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EOS 500D (Rebel T1i)

Updates and News

Canon EOS 500D / Rebel T1i DSLR



 

500D Features:

  • 15.1 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Full HD movie recording with HDMI connection for viewing and playback on an HDTV
  • ISO 100-3200 (expandable to 12800)
  • 3.4 frames per second continuous shooting
  • Max. 170 large JPEG images in a single burst
  • 3.0” ClearView LCD with Live View mode
  • 9-point wide area AF with cross type centre point
  • High speed DIGIC 4 performance and superb image quality
  • EOS Integrated Cleaning System
  • Full compatibility with Canon EF and EF-S lenses and EX-series Speedlites, including new Speedlite 270EX, TS-E 17mm f/4L and TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II
  • SD Card

Other announcement info

Previews – as we find them

Full reviews/comparisons

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500D News/reviews/information

Latest updates marked >

Sample Images

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500D Latest News and updates

2010 February

23rd Firmware update.
This firmware corrects a phenomenon that may occur intermittently when Live View shooting is activated and the mirror does not position itself properly. As a result, the Live View image does not appear on the LCD monitor.

2009 June

9th Some comparisons of low light performance at PB
8th Full review at DPReview

May

23rd Good detailed evaluation at TDP
13th Reviews have been a bit slower coming that I’d expected, but DPI have put up a a good long review.
Compare this with the three shorter ‘reviews’ in our updated list above, and you’ll see the difference between one by someone who has really had a good test of the camera, and those reviews that are more, shall we say, ‘inspired’ by press info packs.
I write quite a lot of reviews for this site and can spot where ready access to manufacturers’ press kits has eased the job of the ‘review’ writer ;-)
4th A useful comparison between the 500D/T1i and the new Nikon D5000 at Engadget.
They come down for the 500D, including some telling remarks about the real world utility of the tilt out screen on the D5000.
There is a good comparison of the 500D/T1i, Olympus E620 and Nikon D5000 at Quesabesde (in Spanish – Google translation)
> Reviews links and sample images above updated

April

23rd Park Cameras (UK) tell us that they have the 500D body and kits in stock.
18th DPP gets updated to 3.6.1 [Canon] for 500D
17th We’re told (thanks) that Jessops in the UK are saying that the 500D will be available next week (21st), whilst other comments are saying it wont be until next month.
9th No sign of deliveries yet. Amazon.co.uk are saying that the 500D is due to be released on May 5th

2009 March 29th > Reviews updated

What’s different from the 450D? – some key differences

15MP sensor – similar, but not the same as the 50D (slower readout for one thing)
Video – 1080p, but only at 20 FPS
Anti reflection coated display
Digic IV – menu layout similar to 50D/5D2
Auto lighting optimiser – now adjustable
Quick control setting mode
ISO to 12800
Variable high ISO noise setting adjustment
Face detect in Liveview
Peripheral Illumination Correction – brighten the corners of images to correct for lens vignetting
Sensors under viewfinder to blank screen when the camera is raised to the eye.
25th
500D rebel T1i frontThe 500d/ Rebel T1i is announced.

EOS 500D (body only) is available from early May 2009 at £870 / €1000.
EOS 500D EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Kit is available from early May 2009 at £970 / €1140.
EOS 500D EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Kit is available from early May 2009 at £1400 / €1640.
EOS Rebel T1i – early May, body-only estimated retail price of $800
Kit version with EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens at an estimated retail price of $900

We’ll continue to update the page as we find the latest information.

500D rebel T1i back

Cutaway view

canon 500D internals

speedlite 270exA new Flash too

The new Canon Speedlite 270EX, the successor to the 220EX Speedlite model.

A compact, lightweight external flash option for Canon cameras including select Canon PowerShot models.

The new Speedlite 270EX uses only two AA batteries and enables bounce flash shooting with four position steps from 0 degrees to 90 degrees.

Like Canon’s high-end Speedlite flash models, the 270EX allows users to control flash functions and input settings using the camera’s LCD monitor.

The flash also features a quick-lock mechanism and a metal mounting foot for secure and easy attachment and reliable contact.

Speedlite 270EX is available from early May 2009 priced at £149.99 / €169.99 RRP inc. VAT.

Key Features include:

High power flash with a maximum guide number 27 m
Fast, silent recycle times
Manual flash output (settable via camera menus)
Speedlite controllable with compatible camera’s menu
Zoom head
Bounce flash head

270 ex Specifications

Guide Number 27 max. (50mm)
Discharge Angles 0, 60, 75 and 90 degrees
Flash Modes E-TTLII/E-TTL/TTL
Hight Speed Sync
M (Manual flash at full – 1/64)
AF Assit Beam Yes
Focal Length coverage 28, 50mm
Minimum Recycling Time Approx 3.9 sec
Power 2 x AA batteries
Weight (no batt) 145 g
Dimensions Controller unit: 64 mm (W) x 65 mm (H) x 72 mm (D)

