Canon 1500D Review
Let us dwell into a little bit of history, as you would know the 1300D, was launched almost two years ago. Now we know that DSLR cameras do not get upgraded as often as, say a smartphone!
But Canon’s 1300D was overdue for next level and this where 1500D kicks in, it is the latest in their ‘four-digit’ entry-level DSLR range, which has a 24MP CMOS sensor.
In our Canon 1500 D review, we found that by the looks of it, there is no difference between the 1300D and 1500D. However, there are quite a few things totally different.
In fact, in the Canon 1500D specs we found that it is a few grams lighter. It is an all-plastic body but feels sturdy and well designed for an entry-level camera.
The hand grip helps get a good grasp on the camera body and can even get a thumb rest on the back.
There is a built-in flash with a dedicated raise button for it, and you also get a hot-shoe to connect external accessories. It’s TFT display is easy to read under direct sunlight – handy when shooting outside.
In the Canon 1500D specs, we found that the main upgrade on the 1500D is the sensor. You get a new 24MP APS-C size while the other specifications remain the same as 1300D.
Being an entry-level offering, you get a Digic 4+ processor, 9 point autofocus system (1 of these is a cross-type) and three frame per second continuous shooting speed which is awesome.
For first time users, I think this feature set is good enough to learn and understand how a DSLR works. If you already own a mid-range DSLR, this Canon 1500D can act as a very nice alternative.
Even at lower ISO settings, the image quality is excellent. That is to say, for example, up to ISO 1600, image quality is excellent. But then you will witness an increase in luminance and noise with images once you reach ISO 6400, therefore requiring noise correction.
Converting RAWs separately delivers the best results at higher ISO settings, especially considering they are 14-bit files.
The 9-point AF is quite conservative by today’s standards. Subject tracking is sufficient but limited by these points. Yet, in single or continuous AF, combined with the kit lens, it is quick and decisive, but not entirely silent.
In Canon 1500D specs, we found that the live View mode AF was slower, and not as effective, especially in lower levels of light or when a specific focus point is selected.
During video shooting, the in-built microphone picked up the sound of the lens motor in quieter environments. In such conditions, it is best to focus manually.
Performance of Canon EOS 1500D is damn good given the price tag it comes with. Even at ISO 800, the noise levels are acceptable.
But when you reach ISO 1600 and witness increased noise levels, you will notice that the images are still good enough to be shared on social media.
Autofocus is a feature which is fast enough when using the viewfinder but switch to Live View mode, and it struggles.
In our Canon 1500D review we noticed that camera had trouble hunting for focus (as it only depends on contrast-detection). But again, this is a common issue with most entry-level DSLRs, just think about the price tag!!
Let us not forget video recording. In low light, it is another area where the camera suffers — there was a lack of details in videos and visible noise.
You get a kit of camera body with two canon lens with one 16 GB memory car with it. In Canon 1500D specs, we found that, you get two lenses which are 18-55 mm and 55-250 mm with canon 1500D camera, with one year warranty which can further be extended to another 12 months. Both these lenses have the option of autofocus and stabilisation with it.
You also get rechargeable battery together with charger with Canon 1500D.
There is a 2 inch unmovable – non-touch screen with it, which is quite impressive. With Canon 1500D you take a picture of 24.1 MP still photo with 1080P video at up to 25 FPS. It also supports raw photos.
In Canon 1500D specs, we found that the large 24.1 megapixel APS-C with a damn suitable CMOS sensor is on par with those on Canon’s DSLRs for advanced users.
It captures sufficient light information, which is processed by the fast DIGIC 4+ image processor to produce high-quality images with beautiful colour gradations.
We covered the 24.2-megapixel APS-C sized sensor with a fixed optical low-pass filter in our review of the EOS 77D, although in that camera it is paired with a more powerful DIGIC 7 image processor. The DIGIC 4+ chip has been around since 2014 and was targeted mainly at small-sensor digicams designed primarily for point-and-shoot photography.
In the Canon 1500D specs, we found that, the speed of this processor has limited the camera’s capabilities to a maximum burst speed of three frames/second and Full HD (1080p) video at a maximum of 30 fps. The native sensitivity range runs from ISO 100 to ISO 6400, with expansion available to 12800.
Integrated Wi-Fi with NFC connectivity allow users to interface the camera with their smartphone via the Canon Camera Connect app, which is available for iOS and Android. Built-in feature guides provide pop-up descriptions of shooting modes or functions as they are selected to help users obtain the most from the camera.
The four ‘Creative Filters’ that can be applied to images during playback haven’t changed since the EOS 1200D and comprise: Grainy B/W, Soft Focus, Fish-eye, Toy Camera and Miniature.
The 1500D’s video capabilities are much the same as the previous model’s and, as is usual for DSLRs, you can only shoot video in live view mode. Clips are recorded in MOV format with the popular H.264 compression and Linear PCM audio recording.
The table below shows the options available, along with typical recording times and file sizes.
Movie resolution Frame rates Bit rate Recording time on 8GB card.
The maximum recording time for a clip is 29 minutes and 59 seconds or 4GB, after which recording stops. Pressing the Live View button lets you record again but a new file will be created. A fully-charged battery should support up to one hour and 30 minutes of video shooting.
When the movie mode is selected on the mode dial, the sensitivity, shutter speed and lens aperture are set automatically. Sensitivity is restricted to the native ISO 100-6400 range but users can adjust exposures by pressing the AV +/- compensation button.
You would be pretty surprised to know that the shots were taken in low-light (albeit at a high ISO speed) are clear with no noise.
The large sensor size aides its ability to achieve the shallow depth-of-field necessary for creating images with smooth background blur.
Once you pair camera and smartphone via Wi-Fi / NFC or Connect App, you can easily use your smartphone to browse, save and upload your images to social media, or to carry out the remote shooting.
Interestingly, you can wirelessly transfer files to any types of equipment, be it printers and other cameras through direct pairing, or to TV sets via the Connect Station CS100.
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If you are low on budget and need an interchangeable-lens camera, the EOS 1500D will be suitable for you. Although we do realise that it is not the cheapest option available.
In our Canon 1500 D review, we found it to be relatively compact, light in weight and easy to operate.
It is interesting to use this DSLR camera, and we believe will offer a huge learning curve for the beginner.
For all the newbie out there, we strongly recommend you not to go with this camera; it is for those would have been into photography for at least a 6 month time and are still honing their skill.
Build quality is good enough to withstand regular usage, although not rough treatment and neither the camera nor the lens is weatherproof.
The kit lens is an average performer across its focal length range. We’d recommend paying extra for stabilization if you add a telephoto lens to the basic package.
At Canon’s listed price (on the Canon Store) of AU$729, the EOS 1500D is cheaper than Canon’s mirrorless offerings but still relatively pricey for what you get.
The 16-megapixel sensors in these cameras are consistently good performers, their lenses are better, and you get an excellent EVF for shooting stills and movies. And if you can dispense with the EVF, the entry-level models from Fujifilm and Sony will cost you even less.
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