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Canon EOS 50D 15.1 MP Digital SLR Camera Kit (Black)
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- 15.1-megapixel CMOS sensor with improved noise reduction
- EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM standard zoom lens included
- Enhanced Live View shooting includes Face Detection Live mode
- New Lens Peripheral Illumination Correction setting; HDMI output
- Capture images to Compact Flash Type I or II memory cards (not included)
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||800 Photos|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||6.3 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||920,000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||15.1 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||3,200|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||Compact Flash (Type I or II), UDMA|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/250_sec|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash, Hot-shoe, Wireless|
|Focus Description||TTL-SIR-CT, 9 focus points|
|Focus Type||Autofocus & Manual|
|Form Factor||Mid-size SLR|
|HDMI Type||HDMI Mini|
|ISO Range||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (H),6400(H1),12800(H2)|
|Image Aspect Ratio||3:2|
|Included Components||EOS 50D Body Canon EF 28-135mm Lens Eyecup Eb (not|
|Item Dimensions||4.25 x 2.91 x 5.75 inches|
|Item Display Weight||5 pounds|
|Item Weight||1.81 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/8000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,752|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||15.1 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Processor Description||Digic 4|
|Remote Control Description||N3 connector|
|Removable Memory||CompactFlash Type I or II|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||EOS integrated cleaning system|
|Shipping Weight||5.25 pounds|
|Style Name||Body w/ 28-135mm IS Kit|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion BP-511A rechargeable battery & charger|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical (pentaprism)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
|Weather Resistance||Water and Dust resistant|
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|Screen Size||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 in|
|Focus Type||Autofocus & Manual||Automatic with Manual||Autofocus & Manual||Includes Manual Focus||Includes Manual Focus||Automatic with Manual|
|ISO Range||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (H),6400(H1),12800(H2)||100-1600||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, (12800 with boost)||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 (25600 with boost)||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, (12800 with boost)|
|Item Dimensions||2.91 x 5.75 x 4.25 in||2.89 x 5.73 x 4.24 in||3.11 x 5.71 x 4.17 in||3.07 x 5.1 x 3.93 in||3.09 x 5.47 x 4.11 in||3.15 x 5.24 x 3.94 in|
|Item Weight||1.81 lbs||1.63 lbs||1.66 lbs||1.06 lbs||1.66 lbs||1.26 lbs|
|Megapixels||15.1||10.1||18||18.7 megapixels||20.2 megapixels||18|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||15.1 megapixels||10.1 megapixels||18 megapixels||18 megapixels||20.2 megapixels||18 megapixels|
|Photo Sensor Size||APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)||APS-C||APS-C (22.3 x 14.9mm)||APS-C (22.3 x 14.9mm)||APS-C (22.5 x 15mm)||APS-C|
|Style Name||Body w/ 28-135mm IS Kit||40D Body w/ 28-135mm Lens||Body Only||18-55mm||Body Only||Body Only|
|Video Capture Resolution||—||1080p||1080p_hd||1080p_hd||1080p_hd||1080p_hd|
|Viewfinder||Optical (pentaprism)||LCD||Optical (pentaprism)||Optical (pentamirror)||Optical (pentaprism)||Optical (pentamirror)|
Canon’s new EOS 50D bridges the gap between the novice and the seasoned pro with a perfect combination of high-speed and quality. It features an APS-C sized 15.1-megapixel CMOS sensor for tremendous images, new DIGIC 4 Image Processor for fine detail and superior color reproduction, and improved ISO capabilities up to 12800 for uncompromised shooting even in the dimmest situations. It features a refined 3.0-inch Clear View LCD (920,000 dots) monitor, supercharged Live View Function with Face Detection Live mode, plus a number of new automatic Image Correction settings and HDMI output for viewing images on an HDTV. Pick up the EOS 50D and you’ll experience true digital inspiration!
From the Manufacturer
Canons new EOS 50D bridges the gap between the novice and the seasoned pro with a perfect combination of high-speed and quality. It features an APS-C sized 15.1-megapixel CMOS sensor for tremendous images, new DIGIC 4 Image Processor for fine detail and superior color reproduction, and improved ISO capabilities up to 12800 for uncompromised shooting even in the dimmest situations. It features a refined 3.0-inch Clear View LCD (920,000 dots) monitor, supercharged Live View Function with Face Detection Live mode, plus a number of new automatic Image Correction settings and HDMI output for viewing images on an HDTV. Pick up the EOS 50D and youll experience true digital inspiration!
Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR Highlights
New 15.1-megapixel CMOS sensor with improved noise reduction
The EOS 50D features a newly-designed 15.1-megapixel APS-C sized CMOS sensor which is capable of recording up to 4752 x 3168 pixels with full 14-bit A/D conversion for extremely fine tonal gradation. Ready to capture images in an instant, the sensor is designed to work with Canons EF and EF-S lenses with a conversion factor of 1.6x. Its capable of recording at sensitivities previously too noisy for shooting in low light or subjects in motion. With a maximum ISO rating of 12800 combined with a 4-level High ISO speed noise reduction function, images that would have been impossible without the use of a strobe or flash become simple to record.
The EOS 50D operates with such effortless speed that operation is nothing short of intuitive. With instant startup times, speedy autofocus and minimal shutter lag, the EOS 50D is one of the fastest cameras available today. It can shoot up to 6.3 fps, in bursts of up to 90 JPEGs (using an UDMA CF card), 60 JPEGs (using a CF card) consecutively or 16 RAW files, so youll never, ever miss a shot.
DIGIC 4 Image Processor
This next generation DIGIC 4 Image Processor offers finer details and even more natural color reproduction, compared with the previous DIGIC III Image Processor. Since Canons DIGIC 4 chips use advanced signal processing technologies, they provide even faster operations, including write times to UDMA cards. It also enables Face Detection Live mode to detect and focus up to 35 face(s) to capture the best possible shot. Further, DIGIC 4 offers the improved Auto Lighting Optimizer that corrects brightness and contrast automatically, and Peripheral Illumination Correction for up to 40 EF lenses. DIGIC always maximizes performance between the capturing and recording stages of digital photography.
The EOS 50D features Canons most advanced Live View shooting thanks to the number of focusing modes available including Quick mode, Live mode and Face Detection Live mode. You can zoom in and navigate the composition 5x or 10x normal size, enabling critical focus. Theres even 2 overlay grid options, perfect for lining up vertical and horizontal lines. In the studio, the camera can be controlled remotely with Live View Function when the camera is connected to a computer through a USB cable, or wirelessly if the optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E3A is used.
9 cross-type high-precision sensors for accurate target subject acquisition
The EOS 50D has a high-precision 9-point wide area AF that uses cross-type points at f-stops of f/5.6 or faster, enabling the camera to focus faster, more accurately, and in difficult lighting situations. AF sensitivity is a stunning EV-0.5 to EV18. Adding to this AF performance, the EOS 50D incorporates a diagonally mounted cross-type sensor that is sensitive to both vertical and horizontal lines at f/2.8, perfect for enhanced operation in dim light. The EOS 50D has a number of focus modes, including One-Shot AF, AI Focus AF and AI Servo AF.
New Lens Peripheral Illumination Correction setting
Canons exclusive Lens Peripheral Illumination setting takes into account any light falloff in the corners of the frame and corrects it, making for a perfectly exposed image. Correction data are detected automatically on a number of Canon EF lenses and can be entered manually through included the Canon EOS Utility software.
Updated EOS Integrated Cleaning System
The EOS 50Ds Self Cleaning Sensor Unit eliminates stray dust that enters the camera when changing a lens or when out in the field. The sensors IR-cut/Low-pass filter cleans itself automatically with ultrasonic vibrations every time the camera is turned on or off and features a new flourine coating to minimize dust adhesion. Dust missed by the cleaning unit is captured by Canons Dust Delete Data Detection software and can be erased from the image file.
A key element of minimizing dust is preventing it from clinging to the front surface of the imaging sensor. To combat this, the EOS 50D features a Canon-designed Self Cleaning Sensor Unit. The low-pass filter at the front of the sensor shakes off dust automatically with ultrasonic vibrations, removing dust from the sensor assembly. The EOS 50D also has a coating on the front surface of the low-pass filter, to increase its resistance to dust sticking to the sensor.
