Face-Off: EOS 450D 18-55mm IS vs EOS 600D + 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II


Canon EOS 450D 18-55mm IS Canon EOS 600D + 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II
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Canon EOS 450D 18-55mm IS
Overview - Full review
Canon EOS 600D + 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II
Overview - Full review
Price
Overall Scene
Canon EOS 450D 18-55mm IS
Canon EOS 600D + 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II
Score
3/5
4/5
Handling
4/5
Speed
4/5
Image Quality
4/5
Video
4/5
User Score
4/5 (1)
5/5 (2)
Specifications
Specifications
Sensor CMOS 12.2 Mpx, APS-C
Lens 18 - 55 mm / F3.5 - F5.6 IS (stabilisé)
Optical stabilisation non
Internal/external memory / SD / SDHC / MMC
Sensitivity (ISO range) 100 - 200 - 400 - 800 - 1600 ISO
Video mode NULL pixels / 0 fps
Power source Batterie Lithium-Ion (LP-E5)
Dimensions/Weight 128,8 x 97,5 x 61,9 mm / 475 g
Specifications
Sensor CMOS 18 Mpx, APS-C (x1,5) , 5.5 Mpx/cm
Lens 3x 18-55 mm f/3.5 -5.6
Stabilisation Depends on lens
Viewfinder Reflex
Screen 7.7 cm, not TN, 1040000 dots, 4:3, Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range) 100 - 6400 ISO ext. 62 mm
Video mode 1920 x 1080 pixels, 25 fps , Stereo
Internal memory NA
External memory SDHC SDXC
Connections USB AV Remote control HDMI Microphone Flash hot-shoe
Power source LP-ES
Waterproof no
Shock resistant no
Dimensions/Weight 110 x 130 x 140 mm / 756 g
Conclusion
The EOS 450D (+ 18-55 mm IS) overcomes certain defects of previous models (narrow optical aiming, stabilization) and places the bar rather high. It’s a new reference for entry level reflexes.
The Canon EOS 600D is a logical, if not strictly necessary, update of the 550D. It's not a camera that'll go down in history but it's a decent SLR that takes good pictures and has plenty of settings.
Pros

+

CMOS 12 million pixel sensor

+

Very good image quality (noise control, colors)

+

Large bright 3 inch screen

+

18-55 mm IS lens in the kit is stabilized

+

LiveView aiming

+

Good picture quality

+

High-quality swivel LCD screen

+

Fully functional Live View viewfinder (image preview and settings)

+

Good 18-55 mm IS II kit lens supplied

+

Good software package included / Excellent battery life

Cons

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A single control dial

-

Autofocus in Live View not that great

-

Construction is a bit light

-

No wireless flash system

-

Sensitivity limited to 1600 ISO

-

Optical viewfinder a bit narrow

-

Autofocus in Live View and video too slow for use out and about

-

Noisy shutter release

-

No video mode button / No presence detection to switch off the LCD

-

More custom controls would be nice