Canon EOS 500D | Rebel T1i

Canon EOS 500D | Rebel T1i

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Canon eos 500D | Rebel T1i

Canon open the stable doors and lead out another 15.1mp enthusiast level thoroughbred today, in the form of the Canon eos 500D. (EOS Rebel T1i for the US market) I have been right through the comparison guide between the 50D and the 500D and there are not that many significant changes, but there is video and lovely 1080p video at that. The EOS 500D is a stainless steel / plastic moulded camera whereas the 50D is (almost twice as heavy) a magnesium alloy bodied dSLR.

With my comparison to the EOS 50D up there, I should point out that these cameras are aimed at different markets with the EOS 500D | Rebel T1i being an entry level dSLR or, if I may, a high end beginners dSLR camera with video.

Amazon already have the Canon EOS 500D | Digital Rebel T1i listed.

Here’s the Canon press release

United Kingdom / Republic of Ireland, 25 March 2009: Canon announces the new 15.1MP EOS 500D | Rebel T1i which offers photographers an outstanding combination of features. Following the launch of the first Canon EOS camera to shoot movies – the EOS 5D Mark II in September 2008 – Canon now brings Full High Definition (HD) video capability to consumers in a compact and lightweight DSLR.

The new EOS 500D features a 15.1 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor – ideal for large detailed prints or enormous cropping possibilities. For shooting in near-dark conditions, the EOS 500D offers a high ISO sensitivity up to 3200 which is expandable to 12800, giving photographers the power to shoot in the dimmest light conditions. Outstanding noise reduction is made possible by Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor.
The EOS 500D heralds a new way for photography enthusiasts to capture their world. It pairs outstanding still image capture with Full HD 1080P video recording. For longer video shoots, users can also choose lower shooting resolutions of 720P or VGA. A built-in HDMI connection allows easy and instant review of images and movie clips on any compatible HDTV.

Every detail revealed
Exacting image preview and review is provided by a 3.0” Clear View LCD screen.The same screen as used on the acclaimed 5D Mark II, it features a 920,000 dot count – for ultra-detailed image review, accurate focus checks, and clear access to the EOS menu system. As well as aiding shooting from awkward angles, Live View mode includes contrast based and Face Detection AF options. Ideal for newcomers to digital SLR photography, these allow compact-camera style auto focus, with a real-time image displayed on the LCD.
Fast processing, fast focusing
Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor drives continuous shooting speeds of up to 3.4 fps in bursts of up to 170 JPEGs (Figure may vary depending on capacity of SD card used). Using Canon’s wide area AF system – which features 9 individual sensors, including a central cross type point with a high precision sensor for f/2.8 or faster lenses– makes capturing split-second action sequences possible.
DIGIC 4 works in conjunction with the CMOS sensor to deliver exceptional noise reduction and 14-bit image processing for smooth gradation of tones and natural-looking colours. In addition, DIGIC 4 enables the ultra-fast start-up times and near-instant image review after shooting that photographers demand.
Distinctive EOS quality
Despite its compact, lightweight body, the EOS 500D includes all the hallmarks of the EOS system. Every detail of the EOS 500D – from the large, bright viewfinder to the famously intuitive EOS menu system – is designed to provide users with a world-class shooting experience.
Image quality is protected by the EOS Integrated Cleaning System, which reduces, repels and removes unwanted dust from the sensor. Stubborn particles can be easily removed in post-production by using Dust Delete Data – which can be added to the image in-camera – and Canon’s included Digital Photo Professional software.

Digital Photo Professional software offers a comprehensive RAW editing package, with functions such as a quick check tool, a cropping tool, and a stamp tool – plus the ability to change brightness, White Balance and Picture Styles in RAW images. The software suite is included with EOS Utility and Picture Style editor for unrivalled versatility.