Rebel T1i / 500D Specifications

List price (US) Body only: $?
Kit: $? (with 18-55 mm IS lens)
List price (EU) Body only: €?
Kit: €? (with 18-55 mm IS lens)
International naming * US: Canon Rebel Digital T1i
Japan: Canon EOS Kiss Digital X3
Elsewhere: Canon EOS 500D
Body material Plastic (Stainless Steel chassis)
Sensor * 15.1 million effective pixels
15.5 million total pixels
22.3 x 14.9 mm CMOS sensor
RGB colour Filter Array
Built-in low-pass filter with self cleaning unit
3:2 aspect ratio
Dust reduction Low-pass filter vibration at power-on (can be interrupted)
Anti-static coating on sensor surfaces
Software based dust-removal (camera maps dust, removed later)
Image sizes * 4752 x 3168
3456 x 2304
2353 x 1568
Still image formats RAW (.CR2 14-bit *)
RAW (.CR2 14-bit *) + JPEG Large/Fine
JPEG (EXIF 2.21) – Fine, Normal
Movie recording * 1920 x 1080 (1080P, 16:9) @ 20 fps
1280 x 720 (720P, 16:9) @ 30 fps
640 x 480 (4:3) @ 30 fps
Quicktime MOV format (H.264 video,linear PCM audio)
Up to 29 min 59 sec (or max file size 4 GB)
Image processor * DIGIC 4
Lenses Canon EF / EF-S lens mount
1.6x field of view crop
Focus modes Auto Focus
Manual Focus (switch on lens)
Auto Focus 9-point CMOS sensor
F5.6 cross-type at center, extra sensitivity at F2.8
AF working range: -0.5 to 18 EV (at 23°C, ISO 100)
Predictive AF up to 10 m
AF modes AI Focus
One Shot
AI Servo
AF point selection Auto
Manual
AF assist Flash strobe
Shooting modes Auto
Portrait
Landscape
Close-up
Sports
Night portrait
Flash off
Movie *
Program AE (P)
Shutter priority AE (Tv)
Aperture priority AE (Av)
Manual (M)
Auto depth-of-field
Metering TTL 35-zone SPC
Metering range: EV 1.0 – 20 EV (at 23°C, ISO 100, 50 mm F1.4)
Metering modes Evaluative 35-zone (linked to AF points)
Partial 9% at center
Spot 4% at center
Center-weighted average
AE Lock AE lock button
AE Bracketing +/- 2.0 EV
0.5 or 0.3 EV increments
Exposure compen. +/- 2.0 EV
0.5 or 0.3 EV increments
Sensitivity Auto (100 – 1600 *)
ISO 100
ISO 200
ISO 400
ISO 800
ISO 1600
ISO 3200 *
H1 expansion (ISO 6400 equiv.) *
H2 expansion (ISO 12800 equiv.) *
Highlight tone priority
Shutter Focal-plane shutter
30 – 1/4000 sec (0.5 or 0.3 EV steps)
Flash X-Sync: 1/200 sec
Bulb
Aperture values F1.0 – F91 (0.3 EV steps)
Actual aperture range depends on lens used
White balance  Auto
Daylight
Shade
Cloudy
Tungsten
Fluorescent
Flash
Custom
WB Bracketing +/-3 levels
3 images
Selectable Blue/Amber or Magenta/Green bias
WB fine-tuning Blue (-9) to Amber (+9)
Magenta (-9) to Green (+9)
colour space sRGB
Adobe RGB
Picture style Standard
Portrait
Landscape
Neutral
Faithful
Monochrome
User 1
User 2
User 3
Custom image parameters Sharpness: 0 to 7
Contrast: -4 to +4
Saturation: -4 to +4
colour tone: -4 to +4
B&W filter: N, Ye, Or, R, G
B&W tone: N, S, B, P, G
Image processing Highlight Tone Priority
Auto Lighting Optimizer (Basic and Creative modes) *
Long exposure noise reduction
High ISO speed noise reduction *
Peripheral illumination correction *
Drive modes Single
Continuous: 3.4 fps up to 170 JPEG / 9 RAW frames *
Self-timer 10 secs (2 sec with mirror lock-up)
Self-timer continuous
Mirror lockup Yes (custom function)
Viewfinder Pentamirror
95% frame coverage
Magnification: 0.87x (-1 diopter with 50 mm lens at infinity)
Eyepoint: 19 mm
Dioptric adjustment: -3.0 to +1.0 diopter
Fixed precision matte
Proximity sensor disables LCD shooting mode information
Viewfinder info AF information (AF points focus confirmation light)
Shutter speed
Aperture value
ISO speed (always displayed)
AE lock
Exposure level/compensation
Spot metering circle
Exposure warning
AEB
Flash ready
High-speed sync
FE lock
Flash exposure compensation
Red-eye reduction light
White balance correction
SD card information
Monochrome shooting
Maximum burst
Highlight tone priority *
DOF preview Yes, button
LCD monitor * 3.0″ TFT LCD
920,000 pixels
Wide viewing angle (170° horizontal and vertical)
Dual anti-reflection, anti-smudge
7 brightness levels
Up to 10x zoom playback
LCD Live view Live TTL display of scene from CMOS image sensor
100% frame coverage (30 fps display rate)
Real-time evaluative metering using CMOS image sensor
Best view or exposure simulation
Grid optional (thirds)
Magnify optional (5x or 10x at AF point)
Optional Auto-focus with mirror-down / mirror-up sequence
Optional Face Detect *
Two modes; normal and quieter
Remote live view using EOS Utility (via USB or WiFi/Ethernet using WFT)
Manual focus only
Record review Uses last play mode
Magnification possible
2 / 4 / 8 sec / Hold
Flash Auto pop-up E-TTL II auto flash
Guide number approx 13
Modes: Auto, Manual Flash On/ Off, Red-Eye Reduction
X-Sync: 1/200 sec
Flash exposure compensation: +/-2.0 EV (0.3 or 0.5 EV steps)
Coverage up to 17 mm focal length (27 mm FOV equiv.)
External flash E-TTL II auto flash with EX-series Speedlites
Hot-shoe
Other features Orientation sensor
Automatically writes FAT16/FAT32 depending on capacity
Auto rotation On (playback uses orientation data in file header)
Off
Playback mode Single image
Single image with info (histogram brightness / RGB )
Magnified view (1.5 – 10x in 15 steps, browsable)
4 and 9 image index
Auto play
Image rotation
Jump (by 10, 100 or date)
Custom functions * 13 custom functions with 39 settings
Menu languages * English
German
French
Dutch
Danish
Portuguese
Finnish
Italian
Norwegian
Swedish
Spanish
Greek
Russian
Polish
Czech
Hungarian
Romanian
Ukrainian
Turkish
Arabic
Thai
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Korean
Japanese
Firmware User upgradable
Connectivity USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed)
Video out (PAL / NTSC) (integrated with USB terminal *)
HDMI Type C *
E3 type wired remote control
Audio * Mono microphone on front
Mono speaker on rear
Storage SD / SDHC card
Power Lithium-Ion LP-E5 rechargeable battery (7.4 V, 1050 mAh)
Optional ACK-E5 AC adapter kit / car battery charger CBC-E5
Battery Grip Yes, BG-E5
Direct printing Canon Selphy Printers
Canon Bubble Jet Printers with direct print function
Canon PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge
PictBridge
Dimensions 129 x 98 x 62 mm (5.1 x 3.9 x 2.4 in)
Weight (no battery) * 480 g (1.1 lb)
Software * Zoom Browser EX / ImageBrowser
Digital Photo Professional (Windows / Mac)
PhotoStitch
EOS Utility (inc. Remote Capture; Windows & Mac except Mac Intel)
Original Data Security Tools
Picture Style Editor

500D Press Info – UK

Canon brings 15.1 MP and Full HD video to photography enthusiasts: the EOS 500DUnited Kingdom / Republic of Ireland, 25 March 2009: Canon announces the new 15.1MP EOS 500D which offers photographers an outstanding combination of features. Following the launch of the first Canon EOS camera to shoot movies – the EOS 5D Mark II in September 2008 – Canon now brings Full High Definition (HD) video capability to consumers in a compact and lightweight DSLR.The new EOS 500D features a 15.1 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor – ideal for large detailed prints or enormous cropping possibilities. For shooting in near-dark conditions, the EOS 500D offers a high ISO sensitivity up to 3200 which is expandable to 12800, giving photographers the power to shoot in the dimmest light conditions. Outstanding noise reduction is made possible by Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor.The EOS 500D heralds a new way for photography enthusiasts to capture their world. It pairs outstanding still image capture with Full HD 1080P video recording. For longer video shoots, users can also choose lower shooting resolutions of 720P or VGA. A built-in HDMI connection allows easy The new EOS 500D features a 15.1 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor – ideal for large detailed prints or enormous cropping possibilities. For shooting in near-dark conditions, the EOS 500D offers a high ISO sensitivity up to 3200 which is expandable to 12800, giving photographers the power to shoot in the dimmest light conditions. Outstanding noise reduction is made possible by Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor.
The EOS 500D heralds a new way for photography enthusiasts to capture their world. It pairs outstanding still image capture with Full HD 1080P video recording. For longer video shoots, users can also choose lower shooting resolutions of 720P or VGA. A built-in HDMI connection allows easy and instant review of images and movie clips on any compatible HDTV.Every detail revealed
Exacting image preview and review is provided by a 3.0” Clear View LCD screen.The same screen as used on the acclaimed 5D Mark II, it features a 920,000 dot count – for ultra-detailed image review, accurate focus checks, and clear access to the EOS menu system. As well as aiding shooting from awkward angles, Live View mode includes contrast based and Face Detection AF options. Ideal for newcomers to digital SLR photography, these allow compact-camera style auto focus, with a real-time image displayed on the LCD.

