

6 Picture styles (Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome), plus 3 user defined
8 options for sharpness, 9 options for contrast, saturation, and color tone. 

6 Picture styles (Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome), plus 3 user defined
Preset WB settings
6 (Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash)
6 (Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash)
6 (Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash)
Manual Color Temperature Setting Range
Not available
Not available
Not available
WB Adjustment Range
±9 steps in 1-step increments
5 mireds per step
±9 steps in 1-step increments
5 mireds per step
±9 steps in 1-step increments
5 mireds per step
Autofocus
System
Type
TTL-CT-SIR with a CMOS sensor
(TTL secondary image registration, phase detection)
TTL-CT-SIR with a CMOS sensor
(TTL secondary image registration, phase detection)
TTL-CT-SIR with a CMOS sensor
(TTL secondary image registration, phase detection)
# of Focusing Points (Focusing Point Type)
9 points
(1 enhanced cross-type, 8 single-axis)
9 points
(1 enhanced cross-type, 8 single-axis)
9 points
(1 enhanced cross-type, 8 single-axis)
Superimposed Focus Point Display
Yes
Yes
Yes
AF Working Range
EV -0.5 ~ 18
EV -0.5 ~ 18
EV -0.5 ~ 18
AF-assist Beam
Yes, stroboscopic flash (Range: Approx. 4.0m / 13.1ft. at center, approx. 3.5m/11.5ft. off-center)
Yes, stroboscopic flash (Range: Approx. 4.0m / 13.1ft. at center, approx. 3.5m/11.5ft. off-center)
Yes, stroboscopic flash (Range: Approx. 4.0m / 13.1ft. at center, approx. 3.5m/11.5ft. off-center)
One-shot AF
Enabled in Portrait, Landscape, Close-up (Macro), Night Portrait, and A-DEP modes.
Selectable in Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Manual modes.
Enabled in Portrait, Landscape, Close-up (Macro), Night Portrait, and A-DEP modes.
Selectable in Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Manual modes.
Enabled in Portrait, Landscape, Close-up (Macro), Night Portrait, and A-DEP modes.
Selectable in Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Manual modes.
AI Servo (Tracking) AF
Enabled in Sports mode.
Selectable in Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Manual modes.
Enabled in Sports mode.
Selectable in Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Manual modes.
Enabled in Sports mode.
Selectable in Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Manual modes.
AI Focus AF
Enabled in Full Auto, CA, and Flash Off modes.
Selectable in Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, and Manual modes.
Enabled in Full Auto, CA, and Flash Off modes.
Selectable in Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, and Manual modes.
Enabled in Full Auto, CA, and Flash Off modes.
Selectable in Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, and Manual modes.
Exposure
Control
Shooting Modes
12 - Program AE (Full Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, Flash Off, Program), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Depth-of-field AE, Manual exposure, ETTL-II autoflash
14 - Program AE (Creative Auto, Full Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, Flash Off, Program), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Depth-of-field AE, Manual exposure, ETTL-II autoflash, Movie
14 - Program AE (Creative Auto, Full Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, Flash Off, Program), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Depth-of-field AE, Manual exposure, ETTL-II autoflash, Movie
Metering Zones
35
35
63
(iFCL with dual layer sensor)
Metering Modes
Evaluative (linked to any AF point), center weighted average,
9% partial,
4% center spot
Evaluative (linked to any AF point), center weighted average,
8% partial,
3.5% center spot
Evaluative (linked to any AF point), center weighted average,
9% partial,
4% center spot
Metering System Working Range
EV 1 ~ 20
EV 1 ~ 20
EV 1 ~ 20
ISO Range / Extended
100 ~ 1600 / --
100 ~ 3200 / 6400, 12800
100 ~ 6400 / 12800
Exposure Compensation
±2 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV increments
±2 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV increments
±5 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV increments
Automatic Exposure Bracketing
±2 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps, ±4 EV offset, 3 shots
