- 15MP - APS-C Sensor
- 3" Fixed Display
- ISO 100 - 3200 (Expand to 12800)
- 1920 x 1080 video
- Canon EF/EF-S Mount
- 520g - 129 x 98 x 62mm
- Introduced June 2009
- Additionally Known as EOS Rebel T1i / EOS Kiss X3
- Succeeded the Canon 450D
- Refreshed by Canon 550D
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Canon 500D summary
Canon 500D is Canon's Entry-Level DSLR camera originally introduced on June of 2009. It comes with a 15 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4752 x 3168. The camera is known as "EOS Rebel T1i / EOS Kiss X3" in certain regions.
Canon released this camera in an effort to replace the previous Canon 450D (Read Full Comparison) & then brought out the more recent Canon 550D (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to update this camera.
The 500D is ranked #45 out of 80 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras & over-all #362 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our database. Please check out our Smart camera finder to see camera rankings based on your custom requirements.
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Canon 500D family
The Canon 500D has a history of related digital cameras. Here, you can check out all previous and more recent models alongside key specifications.
500D vs 750D24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2015
500D vs 700D18MPAPS-C5.0 fps2013
500D vs 650D18MPAPS-C5.0 fps2012
500D vs 600D18MPAPS-C4.0 fps2011
500D vs 550D18MPAPS-C4.0 fps2010
500D vs 450D12MPAPS-C4.0 fps2008
500D vs 400D10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006
500D vs 350D8MPAPS-C3.0 fps2005
500D vs 300D6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2003
Canon 500D Gallery
You can see the 500D from various angles in the gallery underneath.
Canon 500D Pros and Cons
Below is a collection of advantages and drawbacks of the Canon 500D based on things that are typically regarded as useful in a camera.
Canon 500D Sensor specifications
The Canon 500D is powered by the Digic 4 processor. The dimension of the sensor in the Canon 500D is 22.3mm x 14.9mm (APS-C). The 332 mm² sensor is able to capture 4752 x 3168 pixels at aspect ratios of 3:2.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
The CMOS sensor has 15 megapixels and gives a native ISO range of 100 - 3200. This ISO can be widened electronically to a high of 12800. RAW files are saved so you have wider margin for error.
The picture below illustrates the 500D's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The 500D sensor has a crop factor of 1.6 and is pointed out in green.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Canon 500D dimensions
Canon 500D is 1.15 lb (520g or 18.34 oz) & the over all size of the camera is 129mm x 98mm x 62mm (5.1" x 3.9" x 2.4"). The weight of average Entry-Level DSLR camera is 540g so the Canon 500D is similar as compared to other rivals.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
Listed below is a visual of the Canon 500D next to a soft drink so you can get a feel for its scale.
The top view directly below will provide the button arrangement on the 500D.
Canon 500D Lens specifications
The 500D fits the Canon EF/EF-S mount and has 331 lenses on sale. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our database which will fit the 500D.
Canon 500D Connectivity
The 500D has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras with NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can send photos and at times change camera settings without connecting straight to the camera.
Many applications even allow a Liveview and release the shutter in case you are not close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external display. Nearly all cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack with the USB socket.
Canon 500D Video specifications
The highest possible video resolution in the Canon 500D is 1920 x 1080 and you can capture in H.264 format. 1080p resolution provides a good balance between quality vs file sizes but 1080p will not leave you with any room to downsample. The camera does not offer a microphone and / or headphone port so you have got no control over the sound. It is probably best to find a different camera if you want good sound for your video clips.
Canon 500D Weather Sealing
There is no environment proofing on the Canon 500D so you need to be careful in rainy or dusty situations.
Canon 500D Display and Viewfinder
The Canon 500D comes with a 3" fixed screen boasting a resolution of 920k dots.
Please note that the screen has no touch support.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The View Finder specifications for Canon 500D are below:
- ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
- ViewFinder Coverage 95 percent
- ViewFinder Magnification 0.55x
Viewfinders are rather useful during bright outdoor situations which will make the camera display washed out and hard to see.
Canon 500D Shutter specifications
Canon 500D continuous shooting speed is 3.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000s.
Canon 500D Flash and Hot shoe specifications
Canon 500D features both in-built flash along with external flash support. The max flash sync speed is 1/200s.
Canon 500D Autofocus specifications
Canon 500D features both Phase Detect Autofocus plus Contrast Based Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot snappier and exact compared with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera comes with Face detect which makes it handy for people photography.
The Sensor comes with 9 focus points to pick from. Canon 500D includes manual focusing if required during low light conditions or you need to have more exact focusing control.
Canon 500D Battery life
The battery life (LP-E5) on the Canon 500D is designed to last for 440 photographs according to the CIPA benchmarks which is less as compared with it's rivals. The average Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 589. Pentax K-x features the best (1900) battery life within this kind of cameras.
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Canon 500D for specific styles of photography
The following diagram indicates a outline of the Canon 500D for specific styles of photography. To read more, have a look at the specific section below.
Canon 500D Portrait photography details
The Canon 500D receives a points tally of 73 which is nice, and means the camera is a fine choice to use for portrait images. Taking portrait images favors greatly towards sensor resolution, support for RAW files in addition to the capability to utilize external flash.
Canon 500D Street photography factors
Getting a moderate points tally of 59, the Canon 500D is somewhat appropriate to use in street photography. A good street photography camera features a good balance of picture quality and portability.
Canon 500D as a Sports photography camera
A average sports photography score of 52 means the Canon 500D is relatively appropriate for taking photos of sports. A camera needs fantastic tracking and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Canon 500D Travel photography advice
Portability is really critical in picking a travel camera. On the whole, the Canon 500D gets a modest 55 for a travel camera which makes it relatively suitable to take with you on your vacations.
Canon 500D Landscape photography highlights
For anybody looking to purchase a camera for landscape pictures, the most critical aspect will be image quality. The Canon 500D with it's nice score of 62 for a landscape camera is a good fit in the current market.
Canon 500D Vlogging features
A camera for vlogging should have a articulating screen, mic port and preferably image stabilization. Considering all things, the Canon 500D is simply not very good for vlogging as it receives a awful score of 27.
Canon 500D Alternatives
If you are searching for alternatives to the 500D, here is a selection of the highest rated cameras which fall into the family of Entry-Level DSLR.
The line chart here offers you an overview of the 500D vs it's highest scored competitors shown above.
There are more cameras you might regard as alternatives. To go through a detailed comparison, simply click the "compare" link.