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Canon EOS 50D

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2003 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the image quality and lens. The usability and performance are also appreciated, but there are some mixed opinions about the battery. Many are critical about the video and value for money.

screen, performance, usability, lens, image quality

value for money, video

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Canon EOS 50D is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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(Based on 2003 reviews)

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Canon EOS 50D


high-definition video capture (something the 50D can't do) for less cash.

Lighting fast. Produces beautiful low-light images. Large, high-resolution LCD screen. HDMI-out

Expensive. Big and heavy

The Canon EOS 50D is fast and sharp, and it produces low noise at high ISOs. If you own compatible lenses, there's not much to think about. If you don't, Nikon's D90 might be worth a look.

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Canon EOS 50D


At first glance the Canon EOS 50D digital SLR camera isn't a dramatic upgrade over its predecessor, the Canon EOS 40D (which remains available). For a price difference of about $300 (the 50D sells for $1600, including an EF 18-to-200mm, f/3.5-to-5.6 IS...

Solid design ; Offers face detection mode

Live View shooting remains convoluted

Though this is not a must-buy upgrade over the 40D, it does have some new and friendly features and shooting modes.


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Canon EOS 50D


While point-and-shoot digicams muddle along without any super breakthroughs—14 megapixels? Big deal!—watching the brawl between D-SLR manufacturers is much more enjoyable. Recently, Canon, Nikon and Sony have all introduced or announced digital...

High-quality images; very little digital noise; solid construction; excellent screen

Expensive; steep learning curve for newbies; no protective cover for LCD

If the EOS 50D were less expensive, it would be a shoe-in for our Editor


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Canon EOS 50D Review


Almost exactly a year after the arrival of the EOS 40D, Canon has announced the 50D, which we're assured will be a sister-model, rather than a replacement. Recent history has seen Canon release new models every 18 months-or-so but it's been a busy year...

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...

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...

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. But it was also the first model in the popular line of...

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Canon's new EOS 50D is the incremental upgrade from their 40D which debuted last year. Renowned for being solid, dependable cameras with a wide variety of controls and access to a considerable back catalog of lenses, we put the Canon through a...

Solid construction ; Large, high resolution LCD ; Good live view functionality ; Overall competent scoring in our tests ; Clear, well organized menu system

Body essentially unchanged from 40D ; Uninspired test scores ; No major new innovations ; Heavy, over three pounds with kit lens and battery

The Canon EOS-50D is a solid incremental upgrade from the 40D. It doesn't have any dramatic new features, delivers a gorgeous LCD, 15-megapixel resolution, an improved live view mode, and burst mode at a speedy 6.3 frames per second. However, we were...

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Canon EOS 50D (with 28-135mm lens)


With entry-level dSLRs getting pretty cheap and close to commoditized, competition for the attention of experienced amateur photographers is heating up the $1,000-$1,500 price range of the market. Former occupants of that segment, like the Canon EOS...

Excellent performance and photo quality; solid, comfortable shooting design.

Relatively basic feature set for its class.

A very good midrange dSLR, the Canon EOS 50D is a compelling--but not necessarily a must-have--choice for Canon upgraders.

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Canon EOS 50D SLR


A significant upgrade to the Canon EOS 50D camera is its large, clear 3.0-inch Clear View LCD screen which features 920,000 dot/VGA resolution, four times the pixel count of the EOS 40D camera's screen, for better clarity and color. To help show off...

In addition to the RAW and JPEG image capture modes that photographers are accustomed to, the EOS 50D Digital SLR camera now offers more manageable resolution settings and file sizes with two sRAW recording formats, sRAW1 and sRAW2. At the sRAW1...

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Canon EOS 50D DSLR Digital Camera First Impressions Review


The Canon EOS 50D is smack bang in the middle of the range for Canon's SLRs. Priced at around $1399 (body only), it is more expensive then its Digital Rebel range, but costs much less than the recently announced Canon 5D Mark II. It's an upgrade to the...

- 6 fps burst mode - Simultaneous RAW and JPEG shooting - Body is robust and well sealed

- No movie mode - No speed increase from the 40D

Our initial impressions of the 50D are positive; it looks to be a solid upgrade to a good camera, adding extra resolution. But there is no real speed increase over its predecessor; it shoots at 6 frames per second, while the 40D was slightly faster at...

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Canon EOS 50D


Serious amateur and semi-professional photographers are the target market for the Canon EOS 50D - the same market that its predecessors, the 40D, 30D, 20D, ... were targeted to. Like its predecessors, the 50D can be used in fully automatic point and...

Historically, only Canon's 1-series bodies were weather sealed. With the 40Dd came partial weather sealing and the 50D has received similar partial weather sealing. I'm not ready to get my 50D wet, but every avoided repair is a big deal in both time...

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Nimar NI303D Underwater Housing f/ Canon EOS 50D


So if you like to frequent the waters and decide to take some pictures while you're at it, consider taking the Nimar NI303D Underwater Housing to protect your Canon EOS 50D. It is ready to go and easy to use, so you don't have to worry about wasting...

Ready to use- no additional accessories neededSturdy- constructed out of clear polycarbonateUnique- allows your camera to snap pictures underwaterVersatile- includes Standard Zoom Lens PortReliable- protects your camera up to 200 feet (60 meters)

If you are both an avid photography and diver, then you need the Nimar...

Product Specifications

Canon's EOS 50D bridges the gap between the novice and the seasoned pro with a perfect combination of high-speed and quality. It features an APS-C sized 15.1-megapixel CMOS sensor for tremendous images, DIGIC 4 image processor for fine detail and superior color reproduction, and improved ISO capabilities up to 12800 for uncompromised shooting even in the dimmest situations. It features a refined 3.0-inch Clear View LCD (920,000 dots) monitor, supercharged live view function with Face Detection Live mode, plus a number of automatic image correction settings and HDMI output for viewing images on an HDTV. Pick up the EOS 50D and you'll experience true digital inspiration!


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-511A

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Close-up / Landscape / Night portrait / Portrait mode / Sports mode/Sports mode / Night portrait / Close-up / Portrait mode / Landscape


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon EOS

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.6/F/4.0-5.6
Lens for SD:Body only/Canon EF 28-135mm IS lens/Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS lens/Canon EF-S 18-200mm IS lens
Max Focal Length:135mm/200mm/85mm
Min Focal Length:17mm/18mm/28mm
Optical Zoom:11.1/4.8/5
Type:Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:14.9 x 22.3mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.9 x 22.3 mm
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes
Sensor Resolution:15.1Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Fixed eye-level pentaprism

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):12800
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100-12800 / ISO auto/ISO auto / ISO 100-12800
Special Effects:Custom Effect / Faithful / Landscape / Monochrome / Neutral / Portrait/Portrait / Landscape / Monochrome / Faithful / Custom Effect / Neutral
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW / RAW + JPEG/RAW + JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical