The Canon EOS 15.1 MP camera is a professional portable body only and is built for preseving your memories for you and taking amazing photos. This Canon EOS 50D is perfect for making brilliant prints, with its 15.1 MP sensor, which enables you to make 11x16 inch prints of the moments of your life and share them with family and friends. More megapixels means you can crop and enlarge your photos without having pixelated pictures. As this Canon EOS digital SLR camera comes with rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries, you can always be primed to catch your life's great moments. Extend the storage size of the camera by making use of the flash memory slot included with the Canon EOS 15.1 MP camera. As this Canon EOS 50D features a 3-inch LCD monitor, you can play back the preserved moments of your life and share them with family. With the HDMI plug included with this Canon EOS digital SLR camera, you can preserve your special moments and share them with family and friends. Premium picture quality and exceptional performance are yours with the Canon EOS 15.1 MP camera. Be the envy of your friends with this Canon EOS 50D and its classy black body. This Canon EOS digital SLR camera includes only the body and no lens. One upside to getting the camera body alone is that you pick and choose the most appropriate interchangeable lenses to get based on your growing photography needs and budget.
Aperture-Priority, Automatic, Bulb, Depth-Of-Field, E-TTL II Program Flash, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority
ISO 100-12800, ISO auto
Light Sensitivity Max
Red Eye Reduction
Camera Flash Features
AF Illuminator, Auto Flash, Flash +/- Compensation, Flash Off, Red-eye Reduction Flash
Auto Mode, E-TTL, OFF mode, Red-eye Reduction
Memory / Storage
Supported Flash Memory
CompactFlash Card Type I, CompactFlash Card Type II, CompactFlash I, CompactFlash II, IBM Microdrive, Microdrive, UDMA CF
Floppy Drive Storage
Optical Viewfinder Type
Fixed eye-level pentaprism
Viewfinder - Field Coverage
Dioptric Correction Range
-3 to +1
LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3" - color
1 x HDMI, 1 x USB, 1 x composite video output
1 x CompactFlash Card - type I/II
System Requirements for PC Connection
Operating System Supported
Apple Mac OS X, Apple Mac OS X 10.3 - 10.5, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows Vista, MS Windows XP, Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP
Battery Form Factor
Still Image Format
DPOF 1.1, JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG, Raw Image
Min Operating Temperature
Max Operating Temperature
AE/FE Lock, AF Lock, Auto Lighting Optimizer, Auto Power Save, Automatic Face Tracking, Brightness Control, DPOF Support, Depth-Of-Field Preview Button, Digital Image Rotation, Direct Print, Face Detection, HDMI, Highlight Point Display, Histogram Display, Image Stabilization, Interchangeable Lenses, LCD Live View Mode, Orientation Detection, PictBridge Support, RGB Primary Color Filter, USB 2.0, USB 2.0 Compatibility
Close-up, Landscape, Night portrait, Portrait mode, Sports mode
I changed back to Canon from the Nikon system mainly for astrophotography. Canon's sensors have always outdone other brands for the highest level of noise reduction and low light sensitivity, and this turned out to be a great fringe benefit for all the daytime pictures I like to shoot. All my images have remarkable tonal scale, especially in the shadows, before any Photoshop manipulation. I agree with other reviews that state that 15 MP is the limit - I would not want anything with an APS sized sensor to have more (and therefore tinier) pixels, at least with current technology. Despite what some reviews say, I think my images are distinctly sharper and cleaner than those shot with the 40D which I had previously, at all picture style settings (although the 40D did give me remarkable images for a 10 MP camera!) I personally like the fact that the screen doesn't fold out as it does in the 60D, and that it can't shoot video - my feeling is, get a video camera to shoot video. This keeps the cost down and the technology more basic, to concentrate more on giving you the highest quality still images for a reasonable price. The 50D is built like a tank, weather sealed, and always feels solid but well balanced and easy to hold. My favorite menu item in its extensive control menu is the fine autofocus adjustment, which wasn't available for this series until this model. I must admit (fortunately) that I haven't needed it yet, but it's nice to know that it's there in case you wanted to fine tune your lens's autofocus setting. You'd be hard pressed to find a better used DSLR camera that shoots such high quality images with ease in this price range.
Amateur enthusiast. I upgraded to this 50D to try the lens Micro Adjustment. I have not even played with that feature yet and I am in love with this camera. It may have just been my lens combo, but my first outing with it I took 125 shots, and I only had about 5 throwaways from focus or exposure. I can't believe the focus was so accurate. I also have a 5D, and XTI, and I had a Digital Rebel, XT and 40D in the past. The 50D is now my favorite. (The 40D was pretty good too, but I had a colleague at work fall in love with it, so I was able to buy up to the 50D by selling it) (I like to buy and sell on eBay, I prefer cheaper used pieces of gear to new, it lets me try lot's of photo gear for less money) ** I originally thought I would prefer the full frame on the 5D, and it does have it's advantages, but the crop factor gives you a little more perceived reach, and I guess I prefer the close in shots more. The quality of the photo's is really indistinguishable in most all circumstances, the 5D may have a little advantage in low light, but I have shot with flash, and the exposure on the 50D has been near perfect. ** My wife still shoots point and shoot camera's for their ease, but even she asks me to bring my gear when a picture is important, she realized the depth of field you can get with a DSLR makes for a more professional looking image. ** By the way my favorite lens is a 100MM Canon prime, I have a 70-200mm 2.8 L and a Sigma 24-70mm 2.8. Good glass really shines on this camera.
