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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Camera - Canon Rules, June 13, 2009
This review is from: Canon EOS Rebel T1i 15.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Camera)
My Requirements for a DSLR were as below:

1. High Resolution LCD Screen.
2. Great/Easy to use - User Interface.
3. HD Video - 720 (30FPS) - (1080 was optional for me).
4. Live View.
5. Amazing Image Quality.
6. Comprehensive Software Package.
7. Large Variety of Lens options.
8. Performance.
9. Obviously, Cost (<1000$).

In the curent market, i narrowed down to 2 cameras - Canon EOS 500D/T1i or Nikon D5000 (Since i trust both brands for amazing image quality).

Canon EOS 500D Scored over Nikon in below areas:

1. LCD Screen 3inch 920,000 dot compared to Nikon's 2.7inch 230,000. For me high resolution screen is very important to enjoy the pics in the camera itself and obviously for better judgement of the focus. I bet, you will fall in love with T1i, immidietly after seeing pics in its brilliant LCD screen.

2. I verified both Ti1 and D5000 user interface and i felt T1i's user interface/menus were well organised keeping in mind of the entry level DSLR users. Again i love this on T1i.

3. I have seen many people complaining about T1i's 1080 (20 FPS) HD video. But Nikon doesn't even have this feature. And T1i has HD video 720 at 30 FPS which is a treat to eyes when you see it on HDTV. But Nikon provides 720 at just 24 FPS.

4. Both has Live View - Here T1i has the advantage of better resolution screen and D5000 has Lower resolution vari angle screen. My preferenece was high resolution screen.

5. Image Quality, I am very very happy about the Super sharp images of Canon T1i. My interest is mainly Macro and Landscape. And T1i gives me Amazing Quality images (I don't believe much in camera reviews) combined with Canon's brilliant lenses.

6. Canon's provides the best - with camera software package. Digital Photo Professional, EOS Utility, Photostitch and many more are very simple to use and powerful tools and provides necessary inventory for more than basic image editing (Don't compare this with specialized photo editing tools like Adobe Photoshop).

7. Again Canon has the most comprehensive Lens set to choose compared to Nikon (Again don't bring in the theory of 3rd party lenses). I own the kit lens, Canon 100mm Macro, Canon 10mm super wide angle. And these leses combined with T1i produce breathtaking images.

8. When it comes to performance, T1i has got very great start up time, fast focus and good continious burst (9RAW/170 JPEGS at 3.4 FPS) which satisfies my needs. Nikon D5000 can shoot at 4FPS.

9. Cost wise, T1i is cheaper than Nikon D90 and Canon 50D.

I have read many reviews comparing T1i and D5000, saying Nikon has better Low light performance. It may be true, but T1i produces brilliant pics till ISO3200 (Nikon may produce little better than this at same ISO range), but I use my camera very less for low light photograpy and Canon T1i's JPEG quality in normal light is a very sharp, captures more detail due to its 15MP resolution and it is better than that of Nikon D5000.
Handling wise i never felt T1i as bad. It has a great grip and due to its less weight, it is very portable compared to Nikon D5000.

Final word:

For my use/requirements Canon T1i fits perfectly and it produces Amazing Super sharp images with market leading feature set for an Entry level DSLR. T1i has many improvements compared to that of 450D XSi keeping the similar (Better JPEG quality - compared to both 450D XSi and 50D) image quality and it is way ahead of Nikon D5000.

Hats off to Canon for giving a Brilliant Entry Level DSLR again.
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Initial post: Sep 16, 2009 12:22:10 PM PDT
Gatorowl says:
Very nice thoughtful review. Clearly, the T1i dominates its Nikon competitor in two areas: the LCD screen and video performance. The other features are debatable. The UI is a matter of taste (menus, buttons and ergonomics). Nikon users will argue equally persuasively that Nikon is superior. The T1i has more pixels, but unless you blow your photos up to large poster size, most people won't be able to distinguish any quality difference. In fact, a lot of reviewers claim that the T1i has a problem with "clipping highlights," at least more so than Nikons.

Finally, claiming that Canon has a "more comprehensive" lens set than Nikon (point 7) is flat out wrong. Unless you are talking about truly "exotic" lens such as 800mm or 1200mm, the two companies very closely parallel each other's offerings especially in the under $2500 range which I suspect most users of the dReb and D5000 will look. Nikon has unquestionably the best wide angle zoom (its 14-24mm lens) and Canon has the broadest selection of 70-200mm zooms. Each of these companies offer equivalent kit zooms (18-55, 55-200(250)), step-up zooms (17-55, 17(16)-85, 70-300) and popular primes (35mm, 50mm, 60mm, 85mm, and 100 or 105mm). The one criticism I have of Nikon's lens offerings are that they are sometimes (substantially) more expensive than their Canon counterparts (e.g., 70-200mm f/2.8).

My point is that these cameras are very close in features and capabilities, and neither Nikon nor Canon dominate the other.

As for my bias, I love to use my D90 with 30, 50 and 85mm primes, and I use my 40D with 70-200mm f/4 IS and Tamron 17-50 zooms. I would love to add the Nikon 14-24mm zoom, but I cannot rationalize that purchase.
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