Canon EOS 500D (EOS Rebel T1i / EOS Kiss X3)

Announced Mar 25, 2009 •
15 megapixels | 3 screen | APS-C sensor
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Announced Mar 25, 2009

Latest in Canon's hugely successful entry-level digital SLR range is a significant upgrade to the EOS 450D (Rebel XSi) and is obviously designed to take on Nikon's D90. Featuring a 15.1 MP CMOS sensor with 1080p HD video recording at 20fps, it also sports a 3.0 inch LCD with 920,000 dot resolution and an ISO sensitivity range expandable up to 12800 equivalent. It includes a faster Digic 4 processor offering better noise reduction at higher ISO's and continuous shooting speeds of up to 3.4 fps delivering 170 large JPEG images in a single burst.

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News story, Mar 25, 2009
Quick specs
Body type Compact SLR
Max resolution 4752 x 3168
Effective pixels 15 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (6400-12800 with boost)
Lens mount Canon EF/EF-S
Focal length mult. 1.6×
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 920,000
Min shutter speed 30 sec
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Format H.264
Storage types SD/SDHC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 520 g (1.15 lb / 18.34 oz)
Dimensions 129 x 98 x 62 mm (5.08 x 3.86 x 2.44)
GPS None

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Our review

Canon's popular consumer model takes another step away from the 'entry-level' with an impressive spec sheet and consistently good performance across the board. It may struggle to really excel in any particular area, but it taken as a whole it's one of the strongest contenders in this category.

Good for: Decent results in virtually any situation, movies

Not so good for: Extreme low light photography, HDR, big hands.

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Highly Recommended
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