Canon has announced the newest in its long line of hugely successful Rebel DSLRs, the Rebel T1i (EOS 500D in the rest of the world). The big news this time is that the camera will record 12 minute clips of full HD video (or, alternately, 18 minutes of 720p HD video or 24 minutes of SD video). As a still photography site, we officially don't care about that...but you might.
As a still camera, the new T1i is likely to be every bit as good as every previous top Rebel—starting with the very first, which was a very good picture-maker despite its then-groundbreaking low price. This one offers a 15.1-MP sensor virtually guaranteed to have excellent high-ISO performance, live view in both still and video mode, and the same 3-inch-wide, 920,000-dot viewing screen as the one found in the EOS 5D Mark II. It will shoot nine raw images at 3.4 fps, and uses Canon's DIGIC4 imaging processor with 14-bit analog-to-digital conversion. Unfortunately, it still has a smallish pentamirror finder, albeit with good eye relief for eyeglass wearers. (The finder compares favorably to other cameras in the Rebel's class; it's just that that's not saying much.) Also unfortunately, still no body-integral IS. And no weatherproofing. It does have sensor cleaning. The T1i is nigh on perfect in size and weight for comfortable handling and carrying as long as you don't saddle it with too chunky a lens.Also announced is a nifty new coat-pocket flash unit made specifically for the new Rebel, the Speedlite 270EX, which features bounce up to 90° and runs off two AA batteries.
List price for the new camera is $800 for the body only or $900 with a kit lens. Ships in early May.