Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR Camera Body, 15.1 Megapixels with USB Interface & 3" LCD, Black - U.S.A. Warranty

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About Canon

Canon's 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.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Large clear LCD (288),Easy to use (226),Excellent image quality (226),Superior build quality (207),Nice features/settings (189),Solid operation (186),Quick start-up time (178),Simple controls/menu (149),Quiet (127),Good battery life (124),Lightweight/portable (63),Fast shutter speed (59) Image stabilization (39),Great picture quality (34),Simple controls (30),Good image quality (28),Strong construction (28),Fast / accurate auto-focus (23),High ISO performance (18),Great high ISO performance (3),Great resolution (3),Image quality (3) View All
Short battery life (35),Heavy/bulky (31),Noisy (28),Poor image quality (17),Complicated controls/menu (14),Missing features/settings (13),Poor in low light (6),Noisy at high ISO (4),No video (4),Difficult to use (3),Heavy (3),Loud (3) Poor build quality (3) View All
Best Uses:
Travel (47),Landscape/scenery (43),Portraits (31),Sports (20),Sports/action (20),Wildlife (20),Photojournalism (17),Fun (16),Low light (15),Weddings (15),Art (13),Family photos (8) Macro photography (6) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (28),Semi-pro photographer (23),Pro photographer (15),Casual photographer (4)

Canon Features

  • 15.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor with improved noise reduction, wide range ISO 100-3200 (H1: 6400, H2: 12800), 14-bit conversion for smooth color tones and gradations
  • The EOS 50D features a newly-designed 15.1-megapixel APS-C sized CMOS sensor which is capable of recording up to 4752 x 3168 pixels with full 14-bit A/D conversion for extremely fine tonal gradation
  • The EOS 50D operates with such effortless speed that operation is nothing short of intuitive. With instant start-up times, speedy autofocus and minimal shutter lag, the EOS 50D is one of the fastest cameras available today
  • DIGIC 4 Image Processor: The DIGIC 4 Image Processor offers finer details and even more natural color reproduction, compared with the previous DIGIC III Image Processor. It uses advanced signal processing technologies, which provides even faster operations, including write times to UDMA cards
  • 3.0-inch Clear View LCD (920,000 dots/VGA) with multiple coatings for improved viewing and smudge-resistant protection
  • The EOS 50D features a bright, high resolution, 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor with 920,000 (dots/VGA) pixels and a broad viewing angle of 160° horizontally and vertically
  • The EOS 50D features Canon's most advanced Live View shooting thanks to the number of focusing modes available including Quick mode, Live mode and Face Detection Live mode
  • 9 cross-type high-precision sensors for accurate target subject acquisition and diagonal center cross-type AF point with f/2.8 and faster lenses
  • The EOS 50D has a high-precision 9-point wide area AF that uses cross-type points at f-stops of f/5.6 or faster, enabling the camera to focus faster, more accurately and in difficult lighting situations
  • New Lens Peripheral Illumination Correction setting to automatically even the brightness across the image
  • Canon's exclusive Lens Peripheral Illumination setting takes into account any light falloff in the corners of the frame and corrects it, making for a perfectly exposed image
  • The EOS 50D's Self Cleaning Sensor Unit eliminates stray dust that enters the camera when changing a lens or when out in the field
  • Dust that may still remain on the front of the sensor can also be erased with software included in Digital Photo Professional (DPP) Version 3.3 or later software. A simple test shot of a plain, white object can be taken, using a menu setting
  • Creative Auto goes a step beyond full auto with on screen setting display: The EOS 50D has a new Creative Auto mode and a quick control screen that helps novice users narrow the gap between fully automatic and manual control
  • HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) output for displaying full high-resolution images on a High Definition TV
  • The EOS 50D includes a new HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) output device that enables high definition display of your photographs on any HDTV with HDMI ports
  • The EOS 50D is compatible with all Canon lenses in the EF and EF-S lineup, ranging from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto lenses. Canon lenses employ advanced optical expertise and micron-precision engineering to deliver unprecedented performance in all facets of the photographic process
  • The EOS 50D features the acclaimed E-TTL II flash metering system. With any of the flashes in the EX Speedlite line, E-TTL II provides reliable flash output whether shooting fill-in flash pictures in sunlight, or using flash in total darkness
  • The Canon Speedlite 430EX II is the ideal step-up accessory for powerful flash shooting with the EOS 50D. It has excellent flash power (maximum guide number of 141 ft./43m at ISO 100) and is the perfect way to get great flash pictures when you can't get right up to the subject
  • Canon EOS Digital Solution Disk (Version 17.0): The EOS 50D comes bundled with an updated Canon EOS Digital Solution Disk, which features powerful software programs designed to extend the EOS experience to the computer
  • EOS Utility (Version 2.5) for Macintosh or Windows handles the connection between the camera and computer, whenever they're connected via USB
  • Digital Photo Professional (Version 3.5) is an image processing program that enables high-speed RAW image processing, high-speed previewing for real-time image adjustment and support for sRGB, Adobe RGB and Wide Gamut RGB color spaces
  • ZoomBrowser EX (Version 6.2) for Windows and ImageBrowser (Version 6.2) for Mac OS X are the easy, user-friendly options for viewing and editing of JPEG and even RAW image files
  • Picture Style Editor (Version 1.4): Canon's Picture Style Editor enables photographers to create custom Picture Style profiles that can be used to customize the appearance of JPEG and RAW images captured with EOS Digital SLR cameras

