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Canon EOS Rebel T1i 15.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Body Only)
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Canon's new EOS Rebel T1i 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. Exposure Control - Program 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 - ISO 100-3200 (in 1-stop increments), H1 - 6400 H2 - 12800; Basic Zone modes - ISO 100-3200 set automatically Retractable, auto pop-up flash - E-TTL II autoflash 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 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 Lens Mount - Canon EF mount (compatible with over 60 Canon EF/EF-S lenses and most EOS System accessories) Battery Type - Rechargeable Battery LP-E5 Dimensions (WxHxD) - 5.1 x 3.8 x 2.4 in./128.8 x 97.5 x 61.9mm Weight - 16.9oz. /480g (body only)

  • New 15.1-megapixel CMOS sensor with DIGIC 4 Image Processor
  • Body only; lenses sold separately
  • Full HD video capture at 1920 x 1080 resolution; HDMI output
  • 3.0-inch Clear View LCD; Live View Function for stills (Quick, Live and Face Detection AF modes) and video
  • Capture images and video to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)

Customer Reviews:

  • Great Introduction to DSLRs
    The T1i (500D to me and the rest of the World) is my first DSLR camera. My digital cameras previous to the 500D consisted of Olympus' 570UZ, Canon's Powershot S70 and the (almost vintage!) Powershot S110. Given my absence of experience with DSLRs, I obviously would have no real world basis to compare the 500D to other DSLRs.

    With that disclaimer out of the way, let me unequivocally state that I am absolutely thrilled with the quality of the pictures taken by the 500D, especially at night.

    I love night photography and it has been a continuing source of frustration for me that point-and-shoots, even advanced point-and-shoots like the 570UZ or the S70, have singularly so-so night photography performance, even on Manual mode where one is allowed to choose the ISO, shutter speed and aperture. The 500D convincingly erased that frustration. In fully automatic mode it takes absolutely goregous night photos at high ISO (usually 800 and occasionally @ 1600) and a very quick shutter speed with nary a hint of noise or blurring. (A guy I talked to concerning the night photography capabilities of the 500D and Nikon's D5000 commented that he found the Canon a more capable night shooter. I took his word with a grain of salt. Now, I absolutely believe him!) If there is one problem with the 500D's night capabilities on Automatic, it's that it tends to overlight the scene, which may not be what you want in certain situations. (For those kinds of photos, may I recommend "Manual" mode?)

    I consider myself a mid-level amateur (I understand the concepts of shutter speed, ISO, aperture, white balance, etc.) but have not fully learned how to manipulate the different variables to great(er) effect. The 500D, however, makes it easy to learn. The menu is (more-or-less) intuitive and worded in plain (non-technical) English. The "Creative auto" mode provides a good example of the use of simple, descriptive English.

    The LCD screen (@920000 pixels) is stunning. I compared the screen on the 500D with that in my 570UZ (@230000 pixels) and the difference between the two are indeed worlds apart.

    The 500D, however, is not as comfortable on the hand as my 570UZ. Also, the kit lens that comes with the 500D lacks the close-up and zoom capabilities of my 570UZ. (The 570UZ can take crisp pictures with the lens less than 1 cm from the object being photographed. Try that with the 500D equipped with the kit lens... you can't.) Which leads to one drawback to DSLRs... having to purchase separate lenses in order to do truly close-up and/or super zoom photography. Finally, the 500D is, of course, much heavier than an ordinary point and shoot.

    I have not used the video mode (for video, I'd recommend that one buy a dedicated video recorder not a DSLR).

    To sum up, the two main reasons why I love this camera:

    1. Stunning LCD; and
    2. Equally stunning night photography capabilities, even in full automatic!

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  • good camera but soft images
    I purchased the T1i just over a week ago to upgrade my very old Digital Rebel 300d. I have just returned the T1i.

    On the upside, the interface and UI performance are outstanding. The build quality is excellent and the camera takes pictures very well. The video capabilities are a great value-add and fun to experiment with.

    My experience with the photos themselves was not outstanding. My first annoyance was the inability of just about any (Apple) software other than Canon's (bundled with the camera) to read the raw files from this camera. Canon's software is slow and unwieldy. It may be weeks or months until iPhoto or Aperture support the .cr2 files from the T1i. I don't have Photoshop but have read it doesn't like the .cr2 files either.

    My second annoyance was with the softness of the photos. I took about 500 shots over the weekend with two different lenses (canon 50mm and Tamron 17-50mm). All of the photos seemed to suffer from "softness". I liken it to a very subtle version of a soft focus high school yearbook photo. This was visible in all of my photos and much more pronounced in the highest resolution .jpeg's than in the Raw files. My camera may have been faulty but when comparing shots side by side with my 2004 vintage 300d, the 300d's images were sharper.

    For me, the video functionality is more of a novelty, otherwise it might have been a tough decision to give up the T1i. I'll be purchasing a 40D instead which I know will produce the high quality photos I'm looking for. ...more info
    For my first SLR camera I chose this one because of its 15.1 MP,and its ability to shoot live video when needed. I love taking pics with it. I am not a pro and when it comes to ease of use this one has it. In low light conditons the auto features gets everything right even in no flash mode. I was at a graduation ceremony with low light and the pics were great. Plus with the ability to go into the profesional side of this cameras features is somthing that I will be exploring and learning to use in the future.

    The only draw back I have with this camera is the lens. It is a little soft. I am saving up my money to buy a better lens. If you have the option to buy the body only I would do so. That way you can get a lens that will do this camera justice.

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  • Great camera for people new to SLR
    The camera is great for starters.
    I have this camera for over 1.5 months now.
    It is very easy to use.
    I have no complaints....more info
  • awesome camera for the price range
    great camera in its price range... the textured body grips really improve the "feel" of the camera vs. the XS/XSi models. I still only have the basic kit lens but still get nice images... no complaints....more info
  • Great camera for people new to SLR
    The camera is great for starters.
    I have this camera for over 1.5 months now.
    It is very easy to use.
    I have no complaints....more info
  • Don't buy this kit
    Looks like I'm the first "one star". I'll be blunt. My old point and shoot, 6mp FujiFilm camera gave me better pictures. I spent an entire vacation using the T1i. Every possible shot from wide angle landscapes to low light portraits. Snap shots and photo shoots by the pool. Almost every shot was NOT CRISP. I have read several reviews about how the kit lens (18-55) is not very good, and you should get a different one. I am rating THIS KIT. The one I bought. It sucks. If it's true that this combo is not very good and produces noticably bad pictures, how did this kit make it onto the market? Canon should be ashamed of itself.

    Another marketing gimick is the 1080p HD. Prominent on the box. It's what swayed me to purchase it, along with my confidence that Canon would give me a very good still DSLR. The 1080p only gives you 20fps. Standard video needs to be at least 24fps to give your eye the "video" effect of unbroken pictures. 30fps is desired to catch even moving objects. I tested this a few times and was very disappointed in the results. They were very jerky. And it did very poorly in low-light (incandescent) situations. Not that I was going to replace my camcorder, but this feature is definitely not worth influencing you to buy this camera.

    From all the research I've done since noticing how badly this camera performs, I have concluded the Nikon D90 is worth paying a bit more for. Here's the rub. You should probably not buy their kit either (but I have read that the 18-105VR lens is pretty good). You will always do better, quality-wise, buying the body only and then buying a well-reviewed lens that fits the type of photos you want to take. ...more info