March 26, 2009 Digital SLR cameras featuring HD video capture have burst onto the market in recent months and Canon has now put this functionality within reach of a much wider audience by including 1080p recording in the latest addition to its entry level Rebel range. The new EOS Rebel T1i Digital SLR sports a 15.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor, nine-point Autofocus, a 3.0-inch LCD and shoots 1080p video at 20 fps and 720p HD video capture at 30 fps. The best bit - at USD$800 (body only) it's around a third of the price of the HD video capable EOS 5D Mark II released in September last year.
The EOS Rebel T1i camera can record 4GB of video per clip which means around 12 minutes of Full HD video, 18 minutes of 720p HD video, or 24 minutes using the third SD video capture option of 640 x 480 pixels and 30 fps. Clips are recorded in .MOV format using an MPEG-4 video compression and sound is recorded via a built-in monaural microphone using linear PCMii without compression.
Video capture is through the camera's Live View function with a semi-transparent border to match the aspect ratio of the movie recording size appearing on the LCD screen. Live View Shooting, which applies to still as well as video capture, has three AF modes – Quick, Live and Face Detection Live mode – and enables image sharpness, contrast, color saturation and white balance settings to be applied to the movie image.
Like the 5D Mark II, HDMI output via is also included.
Apart from the HD video killer app, the EOS Rebel T1i packs a number of noteworthy features derived from its high-end stablemates:
The Canon EOS Rebel T1i Digital SLR Camera is due to hit shelves in early May. Pricing is slated at USD$799.99 (body only) with a kit version with Canon's EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens to cost USD$899.99.
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