Thursday, February 25, 2010
The Canon EOS Rebel T2i Video Review
The days of long DSLR product cycles vanish with insatiable consumer electronic demand. I thought Apple reigned supreme as the vigilant replacement retail-God, but I am mistaken. The Canon EOS Rebel T2i arrived this afternoon for my immediate evaluation. A year has not even passed since the introduction of its predecessor, the T1i. The T1i will not be missed because of the new features of its replacement.
The T2i is the first Rebel series DSLR with video capabilities of the more expensive 5D mark II,7D and the 1D Mark IV. Full manual exposure of video capture benchmarks this entry level DSLR . No more restraints of full automatic exposure. One has control over the image quality during video capture that could be only seen in the more expensive cameras. There is finally a audio mini jack to plug in various audio devices. The list goes on.
800 dollars gets you the body only but that is less than half the price of the Canon 7D body. ($1699) I did a quick video test with the T2i. As you noticed from the picture above, the T2i has the new BG-E8 battery grip, an Azden shotgun mic rubber mounted on a hotshoe adapter and a Pearstone LMT-100 Hi-Lo XLR audio adapter. This 20 dollar device balances and converts XLR mics to an audio mini jack. The lens is a Canon EF 35mm f1.4 L.
More pictures of the camera in this gallery.
My next post will feature still pictures at various ISO settings and the new features of Digital Photo Professional 3.8