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

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

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.

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Highly Recommended
74%
dpreview score
Good for

Decent results in virtually any situation, movies

Not so good for

Extreme low light photography, HDR, big hands.

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