Summary Canon T1i

Prices Price
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Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
Screen resolution
Help 920k dots
Help 15.1 MP
Movie format
Help 1080p @ 20fps
Screen size
Help 3"
Light sensitivity
Help 3,200 ISO
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Lenses Lenses
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Also known as: Canon EOS 500D, Canon EOS Kiss Digital X3

Canon EOS Rebel T1iCanon EOS Rebel T1i


Canon has replaced the Rebel T1i with the T3.

Canon Rebel T3
Canon Rebel T3 announced February 2011
Battery life Longer battery life
Weight Lighter

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reviewsWhat are people saying about the T1i

"The menu design is very intuitive and for everybody stepping up from a digital compact camera the Quick Control Screen will be a welcome alternative to changing settings via the hard buttons." | talking about the camera's button-layout
"Overall snappy and responsive performance" | talking about the camera's auto-focus
"Construction is good with no creaks or rattles." | talking about the camera's build-quality


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The Canon T1i vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Autofocus Phase detection autofocus Help
fast and accurate
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
Size Really small Help
Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
Thickness Thin Help


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The Canon T1i vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 20fps
Screen size Below average sized screen Help
Viewfinder size Small viewfinder Help
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Supports 24p No 24p movies Help
Missing that film look
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
15.1 MP
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
Shutter lag Poor shutter lag Help
159 ms shutter lag
Announced Old Help
March 2009
Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second
Screen resolution Low resolution screen Help
920k dots
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
3.4 fps
Startup delay Poor startup delay Help
300 ms startup delay
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Battery life Shorter battery life Help
400 shots
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
Viewfinder Uses battery, see less detail Help
Missing geo-tagging
Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
Won't autofocus with all lenses
Popularity Not so popular Help
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Jim (3:43 AM, December 28, 2014)
What is the most powerful zoom - Telephoto lens available to fit my Rebel EOS t1i camera.
Dusty (10:16 PM, July 04, 2011)
You could sell your old lenses on eBay, probably make $100 or more, then use that and the savings toward a Nikon zoom.
That would seem like the most future-proof option (assuming you're going to stay with Nikon henceforth).
JRB (2:43 PM, May 13, 2011)
I have 2 old zoom lenses from a Canon Rebel 35mm that I could use with T1i (but no IS). Would this justify buying the T1i for $100 more than Nikon D3100? The Nikon has better specs & scores online, but being a point & shoot person for so long I've forgotten everything I learned when using film cameras long ago.