Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of 500D vs 1000D

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Focus lag

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Reviews from dpreview.com, trustedreviews.com, techradar.com, photographyblog.com and 1 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of EOS 500D vs 1000D

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

EOS 500D
663 ISO
EOS 1000D
719 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 500D
159 ms
EOS 1000D
164 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

EOS 500D
89 ms
EOS 1000D
87 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

EOS 500D
300 ms
EOS 1000D
300 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 500D
3.4 fps
EOS 1000D
3 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

EOS 500D
400 photos
EOS 1000D
500 photos

Features Key features of the EOS 500D  vs 1000D 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

EOS 500D
15.1 MP
EOS 1000D
10.1 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

EOS 500D
12,800 ISO
EOS 1000D
1,600 ISO

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

EOS 500D
0.54x
EOS 1000D
0.5x

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

EOS 500D
22.1 microns
EOS 1000D
32.6 microns

Reviews Word on the street

EOS 500D  vs 1000D 

9.0
8.0
The image quality is quite printable at 1600 ISO, which is about what you need for good indoor no-flash photography.
EOS 500D

7.8
7.2
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.
EOS 500D

Overall

8.3 Out of 10
8.3 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

EOS 500D  vs
1000D 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 15.1 MP 10.1 MP
Resolution 4752 x 3168 3888 x 2592
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 22.3 x 14.9 mm 22.2 x 14.8 mm
Crop factor 1.6x 1.6x
Pixel size 22.1 microns 32.6 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes

focus system

Type Phase detection Contrast detection

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentamirror Pentamirror
Coverage 95% 95%
Magnification 0.87x 0.81x
Viewfinder size 0.54x 0.5x

form factor

Size 129 x 98 x 62 mm 126 x 98 x 65 mm
Thickness 62 mm 65 mm
Weight 520 g 502 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR No No
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization

video

EOS 500D  vs
1000D 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 20 fps None
Shoots video in 24p No N/A
Shoots high speed video No N/A
External mic jack None N/A
Autofocus while shooting video Manual N/A
Autofocus type N/A N/A
Autofocus supports continuous N/A N/A

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 2.5"
Resolution 920 k dots 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes Yes

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/4000 s

performance

Max continuous shooting 3.4 fps 3 fps
Battery life 400 500
Continuous shooting
3.4 fps, JPEG
3 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 159 ms 164 ms
Shutter lag 89 ms 87 ms
Startup delay 300 ms 300 ms
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