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Canon Rebel T1i 500D Vs Nikon D300s DSLR

Many people have compared the Canon T1I (500d) to the Nikon D5000, on a price basis alone, where as we are going by the specs :-) Both come with a full HD video capability, however the D300s shoots in AVI and the T1i shoots in MOV and MJPEG. The Nikon has extended metering depth, but the Canon has a vastly superior ISO selection. The specifications for both DSLR models are listed below.

3-17-10 T1i prices updated and discounted lens packages added. D300 we found a refurbished supply saving you hundreds of dollars if you can work with a refurbished model.

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Canon EOS XS Vs Nikon D40 Canon 50D Vs Nikon 90D
Canon T1i 500D Vs Nikon D300s  


Canon Rebel T1i EOS 500D DSLR

Nikon D300s DSLR

APPROX. Retail

$899 w/ EF-s 18-55mm IS


Discounted Price

Canon EOS Rebel T1i Black Full HD DSLR Camera Body Only
$649 from NewEgg

EOS Rebel T1i Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens
From Abes' of Maine @$750

D300S DX-Format Digital SLR Body
Just over $1500 from Abe's of maine
(about $300 less than before)

Nikon D300s SLR Digital Camera BodyRefurbished from B & H $1350

Mega Pixels


12.3 MP

Shutter life
(real life data)
No Data
No Data
Rated 150k
Startup time

.2 sec

.12 sec

Crop Factor

1.6 APS-C


LCD size
3 inch
3 inch
Image Processor
Nikon DX
Memory card used
Type I Compact Flash memory cards (UDMA compliant); SD memory cards, SDHC compliant
Image formats
Still: JPEG, RAW (14-bit, Canon original), RAW+JPEG
Video: MOV (Image data: H.264, Audio: Linear PCM)
NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, (lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed), TIFF, JPEG, NEF (RAW) + JPEG, AVI & Motion-JPEG
AF points
9 points EV 1-20
51 area 15 cross-type, -1 to +19 EV
TTL Metering Mode
35-zone, EV -0.5-18, Evaluative, Partial,Spot, Center-weighted
0 to 20 EV (Matrix or Center-Weighted Metering), 2) 2 to 20 EV (Spot Metering)
ISO range
100-3200 (expandable to 12800)
200 to 3200
(100-6400 expanded)
Auto Shutter speeds (sec)
1/4000 to 30
30 to 1/8,000th
Shutter lag
45 ms
3.4 FPS
6 FPS RAW or JPEG (12 bit) 8FPS with AC power or battery grip
(2.5 fps in 14 bit RAW)
max images per charge
400 @ 50% flash use
950 (CIPA)

General conclusion

When it comes to settings for image capture the cameras are evenly matched with the same ISO and shutter speed selections, but the speed of the shutter (shutterlag) puts the EOS XS in the driver seat with a hard to match 55ms capture! Resolution of the Canon XS is about 40% more than the D40, with the price being only about 30% (retail) more so the XS is pixel for pixel faster and less expensive. For those of you who have more than one Nikor lens already this may not be important, but for those of you stepping into the DSLR level it's just a question of what your really want to spend on your camera and with the deals we found that should help make it easier for you ;-).

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