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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Canon EOS 50D - New and Improved Canon EOS 40D

By Matt Ryan

Canon - known for their quality products - has released another amazing camera - the EOS 50D. Like all of their cameras, this model improves upon any of the missing features or flaws in earlier models. If you liked the 40D, you will love the 50D as it is packed with everything a photographer could need.

Like most Canon cameras, the EOS 50D is for higher end photographers, not beginners. The functions and features, on the 50D, would go to waste with the type of photography done by amateurs and beginners. This is not to say they cannot use the camera, it just might be a bit overwhelming and expensive for their needs.

Its 15.1-megapixel CMOS sensor greatly improves upon the range of ISO settings. ISO settings, on the EOS 50D range from 100 to 3,200. With added features and ISO presets, consumers can expand ISO up to 6,400 or even 12,800.

Some features present in the 50D that were nonexistent in the 40D, are vignette correction, Automatic Lighting Optimizer with three levels, adjustable noise reduction, a Creative Auto mode, a lens micro adjustment function, and face detection autofocus in Live View mode.

The Canon also includes features such as 6.3fps continuous shooting, DIGIC 4 processor, 9-point wide area AF, EOS Integrated Cleaning System, HDMI connectivity, and full compatibility with EF, EF-S, and EX-series Speedlites lenses. Overall performance, on the 50D, is amazing with the integration of the DIGIC 4 processor. This technology also increases the overall resolution of images.

There is a 3.0" Clear View VGA LCD display on the EOS 50D. Live View mode and Face Detection Live AF have been tightly integrated, into the display, to make for a more realistic experience. The LCD screen displays images at a 920,000-dot resolution - experience pure vibrancy. The screen is protected, with a protective coating, from fingerprints, dirt, glare, and scratches.

With measurements of 5.7 x 4.2 x 2.9-inches, and weighing in just under two pounds, the EOS 50D fits comfortably in your hands. Buttons, menus, and different functions are easily accessible with its ergonomic design. (The weight will vary based on the lens that you have attached to the camera; weight shown here is with no lens attached.)

The Canon EOS 50D can be purchased for around $1,399. If you are a smart shopper, and good at finding deals, you can easily purchase this model for a couple hundred less than what is shown here. Kits, which include different lenses, are sold for much higher prices. These kits are usually sold to professional photographers, as they need advanced lenses.

Canons EOS 50D is very similar to the 40D. If you have had any experience with the 40D, handling the 50D will almost feel like the same camera. With the exception of additional features and more advanced technology integration. Otherwise, the overall design, build, and output are of the utmost quality. Photographers alike can capture true-color realistic pictures every time they click the shutter button.

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