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About Canon T1i

The Canon EOS Rebel T1i EF-S Digital SLR Camera is packed with features, both refined and new. In addition to its admirable performance with an all-new 15.1 Megapixel Canon CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 Image Processor, a 3.0-inch Clear View LCD with anti-reflective and scratch-resistant coating and compatibility with the EOS System of lenses and Speedlites, the EOS Rebel T1i adds remarkable Full HD video capture at resolutions up to 1920 x 1080.

An HDMI port allows for quick connections to high definition TVs and monitors for easy viewing of your stills and video. The entire operation is simple and easy even if you are a beginner. You'll have uncompromised EOS Digital performance with power and flexibility right in the palm of your hand. Canon's CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) sensor captures images with exceptional clarity and tonal range and offers the most pixels in its class. It offers many of the same new technologies as used by Canon's professional cameras to maximize each pixel's light gathering efficiency.

Its APS-C size sensor creates an effective 1.6x field of view (compared to 35mm format). Canon's DIGIC 4 Image Processor dramatically speeds up all camera operations for intuitive operation and offers improvements in both fine detail and natural color reproduction. It works in concert with the EOS Rebel T1i's image sensor to achieve unprecedented levels of performance in all lighting situations. The EOS Rebel T1i shoots brilliant video, even in full high definition. By simply selecting Movie mode on the EOS Rebel T1i's mode dial, the camera's 3.0-inch LCD lights up and it's ready to go.

Shooting is at a frame rate of 30 fps when shooting SD or HD quality video (640 x 480 and 1280 x 720 pixels, respectively) and at a frame rate of 20 fps in Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) recording. Sound is recorded through the camera's built-in microphone. Playback modes are simple to access, and all Live View AF features can be used in shooting video.

Canon T1i Features

  • 15.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor with DIGIC 4 Image Processor for faster processing of fine detail and natural color reproduction, 14-bit A/D conversion for smooth color tones and gradations
  • Full HD video capture at 1920 x 1080 resolution with HDMI output for HD viewing of stills and video
  • Live View Function for stills (Quick, Live and Face Detection AF modes) and video
  • 3.0-inch Clear View LCD (920,000 dots/VGA) monitor with anti-reflective and scratch-resistant coatings for improved viewing and smudge protection
  • Auto Lighting Optimizer for superior highlight-shadow control
  • Wide range ISO setting 100-3200 (ISO expansion: 6400, 12800)
  • Creative Auto goes a step beyond auto allowing control over frequently-changed settings
  • Compatible with over 60 Canon EF/EF-S lenses and most EOS System accessories

