Canon announces EOS 50D

As expected, the replacement for the EOS 40D has been announced just prior to Photokina. The new EOS 50D is the top end of the “prosumer” market and has a number on improvements over the 40D which is just about a year old. Let’s get right into it and see what this new camera is all about.

External
The body itself is almost identical to the 40D in size, shape, and controls with the exceptions being that there is now a silver bezel on top of the mode dial, an icon in the LCD on the top of the camera will indicate when Highlight Tone Priority is enabled, a new Type C HDMI video port on the side are the only things besides the 50D logo that are noticeable.

Features

The official feature list is show here, we will dig into more of these later on:

  • New 15.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor with improved noise reduction, wide range ISO 100-3200 (H1: 6400, H2: 12800), 14-bit conversion for smooth color tones and gradations.
  • Next generation DIGIC 4 Image Processor for faster processing, 6.3 fps up to 90 JPEGS using UDMA CF cards; 60 consecutive JPEGS or 16 RAW using standard CF cards.
  • 3.0-inch Clear View LCD (920,000 dots/VGA) with multiple coatings for improved viewing and smudge-resistant protection.
  • Enhanced Live View shooting includes Face Detection Live mode.
  • 9 cross-type high-precision sensors for accurate target subject acquisition and diagonal center cross-type AF point with f/2.8 and faster lenses.
  • New Lens Peripheral Illumination Correction setting to automatically even the brightness across the image.
  • Updated EOS Integrated Cleaning System with a fluorine coating for better resistance to dust.
  • Creative Auto goes a step beyond full auto with on screen setting display.
  • HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) output for displaying full high-resolution images on a High Definition TV.
  • Compatible with over 60 Canon EF/EF-S lenses and most EOS System accessories.

The new sensor

As expected, a new sensor is built into the 50D that improves the light gathering ability by using bigger micro lenses over each pixel. Effectivily this will give you 1 to 1.5 stop of better noise reduction allowing you to shoot at ISO 3200 and have images that have noise that is closer to what ISO 1600 looks like on the 40D. Like the previous 20,30,40, the 50D is an APS-C sized sensor giving is a 1.6x crop factor and delivers images at 4752w x 3168h pixels. The integrated cleaning system is also claimed to work better than the one built into the 40D.

The new processor
The next generation of the Digic processor, the Digic IV is debuted in the 50D. This new processor is claimed to be 30% faster than the Digic III and provides a plethora of new features.

  • Full size RAW (15.06 megapixels), sRAW1 (7.12 megapixelss) and sRAW2 (3.76 megapixels)
  • Three levels of High ISO Noise Reduction
  • Three increments of Auto Lighting Optimizer
  • Peripheral Illumination Correction – This is a vignette control based on profiles of Canon lenses
  • ISO 100 – 3200 is standard along with extended ISO of 6400 and 12,800

Better Storage

Although many of us were hoping for dual card slots, the 50D still sports a single Compact Flash slot although support of UDMA makes for faster read/write speeds.

Better LCD

The LCD on the rear has been improved with more resolution giving you 920,000 pixels which now gives you even great clarity than previous models. The Live Mode provided through the read LCD has also been improved with two types of autofocus now available including a simple quick mode that toggles the Live View off while the camera performs the focus and Live autofocus that uses contrast detection like we saw possible when using DSLR Remote Pro for tethered shooting. Like many new point and shoots, the 50D now has face detection when using the Live Mode autofocusing.

Shipping and Price

The EOS 50D is supposed to be available sometime in October at $1,399. As the camera gets closer to the release date I am sure more information will become available, especially from some of the sites that get pre-production units to test.

For a detailed hands-on preview of the 50D, check out: http://www.dpreview.com/previews/canoneos50d/

Source: http://www.usa.canon.com

KerryG

Kerry Garrison lives in Castle Rock, Colorado with his wife and two dogs. With 10 years of experience shooting products and 5 years of experience in the wedding industry, Kerry brings a good deal of technical know-how and can explain topics in easy-to-understand terms.

