Excerpt: While Nikon and Sony have been swinging for the fences with full-frame pro-level SLRs, Canon just seems to be swinging for a solid hit with its new mid-level DSLR, the EOS 50D. An upgrade of the 40D, this DSLR lands in early October with a body-only price of $1,399.
Conclusion: The Canon EOS 50D is a mid-range digital SLR which has 15 megapixels of resolution and comes in your choice of three kits. The EOS 50D is one of the larger cameras in its class, but makes up for that with very good build quality and ergonomics.
Pros: Good image quality, Sharp, very viewable 3 inch LCD, Typical digital SLR expandability via various accessories, Solid build quality and good ergonomics; partially sealed body, Live view comes in handy at times; shows a live histogram and manual focus enlargement, Full manual controls, flash hotsh...
Cons: Needs to use better/more expensive lenses for better image quality (less softness and fringing), One “custom” mode dial spot sacrificed for Creative Auto mode, Slow autofocus in live view mode, Below average battery life; lower compared to the old 40D, Ultrasonic dust reduction not very effective
Excerpt: Pity the Canon EOS 50D. Between the hoopla about the latest full-frame juggernauts from Nikon, Sony, and Canon itself, and the buzz on the debut of the Micro Four Thirds system, it's easy for an impressive new advanced-amateur DSLR to get overlooked.
Conclusion: Canon EOS 50D digital SLR camera The introduction of the Canon EOS 50D came as a surprise for many of us. So did the announcement to not consider this model the successor to the 40D. Yet the introduction of the Canon 50D is completely logical.
Conclusion: It's exactly eight years ago this month that Phil posted his review of the Canon D30 . The camera was Canon's first 'developed in house' DSLR and therefore a milestone in digital photography.
Pros: Detailed and clean image output (but not as detailed as we would have expected from a 15 megapixels sensor), Chroma and luminance noise well controlled at higher sensitivities, Wide range of image parameter adjustment (-4 to +4 for most), Effective Highlight tone priority option delivers smooth h...
Cons: High ISO performance worse than 40D, Reduced dynamic range in the shadow areas compared to EOS 40D, Per-pixel detail not as good as on good 10 or 12 megapixel cameras, High-end lenses required to get the most out of the camera, Poor white balance performance under artificial light, Flash must be ...
Excerpt: The Canon EOS-50D ($1399, body only) is a midrange digital SLR that "complements"
the popular EOS-40D, rather than replacing it. It's no secret that I'm a fan
of this line of Canon D-SLRs -- I've used three generations of them for the
product shots on this website, the latest being the 40D.
Pros: Very good photo quality (with a good lens), Low noise levels through ISO 1600 in low light, and ISO 3200 in good light, Sturdy, well-designed body; easy to hold; resistant against dust and moisture, Ultra-sharp 3-inch LCD display, Live view allows you to compose photos on the LCD; manual focusing...
Cons: Images on the soft side, especially with "average" lenses, Slight tendency to clip highlights and overexpose, Battery life is below average, and 20% worse than on the 40D, Very slow contrast detect AF in live view mode, Live view not available in auto/scene modes, No built-in support for wireless...
Summary: If Canon had given us a 40D “Mark II” at 10 megapixels with the rest of the upgrades found on the 50D, then I think we would have a killer prosumer camera. However, we are approaching the point where more megapixels become pointless.
Summary: The EOS 50D digital SLR is blurring the line between the mid-range and professional cameras. Incorporating the best features of Canon's prosumer models, the Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR camera includes an expanded ISO range, improved noise reduction, and in-camera photo editing features.