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I've always had an interest in photography from my early teens but it was a good few years later when i started my graphic design diploma in college that i realised i increasingly wanted a DSLR. One that wasn't extremely expensive as i was a student, but at the same time produced great quality photographs with much added control over my outcomes compared to my previous point and shoot camera's.
After doing some research i decided to go with the Canon 500D which at the time was relatively new and cost me £550 which i took out on finance over a couple of years as i didn't have the money upfront then.
Ever since owning the 500D, over 2 years ago now, it has been a pleasure to use as the superb, crisp and clear quality of the 15.1 Megapixel camera doesn't disappoint. I find that it contains a great depth of detail when zoomed in on the lcd preview screen after taking the shot without any blur if taken carefully, though obviously a tripod would aid a great deal.
For those that are relatively new to this kind of camera or generally don't have the steadiest of hands, there is an option to purchase the standard 18-55mm lens with added image stabilization or 'IS', though it did cost a touch more so i personally went with the standard lens.
The body itself is quite sturdy and does feel good in the hand, however some of the more expensive models do have a larger body which supposedly favours a lot of photographers out there, where as i believe it's just fine without causing any quibbles at all. The buttons and controls on the Canon 500D feel nice to touch and use, without feeling like they will break easily or make those horrible cheap sounding noises like some camera's do which is a positive plus to the build quality. In saying that the main dial is a bit noisy compared to the rest of the buttons which could be improved but apart from that, i have no other complaints. The rubber hand grip on the right side of the camera feels nice to the touch and creates a nice visual texture in terms of the looks of the 500D.
I like to take the odd family shots but before i was unfortunately never in them because i was the one taking the photographs myself. With the canon 500D you can set a timer so that you can get into the shot and hopefully get yourself comfortable within the 10 seconds you have before it shoots. Otherwise you can plug in an external remote release in the jack at the left side of the camera so that you can trigger the shutter when everyone is looking their finest first.
I find the layout of the controls to be fairly well laid out, however you do need to memorize some of the icons as some don't give you a suggestion of what they would perform without you trying them out in the first place to see what happens. Thankfully though the manual both in the book and on disc are both helpful in teaching you the functions and what they do.
The Menu display within the Canon 500D is quite extensive with a wide variety of options that you can set to your own personal preference for example, if your a wedding photographer who uses a certain set up such as exposure, aperture or shutter speed etc, then you can create and save a profile so you don't have to spend time setting it up all the time which i find very useful. Within the quality setting in the menu display, i find it really beneficial that you can set the camera to shoot and save a raw and jpeg version together meaning you can always use the raw file after for better post image processing. This is a favourite option of mine when tweaking images to achieve the best possible outcomes in adobe camera raw.
The built in flash is quite impressive and there are a few options you can adjust within the menu display, though at times it can flicker before shooting which if taking a portrait photo of a person as you could imagine can be quite frustrating to me and straining on my subjects eyes. As this is the case i would recommend at some stage investing in an external flash to fit right on to the sturdy flash mount fixing at the top of the DSLR to overcome this from time to time problem.
Although i use the 500D primarily for taking photographs it does have a nice video function with up to full HD 1080p which is a nice added bonus, however unlike the newer models within the canon range you aren't able to adjust the individual settings that much and in video mode nearly everything turns into automatic which is a shame if you wanted to adjust the exposure yourself for instance. Apart from this though its not a bad addition at all and does playback extremely well producing a great colour range in the video outcomes.
One nice introduced feature in the Canon 500D is the automatic sensor cleaner once you switch the camera off which will hopefully continue to work great like it has done for the last couple of years.
I brought this specifically to use while completing my photography degree and it really is fantastic, it does everything that a 'professional' SLR does but its only a fraction of the cost. Whilst there are some drawbacks, such as the lack of a PC-Socket (to attach a sync lead to the camera from studio lighting) this can be overcome by purchasing a hot shoe or transmitter for under £10.
This has all the same functions as a more expensive higher end SLR, whilst you pay less as it has a smaller size sensor, it is unlikely that this will be a problem or be noticeable.
