Canon introduces their T2i DSLR camera at the top of their Rebel line

From Canon's Website

www.usa.canon.com

Canon has just announced a new addition to their Rebel line of DSLR cameras, the T2i. Taking some cues from its big brother the 7D, the T2i has a similar sensor but with 4channel readout instead of 8. You will also have some of the advanced features that are on the 7D such as,  9-point autofocus, a 63-zone dual-layering metering system like the 7D, a 3-inch live-view smudge-resistant viewfinder, ISO of 100- 6400, and 1080p video at 24, 25, or 30 frames per second with an external mic input.

As an amateur just getting into photography, I am keeping an eye on entry level DSLR cameras for future purchase, and getting this many features on a DSLR for under $1000 is great. This camera may be at the top of my list for now. Retail is set at $899.99 and no release date is available yet.

Here are the specs directly from Canon’s website.

Specifications

Type
Type Digital, single-lens reflex, AF/AE camera
Recording Media SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC Memory Card
Image Sensor Size 22.3mm x 14.9mm (APS-C size)
Compatible Lenses Canon EF lenses including EF-S lenses (35mm-equivalent focal length is approx. 1.6x the lens focal length)
Lens Mount Canon EF mount

Image Sensor
Type High-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate CMOS sensor
Pixels Effective pixels: Approx. 18.00 Megapixels
Aspect Ratio 3:2 (Horizontal: Vertical)
Color Filter System RGB primary color filters
Low-pass Filter Fixed position in front of the CMOS sensor
Dust Deletion feature (1) Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit
(2) Dust Delete Data appended to the captured image
(3) Manual cleaning of sensor

Recording System
Recording Format Design rule for Camera File System 2.0 and Exif 2.21
Image Type Still: JPEG, RAW (14-bit, Canon original), RAW+JPEG
Video: MOV (Image data: H.264, Audio: Linear PCM)
File Size (1) Large/Fine: Approx. 6.4MB (5184 x 3456 pixels)
(2) Large/Normal: Approx. 3.2MB (5184 x 3456 pixels)
(3) Medium/Fine: Approx. 3.4MB (3456 x 2304 pixels)
(4) Medium/Normal: Approx. 1.7MB (3456 x 2304 pixels)
(5) Small/Fine: Approx. 2.2MB (2592 x 1728 pixels)
(6) Small/Normal: Approx. 1.1MB (2592 x 1728 pixels)
(7) RAW: Approx. 24.5MB (5184 x 3456 pixels)
Exact file sizes depend on the subject, ISO speed, Picture Style, etc.
File Numbering Continuous numbering, auto reset, manual reset
Color Space sRGB, Adobe RGB selectable
Picture Style Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined 1-3

Image Processing
Type Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, Custom
Color Temperature Compensation White balance correction: ±9 stops in full-stop increments
White balance bracketing: ±3 stops in full-stop increments
Blue/amber direction or magenta/green direction possible
Color Temperature Information Transmission Provided

Viewfinder
Type Eye-level SLR (with pentamirror)
Coverage Vertical/Horizontal approx. 95%
Magnification Approx. 0.87x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1 m-1 (dpt))
Eyepoint Approx. 19mm (from eyepiece lens center)
Built-in Dioptric Adjustment -3.0 to +1.0m-1 (diopter)
Focusing Screen Fixed, Precision Matte
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f/4L IS USM or shorter lenses)
Viewfinder Information AF information

  • AF points and focus confirmation light
  • Exposure information

  • Shutter speed, aperture, ISO speed (always displayed), AE lock, exposure level, spot metering circle, exposure warning
  • Flash information

  • Flash ready, flash exposure compensation, high-speed sync, FE lock, red-eye reduction light
  • Image information

  • Highlight tone priority (D+), monochrome shooting, maximum burst (1-digit display), white balance correction, SD card information
  • Depth-of-Field Preview Enabled with depth-of-field preview button

    Autofocus
    Type TTL-CT-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS sensor
    AF Points 9 AF points (center AF point is cross-type)
    Focusing Modes Auto, One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual Focusing (MF)
    AF Point Selection Automatic selection, manual selection
    Selected AF Point Display Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on LCD monitor
    AF-assist Beam Intermittent firing of built-in flash
    Effective range: Approx. 4.0m/13.1 ft. at center, approx. 3.5m/11.5 ft. at periphery. When EOS-dedicated Speedlite attached, the Speedlite’s AF-assist beam is emitted instead.

    Exposure Control
    Metering Modes 63-zone TTL full-aperture metering

    • Evaluative metering (linkable to any AF point)
    • Partial metering (approx. 9% of viewfinder at center)
    • Spot metering (approx. 4% of viewfinder at center)
    • Center-weighted average metering
    Metering Range EV 1-20 (at 73°F/23°C with EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
    Exposure Control (1) Program AE (shiftable)
    (2) Shutter-priority AE
    (3) Aperture-priority AE
    (4) Depth-of-field AE (A-DEP, non-shiftable)
    (5) Full Auto (Program AE, non-shiftable)
    (6) Programmed Image Control modes (6 modes)

  • * Flash OFF, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait
  • (7) Manual exposure (including bulb)
    (8) E-TTL II autoflash program AE

  • * Evaluative metering, Averaged metering
  • ISO Speed (Recommended Exposure Index) ISO 100~6400 (in 1-stop increments), H: 12800
    Basic Zone modes: ISO 100~3200 set automatically
    Exposure Compensation Manual: ±5 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments (can be combined with AEB)
    AE Lock (1) Auto AE lock

  • * In the One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering, AE lock takes effect when focus is achieved.
  • (2) Manual AE lock

  • * With AE lock button. (AE lock is updated each time you press the button.)
  • Enabled in all metering modes.

