Canon EOS 50D Review

Overall 41
Imaging 14
Features 47
Size 71
Price 0

Main Features

  • 15.0 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Expands to 12800)
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 6.3 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 146 x 108 x 74 mm
  • Weight: 822 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Canon 40D.
  • Replaced by Canon 60D.

Canon EOS 50D Summary

This review is devoted to EOS 50D that Canon has first introduced to the public in Oct 30, 2008. This model is a Semi-Pro DSLR camera with a resolution of 15.0 MP and a APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

Initially, Canon developed this model to replace their older product 40D and, after some time, Canon has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one 40D.

In Semi-Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #120 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 41/100 and it takes a rank of #896 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Canon EOS 50D Compared to other DSLR Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Canon EOS 50D review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Max Shutter Speed: 1/8000
  • Continuous Shooting: 6.3 fps
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes

CONs

  • Viewfinder Coverage: 95
  • Dxo Dynamic Range: 11.4
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 696
  • Number Of Focus Points: 9
  • Wireless Connectivity: No
  • Battery Life: 800 shots
  • Storage Slots: 1

Complete Comparison of Canon EOS 50D With Other Cameras in Semi-Pro DSLR Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Canon EOS 50D. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Semi-Pro DSLR cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Canon EOS 50D

Canon EOS 50D has the following external dimensions 146 x 146 x 74 mm (57.48 x 42.52 x 29.13″) with the weight of 822 g.

The typical weight for average Semi-Pro DSLR type cameras is 783g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Canon EOS 50D, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Canon EOS 50D is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 74mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Canon EOS 50D with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Canon EOS 50D is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Canon EOS 50D compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Canon EOS 50D — 800 shots
Min: 390 shots
Average: 871 shots
Max: 1840 shots

Thickness

Canon EOS 50D — 74 mm
Min: 64 mm
Average: 75 mm
Max: 86 mm

Weight

Canon EOS 50D — 822 g
Min: 479 g
Average: 783 g
Max: 1074 g

Unfortunately, Canon EOS 50D comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Canon EOS 50D comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Canon EOS 50D Photo and Sensor Features

Canon EOS 50D boasts of a resolution of 15.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Canon EOS 50D has the following ISO range 100 - 3200 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 12800.

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Canon EOS 50D features a 15.0 MP APS-C sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Canon EOS 50D, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 63 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Canon EOS 50D’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Canon EOS 50D is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Canon EOS 50D with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Canon EOS 50D

LCD and ViewFinder

Canon EOS 50D is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 920k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentaprism) ViewFinder.

The ViewFinder in EOS 50D has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.6x and it also provides a coverage of 95%.

Some of the main reasons why the OVF presented in this model is a handy tool are that it allows you to see a scene without any time lag or resolution limits. Besides, it also ensures the highest level of clarity that can be elaborated by the lens and the human eye. Who can benefit from this feature? The OVF is especially handy when shooting sports events. This smart system will allow photographers to see action instantly and figure out what is the right timing for capturing a specific moment.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Canon EOS 50D are its 6.3 fps max speed and 1/8000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

EOS 50D features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Focusing

One more highlight that makes Canon EOS 50D stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations. With the smart AutoFocus system presented in this model, photographers can choose from 9 points.

In addition, EOS 50D has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Canon EOS 50D is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect EOS 50D to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Canon EOS 50D provides a shooting life of 800, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 871 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Canon EOS 50D is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Canon EOS 50D for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Canon EOS 50D’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Canon EOS 50D’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the EOS 50D to the average DSLR camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Canon EOS 50D for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS 50D performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 96. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS 50D can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm) sensor
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Canon is famous with its skintones
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • No Image Stabilization

Canon EOS 50D for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS 50D performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 60. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS 50D can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Large APS-C(22.3 x 14.9 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (146 x 108 x 74 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (9)

Canon EOS 50D for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS 50D performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 90. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS 50D can be called a 90 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Big size (146 x 108 x 74 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (6.3 fps)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (9)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (696)
  • Small battery life (800 shots)

Canon EOS 50D for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS 50D performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 78. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS 50D can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm) sensor
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (822 g)
  • Big size (146 x 108 x 74 mm)
  • Video is not available

Canon EOS 50D for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS 50D performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 86. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS 50D can be called a 86 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm) sensor
  • Good Dynamic Range (11.4)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (15 MP)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (696)

Canon EOS 50D Detailed Specs

General
Brand Canon
Model EOS 50D
Announced Oct 30, 2008
Body Type Mid-size SLR
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Canon EF/EF-S
Number of Lenses 304
Focal Length Multiplier 1.6x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 920k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 95%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.6
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 s
Continuous Shooting 6.3 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 13
Flash Modes Auto, Red-eye
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 63
DxO Color Depth 21.8
DxO Dynamic Range 11.4
DxO Low Light ISO 696
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Dimensions 22.3 x 14.9 mm
Sensor Area 332.27 mm2
Sensor Resolution 15.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4752 x 3168
Max Native ISO 3,200
Max Boosted ISO 12,800
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective Yes
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 9
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions n/a
Max Video Resolution
Video Formats n/a
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 822 g
Physical Dimensions 146 x 108 x 74 mm
Battery Life 800 shots
Battery Type 800 shots
Battery Model BP-511A
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS
Storage Type Compact Flash (Type I or II), UDMA
Storage Slots 1

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