The quality of Gadgets these days has reached on peek where we cant think most of people to invest in a standalone digital camera. Of course, if you want better manual control and zoom, then getting a DSLR or even a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera makes sense, as these give you the flexibility of adding different lenses. Most good mirrorless cameras still have a high entry barrier, which is why entry-level DSLRs are still an attractive option for many.
In this space, Canon and Nikon have been trading blows for many years now. Canon’s last entry level model was the 1300D, which tuned out to be a minor refresh over the EOS 1200D, as far as performance was concerned. This year Canon has once again refreshed its entry level line up with not one, but two new models. The EOS 1500D and EOS 3000D are the new kids on the block, off which, we have the former with us today. Canon has finally upgraded the sensor, which puts it more in line with Nikon’s D3400. Let’s see how much of an improvement it really offers.
Canon EOS 1500D design
Physically, the EOS 1500D looks pretty much identical to its outgoing sibling. It’s roughly the same size and weight as its predecessor and as far as button placement goes, it’s exactly the same. One-handed shooting is easy and it still offers good grip thanks to ample rubber cladding on the right side of the camera. There’s no getting around the unmistakable plastic finish, which doesn’t feel too premium but that’s to be expected for a basic DSLR.
Canon gives the EF S18-55 IS II kit lens, which the 1500D is typically sold with. This is a pretty standard lens that’s useful for most shooting scenarios. It offers 3x optical zoom, has a switch for manual focus or autofocus, and a built-in stabiliser. You also get a shoulder strap, a 16GB Class 10 SD card, battery, and charger in the box.
Just like the 1300D, the EOS 1500D features NFC and Wi-Fi for connecting it to your smartphone. With NFC, the entire process is automated which makes it very easy to set up with an Android phone. On an iPhone, you’ll have to enter the Wi-Fi password of the camera manually. Once setup, the Canon Camera Connect app lets you view images that are on the SD card of the camera and you can even use your phone’s display as a viewfinder for remote shooting.
Canon EOS 1500D performance and battery life
In our ISO test, we check to see how the sensor handles noise as the ISO values are increased. This also gives us an indication of how the camera will perform in low light shots, where you have to use a high ISO value to get a properly lit image. The 1500D has an ISO range of 100-6400 (which can be expanded to 12800). We’ve not put shots of ISO 100 and 200 in the chart below as when compared to ISO 400, there’s a negligible difference.
Even going all the way up to ISO 1600, noise is handled well and details are preserved. When we jump to ISO 3200, however, there’s a noticeable drop in detail in the sharpened portion of the pencils, which appear smoothened out. This details drop a bit further as you go to the highest ISO level. Chroma noise is visible slightly here as the colours look a bit muddy.
In landscape shots, the EOS 1500D’s higher resolution offers plenty of scope for cropping images later on if you need to. Level of details is good but getting a sharp image can be tricky. Even in ‘P’ mode, with plenty of good light and steady hands, we ended up with soft landscape shots intermittently. There’s mild chromatic aberration too but this isn’t too noticeable. Objects in the centre of the frame have decent level of sharpness but those on the side tend to appear a bit blurry. Focusing speed is decent, as you’d expect from an entry level DSLR. The kit lens produces decent depth of field too for close up shots, which is nice.
- High resolution sensor
- Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC
- Light and sturdy build
- Bundled 16GB card
- Good battery life
- Crippled burst mode
- Average all-round performance
- Not a competitive enough upgrade
Ratings (Out of 5)
- Build/ design: 3.5
- Image quality: 3
- Video quality: 3
- Performance: 3
- Value for money: 3
- Overall: 3