The Canon EOS 500D will shoot 1080p footage at 20fps and 720p video at a smoother 30fps, all while carrying a 15.1 megapixel CMOS sensor that offers a boosted ISO of up to 12,800. What’s more, all of that will cost you just £969.99 with a 18-55mm kit lens included – considerably less than both the £1,199.99 50D and the £2,299.99 5D Mark II.
The weird part is that there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of a catch either. Sure, the 1080p recording is only at 20fps but the 720p shooting is still as good as you’d get on the Nikon D90 and for less cash too.
There aren’t as many focus points as the Nikon – 9 rather than 11 – but it has a built-in dust removal system, it uses the very decent Canon DIGIC 4 processor and features the same 3-inch, 920,000-dot LCD screen you’d find on the 5D Mark II.
All in all, it sounds like an utter bargain if you’re of the Canon persuasion. Head over to Gizmodo for a first look of what the thing can do and get your hands on one of your own in May.
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon (via Gizmodo)