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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