Canon EOS Rebel T2i Preview
Canon is adding a new Rebel to their lineup of cameras. The Canon EOS Rebel T2i has an 18MP APS-C crop sensor, full HD video capability at 1080p with frame rates of 24p, 25p or 30p, and will become their flagship model in the Rebel series. It’s a hybrid between the Canon EOS 7D and the Rebel T1i, sharing characteristics of both models, with a few new features unique to the Rebel T2i (new 3:2 ratio 3" LCD, with a 1.04 million-dot resolution, new “Movie Crop” mode).
Rebel T2i Key Features
- 18MP CMOS sensor with a 4-channel readout (the 7D has an 8-channel readout)
- ISO 100-6400 (up to 12,800 with boost)
- DIGIC 4 Processor
- 3.7 fps continuous shooting speed (34 high-quality JPEGs, 6 RAW)
- 9-point auto focus system
- metering is 63 zone dual layering
- movie mode: 1080p at 24, 25, and 30 frames per second (fps), 720p at 50 and 60 fps
- manual exposure (like the 7D)
- external stereo mic input
- new movie crop mode
- new 3" LCD with 3:2 aspect ratio and 1.04 million dot resolution
- Quick control button
- SD/SDHC/SDXC cards (adding compatibility with SDXC cards)
- size/weight: 5.1×3.1×3.0 inches (close to the T1i) weight 18.7 oz
- number of shots with battery: 550 shots with battery
The Rebel T2i gets a boost in megapixels—18MP, same as the 7D (compared to 15MP on the T1i). The new hi-rez resolution on the 3" LCD screen outshines the 920,000 dot resolution on the 7D and the T1i, and the new CMOS sensor is designed specifically for the Rebel T2i.
The continuous shooting speed is increased to 3.7 fps (the T1i is 3.4 fps), but lags behind the 7D, which shoots 8 fps. The buffer can now hold up to about 34 large/fine JPEGs (or 6 RAW images). The T2i has a 9-point AF system with a center cross sensor (high precision when used with lenses f/2.8 or faster) (same as the T1i, the 7D has a 19-zone AF system).
As stated above, the T2i gets the same video performance as the EOS 7D: full HD 1080p video resolution at 24, 25 or 30 frames per second (fps), or 720p at 50 or 60 fps. This certainly is a step up from the T1i with its 1080p HD video at only 20 fps. Also similar to the 7D is the in-camera movie editing feature: you can clip or cut some of the movie and resave to a new file in camera. A new feature unique to the T2i is the “Movie Crop” mode. This mode uses the middle part of the sensor to magnify by 7×. This mode only works in Standard Definition.
The Rebel T2i is like a baby brother to the EOS 7D, sharing many characteristics, and with features more advanced than the T1i. Overall, the Rebel T2i looks like a strong contender in the crop-sensor DSLR market. In the Rebel line, the XSi will be discontinued, the XS is positioned as the entry-level model, the T1i is the mid-level model, and the T2i will become their flagship Rebel DSLR.
Pricing and Availability
The price point ($799 for the body only) is about $1000 less than the EOS 7D, and the same as the initial release price of the T1i, $899 for the kit (with the 18-55 IS lens), and will be available in early March.
A few accessories will also be available for the Rebel T2i.
- new battery grip, the BGE-8
- new battery LP-E8 (no news from Canon as to why they’re releasing a new battery)
- new remote control RC6
Original text ©2010 Hannah Thiem.