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  1. Anonymous says:

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    Canon EOS 5D 12.8 MP Digital SLR Camera..$800usd
    Canon EOS 40D…….$600usd
    Nikon D300 Black SLR Digital..$700usd
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    Canon XL2 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom??$1500 USD
    Canon XL1 Digital Camcorder Kit????$1000USD
    Canon EOS 1D Mark II N 8.2MP Digital SLR Camera?.$1250USD
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    PS3 60GB…………$300usd
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    Welcome to the next generation of digital SLR photography-the Canon EOS 40D. The EOS 40D combines Canon's tremendous know-how in both the digital and photographic worlds, creating a camera that not only does everything one would expect of a traditional digital SLR, but one that incorporates staggering leaps forward in technological innovation. With new features like Canon's EOS Integrated Cleaning System, Live View Function, a more powerful DIGIC III Image Processor, plus a 10.1 megapixels CMOS sensor, a 3.0" LCD monitor and more, the EOS 40D elevates digital photography to new heights, enhancing the shooting experience, and delivering images one could only expect from a Canon.
    Display & Graphics
    Screen Size: 3"
    Display Type: Active Matrix TFT Color LCD
    Display Resolution: 230Kilopixel
    Camera Resolution: 10.1Megapixel Effective – 10.5Megapixel Total
    Image
    Image Formats: JPEGRAW
    Maximum Image Resolution: 3888 x 2592
    Video
    Video Formats: Not Applicable
    Lens
    Focal Length: 28mm to 135mm
    Optical Zoom: 4.8x
    Digital Zoom: Not Applicable
    Image Stabilization: Not Applicable
    Autofocus Type: Passive CMOS
    Focus Modes: Auto FocusManual Focus
    Exposure
    Shutter Speed: 30 to 1/8000 Second
    Flash
    Flash Modes: Auto Flash
    Viewfinder
    Viewfinder Type: SLR
    Memory
    Memory Card Support: CompactFlash (CF) Card
    Interfaces/Ports
    Interfaces/Ports: 1 x USB1 x DC Power In1 x Video Out
    Battery Information
    Battery Include: Yes
    Physical Characteristics
    Dimensions: 4.2" Height x 5.7" Width x 2.9" Depth
    Weight: 26.1oz

    WE MAKE SHIPMENT VIA UPS AND FEDEX SHIPPING COMPANY 2DAYS DELIVER WORLD WIDE , IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BUYING YOU CAN CONTACT OUR EMAIL ADDRESS OK.

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  2. mike says:

    Brand new CAMERA , MOBILE PHONE, LAPTOP , GAME and many more come with complete accessories with Two year international warranty.

    camr_inc@hotmail.com

    Canon EOS 5D 12.8 MP Digital SLR Camera..$800usd
    Canon EOS 40D…….$600usd
    Nikon D300 Black SLR Digital..$700usd
    Samsung GX-20 …..$700usd
    Canon XL2 3CCD MiniDV Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom……$1500 USD
    Canon XL1 Digital Camcorder Kit…………$1000USD
    Canon EOS 1D Mark II N 8.2MP Digital SLR Camera….$1250USD
    Nokia n96 16gb……$500usd
    PS3 60GB…………$300usd
    APPLE iphone 3G…..$300usd

