Summary Canon T1i

Prices Price
Body only $800 With 18-55mm lens $756
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Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range #n/a of 11 Among similar cameras #n/a of 14
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Specifications Key specs
Sensor size Help APS-C 22.3x14.9mm Screen resolution Help 920k dots
Megapixels 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

Replacement

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

"Overall snappy and responsive performance"
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's auto-focus
"Good quality HD video"
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's video-quality
"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."
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's button-layout

Videos

Magic Lantern v2.3

Canon T1i Low-Light Sample

Canon T1i Underwater Sample

Magic Lantern v2.3
  • Review
  • 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

Pros

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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
2.4"
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

Cons

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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 Narrower dynamic range Help
11.5 EV
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Viewfinder size Small viewfinder Help
0.54x
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
15.1 MP
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
3.4 fps
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Battery life Shorter battery life Help
400 shots
Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
95%
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
63.0
Supports 24p No 24p movies Help
Missing that film look
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Autofocus Manual focus only Help
None
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
9
Sensor size Small sensor Help
APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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
1
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Announced Old Help
March, 2009
Light sensitivity (boost) Low boost light sensitivity Help
12,800 ISO
Lowest price Expensive Help
$756.00

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Discussion

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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.