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Canon EOS 500D (EOS Rebel T1i / EOS Kiss X3)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1989 reviews of Canon EOS 500D (EOS Rebel T1i / EOS Kiss X3). The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Comments about the portability and lens are overall positive. The price and image quality are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed views about the image stabilizer, and some have doubts about the storage and color.

usability, image quality, price, lens, portability

focus, memory, viewfinder, color, storage

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon EOS 500D (EOS Rebel T1i / EOS Kiss X3) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Canon EOS 500D (EOS Rebel T1i / EOS Kiss X3)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 186 user reviews of Canon EOS 500D (EOS Rebel T1i / EOS Kiss X3) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Views about the usability and lens are overall positive. The design and price are also mentioned favorably.

portability, price, design, lens, usability

97% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon EOS 500D Digital SLR Camera (incl. EF-S 18-55 mm IS Lens Kit)Canon EOS 500D Digital SLR Camera (incl. EF-S 18-55 mm IS Lens Kit)

Oct, 2018

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Amazon.com review summary for Canon EOS 500D (EOS Rebel T1i / EOS Kiss X3)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 88 user reviews of Canon EOS 500D (EOS Rebel T1i / EOS Kiss X3) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the memory and design. The usability and price are also appreciated, but the portability and durability get critical opinions.

performance, price, usability, design, memory

durability, portability

90% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon EOS Rebel T1i (500D) Digital SLR Kit w/EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens & Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Autofocus LensCanon EOS Rebel T1i (500D) Digital SLR Kit w/EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens & Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Autofocus Lens

Oct, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Canon EOS 500D (EOS Rebel T1i / EOS Kiss X3)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Canon EOS 500D (EOS Rebel T1i / EOS Kiss X3) from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 1.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.ca.

0% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon EOS Rebel T1i 15.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS LensCanon EOS Rebel T1i 15.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens

Oct, 2018

Expert review by (engadget.com)

Canon EOS Rebel T1i impressions, head-to-head with Nikon D5000

 

Make no mistake about it, the low / mid-range DSLR battle of early 2009 is on. Just over a month ago, Canon shook up the entry-level DSLR game with a shooter t...

Apr, 2009

Expert review by : Sean Captain (wired.com)

Review: Canon Rebel T1i

 

In both still and video modes, the Canon's colors are comic-book oversaturated, so it's a good thing the menus are easy to navigate: A deep...

Creative Auto mode provides intuitive tools for newbies. Though there’s no full autofocus for video, you can refocus manually while shooting. Offers some advanced image controls for video

Pronounced orange hue in most photos, especially indoor shots. Reds look weak. Outdoor pics usually come out overexposed. 3-inch LCD doesn’t swivel, so you have to hold the camera in front of your nose while filming

Oct, 2009

Expert review by : Ben Long (pcworld.com)

Canon EOS Rebel T1i

 

Full feature set ; Excellent image quality ; Great high-ISO performance ; Very good design

No external mic jack or manual exposure controls when shooting video

Jul, 2009

Highly Recommended!

Expert review by : June 2009 (dpreview.com)

Canon EOS 500D

 

Just 14 months after the launch of the EOS Rebel XSi (450D), Canon has unveiled its latest model, the Rebel T1i (500D). It's the fifth generation of Rebel and enters the market at a difficult time - in the midst of a global economic downturn and...

Good resolution and detailed output (but only very marginally better than 450D), Decent (but not 'best in class') high ISO JPEG performance, Extended ISO speed up to 12800 (not great quality but it's there for emergencies), Good quality HD video (but...

Visibly more noise in RAW files than some of the competition, Slightly less highlight range in JPGs than the competition, Relatively limited RAW headroom, channel clipping means color accuracy can often not be maintained when recovering clipped areas...

The EOS 500D is the latest incarnation of a highly successful line of cameras and although the 'entry level' market segment is these days much more crowded than it used to be, we would be very surprised if the new model would not sell like hotcakes.

