Canon EOS 500D
This is my first foray into DSLR-land, and so far, quite impressed. The choice when I bought it was this or the Nikon D90 - both offer a very similar spec. The key feature which tipped the balance to a DSLR from the lesser cameras I've had in the past was the ability to record video. The 500D just edges the Nikon on spec: it will record 1080p but only at 20 fps - however it records 720p at 30fps which is reasonable - and far better than VHS!
The camera is little changed from the 450D, the additions and modifications are almost entirely to do with the video ability: it now has a (non-standard) HDMI output (you'll need a suitable lead) in addition to the normal combined USB/Video output. The video ability has also brought with it a rather useful live-view shooting mode for stills, although this involves extra mirror movements so it's a tad slower and more noisy than normal viewfinder shooting.
The standard 18-55 lens is highly regarded in this price level, Canon's IS is impressive, although it's less of an issue at these kind of focal lengths - the same system is in the 55-250 IS zoom (which I also have) and it's pretty impressive there. I've found the lens good so far, it is of course compromised like any zoom lens, and lacks wide-open aperture compared with a prime lens - but as a lens to walk around with, it's not bad - Nikon do an 18-100, which is a better range as a single lens, but from what I read it's slightly more compromised optically.
The only real downsides I've noted so far are:
1)The autofocus on lenses at this levels is noisy, and thus obtrusive if you're shooting video with sound. That could be solved by buying the more expensive USM lens, of course, which is anyway a better lens, albeit a good deal more expensive.
2) Canon have seen fit to alter lens mounts over the years: this camera is EF-S, and will accept both EF-S and EF lenses - however, EF-S lenses won't fit an EF camera (earlier EOS DSLRs) and none of the older FD mount lenses will fit any of the modern cameras. This is a pity - and is something that Nikon do seem to have done better - old Nikon lenses are still usable on new Nikon DSLRs. This is only really a downside if you have older Canon stuff, which you won't be able to use.
All in all, it's a good camera for the money. The newest one in the range is the 550D, launched a few weeks ago, but aside from a few more pixels I don't think it's changed a lot - and the advent of a new model makes good prices for the previous one! The 50D is the next model up and frankly, I doubt it's worth the extra money, and, until Canon update it, doesn't do video if that bothers you. The 5D is a lot more but is also a lot more camera: 1080p at 30fps, full-frame sensor and all-round better construction and spec, but it does cost a lot more.
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It does what it says on the box (and more)
As the owner and abuser of two Canon 300D cameras the choice of another Canon was an easy one to make. The choice of the precise model was more of a problem, but after a lot of thought I chose the 500D as the ideal compromise between cost, resolution and robust construction.
The camera has exceeded expectations in all areas. The creative settings are easy and intuitive to use and the bright large screen on the back is a step change in visibility compared with the 300D. In short, it does exactly what it says on the box.
The more of the title is the lens. As you would expect from Canon it has excellent optics and provides fast and accurate focussing, but the joy is the image stabilisation (IS). To be able to hand hold at a 15th with confidence is a joy, so much so that I have decided to abandon my 55-250 zoom from the 300Ds and buy a Canon 55-250 IS zoom.
I have yet to try the HD video performance of the camera as I am really a stills photographer, but I am certain this will be just as good as I would expect after the excellent performance of the rest of the kit.
Incidentally, the Canon software for the management of RAW files is also excellent and very intuitive. It is not as adaptable as the full version of Photoshop, but it is a very close second unless you are looking for very complicated image manipulation.
All in all, camera and lens are an excellent combination and, although they are not professional kit, the only difference would be the likelihood of them surviving being dropped off a mountain!
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FEATURE PACKED,ERGONOMICALLY EVERY PUSH BUTTONS POSITION AND FEEL IS GREAT, THE MANUAL CONTROL KNOB WITH ITS KNURLED GRIP HAS A VERY POSITIVE ACTION, EASY NAVIGATION OF MENUS AND SUB MENUS.LIVE VIEW INCLUDING FREE PC/MAC SOFTWARE TOP RATED,THANKS CANON. MAYBE NEXT TIME WE WILL GET BACKLIGHTING ON THE BUTTONS.
THE REAR 3" VGA SCREEN IS SO CLEAR I CAN READ IT WITHOUT MY GLASSES ON VERY COOL..
PICTURE QUALITY IS SIMPLY OUTSTANDING FOR A MID RANGE DSLR,THE FRAME RATE OF 3.5 IMAGES A SECOND MY BE A LITTLE SLOW FOR SOME TASKS BUT AT 15.1MEGS ITS PUSHING OUT ALOT OF DATA, AND TO KEEP UP WITH IT I SUGGEST NOT ONLY A LARGE MEMORY CARD BUT ALSO THE FASTEST YOU CAN AFFORD.
THE HDMI MOVIE MODE IS A COOL FEATURE, WHILE SMOOTH PLAYBACK IS ACHIEVED WITH THE CAMERA AT REST, A GOOD TRIPOD AND CAREFUL SHOT PLANNING IS ESSENTIAL FOR THOSE PAN AND SCAN MOTION SHOTS, THE RUBBER BAND TRIPOD TRICK WOULD WORK WELL HERE TO HELP ELIMINATE MOST OF THE SHUDDER THATS INHERENT SHOOTING AT 30 OR 20 FPS.REGARDLESS OF THE HDMI MOVIE MODE'S THE SHOOTING TIME IS RESTRICTED TO A MAX TIME OF 29.59MINS,I CANNOT REALLY THINK OF A SITUATION WERE I WOULD REQUIRE MORE TIME , BUT YOU MIGHT.
