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×|
|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 excel in any particular area, but 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.