Canon EOS 50D Now Official

August 26, 2008 | Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras | 8 Comments | |

Canon EOS 50DWe didn’t have long to wait since last week’s leak before Canon made the EOS 50D DSLR official. As per the leaked spec, the new Canon 50D has a 15.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, with an extensive ISO range of 100-12800, which matches the Nikon D700 / D3. Continuous shooting speed of 6.3 frames per second, Canon’s latest DIGIC 4 image processor, improved Integrated Cleaning System, 9-point AF, 14-bit image processing, a new Live View mode with Face Detection, and a 3.0” Clear View VGA LCD complete the 50D’s headline features. The Canon EOS 50D (body only) is available from the end of September 2008 priced at £1199.99 / €1599.99 / $1399.00, or £1499.99 / €1949.99 / $1599.00 with the 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens.

Canon UK Press Release

Outstanding speed and resolution for the discerning photographer: The EOS 50D

United Kingdom / Republic of Ireland, 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.”

Features at a glance
15.1 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
6.3fps continuous shooting, max. burst 90 JPEGs with UDMA card
DIGIC 4 processor
ISO 100-3200, expandable to 12800
9-point wide area AF
3.0” Clear View VGA LCD with Live View mode & Face Detection Live AF
Magnesium alloy body, with environmental protection
EOS Integrated Cleaning System
HDMI connection for high quality viewing and playback on a High Definition TV
Full compatibility with Canon EF and EF-S lenses and EX-series Speedlites

For more information including full technical specifications, please visit

Pricing & Availability
The EOS 50D (body only) is available from end of September 2008 priced at £1199.99 / €1599.99 RRP inc. VAT. 
The EOS 50D EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM kit is available from end of September 2008 priced at £1499.99 / €1949.99 RRP inc. VAT.

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#1 Markus Jais

If the reviews and tests that will probably soon appear on the web, confirm what Canon promises, then I think this will be a very successfull camera.

I miss AF up to f8. That would allow AF with lenses like a 4/300 and 4/500 and a 2x extender.

But it seems Canon will implement this feature only in it's 1D bodies.

The 15 MP are interesting as they allow for more cropping flexibility compared to the EOS 40D. If Canon got the ISO right (it's supposed to be between 1 and 1.5 stops better than the 40D), then the 50D should be able to deliver very good results up to ISO 3.200.

For now, I will stick to my 40D and (if at all) won't get a 50D before next year.

1:08 pm - Tuesday, August 26, 2008

#2 Rose Atkinson

£1200 for body only ?! I just paid £650 for my 40D... why the huge price increase ?

4:29 pm - Wednesday, August 27, 2008

#3 Markus Jais

I just saw the 50D for 1.299 Euros in Germany. That should be around 1.000 British pounds.

Keep in mind that the 40D has been on the market for a year. Prices drop after such a long time. The 50D price will also drop after a couple of month on the market.

5:09 pm - Wednesday, August 27, 2008

#4 Mustafa Ajlan Abudak-Turkey

The beginning of the answer rain :)

examine the link to learn more;

5:16 pm - Wednesday, August 27, 2008

#5 Mustafa Ajlan Abudak-Turkey

Very very impressive results
especially at 1600 :)

your turn to decide ;

8:43 pm - Wednesday, August 27, 2008

#6 Mustafa Ajlan Abudak-Turkey

Also very detailed info and samples;

10:40 pm - Wednesday, August 27, 2008

#7 doodaa

@ the 5th comment by Mustafa... that sample is taken with a shutter speed of 1/8000. Obviously it's not representative of normal noise levels at 1600. The Longer the shutter speed, the higher the noise, and they have put it to extremes in that shot. Lets wait for real lab tests to come, rather than look at Canon samples.

3:02 am - Friday, August 29, 2008

#8 doodaa

the 3rd sample, the one of the Guggenheim museum at 400 ISO for 8 seconds exposure really looks impressive though.

3:05 am - Friday, August 29, 2008