Discontinued.  This model has been replaced by the Canon 550D T2i

Canon Rebel 500D  (Rebel T1i) 15.1 MegaPixel Infrared-Enabled Camera 

Models: 

XNiteCanon500DB       UV+Visible+IR

XNiteCanon500DDIRB  High-Red (590nm or 665nm), IR-Only (715nm or 830nm)

MXNiteCanon500DUV  UV-Only

XNiteCanon500DHR     High Resolution Visible Light Camera

XNiteCanon500DBW    B&W monochrome (see complete B&W options here)

 

 

 

 

The Canon 500D / T1i is a semi-professional digital SLR camera.  Because of the nature of the IR enabling modification, we do not recommend this camera to anyone who does not fully understand the implications of the modification.

We can modify this camera to be IR+Visible+UV, High-Red, IR-Only, High Resolution (HR), UV-Only, H-Alpha and B&W.

bulletIR+Visible+UV: Camera seee everything the sensor is cable of seeing.  Camera will see some UV, the entire visible range and infrared from 715nm to 1200nm.
bulletHigh-Red

665nm: Camera will see from 665nm to 1200nm.  Red channel will see visible red and infrared.  Blue and green channels will only see infrared.

590nm: Camera will see from 590nm to 1200nm.  Red channel will see visible red and infrared.  Green channel will see come visible green and infrared.  Blue channel will only see infrared.

bulletIR-Only

715nm:  All channels  only see infrared.  The red channel is the most open to the IR and contains somewhat different information than the blue and green channels allowing for some creative color effects such as red-blue channel swapping to get deep blue skies.  A 715nm converted camera sees about the same amount of light as a stock camera so apertures and shutter are similar to a stock camera.  715nm is similar to a Hoya RM72 or Wratten 89B.

830nm:  All channels only see infrared.  Camera loses about 2 stops of exposure.  Once you equalize color levels, picture will be almost completely black and white.  The infrared effect is more intense at 830nm - skies are darker, clouds whiter and you see further through smoke and haze.  

bulletUV Only:: Camera will only see UV light.  We recommend focusing using the Live View feature.  A lens such as the Jenoptik 60mm APO lens works well with this conversion.
bulletHR (High Resolution/ Hot Rod).  An HR camera has the Anti-Aliasing (Blur) filter removed and replaced with a thicker IR Cut Filter to keep the same focal plane.  A Visible HR camera will maximize the resolution and color depth of the camera at the expense of possible moire pattens.  Please see more about this conversion here.
bulletB&W.  Sensor is converted to a monochrome or panchromatic sensor.  Additional options available such as HR, IR-Only, etc.  Please see more here.

 

  IR+Visible IR-Only
Model XNiteCanon500D XNiteCanon500DIR
Camera can take normal visible pictures Yes with CC1 filter No
Camera can take IR pictures Yes with external IR filter Yes with no extra filters
Camera autofocus will work with IR pictures No Yes
Camera autoexposure will work with IR pictures No Yes with Exp Comp Adj
User can see through lens when taking IR pictures No Yes.  Filter is internal.

The Canon 500D or T1i has a nice feature called Live View with the ability to switch the Auto Focus (AF) mode from the normal AF sensor in the base of the camera to an AF mode using the image sensor itself - similar to the way a camcorder or point and shoot camera works.  This is particularly interesting on these modified cameras because it means that you can put a UV or IR filter that blocks visible light from the camera and still use the camera to AF.  You can also use the Live  View feature to manually focus when using filters that block visible light.  

Please note that the anti-dust system is disabled on our conversions.  Live View will work correctly.

Modification will void your warranty.

We can modify your Canon 500D for UV+VIS+IR, High Red 590nm, High Red 665nm, IR-Only 715nm, IR-Only 830 or HR  for a $450 fee + return shipping & handling ($20 for UPS ground insured within continental USA)..

We can modify your Canon 500D for UV-Only for an $800 fee + S&H.

We do not perform B&W modifications on any customer cameras because of the risk during conversion.

 

Image Sensor
Sensor Type: CMOS 
Sensor Manufacturer: Canon 
Total Megapixels: 15.5
Effective Megapixels: 15.1 
Sensor Format: APS-C 
Sensor Size (dia.): 1.05"
Focal Length Multiplier: 1.6
Color Filter Type: RGBG 
Self-Cleaning: Yes 
Sensor-shift Stabilized: No 
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 4752 x 3168 (15.1 MP, 3:2),
3456 x 2304 (8.0 MP, 3:2),
2352 x 1568 (3.7 MP, 3:2)
Image File Format: JPEG (EXIF 2.21), CR2 RAW (14-bit) 
Video Capture
Movie Mode: Yes 
Movie Resolution: 1920x1080, 1280x720, 640x480
Movie Frame Rate: 20, 30, 30
Movie Audio: Yes 
Movie File Format: .MOV (H.264, Linear PCM) 
Optics
Lens Mount: Canon EF / EF-S mount 
Kit Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 29 - 88 mm
Zoom Ratio: 3.00x
Aperture Range: f/3.5 - 22 / f/ 5.6 - 38 
Normal Focus Range:  
Macro Focus Range:  
Optical Image Stablization: Yes
Digital Zoom: No 
Digital Zoom Values: n/a
Filter Thread: 58mm
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes 
Auto Focus Type: 9-point, wide-area, phase-detection AF system with f/2.8 cross-type center point 
Face Detection: Yes 
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes 
Manual Focus: Yes 
Optical Viewfinder
Optical Viewfinder: Yes 
Optical Viewfinder Type: SLR type; eye-level pentamirror, 95% coverage, 0.87x mag., 19mm eyepoint, -3 to +1 diopter  
Display
LCD Viewfinder: Yes 
LCD Size (inches): 3.0
LCD Resolution (pixels): 920,000
Articulating LCD: No 
Max Playback Zoom: 10.0x
Exposure
ISO Settings: Auto (100-1600), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800
Auto ISO Mode: Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, Custom 
Shutter Speed Range: 30 - 1/4000
Bulb Mode: Yes 
Exposure Compensation: +/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: 35-zone evaluative, 8% partial, 3.5% spot, center-weighted 
Program AE: Yes 
Aperture Priority: Yes 
Shutter Priority: Yes 
Full Manual Exposure: Yes 
Creative Exposure Modes: Creative Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night portrait, Flash off, Auto Depth-of-field 
Self Timer: 10 or 2 seconds
Time Lapse:  
Flash
Built-in Flash: Yes 
Flash Modes: E-TLL II auto-popup with red-eye reduction 
Flash Guide Number (ISO 100): 13 m / 43 ft.
Flash Range Description: Lens dependent 
Max Flash Sync: 1/200 
Flash Exp Compensation:  
Ext Flash Connection: Hot Shoe 
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: SDHC / SD 
Memory Included (MB):  
File System: FAT32 
DCF Compliant: Yes 
Connectivity
Composite Video Out: Yes 
NTSC/PAL Switchable: Yes 
Video Usable as Viewfinder: No 
HD Video Out: Yes 
HD Video Connection: HDMI 
Built-In Wi-fi: No 
Computer/Printer: USB 2.0 High Speed
PictBridge Compliant: Yes 
DPOF Compliant: Yes 
Remote Control: Yes 
Remote Control Type: Wired: RS-60E3, IR: RC-1/RC-5 
Other Connection: Wired remote, HDMI-mini 
Power
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary LP-E5 
Usable Battery Types: Lithium-ion rechargeable 
Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary LP-E5 Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included: Yes 
CIPA Rating: 400 
Software
Included Software: Zoom Browser EX / ImageBrowser, PhotoStitch, EOS Utility, Digital Photo Professional  
OS Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS 
Miscellaneous
Notes & Features: Creative Auto, Live View with Face Detection, Periphery Illumination Correction, Auto Light Optimizer, Highlight Tone Priority, HD Movies, HDMI-mini output. 

 

 

                                

 

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Last modified: December 28, 2012