Viewfinder: The Canon EOS 50D uses an
eye-level pentaprism viewfinder with 0.95x magnification for approximately 95%
vertical and horizontal coverage. It has a diopter adjustment so you can focus
the viewfinder to suit your eyesight (with or without eyeglasses). When using
the self-timer or remote control, when your eye does not cover the viewfinder
eyepiece, stray light may enter the eyepiece
and affect the exposure when the image is captured. To prevent this, you can use
the supplied eyepiece cover, attached to the neck strap, to cover the eyepiece.
Clear View LCD Monitor: The EOS 50D features a 3" Clear View TFT
color LCD monitor with approximately 920,000 pixels which allows you to view and shoot
real-time images. The LCD monitor offers 100% viewing coverage and 7 brightness
levels to choose from.
Live View: The Live
View Function enables viewing your subjects directly on the camera's 3" LCD
monitor. The camera allows you to magnify any part of the scene 5x or 10x for
precise manual focusing. You can access a number of Auto Focusing modes
including Quick Mode, Live Mode, and Face Detection Live Mode. Exposure
simulation displays and simulates how the brightness of the actual image will
look. You can choose one of two grid overlay options for the LCD
screen to help you line up vertical and horizontal lines. In a Studio, the
can be controlled remotely via a computer through a USB connection, or
wirelessly with the optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E3A
(sold separately). In the Silent Shooting mode, the shooting operation is
quieter than normal. You can shoot a single frame, or continuously at
approximately 5.8 frames per second.
Note: Live View
shooting does not work when the camera is in one of the Basic Zone modes.
15.1 Megapixel CMOS Sensor:
Canon's large-area CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensor
captures images with exceptional clarity and tonal range, and offers 15.5
million total pixels and 15.1 million
effective pixels. This APS-C-sized sensor (22.3mm x 14.9mm) has the same 3:2 ratio
as film cameras, enabling an effective angle of view that is 1.6x the normal EF
Lens focal length. The EOS 50D has an extensive ISO range of ISO 100-1600 in
basic zone, up to 3200 in creative zone, and expandable to ISO 6400 or 12800. At
fast ISO speeds, a 4-level noise reduction function allows you to capture images
that would have been impossible without the use of a strobe or flash.
DIGIC 4 Image Processor:
The next generation DIGIC 4 Image Processor uses advanced
signal processing technologies to provide faster operations and write times to
UMDA CF cards (up to 6.3 fps in bursts of up to 90 JPEG images; 60 consecutive
JPEGs or 16 RAW images using standard CF cards). The chip also enables Face
Detection Live mode to detect and focus up to 35 faces, while the Auto Lighting
Optimizer corrects brightness and contrast automatically.
14-Bit A/D Conversion:
14-bit A/D (analog-to-digital) conversion means extremely
fine tonal gradations from light to dark tones, and a significant drop in digital and
Image Recording Format:
The camera records 3:2 still images in JPEG
and RAW (14-bit) formats.
Resolution/Compression: You can choose from the following JPEG resolutions: Large
(4752 x 3168 pixels), Medium (3456 x 2304 pixels), and Small (2352 x 1568
pixels). For each resolution, you can set the compression to Fine or Normal.
RAW and sRAW File Format: The
RAW file format records the image data as captured by the camera CMOS sensor
without further processing and converts it to digital data and records it onto
the card as is. RAW images can be adjusted, then developed and produced into
JPEG or TIFF images using the provided software. You can choose
from the following RAW resolutions: RAW (4752 x 3168), sRAW1 (3267 x 2178), or
sRAW2 (2376 x 1584). You can also record a Large/Fine JPEG image along with a
RAW or sRAW image simultaneously.
Recording Media: The EOS
50D records images on a Type I or Type II CompactFlash Card. The camera is also
compatible with Ultra-DMA (UDMA) CF cards.
No recording media is supplied with
Rugged Exterior Body:
The EOS 50D's exterior is
constructed with lightweight and ultra-rigid magnesium-alloy that fits perfectly
in your hand.
