Canon Digital Rebel T1i/500D Brief Review


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  • 15.1 megapixels
  • Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor
  • Full HD video mode (1920 x 1080 resolution)
  • max length 29m 59s (4GB)
  • HDMI output
  • JPEG and RAW file formats
  • Secure Digital memory cards
  • 3.0-inch Live View LCD
  • Release Date: 2009-03-25
  • Final Grade: 78 3.9 Star Rating: Recommended

Canon Digital Rebel T1i/500D
An older Canon DSLR
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 8/21/2014

The T1i is now out of production and has been surpassed by a number of new models, but it could still be a decent buy at the right price for folks who don't care so much about state-of-the-art feature sets -- it's still a great camera, in other words, but we're knocking the rating down a few points since it looks a bit quaint by current standards (though we do think it's still a better purchase than the latest Canon entry-level dSLR, the T3). Here's what we had to say about the T1i in 2009:

Canon's Digital Rebel line has long delivered powerful, high-end features to consumers at reasonable prices, and the all new T1i model (also known as the Canon EOS 500D) is no exception, tossing 1080p HD video into the mix. The T1i brings the superlative 15.1 megapixel CMOS sensor found in the pro-level 50D and combines it with the full HD 1080p video mode seen previously on the super-expensive 5D Mk. II (though at 20fps instead of 30fps). The drop in framerate is disappointing, though 720p video can be shot in 30fps.

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