Dust that may still remain on the front of the sensor can also be erased with software included in Digital Photo Professional (DPP) Version 3.3 or later software. A simple test shot of a plain, white object can be taken, using a menu setting. This Dust Delete Data image is analyzed in-camera, and the location and size of any remaining dust is added to any subsequent pictures taken. This data is transmitted along with the image, whether JPEG or RAW, and can be either manually or automatically erased in Canons DPP software. This added software option ensures the cleanest possible image, perfect for printing or archiving.
Creative Auto goes a step beyond full auto with on screen setting display The EOS 50D has a new Creative Auto mode and a quick control screen that helps novice users narrow the gap between fully automatic and manual control. While the camera will remain by default in fully automatic mode, frequently changed settings like flash, exposure compensation, image quality and more are all accessible through one easy screen interface designed for intuitive, quick action. A provided shooting guide serves as a quick-reference for on-the-fly operation.
HDMI output for displaying full high-resolution images on a HDTV The EOS 50D includes a new HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) output device that enables High Definition display of your photographs on any HDTV with HDMI ports. Its remarkable to behold the details of your photographs in Full HD, and its easy with the EOS 50D. Resolution is set automatically to match the TV to which youve connected, and images are displayed in a full-frame 3:2 ratio with blacked out bars to the left and right of the image.
Compatible with over 60 Canon EF/EF-S lenses and most EOS System accessories
EF & EF-S Lenses
The EOS 50D is compatible with all Canon lenses in the EF and EF-S lineup, ranging from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto lenses. Canon lenses employ advanced optical expertise and micron-precision engineering to deliver unprecedented performance in all facets of the photographic process. Special optical technologies, such as Aspherical, ultra-low dispersion, or fluorite elements are featured in the universally acclaimed L-series lenses. And Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer technology is featured in select lenses to minimize the effect of camera shake. Through Canon lenses, photographers can truly maximize the quality and liberating performance of the EOS 50D.
The EOS 50D features the acclaimed E-TTL II flash metering system. With any of the flashes in the EX Speedlite line, E-TTL II provides reliable flash output whether shooting fill-in flash pictures in sunlight, or using flash in total darkness. With E-TTL II, the exact same 35-zone metering sensor used for measuring ambient light is also used for flash metering--giving even finer metering command of the image area. If you prefer a broader area for flash metering, there's a menu setting to change to "Average" flash metering--where the entire 35-zone area is measured evenly for flash exposure.
Canon EOS Digital Solution Disk (Version 17.0)
The EOS 50D comes bundled with an updated Canon EOS Digital Solution Disk, which features powerful software programs designed to extend the EOS experience to the computer. These include Canon's EOS Utility (Version 2.5), Digital Photo Professional (Version 3.5), ZoomBrowser EX for Windows (Version 6.2), ImageBrowser for Macintosh OS X (Version 6.2), the Picture Style Editor (Version 1.4), PhotoStitch (version 3.2), WFT Utility (version 3.2). Each application is designed to perfect the captured images and streamline the digital workflow.
EOS Utility (Version 2.5) for Macintosh or Windows handles the connection between the camera and computer, whenever theyre connected via USB. It allows remote controlled shooting from the computer, handles downloading of images from the camera to the computer, and allows seamless linking to either Canons ZoomBrowser/ImageBrowser or Digital Photo Professional software once images have been copied to the hard drive. Furthermore, its used to upload settings back into a USB-connected camera.
Digital Photo Professional (Version 3.5) is an image processing program that enables high-speed RAW image processing, high-speed previewing for real-time image adjustment and support for sRGB, Adobe RGB and Wide Gamut RGB color spaces. Because its CMS (Color Management System) compatible, Digital Photo Professional allows for easy image layout and printing in Adobe RGB in conjunction with Easy-PhotoPrint and PictBridge printers. It also features the Dust Delete Data Detection tool for cleaner images.
ZoomBrowser EX (Version 6.2) for Windows and ImageBrowser (Version 6.2) for Mac OS X are the easy, user-friendly options for viewing and editing of JPEG and even RAW image files. Both allow viewing of numerous types of images including finished TIFF and BMP files. Both also have a variety of search options for finding images, allow re-naming of single images or batches of files, and offer a variety of options for printing without using a separate image-editing program.
