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Canon EOS Rebel T1i / 500D DSLR


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Category: Beginner to Serious Amateur

The Canon EOS Rebel T1i / 500D DSLR adds full HD video (1920 x 1080 @ 20fps) with HDMI output for HD viewing of stills and video. It features 15.1MP resolution on an APS-C sized (22.3 x 14.9 mm) CMOS image sensor; an extra large 3.0-in. LCD monitor with high (920,000 dots) resolution, wide 170° viewing angle, anti-reflective, smudge-resistant and water-repellant coating; 3.4fps with up to 170 JPEG burst (9 RAW); 9-point AF system; and an EOS Integrated Cleaning System to keep the sensor dust free.

Live View focusing modes include Quick mode, Live mode and Face Detection AF mode. Auto Lighting Optimizer lightens the dark areas of a scene while ensuring that bright areas maintain tonal detail. Beginners will appreciate the Creative Auto mode and shooting guides that provide simple-to-follow guidelines.

The EOS Rebel T1i is compatible with over 60 Canon EF and EF-S lenses, ranging from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto lenses, and EX-series Speedlites.

The Canon EOS Rebel T1i / 500D is available body only or with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS kit lens.

Canon EOS Rebel T1i / 500D
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Canon EOS Rebel T1i / 500D US | CAN | UK
  Type Digital, single-lens reflex, AF/AE camera  
  Recording Media SD memory card, SDHC memory card  
  Image Format 22.3mm x 14.9mm (APS-C size)  
  Compatible Lenses Canon EF lenses including EF-S lenses (35mm-equivalent focal length is approx. 1.6x the lens focal length)  
  Lens Mount Canon EF mount  
  Image Sensor    
Type High-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate CMOS sensor
Pixels Approx. 15.10 megapixels
Total Pixels Approx. 15.50 megapixels
Aspect Ratio 3:2 (Horizontal: Vertical)
Color Filter System RGB primary color filters
Low-pass Filter Fixed position in front of the CMOS sensor
Dust Deletion feature (1) Self Cleaning Sensor Unit
(2) Dust Delete Data appended to the captured image
(3) Manual cleaning of sensor
Recording System
Recording Format Design rule for Camera File System 2.0 and Exif 2.21
Image Format Still: JPEG, RAW (14-bit, Canon original), RAW+JPEG
Video: MOV (Image data: H.264, Audio: Linear PCM)
File Size (1) Large/Fine: Approx. 5.0MB (4752 x 3168 pixels)
(2) Large/Normal: Approx. 2.5MB (4752 x 3168 pixels)
(3) Medium/Fine: Approx. 3.0MB (3456 x 2304 pixels)
(4) Medium/Normal: Approx. 1.6MB (3456 x 2304 pixels)
(5) Small/Fine: Approx. 1.7MB (2352 x 1568 pixels)
(6) Small/Normal: Approx. 0.9MB (2352 x 1568 pixels)
(7) RAW: Approx. 20.2MB (4752 x 3168 pixels)
Exact file sizes depend on the subject, ISO speed, Picture Style, etc.
File Numbering Consecutive numbering, auto reset, manual reset
RAW + JPEG Simultaneous Recording Provided (RAW, RAW+JPEG)
Color Space sRGB, Adobe RGB selectable
Picture Style Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Def. 1-3
White Balance
Settings Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, Custom
Color Temperature Compensation White balance correction: ±9 stops in full-stop increments
White balance bracketing: ±3 stops in full-stop increments
Blue/amber direction or magenta/green direction possible
Color Temperature Information Transmission Provided
  Type Eye-level pentamirror  
  Coverage Vertical/Horizontal approx. 95%  
  Magnification Approx. 0.87x (-1m-1 with 50mm lens at infinity)  
  Eyepoint Approx. 19mm (from eyepiece lens center)  
  Dioptric Adjustment Correction -3.0 to +1.0m-1 (diopter)  
  Focusing Screen Fixed, Precision Matte  
  Mirror Quick-return half mirror (transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f/4L IS USM or shorter lenses)  
  Viewfinder Information AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), exposure information (shutter speed, aperture, AE lock, exposure level, ISO speed, exposure warning), flash information (flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation), monochrome shooting, white balance correction, maximum burst, SD memory card information  
  Depth-of-Field Preview Enabled with depth-of-field preview button  
  Type TTL-CT-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS sensor  
  AF Points 9 AF points (center AF point is cross-type)  
  AF Working Range EV -0.5-18 (at 73°F/23°C, ISO 100)  
  Focusing Modes Auto, One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual Focusing (MF)  
  AF Point Selection Automatic selection, manual selection  
  Selected AF Point Display Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on LCD monitor  
  AF-assist Beam Intermittent firing of built-in flash
Effective range: Approx. 4.0m/13.1 ft. at center, approx. 3.5m/11.5 ft. at periphery. When EOS-dedicated Speedlite attached, the Speedlite's AF-assist beam is emitted instead.
  Exposure Control    
  Metering Modes 35-zone TTL full-aperture metering
- Evaluative metering (linkable to any AF point)
- Partial metering (approx. 9% of viewfinder at center)
- Spot metering (approx. 4% of viewfinder at center)
- Center-weighted average metering
  Metering Range EV 1-20 (at 73°F/23°C with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)  
  Exposure Control Systems Program AE (Shiftable), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Depth-of-field AE, Full auto, Full auto, Programmed image control mode, Manual exposure, E-TTL II autoflash program AE  
  ISO Speed (Recommended Exposure Index) ISO 100-3200 (in 1-stop increments), H1: 6400 H2: 12800; Basic Zone modes: ISO 100-3200 set automatically  
  Exposure Compensation Manual: ±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments (can be combined with AEB)  
  AE Lock Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved; Manual: By AE lock button  
  Type Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically controlled  
  Shutter Speeds 1/4000 sec. to 1/60 sec., X-sync at 1/200 sec.
1/4000 sec. to 30 sec., bulb (Total shutter speed range.
Available range varies by shooting mode)
  Shutter Release Soft-touch electromagnetic release  
  Self-timer 10-sec. or 2-sec. delay or 10-sec. delay plus continuous shooting  
  Remote Control Remote Switch RS-60E3
Remote Controller RC-1/RC-5
  Built-in Flash    
  Type Retractable, auto pop-up flash  
  Flash Metering E-TTL II autoflash  
  Guide Number 13/43 (ISO 100, in meters/feet)  
  Recycling Time Approx. 3 sec.  
  Flash-ready Indicator Flash-ready icon lights in viewfinder  
  Flash Coverage 17mm lens angle of view  
  FE Lock Provided  
  Flash Exposure Compensation ±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments  
  Drive System    
  Drive Modes Single, continuous, self-timer (10 sec. or 2 sec. delay)/remote control  
  Continuous Shooting Speed Max. 3.4 shots/sec. (with One-Shot AF or AI Servo AF)  
  Max. Burst JPEG (Large/Fine): Approx. 170, RAW: Approx. 9
Based on Canon's testing standards with a 2GB SD memory card, ISO 100 and Standard Picture Style
Varies depending on the subject, SD memory card brand, image-recording quality, etc.
  Live View Functions    
  Shooting Modes Still photo shooting and video shooting  
  Focusing Autofocus (One-Shot AF): Live mode, Face Detection Live mode, Quick mode; Manual focus (5x or 10x manually)  
  Metering Modes Real-time evaluative metering with image sensor  
  Metering Range EV 0-20 (at 73°F/23°C with EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)  
  Grid Display Provided (Two grid displays)  
  Exposure Simulation Provided  
  Silent Shooting Not Provided  
  LCD Monitor    
  Type TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor  
  Screen Monitor size 3.0 in.  
  Dots Approx. 920,000 dots (VGA)  
  Coverage Approx. 100%
Viewing angle: 170°
  Brightness Adjustment 7 levels provided  
  Interface Languages 25 (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukraine, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese)  
  Image Playback    
  Display Format Single image, Single image + Image-recording quality, shooting information, histogram, 4- or 9-image index, magnified view (approx. 1.5x-10x), rotated image, image jump (by 1/10/100 images or shooting date)  
  Highlight Warning Provided (Overexposed highlights blink)  
  Image Protection and Erase    
  Protection Erase protect (or cancel) each image individually  
  Erase Single image, selected images or all images in the SD card can be erased (except protected images)  
  Direct Printing    
  Compatible Printers PictBridge-compatible printers  
  Printable Images JPEG images compliant to Design rule for Camera File System (DPOF printing possible) and RAW images captured with the EOS Rebel T1i  
  Easy Print feature Provided  
  DPOF: Digital Print Order Format    
  DPOF Version 1.1 compatible  
  Direct Image Transfer    
  Compatible Images JPEG and RAW images
*Only JPEG images can be transferred as wallpaper on the personal computer screen
  Custom Functions Total 13  
  My Menu Registration Up to 6 menus, Custom functions and other top-tier options can be registered  
  USB Terminal For personal computer communication and direct printing (USB 2.0 Hi-Speed)  
  Video Out Terminal (1) Video OUT terminal: NTSC/PAL selectable
(2) mini-HDMI OUT terminal
  Power Source    
  Battery One Battery Pack LP-E5
AC power can be supplied via AC Adapter Kit ACK-E5
With Battery Grip BG-E5, AA-size batteries can be used
  Number of Shots
Temperature Shooting Conditions
No flash 50% flash use
At 73° F/23° C approx. 500 approx. 400
At 32° F/0° C approx. 490 approx. 380
Live View shooting at 73°F/23°C approx. 190 approx. 170
Live View shooting at 32°F/0°C approx. 180 approx. 160


  Battery Life The above figures apply with a fully-charged Battery Pack LP-E5
The figures above are based on CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) testing standards
  Battery Check Automatic  
  Power Saving Provided. Power turns off after 30 sec., 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 min.  
  Back-up Battery Built-in secondary battery  
  Start-up Time Approx. 0.1 sec. (based on CIPA testing standards)  
  Operating Environment    
  Working Temperature Range 32-104°F/0-40°C  
  Working Humidity Range 85% or less  
  Dimensions and Weight    
  Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 128.8 x 97.5 x 61.9 mm /
5.1 x 3.8 x 2.4 in.
  Weight (body only) Approx. 480g / 16.9 oz.  
  MSRP (body only)

US $799.99 / CAD $999.99 / UK £869.99 / €999.99

  (with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS kit lens)

US $899.99 / CAD $1099.99 / UK £969.99 / €1139.99

  (with EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens)

£1399.99 / €1639.99


Note: Note: All the specifications above are based on Canon's Standard Test Method.
The camera's specifications and physical appearance are subject to change without notice.

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