    Shutter
    Type Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically controlled
    Shutter Speeds 1/4000 sec. to 1/60 sec., X-sync at 1/200 sec.
    1/4000 sec. to 30 sec., bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)
    Shutter Release Soft-touch electromagnetic release
    Self-timer 10-sec. or 2-sec. delay or 10-sec. delay plus continuous shooting
    Remote Control Remote Switch RS-60E3
    Remote Controller RC-1/RC-5/RC-6

    Built-in Flash
    Type Retractable, auto pop-up flash
    Flash Metering E-TTL II autoflash
    Guide Number 13/43 (ISO 100, in meters/feet)
    Recycling Time Approx. 3 sec.
    Flash-ready Indicator Flash-ready icon lights in viewfinder
    Flash Coverage Up to 17mm lens focal length (equivalent to 27mm in 135 format)
    FE Lock Provided
    Flash Exposure Compensation ±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
    Flash exposure compensation for built-in flash and Speedlite can be set with the camera.

    Drive System
    Drive Modes Single, continuous, self-timer (10 sec. or 2 sec. delay)/remote control
    Continuous Shooting Speed Max. 3.7 shots/sec. (with One-Shot AF or AI Servo AF)
    Maximum Burst JPEG (Large/Fine): Approx. 34, RAW: Approx. 6
    Based on Canon’s testing standards with a 2GB SD memory card, ISO 100 and Standard Picture Style
    Varies depending on the subject, SD memory card brand, image-recording quality, etc.

    Live View Functions
    Shooting Modes Still photo shooting and video shooting
    Focusing Autofocus (One-Shot AF): Live mode, Face Detection Live mode, Quick mode; Manual focus (5x or 10x manually)
    Metering Modes Real-time evaluative metering with image sensor
    Metering Range EV 0-20 (at 73°F/23°C with EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
    Grid Display Provided (Two grid displays)
    Exposure Simulation Provided
    Silent Shooting Not provided

    Video Shooting
    File Format MOV (image data: H.264; audio: Linear PCM (with internal mic: monaural, with external mic: stereo))
    File Size Recording Size: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD): 30p (29.97) / 24p (23.976) / 25p, 1280 x 720: 60p (59.94) / 50p, 640 x 480 (SD): 60p (59.94) / 50p), Movie Crop recording in 640 x 480
    Continuous Shooting Time Approx. 12 min. (1920 x 1080), 18 min. (1280 x 720), 24 min. (640 x 480)
    Based on Canon’s testing standards using a 4GB card
    Focusing Autofocus: Quick mode, Live mode, Face Detection Live mode; manual
    Exposure Control (1) Program AE for movie shooting
    * For shooting modes other than manual exposure.
    * Shutter speed (1/30 – 1/4000 sec., signal accumulation time), aperture, and ISO speed automatically set.
    (2) Manual exposure
    * For manual exposure.
    * Shutter speed (signal accumulation time), aperture, and ISO speed (auto/ manual) manually set. The shutter speed (signal accumulation time) is limited to 1/4000 sec. at the maximum and to 1/30 sec. at the minimum for 24/25/30 fps or 1/60 sec. or higher for 50/60 fps.
    Exposure Compensation Up to ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
    * Possible only with autoexposure.
    Audio recording method Linear PCM
    (1) Internal monaural microphone
    (2) External stereo microphone jack

  • * Recording level automatically adjusted.
  • * Sampling frequency: 48 KHz, Bits: 16 bit x 2 ch
  • * Compatible with a commercially-available external microphone with 3.5mm dia. stereo mini-jack.
  • Video Playback Playback, slow motion (variable speed possible), jump to first frame, previous frame, next frame, jump to last frame, cut out first or last, frame, and audio volume (6 levels, including mute).
    * The audio level when the camera is connected to a TV set is adjusted with the TV set.

    LCD Monitor
    Type TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor
    Monitor Size 3.0 in.
    Dots Approx. 1,040,000 dots (VGA)
    Coverage Approx. 100%
    Viewing angle: 160°
    Brightness Adjustment 7 levels provided
    Interface Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukraine, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese

    Image Playback
    Display Format (1) Single image display
    – Two types of single-image full display and two types of shooting information display.
    (2) Index display
    – 4-image index and 9-index image.
    (3) Jump display
    – 10/100 images, shooting date, movies, stills
    Highlight Warning Provided (Overexposed highlights blink)

    Image Protection and Erase
    Protect Erase protect (or cancel) each image individually
    Erase Single image, selected images or all images in the SD card can be erased (except protected images)

    Direct Printing
    Compatible Printers PictBridge-compatible printers
    Printable Images JPEG images compliant to Design rule for Camera File System (DPOF printing possible) and RAW images captured with the EOS Rebel T2i
    Easy Print feature Provided

    DPOF: Digital Print Order Format
    DPOF Version 1.1 compatible

    Direct Image Transfer
    Compatible Images JPEG and RAW images
    Only JPEG images can be transferred as wallpaper on the personal computer screen

    Customization
    Custom Functions Total 12
    My Menu Registration Up to 6 menus, Custom functions and other top-tier options can be registered

    Interface
    USB Terminal For personal computer communication and direct printing (USB 2.0 Hi-Speed)
    Video Out Terminal (1) Video OUT terminal: NTSC/PAL selectable
    (2) mini-HDMI OUT terminal

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