Canon EOS 500D DSLR camera launches

Canon has introduced a new DSLR camera on Wednesday that packs in 15.1 megapixels: the Canon EOS 500D.

The new EOS 500D, which will be known as the Rebel T1i in the US, features a 15.1-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor and HD movie recording features like the company's 5D and 50D models. Lower shooting resolutions of 720p or VGA will also be available to get the most from your memory card. A built-in HDMI connection will let users playback directly on their TV.

In an attempt to offer users more for their money, the 500D will use the same screen as the 5D Mark II, come with a "Live View" mode, and include contrast based and face detection AF options displayed on the LCD in real time.

The camera uses the company's DIGIC 4 processor that allows continuous shooting speeds of up to 3.4fps in bursts of up to 170 JPEGs. Using Canon’s wide area AF system - which features nine individual sensors, including a central cross type point with a high precision sensor for f/2.8 or faster lenses - makes capturing split-second action sequences possible. It features a high ISO sensitivity up to 3200, which is expandable to a whopping 12800.

The EOS 500D (body only) is available from early May 2009 priced at £869.99 in the UK, 999.99 euros in Europe and $799.99 in the US - over £300 cheaper than the UK price.

The EOS 500D EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS kit is available from early May 2009 priced at £969.99 in the UK, 1139.99 euros in Europe and $899.99 in the US.

The EOS 500D EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS kit is available from early May 2009 priced at £1399.99 and 1639.99 euros RRP inc. VAT.