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Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
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Product Description

Canons 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 for tremendous images, new 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 new automatic Image Correction settings and HDMI output for viewing images on an HDTV. Pick up the EOS 50D and youll experience true digital inspiration!

  • 15.1-megapixel CMOS sensor with improved noise reduction
  • Body only; lenses sold separately
  • 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:

  • Awesome!
    Awesome camera! This is my 1st DSLR, & I couldn't be more pleased. It's user friendly enough for a newbie to learn on. Like point & shoots it has auto modes to simplify things so you can snap pictures right away. That way you can experiment & learn without the frustration that would normally accompany learning something like this. It's got all the features you need. I use it mainly to take pics of my daughter. 2 year olds are energetic & don't like to pose very long if at all. So being able to snap off quick shots is a necessity that a point & shoot just can't keep up with. Very well built & feels great in my big hands. I was going to get a Rebel, but glad I paid the extra $ for the 50D. Built better, better features, higher resolution, & no plasticky feel. I have taken pro quality shots within hours of opening the box. This camera makes me look better than I am....more info
  • Couldn't be happier
    I've been involved with photography for over 10 years and am completely satisfied with this camera. I've owned several Canon SLR's prior to this one and they don't even compare. I ended up using my old rebel a few weeks after getting the 50D and couldn't believe how much better the 50D is.

    More focus points would be nice, but isn't a huge deal. ...more info
  • Superb camera
    I upgraded from the Rebel XSi (a great camera) to this because I wanted a larger body (large hands, the XSi just felt a bit too petite even though it was a great SLR for the price.) This camera, when used correctly, produces significantly better images than the XSi, and that is saying something considering how good the XSi is. ISO up to 3200 - and higher if you turn on the extended settings, 90 frame bursts in full res jpeg at 6.3 FPS (but you will need a FAST UDMA CF card to get all 90 frames at this rate), superb colors and sharpness, solid construction, the list goes on and on. The high ISO performance has been commented on around the net, but I've not found it to be anything worth considering as a negative for this camera. The noise reduction software works great, and shots up to ISO 1600 are great (for the given ISO setting...obviously 100 looks better than 1600 if you have the lighting). The low light performance is where I see some of the biggest improvements over my XSi.

    If you want to do any sports photography, especially in the summer, consider the 1/8000 max shutter speed. I've used this camera to do some work with golf swings for people and gotten razor sharp images in the middle of a 115 mph swing.

    The bundled lens is impressive in its own right when you consider its price. There is one issue I don't care for with it - the zoom lens extends on its own (sort of slides out) when you are wearing the camera around your neck. But performance-wise, this lens works well as a walkabout and even does nice close up work. A big step up from the kit EF-S lenses in XSi and XTi kits if that is what you used in the past.

    If you are a person who has an XSi or XTi and wants to upgrade to the next level, this is the logical Canon choice unless you REALLY want to go up and splurge on a 5D Mark II or go even higher.

    ...more info
  • This camera is absolutely the best for my family!!!
    I have 3 young children and have recently departed the realm of point-and-shoot through the Rebel XsI (great camera). I was afraid of the size issue, of carrying a Dslr around and missing some good shots of the kids. However I was also disapointed at candid pics at their b-parties and indoor events (Christmas especially) for lighting (poor) and shutter speed. The XsI was a great camera, but once I decided that sometimes it is definetely worth to carry a bigger camera, I also decided to have a really excellent one, since the extra weight and size when you go the SLR route is basically the same. I still keep a Canon G10 in my personal bag at all times, but I have to say I LOVE my 50D!!!!
    I played with buying better lens for the Xsi (including the L series, HUGE 24-70 for $1,100, which I returned) but first, the camera felt absolutely unbalanced, with its body being very plastic and light and the lens being super well built as a tank and heavy. Then, I am a pixel lover and if there is a 15 megapixel that I can easily afford by selling the Xsi, than I had to do it. But I struggled with the decision for weeks and long story short, got the 50D and also bought the L lens 24-105 ($1,059) and I feel like I ARRIVED!!!! :o)
    I am not a professional photographer by any means, and due to the constant activity of my kids, and wanting a "natural" pic, I always end up taking pics on full automatic mode. The pics out of this camera are absolutely gorgeous, sharp, and make me very happy of the purchase.
    Amazon has the best price around and I researched everywhere. I bought the kit with the 28-135 lens, and am selling these lens on an auction sit - it gives me a profit! But the pics from the kit lenses are also just wonderful, so don't feel you need to take the plunge on L lenses. I know a lot of professional photographers out there say that megapixels don't matter, well I discord since when you don't want your kids to pose and be un-natural, you want the ability to crop it a lot! Plus the shutter speed is so awesome, that catches that little expression the moment it happens.
    Hope this helps in your decision!

