Canon EOS 550D Or Rebel T2i 18 MP Review
By Wayne G Turner
Canon have done it again with their new Canon EOS 550D/ Rebel T2i out on the
market soon. Who would've thought that less than a year after the launch of the
EOS 500D that a replacement would be ready to roll. Looking at the 500D it's
basically a baby 7D. Some of its features out perform the current EOS 50D. Ready
to take it's place in the consumer market, the 550D looks a great buy
The 18 megapixel sensor is a step up from the 500D's 15 megapixel system
although to really notice the difference the increase you need a full 50% size
increase. It's significantly increased movie mode will also make it a hard
competitor to beat. Although it replaces the 500D, the 500D will continue to be
sold for the rest of 2010, most likely at a more attractive pricing structure.
Let's take a look at some of the improvements and additional features Canon has
added over the current 500D offering.
1. 18 megapixel sensor
This is a great improvement and takes
it to the leader in it's class. Although
megapixels are not critical to great
images it still is a great feature to have.
How it handles those extra pixels is
what counts. The sensor is similar to
the 7D's but not the same while using
the same vibration technology to get
rid of dust.
2. LCD screen
This is the first Canon camera to have a genuine 3:2 ratio screen which displays
exactly what you see on the sensor. There is no cropping reflected on the screen.
This is not the crop factor we are talking about, just the size displayed on the LCD.
They haven't increased the size of the screen but have upgraded the resolution
which gives you increased clarity and a better ability to check your images while
3. iFCL metering system
This is another great improvement by Canon over the 500D, a real advance in the
use of technology in metering systems. It features the new 63 zone system which
continually analyses colour, luminance and focus simultaneously. This provides
far more accurate and