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CANON EOS 500N/Rebel G / New EOS Kiss QD (Quartz Date) film-based 135mm (36 x 24mm) format AF-SLR camera,
Approx. Product Cycle: 1996 ~ 2000

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Model: EOS 500N (other markets outside Japan & North America), Rebel G (North American Market), EOS New Kiss (Japanese domestic market)
Marketed:
September 1996

A refreshing new update based on earlier popular original EOS-500 /Rebel XS /KISS. The camera retains most main features and uses a Multi-BASIS (|+|) AF sensor to provide 3 focusing indicators which can be selected manually by the user or automatically by the camera. It comes with a choice of either silver chrome or black finish.

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The three years lapse since the EOS-500/Rebel XS/Kiss saw Canon introduced a few exciting models in between such as the second generation professional EOS-1n (1994), an entry level body EOS-888/5000 (1995), a Pellicle driven High Speed EOS-1RS and another major upgrade in EOS-50/Elan IIE/55. Most of these EOS bodies have incorporated many new features, the EOS-500N/Rebel G has greatly benefited from such fruitful research by Canon where some of which have also been incorporated into this upgrade. Anyway, to get a replacement model to the world's best selling line of SLR cameras is that that easy, but I think the EOS-500N/Rebel G has, in way accomplished its objective on the technical aspect. Detailed below is a comparison between the two EOS-500 in respective specifications and major features:

    EOS 500N / New EOS KISS / Rebel G   Original EOS 500 / EOS KISS / Rebel XS
Shutter   Vertical traveled focal plane shutter with soft touch electromagnetic release. All shutter speeds electronically timed / controlled.   Vertical traveled focal plane shutter with soft touch electromagnetic release. All shutter speeds electronically timed / controlled.
Viewfinder   Fixed eye-level pentaprism   Fixed eye-level pentaprism
Viewfinder Information: Displayed at the bottom of the viewing area:   7 Segment LCD digit Character display
Shutter speeds
Aperture value
AE look indicator
Metered exposure indicator
Exposure compensation indicator
Flash charge completion indicator
AF in focus indicator
Red-Eye indicator
High Speed flash Synchronization indicator
Focusing point indicator
AEB Shift Indicator
  7 Segment LCD digit Character display
Shutter speed
Aperture value
AE lock indicator
Metered exposure indicator
Exposure compensation indicator
Flash charge completion indicator
AF in focus indicator
Red-Eye indicator
Metering System   TTL Full Aperture Metering:
6-zones evaluative metering
Central partial metering (9.5%)
Center-weighted average metering
  TTL Full Aperture Metering:
6-zones evaluative metering
Central partial metering (9.5%)
Center-weighted average metering
Film speed range   ISO 25 5000 by DX / ISO 6-6400 manually   ISO 25 5000 by DX / ISO 6-6400 manually
Metering sensitivity at
ISO 100 with 50mm f/1.4
  EV 2-20   EV 2-20
Exposure correction   + or - 2 stops in 1/2 increments   + or - 2 stops in 1/2 increments
Exposure modes   Green Zone full auto shooting mode
PIC (Programmed Image Control) modes: Portraiture, land scape, Close-up, Sports and Night scene.
Intelligent Program AE (5 settings)
Shutter-Priority AE
Aperture-Priority AE
Auto Depth mode
Metered Manual
E-TTL, A-TTL and TTL Flash AE
  Green Zone full auto shooting mode
PIC (Programmed Image Control) modes: Portraiture, land scape, Close-up, Sports and Night scene.
Intelligent Program AE (4 settings)
Shutter-Priority AE
Aperture-Priority AE
Auto Depth mode
Metered Manual
A-TTL and TTL Flash AE
Focusing screens   New laser-matte screen with focusing points and partial metering mark.   New laser-matte screen with focusing points and partial metering mark.
Flash AE   A-TTL and TTL Program Flash AE with specified Canon speedlites. E-TTL (only with speedlites 380EX and 220EX).   A-TTL and TTL Program Flash AE with specified Canon Speedlites.
X-Flash Synchronization   1/90 sec.. Up to 1/2000 sec. with FP synchronization of Speedlites. model 380EX.   1/90 sec.
Multiple exposure   Up to 9 exposures   Up to 9 exposures
Autofocus   TTL-SIR (Secondary Image Registration) phase detection type. Using Cross-type BASIS. One shot and AI Servo with Focus Prediction that automatically switches to One-shot or Servo AF according to subject. Manual focusing possible.   TTL-SIR (Secondary Image Registration) phase detection type. Using Cross-type BASIS. One shot and AI Servo with Focus Prediction that automatically switches to One-shot or Servo AF according to subject. Manual focusing possible
Film loading   Automatic. Film automatically advances to the first frame   Automatic. Film automatically advances to the first frame
Film transport   Single shot and 1 frame/sec. at C   Single shot and 1 frame/sec. at C
Shutter Speed range   30 sec. - 1/2000 sec., B   30 sec. 1/2000 sec. + B
Power source   2 x CR123A or DL 123A lithium   2 x CR123A or DL 123A lithium
Display   Both inside viewfinder and LCD display panel at the top panel   Both inside viewfinder and LCD display panel at the top panel
Self-timer   Electronically controlled with a fixed 10 sec. delay   Electronically controlled with a fixed 10 sec. delay
Body dimensions   145.7mm x 92mm x 61.9 mm (W x H x D)   145mm x 92mm x 61.9 mm (W x H x D)
Weight (body only)   350g for basic model; 370g for QD version   350g for basic model; 370g for QD version
Other special features   Silent film transport mechanism
Built-in flash (Guide Number 12)
Red-Eye reduction lamp
Multiple points wide area focusing
AF Auxiliary right
Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB)
  Silent film transport mechanism
Built in flash (Guide Number 12)
Red-Eye reduction lamp
Multi-points wide area focusing

