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Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Standard Zoom Lens
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Canon's new 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, 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" Clear View LCD monitor, Live View Function with optional Remote Live View Shooting, Face Detection Live mode, and a number of new automatic Image Correction settings. White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, Custom, and Color Temperature setting Updated EOS Integrated Cleaning System with a fluorine coating for better resistance to dust 9 cross-type high-precision sensors for accurate target subject acquisition and diagonal center cross-type AF point with f/2.8 and faster lenses EX-series Speedlites Compatible Flash Shutter Speeds - 1/8000 to 30 seconds ISO Speed - 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, and High Tone Priority settable ISO 200-1600 HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) output for displaying full high-resolution images on a High Definition TV Next generation DIGIC 4 Image Processor for faster processing - Maximum Bursts JPEG (Large/Fine) approximately 60 (Up to 90 with UDMA), RAW up to 16, and RAW + JPEG up to 11 Dimensions - Width 5.7 x Height 4.2 x Depth 2.9 (145.5x107.8x73.5mm) Weight - 25.7 ounces (730 grams) body

Features:
  • 15.1-megapixel CMOS sensor with improved noise reduction
  • EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS standard zoom lens included
  • Enhanced Live View shooting includes Face Detection Live mode
  • New Lens Peripheral Illumination Correction setting; HDMI output
  • Capture images to Compact Flash Type I or II memory cards (not included)

Customer Reviews:

  • Canon lives up to its reputation
    I decided recently to upgrade from a Rebel XT (which I've used for the past three years) to the 50D, and as usual, Canon has produced a solid, quality product. It is definitely a good move up from the Rebel, even though I was very happy with my Rebel while I was using it. I do wish Canon would bring in a few more of the features you get on a Nikon in the same price range, but Canon is a good, reliable brand....more info
  • Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
    Odered Canon 50D camera without any problems. The order arrived on time just as promised. Could track the order after it was shipped through the tracking number provided by Amazon. No high pressur sales people called. Very satisfied with overall service. Will most likely order again through Amazon as it deals with reputable vendors.Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)...more info
  • Camera upgrade
    I upgraded from a Canon EOS 10D. I bought this camera because the price was within my budget and I've already invested in several Canon lenses. The increased screen size was a welcome change as my customers are always wanting to see their photos right after I take them. It's very nice for me because I'm constantly reviewing my photos to verify my lighting. I managed to shoot over 250,000 photos with my 10D before the shutter gave out and I expect the 50D to do the same. The decreased shutter lag and the increase in frames per second has allowed me to get those action shots easier than before. Of course, my wedding shots have really increased in quality due to the enhanced ISO range and the ease of changing settings through the new menu. The real surprise is the ability to register the lens to the camera to remove lens dust defects from my JPGs. The software supplied with the camera removes the dust when I transfer it to my PC. That feature alone saves me hours of work on the back end. I love this camera! ...more info
  • I Love It
    Pros: This camera is great once you get the hang of using it you can take some great pictures. I have even been able to take some good pictures of the moon with the stock lens had to crop heavily but they look good.

    Cons: have not found any yet....more info
  • Debating Between a Canon 50D and a Nikon D90? Read This!
    Before you read this review, please note that the Canon 50D and D90 are not in the same class and are targeted at different markets, but there are still many people, including myself, comparing them with each other due to the relatively small difference in price. The Canon 50D should be compared to the Nikon D300, but since the D300 is clearly a better camera, there is no point. The 50D is in fact, somewhere in between the D90 and D300. With that being said, I hope you find my review helpful.

    I spent a lot of time researching and comparing the Canon 50D with the Nikon D90. I picked the 50D. I hope my information here can help some of you out there making the same comparisons.

    First of all, I highly suggest that you go to a local store and actually hold both cameras, play with them and get a feel for them. You will notice right away that the D90 feels cheap and is just made of plastic. The 50D, on the other hand, is made of magnesium-alloy and feels sturdy. It actually feels like a high-end camera. The 50D is also weather-sealed, unlike the D90. Build quality is extremely important, so keep that in mind. I also found the menus and button locations to be more user-friendly than the Nikon's.

    I read a countless reviews on the 50D and D90. Most D90 reviews were pretty consistent with each other. The D90 is a great camera that provides excellent image quality, can take 720p videos and is $300 less than the 50D. The 50D review were also pretty consistent with each other. The 50D is not much of an improvement over the 40D, the increase to 15.1MP resulted in a small increase in image quality and resulted in more noise at higher ISO settings, it cannot take videos and is $300 more than the D90.

    From a value standpoint, the D90 is a better camera. It's a few hundred bucks cheaper than the 50D and can take videos. That's pretty much where the comparisons end. Here's why.

    1. The D90 isn't even a direct competitor of the 50D. The D90 is aimed toward the consumer market while the 50D is aimed toward the prosumer market. However, I still couldn't resist comparing the two, since the D300 was out of my budget.

