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Canon Rebel T1i entry level DSLR offers video recording with compromise

Canon’s new Rebel DSLR (EOS 500D in Europe and Asia) is, on the face of it, a versatile machine with a specification that’s enough for most serous amateurs including 15.1 megapixel sensor and a video recording facality but a number of restrictions have been made to squeeze this into a $800 (≈ $800) package.

Canon Rebel T1i

Image handling is carried out by Canon’s DIGIC 4 image processor giving superb picture quality. ISO sensitivity can be set up to 3200 along with two high speed settings equivalent to ISO 6400 and ISO 12800.

The 22.3mm x 14.9mm 15Mp CMOS sensor is identical to ones that’s featuring in EOS 50D. That includes the Live view features and functionality from two grid overlays and three AF options: Quick Mode, Live Mode and Live Mode with Face Detection. It’s rated at 3.4fps and capable of capturing 170 Large Fine JPEG or 9 RAW CR2 in a fast shooting sequence but no micro AF adjustment.

Canon Rebel T1i

The camera back includes a 3 inch display (see photo below):

Canon Rebel T1i

A major attraction of the new Rebel is the video shooting mode. Unfortunately while the T1i can shoot 720 lines at 30 fps, full HD 1080 is limited to 20 fps. This, in effect, restricts full HD shooting to still scenes only.

A summery of the main features:

  • 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
  • 95% coverage viewfinder
  • 35-zone metering
  • 1/4000s shutter speed.
  • EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS kit lens ($100 (≈ $100) extra)

The Canon Rebel T1i is due to ship in early May and to retail for $799 (≈ $799) (899 including kit lens)

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