General

compared to recent entry-level DSLRs
"For anybody buying their first DSLR the 500D is an easy recommendation but you might want to have a look at the Nikon D5000 as well."
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's overall-performance
Brand
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Canon
Lowest price
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$339.77
Announced
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March 2009

Sensor

"Decent (but not 'best in class') high ISO JPEG performance"
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's image-quality
Type
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CMOS
Crop factor
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1.6x
Megapixels
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15.1 MP
Light sensitivity
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3,200 ISO
Light sensitivity (boost)
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12,800 ISO
Sensor cleaning
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Yes

Sensor (Advanced)

compared to recent entry-level DSLRs
True resolution
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15.1 MP
Native resolution
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4752 × 3168
Pixel size
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22.1 µm²

Screen

Type
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LCD
Size
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3"
Resolution
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920k dots
Touch screen
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No
Flips out
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No
Live view
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Yes

Lenses

compared to recent entry-level DSLRs
Lens availability
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220 lenses
Lens mount
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Canon EF

Form factor

"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
"Construction is good with no creaks or rattles."
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's build-quality
Size
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129×98×62 mm
Depth
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2.4"
Weight
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520 g
Interchangeable lenses
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Yes
Waterproof
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No
Weather sealed
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No
Built-in focus motor
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No

Viewfinder

compared to recent entry-level DSLRs
Type
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Pentamirror
Viewfinder size
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0.54x
Coverage
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95%

Movies

"Good quality HD video"
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's video-quality
Format
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1080p @ 20fps
Supports 24p
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No
High-speed framerate
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None
External mic jack
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No
Autofocus
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None
All formats
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  1. 480p @ 30fps
  2. 720p @ 30fps
  3. 1080p @ 20fps

Features

compared to recent entry-level DSLRs
Panorama
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No
HDR
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No
3D
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No
Image stabilization
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None
Supports RAW
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Yes
GPS
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No

Performance

Startup delay
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300 ms
Shutter lag
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159 ms
Battery life
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400 shots
Continuous shooting
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3.4 fps

Focus system

compared to recent entry-level DSLRs
Autofocus
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Phase detection
Focus points
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9
Cross type focus points
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1

Shutter

Max
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1/4000s
Min
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30s

Flash

compared to recent entry-level DSLRs
Built-in flash
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Yes
Popup
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Yes
External connection
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Yes

Storage

Storage slots
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1
Supported formats
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  1. SD
  2. SDHC

DXO Mark Scores

compared to recent entry-level DSLRs
"Visibly more noise in RAW files than some of the competition"
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's iso-noise
Image quality
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63.0
Color depth
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21.7 bits
Dynamic range
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11.5 EV
Low light performance
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663 ISO