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Monday, May 25, 2009

Canon EOS 500D Review

Canon EOS 500D Digital SLR Camera Body Only





The Canon EOS 500D EF-S Digital SLR Camera is packed with features, both refined and new. In addition to its admirable performance with an all-new 15.1 Megapixel Canon CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 Image Processor, a 3.0-inch Clear View LCD with anti-reflective and scratch-resistant coating and compatibility with the EOS System of lenses and Speedlites, the EOS Rebel T1i adds remarkable Full HD video capture at resolutions up to 1920 x 1080.

An HDMI port allows for quick connections to high definition TVs and monitors for easy viewing of your stills and video. The entire operation is simple and easy even if you are a beginner. You'll have uncompromised EOS Digital performance with power and flexibility right in the palm of your hand. Canon's CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) sensor captures images with exceptional clarity and tonal range and offers the most pixels in its class. It offers many of the same new technologies as used by Canon's professional cameras to maximize each pixel's light gathering efficiency.

Its APS-C size sensor creates an effective 1.6x field of view (compared to 35mm format). Canon's DIGIC 4 Image Processor dramatically speeds up all camera operations for intuitive operation and offers improvements in both fine detail and natural color reproduction. It works in concert with the EOS Rebel T1i's image sensor to achieve unprecedented levels of performance in all lighting situations. The EOS Rebel T1i shoots brilliant video, even in full high definition. By simply selecting Movie mode on the EOS Rebel T1i's mode dial, the camera's 3.0-inch LCD lights up and it's ready to go.

Shooting is at a frame rate of 30 fps when shooting SD or HD quality video (640 x 480 and 1280 x 720 pixels, respectively) and at a frame rate of 20 fps in Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) recording. Sound is recorded through the camera's built-in microphone. Playback modes are simple to access, and all Live View AF features can be used in shooting video.

Features

  • 15.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor with DIGIC 4 Image Processor for faster processing of fine detail and natural color reproduction, 14-bit A/D conversion for smooth color tones and gradations
  • Full HD video capture at 1920 x 1080 resolution with HDMI output for HD viewing of stills and video
  • Live View Function for stills (Quick, Live and Face Detection AF modes) and video
  • 3.0-inch Clear View LCD (920,000 dots/VGA) monitor with anti-reflective and scratch-resistant coatings for improved viewing and smudge protection
  • Auto Lighting Optimizer for superior highlight-shadow control
  • Wide range ISO setting 100-3200 (ISO expansion: 6400, 12800)
  • Creative Auto goes a step beyond auto allowing control over frequently-changed settings
  • Compatible with over 60 Canon EF/EF-S lenses and most EOS System accessories

