Reviews and Problems with Canon EOS 500D / Rebel T1i/Kiss X3
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Canon Digital Rebel T1i SLR Review
3 March 2010
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. Nevertheless, the T1i is a very strong contender.
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. Perhaps someone got too focused on “keeping things small” and forgot about ergonomics – the Rebel T1i’s grip is too narrow and cramped for most people; this, of course, is subjective but don’t say I didn’t warn you.
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 controls; flash hotshoe, RAW image mode and white balance tuning, Customizable “My Menu” and center SET button, Good battery life; can be prolonged by using optional battery gri...
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, Slow autofocus in live view mode, ”Shake off the dust” method not effective
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), Currently the cheapest 1080P video capable DSLR (albeit only at 20fps), Overall snappy and responsive performance, Very clear, high resolution 3.0 inch screen with anti-refl...
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 tendencies to overexpose in very bright, contrasty conditions, Unreliable auto white balance and presets under artificial light, Still slightly plasticy appearance and surfaces, ...
Summary: The Canon Rebel T1i is an excellent choice for a mid-range digital SLR. With its picture settings and the auto settings, the Rebel is suitable for a first-time SLR user. Given an adequate time investment, a beginner could use this camera on his first day and gradually add to his knowledge while learning the cameras ins-and-outs. However, the sheer number of functions, menu options, and buttons may be intimidating to some new users.
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. The video mode on the Kiss is like on the Nikon 5000D, a real deception and I would have prefered both Nikon and Canon to give me a GPS module rather than a weak video mode.
Conclusion: The Canon EOS Rebel T1i helps redefine the D-SLR landscape by offering prosumer features, performance, and image quality for less than $1,000.
Pros: Excellent value. Stellar image quality. Fast performance. HD (720p30) video capture. Big, 3-inch high-res (VGA) screen. HDMI-out.
Cons: Cannot continuously focus during video recording (user must hold down a button to refocus if subjects change their distance from the camera). Autofocus mechanism is audible in video recordings. Full HD 1080 video capture looks sluggish due to its low frame rate. No microphone input.
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. The new EOS Rebel T1i 500D ups the megapixels to 15.1 and features a massive 170-shot JPEG buffer at 3.4fps.
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.