|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 Lens
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Canon's new EOS Rebel T1i is packed with features, both refined and new. In addition to its admirable performance with an all-new 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. Exposure Control - Program AE (Shiftable), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Depth-of-field AE, Full auto, Full auto, Programmed image control mode, Manual exposure, E-TTL II autoflash program AE ISO Speed - ISO 100-3200 (in 1-stop increments), H1 - 6400 H2 - 12800; Basic Zone modes - ISO 100-3200 set automatically Retractable, auto pop-up flash - E-TTL II autoflash Full HD video capture at 1920 x 1080 resolution with HDMI output for HD viewing of stills and video Live View Function for stills (Quick, Live and Face Detection AF modes) and video Auto Lighting Optimizer for superior highlight-shadow control Wide range ISO setting 100-3200 (ISO expansion - 6400, 12800) Creative Auto goes a step beyond auto allowing control over frequently-changed settings Lens Mount - Canon EF mount (compatible with over 60 Canon EF/EF-S lenses and most EOS System accessories) Battery Type - Rechargeable Battery LP-E5 Dimensions (WxHxD) - 5.1 x 3.8 x 2.4 in./128.8 x 97.5 x 61.9mm Weight - 16.9oz. /480g (body only)
- New 15.1-megapixel CMOS sensor with DIGIC 4 Image Processor
- Includes Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens
- Full HD video capture at 1920 x 1080 resolution; HDMI output
- 3.0-inch Clear View LCD; Live View Function for stills (Quick, Live and Face Detection AF modes) and video
- Capture images and video to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
- Real reasons for getting this over the Nikon D5000
If you are upgrading and already own Canon or Nikon lenses, you should stick with your brand, the differences between these two cameras should not be enough to cause you to switch, otherwise read on.
First I will list the commonly wrong reasons to pick one over the other:
1) Image Quality - Not because image quality is not important, but because the image quality difference between these two cameras is too minimal to have it be a reason. They are essentially equally great with respect to image quality.
2) Megapixel Count - 15 megapixels is indeed qualitatively better than 6 megapixels, but 15mp (t1i) and 12mp (5000D) from similar sized sensors is again not much real difference. There are point and shoots with higher megapixel counts on tiny ccd sensors, doesn't mean they are better. Again, image quality of the d5000 and t1i are both great and is no reason to pick one over the other.
3) 1080p video - The t1i has it at 20fps, the d5000 doesn't have it at all. But the 20 fps on the t1i renders this essentially pointless. The human eye needs about 24fps for the illusion of smooth continuity. If you will be using video, you can consider both 720p.
Now for what I believe are valid but minor reasons to pick one over the other:
1) LCD difference: canon's is almost double the resolution and bigger, nikon's can swivel out. I prefer the higher res and bigger size to the swivel. The higher res is very important as you will be able to tell if a shot had problems that you couldn't at lower res. This is really an important factor that is hard to emphasize in words but makes a huge difference once you see it.
2) movie mode differences: nikon d5000 is fully manual here including for the focus. the canon is fully auto here including a pretty slow and disruptive auto focus. For an SLR you WANT manual control, especially of aperture so you can control the depth of field to make videos that are less home video looking and more 'artsy'. If you wanted full auto, get a point and shoot that does video. Fortunately for canon, there are workarounds to be able to control aperture, but they are a hassle. But my opinion is to get the Canon based on the auto focus. It is not really useable during movie capture (loud slow and disruptive), but you can atleast use it before hand to get focus. It brings quite a bit of convenience. And you can look on the web for hack ways to manually control the aperture. The Canon is also 30fps at 720p compared to 24fps at 720p for the nikon. You can get a 25% slow motion effect with the canon without going under 24fps, where as with the nikon doing any slow motion will mean choppy frames (under 24fps).
Everything else I feel comes down to personal factors like form factor, feel in hand etc. ...more info
- Great camera for people new to SLR
The camera is great for starters.
I have this camera for over 1.5 months now.
It is very easy to use.