Canon Specifications

Digital, single-lens reflex, AF/AE camera with built-in flash
Recording Media
CF Card Type I and II, UDMA-compliant CF cards, via external media (USB v.2.0 hard drive, via optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E3A)
Image Sensor Size
22.3mm x 14.9mm
Compatible Lenses
Canon EF lenses (including EF-S lenses) (35mm-equivalent focal length is approx. 1.6x the lens focal length)
Lens Mount
Canon EF mount
Image Sensor Type
High-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate CMOS sensor
Effective pixels: Approx. 15.10 megapixels
Total Pixels
Total pixels: Approx. 15.50 megapixels
Aspect Ratio
3:2 (Horizontal: Vertical)
Color Filter System
RGB primary color filters
Low-pass Filter
Fixed position in front of the CMOS sensor
Dust Deletion feature
(1) Automatic sensor cleaning
(2) Manual cleaning of sensor
(3) Dust Delete Data appended to the captured image
Recording Format
Design rule for Camera File System 2.0
Image Type
JPEG, RAW (14-bit, Canon original), sRAW, RAW+JPEG
File Size
Large/Fine: 5.0MB (4752 x 3168 pixels)
Large/Nomal: 2.5MB (4752 x 3168 pixels)
Medium/Fine: 3.0MB (3456 x 2304 pixels)
Medium/Normal: 1.6MB (3456 x 2304 pixels)
Small/Fine: 1.7MB (2352 x 1568 pixels)
Small/Normal: 0.9MB (2352 x 1568 pixels)
RAW: 20.2MB (4752 x 3168 pixels)
RAW+Large/Fine: 20.2+5.0MB (4752 x 3168 pixels)
sRAW 1: 12.6MB (3267 x 2178 pixels)
sRAW 1+Large/Fine: 12.6+5.0MB (3267 x 2178 pixels)
sRAW 2: 9.2MB
sRAW 2+Large/Fine: 9.2+5.0MB(2376 x 1584)
Recording Functions
(1) Standard
(2) Automatic switching of recording media
(3) Separate recordings according to image-recording quality
(4) Recording images having the same size (All with the WFT-E3A attached, image recording to the CF card and to the USB external media connected to the WFT-E3A)
Backup Recording
Enabled with WFT-E3A attached
File Numbering
Consecutive numbering, auto reset, manual reset. Possible to create new folders and select folders in the CF card
RAW + JPEG Simultaneous Recording
Provided (sRAW+JPEG also possible)
Color Space
sRGB, Adobe RGB
Picture Style
Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Def. 1-3
Image Processing Type
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, Custom, Color Temperature setting
Auto White Balance
Auto white balance with the image sensor
Color Temperature Compensation
White balance correction: ±9 stops in full-stop increments
White balance bracketing: ±3 stops in full-stop increments
Blue/amber direction or magenta/green direction possible
Color Temperature Info Transmission
Viewfinder Type
Eye-level pentaprism
Vertical/Horizontal approx. 95%
Approx. 0.95x (-1m-1 with 50mm lens at infinity)
Approx. 22mm (from eyepiece lens center)
Built-in Dioptric Adjustment
-3.0 to +1.0m-1 (diopter)
Focusing Screen
Interchangeable (Ef-D: Grid lines, Ef-S {point of Focus), Ef-A standard focusing screen provided
Quick-return half mirror (transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f/4L IS USM or shorter lenses)
Viewfinder Information
AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), Exposure information (shutter speed, aperture, ISO speed, AE lock, exposure level, spot metering circle), Flash information (flash ready, flash exposure compensation, High-speed sync, FE lock, Red-eye reduction light), Image information (Highlight tone priority, monochrome shooting, maximum burst, white balance correction, CF card information)
Depth-of-Field Preview
Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
Autofocus Type
TTL-CT-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS sensor
AF Points
9 (Cross-type)
Metering Range
EV 0.5-18 (at 73°F/23°C, ISO 100)
Focusing Modes
Auto, One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual focusing (MF)
AF Point Selection
Automatic selection, manual selection
Selected AF Point Display
Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on LCD panel
AF-assist Beam
Small series of flashes fired by built-in flash
Effective range: Approx. 13.1 ft./4.0m at center, approx. 11.5 ft./3.5m at periphery
Metering Modes
35-zone TTL full-aperture metering
Evaluative metering (linkable to any AF point)
Partial metering (approx. 9% of viewfinder at center)
Spot metering (approx. 3.8% of viewfinder at center)
Center-weighted average metering
Exposure Control
Program AE (Shiftable), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Depth-of-field AE, Creative Auto, Full auto, Programmed image control modes (portrait, landscape, close-up, sports, night portrait, flash off), Manual exposure, E-TTL II autoflash program AE