    2. Video Mode - Nikon released the D90 with a sub par video recording feature. It maxes out at 720p and does not, I repeat, DOES NOT have auto-focus. From my experience with the D90's video mode, the combination of holding the camera with one hand while focusing with the other and walking around resulted in, well, bad videos. If you want to take videos, get the Canon T1i.

    3. Performance - The 50D, as with other prosumer level cameras, uses CF cards while the the D90, as with other consumer level cameras, uses SD cards. CF cards offer higher capacities, but more importantly, faster speeds. The 50D is capable of taking 6.3 frames per second in continuous shot mode while the D90 is capable of taking 4.5 frames per second. That's with JPEGs. Try continuous shooting with the D90 in RAW mode, and it will just beg you to stop. The D90 just isn't made for high speed photography. It's made for taking pictures when you are out on vacation with the family. The 50D, on the other hand, was designed for high speed photography, such as sports and and capturing moving objects.

    4. Image Quality - Both cameras offer excellent image quality. It has been said in several reviews that the 50D produces noise at higher ISO settings than the D90 and even the Canon 40D. The reason for this is the higher MP count combined with the small size of the APS-C sensor along with the low quality of the lenses that were used in the reviews. If you plan on buying the 50D, PLEASE invest in a good lens to take advantage of the camera's increased pixel count. Had better lenses been used in reviews, the 50D would have received even better reviews. The 50D is not a consumer/enthusiast level camera, so why use cheap lenses to review it?

    5. Live View - Wow, Live View is a sweet feature in DSLR camera. If you have an important shot to take, Live View can help you immensely! The 50D and D90 both have Live View. The D90 only has one auto-focus mode in Live View, which is Contrast Detect. The 50D has Phase Detect and Contrast Detect. The D90 can only zoom in 6.7x, while the 50D can zoom in 10x. Why is this important? The more you can zoom in, the more precisely you can dial in the focus. In addition, the 50D also offers micro focus adjustment to really dial in the focus. The D90's Live View is adequate for the average casual user, but it's completely unacceptable to a higher end user. The 50D's Live View feature caters to a more demanding photographer.

    6. Value - The D90 is a few hundred dollars cheaper than the 50D. It has features that attract the average consumer, such a video. It produces great images worthy of a prosumer level camera, but lacks the feature and flexibility that a prosumer level camera offers, such as better build quality, better ergonomics, faster continuous shooting, full featured Live View and better tweakability. If these features are not important to you, get the D90. However, as you improve your photography skills and start to photograph a wider variety of scenarios, you will find yourself wanting the additional features that the 50D offers.

    The question you should be asking yourself is - What do I want to do with the camera? Do you need a camera like the 50D, or do you see yourself needing its additional features down the road? The 50D might be too much camera for many people. For that reason, I highly recommend the casual user to get the D90. For you real photographers out there, get the Canon 50D. You will not miss the video feature, trust me. If you really want a Nikon, get the D300 (which does not have video either)....more info
  • Good value for an outstanding DSLR
    The 50D is a nice upgrade camera; I have owned several of the "crop" cameras including the XT, XSi, 40D, etc. The new 50D is definitely worth moving up. The LCD is a huge improvement; the extra MPs give you a lot of cropping room. The camera focuses quickly, and is quite accurate.

    I love the way the 50D feel in my hands - solid and very tactile. She's a keeper. A very good value in my opinion for a camera that can deliver professional results. This 50D paired with a good quality lens will give you results you are proud of. ...more info
  • DSLR photography is SOOO much better than point and shoot!
    After taking a series of shots of my five year old daughter at her t-ball game with my new Canon EOS 50D, I told my wife that the camera just paid for itself. The captured image is very impressive. We're creating memories here. Worth every penny.
    Oh, and the interface is super simple.
    I was tempted to return it and get the Panasonic Lumix that comes out next month (June 2009) but once I got my hands on this baby, I couldn't bear to part with it.
    Enjoy!...more info
  • Canon 50d - the best ! Amazon - the best !
    Fantastic camera !
    Pricing in amazon is very good taking into account it is one of the most, if not the most reliable on-line merchant.
    I have created shorter version of Amazon shop for Canon50d: www.canon50d.us...more info
  • Sounds Great 50D
    Thank you Jodi-Ann Richards, for such a detailed review on the Canon DSLR 50D. I am looking at buying a DSLR, and have my 'eye' on all the newest models.

    I have a Canon Film SLR Rebel Ti, and have read reviews for the Xsi and the new Rebel Ti1 and other DSLRs with Nikon and Canon. I have been very happy with Canons, and the 50D sounds treamedous and very clear image quality at 15.1 megapixels. I have a photography blog online, and have had photos published in magazines and calendars. I mostly take photos of landscapes, nature, travel, scenery, portrait, pets, etc.

