Canon Rebel T2i Review
So I started my little camera hobby about five years ago with a dinky little Canon hybrid point and shoot. The S1IS.
Since then, I’ve pretty much owned with or shot/used the entirety of the Canon SLR lineup since then. (With the exclusion of the 40D, 50D, and 60Ds ). Now I’ve gone back full circle, and went back to owning a rebel body. The Canon T2i It’s the camera I recommend to people when they ask me “what kind of entry level camera should I get?”
so I guess I figured I’d put my money where my mouth is! Really, Canon should have just given me this for free so I can advertise it for them =) Yeah right, I wish.
Why would you ask would I do such a thing? The answer is simple, I wanted more video! Yes, I could upgrade to a 1DMark IV But I think my uber expensive camera buying days are over. I just want something cheap! –relatively speaking–
It took me a long while (roughly 1yr or so) to finally jump into the video bandwagon, and I’m looking forward to experimenting with the medium. There’s a lot of room for me to grow with video. In case you missed my 5D Mark II review, it can be read here.
It’s sad to admit, but I’ve opened so many stupid camera boxes, I’m no longer as excited about opening the new box as I should be. I was more giddy that I got a package in the mail! The first thing I noticed is wow, this thing is tiny, light, feels very plastic and cheap. And, did I mention tiny?
I have small Asian hands, and this thing made me feel like I was holding a little toy. Editors note: I have been using giant heavy pro 1D bodies for awhile now, so my perception of what is tiny and small and light may be slightly jaded as I’m used to big heavy ass bulky gear.
The battery is very small and awkward to charge and use (It’s slightly oddly shaped), I wish they stuck with the old NB-2L’s style batteries. Yes, technology has advanced and they’ve mad it smaller and lighter lighter now, but I’m old and I am set on my ways! The second thing I noticed, is if I drop this thing, I bet you it will shatter into a million tiny plastic pieces. Yes it feels that flimsy. And finally, it uses SD cards. I hate SD cards. I have about 40+ gigs of Compact flash cards with a few SD cards for backup (the 1D bodies take both cards, so I use SD as secondary storage). But this T2i uses pure SD cards.
Not really much to say about picture capability since I don’t intend to take any pictures at all with this thing. I’ve tinkered with the controls and it still is the strange rebel controls that I remember. It’s a pain to change the aperture settings, and the viewfinder is tiny. Changing the focus points feels strange and un-natural. Again, I really don’t care if this thing even can take any pictures, I’m more interested in video. The buttons feel flimsy, and when I press them, I’m not quite sure if they are pressed or not. The LCD screen is a 3.0 inch and it’s pretty nice, but there’s something about the 5DMark II’s screen that just yells, “WoW”. This LCD screen is nice, but it just screams “woo”. But not “Wow!” Yes I’m aware that’s a very technical description, but it’s the only way I can describe it.
Video quality is not up to par with the 5D. Mainly due to the smaller sensor size (APS-C) Check out my sensor article for those unfamiliar with the term APS-C size sensor.
ISO performance is, decent, but there’s a lot of grain. Though it claims it can go up to ISO6400, I haven’t used this enough to trust it beyond 1600. Also the other annoying thing about this camera is the ISO ranges can’t be incremented in smaller more granular increments. They’re pretty large, I can’t go to ISO 2000 for instance. I believe it jumps from 1600 to 3200. Which sucks. But really, what can you expect from this camera? So far I’m happy. I now have a camera I can sorta bring to restaurants without having the need to get an extra baby seat. Video tests to come this weekend!