Fast processing, fast focusing
Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor drives continuous shooting speeds of up to 3.4 fps in bursts of up to 170 JPEGs . Using Canon’s wide area AF system – which features 9 individual sensors, including a central cross type point with a high precision sensor for f/2.8 or faster lenses– makes capturing split-second action sequences possible.

DIGIC 4 works in conjunction with the CMOS sensor to deliver exceptional noise reduction and 14-bit image processing for smooth gradation of tones and natural-looking colours. In addition, DIGIC 4 enables the ultra-fast start-up times and near-instant image review after shooting that photographers demand.

Distinctive EOS quality
Despite its compact, lightweight body, the EOS 500D includes all the hallmarks of the EOS system. Every detail of the EOS 500D – from the large, bright viewfinder to the famously intuitive EOS menu system – is designed to provide users with a world-class shooting experience.

Image quality is protected by the EOS Integrated Cleaning System, which reduces, repels and removes unwanted dust from the sensor. Stubborn particles can be easily removed in post-production by using Dust Delete Data – which can be added to the image in-camera – and Canon’s included Digital Photo Professional software.

Digital Photo Professional software offers a comprehensive RAW editing package, with functions such as a quick check tool, a cropping tool, and a stamp tool – plus the ability to change brightness, White Balance and Picture Styles in RAW images. The software suite is included with EOS Utility and Picture Style editor for unrivalled versatility.

Compatibility with the full range of Canon’s EF and EF-S lenses and EX-series Speedlites – including the exceptionally compact, powerful new Speedlite 270EX, which features a bounce and zoom head, plus fast recharging from just 2 AA sized batteries – allows the creation of a shooting system as unique as the photographer using it.

“The EOS 500D pushes the boundaries of what photographers can demand from their cameras, combining exceptional images with full HD video,” said Rainer Fuehres, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging, Europe. “Photography enthusiasts can now capture their most significant moments in a manner that matches their creativity.”
Any Canon photographer can register for the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY service, which allows access to the latest EOS information, useful updates and exclusive EOS content – plus tools that allow users to create their own video podcasts and store images online.

Pricing and availability:
The EOS 500D (body only) is available from early May 2009 priced at £869.99 / €999.99 RRP inc. VAT.

The EOS 500D EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Kit is available from early May 2009 priced at £969.99 / €1139.99 RRP inc. VAT.

The EOS 500D EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Kit is available from early May 2009 priced at £1399.99 / €1639.99 RRP inc. VAT.

Features at a glance:

15.1 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
Full HD movie recording with HDMI connection for viewing and playback on an HDTV
ISO 100-3200 (expandable to 12800)
3.4 frames per second continuous shooting
Max. 170 large JPEG images in a single burst
3.0” ClearView LCD with Live View mode
9-point wide area AF with cross type centre point
High speed DIGIC 4 performance and superb image quality
EOS Integrated Cleaning System
Full compatibility with Canon EF and EF-S lenses and EX-series Speedlites, including the new Speedlite 270EX and two new tilt and shift lenses TS-E 17mm f/4L and TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II

500D Press Info – Europe
Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 25 March 2009: Canon announces the new 15.1MP EOS 500D which offers photographers an outstanding combination of features. Following the launch of the first Canon EOS camera to shoot movies – the EOS 5D Mark II in September 2008 – Canon now brings Full High Definition (HD) video capability to consumers in a compact and lightweight DSLR.The new EOS 500D features a 15.1 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor – ideal for large detailed prints or enormous cropping possibilities. For shooting in near-dark conditions, the EOS 500D offers a high ISO sensitivity up to 3200 which is expandable to 12800, giving photographers the power to shoot in the dimmest light conditions. Outstanding noise reduction is made possible by Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor.The EOS 500D heralds a new way for photography enthusiasts to capture their world. It pairs outstanding still image capture with Full HD 1080P video recording. For longer video shoots, users can also choose lower shooting resolutions of 720P or VGA.*Every detail revealed
Exacting image preview and review is provided by a 3.0” Clear View LCD screen.The same screen as used on the acclaimed 5D Mark II, it features a 920,000 dot count – for ultra-detailed image review, accurate focus checks, and clear access to the EOS menu system. As well as aiding shooting from awkward angles, Live View mode includes contrast based and Face Detection AF options. Ideal for newcomers to digital SLR photography, these allow compact-camera style auto focus, with a real-time image displayed on the LCD.Fast processing, fast focusing
Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor drives continuous shooting speeds of up to 3.4 fps in bursts of up to 170 JPEGs**. Using Canon’s wide area AF system – which features 9 individual sensors, including a central cross type point with a high precision sensor for f/2.8 or faster lenses– makes capturing split-second action sequences possible.

DIGIC 4 works in conjunction with the CMOS sensor to deliver exceptional noise reduction and 14-bit image processing for smooth gradation of tones and natural-looking colours. In addition, DIGIC 4 enables the ultra-fast start-up times and near-instant image review after shooting that photographers demand.

Distinctive EOS quality
Despite its compact, lightweight body, the EOS 500D includes all the hallmarks of the EOS system. Every detail of the EOS 500D – from the large, bright viewfinder to the famously intuitive EOS menu system – is designed to provide users with a world-class shooting experience.

Image quality is protected by the EOS Integrated Cleaning System, which reduces, repels and removes unwanted dust from the sensor. Stubborn particles can be easily removed in post-production by using Dust Delete Data – which can be added to the image in-camera – and Canon’s included Digital Photo Professional software.

Digital Photo Professional software offers a comprehensive RAW editing package, with functions such as a quick check tool, a cropping tool, and a stamp tool – plus the ability to change brightness, White Balance and Picture Styles in RAW images. The software suite is included with EOS Utility and Picture Style editor for unrivalled versatility.

Compatibility with the full range of Canon’s EF and EF-S lenses and EX-series Speedlites – including the exceptionally compact, powerful new Speedlite 270EX, which features a bounce and zoom head, plus fast recharging from just 2 AA sized
batteries – allows the creation of a shooting system as unique as the photographer using it.
“The EOS 500D pushes the boundaries of what photographers can demand from their cameras, combining exceptional images with full HD video,” said Rainer Fuehres, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging, Europe. “Photography enthusiasts can now capture their most significant moments in a manner that matches their creativity.”

Any Canon photographer can register for the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY service, which allows access to the latest EOS information, useful updates and exclusive EOS content – plus tools that allow users to create their own video podcasts and store images online.
Features at a glance:

15.1 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
Full HD movie recording with HDMI connection for viewing and playback on an HDTV
ISO 100-3200 (expandable to 12800)
3.4 frames per second continuous shooting
Max. 170 large JPEG images in a single burst
3.0” ClearView LCD with Live View mode
9-point wide area AF with cross type centre point
High speed DIGIC 4 performance and superb image quality
EOS Integrated Cleaning System
Full compatibility with Canon EF and EF-S lenses and EX-series Speedlites, including new Speedlite 270EX, TS-E 17mm f/4L and TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II

Technologies Explained:

CMOS
Canon’s CMOS technology is one of the company’s key competitive advantages, with noise reduction circuitry at each pixel site delivering virtually noise-free images. In comparison with CCD technology, the lower power consumption characteristics of Canon’s CMOS sensors also contribute to longer battery life.

