Canon EOS 500D

Released March, 2009
New: EOS 1100D (Feb, 2011)
  • 15.1 MP
  • APS-C 22.3 x 14.9 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
The 720P/30fps mode offers a smaller video size but smoother motion, and is therefore more suitable for filming fast moving subjects or panning.
by DPReview (Jun, 2009)
8.7 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Canon EOS 500D

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

EOS 500D
8.3
D3100
8.8
Rebel T5i
8.3
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

EOS 500D
7.5
D3100
6.5
Rebel T5i
7.1
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

EOS 500D
9.1
D3100
8.3
Rebel T5i
8.1
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

EOS 500D
9.2
D3100
9.2
Rebel T5i
9.2
Reviews from dpreview.com, trustedreviews.com, techradar.com, photographyblog.com and 1 more

8.7

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

EOS 500D
8.7
D3100
8.7
Rebel T5i
8.6

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Canon EOS 500D

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

EOS 500D
663 ISO
Nikon 1 J1
372 ISO
D3100
919 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

EOS 500D
2,000 LPH
Nikon 1 J1
2,600 LPH
D3100
2,400 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 500D
159 ms
Rebel T3
309 ms
Kiss X5
283 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

EOS 500D
89 ms
D3100
117 ms
Rebel T3
113 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

EOS 500D
300 ms
Kiss X5
1,500 ms
Nikon 1 J1
1,400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 500D
3.4 fps
Nikon 1 J1
60 fps
Rebel T5i
5 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Canon EOS 500D


6.7
Overall, despite everything above, I was generally very happy with the Alpha 550's output, mainly I guess because I shot everything in raw + JPEG, so the shots that I considered failures in JPEG were easily rescued with 2 minutes work in Adobe Camera Raw.

9.0
The new 15 megapixel CMOS sensor and expanded ISO range thankfully haven't compromised image quality in any way, quite the opposite in fact.

9.0
The image quality is quite printable at 1600 ISO, which is about what you need for good indoor no-flash photography.

7.8
Photos remain sharp with few artifacts as high as ISO 1,600-by the numbers as high as ISO 3,200-though sharp-eyed photographers will probably want to max out at ISO 400 for the cleanest photos.

Overall

8.3 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Sensor

The 14.2 megapixels sensor resolution is still more than competitive but the Sony does not offer the 'Quick control' type user interface that the rivals come with or a video mode as you can find it on the Canon and Nikon.
by DPReview (Aug, 2009)
At default settings both RAW converters visibly improve the image detail compared to the out-of-camera JPEG with ACR being slightly ahead of Sony's Image Data Converter.
by DPReview (Dec, 2009)
Although you're unlikely to see a significant difference between these two cameras at base ISO at normal viewing magnifications, it's clear when you get up close that the EOS 500D's JPEG output is crisper and has noticeably better resolution.
by DPReview (Dec, 2009)

Image quality

The metering and auto white balance are too inconsistent and the JPEG processing (contrast, saturation, sharpness) far from optimal.
by DPReview (Dec, 2009)
The biggest problem we had was anything that moved significantly between the exposures produces inconsistent results, though to be fair this only happened in low light at longer shutter speeds.
by DPReview (Dec, 2009)
The Nikon arguably applies the most pleasing compromise between noise reduction and detail in this comparison, closely followed by the Canon and Olympus.
by DPReview (Aug, 2009)

Screen

The Sony's live-view AF is fast and holding the camera away from your eye in live-view mode is more comfortable, especially when you tilt the screen up and hold the camera in a lower position, almost like a waist-level viewfinder on a medium-format camera.
by DPReview (Aug, 2009)
With its in-body stabilization, sophisticated live view system, 7fps burst mode and articulated screen the Alpha outguns the Rebel in many ways (though lacks the Canon's movie mode and isn't so customizable), something that's reflected in its significantly higher price.
by DPReview (Dec, 2009)
But in terms of headline features the K-7 and Alpha 550 are surprisingly close, with the main difference being, once again, the Alpha's lack of movie mode, balanced by a higher continuous shooting rate, tilting screen and its unique live view mode.
by DPReview (Dec, 2009)

Iso

It is advisable to have at least the basic level of information displayed for movie recording, as this gives the user feedback on the aperture, shutter speed and ISO being selected by the camera.
by DPReview (Jun, 2009)
At ISO 800 the Sony shows visibly more chroma noise than the competitors in this comparison.
by DPReview (Aug, 2009)
Shooting in good conditions at lower ISO settings the 500D is capable of outstanding image quality, possibly matching that of the EOS 50D, which isn't at all bad for a camera costing under £500.
by TrustedReviews (Dec, 2011)

Raw

Overall then, for us at least, the only way to use the Alpha 500 to its full potential is to shoot raw (actually, Raw + JPEG - it's fast enough and the JPEGs are great for quick browsing/sharing).
by DPReview (Dec, 2009)
Some careful sharpening in the RAW conversion will generate visibly better detail, especially in low-contrast areas.
by DPReview (Aug, 2009)
Even if you like your shots ultra-punchy it's easy to see the advantage offered by the flexibility of the Alpha 550's excellent raw output.
by DPReview (Dec, 2009)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 15.1 MP
Resolution 4752 x 3168
Size APS-C
Area 22.3 x 14.9 mm
Crop factor 1.6x
Pixel size 22.1 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 3,200 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,000 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,000 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 9
Cross type focus points 1
Supports continuous No

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 129 x 98 x 62 mm
Thickness 62 mm
Weight 520 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 20 fps
Shoots video in 24p No
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack None
Autofocus while shooting video None

display

Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 920 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentamirror
Coverage 95%
Magnification 0.87x
Viewfinder size 0.54x

performance

Max continuous shooting 3.4 fps
Battery life 400 photos
Continuous shooting 3.4 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 159 ms
Shutter lag 89 ms
Startup delay 300 ms
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