Canon EOS 50D

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– Comparison Review by DigitalRev

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Canon has announced the EOS 50D (26 August’08), a big brother-model of the EOS 40D. The camera features 15.0 million effective pixels, DIGIC 4 Image processor, Video Out with HDMI Connection, 4 levels noise reduction, ISO 100-12800, 6.3 fps, Live view, and a 3″ LCD screen with 920,000 dots making it effectively a VGA standard monitor. The camera should available in stores from October 2008. (More Specifications)

Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Canon EOS 50D Reviews

Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i VS EOS 50D Comparison Review by DigitalRev;

MountainTrail reviews the Canon EOS 50D and writes;
” At low ISOs in optimal lighting conditions, the camera outperforms the 40D. But at higher ISOs or sub-optimal lighting conditions, the noise penalty of the 50D outweighs any resolution gain. More often than not, even when shooting wildlife, I reach for my slow 5D Mark II rather than use my noisy 50D.”
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PCMag reviews the Canon EOS 50D and writes;
“With its lightning speed and gorgeous images, there’s not much to complain about with the Canon EOS 50D—especially if you already own compatible lenses. But if you’re not committed to Canon, the under- $1,000 Nikon D90 is worth checking out. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

DevHardware reviews the Canon EOS 50D and writes;
“The image quality on the new 50D will be set apart from any other cameras users have previously owned or used. Shots at high ISO quality are outstanding and the camera’s motor drive is fast enough for any action shooters may encounter. .”
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ProPhoto compares the Canon EOS 50D to Nikon D300 and writes;
“The print from the D300 is excellent enough even at 12 megapixels compared to the 15 megapixels of the 50D for me to choose the D300 as the winner in this comparison exercise… Bottom line is if I had to buy only one or the other, I would easily choose the D300. “
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DPInterface reviews the Canon EOS 50D and writes;
“Canon EOS 50D produced good image quality which can be usable up to ISO 3200, provided there’s at least some decent lighting or with some cleaning up in post-processing…All-in-all, the Canon EOS 50D is a pretty good digital SLR that I am able to recommend.”
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Steve’sDigicams reviews the Canon EOS 50D and writes;
“Whether an amateur or a professional, you will not be disappointed with the performance of the 50D. After you flip the power switch, the camera is able to capture its first image in just 3/10 of a second.”
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BobAtkins reviews the Canon EOS 50D and writes;
“you can’t really complain too much about image quality at those ISO levels. Try doing it with film and see what the results look like! The surprising thing is that 4×6 prints at ISO 12800 actually aren’t that bad.”
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DigitalTrends reviews the Canon EOS 50D and writes;
“You’ll really enjoy getting into this sophisticated D-SLR and its multiple layers of tweaks and options, and your photos will be top-notch, a win-win situation for all in our book… Highs: High-quality images; very little digital noise; solid construction; excellent screen. Lows: Expensive; steep learning curve for newbies; no protective cover for LCD “
Rating: ★★★★☆

CEN reviews the Canon EOS 50D and writes;
“I have to say I really like the image quality from the 50D. The new camera is a noticeable improvement over the 40D (an excellent camera in its own right) in many areas and not just from the higher pixel count.”
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DCR reviews the Canon EOS 50D and writes;
“The 50D continues Canon’s trend of producing clean high ISOs, with one of the cleanest ISO 1600 settings we’ve seen in a camera in this class. ISO 100 and 200 have such little noise that you’d swear the images came from a medium-format camera with a digital back. “
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Preview Video by DigitalRev;

Pocket-Lint reviews the Canon EOS 50D and writes;
“Not just lack of noise but colour and detail, metering and white balance, all perform very well (with bags of customisation built-in if you need to tweak things further too)… Image quality is as good as I was expecting (caveats around the lack of shadow detail notwithstanding) and so the EOS 50D easily provides resolution enough customisability enough and the required high ISO noise control abilities, for almost any photography task. “
Rating: ★★★★½