I originally bought the Canon 50D because I had used a 30D in a portrait studio I had previously worked in and liked it. My new job used an Olympus and it was not as easy or as high quality as Canon had been. Since they were discontinuing the 30D I decided to upgrade, and I am very happy with that decision.
For those of you wanting a camera for fun (not professional) the settings on the camera are "idiot proof" once you know how to use them. There's a function for every style of photography, so it is very versatile. The 3" screen is a big plus and makes everything crystal clear. It is also very durable. The first day I had it out of the box I had set it up on a small table tripod on the floor. My boyfriend walked by and knocked it into the wall. There wasn't a scratch on it. However, if you aren't into professional work, it may be a little expensive where a downgrade could still get you something you're happy with.
For professional photographers they have made it easy to make custom settings on your camera, and it is just as easy to revert back from those if you choose. I really enjoy the self cleaning sensor every time you turn the camera on and off. It has noise reduction for your high speed settings and produces gorgeous images. 15.1 megapixels is certainly more than anyone could hope for and creates images than can be enlarged easily. If you are the type who doesn't like to mess with manual focus, they have placed several buttons in quick access places to switch your focal points. The price of the camera and it's accessories are worth every penny, and if you look in the right places you will find deals on bundles of everything you need for less than the price of just the body from a normal camera store.
All in all this camera comes highly recommended. It is, however, an investment, not a throw away camera your kids can play with. Canon has done their homework. :)
With entry-level dSLRs getting pretty cheap and close to commoditized, competition for the attention of experienced amateur photographers is heating up the $1,000-$1,500 price range of the market. Former occupants of that segment, like the Canon EOS 40D, have dropped to entry level, posing their own competitive threat to newer, more expensive models. The meat-and-potatoes updates the EOS 50D offers over the 40D--higher resolution, one usable extra stop of sensitivity, modest single-shot performance improvements, and multiple compressed raw options--provide a compelling alternative. But it's missing the vegetables, like an improved AF system, smaller spot meter, better viewfinder coverage, and customizable boundaries for shutter speed and aperture, which might have pushed it from compelling to must have.
Canon offers three configurations of the 50D. One kit includes the veteran f/3.5-5.6, 28-135mm IS USM lens, with an angle of view equivalent to that of a 44.8-216mm lens on a 35mm camera, and a second kit comes with the new EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens, equivalent to 28.8-320mm. Of course, there's a body-only version as well. Though the 28-135mm lens doesn't provide the coverage or all-in-one convenience of the 18-200mm lens, I think it's a better lens, and would recommend that kit over the other and perhaps supplementing with the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f4.0-5.6 IS lens; that dual-lens configuration can be cheaper as well.
For better or worse, there aren't a lot of significant design or feature changes from the 40D. At 1.9 pounds, the body has gained a little weight--about an ounce--but retains the same dimensions: 4.2 inches by 5.7 inches by 2.9 inches. It retains the same comfortable grip and sturdy, partly dust- and weather-sealed, body, as well as compatibility with the old battery and vertical grip. I have the same likes and dislikes about the control design and layout as with the 40D. The series of three buttons above the status LCD--metering/white balance, AF/Drive mode, and ISO/flash compensation--are easy to use, but they feel identical. The status display delivers complete information and duplicates it on the rear LCD. Following the lead of competitors, Canon added the capability to change settings from that back information display, using a combination of the joystick and the big Quick Control dial on the back. Overall, it remains a good shooting design that upgraders will have no trouble adapting to and newcomers to the line should pick up pretty easily.
It's inside where you'll find the Canon 50D's major changes. First is the new 15.1-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, a significant upgrade from the 40D's 10-megapixel sensor. Major changes to the design of the microlens array as well as to the sensor itself have actually reduced sensor noise despite the increase in resolution. The change has allowed Canon to offer a wider range of ISO settings than the company has ever offered, ranging from ISO 100 to 3,200, plus two higher settings: H1 is equivalent to ISO 6,400 and H2 takes the camera to 12,800. Canon's new DIGIC 4 processor is a part of the equation, moving the extra data at a faster pace than its predecessor, and keeping the camera to a high 6.3 frames per second while maintaining that 14-bit data for RAW images(this is a slight speed drop from the 40D's 6.5 fps).
This is a very good inexpensive professional level camera. While there are "better" professional cameras out there, it's difficult to find one this reasonably priced. There are a multitude of settings on this camera that make it ideal for a variety of situations. The sensor size and MP mean that the pictures look great even blown up to 16x20 or larger. It's suitable for anyone that wants to get into the portraiture/wedding business, nature photography or fine arts photography. The creative auto-focus feature allows adjustment of brightness and depth of field without adjusting shutter and aperture, which is a great option. The image stabilized lenses are also a really handy feature, especially when trying to get animal shots. For the weight, it's surprisingly comfortable to carry because of the design of the grip. We also have a Rebel XTi and the difference in the two is amazing. While they are both great cameras, the 50D is definitely head and shoulders above the XTi. The larger LCD screen is very nice. While the menus take practice, they are fairly intuitive and require little reading other than an initial perusal of the manual to get a basic understanding of the location of what you wish to manipulate. This camera does require a different remote timer/shutter release than Rebel series, so if you're considering upgrading you would want to get that accessory. We decided to upgrade as my husband is entering the Master's Program for Photography and will be beginning to solicit business as a portraiture/wedding photographer to supplement our income while he completes his education. This was the most economical solution for our limited budget that still provided the creative control and quality necessary for a professional photographer.