The T2i appeared on the market shortly after the T1i, but appears to be an addition to the Rebel line that fleshes out the resolution range rather than a replacement. No matter its intention, the T2i is a capable performer and pleasant shooting companion. Shutter lag is what you expect from a DSLR, and AF speed is good as well.
The kit lens is a decent performer and the option always exists to match the T2i with some of Canon’s premium “L” series lenses to maximize image potential. Both ISO sensitivity and HD video quality are good. There are more than enough available settings to satisfy manual shooters, and a basic serving of auto and scene modes to help folks either transition into a DSLR or just go about their photo adventures with the camera handling the lion’s share of the duties.
Battery life is the lowest of this class and the camera output files are at 72 dpi (and a whopping 6 feet by 4 feet at that resolution). Many people carry extra batteries but having to work on every shot to send it by email (at a manageable size) or print can get old. Fortunately, these are the main gripes with the T2i, and overall, are fairly minor nits to pick.
- Good still image quality
- Good video image quality
- Good ISO performance
- Good AF and shutter lag times
- Battery life lowest of similar models
- 72 dpi output