500D over-rated images? SX1 Better?

Started Jun 1, 2009 | Discussions thread
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Re: 500D over-rated images? SX1 Better? No to both.
In reply to sam james, Jun 1, 2009

sam james wrote:

Hi there,
I was very excited to hear that the 500D was coming out and had 1080P
HD shooting.
However I have trawled the internet looking at every sample of the
500D I can find, and every time they pop up I feel disappointed by
its 1.) Softness 2.) Lack of depth and 3.) Lack of Richness in the
images. Even with L lenses... When I compare the 500D samples to say
the Powershot SX1 samples, the SX1 always seems to beat the 500D to
my eye. To put it in one word, the 500D images look 'thin'. Is
anyone else finding this? Having huge trouble making a decision here!
Thanks,
Sam

Not even remotely. I have had the fortunate experience of being able to shoot with one over the past few weekends. I've done some head to head testing against the Nikon D5000 as well as my D40 (to which I am very, very biased towards). Needless to say, I am amazed at the images that I'm seeing. Exposures are very nice (needing only a slight EV shift to -0.3 to -0.7 like my D40 does). Colors are very good; I dedided +1 on the Saturation looked good for most of the things I was shooting.

I don't see any sign of noise at base to mid ISOs and the 500D/T1i's high ISOs, 800-3200 looked better than those on from either the D5000 or my D40. Kudos to Canon. I've also recently shot with the SX10 IS and the SX1, neither of those camera impressed me really. Yeah the zoom is nifty, and the camera is nice and small. But the images, especially when shooting people, just don't match a good SLR with decent glass on it.

Lenses I've used with the T1i:
18-55mm (sharp, but too much CAs)
24-70mm f/2.8L
28-135mm IS
17-40mm f/4L (Love this lens)
55-250mm IS
70-300mm IS
70-200mm f/2.8L IS
50/1.8 (a little soft at 1.8)
Sigma 18-200 OS

Bottom line: Trying one out for yourself, is really the best way to go. It has impressed this Nikon shooter enough, that I'm now saving up to get it (and some good glass).

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