Canon has announced their 450D upgrade, the 500D. What’s the new camera got? From the press release:
“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.*”
The catch with the video is that 1080P is only available at 20 frames per second.
In an attempt to offer users more for their money, the 500D will use the same screen as the 5D Mark II, come with a “Live View” mode, and include contrast based and face detection AF options displayed on the LCD in real time.
The camera uses the company’s DIGIC 4 processor that allows continuous shooting speeds of up to 3.4fps in bursts of up to 170 JPEGs. Using Canon’s wide area AF system – which features nine individual sensors, including a central cross type point with a high precision sensor for f/2.8 or faster lenses – makes capturing split-second action sequences possible. It features a high ISO sensitivity up to 3200, which is expandable to a whopping 12800.
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