I have no complaints....more info
- MY FIRST SLR
For my first SLR camera I chose this one because of its 15.1 MP,and its ability to shoot live video when needed. I love taking pics with it. I am not a pro and when it comes to ease of use this one has it. In low light conditons the auto features gets everything right even in no flash mode. I was at a graduation ceremony with low light and the pics were great. Plus with the ability to go into the profesional side of this cameras features is somthing that I will be exploring and learning to use in the future.
The only draw back I have with this camera is the lens. It is a little soft. I am saving up my money to buy a better lens. If you have the option to buy the body only I would do so. That way you can get a lens that will do this camera justice.
- Great camera for people new to SLR
The camera is great for starters.
I have this camera for over 1.5 months now.
It is very easy to use.
I have no complaints....more info
- Incredible Camera! The Best of Both Worlds! (Canon 50D & Mark II)
I'm just an average guy who's trying to break into the professional world of photography... I've been eyeing the Canon 50D and was so close to buying one when I heard of the T1i. So I compared notes and found the T1i was nearly identical to the Canon 50D minus a few things I couldn't really notice (or care about) since I consider myself somewhat knowledgeable about photography.
After reading what few reviews there were on the internet because this item was new, I decided to take the plunge and buy this camera and lucky me, I ordered it the day it was released to the world so it came quickly!
The results? I LOVE IT! But before I say more...
Now, if you're a big guy like me who has BIG HANDS, YOU WILL WANT THE BATTERY GRIP that is extra. TRUST ME... It's a no-brainer... get it because it will make the camera feel so much better and make it look even more professional!
That, and the battery grip comes with 2 extra 1800mA batteries which will give you a total of 3 batteries all together. I've been playing with it for several days and still haven't made a dent in draining these batteries!
How's it operate? GREAT! Let me go into more detail...
It's got several settings that I will sum up for you in Regular English, not Geek speak because I wish more people would speak this way instead of beating around the bush...
It's got old fashioned digital camera settings (you know the little icons of the flower or mountain, sports guy, etc) so if you know how to use these settings, you'll be able to use this quickly and comfortably.
It's got a full auto mode (which I like to call "No Brainer Mode") because this feature is a no-brainer! You just shoot and let it think for you! It will do EVERYTHING for you and do an incredible job! (NICE :-D)
And it's got the Advanced Modes so if you are a pro or want the controls of a professional camera (you know, to change the ISO settings or F-stops, etc) You can do that too!
They really put a lot of thinking into this camera and its nice, inside and out. One of the things I've discovered that's extra credit is the software that comes with it called Digital Photo Professional.
If you've read some of these reviews that talks about a picture maybe soft somewhere or the ISO noise (for whatever reason)... Digital Photo Professional has some sweet settings that will get rid of that for you and enhance your pictures to STUNNING!
There's so much potential in this camera and remember, it's made by the same folks who made the 50D and all the other versions! So what if its got minor tweaks that others don't... the bottom line is that this is an incredible camera!
I'm not crazy about the "Rebel" name in it because it makes it sound Amateurish... This should be called The Canon EOS AWESOME T1i because it looks, feels and is just that!
Even better is the High Definition Video you can record if you want to. Sure its not equal to a dedicated HD camcorder but its nice to have if you want to record something important and look sharp too! Personally, I can't tell the difference between the 1080p and 720p so don't let these little nit-pickers bother you.
Go with your gut and DO GET A GOOD LENS to compliment the one it comes with. Your next best bet is to get a 28mm to 200mm LENS so you can do those zoom and up close shots.
With so many lenses, it will just open up all kinds of creative things you can do. I hope my review answered your questions! I'm glad I bought it and look forward to all the possibilities! So if you're looking to be a professional, this is a great start! If you're looking to have a nice camera that you want to enjoy as a hobby, this is also for you!
As I said in the title... the best of both worlds! :-)
UPDATE: While I've had it for about a month now, I'm very impressed with its performance and battery life! And to the person who commented, I'm a happy customer who's good at wording. I don't work for anyone but myself. Check my website in my profile if you want proof. I just call it as it is. :-) ...more info
- 5 STARS for me
I don't even know why there are ratings that are even lower than 4 stars! This camera is EXCELLENT for starters! It comes really close to a 50D in quality and an extra recording feature is nice. Even though the price is not attractive to some people, I don't believe this camera deserves a rating below 4 stars. It is simply EXCELLENT! I've had it for a month now and I absolutely think its one of the best in its league. The stock lens aren't so great, but if u want better pictures.. u have to pay the price. ...more info
- Best technology for the money
I consider myself an above average amateur, and I want to share why I decided to buy the T1i. I know the concept of white-balance, aperture, speed, and metering, and I've experimented with them on my Point & Shoot camera (Canon G2).