ImagingResource reviews the Canon EOS 50D and writes;
“Excellent low-light performance, impressive printed output, very fast shutter lag times, solid build, superb customization, and excellent image quality all add up to make the Canon EOS 50D a great choice for all types of photographers, and a sure Dave’s Pick..”
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LetsGoDigital reviews the Canon EOS 50D and writes;
“The pictures in practice look fine, the camera has a swift response and does not come up with any shocking surprises. On the contrary, the camera does its job with a kind of self-evidence so that it is not until afterwards you realize that you have some successful pictures in your hands of subjects that you never thought you could capture correctly. An excellent result!”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCI reviews the Canon EOS 50D and writes;
” the 50D consistently scored on par or worse than both its predecessor and the much less expensive Canon XSi. The Nikon D300, at roughly the same price as the 50D, posted superior scores in color, dynamic range, manual noise, automatic noise, and lowlight tests. The 50D is a solid performer, but didn’t outshine the alternatives.”
Rating: N/A reviews the Canon EOS 50D and writes;
“Like other EOS cameras, the 50D is a dream to use, and that big control dial on the back makes EV compensation and other adjustments a breeze. It’s fast, responsive and hard as nails, but the results are actually a bit on the ordinary side. It might have 15 million pixels, but it just gives you bigger images, not sharper ones. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

TechRadar reviews the Canon EOS 50D and writes;
“Canon is effectively claiming to outperform the Nikon D300 in low light, and in the same breath, implying that it can compete with other cameras which go that high, like the Nikon D3 and D700. It cannot. What the EOS 5OD can do, however, it does very well, and the increased resolution and more advanced functionality makes it Canon’s best mid-range DSLR yet. .”
Rating: ★★★½☆

CNET reviews the Canon EOS 50D and writes;
” The good: Excellent performance and photo quality; solid, comfortable shooting design. The bad: Relatively basic feature set for its class. The bottom line: A very good midrange dSLR, the Canon EOS 50D is a compelling–but not necessarily a must-have–choice for Canon upgraders.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

CameraLabs reviews the Canon EOS 50D and writes;
” The Canon EOS 50D is a worthy update to the already excellent EOS 40D, equipping it not just with the latest features, but also a significant boost in resolution without compromising noise levels.. all adds up to a very capable DSLR that handles confidently, delivers great results and is a joy to use. As such it easily earns our Highly Recommended award”

Rating: ★★★★½

GoodGearGuide reviews the Canon EOS 50D and writes;
” The 50D is an absolutely fantastic mid-level SLR. It offers the highest resolution in its price range and packs in a bevy of features, including Live View, a speedy burst mode and ultra-high ISO sensitivities, making this a winner for any professional or enthusiastic amateur.”
Rating: ★★★★½

PhotoReview reviews the Canon EOS 50D and writes;
” Colour accuracy was generally good,..Skin hues were close to spot on and any shifts found in other hues were small enough to be insignificant. Resolution began to decline at ISO 800 but remained reasonably high at ISO 1600 and 3200 and only showed a significant drop at ISO 6400 and 12,800. “
Rating: ★★★★½

OutbackPhoto reviews the Canon EOS 50D and writes;
“First conclusions: Very good high ISO noise behavior, Live View has now an extra button, Viewfinder is quite good (like 40D), Canon EOS 50D has full support for AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing), LDC much improved, RAW files can be 17-25 MB in size (14 bit RAWs). This means you need enough disk space and memory.”
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PhotographyBlog reviews the Canon EOS 50D and writes;
“Compared to the D300, the 50D suffers in two key areas – AF points (51 vs 9) and viewfinder coverage (100% vs 95%). You’ll need to weigh up if these features are more important than the greater resolution, more refined Live View and double the ISO sensitivity that the 50D offers.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Canon EOS 50D First Impression Video by DigitalRev;

RolandLim reviews the Canon EOS 50D and writes;
“the 50D images are usable up to ISO 6400. ISO 6400 cleans up reasonably well after noise reduction on a computer. ISO 12800 has too much color noise and also exhibits quite noticeable vertical banding even at reduced web size.”
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Canon EOS 50D Sample Images

Canon EOS 50D Sample Images @ DPInterface
Canon EOS 50D Sample Images @ Steve’sDigicams
Canon EOS 50D Sample Images @ DCR
Canon EOS 50D Sample Images @ ImagingResource
Canon EOS 50D Sample Images @ LetsGoDigital
Canon EOS 50D Sample Images @ DCI
Canon EOS 50D Sample Images @ CameraLabs
Canon EOS 50D Sample Images @ Flickr
Canon EOS 50D Sample Images @ ImpressJapan (Please scroll down to see samples)
Canon EOS 50D Sample Images @ ImagingResource
Canon EOS 50D Sample Images @ PhotographyBlog
– Canon EOS 50D Sample Photo ISO 6400 & ISO 12800 @ RolandLim
Canon EOS 50D Sample Images @ Dpreview
Canon EOS 50D Sample Images @ Canon.Jp


