Canon EOS 500D (Rebel T1i) - Review / Test Report
DSLR Reviews - DSLRs

by Sebastian Milczanowski


According to Canon "every side of your story comes alive" with the new EOS 500D (Rebel T1i in North America) and this refers to the "stunning" 15.1 Mega-pixel CMOS sensor as well as the "pin-sharp" Full HD movie recording.

The fifth version of Canon’s most favourite consumer DSLR shows only a few changes compared to its predecessor model (EOS 450D). The primary new feature is certainly the new Full High Definition movie mode - this is the new "in" feature although a debatable one with respect to the manual zooming and stepped aperture control. The compact and light-weight body features a big 15.1 MP CMOS sensor, a 3.0” LCD with Live View mode and a 9-point wide-area AF.
The latest DIGIC 4 processor manages to process 3.4 frames per second with up to 170 JPEGs. "Advanced Noise Reduction" is applied to high ISO shots within an ISO range of up to 3200 (expandable to 12800). Finally, the EOS Integrated-Cleaning-System continues to ensure clean shots without dust and debris on the sensor.
The Canon EOS 500D is available for around ~700€ (body only) or ~800€ combined with the EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens.

Let's check the key features of the Canon EOS 500D comparing to the Nikon D5000, as well as the Olympus E-620.

DSLR Canon EOS 500D Nikon D5000 Olympus E-620
Format EOS (APS-C) Nikon DX (APS-C) Four-Thirds
Sensor size/type 22.3x14.9mm, CMOS 23.6x15.8mm, CMOS 17.3x13.0mm, Live-MOS
Sensor 15mp, 14bit 12mp, 12bit 12mp, 12bit
"Crop" factor 1.6x 1.5x 2x
Sensor dust-removal ultrasonic ultrasonic ultrasonic
AF Sensors 9 (1x cross-type) 11 (1x cross-type) 7 (5x cross-type)
Image Stablizer lens.based lens-based sensor-shift
Metering 35 segment, center-weighted, partial, spot 3D matrix, center-weighted, spot ESP, center-weighted, spot, Hi-Key, Low-Key
HD Video 720p + 1080p 720p -
Live-View yes, static LCD monitor yes, tilt-swivel LCD monitor yes, tilt-swivel LCD monitor
Viewfinder pentamirror (95%, 0.87x) pentamirror (95%, 0.78x) pentamirror (95%, 0.96x)
Size 129x98x62mm 127x104x80mm 130x94x60mm
Weight 523g 590g 515g

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