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Canon EOS 500D is my first ever digital SLR (Single Lens Reflection) camera. The image quality is considerably better than all the other [non-SLR] cameras I have used so far. Its noise reduction capability is excellent. This is very important, especially for a camera which boosts such high resolution (a whopping 15 megapixels) and high ISO (max 12800!). When coupled with a few good lenses (from the vast selection of lens available from Canon itself, or from Sigma, Tamron, etc), get ready to surprise your family and friends.
Previous reviews have said enough good things about this wonderful ENTRY LEVEL SLR camera. I agree with most of them. There are some things, however, that you should bear in mind before making a jump for this product:
1. This camera is NOT a camcorder - I purchased this model with its video shooting feature in mind but was rather disappointed. Image quality is acceptable, but the battery life in pathetic under video recording mode. I once shot a 5-min video and the battery life dropped all the way from "fully charged" to "critical". This is understandable, since 500D is designed to be a camera, NOT a camcorder (which intrinsically consumers far more power. A dedicated camcorder may fit you better if you like taking videos.
2. The HD video, when shooting at 1080p, can only clock in a maximum FPS (frame per second) of 20/s. As a result the video looks rather choppy - it defeats the purpose of shooting the HD vidoe really. On the other hand, when shooting at 720p, the FPS reaches 30 and the image quality is good.
3. In addition, one should be aware that this camera is NOT a full-frame SLR camera. In other words, its CMOS, albeit much larger than non-SLR cameras, is only half in size of the full-frame SLRs [e.g. the famous mid/high-end SLR - Canon 5D mark ii]. CMOS is the equivalent of films used in mechanical cameras. In general, the larger the CMOS is, the better the image quality will be. A so-called “full frame” SLR will have a CMOS that is equal in size to the films used in the legacy mechanical cameras – 36mm x 24mm. Canon EOS 500D, however, is only equipment with a 22.2 x 14.8mm CMOS.
4. Another implication of the abovementioned point is that the “effective” focal length will be increased by a factor of 1.6 when fitted onto the Canon EOS 500D. Some lens, such as the fisheyes lenses [e.g. Canon EF 15mm f/2.8] or wide-angle lenses have particularly short focal length. Having this 1.6 lengthening effect has negative impact on the performance of such lenses. That said,amateur photographers rarely find themselves using the aforementioned specialty lenses.
Overall, Canon EOS 500D is an excellent entry-level SLR camera. It boosts good image quality, high ISO sensitivity. However do not expect too much from its HD video features. If you are a budding photographer who OCCASIONALLY shoots video, then look no further.