Canon EOS Rebel T1i DSLR Camera Review - HotHardware

Canon EOS Rebel T1i DSLR Camera Review

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The EOS Rebel T1i comes with the following:
  • EOS Rebel T1i Body
  • Eyecup
  • Strap
  • USB Interface Cable
  • AV Cable
  • Battery Pack LP-E5
  • Battery Charger LC-E5
  • EOS Digital Solution Disk and Instruction Manuals
  • "Great Photography is Easy" Booklet and "Do More with Macro" Booklet

We tested the Rebel T1i as a kit with Canon’s EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens. This is the most popular kit option, though some retailers may opt to create their own custom kits with other lenses.  There are a number of accessories available for the Rebel T1i, including a Battery Grip BG-E5 that holds two LP-E5 batteries or six AA-size batteries.


Recording Media

SD memory card, SDHC memory card

Image Sensor Size

22.3mm x 14.9mm (APS-C size)

Compatible Lenses

Canon EF lenses including EF-S lenses (35mm-equivalent focal length is approx. 1.6x the lens focal length)

Lens Mount

Canon EF mount

Image Sensor Type

High-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate CMOS sensor


Effective pixels: Approx. 15.10 megapixels

Aspect Ratio

3:2 (Horizontal: Vertical)

Color Filter System

RGB primary color filters

Low-pass Filter

Fixed position in front of the CMOS sensor

Dust Deletion feature

(1) Self Cleaning Sensor Unit
(2) Dust Delete Data appended to the captured image
(3) Manual cleaning of sensor

Image Type

Still: JPEG, RAW (14-bit, Canon original), RAW+JPEG
Video: MOV (Image data: H.264, Audio: Linear PCM)

File Size

Large/Fine: Approx. 5.0MB (4752 x 3168 pixels)
Large/Normal: Approx. 2.5MB (4752 x 3168 pixels)
Medium/Fine: Approx. 3.0MB (3456 x 2304 pixels)
Small/Fine: Approx. 1.7MB (2352 x 1568 pixels)
RAW: Approx. 20.2MB (4752 x 3168 pixels)

Color Space

sRGB, Adobe RGB selectable

Picture Style

Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Def. 1-3

White Balance

Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, Custom

Color Temperature Compensation

White balance correction: ±9 stops in full-stop increments
White balance bracketing: ±3 stops in full-stop increments
Blue/amber direction or magenta/green direction possible

Viewfinder Type

Eye-level pentamirror

Viewfinder Coverage

Vertical/Horizontal approx. 95%

Viewfinder Magnification

Approx. 0.87x (-1m-1 with 50mm lens at infinity)

Built-in Dioptric Adjustment

-3.0 to +1.0m-1 (diopter)

Depth-of-Field Preview

Enabled with depth-of-field preview button

Autofocus Type

TTL-CT-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS sensor

AF Points

9 AF points (center AF point is cross-type)

Focusing Modes

Auto, One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual Focusing (MF)

AF Point Selection

Automatic selection, manual selection

AF-assist Beam

Intermittent firing of built-in flash
Effective range: Approx. 4.0m/13.1 ft. at center, approx. 3.5m/11.5 ft. at periphery.

Metering Modes

35-zone TTL full-aperture metering, Evaluative metering, Partial metering, Spot metering, Center-weighted average metering

Exposure Control

Program AE (Shiftable), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Depth-of-field AE, Full auto, Programmed image control mode, Manual exposure, E-TTL II autoflash program AE

ISO Speed

ISO 100-3200 (in 1-stop increments), H1: 6400 H2: 12800

Exposure Compensation

Manual: ±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments

AE Lock

Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved; Manual: By AE lock button

Shutter Speeds

1/4000 sec. to 1/60 sec., X-sync at 1/200 sec.
1/4000 sec. to 30 sec., bulb (Total shutter speed range.
Available range varies by shooting mode)


10-sec. or 2-sec. delay or 10-sec. delay plus continuous shooting

Remote Control

Remote Switch RS-60E3
Remote Controller RC-1/RC-5

Built-in Flash

Retractable, auto pop-up flash

Flash Metering

E-TTL II autoflash

Guide Number

13/43 (ISO 100, in meters/feet)

Recycling Time

Approx. 3 sec.

Flash Exposure Compensation

±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments

Drive Modes

Single, continuous, self-timer (10 sec. or 2 sec. delay)/remote control

Continuous Shooting Speed

Max. 3.4 shots/sec. (with One-Shot AF or AI Servo AF)

Maximum Burst

JPEG (Large/Fine): Approx. 170, RAW: Approx. 9

Live View Shooting Modes

Still photo shooting and video shooting

Live View Focusing

Autofocus (One-Shot AF): Live mode, Face Detection Live mode, Quick mode; Manual focus (5x or 10x manually)

LCD Monitor

3-inch TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor with approx. 920,000 dots (VGA)

LCD Coverage

Approx. 100%, Viewing angle: 170°

Direct Printing

PictBridge-compatible printers

Custom Functions

Total 13

My Menu Registration

Up to 6 menus, Custom functions and other top-tier options can be registered


USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
(1) Video OUT terminal: NTSC/PAL selectable
(2) mini-HDMI OUT terminal


One Battery Pack LP-E5
AC power can be supplied via AC Adapter Kit ACK-E5
With Battery Grip BG-E5, AA-size batteries can be used

Number of Shots

Approx 500, no flash, at 73° F based on CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) testing standards

Back-up Battery

Built-in secondary battery

Start-up Time

Approx. 0.1 sec. (based on CIPA testing standards)

Dimensions (WxHxD)

Approx. 5.1 x 3.8 x 2.4 in./128.8 x 97.5 x 61.9mm


Approx. 16.9oz./480g (body only)

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looks pretty nice, i'm debating to buy a camara like that instead of my pocket camara, that i have to take pictures.

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Well the main purpose of this camera is to double up as HD recording. Not a functionality many would worry about in a camera of this size. It's a nice addition, but I'd rather use a HD enable camcorder specifically designed for HD recording and editing.

BTW, if you're in the market for a DSLR, may I suggest Canon Digital Rebel XSi 12.2 MP Digital SLR?

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I have myself the XSi, it's decent entry to DSLR. But for sure getting the 5D mark II takes more experience (and $$) before going into that level.

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I could never own one of these... the first time I dropped it I would FREAK out.

I'd have to cut a camera sized hole in a foam pillow and carry it around inside that.

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I agree, I am way too clumsy to own something like this.

I love photography and digital imaging though, so keep these reviews coming so I can drool over 'em.

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Personally, I've been following Digital SLR cameras for the past couple of months. Although I am just a beginner, I have been seeing some interesting contrasts in products...especially from Nikon and Canon, who are the top 2 most popular Digital SLR camera distributors to consumers (I am not counting Leica because those are for pros). This is a exceptional camera but I think it is aimed more for intermediate users than beginners. For beginners, the Nikon D3000 is highly recommended.

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I have a Nikon CoolPix P90 ( ) and it's just fine for me. I use the provided Camera Strap and so far, I haven't dropped it. It only has one permanently attached lens, but it zooms from 26MM all the way out to 624MM. This brings things that are far away, really close, and that's important to somebody stuck in a wheelchair.

Not having to take the time to change lenses is a plus, and it shoots at up to 12.1 Megapixel, so the pictures are good quality.

I got it for $366.00 online with a little searching and it's proven to be a great lightweight solution for me.

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