Canon T1i Specifications

Digital, single-lens reflex, AF/AE camera
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
Total Pixels
Total pixels: Approx. 15.50 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
Recording Format
Design rule for Camera File System 2.0 and Exif 2.21
Image Type
Still: JPEG, RAW (14-bit, Canon original), RAW+JPEG
Video: MOV (Image data: H.264, Audio: Linear PCM)
File Size
(1) Large/Fine: Approx. 5.0MB (4752 x 3168 pixels)
(2) Large/Normal: Approx. 2.5MB (4752 x 3168 pixels)
(3) Medium/Fine: Approx. 3.0MB (3456 x 2304 pixels)
(4) Medium/Normal: Approx. 1.6MB (3456 x 2304 pixels)
(5) Small/Fine: Approx. 1.7MB (2352 x 1568 pixels)
(6) Small/Normal: Approx. 0.9MB (2352 x 1568 pixels)
(7) RAW: Approx. 20.2MB (4752 x 3168 pixels)
Exact file sizes depend on the subject, ISO speed, Picture Style, etc.
File Numbering
Consecutive numbering, auto reset, manual reset
RAW + JPEG Simultaneous Recording
Provided (RAW, RAW+JPEG)
Color Space
sRGB, Adobe RGB selectable
Picture Style
Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Def. 1-3
Image Processing Type
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
Color Temperature Info Transmission
Viewfinder Type
Eye-level pentaprism
Vertical/Horizontal approx. 95%
Approx. 0.87x (-1m-1 with 50mm lens at infinity)
Approx. 19mm (from eyepiece lens center)
Built-in Dioptric Adjustment
-3.0 to +1.0m-1 (diopter)
Focusing Screen
Fixed, Precision Matte
Quick-return half mirror (transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f/4L IS USM or shorter lenses)
Viewfinder Information
AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), exposure information (shutter speed, aperture, AE lock, exposure level, ISO speed, exposure warning), flash information (flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation), monochrome shooting, white balance correction, maximum burst, SD memory card information
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)
Metering Range
EV -0.5-18 (at 73°F/23°C, ISO 100)
Focusing Modes
Auto, One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual Focusing (MF)
AF Point Selection
Automatic selection, manual selection
Selected AF Point Display
Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on LCD monitor
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
When EOS-dedicated Speedlite attached, the Speedlite's AF-assist beam is emitted instead
Metering Modes
35-zone TTL full-aperture metering
Evaluative metering (linkable to any AF point)
Partial metering (approx. 9% of viewfinder at center)
Spot metering (approx. 4% of viewfinder at center)
Center-weighted average metering
Exposure Control
Program AE (Shiftable), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Depth-of-field AE, Full auto, Full auto, Programmed image control mode, Manual exposure, E-TTL II autoflash program AE
ISO Speed (Recommended Exposure Index)
ISO 100-3200 (in 1-stop increments), H1: 6400 H2: 12800; Basic Zone modes: ISO 100-3200 set automatically
Exposure Compensation
Manual: ±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments (can be combined with AEB)
AE Lock
Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved; Manual: By AE lock button
Shutter Type
Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically controlled
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)
Shutter Release
Soft-touch electromagnetic release
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 Type
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-ready Indicator
Flash-ready icon lights in viewfinder
Flash Coverage
17mm lens angle of view
FE Lock
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
Based on Canon's testing standards with a 2GB SD memory card, ISO 100 and Standard Picture Style
Varies depending on the subject, SD memory card brand, image-recording quality, etc.
Shooting Modes
Still photo shooting and video shooting
Autofocus (One-Shot AF): Live mode, Face Detection Live mode, Quick mode; Manual focus (5x or 10x manually)
Grid Display
Provided (Two grid displays)
Exposure Simulation
Silent Shooting
Not provided
LCD Monitor Type
TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor
Monitor Size
3.0 in.
Approx. 920,000 dots (VGA)
Brightness Adjustment
7 levels provided
Interface Languages
25 (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukraine, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese)
Display Format
Single image, Single image + Image-recording quality, shooting information, histogram, 4- or 9-image index, magnified view (approx. 1.5x-10x), rotated image, image jump (by 1/10/100 images or shooting date)
Highlight Warning
Provided (Overexposed highlights blink)
Erase protect (or cancel) each image individually
Single image, selected images or all images in the SD card can be erased (except protected images)
Compatible Printers
PictBridge-compatible printers
Printable Images
JPEG images compliant to Design rule for Camera File System (DPOF printing possible) and RAW images captured with the EOS Rebel T1i
Easy Print feature
Version 1.1 compatible
Compatible Images
JPEG and RAW images
Custom Functions
Total 13
My Menu Registration
Up to 6 menus, Custom functions and other top-tier options can be registered
USB Terminal
For personal computer communication and direct printing (USB 2.0 Hi-Speed)
Video Out Terminal
(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
Battery Life
The above figures apply with a fully-charged Battery Pack LP-E5
Battery Check
Power Saving
Provided. Power turns off after 30 sec., 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 min.
Back-up Battery
Built-in secondary battery
Start-up Time
Approx. 0.1 sec. (based on CIPA testing standards)
Working Temperature Range
Working Humidity Range
85% or less
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)
Canon 1 year limited warranty
Mfr #
3818B025 K2

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Most Liked Positive Review


Great camera, OK lenses

This is my first DSLR after a couple of years using a prosumer Canon P&S (S90). Like previous reviewers, I suspect my photos may suffer somewhat from the quality of the lenses included in this kit. As budget allows, I am likely to upgrade from the included lenses.


Most Liked Negative Review


Great camera, lenses just okay

I have owned various Canons, including film Rebels, for many years. I've never felt the need to switch to another manufacturer because I've always found Canons to be great values and more than capable of taking great photos. Most of my photography is of landscapes and travel scenes, and I also use my cameras indoors and at family gatherings. I'm by no means an expert, but I have generally gotten positive feedback on most of my photos, due in part to the quality of the Canon cameras. I've alwa