Compatibility with the full range of Canon’s EF and EF-S lenses and EX-series Speedlites – including the exceptionally compact, powerful new Speedlite 270EX, which features a bounce and zoom head, plus fast recharging from just 2 AA sized batteries – allows the creation of a shooting system as unique as the photographer using it.

“The EOS 500D pushes the boundaries of what photographers can demand from their cameras, combining exceptional images with full HD video,” said Rainer Fuehres, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging, Europe. “Photography enthusiasts can now capture their most significant moments in a manner that matches their creativity.”
Any Canon photographer can register for the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY service, which allows access to the latest EOS information, useful updates and exclusive EOS content – plus tools that allow users to create their own video podcasts and store images online.
Pricing and availability:

The EOS 500D (body only) is available from early May 2009 priced at £869.99 / €999.99 RRP. The US version, the Rebel T1i is going to be on sale for around $899.99 – you can pre-order HERE

Features at a glance:
•    15.1 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
•    Full HD movie recording with HDMI connection for viewing and playback on an HDTV
•    ISO 100-3200 (expandable to 12800)
•    3.4 frames per second continuous shooting
•    Max. 170 large JPEG images in a single burst
•    3.0” ClearView LCD with Live View mode
•    9-point wide area AF with cross type centre point
•    High speed DIGIC 4 performance and superb image quality
•    EOS Integrated Cleaning System
•    Full compatibility with Canon EF and EF-S lenses and EX-series Speedlites, including new Speedlite 270EX, TS-E 17mm f/4L and the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II.

As I say with every new camera purchase, make sure you go and hold the camera and take some photos with it at a dealer (even if you plan to purchase online)

Sime

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Sime (aka #gtvone) is the customer support manager for dPS, and lead blogger in our Cameras and Gear Blog. He's a Melbourne based photographer, www.gtvone.com and please feel free to follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

Some Older Comments

  • Patrik Smit October 5, 2010 05:25 pm

    Nice review.thanks for sharing it.I love canon 500d too.

  • Patrik Smit October 2, 2010 02:23 am

    Canon EOS Rebel is perfeclty designed for a newbiew and professional photgrapher for
    the new era of photography.Choosing this one is a best choice.

  • Dipanjan Mitra July 17, 2010 05:54 pm

    out here we cannot hold or test a camera..they are hardly put on show..one has to go and buy it after reading reviews..

  • syfpsy September 10, 2009 11:20 pm

    I'm using 500D as my second dslr, after Nikon D80, and overall, it is a great machine. People who made comments about shooting video in dslr machines doesn't know how good is it. One thing 500D is lacking: 24 fps video mode. If you shoot 24 fps 1080p video with some good lenses, you can do anything with a dslr.
    So people, I know you have hurt feelings, but come on, do not tell me that you love 450D more than 500D. It is not making any sense.

  • Richard Lai August 21, 2009 11:26 pm

    I am glad to read so many comments on this page written for a change by very sensible and rational photography enthusiasts. All new cameras are definitely wonderful because they are equipped with the latest technology which might not be needed to take great photos. We use our camera for fun and to test our prowess in producing great photos. I have a Pentax 200D for 8 months and I really enjoyed using it. Most of us don't use our cameras to its fullest potential. Its a challenge to produce great pictures with what you have. So enjoy and appreciate the camera you have. I am still using my Minolta 300i film camera with prime lenses bought in 1990. Still producing wonderful photos.

  • arthritistreatment78 July 2, 2009 06:36 pm

    the Canon 500D would be a direct competitor with the Nikon D90. Currently, i own an EOS450D and i want to upgrade to 500D so that i can take HD videos.

  • mansur June 24, 2009 09:43 pm

    I m a nikon user. every time some new version releases, maximum of us realizes what a good cam came! shame. then what about backs? 500D like this. you bye it and 5000D will come with 25 M pix, after bying that, 50000D will come with 50M pix. and ...........................................

  • my color May 16, 2009 02:03 pm

    my detail is good, i like canon t1i dslr

  • Sime April 9, 2009 07:39 pm

    xtremepro... no tilt screen so far as i'm aware

    http://www.canon.co.uk/For_Home/Product_Finder/Cameras/Digital_SLR/EOS_500D/index.asp

    Sime.

  • xtremepro April 9, 2009 04:01 pm

    Hey serial8
    Can u confirm that 500d has a tilt screen. That's an awesome feature
    I didn't see it in the specs ( during a quick look) so far Sony dslrs were the only dslrs to have tiltscreens( correct me if I m wrong)

  • orangeacid April 7, 2009 09:44 pm

    Loving how almost every comment here is either defending the author's current camera, or from people that have never used the video mode on an SLR and are bitching about how terrible it is and how wrong it is that somehow the jump from 6.5fps to 20fps and from jpeg to avi (or whatever) is the work of Satan or something.

    Almost everyone here as a dSLR. Your dSLR is probabally fine. Your ageing (dare I say vintage) film cameras are also probabally fine. That's great. Now someone that doesn't have a dSLR has some more features for their first dSLR, which probabally costs the same or less than you payed for your now discontinued cameras when they were first released and, in many cases, when you bought them. Your equipment doesn't have feelings, it doesn't need to be shielded from reality.

  • Ben Jamieson April 7, 2009 10:16 am

    My 2p's worth:

    If you're shooting with a previous model in the XXXD line, and you're in the market for an upgrade, this is a worthy contender.

    If you're shooting with a previous model in the XXXD line and aren't in the market for an upgrade, don't stress - when you're ready, there will always be something better than what you have now.

    Of course that doesn't mean I wouldn't give my right arm to trade one of my 40Ds for a 5D MkII, I'm just trying to remain logical and reasoned!

  • Robin Ng April 3, 2009 07:17 pm

    envy! I am waiting for Nikon to annouced full HD function in their coming model!

  • bkstyl April 3, 2009 01:21 am

    I upgraded from the 30D to the 50D back around Christmas. I love the 50D. Like the original article pointed out the 50D and 500D are going after different types of customers (probably the reason why video isn't on the 50D). IMO video is geared more toward Point and shoot and entry level DSLR shooters.

  • zyndurai April 1, 2009 08:17 am

    Moore's law applies even to camera folks. I'm new to photography and recently bought a 50D. Since costco has a return policy of 90 days. I will gladly return it for the 500D with the 17-55mm IS USM lens for roughly the same price. :-)

  • Kwame Busia March 30, 2009 09:10 pm

    I can't say I agree with all of you here. Yes I understand that it's a little bit frustrating that there is always a better model released a couple of months after the one you have bought, but we just have to accept that it's always going to be that way. I can say this because I am very happy with my camera and I have a Canon 350D so it definitely is a big step up. And it's odd coming from me because two days ago I wrote an article on my blog about it not always being about the equipment...!!!

    Now as far as the video goes, I know alot are saying 20fps at 1080p isn't really full HD, but I beg to differ because television shows are roughly 24p not 30fps and motion pictures are closer to 20 / 21 fps, which means your movies on this camera would have more of that cinematic 'filmic' look than the ultra smooth 30fps images out there. Besides if I really want 30fps because it's progressive I can easily interpolate the frames.

    Now the video feature - yes it's there and you don't have to use it, BUT how cool is it going to be to take movies with that wide aperture lens at night? CANNOT WAIT! Between this and my G10 I think I'm going to be quite a happy boy this summer!.

  • Turki Al- Fassam March 29, 2009 01:41 am

    Anamit, I'm with you. I still use my 350D which I bought in Oct. 2005. When I see this upgrading on Cameras especially the new DIGIC feature. I'm thinking that isn't the 350D is working well and doing what I need and want? then no need to get a new one. And I spent my money to get a very performance lenses. But to be honest I really want to get a Full Frame camera so bad! :) I believe that for everything a best time to switch to the best.

  • Anamit March 28, 2009 08:22 pm

    Boy, am I glad I don't have money to buy a new camera! I'm still using a 350D happily and being cash-strapped has given me the chance to watch all these launches without too much agonising...the 400D came a few months after I had bought my 350D and then the 450D. I got all excited about the 50D and now I'm excited about the 500D. Meanwhile, to contain my excitement I'll go on shooting with the 350D...! :)

  • serial8 March 28, 2009 01:29 pm

    If I hadn't already bought a 450D a year+ ago, I would rather go by a 450D at discount price than by that new not-so-incredibly-revolutionary 500D. Not that it's not cool, just that it sounds like Canon's gotta keep up with Nikon, Sony, Olympus and other to get new stock out.

    One cool thing though about he 500D is the tilt screen. BUT, my 40D is better for my part than any of the Rebels for a few years from now. And between a 500D and a 40D, there's not really a big budget gap, but a hole world of differences worth a look.

    Still thinking of a 5DmkII someday anyhow... loll

  • Craig March 28, 2009 10:16 am

    i do agree with you all that lenses is where the money should be spent most of the time. and other accessories as well of course. as long as you have a decent DSLR body that does what you want it to do.

    "Does what you want it to do"

    My 400D definately does what I want it to do. But I want a few more things too. Mostly low-noise-high-ISO performance. That is 1 of 2 things that will probably make me upgrade to this camera.

    The 2nd is the video. Seeing some of the very awesome videos out there that have been shot with the 5dmkII just inspires me so much. Not just Laforet's work either. I actually think Reverie is kinda crap, but some of the videos on the Nine Inch Nails site that they've been recording lately just look so incredible.

  • Maria March 28, 2009 07:19 am

    I thought it was corny too that Canon made 500D's HD video capability to shoot only 20fps according to the comments I read here, and I read before that Nikon D90 shoots at a frame rate of 24fps. But as I continued to read more regarding 500D/T1i, it seems like it actually has better quality than Nikon D90. Well, at least in the "1280 x 720 pixels" mode. This is what I have read...I just thought you might also wanna know:

    D90:
    "World’s first D-SLR with an HD movie mode: Record cinematic-quality 24fps movie clips with sound at up to 720p HD (1280 x 720 pixels) in Motion JPEG format, enhanced by NIKKOR interchangeable lens quality and versatility."

    500D/T1i:
    "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."

    So it turns out that the 20fps for 500D/T1i is only in Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) which, like what most of you said, not really Full HD since it's only 20fps. But for HD (1280 x 720), 500D shoots with a frame rate of 30fps, compared to Nikon D90's 24fps.

    But whatever, the video capability is just a good bonus. I don't think it will be the main basis anyway for photographers out there in choosing the best DSLR for themselves.

  • Sid March 28, 2009 04:38 am

    Hehehe.....bunch of jealous people here.

    I would say, that video feature is good to have. With all the different lenses you can put on, the video results should be exemplary too! Just think of a video with a fisheye lens from a very tall building!

    Its just good to have feature, a lot of newbies will certainly appreciate the added feature. Just like people appreciated 450D's Liveview feature (they dint end up using it a lot of times is a different matter altogether).

    You dont need it, but its just good to have.

    Btw, I own a 450D and I dont plan to go for 500D. Its just the lenses where my expenses will go now. Ultimately people who buy a 500D will realize this too.

    Unless we have commonly available 32 GB SDHC cards, 500D users will be hard pressed to use the video features a lot of times.

  • Craig March 27, 2009 10:07 pm

    sappersnapper: you prefer it to not have video? and just a gimmick for kids? so Laforet is a kid then?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cO9JqzWyRbs

    who cares if it does have video. you don't have to use it.

  • Sappersnapper March 27, 2009 07:51 pm

    Its getting a bit silly, still happy with my 30d and good glass, how many of these people will print at larger than A3 or A4 for that matter, I may change my mind when the EOS 5D MKIII comes out though, but prefare it without video, thats just a gimick for kids.

  • mobilephone3 March 27, 2009 07:24 pm

    great , thanks for your details ! nice camera !

  • Ram March 27, 2009 07:09 pm

    Great.We are a community and lets hv fun boss

  • Sime March 27, 2009 06:52 pm

    :) "Boss" - You must have me confused with someone else...

    the 500D is a 20fps HD video camera - you're right, it's not upto much compared with a Z1... But it's older brother is, which is why I asked - have you actually used one for video, or, like me initially, do you just have your opinion?

    Just asking...

    "The Boss" (OK OK... I had to have my fun!)

  • Ram March 27, 2009 06:48 pm

    Look boss, what i meant was 500D should not be positioned as the camera with high quality video output.I dont doubt the quality of the video.CANON must be only positioned as high quality still camera.
    hope i have cleared ur doubt.

  • Sime March 27, 2009 06:45 pm

    Ram? You're confusing me :)

    Sorry - what do you mean?... Video is a feature, it works but you don't have to use it.

    You mean Canons "video" can't be compared to pro VIDEO cameras?... Have you seen the quality of the footage that it produces (Talking about the 5DMk2)

    http://www.usa.canon.com/dlc/controller?act=GetArticleAct&articleID=2326

    Please, check it out....

    Sime

  • Ram March 27, 2009 06:38 pm

    That's it.It is sounding me very unfamiliar with the brand.CANON brand cannot be compared with any pros cameras.My strong feeling is that they must not peg this as a featured one and move around in the market.

  • Sime March 27, 2009 06:28 pm

    Can I just ask - who here has actually used VIDEO on a dSLR as yet? - I know that I felt a lot like Ram above when I heard that the dSLR range was starting to come out with video... But I have one of those cameras now and I have to say that the video is top rate. I don't use it often, but I have used it once or twice and it really is quite good (I know the difference, I use a Z1 / EX1 for work)

    Just asking...

    Sime

  • Ram March 27, 2009 01:59 pm

    I strongly feel that CANON is diluting their focus from photography to video thru 500D

  • Gab March 27, 2009 12:33 pm

    if one is getting a new dslr, between 500D and 450D, which one should he choose?

  • indo March 27, 2009 12:33 pm

    Looks like there's gonna be a 60d around the corner. Which would be a true upgrade from the 40d.
    Maybe.

  • kkusch88 March 27, 2009 12:21 pm

    Wow. I just got my 450D and yes, this 500D is very tempting. But I love my 450D and have to agree with flo. It's the photographer that makes the photo, not the camera...and while having the newest most amazing camera out there...in the end, it's you--the photographer--that makes the difference.

    but that want factor sometimes seems to remain.....

  • Moses March 27, 2009 11:14 am

    What do I need in a DSLR? About 15MP, Full frame sensor, Spot metering, Low light performance, a decent frame rate say 4-6 fps, durable construction. Live view is handy for those over-the-top-of-the-crowd shots.

    What I don't need in a DSLR: Even more MP, Pop-up flash (nearly useless), movie mode - a proper video cam will do a far superior job, all those "creative" settings that only capture in jpg anyway.

    There's a design brief, Canon. Now please go and build one. The 5D MK II is close but I cannot justify the expense to upgrade.

  • Reksio March 27, 2009 10:11 am

    im an owner of a 50D, went to upgrade from a 20D to a 40D the day the 50D came out.. i guess was happy with my deal..
    anyway point is.. go out there buy the best lens you can afford, and then look for a camera with the change! you will be better of with a L grade lens and a 450/ 40D then a 5D mk2 and a plastic lens!

    its all about what you can afford - and the glass is the priority!

    hope this helps!

  • Sime March 27, 2009 08:47 am

    I was blown away by the noise handling on the new chip / sensor combo... Really sweet stuff - I agree, older equipment works fine, some things though can be improved with technology...

    Different speed film produced different results, I guess you could say that different sensor / processor technology gives different results these days.

    Make sure you go play with the 500D before you whip yourself into a frenzy and buy one online... it weighs half what the 50D does, is pretty small too... :)

    Sime

  • Craig March 27, 2009 08:41 am

    Thanks Sime. =)

    I think I'm definitely gonna get the 500D.

  • Sime March 27, 2009 06:48 am

    Craig - you wanna see what "Digic4" means....

    Here's a digic4 iso3200 shot : http://www.flickr.com/photos/visper/3380066330/

    For me, Digic4 means amazing high iso performance (As a music photog that's always shooting in less than favourable light)

    I wasn't happy with my 30D for its bad noise at high (over 800) performance, I bought a 5D Mk2.... My 30D still takes a lovely shot in good light though...

    Does that make more sense?

    Sime

  • Craig March 27, 2009 03:28 am

    Sorry guys but I have to say this.

    I'm sick of reading through all those comments with the majority of them saying "Oh but I'm happy with my ###D camera that i bought last year!"

    That's nice. But this post wasn't about your 40D, 450D, 20D, 5D, or any other older camera mentioned in the comments above. It was about the new 500D. And sometimes it mentioned the 50D and 5DmkII.

    I do agree that the megapixel war is just getting out of hand. 10-15megapixels is enough, especially for a entry level DSLR. What I would like to know is how Canon is countering Nikon's high ISO performance. And not with codes and model numbers like DIGIC4. I'm not sure what that is? I could research further, but I'd rather Canon just told me. Guess we'll have to wait for user reviews and sample shots.

    The addition of video is a big plus for me. In fact it's the plus that will make me upgrade from my 400D. I had previously thought about selling all my Canon gear and getting a Nikon D90 after seeing how amazing it looked, both with high ISO performance and video. But I thought I would wait a while to see what canon does, and I'm glad I did. I'm a little worried about it only shooting 20fps though. Is it really that hard to get it to shoot 24fps?

    Anyway, that's my thoughts on this announcement.

    Cheers,

    Craig

  • Helen Oster March 26, 2009 09:48 pm

    Matt

    Many thanks for the feedback regarding purchasing refurbished from Adorama Camera - but if you ever have a query or concern regarding an order from Adorama Camera - or AdoramaPix - please don't hesitate to contact me directly.

    Sincerely

    Helen Oster
    Adorama Camera Customer Service Ambassador

    helen.oster@adoramacamera.com
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  • Eric Mesa March 26, 2009 09:34 pm

    The funny thing is that I was looking at upgrading from my 400D to the 450D, but I was balking at spending ~$800 (what it costs at B & H in NY). Now that the 500D has arrived, the 450D is ~$500. Since I'd have to buy a new vertical grip, batteries, and memory cards, the 450D is now more palatable. (Although I'm probably not going to - see below)

    Overall, it comes to what everyone else has been saying - you have to make a decision and buy. Whenever I lust after the latest/greatest from Canon my wife asks why I didn't wait to buy that one instead of buying a lesser one. I tell her - because then I wouldn't have been able to take pictures all along!

    Just take a look at what you have and what you gain from upgrading. For me the move from 350D to 400D was worth it. The extra features, megapixels, and sensor cleaning were enough to make me want to move up. (Plus I needed a second camera for weddings, etc) But from 400 to 450, it just wasn't enough - esp since I had to get all new peripherals. However, from the 400D to the 50D - that seems like a worthwhile jump - and that's what I'm considering doing. After having done this once already, IMHO, it makes more sense to save money and upgrade up through the categories - IOW from xxxD to xxD to xD. The improvements from the 350 to 400 to 450 to 500 are so incremental that it's not really worth the money. Plus, once you get to the upper levels the upgrades come less often (if you're a compulsive type that has to upgrade whenever there's one available). Also, lenses are always a worthwhile investment.

  • Tom March 26, 2009 09:15 pm

    I'm tired of seeing people unhappy that they "didn't wait for the newer version."

    You don't need it!
    Seriously, what photographer, with kit lenses and a beginning budget, is going to use 1080p video? Any teen that buys the camera would surely be better off buying a smaller P&S so it's not as much of a burden.

    It's a waste of money.
    Frankly, anything past the 350D is a waste of money. And the 300D isn't that bad either.

    Case and point: I use a camera that is just a few years younger than my dad. It was made in 1962, and works PERFECTLY for what I need, and I'm a professional photographer.

    For you new photographers out there, looking to buy this brand new high tech state of the art 500D aka T1i, I'll send you this link: http://tinyurl.com/6yutp8

    Seriously....the new cameras that Canon is rolling out are a complete waste of money.
    Kudos to Canon for actually being able to market these cameras to people, and making people actually WANT them.

    It's too much for you! No one needs this much stuff in such a camera! And if you do, then you're probably going to get a higher-end camera because you are a professional! And even then, you're debating getting the camera vs getting a new LENS because that's all that matters!

    Jeeze.

  • MeiTeng March 26, 2009 12:43 pm

    I am with Flo. I am happy with my 450D.

  • Martin March 26, 2009 11:34 am

    The naming conventions are getting confusing....as Canon also have a close-up lens called the Canon 500D...

  • Seann Alexander March 26, 2009 09:57 am

    I bought a 450D before Christmas--and I love it.

    But now with the Spring time, I was out taking pictures the other day and thought, "I wish I could take video of this too."

    There are certain things that just look better captured on film, even if for a few seconds. A good example is when you watch Top gear, and you see their amazing pans.

    The extra mega pixels and the movie mode will make me upgrade to the 500D.

  • frombrandon March 26, 2009 09:30 am

    I had my mind set that I there would be no way I could want this camera, as I am a proud XSi owner. Reading these specs makes makes me a little sad, though. 3200 ISO? Wow. HD video? Very cool. The increase in megapixels is getting a little ridiculous for me, though. My hard drives just can't take much more of this.

    My wife just reminded me that if I had waited to buy this camera, I wouldn't have been shooting with anything over the last 10 months. She is the voice of wisdom around here, I tell ya'.

  • Matt March 26, 2009 07:51 am

    I just purchased a refurb 40d from Adorama (Under 700) and am completely satisfied with it as a camera! It's an awesome camera, and with the EF-S 10-22mm lens, you get ultra-wide angle as well! Was definitely worth the upgrade from the 400d. I'd still take the 40d over a new 50d, 450d or 500d.

  • Paul Monaghan March 26, 2009 05:13 am

    while it can do 1080p its only 20fps, so its not full HD sadly :(

  • Chocolategirlwonder March 26, 2009 04:31 am

    Thanks guys!

    I guess everyone pretty much has the same sentiment. I really felt like all of you. But it really comes down to having the newest, coolest, _____ and not so much about gaining more sought after features.

    I mean, I have video on my point and shoot but I hardly ever use that. And for the price I could definitely get a nice telephoto with IS and USM!

    I will say that some of the new features are pretty nice!!! Hmmm...

  • Hans March 26, 2009 03:59 am

    I'm replacing my 10D (!) this year and dont know if I should go with the 40/50D or the 5D mk II.
    Getting the 40/50 means enough money left for a 400mm L-series, but on the other hand, the full-sized sensor on the mk II is als an important plus.
    The 500D makes it even harder to choose, since it can do everything I'd do with the 50D... widening the gap towards the 5D mk II.

    I really can't choose, but then again, that's probably the reason why I still use the 10D.....

  • Sime March 26, 2009 03:43 am

    Danferno... I love the OLympus, but they are very different beasties... (They are both cameras though, yes!)

    Have you seen our little competition to win an OLympus in the forums?

    https://digital-photography-school.com/win-a-camera-or-web-gallery-package-in-our-new-dps-competition

  • Danferno March 26, 2009 03:33 am

    Everytime I see Canon release a new camera I realize what great value for money my olympus E420 is.

  • Nina March 26, 2009 03:23 am

    Dear Canon,
    Please stop oversaturating the market with all your PowerShots and Rebels. I can't keep up! I quit!

  • Shadow Explorer March 26, 2009 03:14 am

    wow! when is nikon going to announce the new d400?? they have to beat this and the 50d if they want to compete on the market, because they are sure to have a higher price.

  • Amandalynn March 26, 2009 02:54 am

    Flo - Yes, absolutely. Every time I've purchased a camera it's come right before(within a month) of the next upgrade for that line. It's a little frustrating(especially because that means that the camera I just bought drops in price when a newer model comes out and I could have saved money had I waited), but at the rate they're releasing cameras these days, there's ALWAYS going to be a new one coming out next.
    All we can do is do the best work we can with the equipment we have.

  • Flo March 26, 2009 02:42 am

    Thanks guys, you seem to feel the same! :D But as both of you said: the camera you buy should fulfill your needs and will still remain an awesome camera as long as you can use it properly ;)

    And thanks to that, I guess I appreciate my 450D a little more than the 500D ;)

  • Faisal March 26, 2009 02:11 am

    To read your comments is a relief folks, I am a 450D owner. However soon, the world will start buzzing with 500D proud owners (most of will be first-time DSLR owners), while we sit back and listen. Its all about numbers.
    Video in an SLR? I hate the idea anyway.
    I think I need to spend more on lenses than the body itself.
    An APS-C is what it is- not full frame. And for that matter, I saved 50% by going for 450D instead of 50D. Why would you spend more for a few more pixels, more weight and a bit faster shots (unless you are really into sports/ action)?
    Cheers,
    Faisal

  • Thomas March 26, 2009 01:41 am

    And most of the people buying it will stick on a cheap-o lens and wonder why the guy next to them with a hundred dollar point-and-shoot continually takes better photos. For the same price, you could get a used 20D and pretty nice glass.

    Not sure I would ever use the movie mode.

  • dcclark March 26, 2009 01:39 am

    Every time I hear about a Nikon, I think about my D40 and say... "can I still take awesome photos with what I have?" The answer is YES, and I'm happy to stay that way. :) Don't worry about the latest greatest upgrade, you camera is still just as capable of awesomeness as ever.

  • B. K. March 26, 2009 01:16 am

    hey guys... yeah you're kind of right... who doesn't want to have the best, newest, coolest camera all the time? but while waiting for a better camera, you could take pictures ;-)

  • Rowan March 26, 2009 01:16 am

    I third that opinion! I bought a 400D about 30 seconds before the 450D was announced, and now this comes out, and it only seems about a week later. This does sound like a very tempting camera, but for that price, I'd still be tempted to go for a second hand 5D Mk1.

  • Jay March 26, 2009 12:47 am

    But this must mean there will be a new midrange camera with hd recording as well to top the 50d.

  • Sime March 26, 2009 12:34 am

    flo! I know exactly how you feel... I've just purchased a 5D Mk2 and every other day I'm worried I am going to hear "Newly released, the new 5D Mk2 killer!!" ...You have to buy a camera that will fulfil your needs technically and be happy with your purchase as you sound like you are with your 450D.

    Sime

  • Flo March 26, 2009 12:29 am

    I don't know how you guys feel about this, but: everytime I read something about a new Canon Camera being released, I directly compare it to my 450D (Rebel Xsi) and always think: Why didn't I wait for the new one?!?!

    But, nevertheless, I'm completely satisfied with my 450D and think that the 500D is an excellent camera as well! The video function is a cool gadget, but personally, I don't really need that in my camera - guess that's why I didn't wait :D