LCD and Viewfinder
Canon 500D has a Fixed Type 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 920k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
500D has a built-in Optical (pentamirror) viewfinder. The viewfinder has a coverage of 95% and a magnification ratio of 0.55x. 95% coverage means that what you see in your viewfinder while shooting will slightly be different from the actual image.
Max Shutter speed
Canon 500D can shoot continuously at max speed of 3 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/4000 sec.
500D has a built-in flash, and it also has a flash shoe to mount your external flashes too.
Canon 500D features both Contrast Detection and Phase Detection autofocus (AF) systems which ensures speed and accuracy of focusing in most situations. The AF system has 9 points to choose from.
Canon 500D also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Canon 500D, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 20 fps and save in and H.264 formats. Full HD resolution of Canon 500D will be adequate in most of the situations. But if you are after the highest resolution videos available, see our list of Top Cameras with 4K (Ultra-HD) Video.
500D has a built-in Mono microphone but no speaker.
Canon 500D doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a DSLR camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Pentax K-3 or Canon EOS 80D in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
You can connect 500D to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Canon 500D is powered by battery which provides a shooting life of 440 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of DSLR type cameras is 883 shots, Canon 500D has a short battery life for its class so we strongly recommend 500D owners to buy some extra batteries.
Battery Life Comparison in Entry-Level DSLR Cameras
Pentax K-x with its 1900shots is the model with longest battery life among Entry-Level DSLR cameras. Check the comparison of Canon 500D vs Pentax K-x or take a look at Longest Battery Life DSLR cameras list.
Canon 500D Features Compared to Main Competitors
You can download Canon 500D's User Manual here