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Canon EOS 500D | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
It seems to be virtually official by now; the era of the CompactFlash is almost over. Only the professional digital SLR cameras still support CF cards, but with the introduction of the SDHC and the expected SDXC (up to 2TB storage!), also this segment of DSLR cameras seems to be making its decision. The Canon EOS 500D features a card slot with support for SD and SDHC memory cards. This provides a maximum capacity of 32GB. Additionally, you can select from various speeds when it comes to data processing.
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Canon EOS 500D - RAW & JPEG photo formats
The Canon 500D features a resolution of 15 Megapixels and also offers the option to shoot in RAW format or a combination of RAW + JPEG format. A JPEG format in the highest quality generates a file size of approximately 5.5MB, for RAW you have to count on a size of around 22.2MB. Added up, a combined RAW+JPEG will come to a file size of approximately 27.7MB. This means you have to count with the file size you're going to use. JPEG means 180 pictures on 1GB of storage, RAW means 36 picture in that case. Our advice is to at least purchase a 4GB card, or even better: an 8GB SDHC memory card.

Considering 2GB of storage capacity:
15 Megapixels - RAW - 20.2MB - 90 pictures
15 Megapixels - RAW+JPEG - 27.2MB - 72 pictures
15 Megapixels - JPEG - Super fine - 5MB - 370 pictures
15 Megapixels - JPEG - Fine - 2.5MB - 740 pictures
8 Megapixels - JPEG - Super fine - 3MB - 610 pictures
8 Megapixels - JPEG - Fine - 1.6MB - 1190 pictures
3.7 Megapixels - JPEG - Super fine - 1.7MB - 1080 pictures
3.7 Megapixels - JPEG - Fine - 0.9MB - 2030 pictures

Video resolution 1920x1080 pixels - 20 fps - 6 min
Video resolution 1280x720 pixels - 30 fps - 9 min
Video resolution 640x480 pixels - 30 fps - 12 min

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Canon 500D features a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed port
The advantage of a faster memory card such as a SanDisk Extreme IV, is rapid data transfer providing the computer and the device reading the card are equipped with a fast USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connection. This should be no problem with the latest generation of notebooks and computers. There is even a rumor spreading that an even faster USB version is in the pipeline, but before this becomes a standard, a lot of water will have floated under the bridge.

Canon EOS 500D - Card reader
If there is no fast Hi-Speed USB connection available, or if you want to keep photographing with a new card whilst someone else edits the pictures or transfers these; you can choose to purchase a card reader. This handy device needs to be connected to the USB port and is capable of reading a card and writing to it rapidly. The computer will recognize the device as an external hard drive. Additionally you will also save energy.

EOS battery

Canon LP-E5 Li-Ion battery
Just like the 450D, the Canon EOS 500D uses an LP-E5 Li-Ion battery for its required energy. This 7.4V Lithium-Ion battery with a capacity of 1080mAh will allow you to take some 400 pictures according to CIPA standard. This is a lot less than the EOS 450D is able to take (500). The amount is based on shooting without the use of Live View. If you use Live View frequently, you have to be aware that it has quite an impact on the battery life. Only 170 pictures can be taken with a fully loaded battery and a picture shoot with Live View. This is something to keep in the back of your head, and a second battery certainly won't be a bad idea at all. Granted, it might be costly, but it is of course much preferred over an empty battery during favorite shooting moments on a holiday.
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