ISO Speed (Recommended Exposure Index)
Automatically set, ISO 100-6400 (in 1/3-stop or 1-stop increments)
Basic Zone modes: ISO 100-3200 set automatically
Extension settable (with C.Fn.I-3-1): ISO 12800
High Tone Priority settable: ISO 200-1600
Exposure Compensation
Manual: ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments (can be combined with AEB)
AE Lock
Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual: By AE lock button
Shutter Type
Vertical-travel, mechanical, Electronically-controlled, focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speeds
1/8000 to 1/60 sec., X-sync at 1/250 sec
1/8000 to 30 sec., bulb (Total shutter speed range
Shutter Release
Soft-touch electromagnetic release
10-sec. or 2-sec. delay
Remote Control
Remote control with N3-type terminal
Built-in Flash Type
Retractable, auto pop-up flash
Flash Metering
E-TTL II autoflash
Guide Number
13/43 (ISO 100, in meters/feet)
Recycling Time
Approx. 3 sec.
Flash-ready Indicator
Flash-ready icon lights in viewfinder
Flash Coverage
17mm lens angle of view
FE Lock
Flash Exposure Compensation
Up to ±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
Zooming to Match Focal Length
Compatible Flash
EX-series Speedlites
External Flash Settings
Flash function settings, Flash C.Fn settings
Drive Modes
Single, High-speed continuous, Low-speed continuous and Self-timer (10 sec. or 2 sec. delay)
Continuous Shooting Speed
High-speed: Max. 6.3 shots/sec.
Low-speed: Max. 3 shots/sec.
Maximum Burst
JPEG (Large/Fine): approx. 60 (CF)/approx. 90 (UDMA CF)
RAW: approx. 16
RAW+JPEG (Large/Fine): approx. 11
Based on Canon's testing standards with a 2GB CF card, high-speed continuous shooting, ISO 100 and Standard Picture Style
Varies depending on the subject, CF card brand, image-recording quality, ISO speed, drive mode, Picture Style, etc.
Shooting Modes
(1) Live View shooting
(2) Remote Live View shooting (with a personal computer installed with EOS Utility)
Manual focus
Autofocus (Live View image interrupted for AF): Quick mode, Live mode, Live Face Detection mode
Magnified View
By 5x or 10x at AF point
Grid Display
Exposure Simulation
Silent Shooting
Provided (Mode 1 and 2)
LCD Monitor Type
TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor
Monitor Size
3.0 in.
Approx. 920,000 (VGA)
Brightness Adjustment
7 levels provided
Interface Languages
Image Playback Display Format
Single image, Single image + Image-recording quality/shooting information, histogram, 4- or 9-image index, magnified view (approx. 1.5x-10x), rotated image (auto/manual), image jump (by 10/100 images, index screen, by shooting date, by folder), slide show (all images/selected by date/folder)
Highlight Warning
Provided (Overexposed highlights blink)
Image Protect
Single images can be erase-protected or not
Image Erase
Single image, check-marked images or all images in the CF card can be erased (except protected images)
Compatible Printers
PictBridge-compatible printers
Printable Images
JPEG images compliant to Design rule for Camera File System (DPOF printing possible) and RAW/sRAW images captured with the EOS 50D
Easy Print feature
Version 1.1 compatible
Compatible Images
JPEG and RAW images
Only JPEG images can be transferred as wallpaper on the personal computer screen
Custom Functions
Total 25
Camera User Settings
Register under Mode Dial's C1 and C2 positions
My Menu Registration
USB Terminal
For personal computer communication and direct printing (USB 2.0 Hi-Speed)
Video Out Terminal
(1) Video OUT terminal: NTSC/PAL selectable
(2) HDMI mini OUT terminal
Extension System Terminal
For connection to WFT-E3A
One Battery Pack BP-511A
AC power can be supplied via optional AC Adapter Kit ACK-E2 (with optional Battery Grip BG-E2N or BG-E2 attached, AA-size batteries can be used)
Number of Shots Normal Shooting 1
Temperature: 73°F/23°C
No Flash: 800
50% Flash Use: 640
Number of Shots Normal Shooting 2
Temperature: 32°F/0°C
No Flash: 640
50% Flash Use: 540
Number of Shots Live View Shooting 1
Temperature: 73°F/23°C
No Flash: 180
50% Flash Use: 170
Number of Shots Live View Shooting 2
Temperature: 32°F/0°C
No Flash: 140
50% Flash Use: 130
Battery Check
Power Saving
Provided. Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30 min.
Date/Time Battery
One CR2016 lithium-ion battery
Start-up Time
Approx. 0.1 sec. (Based on CIPA testing standards)
Working Temperature Range
Working Humidity Range
85% or less
Dimensions (WxHxD)
Approx. 5.7 x 4.2 x 2.9 in./145.5 x 107.8 x 73.5mm
Approx. 25.7 oz./730g (body only)
Canon 1 year limited warranty

