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Good: Great pictures, HD video mode is very good, Fast focusing, Ability to set user presets, Very Reasonable price, Easy to use
Bad: Feels a little plasticy. But it is built well and I have had no issues.
Comment: I bought this camera about 2 weeks ago and it has exceeded all expectations. Being my first DSLR I tried to make sure I bought the best camera for my money. Initially I was going to buy the 450D on price but the extra few megapixels and better screen (which is stunning) swayed me. I'll try not to repeat any previous reviews but my observations are as follows;
In many respects this camera does all of the work for you. You could quite happily use the basic zone modes (auto modes) and take great photos or just use them whilst you get to grips with the complexity of manual modes.
The camera is also stunning aesthetically. It is slightly more rounded than previous models but as a consequence is also a touch smaller, especially the grip. For someone like myself who has large hands it is still not too much of a problem but if you feel like this may be a problem then a battery grip should rectify this.
In 2 weeks I probably charged this camera once and took almost a thousand photos.. great battery life considering the performance.
The buttons on the 500D are cleverly thought out except in the live view where the '*' button serves as the AF button and when filming the 'live view' button is stop/start recording.
The HD video mode is very good - I didn't consider this feature when buying but it is a very useful one to have just in case.
The only problems I have had are with memory cards. I was initially using a 2Gb one I already had but this was way too small but have recently bought a new 8Gb one which holds about 1,100 JPEG images. When you buy a card don't go for the cheapest go for the fastest (class 6). A standard SanDisk one will take about 15-20 continuous shots then will slow down or stop.
All in all a fantastic DSLR that I would recommend to anyone, especially if you take pictures of sporting events or landscapes as the Canon really seems to capture vivid colours and action well. This is by far and away the best camera in this price bracket too when compared to a D90 for example.
*** P.S. If you are looking for cheap Canon EOS 500D I suggest at: amazon.co.uk/dp/B0020MLKF0/?tag=reviews.cnet.co.uk-21
Good: the auto modes
Comment: I like the camera a lot, it has a lot of features that are user friendly. I would say that you can get this for less than amazon on crazy cameras.
But also that you can pay a lot more on several other sites for the same exact camera!
I like the auto modes, which are easy to use for entry level users
I like the feel of the camera, its not "plasticy".
Also get the case for the camera-worth it to protect your investment. People who don't know how to use the add on lens- READ the manual. It really does help you get a full understanding of the capability of the camera
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