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 ...
Summary: What to make of the Canon EOS 50D. On the one hand, there are several ‘upgrades’ to the 40D that will appeal to a range of photographers. If you’re someone who needs to either enlarge your prints or values the ability to crop your images without losing too much detail, then the extra 5MP in...
Pros: LCD upgrade, extra resolution, prompt AF
Cons: No real groundbreaking change, unintuitive menus, metering issues in difficult light
Summary: The Canon EOS 50D is a feature-packed semi-pro DSLR which takes the already capable 40D, increases the pixel count by 50%, quadruples the sensitivity and packs in all the latest features – bar a movie mode.
Pros: High resolution which matches 40D’s noise., Quick handling and continuous shooting., VGA screen with Live View & HDMI., AF micro-adjust and vignette correction.
Cons: Needs decent optics to exploit resolution., Face detection impractical due to slow AF., Auto Lighting Optimizer unremarkable., Lacking movie mode.
Summary: The 50D is an absolutely fantastic mid-level SLR. It offers the highest resolution in its price range and packs in a bevy of features, including Live View, a speedy burst mode and ultra-high ISO sensitivities, making this a winner for any professional or enthusiastic amateur.
Pros: Massive 15.1-megapixel resolution, incredible LCD display, fast burst mode, fairly good Live View mode, option for an image stabilised kit lens, ISO 6400 and 12800
Cons: A little more chromatic aberration than usual, 95 per cent viewfinder coverage
Summary: Canon seems to have thrown everything but the kitchen sink at the EOS 50D in a bid to re-assert itself in the semi-pro market. In doing so it's produced a great camera, and while it might not convert existing Nikon and Sony owners, it's the ideal upgrade for any Canon user.