Jun, 2009

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : PJ Jacobowitz (pcmag.com)

Canon EOS Rebel T1i

 

Meet our latest Budget D-SLR Editors' Choice, the Canon EOS Rebel T1i.

Excellent value. Stellar image quality. Fast performance. HD (720p30) video capture. Big, 3-inch high-res (VGA) screen. HDMI-out.

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...

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May, 2009

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by : PJ Jacobowitz (pcmag.com)

Canon EOS Rebel T1i EF-S 18-55mm IS Kit

 

Offering image quality and a robust feature set typically found in pricier prosumer-level D-SLRs, the Canon EOS Rebel T1i is a definite game-changer. For less than $1,000 ($899.99 list with an EF-S 18-to-55mm IS lens), you get a 15.1-megapixel CMOS...

Excellent value. Stellar image quality. Fast performance. HD (720p30) video capture. Big, 3-inch high-res (VGA) screen. HDMI-out

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...

The Canon EOS Rebel T1i helps redefine the D-SLR landscape by offering prosumer features, performance, and image quality for less than $1,000.

May, 2009

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Canon EOS Rebel T1i review

 

Slipping neatly into the company's dSLR product line between the XSi and the 40D , the Canon EOS Rebel T1i (aka the 500D elsewhere in the world) pushes the XTi off the edge of the bed into discontinuity. Joined by models like the Nikon D5000 and the...

Fast performance; very nice photo quality; HD video capture.

Annoying viewfinder; video capture is its only better-than-basic feature.

A solid, slightly better-than-basic dSLR, the Canon EOS Rebel T1i delivers photo quality and performance that adequately compensates for most of its annoyances.

May, 2009

Expert review by : Mike Flacy (steves-digicams.com)

Canon EOS Digital Rebel T1i SLR Review

 

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., March 25, 2009 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today introduced a new addition to its Rebel lineup, the EOS Rebel T1i Digital SLR camera, the first in the Rebel line to feature Full HD video capture. The new Canon...

May, 2009

Expert review by : LAPTOP Magazine (laptopmag.com)

Canon EOS Rebel T1i Review

 

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,...

Accurate colors, Solid image quality, Generally fast performance, Long battery life

Poor sound in movie recording, Stumbles in harshly backlit situations

Feb, 2010

Expert review by (the-digital-picture.com)

Canon EOS Rebel T1i / 500D

 

Introducing the 6th model in the wildly-popular Canon "Digital Rebel" DSLR line, the Canon EOS Rebel T1i / 500D. Key attributes of the T1i / 500D include small size, light weight, low price and excellent image quality

Using a 50D? Unless you need video or a smaller/lighter camera, a change to the T1i is probably not a good move for you. Ignore the slight image quality improvements in the T1i - you have a better camera for most purposes. Most 40D owners will not...

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio formats supported:PCM
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Voice recording: Yes

Battery

Battery Capacity:1050 / 1080
Battery life (CIPA standard):400 / 500
Battery life (max):400
Battery performance:1050 / 1080
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:LP-E5
Number of batteries supported:1
Power source type:Battery