Specifications

TypeDigital, single-lens reflex, AF/AE camera
Recording MediaSD memory card, SDHC memory card
Image Sensor Size22.3mm x 14.9mm (APS-C size)
Compatible LensesCanon EF lenses including EF-S lenses (35mm-equivalent focal length is approx. 1.6x the lens focal length)
Lens MountCanon EF mount
Image Sensor TypeHigh-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate CMOS sensor
PixelsEffective pixels: Approx. 15.10 megapixels
Total PixelsTotal pixels: Approx. 15.50 megapixels
Aspect Ratio3:2 (Horizontal: Vertical)
Color Filter SystemRGB primary color filters
Low-pass FilterFixed position in front of the CMOS sensor
Dust Deletion feature(1) Self Cleaning Sensor Unit
(2) Dust Delete Data appended to the captured image
(3) Manual cleaning of sensor
Recording FormatDesign rule for Camera File System 2.0 and Exif 2.21
Image TypeStill: JPEG, RAW (14-bit, Canon original), RAW+JPEG
Video: MOV (Image data: H.264, Audio: Linear PCM)
File Size(1) Large/Fine: Approx. 5.0MB (4752 x 3168 pixels)
(2) Large/Normal: Approx. 2.5MB (4752 x 3168 pixels)
(3) Medium/Fine: Approx. 3.0MB (3456 x 2304 pixels)
(4) Medium/Normal: Approx. 1.6MB (3456 x 2304 pixels)
(5) Small/Fine: Approx. 1.7MB (2352 x 1568 pixels)
(6) Small/Normal: Approx. 0.9MB (2352 x 1568 pixels)
(7) RAW: Approx. 20.2MB (4752 x 3168 pixels)
Exact file sizes depend on the subject, ISO speed, Picture Style, etc.
File NumberingConsecutive numbering, auto reset, manual reset
RAW + JPEG Simultaneous RecordingProvided (RAW, RAW+JPEG)
Color SpacesRGB, Adobe RGB selectable
Picture StyleStandard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Def. 1-3
Image Processing TypeAuto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, Custom
Color Temperature CompensationWhite balance correction: �9 stops in full-stop increments
White balance bracketing: �3 stops in full-stop increments
Blue/amber direction or magenta/green direction possible
Color Temperature Info TransmissionProvided
Viewfinder TypeEye-level pentaprism
CoverageVertical/Horizontal approx. 95%
MagnificationApprox. 0.87x (-1m-1 with 50mm lens at infinity)
EyepointApprox. 19mm (from eyepiece lens center)
Built-in Dioptric Adjustment-3.0 to +1.0m-1 (diopter)
Focusing ScreenFixed, Precision Matte
MirrorQuick-return half mirror (transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f/4L IS USM or shorter lenses)
Viewfinder InformationAF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), exposure information (shutter speed, aperture, AE lock, exposure level, ISO speed, exposure warning), flash information (flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation), monochrome shooting, white balance correction, maximum burst, SD memory card information
Depth-of-Field PreviewEnabled with depth-of-field preview button
Autofocus TypeTTL-CT-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS sensor
AF Points9 AF points (center AF point is cross-type)
Metering RangeEV -0.5-18 (at 73�F/23�C, ISO 100)
Focusing ModesAuto, One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual Focusing (MF)
AF Point SelectionAutomatic selection, manual selection
Selected AF Point DisplaySuperimposed in viewfinder and indicated on LCD monitor
AF-assist BeamIntermittent firing of built-in flash
Effective range: Approx. 4.0m/13.1 ft. at center, approx. 3.5m/11.5 ft. at periphery
When EOS-dedicated Speedlite attached, the Speedlite's AF-assist beam is emitted instead
Metering Modes35-zone TTL full-aperture metering
Evaluative metering (linkable to any AF point)
Partial metering (approx. 9% of viewfinder at center)
Spot metering (approx. 4% of viewfinder at center)
Center-weighted average metering
Metering RangeEV 1-20 (at 73�F/23�C with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Exposure ControlProgram AE (Shiftable), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Depth-of-field AE, Full auto, Full auto, Programmed image control mode, Manual exposure, E-TTL II autoflash program AE
ISO Speed (Recommended Exposure Index)ISO 100-3200 (in 1-stop increments), H1: 6400 H2: 12800; Basic Zone modes: ISO 100-3200 set automatically
Exposure CompensationManual: �2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments (can be combined with AEB)
AE LockAuto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved; Manual: By AE lock button
Shutter TypeVertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically controlled
Shutter Speeds1/4000 sec. to 1/60 sec., X-sync at 1/200 sec.
1/4000 sec. to 30 sec., bulb (Total shutter speed range
Available range varies by shooting mode)
Shutter ReleaseSoft-touch electromagnetic release
Self-timer10-sec. or 2-sec. delay or 10-sec. delay plus continuous shooting
Remote ControlRemote Switch RS-60E3
Remote Controller RC-1/RC-5
Built-in Flash TypeRetractable, auto pop-up flash
Flash MeteringE-TTL II autoflash
Guide Number13/43 (ISO 100, in meters/feet)
Recycling TimeApprox. 3 sec.
Flash-ready IndicatorFlash-ready icon lights in viewfinder
Flash Coverage17mm lens angle of view
FE LockProvided
Flash Exposure Compensation�2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
Drive ModesSingle, continuous, self-timer (10 sec. or 2 sec. delay)/remote control
Continuous Shooting SpeedMax. 3.4 shots/sec. (with One-Shot AF or AI Servo AF)
Maximum BurstJPEG (Large/Fine): Approx. 170, RAW: Approx. 9
Based on Canon's testing standards with a 2GB SD memory card, ISO 100 and Standard Picture Style
Varies depending on the subject, SD memory card brand, image-recording quality, etc.
Shooting ModesStill photo shooting and video shooting
FocusingAutofocus (One-Shot AF): Live mode, Face Detection Live mode, Quick mode; Manual focus (5x or 10x manually)
Metering ModesReal-time evaluative metering with image sensor
Metering RangeEV 0-20 (at 73�F/23�C with EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Grid DisplayProvided (Two grid displays)
Exposure SimulationProvided
Silent ShootingNot provided
LCD Monitor TypeTFT color, liquid-crystal monitor
Monitor Size3.0 in.
DotsApprox. 920,000 dots (VGA)
CoverageApprox. 100%
Viewing angle: 170�
Brightness Adjustment7 levels provided
Interface Languages25 (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukraine, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese)
Display FormatSingle image, Single image + Image-recording quality, shooting information, histogram, 4- or 9-image index, magnified view (approx. 1.5x-10x), rotated image, image jump (by 1/10/100 images or shooting date)
Highlight WarningProvided (Overexposed highlights blink)
ProtectErase protect (or cancel) each image individually
EraseSingle image, selected images or all images in the SD card can be erased (except protected images)
Compatible PrintersPictBridge-compatible printers
Printable ImagesJPEG images compliant to Design rule for Camera File System (DPOF printing possible) and RAW images captured with the EOS Rebel T1i
Easy Print featureProvided
DPOFVersion 1.1 compatible
Compatible ImagesJPEG and RAW images
Custom FunctionsTotal 13
My Menu RegistrationUp to 6 menus, Custom functions and other top-tier options can be registered
USB TerminalFor personal computer communication and direct printing (USB 2.0 Hi-Speed)
Video Out Terminal(1) Video OUT terminal: NTSC/PAL selectable
(2) mini-HDMI OUT terminal
BatteryOne Battery Pack LP-E5
AC power can be supplied via AC Adapter Kit ACK-E5
With Battery Grip BG-E5, AA-size batteries can be used
Battery LifeThe above figures apply with a fully-charged Battery Pack LP-E5
Battery CheckAutomatic
Power SavingProvided. Power turns off after 30 sec., 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 min.
Back-up BatteryBuilt-in secondary battery
Start-up TimeApprox. 0.1 sec. (based on CIPA testing standards)
Working Temperature Range32-104�F/0-40�C
Working Humidity Range85% or less
Dimensions (WxHxD)Approx. 5.1 x 3.8 x 2.4 in./128.8 x 97.5 x 61.9mm
WeightApprox. 16.9oz./480g (body only)


Canon EOS 500D Digital SLR Camera Body Only

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