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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant latest addition, but with a few reservations, 26 April 2009
This review is from: Canon EOS 500D Digital SLR Camera (incl. EF-S 18-55 mm IS Lens Kit) (Camera)
Having just got this latest addition to the Canon EOS range (to replace my ageing 10D), I just had to try it out, of course!

This is a welcome upgrade, with the Digic 4 processor living up to expectations. Using the Custom Function7 (Auto Lighting Optimiser), you'll be hard-pressed to come up with a badly-exposed pic! However, remember that it only works for under-exposed photos, and over-exposed still remain so - there's never been much you can do about a bright sky with an otherwise dull landscape, unless you take multiple separately-exposed photos and manipulate with Photoshop trickery, or else manipulate the RAW photo! However, the overexposed highlights are of course monitored and pointed out to you in the playback monitor immediately afterwards.

The highlight tone priority is quite a good function (CF6), but then any CF2 use to expand the highest ISO from 3200 to 12800 is lost, as the two don't work together! Normally, this wouldn't be a problem, as the higher ISO's are mainly used for concerts and otherwise dimly-lit shots, but you'll do as well to remember the limitation.

The LiveView - not available in Basic Zone modes, but that's fair enough! - is not bad at all, and the vastly improved screen resolution helps a lot. However, the screen tends to get smudged easily, as with all cameras with the eyepiece so close to a large monitor. Nevertheless, the brightness is not bad, although viewing on a brighly-lit day tends to mute the colours you see. The biggest gripe is the choice of LiveView settings - the Quick mode functions well, but the Live Mode and Live Mode with Face detection feature a particularly annoying pause while the mirror flips for focusing. And why oh why did Canon decide that you would have to press an entirely separate button (the AE/FE lock "*" on the back) to establish focus? Surely it would have been better to use the shutter-release button?

Same goes for starting and stopping a video recording - you have to press the Live View shooting mode button to the right of the monitor to start/stop it!

Hovever, the gripes are only cosmetic, as are some of these features. Serious photographers won't be using them much at all, although they're nice to have "in an emergency"!

The camera body itself is light, although as usual adding a lens and Speedlite tend to vastly add to the weight. But individually the body sits naturally in the hand, with the slightly-better grip contributing to ease-of-handling and a firm grip.

Overall, a superb piece of kit, with the results exceeding expectations. Certainly comparable with the Nikon D90, but of course a must-have for a snapper having a range of Canon lenses already!
Highly recommended!
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Initial post: 27 Apr 2009 13:21:12 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 May 2009 08:24:02 BDT
Hammy says:
This is all very nice but why is it available on in the U.S. at £200 cheaper than Amazon UK?
I am also struggling to understand how I can buy a body in the UK for just £629 wheras Amazon UK wants £761 and other retailers similar amounts of my hard earned wonga.
Now, just who is ripping off the consumer. Is it Canon or is it some of the retailers?
Suffice as to say, this whole pricing structure is a disaster..... who do I trust?

10th May 2009 update..... I am still watching this with interest and amusement. It now appears that Amazon will charge me £752.99 for the body only but if I also wanted the 18-55mm lens they would charge me £709 !!!!!! C'mon guys, this is getting embarrassing. Lets get a human involved with the pricing shall we????

11th May 2009 update...... Progress. The camera plus 18-55mm IS lens is still £709 BUT overnight, the camera body only has been mysteriously reduced to £699.99. This makes the 18-55mm lens worth £9.01 which for a lens that Amazon sell separately at £100 sounds a good deal....... Hey, wait a minute..... shouldn't the body only be far cheaper? oh well, its a start. Lets all sit back and watch where this goes next. Oh by the way, you can still buy the body only for just under £640 postage paid on the web so Amazon has about £50 to go.

21st May. Success! The Body only is now £599 from Amazon. So, if you're like me and you already have Canon lenses then you just have to steam in now and purchase this wonderful camera. I guess the only thing that might hold you back is that the 500D does not have a fold-out screen like some of its competitors but the screen on the 500D is apparently viewable from great angles anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 May 2009 09:41:03 BDT
Apratim says:
Well, the jerks have jerked the price up to £677.99 now! So you must have got a lightning deal. I guess I'd just ask someone in the US to get me one!

In reply to an earlier post on 28 May 2009 22:24:03 BDT
Hammy says:
It was for the body only but £599 plus free goodies worth £80 from Jessops (yes, surprising but true!!) made it a whoppa of a deal.
I already had several lenses so the body is all I needed. After using the camera for a few days I can honestly say that it is totally brilliant. The only drawback is that Adobe still have not caught up and so P'shop Elements version 7 is not yet compatible with the RAW function of the 500D..... and really, who needs P'shop CS unless you have a 5D or 1D and get paid for your images?

Posted on 27 Dec 2009 11:36:28 GMT
jj9k says:
Many thanks for the review. I have the 450D and am looking for a second body (probably 500D) so I don't need to switch lenses so frequently.

With respect to the live view (as experienced on the 450D) the focus limitation is annoying. However, you can use a fairly slow, contrast-based auto-focus which doesn't require the mirror to flip up and interrupt the image (completely useless in low light though). However, I have found the 450D's live view feature particularly useful insomuch as i often find it far easier to consistently pull precise focus manually on the bright LCD than on the viewfinder, when using a very narrow depth of field.
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