Signal conversion in Canon’s CMOS sensors is handled by individual amplifiers at each pixel site. Unnecessary charge transfer operations are avoided, vastly speeding up the process of getting signal to the image processor. Noise generation is reduced, power consumption is limited and faster frame rate potential is increased.

DIGIC
Image data captured by the CMOS sensor is processed by Canon’s purpose-built DIGIC image processors before being written to the camera’s memory card. DIGIC technology uses advanced image processing algorithms to ensure precise, natural colours, accurate white balance, and advanced noise reduction. Ultra-fast processing speeds result in highly responsive camera operation and near-instant start-up times.

DIGIC chips work with a high speed image buffer – reading, processing, compressing and writing image data fast enough to keep the buffer clear during long continuous shooting bursts. And because DIGIC integrates all key processing functions, power consumption is kept to a minimum.

EOS Integrated Cleaning System
The EOS Integrated Cleaning System combats sensor dust in three important ways: Reduce, Repel and Remove.

Reduce – Internal camera mechanisms are designed to minimise dust generation. The redesigned body cap prevents dust generation through wear on the cap itself.
Repel – Anti-static technologies, including a special fluorine coating, are applied to the low-pass filter covering the front of the sensor so as not to attract dust.
Remove – A Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit uses hi-frequency vibrations to shake dust from the infrared filter for a period of approximately one second after each start up. For instant shooting after power up, this feature is disabled immediately the shutter release is depressed.
Canon has also developed an internal Dust Delete Data system, which can map the position of visible dust on the sensor. This can then be deleted automatically after the shoot with the latest Digital Photo Professional software.

Clear View LCD
Canon’s Clear View LCD screens are 3.0” in diameter and feature a VGA (640×480) pixel resolution with 920,000 dots. This allows high-quality viewing of images and ultra-accurate focus checks in playback. Thanks to a wide 170º angle-of-view, a Clear View LCD can be viewed in a wide range of environments with ghosting and reflections being eliminated thanks to Canon’s unique dual layer anti reflective coating. This combination of features enables photographers to enjoy shooting from awkward angles.

Full HD
Thanks to the combination of a Canon CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4 processing, Canon is able to offer Full HD resolution movie recording in a digital SLR camera. An HDMI connection provides the ability to play back movies directly on any HDTV in high quality HD resolution. Canon’s Full HD products feature the same maximum resolution available for HDTV’s (1920×1080 pixels), ensuring outstanding clarity. Full HD exceeds the quality found in HD ready (720) resolution devices.

Picture Style
Picture Style pre-sets simplify in-camera control over image qualities. Picture Style pre-sets can be likened to different film types – each one offering a different colour response. Within each selectable pre-set, photographers have control over sharpness, contrast, colour tone and saturation. The camera’s factory default configuration is set to deliver immediately-usable JPEG images without need for additional menu settings. Picture Style presets applied to a RAW image can be revised with Canon’s Digital Photo Professional software.

The six pre-sets are:

Standard – for crisp, vivid images that don’t require post-processing
Portrait – optimises colour tone and saturation and weakens sharpening to achieve attractive skin tones
Landscape – for punchier greens and blues with stronger sharpening to give a crisp edge to mountain, tree and building outlines
Neutral – ideal for post-processing
Faithful – adjusts colour to match the subject colour when shot under a colour temperature of 5200K
Monochrome – for black and white shooting with a range of filter effects (yellow, orange, red and green) and toning effects (sepia, blue, purple and green).
Software

Digital Photo Professional Software
Digital Photo Professional software provides high speed, high quality processing of lossless RAW images. Processing with Digital Photo Professional allows real-time display and immediate application of image adjustments, giving control over RAW image variables such as white balance, dynamic range, exposure compensation, noise reduction and colour tone – plus the ability to view Auto Focus points on an image.

Recently added functions to Digital Photo Professional include a Peripheral Illumination Correction tool, which reduces the darkening that can occur in the corners of images shot with certain lenses. The Lens Aberration correction tool allows precise correction of different types of distortion caused by certain cameras. Users can also control the highlights and shadows within an image, reducing the problem of ‘clipped’ areas where detail is lost.

Digital Photo Professional supports sRGB, Adobe RGB, colourMatch RGB, Apple RGB and Wide Gamut RGB colour spaces. ICC (International Colour Consortium) profiles can be attached to TIFF or JPEG images when converted from RAW. This allows faithful reproduction of colours in software applications that support ICC profiles, such as Adobe Photoshop. For improved efficiency, a set of image adjustments can be saved as a recipe and applied.

EOS Utility
The latest version of EOS Utility provides essential support for Live View remote shooting, camera configuration and image transfers. Tightly integrated with Digital Photo Professional, EOS Utility can be configured to monitor ‘hot’ folders, automatically renaming and moving incoming images to a structured file system. Users can also tag their images with EXIF data, including copyright information.

Picture Style Editor
Picture Style Editor allows users to create individual Picture Styles that fit with their personal requirements. Each Picture Style contains detailed information on how specific colours should be represented within an image. Once new Picture Styles have been created, they can be uploaded directly into the camera and applied to JPEG or RAW images. When working with RAW files in DPP, both personal Picture Styles and the 6 predetermined Picture Styles can all be adjusted.

ZoomBrowser/ImageBrowser
For extra-easy review, editing and management of JPEG files, two pieces of software are included: ZoomBrowser for PC, and ImageBrowser for Mac.

Both programs feature a MovieEdit function plug-in, which supports the .MOV clips recorded by the EOS 500D and EOS 5D Mark II. Users can use this to perform basic editing tasks, including creating and exporting clips which combine movie files and JPEGs.

*A built-in HDMI connection allows easy and instant review of images and movie clips on any compatible HDTV.
**Figure may vary depending on capacity of SD card used