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  • Great Camera
    Love this one. Bought one for the wife. Liked it so much I bought myself one. We don't share well. Awesome shutter speed. Amazing color and exposure (ISO)....more info
  • 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
  • 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
  • Whats not to like?
    The crisp photos? The color correct photos? The ease of use? The Fab software that is packaged with it? The nice feel in your hand? Or, the intuitive menu. I love this unit. It is the best I have ever owned....more info
  • EOS 50D
    As an amateur I upgraded from a Digital Rebel to the EOS 50D. It is an excellent product and I am in the process of learning. I would recommend purchasing an EOS-50D training Video from Blue Crane Digital or Lark Books (via Amazon). Both are excellent sources for the training. The price, performance, and service was excellent and I am looking forward to spring to start taking some outdoors photos....more info
  • No Regets
    This is an amazing piece of hardware. I've never owned a digital camera until now. I did a great deal of research before purchasing this camera and have done even more reading once I purchased it. I've had a blast taking thousands of photos so far. This is a hobby that I'll enjoy for many years....more info
  • ... wow....
    The Canon 50D is amazing. Im starting college and majoring in photography. I gave it some thought and decided to get a new camera. Before the 50D, I had a Canon xti. The xti was good for me to really just learn somethings out about the camera. Don't get me wrong, it was a good camera! I just needed something a little more advanced. The 50D does that and I love it! The colors are incredible. The one thing that I like about it the most, well its a small thing, but I love the shutter. On the xti, I could not take a picture during a wedding and it not make a loud sound that ruined it all! On the 50D, it is a lot quieter. Now I understand that it is probably that way with a lot of other Canon's, but it was a big difference going from an xti to a 50D. Huge difference!!!...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
  • Best Camera on the market in this price range
    This is The Best Camera on the market in this price range (upto 2500)
    Use ISO from 100 till 400 only, don't use noise reduction. and choose manualy 1 AF focus point only....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
  • Wonderful
    I love this camera. It's a bit of an upgrade from the Kiss N, which I mainly use. It definitely comes in handy. It's a lot safer to take everywhere than my Mark, ha. Great screen, I know some people have issues with the sizes of the screens. I really can't complain about this camera. The weight could be better, but then you wouldn't have such a great camera. I love the settings, the manual, the design, everything. It's wonderful. ...more info
  • Cannon 50D
    this is my 4th canon camera, it is the best by far, very easy to use. the veiw screen is great. it does take some time to learn all the control, but after that it a breeze. love it! ...more info
    I have been using mine for several months and love it. I have owned (or own) several high end DSLRs from Nikon, Olympus and Canon. My review is simple. You will be hard pressed to find a better camera in this price range offering the nubmer of megapixels, features, reliability, and quaility as the Canon 50D. There are cameras costing hundreds, if not thousands more that offer very little over what you get in this package. I know some like camera's that take "video" now like the Nikon D90. There are tons of HD camcorders for movies. Half of those say they take still pictures. Crappy still pictures that you'd hardly use or show in my opinion. So I ask, what are you buying a high end DSLR camera for? Taking pictures or movies? If you are serious about "picture" taking in it's pure form, this is an AWESOME camera. Get a couple of Canon's high end lenses and you are set for years to come. That is unless you plan on printing poster size images bigger than the 15.1MP sensor the 50D offers you....more info