The Canon EOS Rebel T1i is a lightweight digital SLR camera, which is very comfortable to hold. Despite being lightweight, the T1i’s construction is very solid with no creaks or rattles. The T1i’s chassis is made of stainless steel, its mirror box is made of high-strength engineering plastic, and its body is made of a special lightweight engineering plastic that gives the camera an electromagnetic shielding.
The Canon EOS Rebel T1i shares the same body and construction with the Canon EOS Rebel XSi, of course with some improvements. The rubber material on the T1i’s hand grip has been extended to cover more of the camera’s surface in order to give you a better handling. Moreover, the T1i now comes with microphone and speaker holes, a HDMI port, and a dedicated movie button to start and stop movie recording or turn on the Live View when in still-image mode.
The Canon EOS Rebel T1i’s overall performance is very well for a digital SLR camera of its class. It always feels responsive in use, you can take a picture almost instantly after powering on, there is no discernible shutter lag, and the very quick mirror return only gives you a very short viewfinder blackout. The T1i wakes and shoots in a quick 0.2 second and needs only 0.6 second between consecutive shots. It has a shutter lag of only 0.3 second in bright lighting conditions and maintains a very fast shutter lag of 0.4 second in dim lighting conditions.
The Canon EOS Rebel T1i’s continuous shooting speed of 3.3 frames per second is not very impressive; however, its buffering has been improved so that you can now shoot a burst of eleven RAW images before the frame rate starts dropping. Offering an overall performance that is even faster than the more expensive Nikon D90, the T1i’s speed will hardly ever be the limiting factor in your photographic undertakings.