Integrated Cleaning System:
Dust that settles on the sensor surface of the
camera is removed using ultrasonic vibration. This Self Cleaning Sensor Unit
routine is automatically activated whenever the camera is powered on or off. (It
can also be manually activated.) A special collar positioned around the sensor
collects the loosened dust. In case visible dust still remains, you can delete
the effect of the dust particles from the image via the supplied
The EOS 50D offers 12 different shooting modes arranged in the following zones:
Auto: the camera automatically
selects the settings
Creative Auto: in this auto mode, you can still
set the brightness, flash mode, sharpness, image recording quality, and
picture style settings.
blurs the background to make the human subject stand out
this mode is for wide scenic views, night scenes, etc
use this mode to take close-up shots of flowers, insects, etc
for fast-moving subjects when you want to freeze the action
Portrait: this mode is for images of people at twilight or at
Flash Off: disables the
this is a general-purpose shooting mode, the camera automatically sets
the shutter speed and aperture value to suit the scene's brightness
Shutter-priority AE: in this mode, you set the shutter speed and the
camera automatically sets the aperture value to suit the brightness of
Aperture-priority AE: in this mode, you set the desired aperture
value and the camera sets the shutter speed automatically to suit the
Exposure: in this mode, you set both the shutter speed and aperture
value as desired
Depth-of-field AE: this mode is for obtaining a wide depth of field
automatically between a near subject and far subject
9-Point Autofocus System:
The camera features a
high-precision 9-point wide area autofocus that uses cross-type points with
lenses f/5.6 or faster, enabling the camera to focus faster, more accurately,
and in ever more complex lighting. In addition, the EOS 50D incorporates a diagonally mounted,
high-precision cross-type sensor at the center AF point that is sensitive to
both vertical and horizontal lines when fast lenses (f/2.8 or faster) are used,
for added accuracy and precision with these wide-aperture lenses. All focus
points can be chosen automatically, or accessed using the EOS 50D's intuitive,
thumb operated Multi-Controller.
The camera employs one of 3 AF systems to let you seize every
photo opportunity with fast, accurate focus:
- One-Shot AF: suited for still
subjects, the camera focuses only once.
- AI Servo AF: for moving subjects when the focusing distance keeps
changing. The subject will be focused continuously while the shutter button
is pressed halfway.
- AI Focus AF: switches from
One-Shot AF to AI Servo AF automatically if the subject starts moving.
ISO Speed: When shooting in
Basic Zone modes, ISO speed is automatically set between 100 and 1600 to suit the
shooting conditions. In Creative Zone modes, ISO speed may be set from 100 to 3200 in 1/3-stop increments. When ISO Expansion is turned on, you can
also select an ISO speed of 6400 or 12800.
White Balance: You can choose
from the following white balance settings:
camera sets the white balance automatically according to shooting conditions,
color temperature: 3000-7000 K
Daylight: for recording outdoors on a
bright day, color temperature: 5200 K
Shade: counters strong blue tones in open shade on sunny days, color temperature:
Cloudy/Twilight/Sunset: for cloudy days, dusk and dawn, color
temperature: 6000 K
for incandescent illumination, color temperature: 3200 K
Light: eliminates typical green color casts, color temperature: 4000 K
a starting point for studio strobes and Canon Speedlites,
color temperature: 6000 K
Custom: enables you to manually set the white balance
for a specific light source for better accuracy. By selecting this image, you import
white balance data for the setting, color temperature:
Other WB Settings:
Color Temperature: manually set color temperature from 2500-10000 K in 100 K increments
Correction: You can
correct the standard color temperature for the white balance setting. It has
the same effect as using a color temperature conversion filter or a color
compensating filter. Each color can be corrected to one of nine levels.
White Balance Auto
Bracketing: With just one
shot, three images having a different color tone can be recorded
simultaneously. Based on the current white balance mode's standard color
temperature, the white balance setting can be changed from 0 to +/-3 stops
in whole-stop increments.
Color Space: The color space refers to the range of reproducible colors. With this camera,
you can set the color space for captured images to sRGB or Adobe RGB. For normal
images, sRGB is recommended. In the Basic Zone modes, sRGB will be set
Style: By selecting a picture style you
can achieve various effects matching your photographic expression or the subject.
Picture Style setting is not available in Basic Zone modes, except Creative
Auto. Picture Style selections include:
Standard: image looks vivid,
sharp, and crisp
Portrait: for nice skin
tones, the image looks slightly sharp and crisp, color tone can be adjusted
to change skin tone
Landscape: vivid blues and greens, very sharp and crisp image
Neutral: natural colors
and subdued images, no sharpness applied. (recommended for users who prefer
to process images on their PC)
when the subject is photographed under a color temperature of 5200 K, the
color is adjusted colorimetrically to match the subject's color, no
sharpness applied.(recommended for users who prefer to process images on
Monochrome: for black and white images
User Defined 1-3: you can register your own Picture
Style settings for Portrait and Landscape modes.
