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Canon EOS Rebel T2i SLR Camera Body, 18 Megapixel, Black Finish

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About Canon T2i

The new flagship of the EOS Rebel line, Canon EOS Rebel T2i brings professional EOS features into an easy to use, lightweight digital SLR that's a joy to use. Featuring a class-leading 18.0 Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor and increased light sensitivity for low light photography, the EOS Rebel T2i also has an advanced HD Movie mode for gorgeous Full HD movies.

Able to capture up to 3.7 frames per second, it's ready to go the minute it's picked up. Advanced Live View, a new wide-area screen, plus features like Canon's brilliant Auto Lighting Optimizer and Highlight Tone features ensure brilliant photos and movies, easily. With some of the most advanced features of any digital SLR, it's simply the best Rebel Canon has ever created.

The Canon T2i is commonly used for Family photos, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Macro photography, Sports/action, Travel, Video, Weddings, Wildlife and more.The Canon T2i is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Photo enthusiast, Pro photographer, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Canon T2i is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon T2i: Easy to use, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Fast shutter speed, Good image quality, High ISO performance, Image stabilization, Large clear LCD and Quiet

Canon T2i Features

  • 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor for high image quality and speed.
  • ISO 100-6400 (expandable to 12800) for shooting from bright to dim light.
  • Improved EOS Movie mode with manual exposure control, expanded recording, new Movie Crop recording in 640 x 480 and external microphone IN terminal for access to improved sound quality.
  • Enhanced iFCL 63-zone, Dual-layer metering system; and 9-point AF system utilizing a high-precision, f/2.8 cross-type center point.
  • Wide 3.0-inch (3:2 aspect ratio) Clear View LCD monitor (1.04 million dots) for improved viewing.
  • New Quick Control Screen button for easy access to frequently used settings.
  • Improved layout with dedicated Live View/Movie shooting button.
  • New compatibility with SDXC memory cards, plus new menu status indicator for Eye-Fi support.
  • 3.7 fps continuous shooting up to approximately 34 JPEGs or approximately 6 RAW.
  • Compatible with the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses.

Canon T2i Specifications

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
Image Sensor Type
High-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate CMOS sensor
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
Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit
Dust Delete Data appended to the captured image
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
Large/Fine: Approx. 6.4MB (5184 x 3456 pixels)
Large/Normal: Approx. 3.2MB (5184 x 3456 pixels)
Medium/Fine: Approx. 3.4MB (3456 x 2304 pixels)
Medium/Normal: Approx. 1.7MB (3456 x 2304 pixels)
Small/Fine: Approx. 2.2MB (2592 x 1728 pixels)
Small/Normal: Approx. 1.1MB (2592 x 1728 pixels)
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
Image Processing 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 Info Transmission
ViewFinder Type
Eye-level SLR (with pentamirror)
Vertical/Horizontal approx. 95%
Approx. 0.87x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1 m-1 (dpt))
Approx. 19mm (from eyepiece lens center)
Built-in Dioptric Adjustment
-3.0 to +1.0m-1 (diopter)
Focusing Screen
Fixed, Precision Matte
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
Information AF information: AF points and focus confirmation light
Exposure information: Shutter speed, aperture, ISO speed (always displayed), AE lock, exposure level, spot metering circle, exposure warning
Flash information: Flash ready, flash exposure compensation, high-speed sync, FE lock, red-eye reduction light
Image information: Highlight tone priority (D+), monochrome shooting, maximum burst (1-digit display), white balance correction, SD card information
Depth-of-Field Preview
Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
Autofocus 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
Evaluative metering (linkable to any AF point)
Partial metering (approx. 9% of viewfinder at center)
Spot metering (approx. 4% of viewfinder at center)
Center-weighted average metering
Metering Range
EV 1-20 (at 73°F/23°C with EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Exposure Control
Program AE (shiftable)
Shutter-priority AE
Aperture-priority AE
Depth-of-field AE (A-DEP, non-shiftable)
Full Auto (Program AE, non-shiftable)
Programmed Image Control modes (6 modes)
Manual exposure (including bulb)
E-TTL II autoflash program AE
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)
Auto AE lock
Manual AE lock
Enabled in all metering modes.
Shutter 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
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
Built-In Flash 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)
FE Lock
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.
Shooting Modes
Still photo shooting and video shooting
Autofocus (One-Shot AF): Live mode, Face Detection Live mode, Quick mode; Manual focus (5x or 10x manually)
Grid Display
Provided (Two grid displays)
Exposure Simulation
Silent Shooting
Not provided
File Format
MOV (image data: H.264; audio: Linear PCM (with internal mic: monaural, with external mic: stereo))
Continuous Shooting Time
Approx. 12 m" (1920 x 1080), 18 m" (1280 x 720), 24 m" (640 x 480)
Based on Canon's testing standards using a 4GB card
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).
LCD Type
TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor
Monitor Size
3.0 "
Approx. 1,040,000 dots (VGA)
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)
Erase protect (or cancel) each image individually
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
Version 1.1 compatible
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
Working Temperature Range
Working Humidity Range
85% or less
One Battery Pack LP-E8
AC power can be supplied via AC Adapter Kit ACK-E8
With Battery Grip BG-E8, AA-size batteries can be used
Battery Check
Power Saving
Provided. Power turns off after 30 sec., 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 m"
Date/Time Battery
Built-in secondary battery
Start-up Time
Approx. 0.1 sec.
Dimensions (WxHxD)
Approx. 5.1 x 3.8 x 3.0 "/128.8 x 97.5 x 75.3mm
Approx. 18.7 oz./530g (CIPA standard, includes battery and memory card.)
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Great little camera!

