Canon 60D Or Canon Rebel 600D

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Sometimes the lines of difference can be muddled when looking at digital SLR cameras, even when they are made by the same manufacturer. This is possibly the case when comparing the Canon 60D vs 600D, which is also known as the T3i.

It is true that there are some pros who are picking up the cheaper camera as a backup. Others find fault, saying that it does not have the power and body of the more expensive one.

"Seriously, why would a photographer, even an amateur with years of digital SLR experience, go for the Canon Rebel T3i?"

This question came up at the local photographic society during last month's meeting.

But, perhaps a better question is, "why not?"

After all, the new EOS 600D has some of the identical major building blocks and benefits as the 60D.

*It has the same 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor.
*It has the same DIGIC 4 image processor.
*It has the exact same 3" LCD panel that swivels for use at weird angles.
*The ISO settings are also identical - 100 to 6400 and can be expanded to 12800.
*Both can have external flash units with wireless firing (plus Sync connector).
*The new Rebel also has the same video recording capabilities at HD 1080p with stereo sound.

If you take a serious look at this list, you may have different opinion of the camera.

At the photographic society meeting, we had quite a lengthy and heated discussion about the similarities, or lack thereof, of the two cameras.

On a personal note, yours truly was ready for a new camera when the T3i came out. Before the release of the Rebel, I was seriously thinking about either a 60D or a 7D. My first preference was the Canon EOS 7D, but after a short discussion with my better half, I made a quality decision to preserve my marriage. The Rebel 600D costs half as much, and this is a major consideration right now given our present financial situation (details about this shall remain private).

Having mentioned the 7D, I will point out that it also has the same image sensor as the other two cameras. But there are some other major differences that would put me in that ball park if I was making money from my photography addiction.

But back to the comparison between the Canon Rebel T3i and the 60D.

Obviously, there are differences. There would be no reason to produce two identical cameras.

The benefits that favor the 60D:

*Better continuous shooting rate at 5.3 frames per second vs 3.7.
*The body is environmentally sealed.
*Shutter speeds go as high as 1/8000 sec vs 1/4000 sec.
*View finder shows 0.95 of the image vs 0.85.
*Battery will last for about 1100 pictures vs 440.

So, I have to admit that there is reason to consider the 60D for these added benefits. What I had to think about (again, my spouse's influence) - are these benefits worth the extra $200 I would have to shell out?

I opted for the Rebel rather than the 60D.

Did I mention that the T3i has some creative options that are brand new to any camera in the Canon Digital SLR line-up?

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