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Canon 500D digital SLR camera reviews
- — 20 May, 2009 17:00
Canon's EOS 500D is a nice step up from the 400D. It is worth considering this digital SLR if you want the ability to capture high quality video with a still camera.
"Canon's EOS 500D is a nice step up from the 400D. It is worth considering this digital SLR if you want the ability to capture high quality video with a still camera."
"The 500D is a very capable camera that is ideal for someone who is just entering the world of digital SLRs. The inclusion of high-definition video adds even more appeal to the already good-looking package. It's a pretty crowded market segment, with the Nikon D5000 and the Olympus E-620 also in the "not quite entry level"' dSLR space, but the 500D is a pretty strong contender and on specs alone is very appealing."
"Canon EOS 500D/Rebel T1i is a 15.1 megapixel Digital SLR camera features CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 Image Processor, ISO 100-3200 (expandable to 12800), 14-bit A/D conversion, 9-point wide area AF with cross type centre point, 3.4fps with up to 170 JPEG burst , auto Lighting Optimizer, Full HD (1080p) movies with HDMI output, Live View Function for stills (Quick, Live and Face Detection AF modes) and video, EOS Integrated Cleaning System, and a 3.0-inch Clear View LCD with anti-reflective and scratch-resistant coating. The camera measures 5.1 x 3.8 x 2.4 in./128.8 x 97.5 x 61.9mm and weighs approx. 16.9oz./480g (body only)."
"Essentially what we have here is a scaled-back 50D with 15.1 megapixels, new Digic 4 image processor and the ability to record full-HD 1080p video (the only other Canon SLR that offers this is the pro-level 5D Mark II)."
"Offering image quality and a robust feature set typically found in pricier prosumer-level D-SLRs, the Canon EOS Rebel T1i is a definite game-changer."
"The problem companies like Canon face is offering DSLRs with Full HD video, which at the same time, don’t harm its sales of camcorder products or more expensive DSLR offerings like the EOS 5D Mark II, which has Full HD at 30fps. It’s a hard balance to get right and, in its attempts to achieve it, it appears that Canon has compromised the video performance a little too much on the EOD 500D."
"Build quality has been matched to the 500D's market position, which is a step above entry level. Despite looking a little plasticky, the new model's body feels solid, thanks to a stainless steel core beneath the polycarbonate resin casing, which has glass fibre reinforcement for additional strength."