Canon EOS 50D: buyers guide

Previous visitors will recall that this website has previously acted as a digital camera superstore. I used to import digital SLR cameras from the far east and resell them into the European market. It was a great business, as it generated a nice income for me on the back of my university studies whilst also providing a great deal for my customers. As a business management graduate, it was also great fun to be partaking in ‘international business’. Unfortunatly, as the pace of life gathered momentum in the months that followed my graduation, and as I moved on to newer and larger projects, I was unable to continue running Onlinecamerawarehouse.co.uk as i had intended it to be. The domain name retained some residual value from the optimization work I did on it previously, and what with my love of photography, I have decided to start a blog which will hopefully in time begin to provide an authority source of information for those of us who are interested in photography. When i was selling cameras on this domain, the Canon EOS 50D was my best seller, and as such i have retained a special fondness for it. As such, i thought i would write my first guide on this great camera. So here goes…

The 50D was launched as a sister camera to the 40D at a time of increased competition within the keen-amateur/professional segment. Nikon had launched the D300 which kicked up quite a stir, so Canon fought back by releasing the 50D, a camera which remains popular in mid 2010.

Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR Camera – Body Only from amazon.co.uk (£689.99 as of 5/6/2010)

Canon EOS 50D Vs 40D

the below table compares the two cameras, with the 50D on the left hand side and the 40D on the right.

Sensor • 15.0 million effective pixels • 10.1 million effective pixels
Image sizes • 4752 x 3168
• 3456 x 2304
• 2353 x 1568
• 3888 x 2592
• 2816 x 1880
• 1936 x 1288
RAW files • CR2 format, 14-bit
• RAW full resolution
• sRAW1 (7.1 MP)
• sRAW2 (3.8 MP)
• CR2 format, 14-bit
• RAW full resolution
• sRAW (2.5 MP)
Image processor DIGIC 4 DIGIC III
Sensitivity ISO 100 to 3200, extendable to H1 (6400) and H2 (12800). ISO 100 to 1600, extendable to 3200.
Auto ISO ISO 100 to 1600 ISO 100 to 800
Noise reduction Four levels On/Off
Auto lighting optimizer Four levels On/Off
AF adjustment • All lenses or up to 20 individual lenses
• +/- 20 steps
No
Viewfinder info Now includes Auto Lighting Optimizer icon
LCD monitor • 3.0 ” TFT LCD
• 920,000 dots
• 3.0 ” TFT LCD
• 230,000 dots
Live view AF • Quick mode (Phase detect)
• Live view mode (Contrast detect)
• Face detect (Contrast detect)
Phase detect
Peripheral illumination
correction
• Profiles of 26 lenses includes
• space provided for 14 extra profiles
User modes • Auto
• Creative Auto
• Program AE (P)
• Shutter priority AE (Tv)
• Aperture priority AE (Av)
• Manual (M)
• Auto depth-of-field
• Portrait
• Landscape
• Close-up
• Sports
• Night portrait
• Flash off
• Camera user settings 1
• Camera user settings 2
• Auto
• Program AE (P)
• Shutter priority AE (Tv)
• Aperture priority AE (Av)
• Manual (M)
• Auto depth-of-field
• Portrait
• Landscape
• Close-up
• Sports
• Night portrait
• Flash off
• Camera user settings 1
• Camera user settings 2
• Camera user settings 3
High-speed continuous • 6.3 fps
• Up to 60 JPEG Large/Fine images
• Up to 90 JPEG Large/Fine images (UDMA)
• 6.5 fps
• Up to 75 JPEG Large/Fine images
Menu UI Digic 4 interface Same as EOS-1D series
Connectors • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
• Video out
• Mini HDMI connector
• N3 type wired remote control
• PC Sync flash terminal
• Communication terminal on base for WFT-E3/E3A
• USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
• Video out
• N3 type wired remote control
• PC Sync flash terminal
• Communication terminal on base for WFT-E3/E3A
Menu languages 25 18
Custom functions 25 24
Weight • No battery: 730 g (1.6 lb)
• With battery: 822 g (1.8 lb) (measured)
• No battery: 740 g (1.6 lb)
• With battery: 836 g (1.8 lb) (measured)

Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR Camera – Body Only from amazon.co.uk (£689.99 as of 5/6/2010)
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~ by onlinecamerawarehouse on June 5, 2010.

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