Rebel T1i Press Info – US
CANON U.S.A. INTRODUCES THE EOS REBEL T1i DIGITAL SLR CAMERA THE FIRST REBEL DSLR TO FEATURE HD VIDEO CAPTURECanon Breaks the $1,000 Mark Again with the First EOS Rebel Camera to Feature HD Movie Recording Capabilities, DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor and 15.1 Megapixel ResolutionLAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., March 25, 2009 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today introduced a new addition to its Rebel lineup, the EOS Rebel T1i Digital SLR camera, the first in the Rebel line to feature Full HD video capture. The new Canon Rebel T1i SLR incorporates some of the best technologies from the EOS 50D and EOS 5D Mark II models into an entry-level juggernaut. With a 15.1 megapixel CMOS sensor and HD video capture, along with the DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor, the Rebel T1i gives aspiring photographers plenty of reason to step-up to the latest and greatest model in the Rebel lineup.The new Canon EOS Rebel T1i raises the entry-level bar with a host of enhanced Canon technologies now available in an entry-level DSLR. Along with the boost in megapixels and Canon’s most advanced imaging processor to-date, this latest Rebel camera has also been enhanced with HD video capture, a 3.0-inch Clear View LCD (920,000 dots/VGA) monitor and user-friendly functions such as Auto Lighting Optimizer, Creative Auto Mode and Canon’s Live View modes, all the right tools to open new doors for imaging enthusiasts. From high-resolution to high-definition, the new EOS Rebel T1i Digital SLR camera helps to give creative consumers a jumpstart on the next evolution in digital imaging.”We are witnessing the emergence of a new phase in digital imaging history, as high-resolution still images and HD video can now both be produced in a hand-held device, for under $1,000. This is truly a great time to be involved in digital imaging as the advent of online communities are helping usher in this next great era in imaging,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A.The muscle behind Canon’s new EOS Rebel T1i camera is the DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor with 14-bit analog-to-digital conversion and the ability to process full HD video. The Canon EOS Rebel T1i Digital SLR offers continuous shooting at 3.4 fps for up to 170 large/fine JPEG images or up to nine RAW images in a single burst when using a class 6 or higher SD or SDHC memory card. Whether capturing wildlife on the run or a child mid-stride on the soccer field, users will appreciate the fast shooting capabilities of the Rebel T1i Digital SLR camera.With the combination of its 15.1-megapixel APS-C size CMOS image sensor and the powerful new DIGIC 4 image processor, the Canon EOS Rebel T1i camera provides ISO speeds from ISO 100 up to ISO 3200 in whole stop increments, along with two additional high-speed ISO settings – H1: 6400 and H2: 12800.

The EOS Rebel T1i Digital SLR utilizes a precise nine-point Autofocus (AF) system and AF sensor for enhanced subject detection. The new EOS Rebel T1i DSLR provides a cross-type AF measurement at the center that is effective with all EF and EF-S lenses, while providing enhanced precision with lenses having maximum apertures of f/2.8 or faster. The cross-type AF measurement reads a wider variety of subject matter than conventional single-axis AF sensors and thus increases the new camera’s ability to autofocus quickly and accurately when shooting still images.

The EOS Rebel T1i camera is compatible with Canon’s complete line of over 60 Canon EF and EF-S lenses, to help provide an incredible variety of visual effects to both still and video imaging capture, including ultra-wide-angle and fish-eye to macro and super-telephoto. This includes all of Canon’s large-aperture EF L-series professional lenses.

HD and SD Video Capture
After the introduction of the EOS 5D Mark II in September 2008, the Company’s first HD video DSLR, Canon has integrated this must-have feature into the new entry-level flagship EOS Rebel T1i camera. The camera features 16:9 720p HD video capture at 30 fps as well as a Full HD 1080p video capture at 20 fps, and a third option to record 4:3 standard TV quality (SD) video capture at 640 x 480 pixels and 30 fps. The video capture mode is part of the camera’s Live View function, using the Picture Style that has been set for Live View still image shooting. The camera allows skilled photographers and enthusiasts to adjust image sharpness, contrast, colour saturation and white balance, and have those settings apply to the movie image as well. When recording video, the camera’s rear LCD screen is letter-boxed by a semi-transparent border to match the aspect ratio of the movie recording size.

Like the EOS 5D Mark II model, the EOS Rebel T1i camera will record video up to 4GB per clip equaling approximately 12 minutes of Full HD video, 18 minutes of 720p HD video, or 24 minutes of SD video depending on the level of detail in the scene.i Video clips are recorded in .MOV format using an MPEG-4 video compression and sound is recorded using linear PCMii without compression. The camera features a built-in monaural microphone to record sound. To help show off those fantastic movies as well as still photos, the EOS Rebel T1i camera includes an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) output to display crisp, clear images on a High-Definition TV.

Live View Shooting
Much like the EOS 5D Mark II, the Canon EOS Rebel T1i camera features Live View for both still images as well as video. The Rebel T1i features the Company’s three Live View AF modes – Quick, Live and Face Detection Live mode – which can be used to capture still photos or video images. Quick mode automatically sets One-Shot AF using the camera’s phase detection AF system. It also allows users to select the AF point, even while the Live View image is displayed. Although the camera’s reflex mirror must be lowered briefly to take an AF measurement in Quick mode, it is the fastest way to set focus automatically when the Rebel T1i camera is set for Live View.

Live mode uses contrast-detection AF with the image sensor and here, as with Quick mode, users can change the location of the active AF point using the Multi-controller. Face Detection Live mode uses contrast AF to recognize human faces. When multiple faces are detected, the largest face closest to the center of the frame is targeted as the AF point. While Live View is engaged, users can still change settings including the AF mode (Quick, Live, Face Detection Live mode), drive mode, ISO speed, Picture style, White Balance and more.

Auto Lighting Optimizer
Canon’s Auto Lighting Optimizer technology helps ensure that the subject of each picture is clearly visible by analyzing image brightness and automatically adjusting dark areas in images so they appear brighter. This is ideal when shooting high-contrast situations that include harsh shadow areas, such as landscape images where the foreground is brightly lit and the background detail blanketed in dark shadow. In a scene such as this, the EOS Rebel T1i camera’s Auto Lighting Optimizer technology maintains exposure of the highlight areas while lightening shadow areas for a more enjoyable and evenly illuminated image. The EOS Rebel T1i also supports Peripheral Illumination Correction for up to 40 Canon EF and EF-S lenses.

Canon’s Creative Auto Mode
Canon’s “CA” Creative Full Auto setting available on the EOS Rebel T1i, EOS 50D and EOS 5D Mark II cameras allows users to make image adjustments such as exposure compensation, aperture or shutter speed through a simple navigation screen on the camera’s LCD screen, allowing them to “blur the background” or “lighten or darken the image” with ease. These easy-to-understand image options allow learning-photographers to experiment with image options while still shooting in an automatic mode.

EOS Integrated Cleaning System
With the introduction of the EOS Rebel T1i camera, the entire Canon EOS system is now equipped with the highly acclaimed EOS Integrated Cleaning System. The Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit for the Canon EOS Rebel T1i has been upgraded with a fluorine coating on the low-pass filter for better dust resistance.

Pricing and Availability
The Canon EOS Rebel T1i Digital SLR Camera is scheduled for delivery by early May and will be sold in a body-only configuration which includes a rechargeable battery pack and charger, USB and video cables, a neckstrap, an EOS Solutions Disk CD and a 1-year Canon U.S.A., Inc. limited warranty at an estimated retail price of $799.99iii. It will additionally be offered in a kit version with Canon’s EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens at an estimated retail price of $899.99iv.

