New flagship of the Canon EOS Rebel line, Canon EOS Rebel T2i brings professional EOS features into an easy to use, lightweight Digital SLR that’s a joy to use. Featuring a class-leading 18.0-megapixel CMOS image sensor and increased light sensitivity for low light photography, the Canon EOS Rebel T2i also has an advanced HD Movie mode for gorgeous Full HD movies. Able to capture up to 3.7 frames per second, it’s ready to go the minute it’s picked up. Advanced Live View, a new wide-area screen, plus features like Canon’s brilliant Auto Lighting Optimizer and Highlight Tone features ensure brilliant photos and movies, easily. With some of the most advanced features of any digital SLR, it’s simply the best Rebel Canon has ever created.
The Canon EOS Rebel T2i produces fantastic photos and video. If you have issues with the lens quality of the kit lens, it’s easy to change that by using a better lens.
For the average family video, which the price range of this camera is enticing, this isn’t the ideal video camera. It’s tough to see the image in the LCD viewfinder in bright outdoor light, and the image does not show up in the EVF (electronic viewfinder).
There is no 60i video setting (60 interlaced frames per second). At the highest image quality mode of 1080p (progressive frames), either at the 24p or 30p setting, the movement in the video looks jerky. This simulates the cinematic film look just fine, but it does not deliver the silky smooth motion most people are used to seeing with a typical video camera. Yes, there is a smooth 60p setting, but only at the medium quality mode of 720p which limits the image sharpness somewhat.
Focus is an issue. There is no auto focus in the video mode, and changing focus manually creates shaking in the video and mechanical noise in the audio. The large image sensor that creates such beautiful depth of field shots also makes focusing too critical for an auto-focus system to work accurately on the fly. So give us a totally manual focus lens with footage readouts that a good photographer can develop a “feel” for.
For film use, there is no headphone jack to monitor the audio, and the camera person can’t see the image on the LCD or the EVF if they plug in an external monitor (for the director).
A few inexpensive changes would make this the perfect camera. It has stunning video and photo quality, as I mentioned earlier, at a truly affordable price. Making the focus easier, adding XLR inputs, a headphone jack and allowing simultaneous use of the EVF, LCD and external monitor would make this the perfect camcorder.
Most users may not realize the video is limited to 12 minutes per clip. Not a problem filming short scenes, but you can’t use this for filming a continuous two hour lecture.