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The Rebel T2i EOS 550D is Cannon's top-of-the-line consumer digital SLR camera.

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Pros

full 1080p video recording

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external stereo microphone jack for improved audio during video recording

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high resolution 3" LCD display (1.04 million dots)

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high ISO range - can be extended up to ISO 12,800

5 agree

compact and lightweight compared to higher end professional dSLRs

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Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) compatibility - allows users to use their TV remote to control the device when playing content back on their HDTV

4 agree

14-bit analog to digital conversion (eg/ 14-bit RAW files)

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affordable for a top-of-the-line Rebel - $799.99 body only

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redesigned button interface for ease of use

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3.7fps continuous shooting - improved over the previous T1i's 3.4fps

2 agree

high quality build

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built with Eye-Fi (wireless flash storage) compatibility in mind

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63-zone iFCL sensor - nearly double that of the T1i

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capable of recording 720p at 60fps (for smooth slow motion)

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HDMI output - allows users to display their images and videos directly onto their compatible HDTVs and displays

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SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot - allows for affordable, capacious and easy to find flash storage, with support for the latest and greatest standard

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large 18MP sensor

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Cons

fixed (non-articulating) display

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due to larger image size and faster fps, continuous shooting depth has been reduced to 6 RAW / 34 JPEG compared to the T1i's 9 RAW / 170 JPEG

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The Rebel T2i EOS 550D is Cannon's top-of-the-line consumer digital SLR camera. The Rebel T2i can shoot up to 18 megapixel resolution photos and features an ISO range of 100-6400. The camera can also shoot either 720p or 1080p high definition video.

The Rebel T2i features 3.7fps continuous still shooting mode, a 63-zone Dual Layer Metering System, and canon's Digic 4 image processor. The camera will record video in full 1920 X 1080p HD resolution by default, allowing the user to select the frame rate from 30, 25, and 24fps as well as offering 720p video at 60 and 50fps.  A 3.5mm stereo microphone socket has been included to allow the use of an external microphone while recording video. Users can take manual control of exposure settings changing depthof field and degree of motion blur.  The Rebel T2i sports a three inch 3:2 Clear View LCD screen and is Eye-Fi compatible for users that wish to transfer data wirelessly.

Features
  • 18 megapixel CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 4 image processor
  • EOS movie mode with manual exposure control
  • External microphone terminal
  • 3-inch Clear View LCD monitor
  • SDXC memory card compatible
  • Eye-Fi compatible
  • Compatible with the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses
Specs
  • Digital single-lens reflex, AF/AE camera
  • Recording media: SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC
  • Image sensor size: 22.3mm X 14.9mm
  • Canon EF lens mount
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2 (horizontal : vertical)
  • RGB primary color filters
Post Review
Erik
12/09/2010 11:18

In the market for a DSLR. I've narrowed it down to the #nikon_d3100 and the #canon_rebel_t2i_eos_550d
Recommendations?

Yale

Yale

12/10/2010 01:53

Arguably in a different league, but somewhat older. As you could probably guess my vote is for the D3100 with the money left over going towards a lens down the road. It's too bad most nice glass costs serious cash, but that left over juice can get you some of the way to a 30/35 or 50/55mm prime for portraits if that is what you see yourself being into - my guess is it would be. Or eventually a pro zoom, wide angle or whatever you seem to be using / wanting most. I'd still wait to see what Thom has to say. Might have you waiting until January though...

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Omar

Omar

12/10/2010 11:23

Snapsort's algorithm recommends the Canon http://snapsort.com/compare/Canon_EOS_Rebel_T2i-vs-Nikon_D3100

Though if you look at the comments on the page, people point out the D3100 as being better. So I'd have to go with the D3100 as well.

Erik

Erik

12/10/2010 09:09

Interesting breakdown there. However, the price was off in the algo. Snapsort has the T2i cheaper, which is not true. I like Yale's advice of applying the savings to a good lens.

Cdpage
04/01/2010 11:58

I added the 7D as a related because while the Price for the 7D is significantly more, Many of the features are very comparable, many are equal to and some even better on the T2i than the 7D.

Not to say that the T2i is a better camera, but for some applications, people should compare these two before buying.

Yale
02/20/2010 03:18

Read more carefully! It comes with a built in stereo microphone, and an input for using more specialized mics for those interested in doing something a little more professional.

The camera supports SDXC cards, the latest standard. Do some research on the best price performance. Not only do you need to consider capacity but speed - if you intend to take many large images in quick succession.

Neunuebel
02/20/2010 01:47

Two questions: 1) does the 1080p video also have audio, does the camera have a mic or can one be attached to get the audio with the video; 2) being interested in using the video function, and knowing video eats up a lot of gigs on the media card, what media card would be the best to get?

Thanks
David

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