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Ivan Garcia
March 25th, 2009, 05:52 AM
Canon announces the new 15.1MP Canon EOS 500D which offers photographers an outstanding combination of features. Following the launch of the first Canon EOS camera to shoot movies – the Canon 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 Canon 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 Canon 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 Canon 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. A built-in HDMI connection allows easy and instant review of images and movie clips on any compatible HDTV.

Every detail revealed
Exacting image preview and review is provided by a 3.0in. Clear View LCD screen.The same screen as used on the acclaimed Canon EOS 5D Mark II, it features a 920,000 dot count – for ultra-detailed image review, accurate focus checks, and clear access to the EOS menu system. As well as aiding shooting from awkward angles, Live View mode includes contrast based and Face Detection AF options. Ideal for newcomers to digital SLR photography, these allow compact-camera style auto focus, with a real-time image displayed on the LCD.

Fast processing, fast focusing
Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor drives continuous shooting speeds of up to 3.4 fps in bursts of up to 170 JPEGs (Figure may vary depending on capacity of SD card used). Using Canon’s wide area AF system – which features 9 individual sensors, including a central cross type point with a high precision sensor for f/2.8 or faster lenses– makes capturing split-second action sequences possible.

DIGIC 4 works in conjunction with the CMOS sensor to deliver exceptional noise reduction and 14-bit image processing for smooth gradation of tones and natural-looking colours. In addition, DIGIC 4 enables the ultra-fast start-up times and near-instant image review after shooting that photographers demand.

Distinctive EOS quality
Despite its compact, lightweight body, the Canon EOS 500D includes all the hallmarks of the EOS system. Every detail of the Canon EOS 500D – from the large, bright viewfinder to the famously intuitive EOS menu system – is designed to provide users with a world-class shooting experience.

Image quality is protected by the EOS Integrated Cleaning System, which reduces, repels and removes unwanted dust from the sensor. Stubborn particles can be easily removed in post-production by using Dust Delete Data – which can be added to the image in-camera – and Canon’s included Digital Photo Professional software.

Digital Photo Professional software offers a comprehensive RAW editing package, with functions such as a quick check tool, a cropping tool, and a stamp tool – plus the ability to change brightness, White Balance and Picture Styles in RAW images. The software suite is included with EOS Utility and Picture Style editor for unrivalled versatility.

Compatibility with the full range of Canon’s EF and EF-S lenses and EX-series Speedlites – including the exceptionally compact, powerful new

Speedlite 270EX, which features a bounce and zoom head, plus fast recharging from just 2 AA sized batteries – allows the creation of a shooting system as unique as the photographer using it.

“The Canon EOS 500D pushes the boundaries of what photographers can demand from their cameras, combining exceptional images with full HD video,” said Rainer Fuehres, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging, Europe. “Photography enthusiasts can now capture their most significant moments in a manner that matches their creativity.”

Any Canon photographer can register for the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY service, which allows access to the latest EOS information, useful updates and exclusive EOS content – plus tools that allow users to create their own video podcasts and store images online.

Pricing and availability:
The Canon EOS 500D (body only) is available from early May 2009 priced at £869.99 / €999.99 RRP inc. VAT.

The Canon EOS 500D EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Kit is available from early May 2009 priced at £969.99 / €1139.99 RRP inc. VAT.

The Canon EOS 500D EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Kit is available from early May 2009 priced at £1399.99 / €1639.99 RRP inc. VAT.

Features at a glance:

* 15.1 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
* Full HD movie recording with HDMI connection for viewing and playback on an HDTV
* ISO 100-3200 (expandable to 12800)
* 3.4 frames per second continuous shooting
* Max. 170 large JPEG images in a single burst
* 3.0in. ClearView LCD with Live View mode
* 9-point wide area AF with cross type centre point
* High speed DIGIC 4 performance and superb image quality
* EOS Integrated Cleaning System
* Full compatibility with Canon EF and EF-S lenses and EX-series Speedlites, including new Speedlite 270EX, TS-E 17mm f/4L and the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II.



