This is the first review by the Horsham Photography. It only seems appropriate that the equipment in use should be showcased and commented on so here goes. The links to Amazon may bring a few pennies to this site if they lead to a purchase.

The Canon 500D is the camera I use for all of the new images on this blog. When purchased almost four years ago it was the current model; it’s now been replaced by the 700D. The main functional differences between the 2009 500D and 700D are, apart from spec improvements:

  • the implementation of the variable position of the screen
  • and it is now a touch screen
  • Remote control of Canon Speedlites

So, that said, this review should hold good for the current model 700D too! In, short I like this camera. At the time of choosing my first DSLR it was a toss up between this Canon and the Nikon equivalent. I would have liked to have chosen Olympus as I have an OM40 and a range of lenses from my youthful camera days. However, unlike Canon (and I think Nikon) the old Olympus lenses are not compatible with their DSLRs. I chose Canon just because it felt better in the hand and the reviews on the web were generally leading me that way. That said, you can’t go wrong with Nikon either. The vast majority of press photographers use Canon or Nikon.

The camera is suitable for all abilities; even for those that just want to point and shoot. Simply select the green auto mode, frame and zoom to get your picture and press the shutter release. You can also ‘assist’ the camera by choosing preset modes such as landscape, macro or sports and the camera will set up according to those choices. But it is also good for those that want to exercise more control. Shutter and aperture priority modes are available as is full manual as you develop your photographic skills – and you can do so without the need to upgrade your camera body.

Being a DSLR you can use the full range of EOS compatible lenses from Canon and other manufacturers. The 18-55mm is the ‘kit lens’ supplied and should be fit for most everyday pictures. See other reviews for my current range of lenses.

You can further customise the camera for your needs with the spot metering and focus modes, also the rapid shutter release which allows about 3-4 frames a second to be fired off. Use a good quality fast memory card (Class 10) to allow writing of long bursts.

Given the entry level lens originally supplied I am pleased with the picture quality. Mostly I work from the maximum jpeg size but occasionally add in RAW too. You can get good enough quality to print off at A3 and bigger. Weight wise the Canon is acceptable; after all these years of use it is not too bulky to carry around and has been reliable.

The camera is configured by a high quality screen and the dials, the same screen as used on the 5D Mark II.

In summary, if you are looking for a Canon DSLR that is a step above entry level then the 500D and its successors are the product range for you.

Be sure to check out my other reviews.

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