Canon EOS 50D Guides, Tips & Tricks

– Magic Lantern DVD Guides: Canon 50D – Visit Site

Canon EOS 50D User Manual (PDF)

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– Download Canon EOS 50D Pocket Guide (PDF – 1.60MB)
– Download Canon EOS 50D User Manual (PDF – 6.38MB)

Canon EOS 50D Firmware

– Download Canon EOS 50D Firmware Version 1.0.7:
1. Corrects a phenomenon where captured images may tend to appear somewhat magenta depending on the shooting scene.
2. Fixes incorrect indications on the Arabic, Romanian, Spanish, and Ukrainian menu screens.


Canon EOS 50D Press Release

Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 26 August 2008: Canon today strengthens its EOS range with the addition of a powerful new digital SLR: the EOS 50D. With a 15.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor, 6.3 frames per second shooting and Canon’s latest DIGIC 4 image processor, the EOS 50D delivers unparalleled speed and resolution at a price point that is unique in today’s market.

Outstanding, clean images
A newly designed 15.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor delivers ultra-detailed, low-noise images – ideal for large-scale reproduction or creative cropping. New manufacturing processes, plus redesigned photo diodes and microlenses, extend the light gathering capabilities of the sensor – allowing more pixels to be fitted on the CMOS sensor without compromising image quality. These changes ensure improved high ISO performance and low noise. High-speed, low light shooting is enabled by ISO levels of 3200, expandable to an ultra-sensitive 12800.

The EOS Integrated Cleaning System – including the improved Self Cleaning Sensor Unit with a new fluorine coating – increases protection of image quality by helping to reduce, repel and remove unwanted dust from the sensor. Stubborn particles can be removed automatically in post-production with Dust Delete Data and Canon’s included Digital Photo Professional software.

Rapid-fire performance
Canon’s new DIGIC 4 processor is fast enough to allow up to 6.3fps continuous shooting, in bursts of up to 90 JPEGs with a UDMA card. Used with Canon’s wide area AF system, which locks onto subjects with 9 individual cross type sensors, stunning action sequences can be captured – even in low-light conditions. This makes the EOS 50D particularly suited to sports and wildlife shooting.

DIGIC 4 works with the CMOS sensor to deliver 14-bit image processing, for smooth gradation and natural-looking colours – as well as ensuring ultra-fast startup times and near-instant image review after shooting.

See everything
A new 3.0” Clear View VGA LCD provides extra-large and wide angle-of-view image review, with plenty of clarity for accurate focus checks in playback. By switching to Live View mode – which displays a real-time image on the LCD – photographers can enjoy simplified shooting from awkward angles, or connect to a PC for remote shooting. Live Mode now offers three ways to auto focus: Quick AF, Live AF, and new Face Detection Live AF, which optimizes focus based on faces detected in the frame – for fast, spontaneous portraiture.

Control and ease
The famously intuitive EOS menu system includes a new Quick Control screen, for instant access to the most commonly-changed settings. A new Creative Auto mode offers automatic focus and exposure – while still allowing creative ‘tweaks’ to settings such as background sharpness.
“For advanced amateurs and semi-professionals – or professionals looking for a powerful backup model – the EOS 50D stands alone,” said Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging, Europe. “No other camera in this price bracket offers a comparable combination of speed and image quality.”
Technologies Explained

Canon’s CMOS technology is one of the company’s key competitive advantages, with noise reduction circuitry at each pixel site delivering virtually noise-free images. In comparison with CCD technology, the lower power consumption characteristics of Canon’s CMOS sensors also contribute to longer battery life.

Signal conversion in Canon’s CMOS sensors is handled by individual amplifiers at each pixel site. Unnecessary charge transfer operations are avoided, vastly speeding up the process of getting signal to the image processor. Noise generation is reduced, power consumption is limited and faster frame rate potential is increased.

Image data captured by the CMOS sensor is processed by Canon’s purpose-built DIGIC image processors before being written to the camera’s memory card. DIGIC technology uses advanced image processing algorithms to ensure precise, natural colours, accurate white balance, and advanced noise reduction. Ultra-fast processing speeds result in highly responsive camera operation and near-instant start-up times.

