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Canon EOS 50D (Body only)
15.1-megapixel digital SLR camera
Item # 280EOS50D | MFR # 2807B006AA
This item is no longer available.
Our take on the Canon EOS 50D (Body only) by Crutchfield's Dave Bar
Canon's precision-engineered EOS 50D SLR gives you the advanced features you need to capture stunning photographs like a pro. This camera records breathtakingly detailed 15.1-megapixel images ideal for creative cropping and large-scale printing. It also boasts Canon's latest image processor to deliver exceptional continuous shooting speed, responsive handling, and natural-looking color.
Self-cleaning 15.1-megapixel image sensor
The EOS 50D features a newly designed image sensor that provides exceptional dynamic range. You can preserve subtle photographic details of complex subjects, like sunny highlights on your kids' faces against the deeply shadowed woods behind them. Canon also built in highly effective noise reduction to produce less visible grain, resulting in sharper images over a wide range of ISO (light sensitivity) settings. You'll enjoy clean-looking pictures even in low-light shooting conditions. Plus, an integrated cleaning system ensures your images remain spot-free by using ultrasonic vibration to remove dust particles from the sensor.
Lifelike color and fast shooting
Canon's sophisticated DIGIC 4 image processor delivers natural-looking color and accurate white balance levels. It also allows astonishingly fast continuous shooting you can capture up to 90 high-resolution photos in a single burst, at a blazing 6.3 frames per second. Save your images to optional CompactFlash® memory cards (no memory included).
High-res 3" LCD with live view modes
The 50D's high-res 3" LCD screen provides a crystal-clear window for evaluating your shots and sharing pictures with friends. It also boasts live view modes that let you compose photos on-screen in real time just like you would with a point-and-shoot cam. Canon even included a Face Detection autofocus mode that makes it easy to take sharp, in-focus portraits. Plus, you can connect the camera directly to your compatible HDTV with an optional mini HDMI cable to play your images back in gorgeous detail.
Rugged SLR design
Canon wraps all this versatile technology in a durable magnesium alloy body. This gives the cam a solid, substantial feel and protects it from the rigors of heavy use. And the 50D's SLR design gives you lots of flexibility. Choose from dozens of compatible Canon lenses and several powerful external flashes, available separately, to expand your shooting options.
- 15.1-megapixel effective recording
- APS-C-size CMOS image sensor (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
- compatible with all Canon EF and EF-S lenses
- high-res 3" color LCD screen (920,000 dots) with Live View modes
- DIGIC 4 image processor for responsive handling and accurate color
- 14-bit A/D conversion for outstanding color tones and gradations
- EOS Integrated Cleaning System (for cleaning image sensor)
- eye-level pentaprism viewfinder with diopter adjustment
- image size options: 4752 x 3168; 3456 x 2304; 2352 x 1568
- image file formats: JPEG, RAW, RAW+JPEG, and sRAW (small RAW)
- continuous shooting mode: selectable for 3 or 6.3 frames per second
- sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent) range: 100-12,800 (1/3- or 1-stop increments)
- shutter speed range: 1/8000 to 30 seconds (1/3- and 1/2-stop increments), flash sync at 1/250 second
- Picture Style modes with individual sharpness, contrast, saturation, and color tone adjustments, plus 3 user-defined custom settings
- preset shooting modes, including Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Portrait, plus 2 custom camera user settings
- custom white balance settings
- 9-point wide-area autofocus with cross-type sensors
- spot metering mode
- auto exposure
- built-in pop-up flash
- hot shoe for Canon EX-series Speedlite flash accessories
- compatible with Canon EE-TTL II flash exposure control systems
- CompactFlash® card slot (Type I and II, UDMA), (no CompactFlash card included; must be purchased separately)
- PictBridge capability
- high-speed USB interface
- mini HDMI output (type C connector, cable not included)
- NTSC/PAL video output
- 5-7/8"W x 4-7/16"H x 3-1/4"D (camera body)
- weight (with lens and battery): 46.2 oz.
