Photography website DPReview has posted its review of the Canon EOS 550D / Rebel T2i dSLR, and as expected, it’s the most comprehensive of the lot, offering a 29 page, in-depth look at the entry level dSLR.
They enthused over the ‘excellent detail and resolution,’ waxed lyrical over the ‘lovely’ LCD screen, and grew positively moist at the
flexible AF system, high-spec video mode and overall fast and responsive operation.
They weren’t so keen, however, on the lack of a rear control dial, the cheapo ergonomics, and the lack of in-camera raw conversion.
However, these were mere trifles, as the praise flowed freely in their conclusion:
Despite our (very minor) complaints, the EOS 550D is a very satisfying camera, and certainly offers the most compelling feature set of any nominally ‘entry level’ DSLR that we’ve used. It isn’t just about spec though – the 550D’s refined handling and excellent supplied software suite should not be overlooked.
Although it doesn’t represent a huge improvement over the 500D, the changes that have been made are worthwhile, and well-implemented. An external mic socket, manual control and wide choice of resolutions and frame rates means that the 550D is worthy of consideration for serious video use, and when paired with a high quality lens, image quality is superb.
With all this taken into account, it is hard not to recommend the EOS 550D. Quite simply, taken as a whole, it is the best camera of its class that we’ve ever seen, and one of those rare cameras that won’t look out of date in a couple of years’ time.
Declaring the camera to be ideal for “all-round use, enthusiasts looking for a bargain second body, or beginners that don’t want to outgrow their camera anytime soon,” the site slapped a coveted Gold Award on the snapper, commenting that, “in terms of both still and video capture, the 550D is currently the best camera of its type on the market.”
High praise indeed. Bag yourself a Canon EOS 500D Digital SLR Camera (incl. EF-S 18-55 mm IS Lens Kit) from Amazon.