Canon EOS 500D (Body Only) reviews and prices: SLR camera

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8.8 out of 10 based on 87 reviews.
Canon EOS 500D (Body Only): 15.1 MP (Megapixels), 1x optical zoom, SD Card storage, No image stabiliser digital SLR camera. See full product description

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Most helpful reviews

Simon, pwllheli, gwynedd. Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
My 11 year old daughter found it very easy too use and took some brillant photographs even with first usage.
My 41 year old husband prefers the film cameras, seriously brill camera for all, expensive but you can't beat cannon.
Bad points:
I am just learning and I am very amateur it is only as complicated as you make it.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 29 Jun 2011

Bjorn, Sweden Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Great ISO preformance. Really good camera for the pro amature.
Bad points:
In auto ISO mode you cant set the highest ISO value that you are comfortable with.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 24 Oct 2009

Confirmed purchaser Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
I have been using the 400D for 3 years, and have found that the upgrade to the 500D is currently good value. I wanted the extra quality of 14 bits rather than 12, and the extra few mega pixels. I also wanted to move to SD cards. Live view and camcorder modes are not essential to me, but work pretty well and are a nice bonus. I also think that some of the menu options have been improved, and I like the addition of spot metering. I have played with the raw images in Adobe Camera Raw, and the improved quality has so far not disappointed.
Bad points:
The battery life is not as good as previous models, and I'm not sure why the button for switching between metering modes has been relegated to a menu option. This is something that I use often, so this is slightly iritating.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 21 Nov 2009

Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Fantastic screen, good photo image quality
Bad points:
None found yet
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 7.0
Value for money 8.0
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 15 Oct 2009

Andrew, Aylesbury Enhancing Graphic Design

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Great quality shots once the operator achieves the same standard as the kit.
Bad points:
Expensive initial purchase, batteries and storage cards from older models are often no use.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 13 Jun 2011

Colin, Keighley Experienced amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Very small and light comapred to my main 5D Mark II body, easy to use, favourites menu, built in flash.
Bad points:
Reduction in resolution and contrast is noticeable compared to 5DII, but as it is less than a third of the price, this has to be taken into account. Personally I would only use the 500D up ISO800.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 7.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 10 Jul 2010

Confirmed purchaser Point & shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Large screen, video, build quality, simple programmes
Bad points:
It will be replaced soon by the 550D !!
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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3 of 6 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 06 Feb 2010

Product Features

Camera Type SLR
Resolution (Pixels) 4752x3168
Optical zoom ratio 1
Screen size (Inches) 3
Digital zoom ratio 1
Type of image stabiliser No
Touchscreen No
3D No
Colour Black
Media format SDHC Card
Media format SD Card
Memory card slot Yes
PictBridge Yes
Video recorder Yes
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 480
Flash Yes
Body Only Yes
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/4000
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/30
Waterproof No
USB port Yes
Dimensions (mm) 128.8x97.5x61.9
RAW Format Yes
GPS Receiver No
Release date 2009-03-31
Height in mm 97.5
Width in mm 128.8
Depth in mm 61.9
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens Yes

Also known as: Canon EOS 500D IS Body, Canon EOS 500D BODY, Canon EOS 500D Digital, Canon EOS 500D - Digital

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Manufacturer's Description

With the EOS 500D, every side of your story comes alive. Capture every detail in stunning 15.1 Megapixel resolution, or switch to shooting pin-sharp Full High Definition video.

15.1 MP CMOS sensor
Ideal for those who want to create large, poster-size prints – or crop images to perfection without losing any of the detail necessary for printing – Canon’s 15.1MP CMOS sensor is outstanding in low light, and produces images with incredibly low noise.

Full HD movie recording
The EOS 500D combines exceptional still shooting with the ability to shoot Full HD (1080p) video. For occasions when larger amounts of footage need to be stored on a memory card, users can also choose to shoot at 720p or VGA resolution. An HDMI connection allows High Definition playback of footage and images on any HDTV.

High ISO for low light
When light levels fall, the EOS 500D offers an ISO range of up to 3200 – expandable to 12800 for those environments where using flash is undesirable.

Up to 3.4fps with up to 170 JPEG burst
The EOS 500D features shooting speeds of up to 3.4fps in continuous bursts of up to 170 large JPEG images (9 RAW).

3.0” Clear View LCD with Live View mode
Detailed checks on images and video are possible with a 3.0” ClearView LCD screen, which features an ultra-high 920,000 dots for increased clarity. Switch to Live View mode and use the real-time visual feed to shoot from awkward angles.

9-point AF system
A high-precision AF system employs 9 AF points AF Points are located throughout the frame to better accommodate off-centre subjects. For accurate focusing with fast aperture lenses, the central AF point features a high sensitivity cross-type sensor, suitable for lenses with an aperture of f/2.8 or faster.

DIGIC 4
Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor works with the CMOS sensor to deliver 14-bit image processing, for smooth gradations and natural looking colours. DIGIC 4 also powers advanced Noise Reduction when shooting at higher ISO speeds, plus split-second startup times and near-instant image review after shooting.

EOS Integrated Cleaning System
Canon’s built-in dust prevention system offers three ways of guarding images against the effects of dust: reduction of internal dust generation; an in-camera sensor cleaning mechanism; and the ability to map stubborn dust spots for removal with the included Digital Photo Professional software.

Full EF/EF-S and EX Speedlite compatibility
The EOS 500D is compatible with Canon’s full range of EF and EF-S lenses and EX-series Speedlites. This allows the creation of a shooting system as unique as the photographer using it.


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