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 really excel in any particular area, but it 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.
Summary: The 500D is a very capable camera that is ideal for someone entering the world of digital SLRs. The inclusion of high-definition video adds even more appeal to the already good-looking package.
Pros: Nice and responsive to use, Superb LCD screen, Great photos, Kit lenses are mostly decent
Cons: Viewfinder is small, Video quality is not that impressive, Autofocus in movie mode is loud
Excerpt: Canon's EOS 500D slots in between the EOS 450D and the EOS 40D in the company's digital SLR line-up. It's by no means an entry-level digital SLR, but it's a pretty good option for anyone looking to make the leap from an advanced compact camera to a digital SLR that can also shoot video.
Pros: Excellent low-light performance (up to ISO 3200); can shoot video at 720p; produces soft and natural-looking colour tones .
Cons: ISO button in an uncomfortable position; Live View mode is not intuitive; LCD screen does not pop out; no external microphone jack.