Canon Speedlite 270EX
The new Canon Speedlite 270EX, the successor to the 220EX Speedlite model, is a compact, lightweight external flash option for Canon cameras including select Canon PowerShot models. Ideal for use with the new EOS Rebel T1i, the new Speedlite 270EX uses only two AA batteries and enables bounce flash shooting with four position steps from 0 degrees to 90 degrees. Like Canon’s high-end Speedlite flash models, the 270EX allows users to control flash functions and input settings using the camera’s LCD monitorv. The flash also features a quick-lock mechanism and a metal mounting foot for secure and easy attachment and reliable contact.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked third overall in the U.S. in 2008†, with global revenues of US $45 billion, is listed as number seven in the computer industry on Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies 2008 list, and is on the 2008 BusinessWeek list of “Top 100 Brands.” At Canon, we care because caring is essential to living together in harmony. Founded upon a corporate philosophy of Kyosei – “all people, regardless of race, religion or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future” – Canon U.S.A. supports a number of social, youth, educational and other programs, including environmental and recycling initiatives. Additional information about these programs can be found at www.usa.canon.com/kyosei. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss.
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Prices are estimated retail prices. Actual selling prices are set by dealers and may vary.

HDMI, the HDMI logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.

Prices, specifications and availability are subject to change without notice.
i According to Canon’s standard test methods.
ii A method of converting audio and other analog signals into digital data. It is recorded without any compression.
iii Prices are estimated retail prices and subject to change at any time. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.
iv Prices are estimated retail prices and subject to change at any time. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.
v When using the EOS-1Ds Mark III, EOS-1D Mark III, EOS 40D, EOS Rebel XSi, EOS Rebel XS, EOS Rebel T1i, PowerShot G9, PowerShot G10, PowerShot SX1 IS, PowerShot SX10 IS, PowerShot SX200 IS or PowerShot S5 IS.

Release info Australia
Canon Australia today launched its most creative and powerful entry-level digital SLR (DSLR). Positioned between the highly acclaimed EOS 450D and 40D, the EOS 500D will be sought after by DSLR users wishing to upgrade, or by first-time DSLR users looking for a camera that they can grow into.Photographers will not only experience Canon’s superior image quality and advanced technologies when shooting with the EOS 500D, but they will be both surprised and excited that Canon has managed to incorporate Full High Definition recording into such an accessible DSLR camera.“The EOS 500D boasts a Canon first for entry-level DSLR cameras with the inclusion of Full High Definition movie recording, which allows users to get creative and expand their shooting capabilities,” states Chris Macleod, Brand Manager – EOS, Consumer Imaging Products Group, Canon Australia. “This high-quality, feature-packed DSLR is very easy to use and promises to make DSLR photography fun for first-time users, those looking to upgrade and those looking to take their creativity to whole new level.”Endless creative possibilities
Users can capture still photos and movies in Full HD quality or standard TV quality (VGA), making this the ideal camera for users who want to capture stunning stills and movies without compromising on quality.Creativity made simple
The EOS 500D boasts easy to understand, simple and intuitive functions, perfect for any skill-level.

Like other Canon DSLR models, the EOS 500D features Live View shooting for greater flexibility and creative composition. This technology makes it easy to compose and shoot images on the 3.0-inch LCD screen, without ever having to bring the camera to your eye.

In another first for Canon entry-level EOS cameras, the 500D features live Face Detection mode in Live View shooting. By distinguishing human faces in each shot and adjusting the focus and exposure accordingly, Live Face Detection allows photographers to ensure their subjects are captured clearly and accurately.

To further add to the 500D’s intuitive shooting capability, the camera incorporates automatic image correction tools (Auto Lighting Optimiser and Peripheral Illumination Correction) to ensure even first-time users can take professional-quality shots the first time round.

Movies and stills can be viewed easily on the camera’s large LCD screen, which incorporates an anti-reflection and anti-smudging coating to ensure reviewing photos is both clear and accurate.

Impressive image quality
Exceptional clarity, razor-sharp images, natural colours and perfect tones are all the hallmarks of Canon’s unique CMOS sensor technology. The EOS 500D incorporates a 15.1 megapixel sensor (highest resolution in class) and combined with the imaging performance and super-fast speed of the DiG!C 4 image processor, makes this the perfect camera for creative photography fun.

New Canon speedlite accessory
Canon has also launched a new compact and lightweight speedlite for entry-level users who want to get more creative with their photography.

Replacing the 220EX, the 270EX speedlite features a new bounce-flash capability to enable natural flash photography and can be used on all EOS DSLR cameras as well as some high-end compact cameras.

The 270EX speedlite (RRP $TBC) will be available from May through Canon dealers nationally.

Pricing and Availability in Australia
The EOS 500D body will be available in Body Only, Single IS Kit (with EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS), Twin IS kit (with EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS and EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS), Enthusiast Kit (with EF-17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM) and Premium kit (with EF-S18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS). All RRPs TBC. These kits will all be available from May 2009 through Canon dealers nationally. For more information customers can contact Canon on 1800 021 167, or visit the website at canon.com.au.

Pricing and Availability in the US

The Canon EOS Rebel T1i Digital SLR Camera is scheduled for delivery by early May and will be sold in a body-only configuration which includes a rechargeable battery pack and charger, USB and video cables, a neckstrap, an EOS Solutions Disk CD and a 1-year Canon U.S.A., Inc. limited warranty at an estimated retail price of $799.99. It will additionally be offered in a kit version with Canon’s EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens at an estimated retail price of $899.99.


Pre announcement rumours/information

Rebel T1i top dialMore on the CNET video with this, part of a screen grab of the top dial that was just sent to us (thanks)

Link to another pic from CNET – no camera in pic though!

24th How about a T1i? 15MP and video DPR

“It’s in between 50D and XSi. It has the same size sensor as the 50D, 15MP. It has creative auto mode. Same body as the XSi. It has a video mode. 720p at 30 frames/sec and 1080p and 20 frames/sec”

A comment on DPR suggests it’s real – HD video, 15MP, articulating screen.

Canon 500DA picture appears at the the Danish site Zoom. Is this the 500D? Note the screen at the side

Well, that picture on the side – it’s the one in the invite to tomorrow’s event [General rumours page].

Mostly quiet on whatever Canon are announcing tomorrow – some still say a range of copiers…
A lengthy DPR thread to relieve the wait :-)

19th A whole string of 500D rumours out there, but unfortunately most are all just recounting the same recycled material…

For a prime source of recycling see GM

However at 1k1 they are saying that it will be:

15MP sensor
full high definition video recording
ISO 12800
DiGiC IV
900k dots LCD

11th We’re told that it’s the new xxxD (500D being best guess) that will be announced on the 25th. Whilst the last specs we were sent only pointed to the same 15MP as the 50D, over at CR they seem confident that it’s

15.1MP
1.6 crop
3.5FPS
100-3200 ISO
3 inch VGA LCD
DIGIC IV
9 Point AF (inc. Face Detection for AF)
LP-E5 Battery
LiveView, Movie Mode w/contrast detect AF

7th We’ve had several comments about a new EOS camera on the 25th, and although one suggestion is for a 16MP FF 1D4, others say that it’s a ‘small’ camera and the 500D that many were expecting at PMA might fit the bill…

February 28th From our main rumours page

500D is moved to August 2009. Specs unchanged (movie mode etc.) but now much more likely to get a 15MP sensor.

26th camera availabilityWe’re told (thanks) that the 400D is still listed at Canon Australia

It vanished from the UK Canon site a while ago.

25th Will the 500D appear in June? The 23rd is a date suggested at CR – along with a 30mm f/2 EFS prime

21st A suggestion that an XSTi is a competion prize [CR] typo?

18th No news of any new SLRs as of yet.