DIGIC chips work with a high speed DDR-SDRAM image buffer – reading, processing, compressing and writing image data fast enough to keep the buffer clear during long continuous shooting bursts. And because DIGIC integrates all key processing functions, power consumption is kept to a minimum.
EOS Integrated Cleaning System
The EOS Integrated Cleaning System combats sensor dust in three important ways: Reduce, Repel and Remove.

1. Reduce – Internal camera mechanisms are designed to minimise dust generation. The redesigned body cap prevents dust generation through wear on the cap itself.
2. Repel – Anti-static technologies, including a special fluorine coating, are applied to the low-pass filter covering the front of the sensor so as not to attract dust.
3. Remove – A Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit uses hi-frequency vibrations to shake dust from the infrared filter for a period of approximately one second after each start up. For instant shooting after power up, this feature is disabled immediately the shutter release is depressed.

Canon has also developed an internal Dust Delete Data system, which can map the position of visible dust on the sensor. This can then be deleted automatically after the shoot with the latest Digital Photo Professional software.

Picture Style
Picture Style pre-sets simplify in-camera control over image qualities. Picture Style pre-sets can be likened to different film types – each one offering a different colour response. Within each selectable pre-set, photographers have control over sharpness, contrast, colour tone and saturation. The camera’s factory default configuration is set to deliver immediately-usable JPEG images without need for additional menu settings. Picture Style presets applied to a RAW image can be revised with Canon’s Digital Photo Professional software.

The six pre-sets are:

1. Standard – for crisp, vivid images that don’t require post-processing

2. Portrait – optimises colour tone and saturation and weakens sharpening to achieve attractive skin tones
3. Landscape – for punchier greens and blues with stronger sharpening to give a crisp edge to mountain, tree and building outlines
4. Neutral – ideal for post-processing
5. Faithful – adjusts colour to match the subject colour when shot under a colour temperature of 5200K
6. Monochrome – for black and white shooting with a range of filter effects (yellow, orange, red and green) and toning effects (sepia, blue, purple and green).


Digital Photo Professional Software
Digital Photo Professional software provides high speed, high quality processing of lossless RAW images. Processing with Digital Photo Professional allows real-time display and immediate application of image adjustments, giving control over RAW image variables such as white balance, dynamic range, exposure compensation, noise reduction and colour tone – plus the ability to view Auto Focus points on an image. The Lens Aberration correction tool allows precise correction of different types of distortion caused by certain cameras. Images can be recorded in camera with sRGB or Adobe RGB colour space.

Digital Photo Professional supports sRGB, Adobe RGB, ColorMatch RGB, Apple RGB and Wide Gamut RGB colour spaces. ICC (International Colour Consortium) profiles can be attached to TIFF or JPEG images when converted from RAW. This allows faithful reproduction of colours in software applications that support ICC profiles, such as Adobe Photoshop. For improved efficiency, a set of image adjustments can be saved as a recipe and applied.

EOS Utility
The latest version of EOS Utility provides essential support for Live View remote shooting, camera configuration and image transfers. Tightly integrated with Digital Photo Professional, EOS Utility can be configured to monitor ‘hot’ folders, automatically renaming and moving incoming images to a structured file system. Users can also tag their images with EXIF data, including copyright information.

Picture Style Editor

Picture Style Editor allows users to create individual Picture Styles that fit with their personal requirements. Each Picture Style contains detailed information on how specific colours should be represented within an image. Once new Picture Styles have been created, they can be uploaded directly into the camera and applied to JPEG or RAW images. When working with RAW files in DPP, both personal Picture Styles and the 6 predetermined Picture Styles can all be adjusted.

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2 Responses to “Canon EOS 50D”

  1. Canon EOS 50D is a fine camera. I used a 450D for one year and tried to exploit all of its options. So, utilizing the 50D’s features didn’t require that long albeit, it might for a beginner. I got it 2 weeks ago and I’m happy with it. As a nature shooter, the advantages I get are faster frame rate, higher shutter speed and ISO.

    There are some fuss about its high ISO noise. Is there a camera out there that doesn’t produce any noise at high ISOs say from 800 and above? There isn’t. Therefore, let’s live with the reality that noise will be there and dedicated noise reduction softwares take care of that problem nicely. Particularly noises at 1600 and 3200 are easily manageable with those tools following which images look quite presentable. Extreme situations are rare and do not qualify for regular discussion.

  2. matt says:

    I love my 50D but Im already itching for a 7D for the video. I use my 50D for my aerial photography business, where I attach it to an rc helicopter. Even usi9ng the kit lens from a rebel XTi, I get very high quality shots.

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