Canon has announced its new top-of-the-line entry-level digital SLR camera, the Canon EOS 600D. It has a whopping 18-megapixel CMOS sensor and uses Canon's DIG!C 4 image processor.

The Canon EOS 600D sits between the EOS 550D and the EOS 60D in Canon's SLR line-up and it sports a slew of new easy-to-use features. Key among these is a new Scene Intelligent Auto mode, which allows the camera to select the best scene for the shot automatically, and also a variable-angle, 3in LCD screen, which is something Canon's entry-level range was previously lacking.

The new camera will have five creative filters, including a fish-eye effect. It will also feature Video Snapshot, which can be used to record short burst of video that can then be joined together and put to music.

Two new standard, lightweight, image stabilised zoom lenses have also been released: the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II and the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 III. New compact Speedlite flashes will also be available for the entry-level camera: the Speedlite 320EX and the 270EXII. Both of the new flashes enable easier wireless shooting and the 320EX also has a built-in LED that can be used when shooting movies.

Pricing for the EOS 600D has not been set yet, but it will be available from March 2011 in various kits and also as a body only. The Speedlite 270EXII will be available from March 2011, and the Speedlite 320EX will be available from April.

Available kits:

Single IS Kit (with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II)

Twin IS kit (with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II and EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS)

Super Kit (with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS)

Premium Kit (with EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS)