Canon has unveiled the Canon EOS Rebel T1i, the addition to its compact DSLR series. The upper-entry-level camera features a 15.1 MP APS-C CMOS sensor with 1080p HD video recording at 20fps and 720P at 30 fps. It also offers a 3.0 inch LCD with 920,000 dot resolution and an ISO sensitivity range expandable up to 12800 equivalent. It includes a faster DIGIC 4 image processor offering better noise reduction at higher ISO’s and continuous shooting speeds of up to 3.4 fps delivering 170 large JPEG images in a single burst.
The EOS Rebel T1i is similar in design to the other Rebel series consumer digital SLR, like the XSi or XS, but T1i adds features with more resolution and high-def video recording. The Rebel T1i is made to offer any photographer, regardless of shooting experience, an easy-to-use camera that is able of total control or just pointing and shooting.
The Canon Rebel T1i performs excellent for this class of digital SLR. Waking and shooting in a quick 0.2 second the camera can focus and shoot in a fast 0.3 second in bright conditions, and can even deliver a 0.6 second shot lag in dim conditions. The shot-to-shot time runs at about 0.4 second, for both raw and JPEG formats. The camera’s continuous shooting speed is a respectable 3.3fps. The frame rate and nine-point AF system should be able to keep up with most running children and pets.
The EOS Rebel T1i’s improvement in low-light AF may be a compelling upgrade for current XSi owners; the higher resolution and video capture capability may provide some allure as well. If you need to get an entry-level Canon, the Rebel T1i won’t disappoint, and if you need high resolution, good high ISO performance, or 30fps movie capture in this price range, it’s the model to outdo from any manufacturer.
The Canon EOS Rebel T1i is a bit on the light end, yet the construction still feels solid. For the camera’s price point, you’d be hard pressed to find any DSLR out there which gives you all the capabilities and growth range of the Rebel T1i. The camera is intuitive enough for those new to photography to pick and learn easily, yet configurable enough for advanced amateurs.
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