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Canon EOS 50D DSLR

Canon-Eos-50DAlso in new DSLR news this week is an announcement from Canon – the Canon EOS 50D.

The Canon EOS 50D builds upon the success of the great 40D and takes it up a level with a 15.1 megapixel sensor, ISO range of 100-6400 (extendable up to a whopping 12800), 3.0 inch LCD (920,000 pixels) with Live View for framing images in the LCD, a shutter speed of 30-1/8000 second, Digic IV processor, integrated cleaning system and continuous shooting at 6.3 frames per second.

The Canon 50D is already available for ordering at Amazon in three configurations – check out the different combinations and price points below:

Learn more about the Canon EOS 50D and a new 18-200mm lens in the following news release from Canon announcing this new DSLR.

Canon EOS 50D News Release

CANON U.S.A. STIMULATES THE CREATIVITY OF EXPERIENCED PHOTOGRAPHERS WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF THE NEW EOS 50D DIGITAL SLR CAMERA

Canon’s New DIGIC 4 Image Processor Fuels the 15.1 Megapixel Resolution, Expanded ISO Range and Enhanced Noise Reduction of the New EOS 50D Digital SLR

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 26, 2008 — With the demand for digital SLR cameras reaching unprecedented levels, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, is answering the call with the announcement of the next evolution in advanced amateur digital SLR photography, the EOS 50D Digital SLR Camera with 15.1 megapixel resolution and Canon’s new DIGIC 4 image processor. Designed to offer extraordinary quality and image control for the advanced photographer with a passion for the art, the Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR camera includes an expanded ISO range, improved noise reduction, and in-camera photo editing features. Canon has loaded the EOS 50D camera with a number of enhancements and some trickle-down technology from Canon’s professional Digital SLR cameras, as well as a new Creative Auto Mode (CA) that gives users more creative flexibility to make image setting adjustments conveniently without the need to be a photo expert.

Canon has built upon the success of the popular EOS 40D model — which will remain in Canon’s line — with the EOS 50D Digital SLR camera. Expected to be the camera body of choice for advanced amateur photographers this holiday season, the Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR camera carries over the EOS 40D’s 14-bit Analog-to-Digital conversion process for smooth tones, and also includes enhanced noise reduction, especially at higher ISO ranges which will help bring those romantic nighttime shots into greater focus and clarity. Capable of shooting 6.3 frames per second (fps), the EOS 50D Digital SLR camera is ideal for shooting everything from beautiful night landscapes to fast-action sports.

“Advanced amateur photographers blur the line between the hobbyist and the professional, looking for professional features and capabilities in their equipment that will allow them to capture that awe-inspiring image. Canon is constantly striving to provide these shooters with the most advanced imaging technology, like the new EOS 50D Digital SLR camera, to fuel their passion for photography, and help them achieve their creative potential,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A.

Improved Image Quality

The EOS 50D Digital SLR camera’s 15.1-megapixel CMOS APS-C size image sensor has been improved thanks to the use of newly designed gapless microlenses over each pixel to reduce noise and expand sensitivity up to ISO 12800. The faster processing speed of the camera’s DIGIC 4 image processor contributes to the fast 6.3 frame-per-second (fps) continuous shooting capability (for bursts of up to 90 Large/Fine JPEGs or 16 RAW images on a UDMA CF card), to give shooters the tools they need to capture that perfect moment in perfect clarity.

The Canon EOS 50D camera provides ISO speeds from ISO 100 up to ISO 3200 in 1/3-stop increments, along with two high-speed settings — H1 and H2 — of ISO 6400 and ISO 12800, respectively. Along with a wide ISO range, Canon gives shooters more tools to help maximize clarity and color. The EOS 50D Digital SLR camera offers multiple levels of noise reduction during high-speed shooting. Users can choose from one of four settings — Standard/Weak/Strong/None — to help reduce digital noise that can result from poor lighting conditions.

As part of the camera’s internal image processing, the Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR camera conducts peripheral illumination correction, which automatically evens brightness across the image field, making an image of a blue sky even toned throughout, a function previously accomplished through post-processing software on a personal computer. Thanks largely to the DIGIC 4 processor, this automatic adjustment can be made in-camera during shooting with JPEG images or corrected in post-photoshoot processing with RAW images through Canon’s Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software, which is supplied at no extra charge.

