Reviews and Problems with Canon EOS 500D / Rebel T1i/Kiss X3
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Canon EOS Rebel T1i
30 January 2011
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.
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.
Pros: Accurate colors, Solid image quality, Generally fast performance, Long battery life,
Cons: Poor sound in movie recording, Stumbles in harshly backlit situations,
Conclusion: It's not cheap, but if you’re looking for an entry point to serious photography, the Canon Eos 500D is well worth the outlay.
Pros: Behind the bells and whistles the Canon 500D remains a consumer-level SLR. It’s compatible with Canon’s EF and EF-S lenses and EX-series Speedlite flash guns. Not that you’ll need the latter for most shots: the 500D packs an eye-popping maximum ISO of 12800. Results in low light are spectacular (although increased graininess is to be expected), and means the 500D is more flexible in dim situations. A super-sharp screen on the rear, meanwhile, shows pictures in VGA qua...
Cons: If you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful snapper, you should look elsewhere. Starting at £650 with an 18-55mm lens, the Canon 500D is far from cheap, and to get the most out of it you’ll want to use different lenses, filters, flash guns and a tripod. That’ll all add up.
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, ...
Conclusion: Canon EOS 500D digital SLR camera It should not come as a surprise; the Canon EOS 500D will certainly offer you a positive shooting experience. The Canon 500D is backed up by a wealth of experience, thanks to the many generations that came before it, at which various innovative image solutions have passed by.
Excerpt: The EOS 500D is the latest addition to Canon’s entry-level SLR lineup and sits on top of the 450D but below the mid-range 50D SLR. The camera is also designed to compete against Nikon’s D5000.
Excerpt: (1 items) Canon has a fairly simple system for naming its various digital single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras. There are cameras that are named with a single-digit number, like the 1DS and 5D (the EOS 5D Mark II [ ], to be precise); these represent the upper end of the product line. Then there are the cameras named with a two-digit number, such as the 50D; these cameras fill the mid-range of Canon’s SLR line.
Pros: Full feature set, Excellent image quality, Great high-ISO performance, Very good design
Cons: No external mic jack or manual exposure controls when shooting video
Conclusion: The Canon EOS Rebel T1i is a solid mid-range DSLR with the added spice of HD video recording. We have no squawks on the camera section, other than noise becoming readily apparent beyond ISO 800. It’s responsive, and you’ll be more than happy with the prints, whether you making 4x6s or 13x19s. The HD videos are a mixed bag, with decent full HD results, but nothing you’d compare with a top-flight camcorder such as the Canon HF S10 or Sony XR500V.
Pros: High-quality 15.1MP stills; takes full HD videos; excellent 3-inch LCD; low noise up to ISO 800; Live View mode works well
Cons: Shooting in-focus videos takes work; boring design; only shoots 20 fps at full HD; not as rugged as more expensive DSLRs