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Canon EOS 50D DSLR

 

Canon EOS 50D

Category: Serious to Advanced Amateur

The Canon EOS 50D addresses the needs of the serious to advanced amateur photographers with a digital SLR that sets new standards in its category and is professional in many respects except the price.

Positioned between the entry-level Rebel XSi/450D and the full-frame EOS 5D, the EOS 50D replaces the 40D.

Main features include:

  • 15.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor with improved noise reduction, wide range ISO 100-3200 (H1: 6400, H2: 12800), 14-bit conversion.
  • 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).
  • Enhanced Live View shooting includes Face Detection Live mode.
  • 9 cross-type high-precision sensors 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.
  • Integrated Cleaning System.
  • Creative Auto with on screen setting display.
  • HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) output for displaying full high-resolution images on a High Definition TV.

The 50D is basically a 40D which uses the new 151.MP CMOS sensor. Improvements over the 40D include:

  • ISO 100 to 3200, extendable to H1 (6400) and H2 (12800)
  • 3.0-in. LCD now has 920,000 dots resolution
  • Live View now also allows Contrast-Detect AF (with Face Detection)
  • Creative AUTO mode

The Canon EOS 50D DSLR continues to be a favorite of serious photographers and provides advanced pro features, fast, responsive controls, and exceptional image quality in a compact, lightweight and rugged body.

 
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Canon EOS 50D
QuickFact™ Sheet
Canon EOS 50D US | CAN | UK
Type  
Type Digital, single-lens reflex, AF/AE camera with built-in flash
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)
Image Sensor Size 22.3mm x 14.9mm
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
Lens Focal Length Conversion Factor 1.6x
Image Sensor  
Type High-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate CMOS sensor
Pixels Effective pixels: Approx. 15.10 megapixels
Total Pixels Total pixels: Approx. 15.50 megapixels
Aspect ratio 3:2 (Horizontal: Vertical)
Color Filter System RGB primary color filters
Low-pass Filter Fixed position in front of the CMOS sensor
Dust Deletion feature (1) Automatic sensor cleaning
(2) Manual cleaning of sensor
(3) Dust Delete Data appended to the captured image
Recording System  
Recording format Design rule for Camera File System 2.0
Image Type JPEG, RAW (14-bit, Canon original), sRAW, RAW+JPEG
File size (1) Large/Fine: Approx. 5.0MB (4752 x 3168 pixels)
(2) Large/Nomal: Approx. 2.5MB (4752 x 3168 pixels)
(3) Medium/Fine: Approx. 3.0MB (3456 x 2304 pixels)
(4) Medium/Normal: Approx. 1.6MB (3456 x 2304 pixels)
(5) Small/Fine: Approx. 1.7MB (2352 x 1568 pixels)
(6) Small/Normal: Approx. 0.9MB (2352 x 1568 pixels)
(7) RAW: Approx. 20.2MB (4752 x 3168 pixels)
(8) RAW+Large/Fine: Approx. 20.2+5.0MB (4752 x 3168 pixels)
(9) sRAW 1: Approx. 12.6MB (3267 x 2178 pixels)
(10) sRAW 1+Large/Fine: Approx. 12.6+5.0MB (3267 x 2178 pixels)
(11) sRAW 2: Approx. 9.2MB (2376 x 1584 pixels)
(12) sRAW 2+Large/Fine: Approx. 9.2+5.0MB (2376 x 1584 pixels)
Exact file sizes depend on the subject, ISO speed, Picture Style, etc.
Recording Functions With the WFT-E3A attached, image recording to the CF card and to the USB external media connected to the WFT-E3A will be possible as follows:
(1) Standard
(2) Automatic switching of recording media
(3) Separate recordings according to image-recording quality
(4) Recording images having the same size
Backup Recording Enabled with WFT-E3A attached
File Numbering Consecutive numbering, auto reset, manual reset. Possible to create new folders and select folders in the CF card
RAW + JPEG Simultaneous Recording Provided (sRAW+JPEG also possible)
Color Space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Picture Style Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Def. 1-3
Image Processing  
Type Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, Custom, Color Temperature setting
Auto White Balance Auto white balance with the image sensor
Color Temperature Compensation White balance correction: ±9 stops in full-stop increments
White balance bracketing: ±3 stops in full-stop increments
Blue/amber direction or magenta/green direction possible
Color Temperature Information Transmission Provided
Viewfinder  
Type Eye-level pentaprism
Coverage Vertical/Horizontal approx. 95%
Magnification Approx. 0.95x (-1m-1 with 50mm lens at infinity)
Eyepoint Approx. 22mm (from eyepiece lens center)
Built-in Dioptric Adjustment -3.0 to +1.0m-1 (diopter)
Focusing Screen Interchangeable (Ef-D: Grid lines, Ef-S {point of Focus), Ef-A standard focusing screen provided
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f/4L IS USM or shorter lenses)
Viewfinder Information AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), Exposure information (shutter speed, aperture, ISO speed, AE lock, exposure level, spot metering circle), Flash information (flash ready, flash exposure compensation, High-speed sync, FE lock, Red-eye reduction light), Image information (Highlight tone priority, monochrome shooting, maximum burst, white balance correction, CF card information)
Depth-of-Field Preview Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
Eyepiece Shutter None
Autofocus  
Type TTL-CT-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS sensor
AF Points

