Product Type: Canon digital cameras
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Great camera for the price - kit lens isn't great so buy body only
Canon EOS 500D
Member Name: rjs123
Canon EOS 500D
Advantages: 15mp, interchangeable lenses, slr, image quality
Disadvantages: Grainy a high iso, can only film 1080p at 20fps, kit lens a bit rubbish
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.
Summary: A fantastic camera, but go for the 550d if you've got the money
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