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Canon Rebel T1i | EOS 500D

I’m I’m already looking forward to getting a D90 but maybe by the year’s end (or even next year depending on my finances). It’s a very welcome upgrade to my current dSLR, the age-old, hobbyist and newb friendly, D40. Thing is, Canon took my attention when they unveiled their latest entry-level dSLR model, the Canon Rebel T1i (or Canon Rebel 500D depending on where you live).

The Canon Rebel T1i enters the dSLR slugfest right below the 50D and in essence, the direct competitor to Nikon’s D90. Want to see if it’s worth it? Check out the specs

EOS Rebel 500D Specifications | EOS Rebel T1i Specifications

  • 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
  • Live Face Detect mode
  • Max. 170 large JPEG images in a single burst
  • 3.0” 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.

Compare that to the D90 feature set.

(Note that the 500D/T1i specification is still not complete, I’ll update once dpreview has posted their review of the unit.)

Canon Rebel T1it1i-bThe biggest draw for the Canon Rebel T1i is that it has the exact sensor for the 50D with the bonus of the ability to shoot full HD video. Canon’s sensor features impressive high-sensitivity numbers. And if you’re still the megapixel buff, the Canon T1i sports 15.1 MP over D90’s 12.1 MP.  (But really, you shouldn’t rely on MegaPixel count for your camera)

Video can be shot in 3 modes:

  • 16:9 720p HD at 30 fps
  • 1080p Full HD at 20 fps,
  • 4:3 standard TV quality (SD) at 640 x 480 pixels and 30 fps

And yes, like the D90, AF will work with the video mode.

Off the bat, the Canon Rebel T1i wins at it’s very attractive price point. The D90 body will go for about $999 and the kit with the new 18-105mm f3.5/5.6 VR zoom lens will go for $1299. The Rebel body will sell for $799 while the kit with with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens at $899.

How does it stack up against the D90?  Well that’s for a future post.

The Canon Rebel T1i is bound for the Philippines this May 2009. The expected price point is in the vicinity of Php45,000.

{via DPReview and price via YugaTech}

A little update:  I’m going back to Nikon.  I’ll do an explainatory post a bit later.

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