Summary Canon T1i

Prices Price
Body only
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
#n/a of 10
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 11
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 3.0"
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
Color depth Better color depth
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Battery life Significantly longer battery life

Compare the new Canon T3 vs the T1i

reviewsWhat are people saying about the T1i

"Construction is good with no creaks or rattles." | talking about the camera's build-quality
"Overall snappy and responsive performance" | talking about the camera's auto-focus
"Good quality HD video" | talking about the camera's video-quality


Explore our gallery of 12 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS Rebel T1i.


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  • Promo
Canon T1i Low-Light Sample
  • Sample video
  • Low light
  • 720p HD
  • High ISO
Canon T1i Underwater Sample
  • Sample video
  • Underwater
  • 1080p Full HD
  • High ISO


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The Canon T1i vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Startup delay Short startup delay Help
300 ms startup delay
Thickness Thin Help
Weight Light Help
520 g
Lens availability More lenses available Help
197 lenses
Shutter lag Short shutter lag Help
159 ms shutter lag
Size Really small Help
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm


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The Canon T1i vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 20fps
Color depth Little color depth Help
21.7 bits
Dynamic range Very narrow dynamic range Help
11.5 EV
Viewfinder size Small viewfinder Help
Supports 24p No 24p movies Help
Missing that film look
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
3.4 fps
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
Battery life Shorter battery life Help
400 shots
Announced Old Help
March, 2009
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Low light performance Very noisy at high ISO Help
663 ISO
Overall image quality Very low overall image quality Help
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
15.1 MP
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Autofocus Manual focus only Help
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points Help
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
Light sensitivity (boost) Low boost light sensitivity Help
12,800 ISO
Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
Lowest price Expensive 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.