Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR - HotHardware

Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR

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Included Accessories

In the box, you'll find the following:

  • EOS 50D body
  • Eyecup
  • Wide Neck Strap EW-EOS 50D
  • Video Cable VC-100
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-200U
  • Battery Pack BP-511A
  • Battery Charger CG-580
  • Great Photography is Easy Booklet
  • Do More with Macro Booklet
  • EOS Digital Solution CD
  • Software Instruction Manual 

Canon 50D
Specifications & Features

Effective Pixels Approx. 15.10 megapixels 
Aspect Ratio 3:2 (Horizontal: Vertical)
Image Sensor Size 22.3mm x 14.9mm
Image Type JPEG, RAW (14-bit, Canon original), sRAW, RAW+JPEG 
File Size Large/Fine: Approx. 5.0MB (4752 x 3168 pixels)
Large/Normal: Approx. 2.5MB (4752 x 3168 pixels)
RAW+Large/Fine: Approx. 20.2+5.0MB (4752 x 3168 pixels)
RAW: Approx. 20.2MB (4752 x 3168 pixels)
sRAW 2: Approx. 9.2MB (2376 x 1584 pixels)
sRAW 1: Approx. 12.6MB (3267 x 2178 pixels)
Exact file sizes depend on the subject, ISO speed, Picture Style, etc.
Color Space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Recording Media CF Card Type I and II, UDMA-compliant CF cards, via external media (USB v.2.0 hard drive, via optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E3A)
Compatible Lenses Canon EF lenses (including EF-S lenses) (35mm-equivalent focal length is approx. 1.6x the lens focal length) 
Lens Mount Canon EF mount
Dust Deletion feature (1) Automatic sensor cleaning
(2) Manual cleaning of sensor
(3) Dust Delete Data appended to the captured image 
LCD Size 3.0 in.
LCD Dots Approx. 920,000 (VGA)
Shooting Modes Program AE (Shiftable), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Depth-of-field AE, Creative Auto, Full auto, Programmed image control modes (portrait, landscape, close-up, sports, night portrait, flash off), Manual exposure, E-TTL II autoflash program AE
Live View Shooting Modes

(1) Live View shooting

(2) Remote Live View shooting (with a personal computer installed with EOS Utility) 

AF Points 9 (Cross-type)
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, Custom, Color Temperature setting
Color Temperature Compensation

White balance correction: ±9 stops in full-stop increments

White balance bracketing: ±3 stops in full-stop increments

Metering Modes Evaluative metering (linkable to any AF point)
Partial metering (approx. 9% of viewfinder at center)
Spot metering (approx. 3.8% of viewfinder at center)
Center-weighted average metering
ISO Speed Basic Zone modes: ISO 100-1600 set automatically
Creative Zone modes: ISO 100-3200 (in 1/3-stop increments), Auto, or ISO speed can be expanded to ISO 6400 or ISO 12800
Extension settable (with C.Fn.I-3-1): ISO 12800
High Tone Priority settable: ISO 200-1600 
Exposure Compensation Manual: ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments (can be combined with AEB)
Shutter Speeds 1/8000 to 30 sec., bulb 
Drive Modes Single, High-speed continuous, Low-speed continuous, and Self-timer (10 sec. or 2 sec. delay)
Continuous Shooting Speed Max. 6.3 shots/sec.
Maximum Burst JPEG (Large/Fine): approx. 60 (CF)/approx. 90 (UDMA CF)
RAW: approx. 16
RAW+JPEG (Large/Fine): approx. 11
Remote Control Remote control with N3-type terminal
Built-in Flash Type Retractable, auto pop-up flash
Flash Metering E-TTL II autoflash
Recycling Time Approx. 3 sec.
Flash Exposure Compensation Up to ±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments 
Compatible Flash EX-series Speedlites
Connections 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
Start-up Time Approx. 0.1 sec. (Based on CIPA testing standards)
Dimensions (WxHxD) Approx. 5.7 x 4.2 x 2.9 in.
Weight Approx. 25.7 oz. (body only)

Looking at its specs alone, certainly the 50D’s 15.1MP sensor is sure to catch a person’s eye. Beyond that, the 50D’s burst rate of 6.3 frames per second is impressive as well, considering the amount of data the camera must move in that timeframe.

Canon’s improvements to the 50D’s LCD do not go unnoticed, either. This LCD is vibrant and its ability to display VGA resolution gives you a good feel for what your shots will look like on screen. The camera’s ISO range is noteworthy as well. While most photographers will tell you to use the lowest ISO possible, it’s certainly nice to have a range to work with, especially in low-light situations. More details and a deep dive on a few key technologies built into the 50D are next.

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Nice camera, It puts my D50 to shame

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What do you guys think? Our first digicam review! Good stuff or what?

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I liked it, it would have been nice to compair it to its competitor. But I figure with more reviews it will come in time... This is where I go for reviews on DSLR's for a heads up. I dont know if you guys have seen the site.

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great review! im actually wanting to buy a dslr, however the cost of the canon is a bit too much :-(. good review too, nice comparision of the iso's. my one suggestion is, perhaps review some cheaper stuff? that camera is pretty expensive 

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Don't want to be mean but I guess its best to criticize now than later since you're just starting out.  The review was far too short and was really bad. 

First off I felt I could have learned more by going to Canon's own website and checking out the features and specs...You should extrapolate on the features, ergonomics, how long the battery life was, etc.

Secondly you skipped from an overview of the body to the end with sample images.  How is that even possible?  You gave no insight regarding how the camera operates, how you felt the AF system worked (the picture of one of your son is not even focused properly -- was the AF system fooled?), does it have image stabilzation, the menu layout, in-camera processing, key shooting features and there were no pictures that showcased the different image optimization straight from the camera nor any ISO noise results.

Like the previous poster said check out and design a method and process.

Even these reviews from another computer site was informative for the beginner/intermediate person.  You actually were given great information and real images showcasing what the camera could do...

You'll get there though!  Keep on trying to get better.

Edit: You actually did give ISO results but they were hard to differentiate.  Are these 100% crops?  They don't look like 100% crops to really see the differences...ISO 12800 I know doesn't look that good.

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           I have also canon EOS 40D digital SLR Camera. But i like Canon EOS 50D.The Canon EOS 40d, and the 50d both facilitate live view. I'm not exactly sure how you activate the live view on the 50d.





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Hey Dave, your review was fairly good, though you did skip a few details in regards to things other than image quality, which, as a semi-pro sports photography, I can tell you is only a small part of the equation in buying a camera.  I own a D3, and it's not only the sickening ISO performance and magical exposure determination that make the camera.  The operation, physical arrangement of buttons and other "intangibles" that make it the best camera on the market.

IMO, if you want to emulate the best camera reviews on the web, look no further than KenRockwell.  He is THE authority on all cameras, digital and film, and his reviews are unparalled.

Check it out!

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It's a nice camera. I use both EOS 5D Mark II and Nikon D700, if you are interested to see my photos please visit

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