Helping to ensure each picture’s subject is clearly visible, Canon’s enhanced Auto Lighting Optimizer analyzes the brightness of subjects and automatically adjusts dark images so that they appear brighter, perfect for subjects in shade or in backlit situations. The Auto Lighting Optimizer on the EOS 50D Digital SLR camera has been updated not only to optimize images while they are being taken, but can also optimize images post-capture, during playback, to help ensure the subject of each image does not appear too dark. This is especially helpful when an amateur photographer uses the camera, because post-capture enhancement can help maximize image quality without the need of a computer.

A significant upgrade to the Canon EOS 50D camera is its large, clear 3.0-inch Clear View LCD screen which features 920,000 dot/VGA resolution, four times the pixel count of the EOS 40D camera’s screen, for better clarity and color. To help show off those fantastic shots, the EOS 50D camera includes an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) output to display crisp, clear images on a High-Definition TV. The EOS 50D recognizes the needs of today’s photographers, and the faster processing speed of the DIGIC 4 processor helps support UDMA cards for faster writing of image files.

The camera is also equipped with a high-performance viewfinder featuring 0.95x magnification and the same high-performance Autofocus (AF) system as the EOS 40D camera with nine cross-type sensors for accurate target subject acquisition with lenses possessing maximum apertures of f/5.6 or faster and a high-precision diagonal center cross-type AF point that’s effective with f/2.8 and faster lenses, helping photographers ensure better focus of their targets. The AF Microadjustment feature, originally introduced last year with the Canon EOS-1D Mark III professional digital SLR camera, has also been added to the EOS 50D for maximum control over focusing precision.

Canon Gets Creative For Advancing Amateurs

Canon is taking steps to give advanced amateurs more flexibility with a new “CA” Creative Full Auto setting on the EOS 50D Digital SLR camera’s mode dial. This new setting goes a step beyond Full Auto, by allowing users to make adjustments before shooting while still in an Automatic mode, without needing to know the meaning of technical terms such as aperture, shutter speed, etc. In this mode, the camera menu on the back screen spells out options in common language for average photo enthusiasts, allowing them to “blur the background” or “lighten or darken the image.” These easy-to-comprehend image options will help amateur photographers improve the shots they are capable of taking, while helping them learn new techniques. When in the new CA mode, users will be able to adjust flash settings, brighten or darken images, blur the background, set the camera’s drive mode, and select a picture style directly on the camera’s LCD screen.

Better Live View

For photographers who prefer to frame their shots using the camera’s 3.0-inch Clear View LCD screen, Canon has improved the Live View function of the EOS 50D Digital SLR camera to include “Quick Mode AF,” “Live Mode AF,” and “Face Detection Live Mode AF” that detects up to 35 individual forward-looking faces for better focus and clarity when taking group or portrait shots. The camera’s Quick Mode AF setting flips the mirror down and carries out regular phase-detection autofocus, while the Live Mode AF and Face Detection Live Mode AF use the camera’s CMOS image sensor for contrast detection autofocus. Two detailed grid displays have also been added to Live View shooting as optional settings for easier composition.

Two Small RAW Formats

In addition to the RAW and JPEG image capture modes that photographers are accustomed to, the EOS 50D Digital SLR camera now offers more manageable resolution settings and file sizes with two sRAW recording formats, sRAW1 and sRAW2. At the sRAW1 setting, resolution is 7.1 megapixels with a file size that is approximately 25 percent smaller than a standard 15.1 megapixel RAW image. With the sRAW2 setting, resolution is 3.8 megapixels at less than half the file size of a standard RAW image, retaining all of the flexibility and creative possibilities associated with full-size, conventional RAW images. The EOS 50D is the first Canon Digital SLR that allows the use of RAW and sRAW settings in Basic Zone as well as Creative Zone shooting modes, even further improving the camera’s flexibility.

EOS Integrated Cleaning System

The Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit for the Canon EOS 50D has also been upgraded and now includes a fluorine coating on the low-pass filter for better dust resistance. The Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit uses ultrasonic vibrations to shake dust particles off of the low-pass filter in front of the sensor each time the camera is powered up or shut down. The second part of the system includes a software component where sensor spots are mapped and saved as Dust Delete Data that is attached to the image file for removal during post processing using Canon’s DPP software.

Canon 50D Pricing and Availability

The EOS 50D is compatible with the full lineup of Canon EF lenses as well as the Company’s ever-growing line of affordable EF-S lenses created specifically for Canon Digital SLRs with APS-C size image sensors. The Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR camera is scheduled for October delivery and will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated selling price of $1,399.00*. It will additionally be offered in a kit version with Canon’s EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM zoom lens at an estimated selling price of $1,599.00*.

New EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens

Canon has answered the call from advanced amateur photographers looking for a solid all-around lens with the introduction of the new EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens. With an incredible focal length range equivalent to 29-320mm in the 35mm format, the new EF-S 18-200mm lens will make an excellent addition to any camera bag, and it gives shooters a great lens to capture both standard as well as telephoto images. The new lens features Canon’s built in Optical Image Stabilization system which gives the equivalent effect of a shutter speed roughly 4 steps faster, for better image clarity, even in shaky shooting conditions. With a minimum focusing distance of 0.45m/1.5 ft. at all zoom settings, this new lens should prove to be ideal for those situations where swapping lenses isn’t an option. An ideal complement to the EOS 50D SLR camera and all other EF-S compatible EOS SLR cameras, the EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens is scheduled to be in stores this October at an estimated selling price of $699.00*.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

  • http://www.peterphun.com/blog Peter Phun

    Even though I’m use Canon, I don’t feel this is a significant improvement, sort of like 20D and 30D. Anxiously waiting to see what the replacement for the 5D, Canon’s full frame sensor body is going to do.

    Hard drives and card readers are going to seem small. Time to upgrade to Firewire 800 card readers. Anyone know if there are SATA card readers out there?

  • http://robertdobes.com Robert

    Thanks for the news Darren,
    I am putting this on my wish list for the Christmas ;-)
    It’s time to replace my 30D.

    Any news about 5D …. Mark II ???

  • http://www.newmediaphotographer.com Rosh

    The 50D looks like a good continuation of an excellent series of a cameras produced by Canon. For $1400 you really get an excellent value and a solid camera. I still use my 10D as back up and for family pictures.

    I’m still waiting for the 5D replacement. Mine is getting warn.

    Rosh
    http://www.newmediaphotographer.com

  • http://www.peterphun.com/blog Peter Phun

    Yeah Rosh,
    I’m with you waiting, for the 5D replacement. I’m pretty sure the Nikon D3 has Canon wondering where they’re going to draw the line between prosumer and professional. Funny how we used to have to wait years for a new body in the film days. Just like computers, DSLRs are replaced annually. Thanks Darren for the news. Anyone know of faster card readers? The fastest I’ve seen are Firewire 800

    http://www.peterphun.com/blog

  • Cathy

    Won’t our computers be terribly clogged up with 15mp? I like the sound of the new lens. I just bought my 30D in January. I won’t be upgrading anytime soon. Maybe the 40D will come down in price in a few years. I would prefer that to a 15mp. How about any of you?

  • Pao

    I’m not really excited about the 15mp that the 50D has to offer. However, I’m totally looking forward to seeing how the noise reduction in higher ISOs (3200-12800) perform. If it performs well, in my opinion, it is worth an upgrade. I’ve also heard that the 50D has the AutoFocus Micro adjust as well, which is helpful for correcting the front/back focus issue.

  • http://www.petelanglois.net Pete Langlois

    @Cathy

    I’m fine with the 12.3mp of the Nikon D90. I’m using my Nikon D50 now at 6MP and printing 20×30 so I’m not sure if I need 12MP or more. Seems like they want you to buy a new 1TB external to go with it to store all these images. You do get more area to trim away with more MP but I’d just be more selective with the lens I was using.

    Pete
    http://www.petelanglois.net

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/mainfr4me mainfr4me

    @Peter Phun

    You may want to check out this from Addonics: http://www.addonics.com/products/flash_memory_reader/adsacf.asp

    There are some caveots it lists as having some trouble with certain controllers (an Intel is listed), and that your SATA controller needs to support hot-swap, but might be what the doctor ordered?

  • Mike

    Unless you own the entry level DSLRs, XTi and all, your next upgrade should be to a full frame.. unless price is a real factor. But at the same time, to each his own. My policy, if someone made brilliant images with my camera [30D] years ago, I can too.. so why upgrade really?

    At the same time, a brilliant camera, great specs.

  • KF

    Great camera with great specs… but Mike’s point, is it going to make me a better photographer by replacing my 30D with this new gear? I still have the impression that I’m using less than 50% of my 30D capabilities, so no need to upgrade (although tempting…). I would rather invest in better lenses (would love to get the 50mm 1.4 or the 200mm 2.8). My next body upgrade will be in a 5D or its replacement.

    This only my humble, personal view…

  • http://www.timelapseforum.com ziad

    The 15.1 megapixel sensor certainly was unexpected. But I think Canon anticipated the large size issue, and probably introduced the 2 new RAW formats as a consequence.

