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Canon Announces Rebel T1i with HD Video, New Speedlite 270EX

Press Release—Canon has announced it will release the Canon EOS Rebel T1i, an entry-level DSLR with HD video capture capability, in May for less than $1,000 (body only). The new Rebel T1i will will have a 15.1 megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor and inherits some of the technologies from the EOS 50D and EOS 5D Mark II models. Video capabilities are 16:9 720p HD video capture at 30 fps, Full HD 1080p video capture at 20 fps, and 4:3 standard TV quality (SD) video capture at 640 x 480 pixels at 30 fps. The EOS Rebel T1i will use the  DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor with 14-bit analog-to-digital conversion.

The video capture mode is part of the camera's Live View function, using the Picture Style that has been set for Live View still image shooting. Photographers can adjust image sharpness, contrast, color saturation and white balance, and have those settings apply to the movie image. When recording video, the camera's rear LCD screen is letter-boxed by a semi-transparent border to match the aspect ratio of the movie recording size.

Like the EOS 5D Mark II model, the EOS Rebel T1i camera will record video up to 4GB per clip equaling approximately 12 minutes of Full HD video, 18 minutes of 720p HD video, or 24 minutes of SD video depending on the level of detail in the scene. Video clips are recorded in .MOV format using an MPEG-4 video compression and sound is recorded using linear PCMii without compression. The camera features a built-in monaural microphone to record sound and an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) output.

The Canon EOS Rebel T1i Digital SLR Camera is scheduled for delivery by early May and will be sold in a body-only configuration which includes a rechargeable battery pack and charger, USB and video cables, a neckstrap, an EOS Solutions Disk CD and a 1-year Canon U.S.A., Inc. limited warranty at an estimated retail price of $799.99. It will additionally be offered in a kit version with Canon's EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens at an estimated retail price of $899.99.

Canon Speedlite 270EX
The new Canon Speedlite 270EX, the successor to the 220EX Speedlite model, is a compact, lightweight external flash option for Canon cameras including select Canon PowerShot models. Ideal for use with the new EOS Rebel T1i, the new Speedlite 270EX uses two AA batteries and enables bounce flash shooting with four position steps from 0 degrees to 90 degrees. Like Canon's high-end Speedlite flash models, the 270EX allows users to control flash functions and input settings using the camera's LCD monitor on compatible camera models. The flash also features a quick-lock mechanism and a metal mounting foot for secure and easy attachment and reliable contact.