What's the difference between the Canon T1i 500D and the Nikon D5000?

I've been considering the Canon Rebel T1i and the Nikon D5000, but am having a hard time figuring out how these two cameras compare. Do you have any preference? What would be the pros and cons of each one?

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Nov 11, 2015
my thoughts NEW
by: Jimmy

I'd choose Canon 500D just because of 15.1 megapixel sensor. However, since Canon EOS Rebel SL1 EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Kit White Digital SLR Camera was released, I'll buy it. But since I had a professional writer do my essay for me I cannot afford to purchase it; but as soon as I saved enough I'm buying it.

Dec 16, 2009
natural colors
by: tariq hameed sulemani

canon 500d,t1i always show natural colors what you are looking with naked eye canon shows same colors but nikon d5000 shows little different tone of colors which looks unreal , i think for nature photography canon is best but for sharp colors for studio photography nikon is better than canon ,and white ballance of t1i is best in this range .

Jul 22, 2009
New Article
by: Digital SLR Guide

I've just published a new article that compares these two cameras and talks in more detail about some of the differences between them.

Read more: Nikon D5000 vs. the Canon T1i 500D.

Jul 20, 2009
Try Before You Buy
by: Digital SLR Guide

The most obvious difference between the T1i (500D) and the Nikon D5000 boils down to one feature: the LCD screen.

The LCD on the Nikon flips down from the camera body and rotates a full 180 degrees. This lets you take pictures from high and low angles, even self portraits if you so desire.

By contrast, the LCD on the Canon T1i is fixed in place. While it does have a live view mode, it's harder to see the screen when you hold it at really odd angles.

However, the LCD on the Canon is sharper and more colorful than the D5000 - this is due to the number of "dots" included in the LCD.

The Canon T1i has 920,000 dots while the D5000 has 230,000 - this means the T1i has 4x more dots in its LCD. This means that when you review images they are much clearer and the colors are more like what you will see on your computer's LCD screen.

Since the user of an LCD screen is such a personal choice, the best advice that I have is to find a local camera store that carries both cameras.

Try out both the T1i and the D5000 for yourself, so see the difference in their screens and to get a feel for how they work.

In the end, one may just "fit" your hand better and this will make it the better choice.

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