My budget is in the $800-$1000 range, and I narrowed down my selections to Canon T1i, Nikon D5000/D90, and Pentax K20D. I wasn't worried too much about who has the best image quality. I felt that all 4 cameras (should) produce excellent results for most cases.
I'm a big fan of technology, and I'm willing to spend money to get latest technology (well.. as long as it's within my budget). I mean, if I just want good quality image, I'd go with Nikon D40/D60 or Canon XSi.
I based my decision on user reviews and professional reviews, dpreview.com and the like.
Pentax K20D has weather sealed body and in-body image stabilization, but they're not must-have features to me. It's reported to have slow focus, which is a deal-breaker.
Nikon D5000 has the same CMOS sensor as D90's, which has better DxOMark (better dynamic range, better low-light ISO) than Canon's 50D sensor, the same one in Canon T1i. But it only has 2.7-inch/230-kpixel LCD, not to mention 0.78x viewfinder magnification (compare to T1i's 0.87x).
dSLR buyers be warned: you just don't use LCD for focusing, it's too slow. D5000's swiveling LCD is a hard sell to me.
Nikon D90 has better sensor, and pentaprism viewfinder. It can capture more frames/second (4.5 vs T1i's 3.4). It also has more AF area (11 vs T1i's 9). I mostly use single-focus point, so more focus points is not that useful to me. I plan to experiment with RAW capture, and Nikon charges extra for its RAW converter software (NX2 $180 MSRP).
For $799 (body only), I feel that T1i gives the best & latest dSLR technology for the money:
3-inch 920-kpixel LCD, fast focus, free RAW converter software, latest DIGIC4, HDMI. 1080p/720p video is a bonus.
I'm not too crazy for the 15-Mpix, but now when I take pictures,I don't worry much about zooming on my subject,
knowing I can crop the image later.
Again, all 4 cameras take excellent pictures. It's the non-image-quality features that got me sold on T1i.
Be prepared to have a steep learning curve
on white-balance/metering/ISO etc. Don't expect a $900 dSLR to give you excellent image everytime
on full-auto. You'll need to learn to use it. Oh, and get the $100 50mm f/1.8 lens, you won't be sorry.
- Unbelievably Excellent Camera!
My family loves this camera! I am glad I waited for this. I was tempted to by the XSI from Canon, but when I heard about this one coming out, I waited and thank god I did!
For a first time SLR person, this is the camera that you want to buy. The Video is an added bonus. I am now going to sell my Sony HD camcorder and just use this one.
I also got the 16 gig SDHC card, which you will need if you are going to take pics in 15 meg and use the video....more info
- Great Introduction to DSLRs
The T1i (500D to me and the rest of the World) is my first DSLR camera. My digital cameras previous to the 500D consisted of Olympus' 570UZ, Canon's Powershot S70 and the (almost vintage!) Powershot S110. Given my absence of experience with DSLRs, I obviously would have no real world basis to compare the 500D to other DSLRs.
With that disclaimer out of the way, let me unequivocally state that I am absolutely thrilled with the quality of the pictures taken by the 500D, especially at night.
I love night photography and it has been a continuing source of frustration for me that point-and-shoots, even advanced point-and-shoots like the 570UZ or the S70, have singularly so-so night photography performance, even on Manual mode where one is allowed to choose the ISO, shutter speed and aperture. The 500D convincingly erased that frustration. In fully automatic mode it takes absolutely goregous night photos at high ISO (usually 800 and occasionally @ 1600) and a very quick shutter speed with nary a hint of noise or blurring. (A guy I talked to concerning the night photography capabilities of the 500D and Nikon's D5000 commented that he found the Canon a more capable night shooter. I took his word with a grain of salt. Now, I absolutely believe him!) If there is one problem with the 500D's night capabilities on Automatic, it's that it tends to overlight the scene, which may not be what you want in certain situations. (For those kinds of photos, may I recommend "Manual" mode?)
