Canon EOS 500D (EOS Rebel T1i / EOS Kiss X3)
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.
|Body type||Compact SLR|
|Max resolution||4752 x 3168|
|Effective pixels||15 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (6400-12800 with boost)|
|Lens mount||Canon EF/EF-S|
|Focal length mult.||1.6×|
|Min shutter speed||30 sec|
|Max shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|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″)|
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.