Today, Canon Singapore announced their latest 500D digital SLR camera designed for beginners and photo enthusiasts. Equipped with 15.0 megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor, the 500D has a 3-inch LCD display and is capable of Full-HD video recording. It will be retailing at authorized dealers from early May. Unfortunately, no pricing yet as per press time.
Singapore, 25 March 2009 – Today, Canon harnesses 50 years of single lens reflex (SLR) innovation to unleash its latest Digital SLR, the Canon EOS 500D. Equipped with 15.0-megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor, Full-HD video recording, a new 3-inch LCD and an expanded ISO range, the EOS 500D is designed to raise the bar for DSLRs in its class.
At its core, the EOS 500D employs a newly-developed 15.0-megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor paired with Canon’s latest DIGIC 4 imaging processor that results in faster processing times, ultra-sharp and high quality images with fine details.
The Power of DIGIC 4
With DIGIC 4′s high signal processing speed (1.3 times over DIGIC III), the EOS 500D is capable of a continuous shooting speed of 3.4 frames per second despite the higher processing load of 15.0 megapixel images.
Performance in low-light conditions has also been greatly improved with the EOS 500D. It is the first camera in its segment to feature an expanded ISO range, capable of up to ISO 12800 and is accompanied by three levels of high ISO speed noise reduction without any noticeable difference in shooting speed (when the Standard or Low setting is selected).
New HD Movie Recording and Improved Live View
The EOS 500D combines the versatility of DSLR imaging with high definition (HD) video recording at 1920 x 1080 resolution. This function can be activated instantly via the Mode Dial and stills can also be captured during movie shooting.
For playback, the EOS 500D is equipped with a conventional A/V Out terminal, as well as a HDMI output, allowing the camera to be connected directly to today’s high definition TVs.
Live View has also been improved significantly to allow users to adjust the image composition from the camera LCD screen or a computer monitor. In the EOS 500D, most menu options are now available in Live View mode, and you can freely change shooting mode, AF mode (including face detection AF), AF point, and playback features.
While the EOS 500D continues the strength of earlier models such as the 9-point autofocus system, 14-bit A/D converter, and dedicated buttons for commonly-used functions, the 3-inch LCD screen now has a greater resolution (4 times over its predecessors) and is specially coated to resist glare and smudging.
Beginners will also welcome the Creative Auto mode which can be easily accessed on the Mode Dial. This mode was created for novice photographers interested in exploring shooting beyond Full Auto mode. Creative Auto mode allows greater creative control by letting the user change camera settings via self-explanatory, graphical interface.
Pricing and availability
The EOS 500D will be available in the following configurations at authorised Canon dealers from early May
• Canon EOS 500D body : SGD TBC
• Canon EOS 500D Kit I (EF18-55mm) : SGD TBC
• Canon EOS 500D Kit II (EF18-200mm) : SGD TBC
Source: Canon Singapore