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- AC battery charger
- lithium ion rechargeable battery (BP-511A)
- video cable
- USB cable
- neck strap
- software CD-ROMs (PC & Mac)
What's in the Box:
- Digital camera body with body cap installed
- BP-511A Lithium-ion battery pack (7.4V/1390mAh) with plastic cover
- CG-580 battery charger
- 47" USB cable with in-line ferrite core (has a USB Type A connector on one end and a Mini USB Version 2.0 connector on the other end)
- 57" Video cable with in-line noise filter (RCA composite video connector on one end and a minijack on the other)
- Neck strap with eyepiece cover attached
- EOS Digital Solution Disk CD-ROM ver 19.0
- Software Instruction Manual CD-ROM
- Instruction Manual (English)
- Instruction Manual (Spanish)
- CD-ROM Guide (English/Spanish)
- Pocket Guide (English)
- Pocket Guide (Spanish)
- Warranty card
- USB Caution sheet
- Canon Digital Learning Center sheet
- Booklet on using Image Stabilizer lenses
- "Macro Photos Made Easy" booklet
- PIXMA printer brochure
- Bar-code card
Features and Specs
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||N/A|
CompactFlash Type I/II+Microdrive |
|Sensor Size||22.3 x 14.9mm CMOS|
|Highest Resolution||4752 x 3168|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||28.6|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
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 camera 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 shadow noise.
Image Recording Format: The camera records 3:2 still images in JPEG and RAW (14-bit) formats.
JPEG Image 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.
Note: No recording media is supplied with the camera.
Rugged Exterior Body: The EOS 50D's exterior is constructed with lightweight and ultra-rigid magnesium-alloy that fits perfectly in your hand.
EOS 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 software.
Shooting Modes: The EOS 50D offers 12 different shooting modes arranged in the following zones:
Full 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.
Portrait: blurs the background to make the human subject stand out
Landscape: this mode is for wide scenic views, night scenes, etc
Close-up: use this mode to take close-up shots of flowers, insects, etc
Sports: for fast-moving subjects when you want to freeze the action
Night Portrait: this mode is for images of people at twilight or at night
Flash Off: disables the flash
Program AE: 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 the subject
Aperture-priority AE: in this mode, you set the desired aperture value and the camera sets the shutter speed automatically to suit the subject brightness
Manual Exposure: in this mode, you set both the shutter speed and aperture value as desired
Automatic 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.
AF Modes: 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:
Auto: the 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: 7000 K
Cloudy/Twilight/Sunset: for cloudy days, dusk and dawn, color temperature: 6000 K
Tungsten Light: for incandescent illumination, color temperature: 3200 K
White Fluorescent Light: eliminates typical green color casts, color temperature: 4000 K
Flash Use: 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 the white balance data for the setting, color temperature: 2000-10000 K
Other WB Settings:
Color Temperature: manually set color temperature from 2500-10000 K in 100 K increments
White Balance 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 automatically.
Picture 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)
Faithful: 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 their PC)
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.
Auto Exposure 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 subjects.
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 or 1/2-stop increments.
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:
|Image Size||Image Quality||Number of Images |
2 GB card
|Maximum Burst |
Number of Images
2 GB CF card
|Standard CF||UDMA CF|
|4752 x 3168||Fine||370||60||90|
|3456 x 2304||Fine||620||110||620|
|2352 x 1568||Fine||1090||330||1090|
4752 x 3168
|Small RAW1 |
3267 x 2178
|Small RAW2 |
2376 x 1584
|RAW (4752 x 3168) |
+ JPEG (4752 x 3168)
|RAW + JPEG (Fine)||72||10||10|
|sRAW1 (3456 x 2304) + |
JPEG (4752 x 3168)
|RAW + JPEG (Fine)||100||10||10|
|sRAW2 (2352 x 1568) + |
JPEG (4752 x 3168)
|RAW + JPEG (Fine)||120||11||11|
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.
Index Display: 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.
Image Magnification: 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.
Note: The 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 computer.
PictBridge Printing 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 brand.
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 follows:
50% Flash Use |
50% Flash Use |
Live View Shooting
23° C/73° F
|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.
Optional Lens 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.
Optional Flash 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 drive
|OS||Windows Vista (Service Pack 1) |
Windows ZP Pro/Home (Service Pack 2, 3)
|Mac OS X 10.4 to 10.5|
|Computer||PC with one of the above OS preinstalled||Macintosh with one of the above OS preinstalled|
|CPU|| || |
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