Canon EOS 500D Just Announced

Although many people were disappointed that there was no new DSLR released at PMA this year and some suspected that Canon might be delaying release and lengthening the product cycle of DLSR due to the current world financial crisis, Canon has announced the new EOS 500D (called T1i in USA) today, just over one year from the EOS 450D launch last year.

It looks like Canon has put some of the features from both the 50D and 5D Mark II into the 500D. Highlights of new features including new 15MP sensor, Digic 4 processor, ISO up to 12800, 3″ VGA resolution LCD display and Full HD 1080p movie mode.

You can read the official press release here.


5 thoughts on “Canon EOS 500D Just Announced

  1. I was going to buy a 50D but will now wait for the 500D to see if it is worthwhile to spend the extra money on 50D or better lens.

    • Hi Grant,

      Besides price, you should also think about ergonomics and handling. The 500D is much smaller than the 50D and does not have a Quick control dial (the large wheel) at the back of the camera. Many people easpecially with larger hands may not feel comfortable holding small camera body like the 500D. However, people with smaller hands may do fine with the 500D.

      So I would suggest you go to a camera shop and try both the 50D and 450D (which has a very similar body to the 500D) and see which fits you better.

  2. I finally had a chance to try both the 50D and 450D which I understand is similar to 500D in terms of weight and ergonomics.

    The 50D certainly feels more solid and comfortable. The body weight is also more suitable for the EF-S 17-55 mm IS USM lens which I am going to get.

    I don’t think I really need a full HD video function in a DSLR camera.

    Thanks Roland for the advice.

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