    I have read many positive and a few negative reviews about the 50D, and it sounds tremendous. I have also researched the Canon 5D Mark II, but the price bracket seems very expensive.

    I have 2 Canon EF lens, a 90mm and a telephoto 300mm, and consider myself as a semi-professional photographer; by no means a beginner. Would the 50D be the 'best' choice?

    Although the price seems high, reading other reviews, it has been highly rated, and sounds fantastic. I also have a Canon power-shot A650 and that takes clear photos, and I like that for "get up and go", however am looking at replacing my film SLR. Do you know of any photography stores in Canada, who offer a trade up-upgrade?...more info
  • An Absolute Pleasure
    I bought the 50D some four months ago and took it to a couple of trips, family events and photo sessions. I am very happy with it. The picture quality is outstanding, especially portraits and low-light pictures. The features are extensive and pretty handy. I would classify myself as experienced beginner with some ambitions but only little time. Nevertheless I managed to shoot a couple of impressive photos at sports events, parties and landscapes.
    The camera is very robust. The material and the built is of high quality. Its fun to take it outdoors and play around with it.

    I would definitely recommend this perfect piece of japanese engineering.

    Two remarks on negative aspects that were made.
    I read complaints about the battery life but I experienced no problems. I never use the life view feature and use other software for image enhancement. ...more info
  • My first semi-pro camera
    I am an amateur photographer and have used the camera now for a few months and am enjoying getting good results.

    However, I would like to comment that the overall "Exposure Control" modes which are designed for a newbie like myself (e.g. Portrait, Sports, Close Up, etc.) do not allow many of the parameters of the camera to be adjusted. One example is that while in some of these modes you cannot disable the flash. Another is that the color temperature cannot be adjusted in certain modes.

    My opinion is that it would be beneficial if these modes were expanded such that more of the camera's available features could be adjusted while in the the Exposure Control modes designed for new users. Additionally it would be nice if each one of these modes were allowed to be adjusted and saved independently. Perhaps a "Factory Default" - "Sports" mode (A) which cannot be edited and then additional customizable "Sports" modes versions (B,C,D,E,F) each of which is essentially the factory default mode but with user overrides. The customizations retain settings during battery changes.

    Hopefully once I learn to use the Manual Mode more intelligently this will probably no longer be an issue.

    I will probably keep this camera for long time.

    Chris
    ...more info
  • Get a Canon 40D instead.
    Let me start by saying that I started as a Canon owner in DSLR world (Canon Rebel XSi 450d). That was my first camera, and I loved it. I intermediately tried a Nikon D90, owing to its apparently great noise performance and the punchy color rendition... only to realise Nikon lags a bit in LiveView implementation which was better even in an XSi.
    So I ordered a Canon 50d, hoping to get the liveview I wanted, PLUS a noise performance better that even the Nikon D90 (rival?).

    Now by this time I had tried a 450d and a Nikon D90.. and so I was surprised to find out that 50d nowhere matched noise performance of a cheaper Nikon D90! And I am not talking about per pixel performance.. I am talking about day-to-day indoor shooting results. Canon 50d images had a lot of chroma noise for same shooting conditions. I wont go into why the 50d images look so soft at pixel level.. because different people have different theories about that. But if end result is what matters, here are my 2 cts as an enthusiast photographer who also works in imaging field:

    - Canon 50d results can not match the Nikon D90 ones in colors (and YES I did struggle with the picture style editor - its not a simple linear transformation to go from Canon's RAW color space to Nikon's color space)

    - Nikon D90 allowed me to capture sharp indoor pictures in room lighting with minimal noise as compared to the Canon 50d. And I have images to compare.. not 1 or 2.. but hundreds.

    In the end, I realised that a better Canon 50d liveview may perhaps help me in technically getting good pictures... but a Nikon D90 gives me the end results that I love.. and love going back to look at. The difference is very subjective.. and has more to do with aesthetics than the technicalities. You have to go through both the cameras to understand that.

    Pros for a Canon 50d:
    - Solid built
    - 15 MP (do they matter anymore?)
    - Great dial interface
    - Bright hi-resolution LCD, with 30fps live view
    - The lens-specific auto-focus micro-adjustment feature is cool. I actually needed to use it with the first lens I purchased: A Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 which was terribly off-shooting.. by about 17 units (as seen on the calibration screen). However, I wasn't too sure I needed that feature.. since I am not a professional.

    Cons of a Canon 50d:
    - Noise performance isn't comparable to even cheaper models like Nikon D90. And no matter what you say about in lab tests and technical data, its the end result that matters. And I couldn't get the same results from a 50d that I could from a D90. Read more about independent noise tests on imaging-resource here: http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/E50D/E50DHI_ISO_NR.HTM. Search for "50D vs D90 Comparison".
    - Very hard to get the punch out of the colors using just the picture style editor. The color transformations are unitary...you cannot rotate the whole color wheel or work on big sections of the color spectrum all at once.
    - Heavy. And I mean HEAVY with a good size lens.
    - A tad big for me.
    - PRICEY!!

