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Here you can see a generated GretagMacbeth ColorChecker chart, place your mouse over any of the labels below it to see the color reproduction in that mode. Select a camera/setting combination from the 'Compared to' drop-down to comparative boxes inside each patch.
Once again Canon's 500D delivers color that is, to all intents and purposes, identical to every other SLR in its current range across the various Picture Styles, which is useful for anyone moving from one model to another. As we've seen in other reviews the standard hues are also very similar to most other SLRs in this class, with minor saturation and brightness differences but essentially the same color response.
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Every time an new Canon DSLR is announced we can pretty much predict that it won't do white balance in artificial light. Auto white balance and the manual settings all produce pretty strong color cast indoors under artificial light sources. Therefore, if you want your whites to be white, you will almost definitely need to use custom white balance or the Kelvin temperature option.
|Incandescent - Auto WB
Red: 11.5%, Blue: -15.2%, Poor
|Incandescent - Incandescent preset WB
Red: 7.8%, Blue: -11.8%, Average
|Fluorescent - Auto WB
Red: 8.2%, Blue: -11.9%, Poor
|Fluorescent - Fluorescent preset WB
Red: 6.2%, Blue: -7.8%, Average
The EOS 500D's built-in flash does a very decent job. Color and exposure are excellent, and in the fully automatic modes ambient light and flash exposures are usually perfectly balanced (auto fill flash works well too).
The 'Highlight tone priority' (HTP) function first found its way onto Canon's entry-level model with the 450D and on the 500D works in exactly the same way as on its predecessor. Activated by C.Fn II-5, it (according to the 500D user manual) "Improves the highlight detail. The dynamic range is expanded from the standard 18% gray to bright highlights. The gradation between the grays and highlights becomes smoother." It goes on to warn "noise in the shadow areas may be slightly more than usual." With HTP turned on the minimum ISO setting increases to 200. We've looked at this feature in previous reviews and in the dynamic range section of this review, but the example below give an impression of what it does on the 500D.
We've used ACR's highlight clipping warning to show how HTP can hang on to a little of the detail in clipped areas. The function doesn't do any miracles but you can see that it recovered some detail in the roof of Tower Bridge, our favorite gallery subject. It has also pulled back some blue in the sky (although ACR still shows the entire sky as clipped).
Ultimately in situations such as those shown below it's worth turning HTP on, but it's fair to say that the difference it makes in most shots isn't huge. Although it can save a shot that's been inadvertently over exposed you're far better off shooting raw.
|Highlight tone priority OFF||Highlight tone priority ON|
|ISO 200, 1/320 sec, F6.3 (+0.33 EV AE-C)||ISO 200, 1/320 sec, F6.3 (+0.33 EV AE-C)|
|100% crop||100% crop|
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The EOS 500D follows a long line of cameras whose image quality was consistently up with the best in class, and while you won't find any nasty surprises in its image output, it becomes clear that improvements in image quality between camera generations are becoming smaller and smaller. The jump from 12.2 megapixels on the EOS 450D to 15.1 megapixels on the 500D only constitutes an increase in resolution of approximately 11 percent in each dimension and at base ISO you'll struggle to find more detail in the 500D images.
There is no significant improvement to be found at higher sensitivities either and at ISO 1600 the output of both camera generations shows (and measures) comparable amounts of noise and detail. When shooting in RAW the 500D actually shows visibly more noise at higher ISOs than its predecessor which leads to the conclusion that while the sensor's noise characteristics appear to have deteriorated the Canon JPEG processing must have been improved quite significantly in order to keep JPEG noise at similar levels as before.
The difference in detail between an out-of-camera JPEG at base ISO and a carefully sharpened RAW conversion is comparatively small as well. Again this indicates that the 500D's JPEG engine is doing a fairly decent job at getting the most out of the captured RAW data.
Having said all that, one big difference between the two cameras obviously is that you can still keep shooting in near darkness with the 500D's ISO 12800 setting while the 450D gives up at ISO 1600. The output is perfectly usable at screen size (although it gets quite soft) up to ISO 3200. The two highest settings produce a very intrusive type of color noise and should be firmly reserved for small prints or on-screen use only.
Leaving all the pixel-level comparisons to the predecessor aside, at its default settings the 500D produces clean and detailed output with natural colors. The anti-aliasing filter appears to be comparatively light for a Canon, resulting in better pixel-level sharpness than we saw on the EOS 50D, which produces the same image size as the 500D. To make the most of all the pixels on the sensor you need to invest in good lenses though. At least towards the edges of the frame the kit-lenses struggle to resolve all the detail the sensor can capture, even when stopped down.
Metering is generally reliable but, like the 450D, in bright conditions the EOS 500D has a tendency to overexpose resulting in clipping of highlights. And although the JPEG dynamic range in the highlights is slightly smaller than on the predecessor there's enough headroom in raw files to pull back highlight detail in most of those shots. It's therefore recommendable, especially in bright and contrasty conditions, to always shoot JPEG + RAW. Otherwise you'd better check your exposures carefully and apply some negative exposure compensation where necessary.
All in all the 500D delivers good image quality in most situations but it's not really better than its predecessor. So, if you are a 450D user, purely from an image quality point of view there is no need for an upgrade, but obviously the 500D comes with a number of new features such as HD video and an expanded ISO range (just in case you are looking for reasons to justify the purchase of a new toy).
When the Fujifilm X-T2 arrived, it was more than just a modest upgrade to the already impressive X-T1. While the new X-T3 hasn't changed the overall design of the camera, this model is way more than an upgrade; rather, it's a quantum leap.
The Movie Maker is a compact, motorized slider designed for phones, action cams and small mirrorless cameras. We think it's a fun little kit and a good value proposition for the cost, provided you can work around a few of its weak points.
Nikon's Z7 is the first camera to use the all-new Z-mount, the company's first new full-frame mount since 1959. We've put together our first impressions based on quality shooting time with a pre-production camera - check out what we've found.
What's the best camera for a parent? The best cameras for shooting kids and family must have fast autofocus, good low-light image quality and great video. In this buying guide we've rounded-up several great cameras for parents, and recommended the best.
What's the best camera for shooting landscapes? High resolution, weather-sealed bodies and wide dynamic range are all important. In this buying guide we've rounded-up several great cameras for shooting landscapes, and recommended the best.
What’s the best camera costing over $2000? The best high-end camera costing more than $2000 should have plenty of resolution, exceptional build quality, good 4K video capture and top-notch autofocus for advanced and professional users. In this buying guide we’ve rounded up all the current interchangeable lens cameras costing over $2000 and recommended the best.
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Leica is clearly in the mood for partnerships: A day after the company announced it was teaming up with Panasonic and Sigma on the L mount, Zenit took the wraps off the 'M', a Zenit-designed, Leica manufactured rangefinder. Click through to learn more.
Tamron's 2nd-generation full-frame wide-angle zoom features new coatings, faster AF speeds and improved vibration control. We got some hands on time with it, here's what we thought.
Much of the Fujifilm GFX 50R is very familiar, but its smaller size and redesigned controls serve to make the 50R handle very differently from its elder sibling. Here's a detailed look at what's different – and what isn't.
Sigma took the wraps off five new lenses at Photokina this year, and we were there to see (and handle) them for ourselves. Click through for more information, and some early first impressions.
Ricoh has announced the development of a third model in its popular GR lineup: The forthcoming GR III will feature an updated sensor and redesigned lens. We're at Photokina, where we took a quick look earlier at an early sample, behind glass.
It's been a busy old day for news: it's not often you get promised three full-frame cameras by different brands and still have a debate about whether they're the most interesting announcements. To make sure you've not missed anything, we've condensed the day's news down into an easy-to-swallow, er, digest.
At Sony's press conference at Photokina the company announced that 12 more E-mount lenses will be arriving over the next two years. In addition, the company is working to utilize artificial intelligence in its technologies, with one application being Eye AF trained to detect animal eyes.
Sigma has said it will create a full-frame Foveon camera and will adopt the Leica L mount for its system. It will be able to adapt or convert SA mount lenses to the L mount, for existing users.
