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Canon EOS 50D Summary

15 Megapixels15 MegapixelsSingle Lens ReflexSingle Lens ReflexContinuous DriveContinuous DriveManual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringDepth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Depth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Live-View: Lets DSLR cameras use the rear LCD as an EVF.Live-View: Lets DSLR cameras use the rear LCD as an EVF.Accepts Compact Flash memory.Accepts Compact Flash memory.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Canon EOS 50D Assessment

The Canon EOS 50D performs very well and deserves an excellent rating among DSLR cameras. Image quality is certainly good with low-noise, good color accuracy and reliable exposure. The 50D is also one of the fastest and most quiet DSLRs.

When the Canon 50D is compared to its predecessor, the Canon EOS 40D, results are somewhat surprising. It turns out that the older 40D actually outperforms the 50D in several key areas including dynamic-range, retention of details and speed. Now, the differences are slight and the 50D offers a much better LCD among mostly minor improvements. The conclusion from this is that owners of a 40D should not upgrade to the 50D and, as long as the 40D is still available, the 40D is clearly the better buy. Plus, since the 40D goes for a few hundreds less, the difference can be spent on higher quality lenses which would improve total system performance.

The closest competitor to the 50D is the more expensive Nikon D300 which features a 100% coverage viewfinder, faster 8 FPS continuous drive and a 51-point autofocus system. In terms of image quality though, these perform very similarly with the Nikon D300 having a noticeable edge in terms of dynamic range.

PROS CONS
Low image noise at all sensitivities Slightly more noise than typical DSLR cameras
Quick and accurate focusing system Below average dynamic range
Generally accurate color and exposure Poor white-balance under artificial lighting
Fast and responsive Boosted ISO settings exhibit color artifacts
Excellent LCD screen with great visibility Below average battery-life
Very quiet for a DSLR LCD flush with left edge
Tough weather-sealed body Weird control ergonomics
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

Related Information

Previous Models
Canon EOS 40D - 10 Megapixels, 230K Pixels LCD
Canon EOS 30D - 8 Megapixels, No dust reduction, 5 FPS, 2.5" LCD 230K Pixels
Canon EOS 20D - 8 Megapixels, No dust reduction, 5 FPS, 1.8" LCD 118K Pixels
Canon EOS 10D - 6 MP, No dust reduction, 1/4000 Max shutter speed, 9 Images @ 3 FPS, 1.8" LCD 118K Pixels
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By Neocamera on 2009-03-22

Canon 50D Highlights


SLR digital camera

Sensor-Size: 22 x 15mm

Canon APS-C Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

15 Megapixels DSLRISO 100-12800
Canon EF Mount
1.6X FLM
Shutter 1/8000-30s
95% Coverage
Medium Viewfinder
Full manual controls, including Manual Focus
Built-in Dust ReductionCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
6.3 FPS Drive, 90 ImagesSpot-Metering
3" LCD 920K PixelsHot-Shoe & Sync-Port
Lithium-Ion Battery
Compact Flash
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