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Canon EOS 500D review

£489.77 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Canon

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Canon EOS 500D, also known as the Canon EOS Rebel T1i, is a 15.1Mp SLR camera.

The Canon EOS 500D, also known as the Canon EOS Rebel T1i, is a 15.1Mp SLR camera.

Offering 15-megapixel resolution, excellent low-light performance, and high-definition video recording, the Canon EOS 500D is a camera that's good enough for many professional shooting situations. Packed into a small, lightweight body, and shipping in a kit with a 18mm to 55mm lens, the Canon EOS 500D costs around £600. Canon also sells a body-only configuration.

For the most part, the Canon EOS 500D is a very compact camera that doesn't sacrifice comfort or stable shooting to achieve its small footprint. The overall control layout is largely unchanged from previous models, so if you're already familiar with the Canon EOS 500D's ancestors, you'll feel right at home with the new camera.

As with all Canon SLRs, almost all of the essential shooting controls are accessible through external camera controls. White balance, autofocus, drive mode, exposure compensation, exposure lock, and program shift modes all have dedicated buttons, and the Canon EOS 500D's control layout allows you to easily alter any of these parameters (as well as shutter speed, aperture, and ISO) with one hand.

Since essential exposure controls are right near the shutter button, you can easily change shutter speed, aperture, and ISO without ever removing your eye from the viewfinder.

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In addition to size, the main feel and interface difference between the Canon EOS 500D and Canon's mid-range cameras (like the Canon EOS 50D) is the control layout on the back of the camera. Where the 50D provides a rear-mounted wheel that you use for navigating menus and changing parameter settings, the Canon EOS 500D offers four buttons arranged in a circle. While the wheel is a little faster, and is easier to use without looking, the Rebel's four-way button pad works fine, and you should find navigation and control quick and easy.

The 3in LCD on the Canon EOS 500D is Canon's latest, and it's beautiful. It has more resolution (920,000 dots) and better detail than the screen on any previous Rebel, and provides easier-to-read menus and a clear, sharp view of your images, even in bright sunlight.

As with any LCD screen, it's still not accurate for judging colour and exposure, though the on-screen histogram gives you a way to work around those limitations. And while the Canon EOS 500D's screen does show very fine detail, it's still not good enough for assessing subtle focus problems.

As with previous models, the Canon EOS 500D's LCD screen automatically deactivates when you raise the camera to your eye, so you don't have it shining in your face while shooting.

The LCD screen displays all of the Canon EOS 500D's current status information, and you can even change settings using this screen. The ability to see and alter settings on the back of the camera is great when you're working on a tripod.

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Canon EOS 500D with Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS lens reviews verified by Reevoo

Canon EOS 500D with Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS lensScores 9.1 out of 10 based on 257 reviews
Image Sensor Technology: CMOS 15.1Megapixels
Image Sensor Size: 0.87 x 0.58In
Exposure Compensation: +/-2 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments
Light Metering Method: Real-time evaluative metering
White Balance: Auto white balance with the imaging sensor AWB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom
Shutter Speeds: 30-1/4000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), Bulb Seconds
ISO Sensitivity Setting: AUTO (100-1600), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 Expandable to 6400 + H (approx 12800) in 1-stop increments
Self Timer: 2s, 10s+remote, 10s + continuous shots 2-10
Built-in Flash: Auto, Manual Flash On/Off, Red-Eye Reduction
SD card, SDHC card
sRGB and Adobe RGB
Linear PCM audio
Video Resolution: HD (16:9)1920 x 1080P -20fps, 1280x720P -30fps, SD(4:3) 640 x 480 -30fps Pixels
3.0ins LCD TFT 920k Pixels
USB 2.0, HDMI Type C, Combined A/V and USB output
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E5
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The Canon EOS 500D is Canon's best Rebel yet. If you need a faster burst rate, or don't like the button-centered interface, or the camera is too small for your hands, then you'll also want to look at the EOS 50D, the next camera up in Canon's line. (Note that you won't get video shooting with that camera.) If you're looking for an SLR under £1,000 that takes great images and movies, then the Canon EOS 500D is an excellent choice.

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