Exposure Compensation: Exposure compensation is used
to alter the camera's standard exposure setting. You can make the image look
lighter (increased exposure) or darker (decreased exposure). The exposure
compensation amount can be set up to +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments.
Bracketing: With auto exposure
bracketing (AEB), the camera automatically changes the exposure level up to +/-2
stops in 1/3-stop increments for three successive shots.
AE Lock: AE lock enables you to lock the exposure at a different place from the point of
focus. After locking the exposure, you can recompose the shot while maintaining
the desired exposure level. This feature is useful for backlit and spotlighted
Bulb Exposures: When bulb is set, the shutter is open during the time you keep pressing the
shutter button fully. Bulb is useful when a long exposure is necessary for
capturing night scenes, fireworks, the night sky, etc.
Built-In Flash: The camera's
built-in E-TTL II autoflash obtains high-precision and consistent flash shots.
You can set the exposure compensation for the flash to +/- 2 stops in 1/3-stop
AF-Assist beam with
the Built-in Flash: Under
low-light conditions, the built-in flash fires a brief burst of flashes when you
press the shutter button halfway. This is to illuminate the subject to enable
easier autofocusing. It is effective up to approximately 13.1 feet away.
FE Lock: FE (flash
exposure) lock obtains and locks the correct flash exposure reading for any part
of a subject.
Red-Eye Reduction: Using the
camera's Red-Eye reduction lamp before taking a flash picture will reduce the
common phenomenon of red-eye effect.
Metering Modes: You can select from the following metering modes:
- Evaluative Metering: the camera's standard metering mode suited for most subjects even under
backlit conditions, after detecting the main subject's position, brightness,
background, front and back lighting conditions, etc, the camera sets the proper exposure
- Partial Metering: effective when the background is much brighter than the subject
due to backlighting, etc, uses approximately 9%
of the frame at the center
- Spot Metering: for metering a specific part
of the subject, uses approximately 3.8%
of the frame at the center
- Center-weighted Average
Metering: metering is weighted at the center and then averaged for
the entire scene
Continuous Shooting Mode: During continuous shooting mode, the camera stores
approximately 6.3 images per second (high speed) or 3 images per second (low
speed). The maximum burst during continuous recording
depends on the image recording quality and memory type:
||Number of Images
2 GB card
Number of Images
2 GB CF card
|4752 x 3168
|3456 x 2304
|2352 x 1568
4752 x 3168
3267 x 2178
2376 x 1584
|RAW (4752 x 3168)
+ JPEG (4752 x 3168)
|RAW + JPEG (Fine)
|sRAW1 (3456 x 2304) +
JPEG (4752 x 3168)
|RAW + JPEG (Fine)
|sRAW2 (2352 x 1568) +
JPEG (4752 x 3168)
|RAW + JPEG (Fine)
Self-Timer: The camera will
record an image 2 or 10 seconds after pressing the shutter button.
Mirror Lockup: The Mirror Lockup feature helps prevent
camera vibration when using a super telephoto lens or shooting close-ups.
Auto Rotation: Vertical shots can be rotated
automatically so that they are displayed upright during playback.
Image Review: The image can be displayed on the LCD
monitor immediately after you shoot. The review time can
be set to off (not displayed), 2 seconds, 4 seconds, 8 seconds, or Hold, which keeps the image
displayed on the LCD monitor until the camera is focused again.
Slide Show: You can view all images on the Compact
Flash Card one after another with the Auto Playback function (slide show). You
can set the time each image is displayed on
the LCD monitor to 1 second, 2 seconds, 3 seconds or 5 seconds.
This feature allows you to view four (2 x 2) or nine (3 x 3) images at once on the LCD monitor so that
you can search for an image quickly.
Jump Playback: During
playback you can jump to images 1, 10 or 100 images at a time. You can also jump
screens when in index mode, jump folders, or jump images by shooting date.
When viewing a still picture in single image playback mode, you can magnify the
image from 1.5x to 10x. While the image is magnified, you can scroll anywhere
around the image.
Rotating Images: You can rotate an image by 90° or 270°
clockwise in the LCD monitor.
Multi-Language: The camera's menus system
supports 25 different languages including English, French and Spanish.
Auto Power Off: To save battery
power, the camera turns off automatically after a period of non-operation. The
Auto Power Off time can be set to 1 minute, 2 minutes, 4 minutes, 8 minutes, 15
minutes, or 30 minutes.
Auto Power Off function will not activate in Auto Playback Mode.
Direct Print Function:
Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a
CP-series printer that supports the Direct Print function. You can also connect
the camera directly to certain Canon Bubble Jet printers. In this way, you can
make prints directly from the camera without connecting a
Capability: Using the supplied USB
cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer.
PictBridge is a new standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant
camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of
Exif Print (Exif 2.21): The Canon EOS 50D
conforms to Exif Print, a worldwide standard. Vital camera settings (such as
exposure mode, white balance, exposure time) and scene data are recorded to the
image file when it is captured. Printers compatible with Exif
Print are able to use this information to produce high quality photographs,
exactly the way they were intended at the time of capture. This intelligent
communication process also allows the printer to correct for poor lighting or
mistakes, resulting in photos that can be even better than the originals.
DPOF Print Settings: On the CompactFlash Card, you can select which
image or images you want to print and how many copies you want. This is
convenient for printing images all at once, on optional Canon direct print
function compliant printers, on PictBridge compliant printers, or at
participating photo labs.
Video/HDMI Outputs: With the supplied video cable, you can playback
images from the camera on a TV (NTSC or PAL). There is also a mini-HDMI jack
which allows you to connect the camera to an HDTV. A mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable,
such as 158VMC15MH or 119HDMICAM, is required.
Power Options: The EOS 50D operates on the supplied BP-511A
Lithium-Ion battery (7.4 V/1390 mAh). Battery performance decreases when used in
temperatures below 32° F. The battery can be charged in the supplied CG-580
battery charger in approximately 100 minutes. You can use AA batteries in the
optional BG-E2N or BG-E2 battery grip. The battery performance specs are as
50% Flash Use
50% Flash Use
Live View Shooting
Approx. 640 shots
Approx. 170 shots
0° C/32° F
Approx. 540 shots
Approx. 130 shots
Optional AC Power: With the optional ACK-E2 AC
adapter kit, you can connect the camera to a household power outlet and not
worry about the battery becoming exhausted.
Compatibility: The EOS 50D is compatible with
all Canon lenses in the EF lineup, ranging from ultra-wide-angle to
super-telephoto lenses, and including Canon's new EF-S series lenses,
manufactured specifically for the Digital SLRs.
Compatibility: Canon EX-series
Speedlites offer professional-quality illumination for virtually any subject,
and the EOS 50D is compatible with the entire line (580EX, 580EX-II, 430EX,
430EX-II, and 220EX),
plus Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX and Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX for close-ups. You can
also link several flashes to fire together wirelessly, with the optional
Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2.
Supplied Software: The EOS 50D comes bundled with the
EOS Digital Solution Disc Ver.19.0, which includes:
- ZoomBrowserEX Ver.6.2
(Windows)/ImageBrowser Ver.6.2 (Macintosh): primarily for JPEG image
viewing, editing, organizing, and printing. (works with RAW images also)
- Digital Photo Professional Ver.3.5:
primarily for RAW image viewing, editing, processing, and printing (you can
also edit JPEG images while retaining the original images)
- PhotoStitch Ver.3.2: merges images
together vertically or horizontally to make large panoramic images
- Picture Style Editor Ver.1.4: allows
you to edit Picture Style to your unique image characteristics and save them
as original Picture Style files
- EOS Utility Ver.2.5: allows you to
download images from your camera's memory card onto your computer's hard
||Windows Vista (Service Pack 1)
Windows ZP Pro/Home (Service Pack 2, 3)
|Mac OS X 10.4 to 10.5
||PC with one of the above OS preinstalled
||Macintosh with one of the above OS preinstalled
- EOS Utility: 1 GB
- Digital Photo Pro: 1 GB
- ImageBrowser: 256 MB
- EOS Utility: 1 GB
- Digital Photo Pro: 1 GB
- Screen Resolution: 1024 x 768 pixels or more
- Color Quality: Medium (16-bit) or more
- Screen Resolution: 1024 x 768 pixels or more
- Color Quality: Thousands of colors or more