Canon EOS Rebel T1i DSLR Camera Review


The Canon EOS Rebel T1i is a solid DSLR with the added benefit of HD video recording. The camera's layout and controls were easy to use, and we were generally very pleased with the images taken with the Rebel T1i.

The Rebel T1i's touted 1080p video recording capabilities are a bit of a disappointment since this mode is limited to 20fps, but the 720p videos at 30fps were satisfying. None of the DSLRs we've seen to date have fully rivaled that of a full-fledged HD camcorder, but cameras such as the Rebel T1i certainly are getting closer to combining an excellent still camera with very respectable video capabilities.

While the Rebel T1i doesn't offer an articulating LCD like we've seen on some new DSLRs lately, it does offer a high-resolution display. Really, it's a trade-off since you won't typically find an LCD on a consumer-grade camera that is articulating and supports a high resolution. In all, this comes down to personal preference for which feature you may value the most.

Overall, Canon’s Rebel T1i is a feature-packed DSLR that offers a number of improvements over its predecessor, the best-selling Rebel XSi. The Rebel T1i also inherits a number of features from Canon's higher-end models, but packages them into a smaller, lighter and more affordable form factor.  In fact, we like this camera so much, we're giving it our coveted Editor's Choice award for product excellence.

  • High-quality 15.1MP stills
  • Takes HD videos (30fps at 720p is the best option)
  • High-resolution 3-inch LCD
  • Price / feature balance
  • HDMI-out
  • Only shoots 20fps at 1080p
  • No microphone input

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