9 (Cross-type)

Metering Range EV 0.5-18 (at 73°F/23°C, ISO 100)
Focus Modes Auto, One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual focusing (MF)
AF Point Selection Automatic selection, manual selection
Selected AF Point Display Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on LCD panel
AF-assist Beam Small series of flashes fired by built-in flash
Effective range: Approx. 13.1 ft./4.0m at center, approx. 11.5 ft./3.5m at periphery
Exposure Control  
Metering Modes

35-zone TTL full-aperture metering

  • 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
Metering Range EV 1-20 (at 73°F/23°C with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Exposure Control 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
ISO Speed (Recommended Exposure Index)

Automatically set, ISO 100-6400 (in 1/3-stop or 1-stop increments)
Basic Zone modes: ISO 100-3200 set automatically
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)
AE Lock Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual: By AE lock button
Shutter  
Type Vertical-travel, mechanical, Electronically-controlled, focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speeds 1/8000 to 1/60 sec., X-sync at 1/250 sec.
1/8000 to 30 sec., bulb (Total shutter speed range.
Available range varies by shooting mode)
Shutter Release Soft-touch electromagnetic release
Self-timer 10-sec. or 2-sec. delay
Remote Control Remote control with N3-type terminal
Built-in Flash  
Type Retractable, auto pop-up flash
Flash Metering E-TTL II autoflash
Guide Number 13/43 (ISO 100, in meters/feet)
Recycling Time Approx. 3 sec.
Flash-ready Indicator Flash-ready icon lights in viewfinder
Flash Coverage 17mm lens angle of view
FE Lock Provided
Flash Exposure Compensation

Up to ±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments

External Speedlite  
Zooming to Match Focal Length Provided
Compatible Flash EX-series Speedlites
Flash Metering E-TTL II autoflash
Flash Exposure Compensation