The two new TS-E lenses (17mm and 24mm) are hardly aimed at the typical xxxD market. Maybe this time, the economic climate has pushed any releases back to later in the year?

10th Canon have a UK press ‘event’ next week (Weds. 18th) in London to show off the ‘Canon Spring Collection 2009’

9th We’ve had a comment that there is a new ‘low-end’ DSLR being announced next week from Canon – likely a 500D (aka ‘Rebel’ for markets where long numbers are perceived as too difficult to remember ;-) )

See also [CR]

2009 January 29th A comment [POTN] via a Canon Rep suggests a ‘new Mk3’ and a ‘rebel with video’

27th A major UK dealer has removed the 400D from their web listings, saying “we are no longer stocking it”

It’s also no longer listed on the Canon UK site.

24th With prices generally rising, it’s even more of note that the price of the 400D continues to drop in the UK – now down to £269, or less than the 1000D.

20th Is the 500D being pushed back to the autumn? [CREconomic conditions not suitable? Well the 450 is just over a year old, so perhaps now is the time to move back to an 18 month cycle. The record strength of the Yen doesn’t help a Japanese company wanting to launch competitive new products worldwide.

7th It would not be unreasonable to assume that when the 500D comes out, the 450D (launched Jan 2008)will be moved down the order to take the current place of the 400D (launched August 2006) – as such, I’ve noted a drop in the UK price to £274 [CPB

2009 January 6th How about the Jan 28th for an announcement? [DPR] [CR]

2008 November 16th How about a Rebel TSi/500D ? More from CR – 15MP, 3200 max ISO, Digic IV, 3″ VGA LCD, 3FPS, 9 point AF – movie mode, but without AF. Due 24th Feb. See also POTN

The 500D is widely expected to use the 15MP 50D sensor, which would suggest a maximum ISO of higher than 3200. With the 5D Mk2, Canon have shown that they are not afraid to migrate features from a higher end model, so maybe all the way to 12,800. Video seems a certainty, but exactly what features are left out would depend on marketing and probably the state of the economy…

PMA is later next year (March 3-5 in Vegas) – there are, as ever, a whole lot of other thing on

Pro Photography – March 1-4: “The ultimate collection of educational and hands-on sessions for professional photographers.
DIMA 2009 – March 1-4: The “trail-blazing event” at PMA 09, DIMA explores emerging tech trends
PIEA 2009 – March 1-4: PIEA encourages teachers at al levels to inspire the next generation of photographers
PSPA 2009 – March 2-4: Through strategies and planning, the PSPA conference focuses on meeting the customers’ needs.
SPAA 2009 – March 2-4: Professionalism and sports photography are in focus at SPAA.
PPFA 2009 – March 3-5: Enhance your custom framing skills and your business practices at PPFA.
PSRO 2009 – March 3-5: Bridging scrapbook retailers and supplies together to help consumers preserve treasured memories, PSRO provides insight into the memories market.

Lots to see…

I had been wondering about going, but seeing that PSRO is on, I’m keen to get more ‘insight into the memories market’ ;-) Expect too, the usual round of largely spurious awards – more often based on who’s turn it is to win something than any technical advances or great products ;-)

October 16th On CR, a potential announcement date for new Canon stuff – Feb 10th for replacements for the 1D3, 450D (Rebel XSi) and 1000D (Rebel XS) and two lenses (not the 35L since that’s for the 1Ds4 in the Summer

2008 September 24th After a burst of activitiy surrounding the 50D and 5D2 releases, the attention has moved to the 450D replacement.

Some specs [CR]

15MP
DIGIC 4
3″ VGA LCD
3.5 fps
100-3200 ISO
9 point AF
SD Card
Liveview (with contrast AF)
HDMI Out
Movie Mode (With a form of AF?)

July 30th With the 1000D listed at £400, the 450D at £415, the 40D at £600, 5D at £1200, 1D3 at £2400 and 1Ds3 at £4700 there seems to be a fair bit of bunching at the bottom end.

I suspect the 1000D will be at £350 by the Autumn

450D and 1000D should get a refresh next year, although they could move to a 12 month cycle or stick to 18 months.

May 14th

An EOS1000D/ Rebel XS is mentioned inside the latest release of DPP

2008 January 31st

So now we have a 12MP 450D, what’s next in the numbering scheme?

We’ll go for the EOS 500D

If you look through previous Canon release strategies you’ll notice that all new stuff tends to get announced on the same day some time Jan/Feb or Aug/Sept

Best bet… August 2009

However, we were told last year that Canon might be moving to a yearly update cycle with the XXXD ‘Rebel’ range, in which case, perhaps a 470D at next year’s PMA?

And yes, there is a 500D (or whatever) thread on DPR :-)

Enough of this – go out and take more photos!


August 2007

Will the 500D cure the persistent problems of the 450D – the ones discussed on some forums, from the very day it first shipped :-)

Will it include Digic 4 – will it finally move to a bigger sensor? What about in body IS?

I’m sure that this and more will find a home here, over the next couple of years :-)

Our most recent info (originally on our 1Ds3 page) about Canon’s plans over the next few years was sent in August 2007 (shortly before the 40D was announced)

Sensor technology – Canon have mentioned that full frame sensor chips need two stepper passes. Sony now has the technology to do this in one pass and are preparing their own sensors and selling to them Nikon.  However, Canon have a new ‘one pass’ technology too. What’s more, it can do even larger than 35mm (36x24mm) in a single pass.
Canon is very excited about a next generation CMOS sensors they are working on.  Two full frame versions have 40M and 50M pixels at the -same- noise level as the current 1D series. Low power supply voltages give cooler chips and lower noise even with smaller pixels. Different circuit fabrication techniques also promise to make close to 100% of the sensor area active pixels. This technology won’t make any of the upcoming models, but is expected in 2009/10.

The competition – Canon were somewhat shocked by the success of the Nikon D80, D40 and D40X. Hence the ‘improved’ 40D and the improved 400D replacement in the works. Canon know what Nikon have coming (D300 and D3) and have planned the 40D, 1Ds III and 1D III as their answers.
However Nikon is moving to CMOS sensors to over the next couple of years.  Sony are moving CMOS to a near full frame (1.25 or so) and full (35mm) FF, so Canon is getting serious and starting to plan some aggressive upgrades.
Sony worries Canon somewhat, since with their manufacturing capabilities, they could move the whole price base down for SLRs. So far they haven’t and their lens prices and range are not a worry for Canon. The current Sony Alpha has been less than astounding in the market.
Moreover, Nikon have the camera credibility and certainly won’t stop with the D3 and D300. Their plans for the lower end (D40-D80 as well) are to replace them in much shorter timeframes than their previous 3-4 years.  Nikon have moved emphasis from the low end ‘point and shoot’ digital into R&D on the DLSRs. They’ve found this to be 3-4 times as profitable (note Nikon’s record profits over last 12 months).  Nikon is more than happy with trouncing Canon for the last 12 months in Japan (not so world wide).  So the next 2-3 years will see a major DSLR feature ‘war’.

IS Technology – This is being introduced in some of their consumer grade lenses. The technology has matured to the point that it can be added at only a small price premium. It gives product differentiation – a reaction to Sony and keeps them ahead of Nikon.

