Canon announces EOS 500D/Rebel T1i

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planet5D will be expanding to cover this wonderful new camera. We've opened a new blog and wiki at and (both URLs go to the same location).

As expected, Canon has announced a new consumer digital SLR (dSLR) in the “Rebel” line, the T1i. Continuing with the naming conventions of previous cameras like the 400D, it has multiple names depending on where you live. In the USA, it is the “Rebel T1i”, in Japan the “EOS Kiss Digital X3” and in the rest of the world, it is the “EOS 500D”. The image for this story comes from DPReview's coverage.

The new camera does do video and has the DIGIC 4 processor as previously rumored, but the ‘articulating' LCD didn't come to pass.

$899 MSRP with kit EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens, $799 MSRP body only


  • Full HD Video (20fps at 1080p and 30fps at 720p)
  • 3″ LCD with live view
  • Integrated Sensor Cleaning
  • ISO 100-3200 (expandable to 12800)
  • 3.4 fps burst

From the press release:
“Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 25 March 2009: Canon announces the new 15.1MP EOS 500D which offers photographers an outstanding combination of features. Following the launch of the first Canon EOS camera to shoot movies – the EOS 5D Mark II in September 2008 – Canon now brings Full High Definition (HD) video capability to consumers in a compact and lightweight DSLR.

The new EOS 500D features a 15.1 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor – ideal for large detailed prints or enormous cropping possibilities. For shooting in near-dark conditions, the EOS 500D offers a high ISO sensitivity up to 3200 which is expandable to 12800, giving photographers the power to shoot in the dimmest light conditions. Outstanding noise reduction is made possible by Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor.

The EOS 500D heralds a new way for photography enthusiasts to capture their world. It pairs outstanding still image capture with Full HD 1080P video recording. For longer video shoots, users can also choose lower shooting resolutions of 720P or VGA.*”

DPReview already has a pretty thorough release information page. And they've released more info on this preview page. And the best page of all if you're interested in what is new on the camera (compared to previous Rebels). has a hands on report (with a preview copy of the camera). has posted an interesting comparison of the 500D with the Nikon D90 as well as the Canon 450D/Xsi

Gizmodo's article has sample video from the 500D and ISO comparisons with the 5D mk ii. “So with the T1i, you get a sizable chunk of the more expensive 50D's imaging performance plus an arguably better spec-wise video capture mode than the D90—a pretty sweet deal here at an entry-level price where even the MSRP beats the street price of the 50D and D90 both.”

Amazon has pages set up for the body and the kit

Canon also announced a new Speedlight 270ex (coverage on Canonrumors)

Canonrumors also pointed us to this video preview of the 500D

Differences between the 5D and 500D:

Ok, so should I be upset that Canon releases this camera so soon after the 5D mk ii? I don't think so.

so here are some of the major differences I see:

  • HD video on the 500D is only 20fps – still not the 24p that everyone hopes for but less than standard video
  • the mic input is MONO and there's no plug for an external mic!
  • ISO range lower than the 5D mk ii
  • Doesn't have the microAdjust feature for lenses
  • Not rated as weather resistant like the 5D mk ii
  • Uses SD memory cards (some people don't like SD because they're not as sturdy as CF)
  • Aimed at ‘top-end entry level' users – 5D mk ii is aimed at Pros
  • Doesn't have the smart batteries
  • Has the smaller compact design (I really like the bigger 5D)
  • Incorporates some of the newer menu design, but doesn't include the wheel on the back of the body (which had been rumored as well)‘s post entitled Canon EOS Rebel T1i HD Video Misses the Mark

Major planet5D announcement:

planet5D will be expanding to cover this wonderful new camera. We've registered and and will be opening new a new blog and wiki to cover this camera. We'll start by duplicating some of the wiki because certain portions of it will be similar for the 500D. It doesn't seem right to clutter this blog about our favorite 5D with a bunch of chatter about the new camera (tho we will if it applies to the 5D). Tho they're bare bones right now, both sites are open and we'll be adding content soon!


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