The Canon Digital Rebel T1i (known as the EOS 500D outside the USA) is Canon's most recent addition to their "entry level" DSLR lineup. It's an upgrade of the Digital Rebel XSi, though Canon haven't discontinued the XSi so as of right now the Digital Rebel T1i is an addition to the Canon EOS lineup rather than a replacement of the XSi. In some ways you can think of the T1i as 75% of the EOS 50D stuffed into an XSi body - with video added!
Compared with the XSi, the sensor of the T1i adds another 2.9 MP, increasing the count from 12.2MP to 15.1MP. The 15.1 MP sensor of the Digital Rebel T1i now matches the 15.1MP sensor of the "prosumer" EOS 50D in pixel count, though it may not be exactly the same sensor. The T1i also adds a number of new features of which the most significant may be the ability to shoot HD video.
Major new features of the Digital Rebel T1i include:
Full Specifications are on the Digital Rebel T1i Specifications Page
|Image Sensor||22.3mm x 14.9mm, 15.1MP CMOS, (4752 x 3168 pixels)|
|Autofocus||TTL-CT-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS sensor, 9 AF points (Cross-type at center)|
|ISO Speeds||ISO 100-3200 + H1(6400) and H2 (12800)|
|Metering Modes||35-zone Evaluative, 9% Partial, 3.8% Spot, Center Weighted|
|Viewfinder||Pentamirror, 95% coverage, 0.87x|
|Shutter Speeds||1/4000 to 30 sec. + B, X-sync at 1/200 sec.|
|Type||Retractable, auto pop-up flash, GN 13/43 (ISO 100 m/ft), coverage for 17mm lens|
|LCD||TFT color, 3.0 in, 920,000 dots, 160 ° viewing angle|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||Approx. 129 x 98 x 62 mm (5.1 x 3.9 x 2.4 in)|
|Weight||Approx. 520 g (18.3 oz) with battery|