Reviews and Problems with Canon EOS 500D / Rebel T1i/Kiss X3
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Canon Digital Rebel T1i (EOS 500D)
8 July 2015
Conclusion: If you're in the Canon system and want a new body, go for it. There is no better LCD on any other Canon SLR, and weight and handling are the best Canon's ever offered. I still prefer Nikon. I still find my Nikon D40 easier to use and carry, and it costs half as much. The results are about the same.
Excerpt: More digital SLRs these days are adding video recording functionality to their already advanced feature set. The ability to record high-definition video with amazing prime lenses is a videographer’s dream. Today we’re taking a look at the Canon EOS Digital Rebel T1i.
Pros: Great image quality., HD movie capture.
Cons: No microphone input., Cannot adjust settings for exposure or ISO in movie mode.
Summary: The $799 Canon EOS Rebel T1i inhabits an exclusive class of DSLRs that provide strong image quality, fast speeds, and HD video for a reasonable price. Overall, we prefer the Nikon D5000 because of its more intuitive interface and low-light performance, Plus, it costs $170 less.
Conclusion: The new Canon EOS Rebel T1i aka EOS 500D is a relatively small digital SLR camera with 15 megapixels, a nice and large 3 inch LCD (which is as sharp as tacks), 3.4 FPS burst mode and it delivers good image quality.
Pros: Very good image quality with low noise till upper ISO speeds, Very sharp 3 inch high-res LCD with good visibility, Compact design for a digital SLR, Compatible with many accessories (unsurprising for a digital SLR), Decent automatic shooting with scene modes and Creative Auto mode, Full manual co...
Cons: Noisy images at ISO 6400 and 12800; camera’s high-resolution sensor is taxing on lenses, No ‘out of the box’ wireless flash support, Small grip; worse ergonomics than some other SLRs, Crippled movie frame rate (20 FPS) at 1080p resolution, no continuous autofocus, Limited RAW buffer in burst mode...
Summary: 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.
Pros: Good resolution and detailed output (but only very marginally better than 450D), Decent (but not 'best in class') high ISO JPEG performance, Extended ISO speed up to 12800 (not great quality but it's there for emergencies), Good quality HD video (but sound output does not match the image quality)...
Cons: Visibly more noise in RAW files than some of the competition, Slightly less highlight range in JPGs than the competition, Relatively limited RAW headroom, channel clipping means color accuracy can often not be maintained when recovering clipped areas in RAW conversion, Metering has occasional ten...
Excerpt: In both still and video modes, the Canon’s colors are comic-book oversaturated, so it’s a good thing the menus are easy to navigate: A deep settings massage will slap them into shape. No such luck with the moiré problem.
Pros: Creative Auto mode provides intuitive tools for newbies. Though there’s no full autofocus for video, you can refocus manually while shooting. Offers some advanced image controls for video.
Cons: Pronounced orange hue in most photos, especially indoor shots. Reds look weak. Outdoor pics usually come out overexposed. 3-inch LCD doesn’t swivel, so you have to hold the camera in front of your nose while filming.
Summary: I’m very happy with overall photo quality of the Kiss X3 (500D, Rebel T1i). While I can’t explain the weird ISO 100 result in low light, the camera will give you great photos most of the time, there’s no doubt about it.
Excerpt: Canon’s original Digital Rebel 300D lit the fuse that started the sub-$1,000 digital-SLR war. With the “DRebel” now in its fifth iteration, it’s hard to believe just how far this camera has come. The original DRebel sported a dust-sensitive 6.3MP CMOS sensor and a pathetic four-shot JPEG buffer.
Pros: Good low-light performance and HD Video in a sub-$1K body.
Cons: HD video is slightly noisy and audio is mono-only.
Conclusion: For the price I would personally opt for the 50D which is now not much more expensive. The 50D has better build quality and is that big larger, plus it has a better frame rate and better AF. If you are just starting out then you may wish to consider the 450D which can still be purchased.