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Canon details 15.1Mp EOS 500D digital SLR

Compact digital SLR with full HD video recording

Canon EOS 500D

Canon has announced the 15.1Mp Canon EOS 500D. The entry-level digital SLR boasts a high-definition video-recording mode, and is scheduled for a UK launch in May 2009.

The Canon 500D is powered by Canon’s Digic 4 processor, which has been proven in Which? tests of the Canon Powershot G10 and the Canon Ixus 980 IS to take rapid-fire photos, and to keep down the degree of graininess in photographs – even those taken in dim light.

Full HD video mode on the Canon EOS 500D

The video mode on the 500D allows you to capture footage in full HD (1920 x 1080p). The newly announced Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 also offers this full HD resolution, however most cameras, such as the Nikon D90 – the first DSLR to offer HD filming – only offer HD ready video modes (1280 x 720).

The 500D is an update to the Canon EOS 450D. Canon claims that improvements include a greater control of the camera’s ISO sensitivity, better image-processing capabilities and an increased number of customisable functions. The 450D, which weighs 75g more than the 500D, missed out on being a Best Buy, but we’ll be looking forward to testing the 500D when it’s released, and we anticipate an improved test score.

Digital SLR reviews

Richard Parris, Which? camera expert, said: ‘The entry level digital SLR market is getting more competitive, with lower prices allowing consumers to take their first step towards owning a DSLR camera. The full HD video recording on the EOS 500D should make it an interesting model to look out for when it becomes available later this spring.’

For help choosing the best digital SLR, check out our digital SLR reviews, which includes full test results of the Canon EOS 450D and the Nikon D90. To find out more about the Canon Powershot G10, the Canon Ixus 980 IS, and a whole raft of other compact digital cameras, read our digital camera report.

To save money by finding the best deals on cameras, go to Which? Compare, our free price-comparison website.

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