    In summary:

    - if you have ~$1500 to spare for a new camera+lens kit (as of 1/27/2009),
    - if you like post processing to get the colors/shades you want
    - if you are a pro photographer with established liking for Canon's image quality
    - if you have a Canon 30d or below and have existing sizeable investment in Canon lenses,

    then Canon 50d is for you.

    If, however, you already own a Canon 40d, I dont think just extra MP and a brigher LCD will do you any good from a 50d. Plus a 40d may serve you equally or even better in terms of performance.

    Remember, there are always alternatives like the Nikon D90. And for $1500 (as of Jan 27, 2009), you can even get a 70-300mm VR lens with a basic 18-105 kit lens. It is a wonderful kit for an intermediate dSLR enthusiast.
    Whichever way you decide, I wish you luck in that you enjoy your purchase!

    Edited 03/24/2009: I have since tried a Canon 40D along with a Nikon D90. And comparing just the RAW images, my impression is that Canon 40D gives sharper and more detailed results compared to the Nikon D90.. given similar lenses and lighting conditions. The D90, however, has at least 1 stop advantage in usable ISO range, and has the vivid blues/greens in off the camera images that some people like.

    I can thus comfortably recommend a Canon 40D over the 50D, and along a Nikon D90. Reasons? Cheaper than a 50D, same price as a D90 (as of 3/24/09). Also, pro level Nikon glass is much more expensive than the Canons. Compare a 24-70 f2.8 or a 70-200 f2.8 between the two brands.

    In case you do decide to get a Canon 40D, you may want to check out my post on how to get Nikon like colors off a Canon40D here: prashchopra.blogspot.com/2009/03/getting-nikon-vivid-colors-from-canon.html .

    Good luck!

    ...more info
  • Out of this world camera...
    This camera is breathtakingly outstanding! If you're seriously considering doing some professional photography but you're a little irked by the price tag of DSLR offerings ($2,000 for the body and above), then stop here. You will not be disappointed.

    For those reviews stating that images are "too soft", etc., please check Jodi-Ann Richards' review that nearly has 600 helpful votes (as of 1/29/09). She covers the camera in exhaustive detail.

    If you don't have time to review her pages-long review, however, here's a quick summary of her bottom line: this camera's megapixel count of 15.1 REQUIRES GOOD OPTICS. It follows the old saying of "garbage in garbage out". If you buy cheap optics, then you'll be horrifically disappointed. You need the good optics to exploit the most of its 15.1 megapixel capabilities. That said, some reviews (notably dpreview.com) have stated that the increase of 5 megapixels from the 40D and the 50D are hardly noticeable, but keep in mind that they are testing the camera using one of the cheaper lens options. They do go on to say, however, that the megapixel count does demand good optics. I dare say that they would have been more pleased with the image quality if they had purchased one of Canon's "L" lenses.

    I personally bought a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM lens ("L" is Canon's "flagship" line). The lens itself costs almost the same as the body itself, but is well worth it. The optics on this lens and the autofocus speed (lightning quick for a walkabout telephoto) is superb and the image results do not disappoint. Also, being able to maintain a f/4 aperture throughout the full length of the zoom is nice.

    If you're looking into professional work, feel that the Canon Rebel doesn't give you the control that you'd like, and feel that spending more than $2,000 for a camera body is too much, then this is your camera. It maintains the balance of being able to be fully automatic to allowing you to manually adjust aperture, ISO speed, shutter speed, etc. by yourself.

    You will not be disappointed with this purchase - just remember to get a GOOD LENS for this camera. It's crucial....more info
  • very 10000000`s good
    Good item and .....i don't know what should i say
    Just try it...you`ll not be disappointed,,, i like it deadly ...more info
  • OMG! My Son is finally in LOVE!
    I bought this camera for my son as a Christmas present. He was upgrading his camera body so he can take professional pictures of weddings and such. The word I get from him is that he absolutely loves this camera. It has many extra bells and whistles. We have compared it to my Canon 20D, 40D, and the Rebel XT and it is way beyond. The 15.1 megapixel quality is far better than expected. We had all 4 cameras and did comparison shots and the 50D is incredible for picture quality. I am now saving up for my own 50D. Anybody out there want to buy my 40D???...more info
  • Great Purchase!!!
    I really apreciatte this seller, because I didn't have much time to receive the purchase and he did comply the delivery time. Besides that, the product arrived in great conditions.

    Thanks a lot!!...more info
  • I love Amazon
    I received this product like all the products from amazon in excellent wrapping and in perfect condition. ...more info