Canon EOS 50D

Released August, 2008
  • 15.1 MP
  • APS-C 22.3 x 14.9 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
Personally I've never had a lot of use for very fast drive speeds, but it says a lot for the power of the DIGIC 4 processor that it can do this in Raw + JPEG mode at the highest quality setting, which means that the chip is chucking out about 160MB of data a second.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
9 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Canon EOS 50D

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

EOS 50D
9.3
D5100
10.0
EOS 40D
9.3
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

EOS 50D
5.7
D5100
5.9
EOS 40D
5.7
focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

EOS 50D
10.0
D5100
10.0
EOS 40D
10.0
continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

EOS 50D
9.3
D5100
9.1
EOS 40D
9.3
Reviews from canonwatch.com, reviews.cnet.com, trustedreviews.com, techradar.com and 1 more

9

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

EOS 50D
9.0
D5100
9.1
EOS 40D
9.0

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Canon EOS 50D

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

EOS 50D
696 ISO
D5100
1,183 ISO
Nikon D80
524 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

EOS 50D
1,800 LPH
D5100
2,600 LPH
EOS 600D
2,500 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 50D
131 ms
EOS 600D
283 ms
D5100
273 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

EOS 50D
63 ms
D5100
114 ms
EOS 1200D
113 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

EOS 50D
300 ms
EOS 600D
1,500 ms
Rebel T5i
700 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 50D
6.3 fps
Nikon D80
3 fps
EOS 1200D
3 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Canon EOS 50D


9.0
The new sensor is coupled with Canon's latest DIGIC 4 processor, which features 14-bit image processing, producing greater colour depth and smoother tonal variations.

7.8
One kit includes the veteran f/3.5-5.6, 28-135mm IS USM lens, with an angle of view equivalent to that of a 44.8-216mm lens on a 35mm camera, and a second kit comes with the new EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens, equivalent to 28.8-320mm.

Overall

8.6 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

The system includes a database of Canon lenses, and automatically detects which one you have fitted.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
But it's missing the vegetables, like an improved AF system, smaller spot meter, better viewfinder coverage, and customizable boundaries for shutter speed and aperture, which might have pushed it from compelling to must have.
by c|net (Oct, 2008)
Though the 28-135mm lens doesn't provide the coverage or all-in-one convenience of the 18-200mm lens, I think it's a better lens, and would recommend that kit over the other and perhaps supplementing with the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f4.0-5.6 IS lens; that dual-lens configuration can be cheaper as well.
by c|net (Oct, 2008)

Sensor

800 ISO and some noise effects are just becoming visible.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
This is supposed to produce greater dynamic range and less noise at high ISO settings, and we'll be taking a look at the results shortly.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
In Raw mode the buffer fills up after about 16 shots (depending on the speed of the memory card) and it slows down a bit, but it still keeps shooting at 2fps, which is faster than some cameras can manage with an empty buffer.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

Image quality

Dynamic range is surprisingly limited for a DSLR.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
The best we could achieve was 11.6 EV of total dynamic range.
by DPReview (Oct, 2008)
The Canon's more heavy-handed luminance noise reduction inevitably leads to some blurring of fine detail.
by DPReview (Oct, 2008)

Photography

As you can see from its new silver mode dial, Canon sacrificed a custom setting slot to make room for its new Creative Auto mode.
by c|net (Oct, 2008)
The 50D sees the loss of one of the 40D's custom settings banks (C3), but instead gains Creative Auto (CA) mode.
by DPReview (Oct, 2008)
The high-speed autofocus and virtually instantaneous shutter release are great for capturing action shots.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

Iso

Indicated ISO sensitivity is on the vertical axis of this graph, standard deviation of luminosity on the horizontal axis (note that the standard deviation scale here has been extended compared to the graphs on the previous page).
by DPReview (Oct, 2008)
It's available via C.Fn II-3 and, once enabled, the usable ISO range becomes ISO 200 - 3200.
by DPReview (Oct, 2008)
At Hi1 and Hi2 (ISO 6400 and 12800 respectively) the 50D produces significant amounts of noise.
by DPReview (Oct, 2008)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 15.1 MP
Resolution 4752 x 3168
Size APS-C
Area 22.3 x 14.9 mm
Crop factor 1.6x
Pixel size 22.1 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 6,400 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes
Tested vertical resolution 1,800 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 1,800 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 9
Cross type focus points 9
Supports continuous No

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 146 x 108 x 74 mm
Thickness 74 mm
Weight 822 g
Is weather sealed Yes

features

Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
WiFi None
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None

video

Video None

display

Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 920 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentaprism
Coverage 95%
Magnification 0.95x
Viewfinder size 0.59x

performance

Max continuous shooting 6.3 fps
Battery life 640 photos
Continuous shooting 6.3 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 131 ms
Shutter lag 63 ms
Startup delay 300 ms
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