Camera

Built-in processor:DIGIC 4
Calendar: Yes
Camera file system:DCF 2.0, DPOF 1.1 / DCF 2.0, Exif 2.2 / DCF 2.0, Exif 2.21 / DPOF 1.1, Exif 2.2
Camera playback:Movie, Single image / Movie, Single image, Slide show / Movie, Single image, Thumbnails / Single image / Single image, Slide show
Custom color: Yes
Direct printing: Yes
Histogram: Yes
Image editing:Rotating
Image processor:DIGIC 4
Languages support:ARA, CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HEB, HIN, HUN, ITA, JPN, KOR, NOR, POL, POR, RUM, RUS, SWE, THA, TUR, UKR / ARA, CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, JPN, KOR, NOR, POL, POR, RUM, RUS, SWE, THA, TUR, UKR
Live view: Yes
Multi burst mode: Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:ARA, CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HEB, HIN, HUN, ITA, JPN, KOR, NOR, POL, POR, RUM, RUS, SWE, THA, TUR, UKR / ARA, CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, JPN, KOR, NOR, POL, POR, RUM, RUS, SWE, THA, TUR, UKR
Photo effects:Black&White / Black&White, Negative film, Neutral, Sepia / Black&White, Neutral / Neutral
Playback zoom:1.5 / 10
Playback zoom (max):1.5 / 10
Scene modes:Close-up (macro), Landscape, Night portrait, Portrait / Close-up (macro), Landscape, Night portrait, Portrait, Sports / Close-up (macro), Landscape, Night portrait, Portrait, Sports, Sunset / Close-up (macro), Portrait / Landscape, Portrait / Landscape, Portrait, Self-portrait / Night portrait, Portrait, Sports / Panorama, Portrait
Self-timer:10 / 2 / 2,10
Self-timer delay:10 / 2 / 2,10
Shooting modes:Aperture priority, Auto, Movie, Shutter priority / Auto, Manual, Movie / Movie, Scene
Start-up time:100
White Balance:Auto / Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Manual, Shade, Tungsten / Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Shade, Tungsten / Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Tungsten / Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Fluorescent, Manual, Shade, Tungsten / Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Fluorescent, Shade, Tungsten / Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Shade, Tungsten / auto, Cloudy, daylight, manual, Shade

Design

Color of product:Black
Energy Star certified:N
Material:Metal, Plastic / Plastic, Stainless steel

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:2.7 / 3
Display resolution (numeric):230000 / 460000 / 920000
Field of view:100
Second display:N
Second LCD screen: No
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N
Vari-angle LCD display:No / Yes

Flash

Flash exposure compensation: Yes
Flash exposure correction:±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV step)
Flash exposure lock: Yes
Flash guide number:1692.9 / 511.8
Flash modes:Auto / auto, fill-in, Flash off, manual, Red-eye reduction / Auto, Fill-in, Flash off, Red-eye reduction / Auto, Flash off, Manual / Auto, Flash off, Manual, Red-eye reduction / Auto, Flash off, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Second curtain synchro / Auto, Manual / Auto, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Second curtain synchro
Flash range (wide):13
Flash recharging time:3

Focusing

Auto Focus (AF) assist beam: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) lock: Yes
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Centre weighted Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus / Continuous Auto Focus, Face tracking, Multi Point Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus / Continuous Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus / Face detection, Single Auto Focus / Face tracking / Face tracking, Single Auto Focus / Selective Auto Focus / Selective Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus / Single Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance:17.7 / 9.84
Focus:TTL
Focus adjustment:Auto / Manual

Lens System

Digital Zoom:10
Filter:Y
Filter size:2.28 / 2.64
Focal length range (f-f):0.709 - 2.17 / 0.709 - 5.31 / 0.709 - 7.87
Lens mount interface:Canon EF, Canon EF-S
Lens structure:11/9 / 16/12
Lens structure (elements/groups):11/9 / 16/12
Lens Type:Standard / Standard zoom
Maximum aperture number:5.6
Minimum aperture number:3.5
Number of diaphragm blades:6
Optical Zoom:11

Light Exposure

Auto Exposure (AE) lock: Yes
ISO sensitivity:100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2250, 3200, 6400, 12800, Auto / 100, 1600 / 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 / 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 / 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 / 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, Auto / 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, Auto / 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, Auto / 100, 3200, 6400, 12800, Auto / 100, 3200, Auto / Auto
ISO sensitivity (max):3200
ISO sensitivity (min):100
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE / Auto, Manual
Light metering:Centre-weighted / Centre-weighted, Spot

Memory

Compatible memory cards:CF / MMC, SD, SDHC / MMC, SDHC / SD / SD, SDHC / SDHC
Internal memory:32
Memory slots:1

Networking

Network ready: No
Wi-Fi: No

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 85
Operating relative humidity range:0 - 85
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40

