Movie Crop Mode
Basically the camera uses the 640×480 area of the sensor to record a video, giving a SUPER ZOOM. 😀
Here’s how it works.
Battery Grip | BG-E5 for 500D and BG-E8 for 550D
Look at the image below, you’ll see that the BG-E5 and the new BG-E8 has slightly different texture. The BG-E5 has the usual Canon and Battery Grip BG-E5 model stated at the front but the BG-E8 shifted the details elsewhere (Refer to next pic).
The key difference between these 2 are the latch. The BG-E5 uses the traditional unlock and flip latch and has a spring in the grip itself to gently eject the cartridge while the BG-E8 uses a plastic latch, just flip and pull. No spring inside the grip as well.
Button wise, they look similar. It’s just that the material used is different, the BG-E8 now uses non-glossy material for the buttons.
My disappointment with the BG-E8 was that it didn’t include the ISO button just like how it was on the body. On the 350D, I could still reach the ISO change button with my thumb without having to go through an entire change of posture or hold. On the 500D / 550D with the ISO button being next to the shutter, guess what you’d have to go through to do the change. On the plus side, the 500D’s Quick Control is accessible with the SET button, which is a little closer to the Q button on 550D.
Both 500D and 550D manage to shoot more than 2000 frames of large JPG without even dropping the battery indicator bar. 🙂 That’s good eh?
Of course, I disabled focusing and IS for that one. So if you bring factor of focusing, snapping larger file sizes (RAW), image stabilization and the usual chimping (meaning keep looking at LCD) then it will certainly consume more energy. Nevertheless, you are assure that you could snap a lot of photos with a single fully charged battery.
From my experience, video mode does consume more energy as well, considering if you’re using 1080p 30fps mode then it’s writing 30x 1920×1080 frames each second.
I remember when I first tested the 500D – it didn’t take long for me to figure out how to focus in video mode or in Live View, it was by pressing the AE Lock button.
On the 550D – things weren’t as smooth. There’s no way to focus……… until I checked the manual! It seems that hidden in the menu somewhere, you can not just only enable the AF but you can even choose which button to use for AF, for example by half-pressing the shutter button instead of using the AE Lock button.
Other matters that requires further study of the manual were like the enabling of 1920×1080 (1080p) 30fps mode – even a user over at Facebook was asking how to get that mode. It’s not easy being a newbie and having a 258 page manual with you – you wouldn’t even know where to start. 🙂 The 30fps mode is only available in when in NTSC system.
The AUTO-ISO mode now allows you to set the maximum ISO to be used, which I think is a great feature that even 7D users which they have but I also think it’s a feature that’s going to pamper those who are stepping into photography. 🙁