The Canon T2i is my first DSLR, and I'm so happy I started with it. I'm an avid 35mm girl, so "down grading" to a cropped sensor DSLR, wasn't something I wanted to do. However, it came down to workflow, and having digital makes life easier. My only suggestion to those just getting into DSLR photography with no prior experience with a 35mm SLR, would be to by an alternative lens to the Canon kit lens. There are some better built options with faster apertures, for not a lot more. I'd suggest ei...

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The Canon T2i is my first DSLR, and I'm so happy I started with it. I'm an avid 35mm girl, so "down grading" to a cropped sensor DSLR, wasn't something I wanted to do. However, it came down to workflow, and having digital makes life easier. My only suggestion to those just getting into DSLR photography with no prior experience with a 35mm SLR, would be to by an alternative lens to the Canon kit lens. There are some better built options with faster apertures, for not a lot more. I'd suggest either the Sigma 18-50 2.8 or the Tamron 17-50mm 2.8. Adorama has both. If you want to stick with Canon, I'd go with their 35mm 2.0 prime lens for great indoor shots, or their 50mm 1.8 for some lovely portraits. All are reasonably priced.The full HD movie mode, is wonderful, the 18megapixel sensor is fantastic. I also enjoy its small size, because I don't have large hands nor need a fully weather proofed body. I also don't need a ton of FPS, so this is the perfect camera for me.The T2i is almost identical to the newer T3i. Unless you need a cool swivel screen, I'd suggest saving 200$ and buying a better lens. With the same sensor, and same build, you're not getting a whole lot more for your dollar. I wouldn't expect the T2i's to be around much longer after the recent release of the T3i however.I'd also like to give a nod to Adorama, I bought my new gear from them. [...]

Reviewed by 41 customers


Great Stuff


Great camera and in the exact if not better conditon listed on the site.


Great Buy!


I bought this used from Adorama as a backup body & as usual Adorama came through with a used camera at a good price & great condition.


Great DSLR


Perfect starter for HD Video production- on par with more expensive models in the Canon line. I also used this camera in studio photography, and this camera produces some of the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen- excellent resolution!


Best Deal Around for basic DSL


I moved up from a Canon XTi with the Digi-2 processor. Nice camera. But the T2i with Digi-4 has all the speed and 18 MP resolution I need. And it is very reasonably priced. I have two of them now, one with a long lens, the other with my 17-50 Tamron zoom. My pics have been published and I even get paid for shooting now and then. Of course, don't expect a 7D (superfast continuous sport) or 5D (superb quality) with this camera, but for the money this is a great value. Use great lenses and you will very satisfied with image quality.


