Canon EOS Rebel T1i Video
Canon EOS Rebel T1i Video Transcript
[ Background music ]
>> Laurie Grunin: Hi I'm Laurie Grunin Senior Editor with CNET and this is the Canon ES Rebel T1I. The T1I enters Canon's digital SLR line right above entry level. For that market you pretty much get a basic feature set with maybe 1 or 2 standout features. In this case it's the fact that the T1I includes video capture. Now while they claim it does full HD 1920X1080 that's at 20 frames per second. For 30 frames per second which is really where I suggest you stop its 1280x720. That's still better than competitors like the Nikon D5000 or even the Olympus E620 which doesn't do video at all. On the other hand those models have an articulated LCD. This one has a nice 3 inch LCD but it's fixed. This camera has a lot going for it; including very nice image quality and pretty fast performance. The AF system was pretty good at keeping up with kids and pets and you know the things that most people shoot with these. But there's few things about it that really, really kind of annoy me. The biggest one is the view finder. It's really not that good although it has the same 95% coverage as competing models. It has less magnification and it has these tiny little auto focus points which simply blink. You don't know if you're in focus. This model has the creative auto mode which trickles down from models where it really didn't belong like the Canon 50D. It's sort of a dumb down program mode that would be pretty nice for advanced beginners who are looking to experiment. Canon did change its interface a bit. Now you can change settings based off the LCD you know in the information display mode like you can on other models like Sony and Olympus. In most ways the body is identical to the XSI and is fairly solidly built for something that's made out of plastic. It doesn't have things that competitors like Sony and Pentax and Olympus have like in body image stabilization or built in wireless flash support. Canon does have the highest resolutions so far of models in this class; this one's 15 megapixels. So if resolution is important to you and speed and image quality then this is a nice buy despite this kind of lack of features. [Background music] I'm Laurie Grunin and this is the Canon ES Rebel T1I.
Canon's newest top Rebel boasts a 12.2MP CMOS sensor and a live view shooting mode.
A great follow-up to the T1i, if you want the best photo and video quality in a dSLR for less than $1,000, the Canon EOS Rebel T2i is hard to beat.
For the money, the Canon EOS Rebel T3i is a great choice for dSLR videographers--though the cheaper T2i can still suffice if you don't need the articulated LCD--and it's a solid choice for creative still shooters. But though the image quality and general shooting performance are top-notch, if you're upgrading to capture sports, kids or pets, the T3i may not be able to keep up.
The Canon EOS Rebel XSi doesn't stand out for its feature set or design, but the digital SLR delivers on performance and photo quality.
The Canon PowerShot SX1 IS offers a 20x zoom lens and HD video, which you can't get in a similarly priced dSLR, and delivers more features and slightly better performance and photo quality than the cheaper SX10 IS.
The Canon EOS Rebel XS is a new entry-level digital SLR that provides an update on the older EOS Rebel XTi in the body of the new XSi.
An excellent midrange dSLR, the Canon EOS 7D delivers for the money.
Like its cousin, the flash-based HF11, Canon's Vixia HG20 delivers excellent HD video quality and performance, albeit in a slightly larger, heavier package. However, you get more storage space at a lower price.
The Canon EOS Rebel T3 a perfectly fine entry-level camera, but there are better options for the money.
The Canon EOS Rebel T4i adds a fluidly operating touch screen to its repertoire.
Canon EOS Rebel T1i (with 18-55mm IS lens) Review
The good: Fast performance; very nice photo quality; HD video capture.
The bad: Annoying viewfinder; video capture is its only better-than-basic feature.
The bottom line: A solid, slightly better-than-basic dSLR, the Canon EOS Rebel T1i delivers photo quality and performance that adequately compensates for most of its annoyances.
Canon EOS Rebel T1i (with 18-55mm IS lens) Specs
Part number: 3818B002
- Product Specifications
- Product Basic Spec