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24 Days of Gadgets - Day 5

December 8, 2009 - Dave Hecei
Not too long ago, Canon shocked the camera world when it introduced the first digital SLR under $1000, the EOS Digital Rebel. Canon come a long way since the original Digital Rebel, the new Digital EOS T1i is the fifth generation model and boasts some pretty amazing features. It’s biggest being full HD video recording capabilities.

What makes a DSLR better than a point-and-shoot is many fold. First is the sensor size. The image sensor in a DSLR is many times bigger than the sensor in a compact camera. This allows for larger pixel sensors that gather more light and color information.

Next are the lenses. DSLRs have removable lens that bayonet on and off the camera body. This allows a photographer to choose from dozens of lenses, choosing the perfect one for the job at hand. While you can get a point-and-shoot camera with amazing zoom ranges, you can only go so far. DSLRs can use super-wide lenses to super-telephoto, plus specialty lenses like tilt-shift and macro.

The Canon T1i is a 15.1 megapixel DSLR that can shoot up to 170 photos at 3.4 frames-per-second, much faster than previous Rebel models. It also has an extended ISO range. The T1i has the usual ISO 100 to 3200 range, but also has extended range settings of 6400 and 12800.

On the back of the T1i is a very high resolution LCD display, 920,000 pixels compared to the previous Rebel XSi’s 230,000 pixels. It has the newer Digic 4 processor, for faster image processing of the 15 megapixel images. There are plenty of features in the T1i that will help the beginner create beautiful photographs. There are also important features to help the advanced photographer get the photo exactly the way they see it.

Stills are just the first part of the new T1i, the big news is the ability to record quality HD video at either 720 or 1080. Instead of having to buy both an HD camcorder and a DSLR you can have both in one excellent package. While the T1i can shoot 720p video at the standard 30 frames-per-second, it shoots 1080 video at only 20 fps.

The new Canon T1i is available as a kit with an image stabilized 18-55mm zoom for a street price around $720. A pretty amazing deal considering the original 6 megapixel Digital Rebel, without a lens, sold for $999.


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