±2 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps, ±4 EV offset, 3 shots
±2 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps, ±4 EV offset, 3 shots
Auto Lighting Optimization
Yes
Yes (4 levels)
Yes (4 levels)
Highlight Tone Priority
Yes
Yes
Yes
Shutter Speeds,
Frame Rate, Shutter Lag
Shutter Type
Mechanical, all speeds electronically controlled
Mechanical, all speeds electronically controlled
Mechanical, all speeds electronically controlled
Shutter Speed Range
1/4000 ~ 30 sec. (1/2 or 1/3EV increments) and bulb
1/4000 ~ 30 sec. (1/2 or 1/3EV increments) and bulb
1/4000 ~ 30 sec. (1/2 or 1/3EV increments) and bulb
Maximum Frames Per Second / Buffer depth
3.5 fps / 13 large/fine JPEG frames
3.4 fps / 170 large/fine JPEG frames
3.7 fps / 34 large/fine JPEG frames
Shutter lag, full AF (sec.)
0.16
0.16
0.25
Shutter lag, prefocus (sec.)
0.089
0.089
0.096
Startup time (sec.)
~0.4
~0.3
~0.4
Flash
Built-in Flash / Guide Number at ISO 100.
Yes (13 meters / 43 feet)
Yes (13 meters / 43 feet)
Yes (13 meters / 43 feet)
Max flash x-sync speed. (sec.)
1/200
1/200
1/200
Flash Exposure Compensation
±2 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV increments
±2 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV increments
±2 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV increments
Slow-sync flash
1st or 2nd curtain
1st or 2nd curtain
1st or 2nd curtain
PC Sync Terminal
Hot shoe only
Hot shoe only
Hot shoe only
Playback
System
LCD Size / Pixel Count
3.0 in. LCD / 230K dot
3.0 in. LCD / 920K dots
3.0 in. LCD / 1.04M pixels
(3:2 aspect ratio)
Enlarged Playback / Scroll
1.5~10x / Yes
1.5~10x / Yes
1.5~10x / Yes
LCD Monitor Brightness Adjustment Range
7 steps
7 steps
7 steps
Automatic Rotation for Vertical Shots
Yes
Yes
Yes
Other Features
Computer Connection
USB 2.0 High-Speed
USB 2.0 High-Speed
USB 2.0 High-Speed,
Direct Printing (PictBridge-compliant printers)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Menu Languages
20 (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Hungarian, Czech, Simplified / Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese)
20 (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Hungarian, Czech, Simplified / Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Arabic, Romanian, Turkish, Ukrainian, Thai)
25 (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Ukrainian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese)
Camera Default Reset
Yes
Yes
Yes
Custom Functions (Quantity)
Yes (13)
Yes (13)
Yes (12)
Remote Control
Compatible with Remote Switch RS-60E3, Remote Controller RC-5 / RC-1
Compatible with Remote Switch RS-60E3, Remote Controller RC-5 / RC-1
Compatible with Remote Switch RS-60E3; Remote Controller RC-6 , RC-5, RC-1
Info LCD Panel / Illumination
No / n/a
No / n/a
No / n/a
Ultrasonic CCD dust-removal function
Yes
Yes
Yes
Anti-Shake
(CCD shift)
No
No
No
Live View
Yes
Yes
Yes
Movie Mode
No
Yes (MPEG-4)
1920x1080@20fps, 1280x720@30fps, 640x480@30fps
Yes (MPEG-4)
1920x1080@30/25/24fps, 1280x720@60/50fps, 640x480@60/50fps
Dedicated Movie/Live View Button
No
No
Yes
Manual Exposure during Movies
N/A
No
(Auto exposure only)
Yes
(Aperture, Shutter-speed, ISO)
Stereo Mic Jack
N/A
No
Yes
HDMI Output
No
Yes
Yes
(HDMI-CEC)
Peripheral Illumination Correction
No
Yes
Yes
Body Structure
Body Cover/Chassis
Largely plastic / stainless steel frame
Largely plastic / stainless steel frame
Largely plastic / stainless steel frame
Power System
Battery Compatibility
Main: LP-E5
Backup: Built-in
Main: LP-E5
Backup: Built-in
Main: LP-E8
Backup: Built-in
Rated Shooting Capacity at 20°C/68°F
100% AE: 600
50% Flash: 500
100% AE: 500
50% Flash: 400
100% AE: 550
50% Flash: 440
Dimensions & Weight
Dimensions (WxHxD, mm)
128.8 x 97.5 x 61.9
128.8 x 97.5 x 61.9
128.8 x 97.5 x 75.3
Weight (body only)
475 g / 16.8 oz.
480 g / 16.9 oz.
475 g / 16.8 oz.
Operational
Environment
Operating Temperature Range
0 ~ 40°C / 32 ~ 104°F
0 ~ 40°C / 32 ~ 104°F
0 ~ 40°C / 32 ~ 104°F
Operating Humidity Range
< 85%
< 85%
< 85%
Kit Lens
Focal length/aperture
EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Lens Compatibility
Lens Mount / Compatibility
EF / All EOS lenses, plus EF-S lenses
EF / All EOS lenses, plus EF-S lenses
EF / All EOS lenses, plus EF-S lenses

 

 

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