Canon's EOS 50D bridges the gap between the novice and seasoned pro with a perfect combination of high-speed and quality. The APS-C sized 15.1-megapixel CMOS sensor produces tremendous images. The CMOS is mated with a DIGIC 4 Image Processor that renders fine detail and superior color reproduction while offering ISO capabilities up to 12800 for uncompromised shooting even in the dimmest situations. Autofocus performance is fast and accurate. For action shooting 9 sensitive 'cross-type' dedicated AF sensors operate in dim lighting all the the way down to -0.5EV and the AF micro adjustment custom function helps ensure your lenses perform as expected. The large 3-inch Clear View LCD monitor features 920,000 dots for crisp playback and composition. Live-view allows you to compose directly with the sensor image using contrast detection AF or face detection AF mode to provide focus precision right where you want it most.
Introduced in 2008, the EOS 50D replaced the Canon EOS 40D ; upgrades include 50 percent more resolution, Live-View and menu refinements, faster image processing, and HDMI output. In 2010 Canon released the EOS 60D with a modest resolution increase, built-in Wireless Speedlite control, swivel screen, and SD Card compatibility. The 50D has remained popular in part because the 60D has a slightly lower burst rate and lacks other 50D features such as a CF card socket, flash sych socket, alloy shell, and AF micro adjustment, and joystick.
- Well rounded camera well suited for action photography
- Robust construction with generous control amenities
- 15.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor
- APS-C sensor with 1.6x crop factor compared to 35mm size sensors
- Self Cleaning Sensor Unit with a fluorine coating
- 14-bit A to D (Analog to Digital) conversion for smooth color tones and grayscale gradations
- ISO range 100-3200 (H1: 6400, H2: 12800)
- Fast 6.3 fps (frames per second) continous shooting
- Buffers up to 90 JPEG or 16 Raw images to CF cards
- Peripheral Illumination Correction setting automatically evens image brightnes
- Bright crisp 3-inch Clear View LCD screen
- HDMI Output
- E-TTL II flash metering system with Built-in flash and hot shoe
- Compatible with the extensive line of Canon EF and EF-S Mount Lenses
Available accessories include the BG-E2N Battery Grip with vertical release and controls, Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E3A, BP-511A series batteries, Remote Switch RS-80N3, Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3, LC-5 Wireless Controller, Battery Charger CG-580, and the wide range of EF and EF-S lenses.
I traded in my old 30D along with some cash to acquire this camera in 2009 and it has been my workhorse camera ever since. I would call myself a prosumer as I do shoot part time for a living and I also shoot a lot for personal enjoyment. It is by no means my only digital or film camera, just my most utilized.
The 15.1 megapixels have been more than adequate for my needs. The 9 point autofocus is the same as my 30D so no change there but the larger screen size and HR live view has really been nice. The Canon Digic processor is an improvement as well. The micro lenses that cover the imaging sensor are gapless, that help increase the light gathering efficiency of the pixels. The 50D also supports UDMA memory cards. ISO is range 100-3200 with extended range up to 12,800. The 50D also has extended the selection of raw file sizes to choose from and you can still choose to capture raw with jpeg files at the same time. I also love the sensor cleaning function that helps keep the sensor clean from light use. I still recommend a professional cleaning as needed.
One of my most utilized functions is the flash. The on board flash is nice for some situations but you should invest in the 580 EX II for the E-TTL features. In fact, I bought three so I could use the wireless multi-flash system for location shoots.
My most favorite feature of this camera is the menu screen. It has to be the most user friendly and intuitive menu screen I have ever used up to this point. I have owned 2 other brands and the menu screens were not as intuitive as the one on the 50D. I also love the control wheels, both top and rear.
Needless to say that this camera has more features than I need or use or could write about. In the end it just feels right in my hand. - Larry Hicks
15.1 megapixel CMOS sensor
ISO: 100-1600 set automatically
Creative Zone modes: ISO 100-3200 (in 1/3-stop increments), Auto, or ISO speed can be expanded to ISO 6400 or ISO 12800
Extension settable (with C.Fn.I-3-1): ISO 12800
High Tone Priority settable: ISO 200-1600
Canon EF lenses (including EF-S lenses) (35mm-equivalent focal length is approx. 1.6x the lens focal length)
1/8000th seconds to 1/30th of a second
100,000 exposure durability
0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
Flash X-Sync: 1/250 sec
Continuous Shooting / Burst Rate
High-speed: Max. 6.3 shots/sec.
Low-speed: Max. 3 shots/sec.
Auto pop-up E-TTL II auto flash
FOV coverage up to 17 mm (27 mm equiv.)
Guide number approx 13 m / 43 ft (ISO 100)
Cycle time approx. 3 sec
Flash compensation +/-2.0 EV in 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
X-Sync: 1/250 sec
E-TTL II auto flash with EX-series Speedlites
In-camera flash configuration (currently only 580 EX II)
Wireless multi-flash support
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, Custom, Color Temperature setting
3.0 inch, 920,000 pixel TFT color display
7 brightness levels
160 ° viewing angle
LCD Live View
Live TTL display of scene from CMOS image sensor
100% frame coverage
Real-time evaluative metering using CMOS image sensor
Best view or exposure simulation
Grid optional (x2)
Magnify optional (5x or 10x at AF point)
Three AF modes - Live mode/Quick mode/Face Detection
Remote live view using EOS Utility 2.0 (via USB or WiFi/Ethernet using WFT)
RAW (.CR2; 14-bit)
JPEG (EXIF 2.21) - Fine / Normal
RAW + JPEG (separate files)
sRAW1 (7.1 MP)
sRAW2 (3.8 MP)
Compact Flash Type I or II (inc. FAT32)
Supports UDMA cards +
Canon Original Data Security Kit supported ("Original Image Data")
No CF card supplied
Lithium-Ion BP-511A rechargeable battery (supplied & charger)
Supports BP-511 / BP-511A / BP-512 / BP-514
CR2016 Lithium battery (date/time backup)
Optional AC adapter One Battery Pack BP-511A
AC power can be supplied via optional AC Adapter Kit ACK-E2 (with optional Battery Grip BG-E2N or BG-E2 attached, AA-size batteries can be used)
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
N3 type wired remote control
PC Sync flash terminal
Communication terminal on base for WFT-E3/E3A
Dimensions (W x H x D)
5.7 x 4.2 x 2.9 inches
145.5 x 107.8 x 73.5mm
No battery: 730 g (1.6 lb)
With battery: 822 g (1.8 lb)
The EOS 50D features Canon's most advanced Live View shooting thanks to the number of focusing modes available including Quick mode, Live mode and Face Detection Live mode. You can zoom in and navigate the composition 5x or 10x normal size, enabling critical focus. There's even 2 overlay grid options, perfect for lining up vertical and horizontal lines. In the studio, the camera can be controlled remotely with Live View Function when the camera is connected to a computer through a USB cable, or wirelessly if the optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E3A is used.