Picture Style Editor (Version 1.4)
Canons Picture Style Editor enables photographers to create custom Picture Style profiles that can be used to customize the appearance of JPEG and RAW images captured with EOS Digital SLR cameras. Picture Style files created with Picture Style Editor can be loaded into the EOS cameras that support Picture Style and may also be used when processing RAW images in Canon software applications Digital Photo Professional, ZoomBrowser EX (for Windows) and ImageBrowser (for Mac). See all Product description
Canon EOS 50D: Highly recommended by dpreview.com
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YOU WILL NEED:
Fast CF Card for HD video (this card is great!)
Card Reader (another winner)
Five minutes of your time
QUICK TEXT GUIDE:
- Update with official Canon firmware 1.0.9
- Format your CF card in camera first.
- Drag the custom ML 50D firmware, the autoexec file and the ML folder to the root of your card.
- With a fully charged battery, insert the CF card into the camera and run the firmware update tool from settings.
- Allow ML to install, then restart camera when prompted.
- Hit the trashcan button to access the ML menu.
- Optional: download and install the RAW plugin from the ML forum post in the comments.
- Optional: Repeat process for any additional CF cards
- Magic Lantern is considered an experimental hack and has the potential to damage your camera. This guide is for informational purposes, and is followed at your own risk
- ALWAYS use a genuine, fully charged Canon battery. Losing power during ANY firmware update (even Canon's) can be detrimental.
- The latest Canon firmware is 1.0.9 and should be installed first.
Once digital EOS cameras started being produced I knew I wanted one so I could experiment without the limitations of film costs. Unfortunately for many years, the high cost of digital EOS cameras prevented me from purchasing one. That is, until the year my wife and I got a fairly heft tax refund check from the IRS. I was planning on using it on bills (like we normally have done in the past) but my wife, tired of hearing me lamenting the fact that I couldn't afford a digital EOS camera, demanded I use the money to get one. After doing a lot of research I decided to stick with the Canon brand and get the 50D (at the time the newest camera on the market).
I have now been using it for over two years and have not had any problems with it. I think it's an excellent camera for beginners as well as more experienced photographers and allows for a lot of experimentation with various settings. A newer camera has been recently released by Canon which seems to be getting mixed reviews. Hopefully the release of the newer Canon camera will cause the price on the 50D to drop somewhat.
Definitely a camera I would recommend to family and friends.
On a side note, my first non photo thing to do with the 50D was to upgrade the firmware. If you decide on the 50D or 60D, I suggest you do the same. LOL.
The button layout I would say could use some work. Nikon I would give a major advantage here as all there buttons are easy to get to and navigate, where the Canon I have to look and fumble around to find even the basic stuff. I admit allot of this has to do with me needing to needing to know the camera better and will improve over time, but the D90 I picked up in like 20 min of using. Don't get me wrong, I don't think Canon's is bad, but could use some more work is all.
The camera is fast and starts up almost before I know I want to turn it on. (almost)Though I do feel Canon do need to add more AF points the nine it has seems to do the job well, even when following moving objects it keeps right up with it without a hint of wanting to slow down. Just make sure your memory card can keep up with this camera when your shutter is on auto fire. Like some reviews have stated, I have noticed the tracking does tend to want to go to brighter areas in the frame. This has not been a big issue with me, but is something you might want to watch for.
Another thing I really like is the solid build. It feels like a tank and knowing that metal and weather seal will keep this running long after I should of stopped shooting and had put it away. Nothing on this camera feels weak.
I was worried about soft images, though it is not a problem for this camera. Yes, if your using lower price glass you may see some softness, but this is not the camera doing it. With the 28-135 lens I got some pretty sharp shots with it and think its a good basic Lens, Yes my Primes (I like my primes) do better, but did enjoy using the lens on this camera for simple walks when I only wanted one lens with me and nothing else. Also I have noticed that this camera has no image overlay or multiple exposure settings. These are common on Nikon cameras, even there cheaper models, and I find it upsetting that there not on this camera. Yes you can do these in photoshop, having CS4 this is not a problem, but I prefer to do things in camera and only use PS for minor tweaks and adjustments. Canon really needs to add these.
At the price right now I would have to say this camera is a steal and a better deal over the 7D which really does not add much. I might take a stronger look after a price drop or two but right now this is a much better deal and I think anyone looking for a good buy on a SLR built as strong and performs as fast and accurate would be happy with buying the 50D.