±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increment

FE Lock Provided
External Flash Settings Flash function settings, Flash C.Fn settings
Drive System  
Drive Modes Single, High-speed continuous, Low-speed continuous, and Self-timer (10 sec. or 2 sec. delay)
Continuous Shooting Speed High-speed: Max. 6.3 shots/sec.
Low-speed: Max. 3 shots/sec.
Maximum Burst JPEG (Large/Fine): approx. 60 (CF)/approx. 90 (UDMA CF)
RAW: approx. 16
RAW+JPEG (Large/Fine): approx. 11
Based on Canon's testing standards with a 2GB CF card, high-speed continuous shooting, ISO 100 and Standard Picture Style
Varies depending on the subject, CF card brand, image-recording quality, ISO speed, drive mode, Picture Style, etc.
Live View Functions  
Shooting Modes (1) Live View shooting
(2) Remote Live View shooting (with a personal computer installed with EOS Utility)
Focusing Manual focus
Autofocus (Live View image interrupted for AF): Quick mode, Live mode, Live Face Detection mode
Metering Modes Evaluative metering with the image sensor
Metering Range EV 0-20 (at 73°F/23°C with EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Magnified View By 5x or 10x at AF point
Grid Display Provided
Exposure Simulation Provided
Silent Shooting Provided (Mode 1 and 2)
LCD Monitor  
Type TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor
Monitor size 3.0 in.
Dots Approx. 920,000 (VGA)
Coverage Approx. 100% (viewing angle: approx. 160°)
Brightness Adjustment 7 levels provided
Interface Languages 25
Image Playback  
Display Format Single image, Single image + Image-recording quality/shooting information, histogram, 4- or 9-image index, magnified view (approx. 1.5x-10x), rotated image (auto/manual), image jump (by 10/100 images, index screen, by shooting date, by folder), slide show (all images/selected by date/folder)
Highlight Warning Provided (Overexposed highlights blink)
Image Protection and Erase  
Protect Single images can be erase-protected or not
Erase Single image, check-marked images or all images in the CF card can be erased (except protected images)
Direct Printing  
Compatible printers PictBridge-compatible printers
Printable Images JPEG images compliant to Design rule for Camera File System (DPOF printing possible) and RAW/sRAW images captured with the EOS 50D
Easy Print feature Provided
DPOF: Digital Print Order Format  
DPOF Version 1.1 compatible
Direct Image Transfer  
Compatible Images JPEG and RAW images
Only JPEG images can be transferred as wallpaper on the personal computer screen
Customization  
Custom Functions Total 25
Camera User Settings Register under Mode Dial's C1 and C2 positions
My Menu Registration Provided
Interface  
USB Terminal For personal computer communication and direct printing (USB 2.0 Hi-Speed)
Video Out Terminal (1) Video OUT terminal: NTSC/PAL selectable
(2) HDMI mini OUT terminal
Extension System Terminal For connection to WFT-E3A
Power Source  
Battery One Battery Pack BP-511A
AC power can be supplied via optional AC Adapter Kit ACK-E2 (with optional Battery Grip BG-E2N or BG-E2 attached, AA-size batteries can be used)
Number of Shots

Normal Shooting:
at 73°F/23°C:
No flash: approx. 800 images
50% flash use: approx. 640 images
at 32°F/0°C:
No flash: approx. 640 images
50% flash use: approx. 540 images

Live View Shooting:
at 73°F/23°C:
No flash: approx. 180 images
50% flash use: approx. 170 images
at 32°F/0°C:
No flash: approx. 140 images
50% flash use: approx. 130 images

 

Battery Check Auto
Power saving Provided. Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30 min.
Date/Time Battery One CR2016 lithium-ion battery
Start-up Time Approx. 0.1 sec. (Based on CIPA testing standards)
Operation Environment  
Working Temperature Range 32-104°F/0-40°C
Working Humidity Range 85% or less
Dimensions and Weight  
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 5.7 x 4.2 x 2.9 in./145.5 x 107.8 x 73.5mm
Weight Approx. 25.7 oz./730g (body only)
MSRP (Body only) US $1399 / CDN $1449.99
with EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM zoom lens US $1599 / CDN $1799.99
with EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens CDN $2049.99
EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens US $699 / CDN $749

Note: All the specifications above are based on Canon's testing standards.
The camera's specifications and exterior are subject to change without notice.


Included Accessories:
Eyecup Eb (not shown)
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 and "Do More with Macro" Booklet (not shown)
EOS Digital Solution CD
Software Instruction Manual (not shown)

- Press Release [US | CAN]
- Image Samples


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