Canon EOS Rebel T2i / 18-55mm Kit Review
The Canon EOS Rebel T2i Kit is a digital SLR camera with 18.0 megapixels CMOS sensor. This kit includes the camera body and the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens aside from the usual inclusions like the USB cable, AV cable, battery pack and charger. Regarding the appearance , the T2i is somewhat akin to T1i. The camera body looks and feels tough, however, the battery door is somewhat wobbly and fastening seems unstable. The charger’s cord looks weak and the life span of the battery is just typical. Moreover, the battery for the T2i is different from that of the T1i, so, for those who choose to upgrade, they won’t be able to use the predecessor’s batteries. The T2i’s LCD screen is clear and bright.
It also has the microphone input jack for an external microphone to ensure a better audio which is one of the most criticized part of the T1i. When it comes to buttons, layouts are improved on the T2i. The Quick Control Button makes setting adjustments easier. This camera is undersized and lightweight compared to the pricier DSLRs. It is definitely not as long-lasting, not as weather-sealed, not as heavy, however, the T2i doesn’t look and feel delicate. It feels solid and durable with the acceptable size that makes it a carry-around camera. There are other drawbacks, though. There are some visible dots at high ISO which need some fixing in the Photoshop.
For photo shooting out in the sun, the exposure needs to be adjusted for a better image. For low light shooting, some users claim to struggle, but for most people, they find this camera to excel in that area. It is undeniable that the image quality of this camera is notable which already earned so many compliments from photographers. Although it isn’t a professional camera, this is a step up from the point and shoot. For video recording, images are of satisfactory quality. Results are comparable to a professional DSLR. Images are visibly without noise up to ISO 3200. Nevertheless, it is difficult to do the zooming in or out and hold the camera steadily at the same time.
Manual focusing is simply hard while your hand is busy holding the camera. Video recording with the use of the video mode seems sluggish and the microphone picks up ambient sounds coming from the focusing lens. It might work well when recording video clips but not the complete event. It could hardly take the place of a video cam. There is only around 12-minute video recording that can be done using this Canon camera. The T2i’s Auto setting is functional. Those who find setting options complicated, can use this auto function and still produce very nice pictures. The Autofocus has admirable speed and accuracy. Overall, the Canon EOS Rebel T2i Kit is a decent DSLR that produces great pictures. It is lighter and smaller than other DSLRs and it is a lot cheaper. It is reliable and it is highly recommendable as an entry-level DSLR cam.
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