Canon announced two additions to its entry-level DSLR camera line on Monday: the EOS 600D and EOS 1100D.
EOS 600D: Lightly upgraded entry-level DSLR
The higher-end 600D differentiates itself from the existing 550D model with some mild feature additions and a price increase. The 600D will have an articulating LCD screen, built-in transmitter for external Speedlite flashes, and improved in-camera help guides, including one that explains the camera’s features.
These new additions may not sound like much, but being able to flip-out and swivel the 3-inch, 1,040,000 dot LCD screen is a key feature for anyone who plans on using the camera to shoot HD video. For photographers who are just learning the essentials of using a DSLR, the improved Quick Settings screen, new features guide, added in-camera creative filters, and enhanced basic modes also make this new model more alluring.
Other specs for the 600D remain the same as the 550D: It has an 18-megapixel CMOS sensor, 9-point autofocus, and a maximum ISO of 6400. Like the 550D, it shoots full HD video, though it adds a digital zoom feature in video mode.
EOS 1100D: Affordable DLSR covers the basics
Also announced was the 12-megapixel EOS Rebel 1100D, the most inexpensive and basic DSLR in Canon’s line. The 1100D can shoot 1280p video, has 9-point autofocus, and features a maximum ISO of 6400. Like the 600D, the 1100D has an in-camera features guide to help beginners get acquainted with the camera and basic photography concepts.
Both the 600D and 1100D will be available at the end of March.
Canon also announced a handful of new DSLR accessories. There are two new Speedlite flashes, the 320EX and 270EX II, and two new IS telephoto lenses, the EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM and the EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM.