Canon brings 15.1 MP and Full HD video to photography enthusiasts: the EOS 500D
Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 25 March 2009: Canon announces the new 15.1MP EOS 500D which offers photographers an outstanding combination of features. Following the launch of the first Canon EOS camera to shoot movies – the EOS 5D Mark II in September 2008 – Canon now brings Full High Definition (HD) video capability to consumers in a compact and lightweight DSLR.
The new EOS 500D features a 15.1 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor – ideal for large detailed prints or enormous cropping possibilities. For shooting in near-dark conditions, the EOS 500D offers a high ISO sensitivity up to 3200 which is expandable to 12800, giving photographers the power to shoot in the dimmest light conditions. Outstanding noise reduction is made possible by Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor.
The EOS 500D heralds a new way for photography enthusiasts to capture their world. It pairs outstanding still image capture with Full HD 1080P video recording. For longer video shoots, users can also choose lower shooting resolutions of 720P or VGA. A built-in HDMI connection allows easy and instant review of images and movie clips on any compatible HDTV.
Every detail revealed
Exacting image preview and review is provided by a 3.0” Clear View LCD screen.The same screen as used on the acclaimed 5D Mark II, it features a 920,000 dot count – for ultra-detailed image review, accurate focus checks, and clear access to the EOS menu system. As well as aiding shooting from awkward angles, Live View mode includes contrast based and Face Detection AF options. Ideal for newcomers to digital SLR photography, these allow compact-camera style auto focus, with a real-time image displayed on the LCD.
Features at a glance:
15.1 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
Full HD movie recording with HDMI connection for viewing and playback on an HDTV
ISO 100-3200 (expandable to 12800)
3.4 frames per second continuous shooting
Max. 170 large JPEG images in a single burst
3.0” ClearView LCD with Live View mode
9-point wide area AF with cross type centre point
High speed DIGIC 4 performance and superb image quality
EOS Integrated Cleaning System
Full compatibility with Canon EF and EF-S lenses and EX-series Speedlites, including the new Speedlite 270EX and two new tilt and shift lenses TS-E 17mm f/4L and TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II
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