Seems like the first thing people with a Canon EOS 500D (= Rebel T1i) do is upload a test video. Usually some nature and/or people shots without the original audio with a little soothing music in the background.
This is my first and only test video, shot in the first 24 hours of getting my hands on this beauty. No soothing music unfortunately, because I wanted you to be able to hear the built in microphone.
- low light conditions inside and outside
- maximum depth of field with a Canon 50mm f/1.8 (all daylight shots are fixed at f/1.8)
- internal microphone
The camera performs very well under low light conditions (as expected) and beats any camcorder (in the same pricerange and way beyond) hands down. The 50mm lens gives your video a filmlike look you wouldn't expect from something this small and cheap. The microphone is not perfect, but not nearly as bad as expected. Audio seems pretty clear, but you can hear for yourselves.
Basically it's a DSLR with video and not a video camera. It's lacking in more than one department. The 1080p framerate is not only low, but 20fps is very unusual, autofocus while filming is missing as are other manual settings, no microphone input, wobbly video when moving around too much and lots of compression artifacts in the shots with the water and the dog. To name a few.
However, the colors, light sensitivity and depth of field are spectacular and unlike any camcorder in its pricerange.
You can create awesome video with this camera, but beware of all it's limitations. If you know what you are getting into, this is a great purchase.
This testvideo was completely shot with the Canon EOS 500D or, for you Americans, the Rebel T1i using a Canon 50mm f/1.8 II lens. The nightshots outside were shot in 1080p at 20fps and downscaled. The rest was shot at 720p with 30fps. Everything was imported using iPhoto '09 and edited with Adobe Premiere CS4. No color corrections were applied. For the best quality you can use the link to download the original video file in H.264.