    I still think this is an exciting set of features. The reduced noise/higher ISO is welcome. As well as all the other features introduced in the 40D (I still have a 30D!)

  • Tony

    Of course.. right after I buy a 40D this gets announced…. ohwell.. I really like my new camera !

  • Crunch

    So do I upgrade my 40D or wait for the 5D replacement?? Hmmm… I think I’ll wait for the full-frame one.

    50D sounds awesome, but like the step from 20D to 30D, or from 30D to 40D, it’s not such a big step up… Except for +50% megapixels!

  • Harsha

    damn just bought 40D

  • http://www.abeautifuldayphotography.com Dan

    I am still waiting for the new 5D mkII to be announced.

  • http://www.danielsheehan.com Dan

    It is an awesome camera if you think back to just a couple of years ago. Amazing.

  • http://www.dialac1.deviantart.com dialac1

    My mouth is watering…although I have a Canon 40D, I am seriously considering trading it in and buying this 50D…the only concern I have is that Adobe may not be fast to produce a Camera Raw upgrade to include the 50D…alsoo other RAW processing softwares will not be quickly updated to include the 50D so I will wait…

    http://www.dialac1.deviantart.com

  • http://guydownthestret4.deviantart.com/ JP Lumansoc

    I like the fact that it has sRAW, I don’t think I would need 15mp all the time.

  • http://www.pbase.com/julianht/ Julian Hebbrecht

    I tried out the new Canon 50D at the showroom here in Osaka last Friday and it feels the same as the 40D in handling, size and weight. The new lens is good and it has a lock button to prevent it from sliding when the camera is dangling around your neck. The LCD screen is very clear as well. I own a 20D and 30D – never was interested in upgrading to 40D – but now with the new Digic 4 image processor, higher ISO and noise reduction, I’ll put the 50D on my Christmas wish list,

  • Big Al

    Wow!! No sooner than I set my eyes on the 50D they come out with that new 5D. Have you guys seen the stats on this thing? This camera 5D is sick with all kinds of goody’s. 21MP they say it’s close to medium format image and the damn thing shoots HD 1080p video. What the Hell??? Around $3500.00 camera and lenses $2600.00 body only. Not bad if you can drop that kind of change.

  • http://buyerandsell.com buyer and seller

    I just bought my 30D in January. I won’t be upgrading anytime soon. I still think this is an exciting set of features.

  • http://speckland.com/ David

    This review the Canon EOS 50D very good. I think you take everything of this case.

Some older comments

  • David

    April 25, 2013 12:23 pm

    This review the Canon EOS 50D very good. I think you take everything of this case.

  • buyer and seller

    April 24, 2011 05:59 pm

    I just bought my 30D in January. I won’t be upgrading anytime soon. I still think this is an exciting set of features.

  • Big Al

    September 24, 2008 10:38 am

    Wow!! No sooner than I set my eyes on the 50D they come out with that new 5D. Have you guys seen the stats on this thing? This camera 5D is sick with all kinds of goody's. 21MP they say it's close to medium format image and the damn thing shoots HD 1080p video. What the Hell??? Around $3500.00 camera and lenses $2600.00 body only. Not bad if you can drop that kind of change.

  • Julian Hebbrecht

    September 5, 2008 08:57 am

    I tried out the new Canon 50D at the showroom here in Osaka last Friday and it feels the same as the 40D in handling, size and weight. The new lens is good and it has a lock button to prevent it from sliding when the camera is dangling around your neck. The LCD screen is very clear as well. I own a 20D and 30D - never was interested in upgrading to 40D - but now with the new Digic 4 image processor, higher ISO and noise reduction, I'll put the 50D on my Christmas wish list,

  • JP Lumansoc

    September 1, 2008 07:00 am

    I like the fact that it has sRAW, I don't think I would need 15mp all the time.

  • dialac1

    August 31, 2008 12:44 am

    My mouth is watering...although I have a Canon 40D, I am seriously considering trading it in and buying this 50D...the only concern I have is that Adobe may not be fast to produce a Camera Raw upgrade to include the 50D...alsoo other RAW processing softwares will not be quickly updated to include the 50D so I will wait...

    http://www.dialac1.deviantart.com

  • Dan

    August 30, 2008 02:09 am

    It is an awesome camera if you think back to just a couple of years ago. Amazing.

  • Dan

    August 30, 2008 02:08 am

    I am still waiting for the new 5D mkII to be announced.