    Welcome to the next generation of digital SLR photography-the Canon EOS 40D. The EOS 40D combines Canon's tremendous know-how in both the digital and photographic worlds, creating a camera that not only does everything one would expect of a traditional digital SLR, but one that incorporates staggering leaps forward in technological innovation. With new features like Canon's EOS Integrated Cleaning System, Live View Function, a more powerful DIGIC III Image Processor, plus a 10.1 megapixels CMOS sensor, a 3.0″ LCD monitor and more, the EOS 40D elevates digital photography to new heights, enhancing the shooting experience, and delivering images one could only expect from a Canon.
    Display & Graphics
    Screen Size: 3″
    Display Type: Active Matrix TFT Color LCD
    Display Resolution: 230Kilopixel
    Camera Resolution: 10.1Megapixel Effective – 10.5Megapixel Total
    Image
    Image Formats: JPEGRAW
    Maximum Image Resolution: 3888 x 2592
    Video
    Video Formats: Not Applicable
    Lens
    Focal Length: 28mm to 135mm
    Optical Zoom: 4.8x
    Digital Zoom: Not Applicable
    Image Stabilization: Not Applicable
    Autofocus Type: Passive CMOS
    Focus Modes: Auto FocusManual Focus
    Exposure
    Shutter Speed: 30 to 1/8000 Second
    Flash
    Flash Modes: Auto Flash
    Viewfinder
    Viewfinder Type: SLR
    Memory
    Memory Card Support: CompactFlash (CF) Card
    Interfaces/Ports
    Interfaces/Ports: 1 x USB1 x DC Power In1 x Video Out
    Battery Information
    Battery Include: Yes
    Physical Characteristics
    Dimensions: 4.2″ Height x 5.7″ Width x 2.9″ Depth
    Weight: 26.1oz

    WE MAKE SHIPMENT VIA UPS AND FEDEX SHIPPING COMPANY 2DAYS DELIVER WORLD WIDE , IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BUYING YOU CAN CONTACT OUR EMAIL ADDRESS OK.

    camr_inc@hotmail.com

  3. Anonymous says:

    Just got mine. I've been exploring it for the last 24 hours. Obviously too early even for a preview, but so far, I'm impressed! ISO's up to 6400 are pretty usable; 12800 is OK, but you have to do some pretty heavy-duty NR to make it even somewhat usable.

    Even then, if you want the shadow recovery, you can't use ISO's 100, 6400, or 12800 (which is what it uses to give the expanded dynamic range). Still, not a bad trade-off, especially since you can make it a two-button-push switchoff.

    Image quality is impressive. For Canon shooters, that new screen is an answer to prayer. The detail, brightness, and clarity — even in sunlight — is VERY nice. The new menu system is familiar but greatly polished from previous iterations.

    Ergonomics are familiar to anyone with a 40D; to any Rebel shooter (as I was) it's like moving from a cardboard box to a Park Avenue apartment. The balance with my flash and lenses completely alters the shooting experience.

    More as I become more familiar.

  4. arpboy says:

    Just got mine. I've been exploring it for the last 24 hours. Obviously too early even for a preview, but so far, I'm impressed! ISO's up to 6400 are pretty usable; 12800 is OK, but you have to do some pretty heavy-duty NR to make it even somewhat usable.

    Even then, if you want the shadow recovery, you can't use ISO's 100, 6400, or 12800 (which is what it uses to give the expanded dynamic range). Still, not a bad trade-off, especially since you can make it a two-button-push switchoff.

    Image quality is impressive. For Canon shooters, that new screen is an answer to prayer. The detail, brightness, and clarity — even in sunlight — is VERY nice. The new menu system is familiar but greatly polished from previous iterations.

    Ergonomics are familiar to anyone with a 40D; to any Rebel shooter (as I was) it's like moving from a cardboard box to a Park Avenue apartment. The balance with my flash and lenses completely alters the shooting experience.

    More as I become more familiar.

  5. arpboy says:

    Just got mine. I've been exploring it for the last 24 hours. Obviously too early even for a preview, but so far, I'm impressed! ISO's up to 6400 are pretty usable; 12800 is OK, but you have to do some pretty heavy-duty NR to make it even somewhat usable.

    Even then, if you want the shadow recovery, you can't use ISO's 100, 6400, or 12800 (which is what it uses to give the expanded dynamic range). Still, not a bad trade-off, especially since you can make it a two-button-push switchoff.

    Image quality is impressive. For Canon shooters, that new screen is an answer to prayer. The detail, brightness, and clarity — even in sunlight — is VERY nice. The new menu system is familiar but greatly polished from previous iterations.

    Ergonomics are familiar to anyone with a 40D; to any Rebel shooter (as I was) it's like moving from a cardboard box to a Park Avenue apartment. The balance with my flash and lenses completely alters the shooting experience.

    More as I become more familiar.

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