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.
|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|
|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 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|
|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|
|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
|Depth-of-Field Preview||Enabled with depth-of-field preview button|
|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.
|Metering Modes||63-zone TTL full-aperture 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)
(7) Manual exposure (including bulb)
|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
(2) Manual AE lock
Enabled in all metering modes.
|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
|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)|
|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 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)|
|Silent Shooting||Not provided|
|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
|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.
|Type||TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor|
|Monitor Size||3.0 in.|
|Dots||Approx. 1,040,000 dots (VGA)|
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|
|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)|
|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
|Custom Functions||Total 12|
|My Menu Registration||Up to 6 menus, Custom functions and other top-tier options can be registered|
|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