The EOS Rebel G carries many basic features inherited from previous model. It is an fully automatic, ultra compact AF SLR camera with an silent film transport with pre-wind system that provides quiet operation. The camera comes equipped with a built-in auto pop-up retractable flash. It features a high-speed selectable 3-point autofocus system with AI Focus for improved performance, and Canon's exclusive AIM (Advanced Integrated Multi-Point) control system which links the camera's three-point autofocus to multi-zone metering for both available ambient light and flash metering.

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It has a total of 11 variable exposure control modes (including 5 Programmed Image Control modes) and secondary functions such as Multiple Exposure control, Exposure Compensation and Auto Exposure Bracketing. The Command Dial has been enhanced for operating mode selection.

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Naturally, the camera is fully compatible with Canon's complete line of EF autofocus lenses and EOS System accessories, which includes dedicated accessories such as Battery Pack BP-8, Grip Tripod GR-80TP and Remote Switch RS-60E3. The new addition in features are Auto Exposure Bracketing which can be operate in 1/2 stop increments up to ± 2 stops and the inclusion of E-TTL Auto flash, FE Lock which enables high-speed sync up to 1/2000 sec. with specific Canon Speedlites. (optional Speedlites 380EX and 220EX at the time of its introduction) for a more positive handling of automatic fill flash photography. Other improvements are improvement on Red-Eye Reduction, a In-focus audible beeper and a convenient AE-Lock which makes this an worthy upgrade.

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Canon also ensures EOS-500N/Rebel G/New Kiss has a few variable alternatives in cosmetic for users to select. It has both all-black and an attractive silver rnatte-finish for prestigious, sleek style (Rebel G QD only which also offers date/time imprint feature). The camera also offers as a kit which includes an EF 35-80mm detachable Canon EF zoom lens as standard package. The Japanese version, New Kiss/Kiss II has the Databack version as standard accessory and it offers an additional 13 x 36mm Panorama format adapter
With the mass market of amateurs and family users in mind. The EOS 50ON/Rebel G / KISS II can be regarded as one of the easiest to use AF SLR cameras in the market. It has a stylish design and clear layout of controls. But there is no lack of functions in this compact body - the level of many of its new specification are usually found on more expensive models. In short, advanced features, superb design and a highly affordable price - which has made the EOS-500N/Rebel G/Kiss II so well received among consumers and spearheaded other rivaling brands to catch up. Perhaps, this successful Rebel revision is no cocincidental, as the camera does embodies with many features and product characteristic which can summarize below:

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Technical Highlights in brief:

Small, fight and quiet with many advanced features
Easy, intuitive operation, with stylish new design
Wide area 3-point autofocusing with user selectable focusing points
6-zone evaluative metering linked to focusing points
Extra-bright viewfinder image
Ultra-quiet film advance with prewind loading system
Versatile Hash photography with built-in flash unit
E-TTL autoflash system
Many features normally found only on more expensive models

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"AIM" (Advanced Integrated Multipoint) control is a propriatary Canon developed system software which links the focusing and exposure functions of the EOS-500N/Rebel G/Kiss II. The focusing system tells the exposure system where the subject is positioned within the frame, so that accurate meter readings can be taken from the main subject area. Flash metering is also actively linked to one of the three focusing point for better flash exposures.

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Focusing Modes/Three points Focusing Many autofocus systems rely on a single focusing point in the centre of the viewing area. The EOS 50ON/Rebel G/Kiss II has three points spread across the picture frame. This makes it possible to focus on off-centre subjects, and makes it easier to keep moving subjects within the AF frame. The amazing part is, you can literally leave the camera to select any of the active focusing point automatically, or manually select one of the points.The camera has two primary autofocusing modes, you can leave and selected automatically by the camera to suit individual picture taking mode. One Shot AF mode will focus the lens and then locks the focus so that it does not change. This is ideal for static and slow moving subjects such as close-ups, portraiture etc. In One Shot AF mode, the focus is locked when the shutter button is partially depressed. This means that you can focus accurately on a specific part of the subject, lock the focus, and then change the composition of the image before taking a picture.The Al Servo AF mode is used for handling action photography, If the cameras senses that the focused subject is moving, it will automatically switch from One Shot AF to Predictive AF. This adjusts the focus to follow the subject, and anticipates its position at the moment of exposure.

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*:Sat automaticaily. O: User-seleciabte. * Available only while the partial metering button is pressed.


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Exposure Control/Shooting Modes: Set on the Command Dial, there is a simple do-it-for-all Green Zone full auto shooting mode. Seconded by programmed PIC (Programmed Image Control) modes: Portraiture, land scape, Close-up, Sports and Night scene. Alternatively, you can also choose Intelligent Program AE (5 settings), Shutter-Priority, AE Aperture-Priority AE, Auto Depth mode or revert to Metered Manual . The flash portion has all the necessary exposure control modes in either, E-TTL, A-TTL and TTL Flash AE. Naturaly, you cna also operate the camera in Manual Flash.

<<<--- A quick snap with a friend's camera.

The flash top sync speed is still a rather slow 1/90 sec. but an added advantage for this camera is, there is a FE Lock as well as be able to sync up to the camera's top shutter speed of 1/2000 sec in FP sycn when appropriate Canon Speedlite is used. In this case, there are two compact flash models 380EX (GN 38 ISO 100) and a weaker 220EX (GN 22 ISO 100) designed for such purpose. Older flash models may only be used in A-TTL/TTL/AUto/Manual flash photography.

6-zones Evaluative metering/Partial metering/Center-Weighted Metering For metering accuracy, the meter readings are taken from six different areas of the scene. A built-in computer circuitry will then compare these readings with a library of typical scenes. In this way, the camera is able to detect light or dark backgrounds, or other difficult situations, and adjust the exposure accordingly. An alternate metering to the evualative metering is the Partial metering. It takes a reading from the central 9.5% of the picture area. This allows you to take the reading from the important part of the subject, ignoring the background. This is a good method when handling tricky lighting situations. Naturally, if you preferred to, the camera is also equipped with conventional Centre-Weighted averaging metering where the sensitivity will be putting emphasis at the center portion while the rest of the scene is also being considered (available only in M mode). If that is not enough, the camera also offers many supporting functions such as + or - 2 stops in 1/2 increments exposure compensation, an Auto Exposure Bracketing which can be operate in 1/2 stop increments up to ± 2 stops to fine tune exposure readings. However, a more AE-L found in the later Rebel modesl is still not being incorporated in this update.

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Command Dial Similar to earlier original version of the EOS500/Rebel/KISS, the central control of the EOS-500N/Rebel G/Kiss II is the Command Dial. This allows you to select the respective shooting modes. Five Program Image Control (PIC) modes are available - Portrait, Landscape, Close-ups, Sports and Night Scene. These set camera functions to suit the subject. Creative zone modes give you more control over the picture, allowing you to pre-select the shutter speed or aperture. Other settings on the Command Dial include manual film speed setting, auto depth-of-field mode and mid-roll rewind. As compared to the previous version of original EOS-500/Rebel/Kiss, the Programmed AE has 5 settings instead of 4).

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Built-in flash The EOS-500N/Rebel G/Kiss II has a built-in retractable flash unit which offers TTL flash exposure control with the camera. Although it is small, but is is still powerful enough for handling small portrait groups indoors, and fill-in flash outdoors. In some shooting modes, the flash pops up and fires automatically when needed. However, the convenient flash OFF feature found on EOS-300V/Rebel Ti/Kiss 5 that can be easily set on the Command Dial is not available yet.

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NOTE: Although it is possible to use third party flash units with the camera but Canon warns when using an external flash unit, an EOS-dedlcaled Speedlite is also recommended. Using a flash unit (equipped with several contacts on the hot shoe toot) dedicated to a different-brand camera or using a high-voltage batterytype flash unit or accessories may result in camera misoperation or malfunction.

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The EOS-500N/Rebel G/Kiss II is a very interesting entry EOS model and it is a perfect camera body for weekend family users and/or students (however, it is still a good backup body for other higher-end EOS bodies, if you have already owning on of those). Except for the light weight where many users still having reservation over its reliability (in particular the all-plastic lens mount section), this little marvel should be an ideal choice if your photography is not entirely up to "heavy duty range". As compared with current offering (as at 2003), some of the latest models such as EOS 300V/Rebel Ti/Kiss 5 or even EOS 3000V/Rebel K2/Kiss Lite may present a better overall value.

<<<---- The LCD panel on top of the camera gives a readout of the essential data relating to p[icture taking process, which includes status of film loading and condition of power. All exposure information is also provided.

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The few generations of the KISS modelsmarketed in japan. Image captured from a promotional flash intro at Canon website/

As the EOS-500N/Rebel G/Kiss II was not entirely an expensive camera to own those days, its re-sale value may make some potential users to re-consider a newer EOS models can be of a more logical choice. The newer EOS entry models come with so many new features such as 1/4000 sec top speed, TTL full-aperture metering using 35-zone SPC (Silicon Photocell), E-TTL: 7-point, 35-zone pre-flash metering using Speedlite 550EX, 420EX, or 220EX, A-TTL, TTL Flash Metering: off-the-film, 3-zone A-TTL autoflash linked to focusing points, 3-zone TTL autoflash metering, film advance rate of 2.5 fps and in AI Servo AF Mode, approximately 1.3 fps. etc... So, my advice is, unless there is a really a good bargain, you can pause your decision and take a look at the newer models.
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Two interesting accessories may transform exterior appearance of the basic configuration of the EOS-500/Rebel G/Kiss II | CLick Here | The Battery Power Pack BP-8 is both a battery pack as well as a vertical grip for the EOS-500 (usable with 500N and EOS-888/5000 too). It accepts 4 alkaline-manganese or rechargeable NiCd size AA battery cells. GR-80TP Grip Extension features a built-in mini tripod, it screws to the tripod socket, giving a larger grip for the hand, plus a detachable hand strap.

The EOS-500N/Rebel G/KISS II was eventually replaced three years later with an EOS-300 / REBEL2000 / Kiss III * in April, 1999.
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