  • Harsha

    August 30, 2008 01:59 am

    damn just bought 40D

  • Crunch

    August 29, 2008 02:44 pm

    So do I upgrade my 40D or wait for the 5D replacement?? Hmmm... I think I'll wait for the full-frame one.

    50D sounds awesome, but like the step from 20D to 30D, or from 30D to 40D, it's not such a big step up... Except for +50% megapixels!

  • Tony

    August 29, 2008 11:20 am

    Of course.. right after I buy a 40D this gets announced.... ohwell.. I really like my new camera !

  • ziad

    August 29, 2008 05:24 am

    The 15.1 megapixel sensor certainly was unexpected. But I think Canon anticipated the large size issue, and probably introduced the 2 new RAW formats as a consequence.

    I still think this is an exciting set of features. The reduced noise/higher ISO is welcome. As well as all the other features introduced in the 40D (I still have a 30D!)

  • KF

    August 29, 2008 03:54 am

    Great camera with great specs... but Mike's point, is it going to make me a better photographer by replacing my 30D with this new gear? I still have the impression that I'm using less than 50% of my 30D capabilities, so no need to upgrade (although tempting...). I would rather invest in better lenses (would love to get the 50mm 1.4 or the 200mm 2.8). My next body upgrade will be in a 5D or its replacement.

    This only my humble, personal view...

  • Mike

    August 28, 2008 11:18 am

    Unless you own the entry level DSLRs, XTi and all, your next upgrade should be to a full frame.. unless price is a real factor. But at the same time, to each his own. My policy, if someone made brilliant images with my camera [30D] years ago, I can too.. so why upgrade really?

    At the same time, a brilliant camera, great specs.

  • mainfr4me

    August 28, 2008 06:21 am

    @Peter Phun

    You may want to check out this from Addonics: http://www.addonics.com/products/flash_memory_reader/adsacf.asp

    There are some caveots it lists as having some trouble with certain controllers (an Intel is listed), and that your SATA controller needs to support hot-swap, but might be what the doctor ordered?

  • Pete Langlois

    August 28, 2008 12:56 am

    @Cathy

    I'm fine with the 12.3mp of the Nikon D90. I'm using my Nikon D50 now at 6MP and printing 20x30 so I'm not sure if I need 12MP or more. Seems like they want you to buy a new 1TB external to go with it to store all these images. You do get more area to trim away with more MP but I'd just be more selective with the lens I was using.

    Pete
    http://www.petelanglois.net

  • Pao

    August 28, 2008 12:50 am

    I'm not really excited about the 15mp that the 50D has to offer. However, I'm totally looking forward to seeing how the noise reduction in higher ISOs (3200-12800) perform. If it performs well, in my opinion, it is worth an upgrade. I've also heard that the 50D has the AutoFocus Micro adjust as well, which is helpful for correcting the front/back focus issue.

  • Cathy

    August 27, 2008 11:48 pm

    Won't our computers be terribly clogged up with 15mp? I like the sound of the new lens. I just bought my 30D in January. I won't be upgrading anytime soon. Maybe the 40D will come down in price in a few years. I would prefer that to a 15mp. How about any of you?

  • Peter Phun

    August 27, 2008 11:13 pm

    Yeah Rosh,
    I'm with you waiting, for the 5D replacement. I'm pretty sure the Nikon D3 has Canon wondering where they're going to draw the line between prosumer and professional. Funny how we used to have to wait years for a new body in the film days. Just like computers, DSLRs are replaced annually. Thanks Darren for the news. Anyone know of faster card readers? The fastest I've seen are Firewire 800

    http://www.peterphun.com/blog

  • Rosh

    August 27, 2008 10:53 pm

    The 50D looks like a good continuation of an excellent series of a cameras produced by Canon. For $1400 you really get an excellent value and a solid camera. I still use my 10D as back up and for family pictures.

    I'm still waiting for the 5D replacement. Mine is getting warn.

    Rosh
    http://www.newmediaphotographer.com

  • Robert

    August 27, 2008 10:43 pm

    Thanks for the news Darren,
    I am putting this on my wish list for the Christmas ;-)
    It's time to replace my 30D.

    Any news about 5D .... Mark II ???

  • Peter Phun

    August 27, 2008 10:42 pm

    Even though I'm use Canon, I don't feel this is a significant improvement, sort of like 20D and 30D. Anxiously waiting to see what the replacement for the 5D, Canon's full frame sensor body is going to do.

    Hard drives and card readers are going to seem small. Time to upgrade to Firewire 800 card readers. Anyone know if there are SATA card readers out there?

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