Other Features

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.14 - 3.46 / 1.14 - 8.5
Aperture range (F-F):3.5 - 5.6
Built-in flash: Yes
Camera effective resolution:15.1 / 15000000
Camera focusing range:EV -0.5 - 18 / EV -0.5 -18 / EV -0.5-18 (at 23°C & ISO100)
Camera shutter speed:1/4000 - 1/60 / 30 - 1/4000
Compatible operating systems:- Windows XP, Vista\n- Mac OS X v10.4-10.5 / Win / XP (SP2/SP3) / Vista\nMac OS X v10.4-10.5 / Win XP, Vista\nMac X v10.4-10.5 / Windows / XP (SP2/SP3) / Vista (excl. Starter Edition)\nOS X v10.4-10.5 / Windows / XP (SP2/SP3) / Vista \nOS X v10.4-10.5 / Windows / XP (SP2/SP3) / Vista\nMac OS X v10.4-10.5 / Windows / XP (SP2/SP3) / Vista\nOS X v10.4-10.5 / Windows OS\nMac OS / Windows XP (SP2/SP3)\nWindows Vista\nMac OS X v.10.4-10.5 / Windows XP/Vista. Mac 10.4-10.5
Data compression:JPEG / JPEG, RAW
Digital SLR: Yes
Dimensions (WxDxH):5.07 x 2.44 x 3.84
Effective sensor resolution:15.1 / 15000000
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.14 - 3.46 / 1.14 - 8.5
HDMI ports quantity:1
Interface:USB / USB 2.0 / USB 2.0 (Mini-B), Video out (PAL/ NTSC) / USB 2.0, AV out (PAL/ NTSC) / USB 2.0, HDMI / USB 2.0, PAL / NTSC / USB 2.0, Video out (PAL/ NTSC) / USB 2.0, Video(PAL/ NTSC), HDMI C
Lens system:EF-S / EF/EF-S
Light exposure rating:EV 1-20
Light exposure type:Program AE
Standard media sizes:ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Video capability: Yes
Video out:AV
Weight:1.06

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included: Yes
Battery charger: Yes
Battery charger included:Y
Bundled software:B5, C5, C6, DL, Monarch / Win XP, Vista\nMac X v10.4-10.5 / ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser / ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser\nDigital Photo Professional\nPhotoStitch, EOS Utility (inc. Remote Capture, Original Data Security Tools), Picture Style Editor / ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser\nDigital Photo Professional\nPhotoStitch\nEOS Utility / ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser\nDigital Photo Pro\nPhotoStitch\nEOS Utility
Cables included:AV, USB
Hand strap: Yes

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Compact camera / SLR Camera Body / SLR Camera Kit
Image formats supported:JPG
Image Sensor Size:1/2.3
Image sensor size (W x H):0.878 x 0.587
Image Stabilizer:No / Yes
Maximum image resolution:3648 x 2736 / 4272 x 2848 / 4752 x 3168
Megapixel:15 / 15.1 / 15.5
Scan technology:CMOS
Sensor Type:CCD / CMOS
Still image resolution(s):2256 x 1504,3088 x 2056 / 2256 x 1504,3088 x 2056,4752 x 3168 / 2352 x 1568,2352 x 1568,3456 x 2304,3456 x 2304,4752 x 3168,4752 x 3168 / 2352 x 1568,3456 x 2304,4752 x 3168 / 3456 x 2304,4752 x 3168 / 4272 x 2848
Supported aspect ratios:3:2
Total megapixels:15.5

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
PictBridge:No / Yes
USB version:2.0

Shutter

Camera shutter type:Electronic / Mechanical
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/4000
Slowest camera shutter speed:30

System Requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes
Mac operating systems supported: Yes
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Video

Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD / HD
Maximum video resolution:1280 x 720 / 1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG frame rate:20 / 30
Video compression format:H.264 / H.264, MOV / MOV
Video formats supported:H.264 / H.264,MOV / MOV
Video Frame Rate:20 / 30
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:640 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080

Viewfinder

Camera viewfinder:Electrical / Optical
Magnification:0.87
Viewfinder type:Electrical / Optical

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:2.44 / 3.84
Height:2.44 / 3.84
Weight:16.9
Width:5.07 / 5.08