Canon has since earned reputation as a maker of camera and other photo-electro equipments. And their Canon EOS 500D is a testament of this fact. This camera is a significant improvement over the EOS 400D and 450D which it is meant to replace. The dimensions and basic functionalities of these three cameras are similar, but some intuitive innovations are what drew the line.
Indeed, most entry-level digital cameras produce decent photographs. This is the fact regardless of whether they are manufactured by the most renowned name in the business or by an obscure firm. Even most mobile phones have the capability of generating quality pictures, which would have professional photographers sulking with envy. So, the decision to purchase a digital camera is no longer the haphazard deliberation it used to be in the early 2000s.
As a pro-tool designate, Canon EOS 500D is well-endowed to live upto the expectations of its owner. Its 15.1 megapixel CMOS sensor delivers on promise. I am completely satisfied with the 4752x3168 resolution photos, which it has consistently churned-out without any reluctance or complaint. And thanks to its well-designed EF-S 18 to 55mm optically stabilized lens, I have not yet experienced any kind of hardware problem since putting my faith in it. In terms of the conventional 35mm cameras, this lens is equivalent to 29 to 88mm.
The powerhouse of this high-performance lens is the integrated 1/4000 to 30 seconds shutter speed. This range offers all the aperture flexibility, which would gladden the hearts of all but the most fastidious professional. As an amateur/hobbyist photographer, this camera has a lot more juice than the usual point-and-shoot gadgets that sufficed until now. But after receiving EOS 500D as a gift, my photographic horizon has dramatically expanded. I now do a lot more things that I thought were not within an amateur’s realm.
Whatever the camera’s crisp 100 to 3200 ISO Sensitivity (plus 6400 and 12800 modes) yields on its 3-inch TFT display seemed impeccable. Yet, I must acknowledge that its normal-sized photoprints are not enormously better than what my comparatively modest cellphone’s 8.2 megapixel camera outputs. This is my frank observation despite the fact that I regard the DIGIC 4 image processor, which Canon embedded in this EOS 500D as a top gun.
This camera undoubtedly delivers astute performance. Its DIGIC 4 image processor is what drives the much-talked about 5D Mark II. And I appreciate the fact that it ensures an H.264 video encoding whenever I need it. It should be understood that (as at this moment), the EOS 500D is the only Digital Single Lens Reflex (i.e. DSLR) camera from Canon, which offer video with both 1080p and 720p recording. Using even the native display screen, both photographic and video playback are exceptionally clear. The only downside is that the Lithium battery is unduly depleted by prolonged usage of this built-in screen.
Since I did not buy this camera and only received it as gift, I had to check online for its actual worth. My enquiries showed the current retail price to range from $599 to $799 depending on which discount/bargain, as well as on which retail outlet the prospective buyer desires to use. I consider this price to be a bit on the high side—given the fact that most entry-level point-and-shoot gadgets, whose outputs are very good sell for under $200. In fact, most hobbyists with new mobile phones don’t even need additional investment in digital cameras. I continue to appreciate the gift I received; though, would not have spent that much on it anyway.
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