Canon EOS 50D Review

October 2, 2008 | Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG | 10 Comments |

Canon EOS 50DAnnounced just one year after the 40D, the new EOS 50D is Canon’s latest semi-pro DSLR camera. With a price-tag just over £1200 / $1399 body only, the Canon 50D is firmly aimed at the prosumer, who will use it as their main camera, and the pro photographer looking for a reliable and relatively inexpensive backup body. The main headline-grabbing feature is the 15.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, which makes the 50D the market-leading APS-C camera in terms of megapixel count. Canon have also massively expanded the ISO range, with a top speed of 12800 matching the more expensive Nikon D700 / D3 cameras, while the new Digic 4 processor promises to maintain the usual high image quality that we’ve come to expect from a Canon DSLR. A high-resolution VGA LCD screen, new Live View mode with Face Detection, HDMI connectivity and a number of user interface refinements complete the list of major improvements. Is the Canon EOS 50D a worthy upgrade to the 40D and a real competitor to its closest rival, the Nikon D300? Mark Goldstein found out…

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#1 Tim

Stabilisation ??? I believe you mean stabilization.

1:39 pm - Friday, October 3, 2008

#2 Mike

Depends which side of the pond you come from..
http://www.merriam-
webster.com/dictionary/stabilise

9:29 pm - Sunday, October 5, 2008

#3 Lon E. Lauber

In regards to image sharpness, you mentioned can change the in-camera sharpening level. How do you do that? Are you referring to the lens micro adjust feature?

12:24 am - Monday, October 6, 2008

#4 Mark Goldstein

Lon, you can adjust the sharpening level for JPEGs through the Picture Styles menu.

11:28 am - Monday, October 6, 2008

#5 epsiloneri

Some sections of the review refer to the 50D as 1000D, copy/paste errors?

11:49 pm - Saturday, October 11, 2008

#6 Camera Deals

If you're not willing to spend a small fortune on a digital SLR, I would pick up a rebel XS (10 megapixel) or XSi (12 megapixel). Both have gotten fantastic user reviews and can now be had for $530 and $600 respectively -- http://www.techdealdigger.com/hot-deals/digital-cameras-sale/62 . I don't know how long these deals will last, but they are pretty phenomenal prices.

11:26 pm - Tuesday, October 14, 2008

#7 John Smith

Everybody that has used this camera says that it gives lower picture quality than 40D.
I have read several of your copmarisons and reviews and my verdict is that you are either an advertiser for Canon becasue of financial reasons or an advertiser of Canaon becasue you just can't make a fair job of things.
I am a Canon guy myself, but still I prefer a fair and honest review.

4:06 am - Friday, November 7, 2008

#8 Erick @ Photocrati Photography Blog

Always great to see some lively discussion. No doubt the 50D is a great camera. But lots of reviewers wonder if it represents a major improvement on the 40D.

7:00 pm - Thursday, June 11, 2009

#9 Paul Manoian

I have used the 50D for quite some time now and there's no denying the images it produces are much softer than the 40D at the pixel level. This is to be expected in a camera that bumps the resolution up 50% on the same-sized sensor simply because there is less wiggle room. It is essential to use top quality optics with this body if you want to take advantage of the higher levels of detail the body is capable of capturing. Images captured with lenses, that were considered "decent" on other bodies, may appear fuzzy since the optics are not capable of focusing as sharply as needed. My "L" lenses do very well. My other lenses, well, I sold them since I was so disappointed ...

4:14 pm - Saturday, June 27, 2009

#10 Paul Manoian

I have used the 50D for quite some time now (http://www.paulmanoian.com/) and there's no denying the images it produces are much softer than the 40D at the pixel level. This is to be expected in a camera that bumps the resolution up 50% on the same-sized sensor simply because there is less wiggle room. It is essential to use top quality optics with this body if you want to take advantage of the higher levels of detail the body is capable of capturing. Images captured with lenses, that were considered "decent" on other bodies, may appear fuzzy since the optics are not capable of focusing as sharply as needed. My "L" lenses do very well. My other lenses, well, I sold them since I was so disappointed ...

4:15 pm - Saturday, June 27, 2009