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getitdigital review Canon T1i (500d) vs. Nikon D5000 Hands On Comparison Test

June 11, 2010

This is part of the getitdigital review buyers guide. We have created this in order to help you better understand the cameras you are looking to purchase.

getitdigital review Canon T1i vs Nikon D5000 featuredThis comparison is in two parts. The first is a general comparison of the general photographic capabilities of each camera and the second is a feature comparison. For the sake of brevity we have divided it thus so that you can choose the video you’d like to watch and what you’d like to get out of it. We’ve also included  a description and the specifications below for you reference. Enjoy and Happy Shooting!

Part 1

Part 2

Canon T1i (500D)

getitdigital review T1i vs D5000 1

The Canon EOS Rebel T1i is the 6th generation of Canon’s popular entry-level DSLR camera series and it improves upon earlier Rebels by incorporating many features that up till now could only be found on Canon’s pricier mid-level DSLRs.

Among the Rebel T1i’s key attributes are a 15.1Mp CMOS sensor (similar to the sensor found in the EOS 50D) for detailed, full volume prints, Live View for accurate pre-focusing and editing, continuous burst-rates of up to 3.4 fps, a DIGIC 4 image processor, and a scratch and glare-resistant high-resolution (920,000-dot) 3″ Clear View LCD that allows for easy 100% image viewing from angles up to 170° off-center from the screen.

The big news is the Rebel T1i’s ability to record a choice of full HD 1080p, 720p, and VGA video capture, which places it among the few DSLRs currently available that can capture true high-resolution video that beats or meets the image quality of far costlier pro camcorders.

Key Features
15.1Mp APS-C Format CMOS Sensor
HD 1080p Video Capture
DIGIC 4 Image Processor
3″ Clear View LCD with Live View
ISO Sensitivity Expandable to 12,800
Picture Styles

Included in the Manufacturer Box
Canon EOS T1i 500D Camera Body
Eyecup Ef
EW-100DBIII Wide Strap
IFC-200U USB Interface Cable
AVC-DC400 AV Cable
LP-E5 Battery Pack
LC-E5 Battery Charger
EOS Digital Solution Disk

Nikon D5000

getitdigital review Canon T1i vs Nikon D5000

12.9 megapixel CMOS sensor (same as in the D90), High-Definition video capture with sound, a 2.7″ variable-angle LCD, Live View for composing stills or video from most any point-of-view, an 11-point autofocus system with Focus Tracking, and 3D Color Matrix II metering.

Save files in RAW, 3 levels of JPEG compression, or RAW+JPEG image capture, burst-rates up to 4 fps, an EXPEED image processor, and a 3-tier dust-removal system.

AVI-format video clips can be captured at 3 levels of compression in lengths up to 20 minutes with the ability to apply exposure compensation when shooting in Program, Shutter-priority, Aperture-priority, and Manual modes.

Key Features
12.3Mp DX CMOS sensor
HD Video Capture with with sound (720p)
Swivel and Angle LCD
Live View

Included in Manufacturer Box
Nikon D5000 Camera Body
EN-EL9a Startup Battery
MH-23 Battery Charger
DK-5 Eyepiece Shield
DK-24 Rubber Eyecup
UC-E6 USB Cable
EG-CP14 A/V Cable
AN-DC3 Camera Strap
BS-1 Hot-Shoe Cover
Body Cap
Software Suite CD-ROM

2 Comments leave one →
  1. glen permalink
    June 13, 2010 9:37 am

    great review. i like the identical side by side photo comparisons

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