Canon T2i is a steal for the money


With the introduction of the Canon T4i, the price drops for both the new and slightly used T2i cameras, making them that much better a buy for the would-be photographer. Also, since it supports both the Canon EF and EF-S lenses, it makes an excellent back-up for the serious shooter.


Canon T2i Performa.,Timings,ImageQuality


The T2i powers up quickly and is essentially ready to acquire focus the instant you flip the power switch. Sensor cleaning has been relegated to shutdown instead of startup as the default, which makes more sense. Studio timings produced 0.02 second shutter lag times, and 0.18 seconds for AF acquisition. Shooting in the field, I felt using only the single center point for AF was slightly quicker than allowing the camera to use a number of points in auto AF. The center point is the only cross-type in the nine-point AF system, which may account for the perceived speed advantage.


Great! ...but not perfect


This is my first Canon DSLR. I got it after shooting a Pentax K-x (my first DSLR) for about a year. The autofocus on the Canon is fast and accurate, noticeably a step up from the K-x, and I don't even have a USM lens. The Canon is also noticeably quieter than the Pentax, both shutter noise and autofocus (again, without USM). Menu navigation is not the best on the Canon. Getting to / adjusting some settings seems to take a step or two more than the Pentax. Navigating while viewing images on the Pentax is much easier and more intuitive than on the Canon. And deleting multiple images on the T2i is a smack-down comparatively. Shooting in manual mode on the T2i isn't that slick. It's far easier on the Pentax. I still can't find the flush-mount adjust button on the T2i to dial aperture and have to take my eye from the viewfinder. I had thought that the T2i would be my last camera body purchase for a long time, but this issue alone will eventually drive my to upgrade to a xxD. Those grumblings aside, I love my Canon T2i. Nevermind the great image quality, the snappy autofocus makes this camera a lot of fun.


Excellent Camera


I use this product for real estate photography. Works great indoors with a Speedlite flash.




The t2i is a great body and has all of the features I require.


Excellent photo camera!


Whether you're new to the world of DSLRs, or are a seasoned photographer who wants to try your luck at video, the Canon Rebel T2i is perfect. I've had nothing but great experiences with it so far, and highly recommend to everyone. The camera is very small and light. It is not weather-sealed or as durable as some of the more expensive SLRs, but it doesn't "feel cheap" in my opinion. It features a 3-inch LCD (compared to the Rebel XS's 2.5 inch screen), which also has a very high resolution. It looks lovely! Auto-focus is fast, and I've been very pleased with the quality of the pictures and videos I've taken so far.


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Shopper  What settings apply best for sunset photos....sometimes I have a person in the foreground and want her face to show and some times I just want a simple sunset photo on the ocean. What are the best settings for each?
PRANAY G  shoot in raw and modify curve using lightroom 4.0 later. If the person is within 5-6 feet from camera, you can use fill flash or a slightly larger aperture/shutter speed to capture their face.
Don V  Hi Pranay, Really appreciate your reply. Can you tell me what "raw and modify curve using lightroom 4.0 might be?
Don M  I have a Cannon EOS 400D Will I be able to use the lenses I have for that on the t2i body? Thanks Don
AARON B  The 400D (Rebel xti) uses both EF and EF-S lenses. The t2i uses the same lenses. So yes, you should be able to do so because both cameras have the APS-C sensors.
Don M  Thanks. As a newbee you always want to ask the folks that have done it and know more you do :) - Don
Don M  I have a Cannon EOS 400D Will I be able to use the lenses I have for that on the t2i body? Thanks Don
AARON B  The 400D (Rebel xti) uses both EF and EF-S lenses. The t2i uses the same lenses. So yes, you should be able to do so because both cameras have the APS-C sensors.
Don M  Thanks. As a newbee you always want to ask the folks that have done it and know more you do :) - Don
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