Canon EOS 500D Digital SLR Camera (Known as the Rebel T1i in the US)

Canon has announced the latest model in the consumer-level dSLR digital camera range, the 500D, also known as the Rebel T1i in the US market. This camera looks impressive. It is the new top of the entry-level cameras for Canon. Canon is continuing their push upward with raised resolution and has also increased the sensitivity in this model significantly. It will be interesting to see just what the image noise levels are with this new sensor when we get one for testing which should be in May.Canon 500d digital camera
Key Features:

  • Full High Definition movie recording (Canon first in its class)
  • Live View shooting with Face Detection (Canon first in its class)
  • 15.1 megapixels CMOS sensor (highest in its class)
  • DiG!C 4 Image Processor
  • ISO speed range 100-3200 (H1:6400, H2:12800)
  • 3-inch, fine detail LCD monitor (920,000 dots)

It continues the use of the SD memory card format and the use of in-lens image stabilization. In talking to Canon about this model I asked how Canon felt about the rise in in-body IS from competing brands. Their feeling is still that in-body IS offers limitations compared to in-lens, since the IS really needs to be matched to each individual lens design, and so they intend to stick with this. Personally, I would like to see Canon go hybrid: offering both in-body IS and in-lens IS on selected lenses. This should offer the best of both worlds and I would expect that the combination should be able to push IS abilities further than just one of them. With a non-IS lens you get some capability. With an IS lens cleaning up a lot of the movement before the sensor sees it, the combination should be able to add a bit more to what you get. Anyway, Canon will make their decisions on this. Of course there is a benefit of Canon sticking with in-lens IS only: you can still find people to convert their cameras for infrared photography. At the present time I do not know of anyone who is converting any dSLRs with in-body IS.

Canon have also announced the 270EX compact flash. It has bounce flash capability but, unfortunately, does not integrate with Canon’s wireless flash system, so you can’t use it as an extra flash in such a setup.

Press Release follows:
Canon Australia today launched its most creative and powerful entry-level digital SLR (DSLR). Positioned between the highly acclaimed EOS 450D and 40D, the EOS 500D will be sought after by DSLR users wishing to upgrade, or by first-time DSLR users looking for a camera that they can grow into.

Canon 500d digital camera

Canon 500d digital camera

Photographers will not only experience Canon’s superior image quality and advanced technologies when shooting with the EOS 500D, but they will be both surprised and excited that Canon has managed to incorporate Full High Definition recording into such an accessible DSLR camera.

Canon 500d digital camera

“The EOS 500D boasts a Canon first for entry-level DSLR cameras with the inclusion of Full High Definition movie recording, which allows users to get creative and expand their shooting capabilities,” states Chris Macleod, Brand Manager – EOS, Consumer Imaging Products Group, Canon Australia. “This high-quality, feature-packed DSLR is very easy to use and promises to make DSLR photography fun for first-time users, those looking to upgrade and those looking to take their creativity to whole new level.”

Canon 500d digital camera

Endless creative possibilities
Users can capture still photos and movies in Full HD quality or standard TV quality (VGA), making this the ideal camera for users who want to capture stunning stills and movies without compromising on quality.

Creativity made simple

The EOS 500D boasts easy to understand, simple and intuitive functions, perfect for any skill-level.

Like other Canon DSLR models, the EOS 500D features Live View shooting for greater flexibility and creative composition. This technology makes it easy to compose and shoot images on the 3.0-inch LCD screen, without ever having to bring the camera to your eye.

In another first for Canon entry-level EOS cameras, the 500D features live Face Detection mode in Live View shooting. By distinguishing human faces in each shot and adjusting the focus and exposure accordingly, Live Face Detection allows photographers to ensure their subjects are captured clearly and accurately.

To further add to the 500D’s intuitive shooting capability, the camera incorporates automatic image correction tools (Auto Lighting Optimiser and Peripheral Illumination Correction) to ensure even first-time users can take professional-quality shots the first time round.

Movies and stills can be viewed easily on the camera’s large LCD screen, which incorporates an anti-reflection and anti-smudging coating to ensure reviewing photos is both clear and accurate.

Impressive image quality
Exceptional clarity, razor-sharp images, natural colours and perfect tones are all the hallmarks of Canon’s unique CMOS sensor technology. The EOS 500D incorporates a 15.1 megapixel sensor (highest resolution in class) and combined with the imaging performance and super-fast speed of the DiG!C 4 image processor, makes this the perfect camera for creative photography fun.

New Canon speedlite accessory
Canon has also launched a new compact and lightweight speedlite for entry-level users who want to get more creative with their photography.

Replacing the 220EX, the 270EX speedlite features a new bounce-flash capability to enable natural flash photography and can be used on all EOS DSLR cameras as well as some high-end compact cameras.

The 270EX speedlite (RRP $TBC) will be available from May through Canon dealers nationally.

Pricing and Availability in Australia

The EOS 500D body will be available in Body Only, Single IS Kit (with EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS), Twin IS kit (with EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS and EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS), Enthusiast Kit (with EF-17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM) and Premium kit (with EF-S18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS). All RRPs TBC. These kits will all be available from May 2009 through Canon dealers nationally. For more information customers can contact Canon on 1800 021 167, or visit the website at

Pricing and Availability in the US

The Canon EOS Rebel T1i Digital SLR Camera is scheduled for delivery by early May and will be sold in a body-only configuration which includes a rechargeable battery pack and charger, USB and video cables, a neckstrap, an EOS Solutions Disk CD and a 1-year Canon U.S.A., Inc. limited warranty at an estimated retail price of $799.99. It will additionally be offered in a kit version with Canon’s EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens at an estimated retail price of $899.99.

About Canon
Canon Australia is a leading provider of advanced, simple-to-use imaging solutions for businesses and consumers. Canon’s Australian R&D company, CiSRA, develops customised solutions for local customers, and exports digital imaging technologies for use in Canon products worldwide. Canon has ranked among the top-three US patent recipients for the past 17 years, and had global revenues of around $US45 billion in 2008. Canon Australia also operates Canon Finance Australia, which offers one-stop shopping for customers wanting leasing or finance services. For more information, visit

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