Hasselblad is expanding their X System with their announcement of three new lenses: the XCD 80mm F1.9, XCD 65mm F2.8 and XCD 135mm F2.8, along with a teleconverter. The 80mm F1.9 is the fastest in the system. Get all the details and check out Hasselblad's official sample images here.
Sigma has announced give new lenses at Photokina, including a 'Sport' series 70-200mm F2.8 and a 56mm F1.4 for Micro Four Thirds and Sony E mounts.
Sigma has announced the 28mm F1.4 Art, 40mm F1.4 Art, 70-200mm F2.8 Sport and 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 Sport lenses for several full frame lens mounts, including Canon, Nikon and, in the first two instances, Sony E.
ON1 has announced the impending launch of ON1 Photo RAW 2019. The new version, due out in November, brings a handful of new tools and features in a revamped interface.
Fujifilm has said it is developing a 100MP GFX medium format camera that will include both phase detection autofocus and in-body image stabilization. The 4K-capable camera will sell for around $10,000.
Leica has announced the S3 medium-format camera – an S2 successor with a 64MP sensor capable of 4K video.
The GFX 50R is a 50MP rangefinder-style mirrorless camera. It borrows heavily from the existing 50S model but in a smaller body and at a lower price. How does it differ?
Fujifilm has announced its GFX 50R, a rangefinder-styled version of the company's GFX 50S medium-format camera. The 'guts' of the two cameras are the same, with the difference being the design, weight and Bluetooth, all at a considerably lower price.
In this episode of DPReview TV, we get our hands on Fujifilm's GFX 50R which hides a medium-format sensor in a new, more compact body. Watch to get Chris and Jordan's first impressions on image quality, video and more.
Fujifilm is adding a trio of new medium-format lenses to its G-mount roadmap. GFX owners will soon be able to get their hands on 100-200mm F5.6, 45-100mm F4 and compact 50mm F3.5 lenses. Pricing and availability have not been announced.
Micro Four Thirds users will soon get a super fast, constant aperture wide angle zoom.
Panasonic has announced it is developing two full frame mirrorless cameras: the 47MP S1R and the 24MP S1. We've been shown fairly advanced-looking but non-functional prototype cameras, and have been able to squeeze a few details from Panasonic.
Panasonic is developing a pair of full-frame mirrorless cameras that use Leica's L-mount. The S1R will feature a 47MP sensor, while the S1 will be 24MP. Both cameras will support Dual IS shake reduction 4K/60p video capture and will have XQD and SD card slots.
Leica, Panasonic and Sigma are teaming up. Expect L-mount cameras from Panasonic as well as L-mount glass from Sigma.
Ricoh has announced the development of the GR III enthusiast compact, due to ship in early 2019. The camera gains sensor-shift image stabilization and an updated 24MP sensor with phase-detection. The 28mm equivalent F2.8 lens has also been redesigned and a touchscreen added.
The 'I'm Back' is now available for a range of old film-SLRs, such as Nikon's F-Series, the Olympus OM10 or the Canon AE-1.
IRIX has announced its latest lens, the 150mm F2.8 Macro 1:1. IRIX claims the lens features 'close to zero' distortion and stands out with its 150mm telephoto focal length.
The RF 24-105mm F4L IS USM is one of four lenses to launch with Canon's new full-frame mirrorless system, and it boasts the longest reach of the range. Take a look at some of the samples we've gathered thus far as our EOS R testing continues.
Nikon's Sendai factory in the Tōhoku region North of Japan has been churning out cameras and lenses since 1971. We had the opportunity recently to visit Sendai during events to mark the launch of Nikon's new Z mount.
There's no mistaking the Nikon Coolpix P1000 – with a 24-3000mm equivalent zoom, it really is in a class of its own. It's a conspicuous-looking superzoom with one main job: getting you really close to far away subjects. We've put together a gallery showing the kind of results you can expect from it.
A new report from The Verge claims Instagram is currently testing a feature that allows users to re-share posts to their own account feeds.
GoPro has announced its HERO7 camera lineup. The updated action cameras feature new HyperSmooth and TimeWarp modes, as well as improved video and photo specs.