WHEN LAUNCHED THIS CAMERA WOULD SET YOU BACK OVER £1.100 INC THE STANDARD 18/55MM LENS, BUT HAS NOW COME DOWN TO A MUCH MORE AFFORDABLE £500.00 INC LENS. THE FEATURES ALONE ON THIS CAMERA HAD ALREADY CONVINCED ME TO MAKE THIS MY FIRST DSLR PURCHASE, AND AT THE PRICE IT SELLS FOR NOW,MAKES THE DEAL A NO BRAINER,FOR MY NEEDS IT BEATS EVERY OTHER DSLR IN ITS MARKET LEVEL.
THE ONLY ISSUE I HAD WAS WITH THE CHARGERS POWER SUPPLY ADAPTER LEAD, I PURCHASED THE XTI (USA)VERSION WHICH I FOUND HAD TWO PRONGS THAT FOLD OUT OF THE CHARGER BODY,I GUESS ITS POSSIBLE TO PURCHASE AN ADAPTER PLUG FOR OUR UK MAINS WALL SOCKETS, I CHOOSE TO MOD THIS AND DID AWAY WITH THE PINS AND A SOLDERED, A 3 PIN PLUG & MAINS CORD DIRECTLY INTO THE CHARGER. SO WITH THIS IN MIND AND YOUR PURCHASE IS THE XTI VERSION TO, THEN PLAN AHEAD FOR ITS ARRIVAL, AND ORDER THE APPROPRIATE ADAPTER,THE EOS 500D ENGLISH VERSION COMES WITH THE CHARGER MODEL LC-E5E,UNLIKE MY LC-E5 THIS COMES READY FOR UK MAINS WALL SOCKETS.
ALL IN THIS IS A GREAT SETUP, AND FOR A FIRST TIME DSLR PURCHASE FROM USING SIMPLE POINT AND SHOT CAMERAS, LIKE ME YOU MAY FEEL SLIGHTLY DAUNTED BY THE LEARNING PROCESS NEEDED IN ORDER TO GET THE FULL ENJOYMENT AND MAX BENEFITS THIS CAMERA OFFERS, BUT IN THE MEAN TIME YOU WILL TAKE GREAT SHOTS AND MOVIES STRAIGHT OUT OF THE BOX USING THE AUTO FUNCTIONS.BUT JUST LIKE ME WHEN IT ARRIVES YOU WILL REMEMBER WHAT XMAS FELT LIKE AS AN 8 YEAR OLD.
SO MY ADVICE? GO GET AN EOS XTI/500D,SPOIL YOURSELF, WHY,BECAUSE ITS WORTH IT.. THANKS FOR READING
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Canon EOS 500D
Bought this because it came with 18mmx55mm lens and a 55mmx250mm canon IS lens plus a few welcome extras.A sincere and honest seller.
As with all electronic goods these days you have an encyclopedic instruction book. However if you switch off your phone and relax with a cup of something and with the camera, go through the basic instructions first.If you have had EOS cameras before then it will be easier.
I would say from a personal point of view that an IS lens is not needed in most areas of photography.
All EOS lenses will fit and the camera has a red mark for EOS film lenses and a white one for Digital[Canon].
Please remember that because the sensor on digital cameras is smaller that the 35mm film sensor so you must multiply the lens mm by approx 1.6.
The on/off switch is recesses and quite large and difficult to alter accidentally.LCD screen is large and view finder good.
AS before there are a lot of menus.However if you relax and go through them with the instruction book you will be well rewarded. Again from my point of view tweaking the settings is for later. All you want to do is to take photographs!!
I would not get a 32gb sdhc card for two reasons only: 1], cost 2].cost both financially and what a lot of photographs to loose as well!
Get an 8gb [couple] or a few 4gb. Try class 6 but class 4 is fine. Be aware when purchasing these cards the class system and also must be SDHC if you do not want a long delay in in camera processing.
The camera is the right size I think and not too big and sits well in my hands [small] amd very comfortable.
You can leave the ISO [film speed] on auto or select 100/200/400/ up to I think 3200.Perhaps even more!
Another useful thing to know is that although it has 15m pixels you do not have to shoot at this level. You can have lower megapixels and the quality will be very good.. It is not really required to shoot at 15m and you will have more shots on your card. Shooting in RAW [All possible information gathered] .Allows more flexibility in photoshop or similar.
Price wise I think it is expensive. You can get excellent photographs from Dimage-Z2 [10x zoom] Again whatever turns you on.
Overall an excellent camera for the Canon enthusiast who wishes to go Digital SLR and wishes to use his/her EOS lenses . Be warned , Most Film flashguns will not work properly on this camera.
I suggest Nissin i622 which has excellent reviews and is £160.00 but can be found online at £99.99 with a 3 year guarantee.. The Metz Canon dedicated [digital] is around £70/90.00.
The EX flashguns for EOS cameras will work well but check this out online. One good site is ;
photonotes.org which has reviews and very good explanations about cameras and flashguns, Worth a good look!
This review may not have answered all you questions. I only hope it has given you an appetite to research a bit more yourselves!!!
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Canon EOS 500D
I have shot on 35mm film for years and this camera offers the full flexibity of digital and a nearly the resolution of film. The controls and menus are extremely well thought out and anybody moving form film to digital will find the process painless. I like long exposure night shots and this camera delivers that function with a Bulb setting for the exposure and a denoise function. The LCD screen is excellent and gives a good large preview of what you've taken. The camera is remarkably light weight and the bonus of being able to film in full HD id an excellent finishing touch. Battery life is excellent and my only critisism which is probably because I haven't worked out how to tunr it off is the flash sometimes pops up when I don't want it to.