There are only a few buttons on the back of the camera which means that the menu is very easy to navigate, usually only needing you to use a couple of the buttons - in comparison to many Nikon SLRs that prove to have many buttons making it much more complicated.
The SLR sits in your hand nicely, and generally can be held in one hand (only if needs be - camera shake!) the only time that I have noticed its weight is when I am using larger lenses.
I would definitely recommend this camera, especially for Canon lovers!
This digital single lens reflex camera was my first proper camera after moving up from compact ones. The 500D is from the beginner end of the spectrum, with a crop sized sensor capturing 15.1 million pixels as such it is quite compact in size.
The DSLR has an ergonomic grip including a small ridge for where your thumb would naturally rest, this helps you maintain a secure hold of the camera in one hand and the textured panel prevents slip caused by sweaty palms. As a smaller sized camera, there isn;t a top plate to show camera settings, but these can be accessed on the clear three inch screen. Adjusting the settings can be done without taking your eye from the viewfinder, all the buttons on the back are individually shaped and textured so you can glide from one to another with your right thumb and then there is a scroll wheel by your right index finger to go through the options. There may seem to be many buttons initially, but after some use, you will find that these provide quick access to when you want to change settings quickly without having to go through multiple presses on a menu screen.
The rotary dial on the top provides a good range of shooting options, for the real beginners, there are simple predefined modes, such as for portraiture, landscape or sports shots as well as a full auto and a full auto without flash. If you want to expand your creativity, then you can move onto the four main settings you will find on dslr's, full manual, aperture priority, shutter priority and program mode.
This camera also includes a video mode, accessed on the dial, it uses the live view mode on the screen and you can record 720p high definition video at 30 frames a second, or 1080p full high definition at a less useful 20 frames per second. When making movies, the autofocus method is rubbish, holding down the focus button causes the video focus to shuffle about until it finds the right accuracy, this is noisy and slow. It is better to pre focus the camera before recording or to switch to manual focus.
There is a useful built in flash that pops up if you want it to or in the auto modes when the camera thinks you do. This is good for taking snaps but it creates harsh shadows so use it sparingly, if you require a flash, you can buy a separate one for the hotshoe built on top.
Performance wise, the camera is faultless. If you have this camera and the photos look terrible, it is the users fault, simple as that. The photos can be saved as JPEG's for easy use and compatibility and as you gain experience, you should try using the RAW option. This is an unprocessed image and would allow you to make more editing on a computer to get the most out of your photos. Canon provides their terrific Digital Photo Professional software for editing, which has a simple user interface and because Canon make it, it has tailored settings for your camera to apply fixes. This software is free to update for life as well, so you won't need to fork out more cash until you decide you want Photoshop!
Digital item reviews should always talk about battery life. With the Canon 500D, it is execptional. I fully charged it for a holiday and one week later, still had 1 of the three bars remaining (there is a fourth no bars it is almost dead before the red, it will shut down real soon indicator). This is down to the great battery saving feature on the camera, so you do not have to flick the off switch, instead, you can adjust the idle time before the camera sleeps and when it sleeps it does with taking no juice from the battery.
The biggest events I used this camera for was at two graduations, using it to also take the 'graduation photos' to save on the cost of the in-house option. The 15.1 million pixels easily allow for A4 sized prints which adorn now my parents photo frames and you would not be able to tell they weren't shot by the pros at the ceremony.
As you get more confident with the camera, you can delve into the menu to start adjusting settings. Here you will find all the options more professional cameras would contain, being able to adjust how the camera responds to your inputs and you will be able to take photos as creative as you can imagine.
I happily used this camera for three years before moving upwards to a more professional model, I have since passed this onto my dad so he can rekindle his love of photography from his youth. The smaller size and reasonably simple layout has been well received but it is still requires him to do some learning of the digital world, so I he has Dummies Guide to book to go with it!
The Canon 500D is a superb guide into the dslr world and as it is compatible with all Canon lenses, flashguns and so one, you can easily upgrade and accessorise as your skill level increases. Five stars. Boom.
Bought this camera when daughter was born and taken some great shots.
Really easy to use and would happily recommend people buy this.
