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

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2797 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the video and value for money. The image quality and screen also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the zoom and viewfinder. There are some mixed comments about the exposure and flash.

usability, screen, image quality, value for money, video

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Canon EOS 500D / EOS Rebel T1i / EOS Kiss X3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Canon EOS Rebel T1i 500D


Canon's original Digital Rebel 300D lit the fuse that started the sub-$1,000 digital-SLR war. With the “DRebel” now in its fifth iteration, it's hard to believe just how far this camera has come.

HD video is slightly noisy and audio is mono-only

HD video is slightly noisy and audio is mono-only

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Canon Digital Rebel T1i vs. Nikon D5000


Coke versus Pepsi. Mac versus PC. Canon versus Nikon. Among these greatrivalries, we can only pick out one clear winner. (Here's a hint: It'snot the colored sugar water.) In the latest Canon-versus-Nikonentry-level digital SLR (single-lens reflex)...

Brighter, clearer screen. In-lens stabilizer helps hold longer exporsures steady. Strong overall image quality with great details. Screen dims when you sight through eyepiece

Video clips restricted to 5 minutes. HD videos look awful with camera movement. Screen stays lit when you look through eyepiece

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Canon EOS 500D


Recommending a DSLR camera over its immediate predecessor is not usually practical. Most of the times, the new features or the improvements in performance are not significant enough to warrant an upgrade. And considering the prices attached to these...

Even with all the nuances, the Canon EOS 500D is one of the best deals available in the consumer DSLR segment. The great live view, full HD video recording, 15 megapixel image resolution and a range of other excellent features makes this a great camera...


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Canon EOS Rebel T1i


This midrange DSLR shoots full HD video and delivers some of the best colors you'll find.

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

Poor sound in movie recording ; Stumbles in harshly backlit situations

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,...

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Canon Rebel Sports Oversaturated Colors, Intuitive Tool...


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 settings massage

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

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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

Highly Recommended!

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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.

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EOS Rebel T1i


The Canon Rebel T1i is one of the first video-enabled SLRs on the market. It can shoot 15-megapixel images and record HD video at 20 frames per second. In our lab testing, it had good color accuracy but poor sharpness.

In our extensive lab testing, the T1i only stood out in two sections: still image color accuracy and video quality. Canon cameras have a legacy of excellent color accuracy, and the T1i lives up to this. It also had decent video performance in terms of...


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Canon EOS Rebel T1i


Time for your head to start spinning: In September 2008, Nikon introduced the $999 12.3MP D90, the first DSLR with HD video recording. Canon quickly followed with the $2,699 21.1MP EOS 5D Mark II, which captured 1080p video instead of the 720p of arch...

High-quality 15.1MP stills; takes full HD videos; excellent 3-inch LCD; low noise up to ISO 800; Live View mode works well

Shooting in-focus videos takes work; boring design; only shoots 20 fps at full HD; not as rugged as more expensive DSLRs

The Canon EOS Rebel T1i is a solid mid-range DSLR with the added spice of HD video recording...

Editor's Choice!

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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.

Product Specifications

Canon's EOS Rebel T1i is packed with features, both refined and new. In addition to its admirable performance with a 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.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon LP-E5

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Close-up / Landscape / Night portrait / Portrait mode / Sports mode


Model:Rebel T1i
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon EOS

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.6
Lens for SD:Body only/Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS lens
Max Focal Length:55mm
Min Focal Length:18mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:14.9 x 22.3mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.9 x 22.3 mm
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes
Sensor Resolution:15.1Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Eye-level mirror pentaprism

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:H.264
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):12800
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100-3200 / ISO 12800 / ISO 6400 / ISO auto (100-3200)
Special Effects:Faithful / Landscape / Monochrome / Neutral / Portrait
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW / RAW + JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical