Canon EOS 1500D

A NO-FRILLS AF­FORD­ABLE EN­TRY INTO DSLR PHO­TOG­RA­PHY.

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FOR SOME­THING THAT feels like a piece of plas­tic in the hand, the Canon EOS 1500D sur­prises in per­for­mance and im­age qual­ity. It re­places the two-year-old EOS 1300D and, like its pre­de­ces­sor, the EOS 1500D is a stripped­back, no-frills en­try-level DSLR that makes it af­ford­able for be­gin­ners to learn the ins and outs of pho­tog­ra­phy.

On the ex­te­rior, the new snap­per isn’t very dif­fer­ent from the 1300D, al­though Canon has man­aged to shave 10g off the weight of the 1500D by us­ing an all-plas­tic body that feels sur­pris­ingly solid. The hand grip on the front comes with an ac­com­pa­ny­ing thumb rest on the back, mak­ing it easy to han­dle the 1500D over long pe­ri­ods of time. There’s also a pop-up flash, a hot shoe for ad­di­tional ac­ces­sories and, like all Canon DSLRs, the 1500D re­tains an in­tu­itive but­ton lay­out.

Un­der the hood, Canon has re­placed the 18MP sen­sor of the 1300D with a 24.1MP chip that’s found in the likes of the EOS 750D. That means you’re not get­ting the lat­est sen­sor in Canon’s arse­nal, but an ag­ing chip sit­ting along­side an equally old DIGIC 4+ im­age pro­ces­sor. Even with the glar­ing lack of Canon’s lat­est DIGIC 8 engine, de­tail ren­di­tion on the new cam­era is a huge im­prove­ment over the 1300D. An­other great fea­ture the 1500D lacks is Canon’s ex­cel­lent Dual Pixel CMOS AF

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tech­nol­ogy — which was in­tro­duced in the 70D back in 2013 — which speeds up fo­cus­ing while us­ing Live View.

The 1500D re­tains the same 100-6400 ISO range of (ex­pand­able to 12,800) of the 1300D, but the new mdoel han­dles noise much bet­ter than its pre­de­ces­sor, with both lu­mi­nance (gran­u­lar) noise and chrome (colour) noise be­com­ing ap­par­ent from ISO 3200.

All other head­line fea­tures also re­main the same — it re­tains the pal­try 3fps burst speed (if sports pho­tog­ra­phy is your thing, you’ll need to look else­where) as well as the mod­est 9-point aut­o­fo­cus (AF) sys­tem of the 1300D. The flush-sit­ting 3.0-inch dis­play main­tains the same 920k-dot pixel count, and fore­goes touch­screen func­tion­al­ity, which many new users might have pre­ferred. There’s also the stan­dard 95% viewfinder cov­er­age found on most en­try-level cam­eras; mean­ing you’ll need to watch the edges of the im­ages for stray el­e­ments.

While the specs don’t sound par­tic­u­larly great on pa­per, the 1500D pro­duces some pretty good im­ages, es­pe­cially in well-lit con­di­tions. While the 9-point AF sys­tem clus­tered around the mid­dle of the frame might make it hard to fo­cus on sub­jects placed off-cen­tre, it’s a great way for be­gin­ners to learn how to com­pose great im­ages. While this cam­era isn’t ex­actly a videog­ra­pher’s dream, Full HD footage is also nicely ren­dered. The 18-55mm lens that’s sup­plied in the box is more than ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing good qual­ity im­ages, mak­ing this a great starter kit. How­ever, Canon’s EF-S mount al­lows for flex­i­bil­ity by giv­ing users the op­por­tu­nity to swap out the pro­vided kit lens for hun­dreds of other op­tions.

The 1500D might be a mi­nor up­grade from its pre­de­ces­sor, but for kit that costs less than $600 with re­li­able im­age qual­ity, it’s def­i­nitely worth con­sid­er­ing if you’re look­ing to hone your pho­tog­ra­phy skills beyond your smart­phone.

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