Canon Rebel T1i

Released March, 2009
New: Rebel T3 (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)
9 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Canon Rebel T1i

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Rebel T1i
EOS 1000D
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Rebel T1i
EOS 1000D
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Rebel T1i
EOS 1000D
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay


What do the experts think?

Rebel T1i
EOS 1000D
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Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Rebel T1i
EOS 1000D

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Canon Rebel T1i

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

Rebel T1i
663 ISO
EOS Rebel T6i
919 ISO
813 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Rebel T1i
2,000 LPH
2,800 LPH
EOS 600D
2,500 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Rebel T1i
159 ms
Rebel T3
309 ms
EOS 600D
283 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Rebel T1i
89 ms
63 ms
Rebel T3
113 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Rebel T1i
300 ms
EOS 600D
1,500 ms
400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Rebel T1i
3.4 fps
5.3 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Canon Rebel T1i

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.

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

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

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.


8.3 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


Additionally, they provide the 'A-DEP' (Automatic Depth of Field) function that gives a wider depth of field between a near and far subject.
by Photography Blog (May, 2009)
For $900 you're getting a lot of cool features (SteadyShot, great screen, 7fps, Auto HDR, dual live view systems), but Sony has decided that you can't be trusted with equally useful, if slightly less headline-grabbing things like depth of field preview and Program Shift.
by DPReview (Dec, 2009)
And whilst I completely understand Sony's thinking, and agree that it's nice to have the option of a high end camera without all the complexity, the problem is that I don't agree that this means key features like Program Shift, Mirror Lock-up, depth of field preview and customizable controls need to be left out.
by DPReview (Dec, 2009)


While the modes on the dial remain mostly unchanged, there's now a dedicated movie selection.
by c|net (May, 2009)
Though not quite as robust as on the EOS 5D Mark II, which supports 30fps for its 1080p capture, the T1i's video still surpasses that of the limited to 24fps 720p Nikon D5000.
by c|net (May, 2009)
Trickling all the way down from the professional 5D Mark II, the inclusion of HD video is sure to guarantee lots additional sales for the 500D, although how many of those people will still be regularly using it after the initial excitement has died down remains to be seen.
by Photography Blog (May, 2009)


Creative Styles mean that if you don't like the default output it's relatively easy to fine-tune the JPEGs to your own taste.
by DPReview (Dec, 2009)
Sony's approach to the DSLR market has been an interesting one to watch - the first generation of the A2XX/3XX family was a three-camera assault on a market that most manufacturers had tried to address with a single model.
by DPReview (Dec, 2009)
I can imagine landscape photographers playing with this feature a lot (when the sky needs 1/500th sec and the foreground needs 1/60th there's not a lot else you can do to preserve both shadow and highlight tones).
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)


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)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


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
  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


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


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


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


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


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


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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