I consider myself a mid-level amateur (I understand the concepts of shutter speed, ISO, aperture, white balance, etc.) but have not fully learned how to manipulate the different variables to great(er) effect. The 500D, however, makes it easy to learn. The menu is (more-or-less) intuitive and worded in plain (non-technical) English. The "Creative auto" mode provides a good example of the use of simple, descriptive English.
The LCD screen (@920000 pixels) is stunning. I compared the screen on the 500D with that in my 570UZ (@230000 pixels) and the difference between the two are indeed worlds apart.
The 500D, however, is not as comfortable on the hand as my 570UZ. Also, the kit lens that comes with the 500D lacks the close-up and zoom capabilities of my 570UZ. (The 570UZ can take crisp pictures with the lens less than 1 cm from the object being photographed. Try that with the 500D equipped with the kit lens... you can't.) Which leads to one drawback to DSLRs... having to purchase separate lenses in order to do truly close-up and/or super zoom photography. Finally, the 500D is, of course, much heavier than an ordinary point and shoot.
I have not used the video mode (for video, I'd recommend that one buy a dedicated video recorder not a DSLR).
To sum up, the two main reasons why I love this camera:
1. Stunning LCD; and
2. Equally stunning night photography capabilities, even in full automatic!
- Don't buy this kit
Looks like I'm the first "one star". I'll be blunt. My old point and shoot, 6mp FujiFilm camera gave me better pictures. I spent an entire vacation using the T1i. Every possible shot from wide angle landscapes to low light portraits. Snap shots and photo shoots by the pool. Almost every shot was NOT CRISP. I have read several reviews about how the kit lens (18-55) is not very good, and you should get a different one. I am rating THIS KIT. The one I bought. It sucks. If it's true that this combo is not very good and produces noticably bad pictures, how did this kit make it onto the market? Canon should be ashamed of itself.
Another marketing gimick is the 1080p HD. Prominent on the box. It's what swayed me to purchase it, along with my confidence that Canon would give me a very good still DSLR. The 1080p only gives you 20fps. Standard video needs to be at least 24fps to give your eye the "video" effect of unbroken pictures. 30fps is desired to catch even moving objects. I tested this a few times and was very disappointed in the results. They were very jerky. And it did very poorly in low-light (incandescent) situations. Not that I was going to replace my camcorder, but this feature is definitely not worth influencing you to buy this camera.
From all the research I've done since noticing how badly this camera performs, I have concluded the Nikon D90 is worth paying a bit more for. Here's the rub. You should probably not buy their kit either (but I have read that the 18-105VR lens is pretty good). You will always do better, quality-wise, buying the body only and then buying a well-reviewed lens that fits the type of photos you want to take. ...more info
- Fantastic camera - Great entry DSLR
I love this camera. I've been using the Canon Powershot G series for years, moving from G5 to G9, and finally decided to move into DSLRs. I'm an old photog and used SLRs in the film days, so going to SLR wasn't a problem. I was just so happy with my G9, I wasn't compelled to move.
Until I broke my G9!! :(
Now that I've got the T1i, I can't believe I didn't move into DSLR a long time ago. This camera, and the pictures it takes are FANTASTIC. I love having the full control over depth of field, I love the sharpness of high quality glass. I purchased the EF-S 18mm - 200mm zoom at the same time I purchased the camera.
What I love about Canon is that the menus and functions are pretty well standardized across their cameras, with small variations where necessary due to varied functionality. That made it very easy for me to pick up this new camera and start shooting immediately.
If you've been shooting point-n-shoots for some time and are ready to move up to DSLR, or you just want a new DSLR in the low price range, this camera is fantastic.
I highly recommend it. ...more info
- Low-light bliss.
I'm not a professional photographer by any means, and in fact this is my first SLR. With that in mind, I am very satisfied with this camera. If you're willing to put up with noise, low-light pictures are a snap.
Oh come on, that was funny.
To me, the controls and user interface are intuitive and easy to learn. The shutter does make a funny sound. However, it seems very durable, the screen is brilliant, and I am very satisfied with my purchase....more info