New Canon Rebel T2i/550D vs Canon Rebel T1i/500D and vs Canon EOS 7D

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    Everyone always wants to know where the new cameras fit and what features are different between models. Since Canon announced the Rebel T2i/550D today, we thought we’d compare it side by side with the Canon Rebel T1i/500D and the Canon EOS 7D. And, just to make it interesting, we also threw in the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and the new Canon EOS-1D MKIV.


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    CRITERIA

    Canon Rebel T1i/500D

    Canon Rebel T2i/550D

    Canon EOS 7D

    Canon EOS 5D Mark II

    Canon EOS-1D MKIV

    Price (body only US$)

    $799

    $799

    $1,699

    $2,499

    $4,999

    Video (1080)

    20fps

    30, 25 or 24 fps

    29.97, 25, 23.976 fps

    30fps

    29.97, 25, 23.976 fps

    Video (720)

    30fps

    50/60 fps

    59.94, 50 fps

    30fps

    59.94, 50 fps

    Video (640)

    30fps

    50/60 fps

    59.94, 50 fps

    n/a

    59.94, 50 fps

    Video (320)

    n/a

    n/a

    n/a

    n/a

    n/a

    Video autofocus

    no

    no

    no

    no (does have contrast based AF)

    no (does have contrast based AF)

    Max Resolution

    4752 x 3168

    5184 x 3456

    5184 x 3456

    5616 x 3744

    4896 x 3264

    Autofocus points

    9-point AF system with one extra-sensitive cross–type point at the centre for f/2.8 or faster lenses

    19 cross-type af points

    9 point

    TTL-AREA-SIR with 45-point CMOS sensor

    Metering

    35 zone evaluative

    63 zone SPC

    63 Zone Full Color Metering

    63 area, partial, spot (center, AF point, multi-spot), center-weighted average

    Sensor size

    AP-C (1.6 factor)

    AP-C (1.6 factor)

    AP-C (1.6 factor)

    Full Frame

    APS-H (1.3 factor)

    Sensor mp rating

    15.1mp

    18mp

    18mp

    21.1mp

    16mp

    Processor

    Digic IV

    Digic IV

    Dual Digic IV

    Digic IV

    Dual DIGIC IV

    Supports lenses

    Canon EOS EF, EF-S mount

    Canon EOS EF, EF-S mount

    Canon EOS EF, EF-S mount

    Canon EOS EF only

    Canon EOS EF only

    MicroAdjustment for lenses

    n/a

    n/a

    • Adjust all lenses by same amount (effectively body adjustment)

    • Adjust up to 20 lenses individually

    • Adjust all lenses by same amount (effectively body adjustment)

    • Adjust up to 20 lenses individually

    • Adjust all lenses by same amount (effectively body adjustment)

    • Adjust up to 20 lenses individually

    Microphone

    internal mono only

    mono internal or external stereo mini plug in mic

    mono internal or external stereo mini plug in mic

    mono internal or external stereo mini plug in mic

    mono internal or external stereo mini plug in mic

    ISO Range

    Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (6400-12800 expandable)

    Auto, 100-6400 in 1-stop increments (12800 expandable)

    Auto (100-3200), 100-6400 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments) ISO can be expanded to H: 12800 

    100-6400 (high ISO up to 25600) (low ISO – 50)

    100 – 12800 in 1/3 or 1 stops, 50, 25600, 51200 and 102400 with boost

    Weather Resistant

    no

    no

    equivalent to the legendary EOS–1N

    yes

    Weatherproof

    Memory card

    SD

    SD/SDHC/SDXC

    CF

    CF

    SD and CF both – can select stills go on CF and video on SD (or combination)

    Battery

    LP-E5

    LP-E8

    LP-E6

    LP-E6 New Smart Technology 

    LP-E4

    Battery Grip

    BG-E5

    BG-E8

    BG-E7

    BG-E6

    Built in

    Raw support

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes – includes sRAW1 and sRAW2

    Yes – includes sRAW1 and sRAW 2

    Yes – includes sRAW1 and sRAW 3

    Popup Flash

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    No

    No

    Maximum frames per sec

    3.4

    3.7

    8

    3.9

    10

    Weight (with battery)

    520g (1.2lb)

    520g (1.2lb)

    860 g 

    810g (1.8lb)

    1230 g (43.4 oz)

    Custom Functions

    n/a

    n/a

    3 sets of memorized settings

    3 sets of memorized settings

    AE Lock

    Manual: AE lock button

    Manual: AE lock button

    • Auto: One Shot AF with evaluative metering

    • Manual: AE lock button

    • Auto: One Shot AF with evaluative metering

    • Manual: AE lock button

    • Auto: One Shot AF with evaluative metering

    • Manual: AE lock button

    (Photo credit: snap from Canon)


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    Comments

    1. James

      From Canon on frame rates, they states that the 550D will have the same frame rates as the 7D, 29.97, 25, 23.976, 59.94, 50 fps

      “Frame rates including Full HD 1920 x 1080 at 30 (29.97), 25 or 24 (23.976) fps, and HD 1280 x 720 or Standard Definition 640 x 480 quality video, at 60 (59.94) or 50 fps.”

    2. Martin Voelker

      The one revolutionary part may be about the type of cards it accepts: the latest SDXC goes up to 2 Tera and uses a newer FAT filing system which I would hope does not have a 2GB file limit and hence allows for continuous shooting.
      Now event videographers can finally use HDSLRs!

    3. D. Simon

      The 7D has a contrastbased Autofocus at videomode!!!

      You just have to click on the AF-ON button.

    4. Steve

      So, other than the 7D having dual processors, there really isn’t a huge reason to get a 7D over the 550D.

    5. Tony Davies-Patrick

      Continuous shooting has nothing to do with Fat filing or GB size of files. It is simply due to the EU export/import ruling between camcorders and stills-photo cameras.
      So this camera, and in fact no future DSLR will have a continuous video shooting option beyond about 12-mins HD and 30-min SD, until the EU taxation rules are changed.

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    7. someone

      Just a few minor things: the 5d Mk II is able to record in 640×480 and 550D is able to autofocus (contrast) in video mode (according to photoreview)

    8. Ben Swenson

      Two things which are not accurate in this comparison:

      1) The contrast based AF works on both the 7D and the T2i (not sure about the T1i) – but is SLOW on all of the cameras.
      2) According to Canon’s documentation, the T2i DOES have 3 custom picture styles (if that is what is meant by ‘3 sets of memorized settings’).

      1. Scias

        I think they mean custom modes on the mode switch at the top of the camera, which probably allow custom everything, not only styles

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