More info here (http://www.canon.co.uk/For_Home/Product_Finder/Cameras/Digital_SLR/EOS_500D/index.asp)

Cem_Usakligil
March 25th, 2009, 06:15 AM
Hi Ivan,

Thanks for the heads up. This looks like a very interesting camera which might possibly concur with the 50D. Time will tell and I am sure that we shall soon see some comparative reviews.

Cheers,

Doug Kerr
March 25th, 2009, 09:30 AM
Hi, Ivan,

Canon announces the new 15.1MP Canon EOS 500D which offers photographers an outstanding combination of features.
Thank you so for this report.

A "quick preview" of this camera appears on DPR:

http://www.dpreview.com/previews/canoneos500d/

It seems to give a lot of bang for the buck.

Best regards,

Doug

Torsten Kötting
March 25th, 2009, 02:41 PM
1080p with max 20fps ... too bad they felt the need to cripple again ...

currently downloading some raws, but dont expect any surprises compared to the 50D

Nikolai Sklobovsky
March 26th, 2009, 09:02 AM
Canon is making jumping to dslr wagon easier and easier... There are so few differences now between 500D and, say, 50D (which costs almost twice as much), and they even threw in the video, obvious nod to a popular trend of luring P&S crowd into more expensive dslr world...

What's interesting is that now 5D2, 50D and 500D all featured all the same internals (processor, dust removal) and some same externals (3.0" lcd), with the only major difference being 50D missing video capability (which I personally don't miss at all).
Which kinda makes it a new starting line for all three lineups... I'm really curious what the next generation new features will be :-)

Daniel Buck
March 26th, 2009, 09:14 AM
1080p with max 20fps ... too bad they felt the need to cripple again ...

Unfortunate, yes, but I do see why they have done it. They can't make something to close to the more expensive cameras, I'm actually surprised that they let it go to full 1080p. Isn't the 500d the base model?

I tell ya what though, if/when my 1Ds2 gives up the ghost or I decide it's finally time for something with liveview years down the line (for my long-lens sunset shots directed at the sun!), there's going to be some really rocking digital cameras, hah! I'm amazed at how quickly the ISO performance has been going from year to year.

Doug Kerr
March 26th, 2009, 09:37 AM
Hi, Daniel,
Unfortunate, yes, but I do see why they have done it. They can't make something to close to the more expensive cameras, I'm actually surprised that they let it go to full 1080p. Isn't the 500d the base model?
It's the latest model in what is now the second from the bottom stratum (used to be the bottom stratum). The 1000D represents the (now) bottom stratum.

Best regards,

Doug

Asher Kelman
March 26th, 2009, 11:39 AM
If one is taking pictures of animals or birds where the whole frame of a 5DII wouldn't be used, likely the same number of pixels are devoted to the subject with the new camera. This has "only" 15MP v. 21 MP with the 5DII. In fact, the new camera would have a slight edge from the same position.

The only question I have is what is the level of the focus mechanism? Is it as good or worse?

Canon seems to control where Pros go by crippling the focus below the 1D series.

Asher

Torsten Kötting
March 30th, 2009, 04:42 AM
thanks to the new DPP3.6 i could finally open and compare the 50D with the 500D raw files from imaging-resource. the high-iso-files from the 500D show a tad less noise and no banding. They look better than the 50D files. The low-iso-files dont show any difference.
That said the 500D-files had a slightly longer exposure-time, like 1/800 compared to the 1/1000 of the 50D ...

yandii navarro
May 1st, 2009, 09:14 PM
wey that's really some good new qualities huh?. i want to have some more reviews and see what change can be seen in photography. it would be really an added extras to my collection. i loved it.^^

Rachel Foster
May 1st, 2009, 10:55 PM
From what I can tell, it does not have full frame (minus) but does have live view (plus). It takes EF and EF-S lenses 9 (plus).

If one were considering a back up camera, which would be better: The 50d or the 500d?

B&H lists the 50d (body only) for $1200 and the 500d (with 18-55 IS) for $900.