Canon EOS 500D (Digital Rebel T1i / Kiss X3 Digital) Review
Canon EOS 500D (Digital Rebel T1i) specifications
|List price (US)||
Body only: $799
|List price (EU)||
Body only: €799
|List price (UK)||
Body only: £869.99
|International naming *|| US: Canon Rebel Digital T1i
Japan: Canon EOS Kiss Digital X3
Elsewhere: Canon EOS 500D
|Body material||Plastic (Stainless Steel chassis)|
|Sensor *|| 15.1 million effective pixels
15.5 million total pixels
22.3 x 14.9 mm CMOS sensor
RGB Color Filter Array
Built-in low-pass filter with self cleaning unit
3:2 aspect ratio
|Dust reduction|| Low-pass filter vibration at power-on (can be interrupted)
Anti-static coating on sensor surfaces
Software based dust-removal (camera maps dust, removed later)
|Image sizes *||• 4752 x 3168
• 3456 x 2304
• 2353 x 1568
|Still image formats|| RAW (.CR2 14-bit *)
RAW (.CR2 14-bit *) + JPEG Large/Fine
JPEG (EXIF 2.21) - Fine, Normal
|Movie recording *||• 1920 x 1080 (1080P, 16:9) @ 20 fps
• 1280 x 720 (720P, 16:9) @ 30 fps
• 640 x 480 (4:3) @ 30 fps
• Quicktime MOV format (H.264 video,linear PCM audio)
• Up to 29 min 59 sec (or max file size 4 GB)
|Image processor *||DIGIC 4|
|Lenses|| Canon EF / EF-S lens mount
1.6x field of view crop
|Focus modes|| Auto Focus
Manual Focus (switch on lens)
9-point CMOS sensor
|AF modes|| AI Focus
|AF point selection|| Auto
|AF assist||Flash strobe|
|Shooting modes|| Auto
Program AE (P)
Shutter priority AE (Tv)
Aperture priority AE (Av)
|Metering|| TTL 35-zone SPC
Metering range: EV 1.0 - 20 EV (at 23°C, ISO 100, 50 mm F1.4)
|Metering modes|| Evaluative 35-zone (linked to AF points)
Partial 9% at center
Spot 4% at center
|AE Lock||AE lock button|
|AE Bracketing|| +/- 2.0 EV
0.5 or 0.3 EV increments
+/- 2.0 EV
Auto (100 - 1600 *)
|Shutter|| Focal-plane shutter
30 - 1/4000 sec (0.5 or 0.3 EV steps)
Flash X-Sync: 1/200 sec
|Aperture values|| F1.0 - F91 (0.3 EV steps)
Actual aperture range depends on lens used
|White balance|| Auto
|WB Bracketing|| +/-3 levels
Selectable Blue/Amber or Magenta/Green bias
|WB fine-tuning|| Blue (-9) to Amber (+9)
Magenta (-9) to Green (+9)
|Color space|| sRGB
|Picture style|| Standard
|Custom image parameters|| Sharpness: 0 to 7
Contrast: -4 to +4
Saturation: -4 to +4
Color tone: -4 to +4
B&W filter: N, Ye, Or, R, G
B&W tone: N, S, B, P, G
|Image processing||• Highlight Tone Priority
• Auto Lighting Optimizer (Basic and Creative modes) *
• Long exposure noise reduction
• High ISO speed noise reduction *
• Peripheral illumination correction *
|Drive modes|| Single
Continuous: 3.4 fps up to 170 JPEG / 9 RAW frames *
Self-timer 10 secs (2 sec with mirror lock-up)
|Mirror lockup||Yes (custom function)|
95% frame coverage
Magnification: 0.87x (-1 diopter with 50 mm lens at infinity)
Eyepoint: 19 mm
Dioptric adjustment: -3.0 to +1.0 diopter
Fixed precision matte
Proximity sensor disables LCD shooting mode information
|Viewfinder info|| AF information (AF points focus confirmation light)
• Aperture value
ISO speed (always displayed)
Spot metering circle
• Flash ready
• High-speed sync
• FE lock
• Flash exposure compensation
• Red-eye reduction light
• White balance correction
• SD card information
• Monochrome shooting
• Maximum burst
• Highlight tone priority *
|DOF preview||Yes, button|
|LCD monitor *|| 3.0" TFT LCD
Wide viewing angle (170° horizontal and vertical)
Dual anti-reflection, anti-smudge
7 brightness levels
Up to 10x zoom playback
|LCD Live view||
Live TTL display of scene from CMOS image sensor
|Record review|| Uses last play mode
2 / 4 / 8 sec / Hold
|Flash|| Auto pop-up E-TTL II auto flash
Guide number approx 13
Modes: Auto, Manual Flash On/ Off, Red-Eye Reduction
X-Sync: 1/200 sec
Flash exposure compensation: +/-2.0 EV (0.3 or 0.5 EV steps)
Coverage up to 17 mm focal length (27 mm FOV equiv.)
|External flash|| E-TTL II auto flash with EX-series
|Other features|| Orientation sensor
Automatically writes FAT16/FAT32 depending on capacity
|Auto rotation|| On (playback uses orientation
data in file header)
|Playback mode|| Single image
Single image with info (histogram brightness / RGB )
Magnified view (1.5 - 10x in 15 steps, browsable)
4 and 9 image index
Jump (by 10, 100 or date)
|Custom functions *||13 custom functions with 39 settings|
|Menu languages *||
USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed)
Mono microphone on front
|Storage|| SD / SDHC card|
|Power|| Lithium-Ion LP-E5 rechargeable
battery (7.4 V, 1050 mAh)
Optional ACK-E5 AC adapter kit / car battery charger CBC-E5
|Battery Grip||Yes, BG-E5|
|Direct printing|| Canon Selphy Printers
Canon Bubble Jet Printers with direct print function
Canon PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge
|Dimensions||129 x 98 x 62 mm (5.1 x 3.9 x 2.4 in)|
|Weight (no battery) *||480 g (1.1 lb)|
Zoom Browser EX / ImageBrowser
* New or changed compared to the EOS 450D / Digital Rebel XSi
- 16 Photographic tests (Noise)
- 17 Photographic tests (DR)
- 18 Photographic tests
- 19 Movie Mode
- 20 Compared to
- 21 Compared to (JPEG)
- 22 Compared to (JPEG)
- 23 Compared to (JPEG)
- 24 Compared to (RAW)
- 25 Compared to (RAW)
- 26 Compared to (Higher ISO)
- 27 Compared to (Resolution)
- 28 Compared to (Resolution)
- 29 Conclusion
- 30 Samples
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