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 â€œkeeping things smallâ€� and forgot about ergonomics â€“ the Rebel T1iâ€™s grip is too narrow and cramped for most people; this, of course, is subjective but donâ€™t say I didnâ€™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 â€œMy Menuâ€� and center SET button, Good battery life; can be prolonged by using optional battery...
Cons: Noisy images at ISO 6400 and 12800; cameraâ€™s high-resolution sensor is taxing on lenses, No â€˜out of the boxâ€™ 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, â€�Shake off the dustâ€� method not effective
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,
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
Excerpt: Time for your head to start spinning: In September 2008, Nikon introduced the $999 12.3MP D90 , the first DSLR with HD video recording. Canon quickly followed with the $2,699 21.1MP EOS 5D Mark II , which captured 1080p video instead of the 720p of arch rival Nikon. But close to $3,000 is pretty steep for a camera in the midst of a recession, so the 5D didn’t dampen the appeal of the D90.
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