Good feature is that it also has a video camera feature, so if its just a short video, you don't have to carry a video camera around with you as well. That was one of the reasons for choosing this particular model. The next model up had a higher number of pixels for the camera, but without a video option so certainly helped my decision in the first place.
Controls are easy to navigate and battery life is good too. I had another make of camera before with poor battery life, which often meant that we could only take photos some of the time! Never been a problem with the EOS500D so far.
Pictures are really sharp especially when you look at the photos on-screen or occasionally in print!
If you want a Digital SLR (and this was my 1st Digital SLR after using an old Minolta SLR some 20 or so years ago) this is a great one to buy.
I'd happily recommend Canon and this model in particular.
I've always enjoyed taking pictures, I mean who doesn't? I bought the Canon D500 a couple of years ago and can recommend it to anyone wanting to start on DSLR trail of photography.
The quality of the picture is ultimately down to you, the photographer but the amount of goodies inside the D500 does make taking that perfect, sharp picture a doddle.
The menu is clear and once you have found your way round it, you will see what i mean about the amount of goodies.
I bought the model that had the 18-55 is lens as part of the kit, but with hindsight (and isn't that amazing?) I think buying the camera body only would have been better. That way you can start with your own choice of lens and the general consensus is that the 50mm f/1.8 II lens is a great and not too expensive piece of kit. If you would prefer a good zoom lens to start with, then the 55-250 f/4-4.6 is another cracking buy.
I've enjoyed buying cheap filters and 'messing about' with them, to try and get varied effects, but each to our their on just how you will get your enjoyment out of your camera.
The life of the battery between charges is superb for when you are out for the day, but again I wish I had a back up battery, my next purchase maybe.
The weight of the camera is certainly not a problem, easily put in a bag and thrown over your shoulder and you're off!
One downside though, I certainly wouldn't take my Canon away with me if I was going with the lad's. A good pocket camera is the one for those occasions.
So, all in all I am exceedingly pleased with my first DSLR, the Canon D500.
I bought this as a package from amazon with a lens bundled in for £400 ish quid last christmas which was a bargain. To be honest the quality of pics even with the rubbish lens is significantly better than anything I had ever taken before. Over the last few months I have been getting better at using the right settings and less relying on auto ( a lifetime of point and clicking makes your first SLR overwhelming) but the menus are easy and intuitive and when i shelled out for a decent lens the improvement is exponential.
I have always been a keen photographer, and for years I have been using my Canon Ixus 900ti digital camera. However it became clear over the years that in addition to this camera, I really needed something which would allow my photography to be taken up a notch, especially as I felt limited with the quality of my images, amongst other issues. Also, being on a Graphic Design course at university whereby everyone in my group seems to have an SLR, I really felt it was an essential purchase as I was lagging behind.
Being a student, there was no way I would ever be able to afford an SLR camera without extending my overdraft (no thanks) or saving for a long time - difficult when I'm also saving for a new computer/New York trip! My Mum kindly offered to buy me an SLR camera for my 21st birthday present, as she wanted to get me something I would really appreciate and of course, get the use out of. So that I was happy with what she got me, it was up to me to research SLR cameras and decide exactly what camera I wanted.
I'll be honest, the world of SLR camera's is an absolute minefield, especially if you are a first time buyer as I was. I decided to stick to what I know, and choose a Canon SLR as Canon are known for their quality. I also felt I would perhaps understand the camera's features and settings a little more, as from my research a lot of them seemed similar to my Ixus 900ti. Although my Mum didn't set me a budget, I wanted it to be no more than around the £500 mark, as I would have felt bad with anything more. Upon viewing the sample images taken by actual users, and reading *many* reviews, I settled for the Canon 500D, which cost approximately £560.
The camera comes with the following:
*Canon 500D EOS Camera Body
*Range of CD's
The camera itself is 15.5 Megapixels, which is a considerable step up from my previous 10 Megapixel Ixus. From a designer's point of view, this means that when I take an image into Photoshop, I can do a lot more with the image before pixilation occurs. It of course depends upon what setting I have used, and what focal length but generally speaking the quality of the images are really superb. This is especially the case when photographing landscape images, particularly the sky against a field - the quality and the depth of the colours are really vivid.
Appearance wise, the camera looks similar to the other cameras in the EOS range. It is black, with a fairly generous sized screen on the back. There are numerous buttons which provide many different functions, and these are also mainly located on the back next to the screen. The overall weight really depends upon what lense is attached, as the body only is stated as being 480 grams. However with the standard 18-55mm lense that's provided, I would estimate it adds another 200 grams. It's a fair bit heavier than a digital, but I would say that overall it's not too heavy for prolonged use, especially if you use the neck strap for extra support and security.
I have owned 3 camera's in my lifetime, including a traditional film camera used for my A/S Photography course, and I have to say despite all that I was still absolutely baffled when taking the camera out the box and trying to work it all out! Thankfully it comes with a very detailed instruction manual, and I would *really* advise reading it all, even if you think you know what you're doing, just so you know exactly how to work all the features, so you will get the best out of your camera.
After a few weeks of using the camera, I have tried the 500D under different circumstances, such as photographing a "country scene" for a photography competition, and also for journalistic purposes, as well as trying it out at my birthday party and even filming some piano playing on the HD setting. At times, the pictures don't always come out perfectly in focus, however I put this down to my inexperience rather than the camera being at fault, as by playing around with a different setting I can usually find a remedy to the problem.
The 500D has liveview capabilities, which for me is fantastic as I have friends with SLR's who don't have this function and I know it can get frustrating. Although not all settings allow the use of liveview, "M" up to "P" on the dial (as well as video shooting), allows it, by hitting the button at the side of the top arrow. For all other modes, you have to look through the viewfinder, which I think is appropriate given it's a manual lense, which you have to physically zoom in and out yourself.
The Liveview is particularly useful on the Video setting, as it would be a little impossible to use the view finder! Using the menu whilst on Liveview, you can alter the dimensions, picture quality, and other key features. The screen then doubles up as a playback option once you have finished shooting both video/stills to review your work.
As for the battery life, I would say overall it's around 8/10. It has the wonderful chargeable battery which comes with the majority of Canon cameras, in that you charge it as often as you would a toothbrush, and there's certainly no breaking out packs of AA batteries! The battery does flag up a low battery message on the screen more often than I find with my IXUS, however I put this purely down to the fact it is taking a much higher quality and size of image, not to mention powering a lense. Although I have not yet tried another lense with this camera, some people have stated that the higher quality lenses will hammer the battery much quicker, so this is something to bear in mind. Generally speaking though, you should be able to go on a shoot or short break without needing to charge after it has fully charged, which I found takes a couple of hours to do.
The shooting modes are very similar to other Canon models, including my Ixus. There's the Portrait, Close-Up (Macro), Landscape, Night Portrait, Flash Off, Sports as well as Full Auto, CA, P, AV, TV, A-DEP. I have to be honest, I am still getting to grips with all of these, although I have really taken to the portrait setting as it enables you to get a really clear, in focus image without too much effort (especially when the lense is switched to Auto Focus). It may not be the most creative of modes this camera has to offer, but is perfect for when you need to capture an image quickly, or with minimal effort.
I have also become partial to the "Flash Off" setting, especially when photographing the sunsets/night sky and I don't wish to set the flash off, which is quite powerful considering it's a built in flash (there is a slot on the top of the camera if you wish to buy your own flash). A problem I found with my previous digital, is that in low or artificial light the images would become grainy or blurred, however with "flash off" or even Night portrait (automatic flash),the images are really crisp and atmospheric.
Perhaps the only downsides I can think of with this camera, is the fact there is no internal memory. I personally don't see this as too much of an issue as I bought a 16gb Class 10 SD card(the recommend class for this model). However, if you have never owned a camera before and don't buy a card with it, then you will not be able to use the camera properly. Also, I do find it a bit of an annoyance that there is no camera bag supplied as obviously this camera is precious cargo, and taking it out the house is a bit of a problem as I'm yet to buy a bag. My Mum did tell me however that if you buy this camera with a tripod, then you do get a camera bag with it, only it's a massive one to fit the tripod in it too!
Overall, although I am still working out all the features of the 500D, I have to say I really pleased with it, not just as a present but as something I will rely on during my 3rd year at university on an arts course. There are so many modes and indeed lenses to choose from, which makes the whole experience inspiring and very creative. It allows you to take a straight forward, high quality image, but then there are also options which allow you to suit the setting to your surroundings and proximity to the subject. I really cannot fault this camera, and I know it is going to provide me with years of creativity and most of all quality. It may be an expensive purchase, but if you are serious about photography then this is most certainly a camera I would recommend.
**For full product specs, visit www.canon.co.uk and search for "500d".**
I have recently purchased the Canon 500D, I bought the standard kit so came with the main body, 18-55mm lens (with covers), battery, battery charger and camera strap (need to purchase SD card/memory card separately). I took it out of the box and was pleasantly surprised how light it was even with the lens attached. I picked up the manually and instantly thought that it covers a lot of languages then looked agin it was all English, I found it hard reading as I was knew to DSLR's and all the technical words, so advise if buying as your first DSLR then purchase a how to book for the camera. It was fairly strait forward putting the lens on getting it all ready and then you put it in the fully auto and you feel like a pro, but then you flick onto the manually modes and you see all these numbers, letters and pictures and it all gets a bit confusing (thats why I advise you buying the book). After a while with fiddling with the modes you soon get the idea of what does what and after using the camera a lot you realize that you need a longer zoom as the 55mm end is the furthest it goes and is around the same as what you can see with your eyes, nothing wrong with the 18mm side gives you a wide angle for landscapes, so it may seem costly but buying the better package that comes with the 18-200mm is a better idea.
I bought this camera off amazon a couple of months ago and it is simply fantastic for the price. The camera is intuitive and easy to use, and it has a number of preset options which you can use for snapshots. The image quality with the kit lens isn't great (chromatic abrasion + distortion + a bit soft), so I would recommend buying the camera for a lower price without the lens and buying a third party one, maybe from Sigma or another reputable company. These tend to be reasonably priced but better quality than the standard kit one.
In terms of features, fifteen megapixels is fantastic as you can easily crop images without them becoming unusable. Live view is also great, as it allows you to fine tune focus brilliantly and gives you a good impression of what the shot is going to end up as. I have also found it useful for stop motion photography as it connects directly to stop motion pro. The camera shoots to quite a high iso (over 3000 I think), but I have found that anything above 800 seems quite grainy. It also takes both ef-s and the old style ef lenses, so you can still use your previous lenses if you are upgrading from your old camera.
Another feature to mention is the high definition video capabilities (720p and 1080p). The video is quality is fantastic in good light, but can become grainy when the light is any worse. The fact that you can focus manually is a real plus point, but the auto focus is slow an cumbersome. Both can be picked up in the microphone very loudly which I feel is a downside. I also don't see why you can only film 1080p in 20fps , which is a bit annoying and makes this capability a bit of a novelty. If you want to buy a camera more specifically for filming, I would go for the more expensive 550d or 7d.
I had this camera as a gift though I did have complete choice in the camera bought. I was recomended the canon 450d but my current digital camera has 10 megapixals and so I wanted to upgrade in this area also and so went fot the 500d instead. The basics are simple to use, inserting the battery, charging battery, inserting the memory card, attaching the lens and turning on the camera are all easy tasks. This is my first DSLR so I have a lot to learn with regards all of the different modes, focusing etc to get the best from my photos, but so far using the camera on automatic function I have been able to take some lovely crisp pictures of my children and family. The camera is quick at taking photos 3.4 per second I believe and 1 per second when using the flash, in automatic it focuses quickly and captures a clear image that is impossible to do with a regular digital camera and so many moments are captured that would have been missed. The zoom feature is also easy to use. I am yet to suss out the finer details of taking pictures with a dslr camera but I do believe that as I read the manual and get to grip with it I will find using this camera very easy.
The playback feature for the pictures is also a simple touch of a button, you can also zoom into the pictures you have taken cropping them easily to get rid of untidy backgrounds or centralizing an offset picture.
So overall the camera is so far easy to use, it is me that needs to improve my knowledge of picture taking in order to make the most of it, and that involves reading the manual! Wish me luck!
I have owned many Canon SLR's and I love the 500d.I have 40d and brought the 500d as a backup and also I wanted to see what the video side was like. I now use the 500d for everything.I love the screen size and resolution.Canon have always been top of my list when it comes to Cameras.
Where do I start?
The body is lightweight and easy to hold. The image preview on the 3" screen is high quality and gives a brilliant indication of your final image.
The 15.1 MegaPixel - A welcome addition to digital SLRs, Crisp clear images that look outstanding at any size they are reproduced in!
The 1080p HD recording facility - This really makes a difference to SLR's, a move in the right direction combines a video recorder AND a camera...Why spend your money on sepearate items when this brilliant camera combines the two?
The HD facility of this camera ensures that it can record and show films at the same quality as a HDTV!
The Auto focus makes this camera a really brilliant tool for anybody new to SLR's, it easily focuses giving you the experience of an SLR while you gain practice and experience of the usage of the camera until you have that experience to switch to manual!
Having owned the Canon 350d before this camera the SD memory card slot was a welcome addition compared to the CF card of the 350d.
So to sum it all up why do I recommend this camera? Whether you are a noivice or proffessional photographer this camera has everything! It's user friendly interface, A manual or automatic setting gives an ease of use for first time SLR users.
The Canon EOS 500D is a definate rival top of the line HD camcorders. A DSLR that shoots progressive HD? Amazing!
Albeit, it is not a real "pro" camera but it has incorporated many of the features of one.
Regarding image quality: the EOS 500D performed incredibly well in my opinion. The number of shooting features is brilliant and mirrors a pro camera.
The menus are easily accessible and very simple to understand, especially when navigating them through its the 3-inch Live View LCD screen (defiantely a thumbs up).
It's easy to handle and fits nicely in your hand. It's lightweight doesn't make it a burden to carry around.
The Canon Pros include its great design. Excellent LCD with Live View. Very good overall image quality and extremely easy to use.
Cons: Low battery life
It is the best I have owned, I am extremely happy with the results. However, the battery life is not one of the best.
This is the first Digital SLR camer I have owned and was very excited about getting it. I studied photography in college just using a standard SLR so have a fair bit of knowledge. The camera has a easy to use set up and has all the features you will need and more you never thought you would.
The battery life on this camera is amazing! Also the HD video quaility is excellent, but it is not really to be used as full video camera, more for short clips. The option of spot metering or average metering is also very handy.
The only problem i have found and it is a small one is that it is really hard to find a leather case to fit it. Cannon made ont then discontinued it so i had to get one form japan and it was a bit pricey. But well worth protecting the valuble camera.
In conclusion it is a very powerful semi-pro camera. I would recommend it to anyone.
My first digital SLR!
I am very impressed with all the settings, and clear and crisp lcd screen. Great auto focus and when paired with a decent lens will take some breathtakingly good photos. This 15.1 megapixel camera comes in handy if you are looking to blow up photos to A3 or bigger, as it will not pixelate. Great quality images, I really do think this camera is great for those who are thinking of starting to learn photography to get used to a professional camera. Easy to use and not too heavy. Good battery length when charged up over night. RAW setting is the best format on this SLR as will produce the clearest shots, I suggest setting it to RAW - Will take up more space on memory card but worth it!
Good value for money and very very easy to get used to, tamron lenses are rather cheap and go well with this.
With the EOS 500D, every side of your story comes alive. Capture every detail in stunning 15.1 megapixels resolution, or switch to shooting pin-sharp full high definition video.
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.
|Product Description:||Canon EOS 500D - digital camera|
|Product Type:||Digital camera - SLR with Live View mode, movie recording|
|Memory Card Slot:||SD card|
|Image Processor:||DIGIC 4|
|Sensor Resolution:||15.1 Megapixel|
|Camera Flash:||Pop-up flash|
|Viewfinder:||Optical - eye-level mirror pentaprism|
|Display:||LCD display - 3"|
|Supported Battery:||1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1080 mAh ( included )|
|AV Interfaces:||Composite video/audio, HDMI|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||12.9 cm x 6.2 cm x 9.8 cm|