Digic IV – Digic III just won’t cut it for the new high density sensors. Digic IV can deal with with the transfer rates for higher bit per pixel images. One Digic IV chip beats the two Digic III in the 1D3.

16 bit RAW – Canon’s target for their next generation of sensors is 16 bits per channel giving true HD quality.  They are also looking at processing formats to retain that extra definition.

ISO sensitivity – Canon see their next generation lower voltage CMOS as easily doing ISO6400, with a boost to 12800.


Brief review of 450D specs for comparison

List price (US) Body only: $799, Kit: $899 (with 18-55 mm IS lens)
List price (EU) Body only: €749, Kit: €849 (with 18-55 mm IS lens)
International naming US: Canon Rebel Digital XSi
Japan: Canon EOS Kiss Digital x2
Elsewhere: Canon EOS 450D
Body material Plastic (Stainless Steel chassis)
Sensor 12.2 million effective pixels
12.4 million total pixels
22.2 x 14.8 mm CMOS sensor
RGB Colour Filter Array
Built-in low-pass filter with self cleaning unit
3:2 aspect ratio
Dust reduction Low-pass filter vibration at power-on (can be interrupted)
Anti-static coating on sensor surfaces
Software based dust-removal (camera maps dust, removed later)
Image sizes 4272 x 2848 (L)
3088 x 2056 (M)
2256 x 1504 (S)
Output formats RAW (.CR2 14-bit)
RAW (.CR2 14-bit) + JPEG Large/Fine
JPEG (EXIF 2.21) – Fine, Normal
Image processor DIGIC III
Lenses Canon EF / EF-S lens mount, 1.6x field of view crop
Focus modes Auto Focus, Manual Focus (switch on lens)
Auto Focus 9-point CMOS sensor
Cross-type F2.8 at centre
AF working range: -0.5 to 18 EV (at 23°C, ISO 100)
AF modes AI Focus, One shot, AI Servo
AF point selection Auto, Manual
AF assist Flash strobe
Shooting modes Auto,
Program AE (P), Shutter priority AE (Tv), Aperture priority AE (Av), Manual (M)
Auto depth-of-field
Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night portrait
Flash off
Metering TTL 35-zone SPC
Metering range: EV 1.0 – 20 EV (at 23°C, ISO 100, 50 mm F1.4)
Metering modes Evaluative 35-zone
Partial 9% at centre
Spot 4% at centre
Centre-weighted average
AE Lock AE lock button
AE Bracketing +/- 3.0 EV, 0.5 or 0.3 EV increments
Exposure compen. +/- 3.0 EV, 0.5 or 0.3 EV increments
Sensitivity Auto (100 – 400)
ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600
Highlight tone priority (ISO 200 – 1600)
Shutter Focal-plane shutter
30 – 1/4000 sec (0.5 or 0.3 EV steps)
Flash X-Sync: 1/200 sec
Bulb
Aperture values F1.0 – F91 (0.3 EV steps) Actual aperture range depends on lens used
White balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash, Custom
WB Bracketing +/-3 levels, 3 images, Selectable Blue/Amber or Magenta/Green bias
WB fine-tuning Blue (-9) To Amber (+9)
Magenta (-9) to Green (+9)
Colour space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Picture style Standard, Portrait, Landscape
Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User 1, User 2, User 3
Custom image parameters Sharpness: 0 to 7
Contrast: -4 to +4
Saturation: -4 to +4
Colour tone: -4 to +4
B&W filter: N, Ye, Or, R, G
B&W tone: N, S, B, P, G
Drive modes Single
Continuous: 3.5 fps up to 53 JPEG / 6 RAW frames
Self-timer 10 secs (2 sec with mirror lock-up), Self-timer continuous
Mirror lockup Yes (custom function)
Viewfinder Pentamirror, 95% frame coverage
Magnification: 0.87xcentre (-1 diopter with 50 mm lens at infinity)
Eyepoint: 19 mm
Dioptric adjustment: -3.0 to +1.0 diopter
Fixed precision matte
Proximity sensor disables LCD shooting mode information
Viewfinder info AF information (AF points focus confirmation light)
Shutter speed
Aperture value
ISO speed (always displayed)
AE lock
Exposure level/compensation
Spot metering circle
Exposure warning
AEB
Flash ready
High-speed sync
FE lock
Flash exposure compensation
Red-eye reduction light
White balance correction
SD card information
Monochrome shooting
Maximum burst
DOF preview Yes, button
LCD monitor 3.0″ TFT LCD, 230,000 pixels
Wide viewing angle (160° horizontal and vertical)
7 brightness levels
Up to 10x zoom playback
LCD Live view Live TTL display of scene from CMOS image sensor
100% frame coverage
Real-time evaluative metering using CMOS image sensor
Best view or exposure simulation
Grid optional (thirds)
Magnify optional (5x or 10x at AF point)
Optional Auto-focus with mirror-down / mirror-up sequence
Two modes; normal and quieter
Remote live view using EOS Utility 2.0 (via USB or WiFi/Ethernet using WFT)
Manual focus only
Camera settings display Shutter speed
Aperture
Sensitivity (ISO)
Exposure mode
Meter / Exposure compenation
Bracketing
Flash compensation
White balance & fine tuning
Metering mode
Custom function set
Auto focus mode
Drive mode
Auto focus areas
Black & white mode
Beep
Red-eye reduction
Image size / quality
Battery status
Frames remaining
Record review Uses last play mode
Magnification possible
2 / 4 / 8 sec / Hold
Flash Auto pop-up E-TTL II auto flash
Guide number approx 13
Modes: Auto, Manual Flash On/ Off, Red-Eye Reduction
X-Sync: 1/200 sec
Flash exposure compensation: +/-2.0 EV (0.3 or 0.5 EV steps)
Coverage up to 17 mm focal length (27 mm FOV equiv.)
External flash E-TTL II auto flash with EX-series Speedlites
Hot-shoe
Other features Orientation sensor
Automatically writes FAT16/FAT32 depending on capacity
Auto rotation On (playback uses orientation data in file header)
Off
Playback mode Single image
Single image with info (histogram brightness / RGB )
Magnified view (1.5 – 10x in 15 steps, browsable)
4 and 9 image indexcentre
Auto play
Image rotation
Jump (by 10, 100 or date)
Custom functions 13 custom functions with 34 settings
Menu languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Russian, Polish, Hungarian, Czech
Firmware User upgradable
Connectivity USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) mini-B, Video out (PAL / NTSC)
E3 type wired remote control
Storage SD / SDHC card
Power Lithium-Ion LP-E5 rechargeable battery (7.4 V, 1050 mAh)
CR2016 Lithium battery (date/time backup)
Optional ACK-E5 AC adapter kit
Direct printing Canon Selphy Printers, Canon Bubble Jet Printers with direct print function
Canon PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge
PictBridge
Dimensions 129 x 98 x 62 mm (5.1 x 3.9 x 2.4 in)
Weight (no battery) 475 g (1.0 lb)
Software Zoom Browser EX / ImageBrowser, PhotoStitch
EOS Utility (inc. Remote Capture; Windows & Mac except Mac Intel)
Digital Photo Professional (Windows / Mac)
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