Product Type: Canon digital cameras
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Canon 500D: Perfect 'first time camera' for those that want 'something more serious than an Ixus'
Canon EOS 500D
Member Name: hyattaustin
Canon EOS 500D
Date: 29/12/09, updated on 29/12/09 (108 review reads)
Advantages: Flexbility (auto to progammed modes), quality construction, industry std (EOS has its own magazines)
Disadvantages: No joke - EVERYTHING you want to add on is going to be really expensive!
Very decent camera. I'm no expert and this is my first Digital SLR, but - so far - everything points toward it being a fantastic choice.
From the beginner/amateur perspective, no matter how many 'pro-class features' are being offers, you need to be realistic - and keep your feet on the ground about (a) what you want to do with the camera and (b)how easy those 'basic functions' need to be for you to 'succeed'.
In a nutshell, it delivers the 'basic functions' - brilliantly!
Simple to use in any of the 'auto modes', you simply point and shoot. Boot time is quick, shots are stunning and it adjusts so quickly to your environment that you never even notice the camera's electronics at work.
Compared to my existing Ixus camera - the 500D is several classes higher.
Once you feel a little braver, you can open the 'very reasonable and intelligable' manual - and work through the great set of mini-exercises. Everything from shooting at night, to sports events to HD video to choosing and formatting mmory cards - all of it is covered in a simple/useful way.
Icing on the cake? The HD video mode. Focusing is a bit of a pain - and you really need to be thinking about a tripod - but this feature WORKS and is very useful for an all-round user (as I suspect most of us are).
I've flagged 'add on pricing' as a negative in my conclusion - and I'd liek to reinforce it here. Once you buy a camera in this class, you're looking at £300 flash guns, £500 telephoto lenses, Class 10 SD memory cards etc - and NONE of that is going to be cheap. It's a 'first step into a new world'.
The ironic part is that any 'real photographer' will consider this a beginner's camera - while any beginner will consider >£500 to be a'stong investment'.
Overall, I'm really happy with this camera, but I guess the Nikon 5000 etc are also great at what they do.
Summary: Next generation camera that spans the 'Amateur-to-Pro' bridge perfectly
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