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I have owned various Canons, including film Rebels, for many years. I've never felt the need to switch to another manufacturer because I've always found Canons to be great values and more than capable of taking great photos. Most of my photography is of landscapes and travel scenes, and I also use my cameras indoors and at family gatherings. I'm by no means an expert, but I have generally gotten positive feedback on most of my photos, due in part to the quality of the Canon cameras. I've always used Canon glass, for no other reasons than not wanting to spend too much on a lens, and that they were always adequate for my needs. The T1i is the first DSLR I've owned. I'd been itching to get one for a few years, but I wanted to wait until there was a model solidly under $1000 that I wouldn't quickly outgrow and that would take digital pictures to rival film. I love the quality of my brother's Nikon D40 DSLR and the pictures it takes, but I'm loyal to brands that have worked for me in the past and after reading reviews of this camera - and convincing my wife that I really NEEDED a new camera - I took the plunge. The controls and layout are intuitive and similar to other Canons I've owned so I was shooting in no time. The camera feels perfectly balanced and weighted for my large size hands and I've held it comfortably for hours. So far I've used the camera in the house taking pictures of my fish tank and dogs, for outside landscapes, taking pictures of my motorcycle on a cloudy day, and at an NFL game with both the 18-55 and 55-250 lenses. The only filters I used were UV filters, I didn't use any external flashes, and I used a Class 4 memory card (I bought it at the same time as the camera, not knowing that I needed at least a Class 6 to shoot video, which I haven't done yet). Overall the camera is easy to operate and it takes decent photos in the auto modes. The pictures are not as crisp as the ones my brother gets with his Nikon D40 with similar lenses, and the color saturation is not as great, so I'm a little disappointed in that. I've started taking most of my photos in RAW + JPEG so I can mess around with the white balance and other settings a little more in 'the digital darkroom'. I am also getting away from the auto modes so I can experiment more with different apertures, shutter speeds, ISO, etc. which seems to be giving me better, though not necessarily sharper, results. Shutter speed seems fine and I like all the other aspects of the camera. I'd read that the battery life was poor with this camera but in my camera the battery still had plenty of juice after shooting about 1200 picture for 3.5 hours at the football game (I used the viewfinder and not Live View). I've used all the different preset scene options along with the other modes. Overall I like the camera, and I think it's a good value for the price, but I think the lenses don't quite measure up as well as they could. I'm hoping that when I can afford better glass I will get better results. I guess my disappointment stems partly from the fact that my old film Canons took pictures that were far superior to this camera, but digital is certainly far more convenient. I hate to say it, but my Sony 7 megapixel point and shoot with its Carl Zeiss lens takes seems to take sharper pictures than this Canon, which is why I suspect I need to get better glass.

Reviewed by 38 customers


Great camera, great price.


Bought this camera for a friend who was a very good film photographer but never bridged to digital. I've set it up with with my old friend Tamron 28-75 and am impressed with the results. I shoot with a 7d at home and a 7d MkII at work and wouldn't mind grabbing another one of these when for when I'm shooting motor sports events.


bought used from Adorama, works great


Bought this camera body to for a DIY IR conversion. Have used it as a backup body and visitors. Works well. Have found the Adorama rating system is very faithful to descriptions following many used purchases.


Nice Backup Body / IR Conversion project


Not brand new but great as a backup body and conversion to IR project. Have used with a Recent purchased Tamron travel lens with GREAT results. Small and light enough for my petite wife to handle. Is only 15.1MPixel but price was excellent. I find used ratings at Adorama are spot on. Also, for a beginner on a tight budget the price was really right.


poor image quality, overexposed shots!


I am a medium level photo enthuisast who shoot wildlife (birds, etc), does macro (flowers and insects) as well as a little landscape and portrait photography. I bought this camera as a back up to my Canon EOS 60D (which I love and would highly recommend) and was very very disapointed! Very poor image quality for an 18 MP camera (EOS 60D performs much better with same lenses inlcuding tamron 18-270 mm lens and canon 100 mmm macro lens. Most shots were overexposed (again, canon EOS 60D used in similar shooting conditions performed much better). Slow and sluggish, camera was returned after 2 weeks because it is not worse [$]! Save up your money for a little longer and buy an EOS 60D (or equivalent), it's a much better camera than the T1i which I would not recomend, not even to a beginner who just want s to have fun (this camera is so bad that you'll get frustrated with terrible shots and won't have fun at all!)


Great camera for the price


Great as a disposable time lapse camera body. The cheaper these get the more disposable they are.


So far the camera is great.


Still learning the camera, so far it it has worked fine. Big family gathering over the 4th of July, can't wait to use it.


Canon eos


The camera is good entry level DLSR or second camera use in special event. The screen is crystal clear, easy to use, and I love it. The video standard is 3 years old, but still very good for my use.


Excellent Value


I actually bought this camera to use in astrophotography by attaching it to my telescope. I haven't a night of good "seeing" yet, but all seems to work well and the functions I need for now are there. This is not the best camera for this purpose,but it is more than adequate for now.


Great Entry Level SLR


I used the camera in auto mode for almost 1 year and I am really impressed with the quality it delivered. I switched to Manual a few months ago and I am still learning. The possibilities this camera offers seems to be endless. This is a superb entry level SLR for the amateur photographer that fits really beautifully a Photography Student. Personally I think Full Frame is the way to go once one masters digital photography, thus the T1i is all you need to either get better pictures or learn how to take superb ones.


First SLR, easy to learn the basics,


Took this camera on two long trips. I was able to learn what not to do, and what to do. Provided me with all the adjustments I needed to learn the basics of composition'

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