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Most Liked Positive Review


Best 1.6 Camera EVER!

Having owned the following: 30D 1D 5D 40D 50D 60D Rebel XTi Rebel XT I believe I can offer some real insight into Canon cameras. I can say without a doubt this new 50D is the finest DSLR I've used. It is easier to set, the photos are nearly without any noise, and it is a FAST camera on top of it all. I've owned my new 50D since October and have used it in all kinds of light, the photos are without question an improvement over my previous cameras. I even use this over my 5D, especially in low ...

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Having owned the following: 30D 1D 5D 40D 50D 60D Rebel XTi Rebel XT I believe I can offer some real insight into Canon cameras. I can say without a doubt this new 50D is the finest DSLR I've used. It is easier to set, the photos are nearly without any noise, and it is a FAST camera on top of it all. I've owned my new 50D since October and have used it in all kinds of light, the photos are without question an improvement over my previous cameras. I even use this over my 5D, especially in low light situations. I would recommend this camera for any photographer looking for a professional result. I LOVE this camera!!


Most Liked Negative Review


Stay away from this camera

While the 50D has the same overall build quality of the 40D and several nice features over the 40D, I would not recommend this camera. IMO Canon has pushed this camera out the door too fast and pushed the pixel density too far. The camera has inconsistent results at Low ISO with 80% or more being too noise, I would compare the 50D at ISO 100 to the 40D at ISO800 when shooting in raw. The extra MegaPixels are not necessary for this grade of camera and Canon should have just stuck with the othe...

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While the 50D has the same overall build quality of the 40D and several nice features over the 40D, I would not recommend this camera. IMO Canon has pushed this camera out the door too fast and pushed the pixel density too far. The camera has inconsistent results at Low ISO with 80% or more being too noise, I would compare the 50D at ISO 100 to the 40D at ISO800 when shooting in raw. The extra MegaPixels are not necessary for this grade of camera and Canon should have just stuck with the other upgrades and used the same sensor as the 40D OR decreased the pixel density on the new sensor and given the 50D a moderate MP boost. Save your money and go for the 40D, plain and simple. The 50D has only been out for a couple of months and already many people are selling their 50D and moving back to the 40D.

Reviewed by 367 customers


My first DSLR it was just perfect for me


from illinois

Fast when new but no video, still love it. and will get more


Takes a Great shot!


from Tucson, Az.  -  Photo Enthusiast

Casual use, wanted more durable EOS than the Rebel series. Always wanted a 40D, but went ahead and went with the more megapixels. Great camera with a little different menu system to learn.


Quality Buy


from Bells, TX  -  Semi-pro Photographer

So far I'm impressed with the 50D. It has performed well the few times that I have used it since my purchase. I've only done landscapes but with my 50mm I'm sure portraits will turn out great. No real complaints.


Solid work horse camera.


from Ohio  -  Pro Photographer

I use this mostly for sports. I bought it because it has an APS-C sensor and the 1.6 crop factor and the burst mode are better than my 5D mark I for sports. I chose it over many of the newer models because it shares batteries with 5D mark I and because it feels more solid in my hand than some of the newer APS-C canon DSLR's have used. Image quality is outstanding, not as good as the a one series I use, but it is more than good enough.




from Baltimore Maryland  -  Pro Photographer

I use this product in my every day use as a professional photographer.


Very good used camera


from Bloomer Wisconsin  -  Semi-pro Photographer

We bought this camera used for one of our newspaper offices. We already own two 50Ds. This was rated an E (or E-) on the used scale, but when we got it it was in excellent shape. Much less wear than the 50D in my office which was purchased brand new a few years ago. I would recommend used equipment from Adorama.


total disappointment


from Eatonton, Georgia  -  Photo Enthusiast

not only did the camera not perform, calls to Customer service were not taken, "due to high volume", email messages were not answered. have packed and shipped the camera back to you, and am waiting to hear if i will be stuck with the bill and not have a camera

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Happy novice photographer


from Kansas

Nice camera. A bit expensive compared to competitor products. Upgraded to a good telephoto lens. only ok in low light.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Great camera for general use


from Portland, OR

I like the 50D for most of my photography. It's light, easy to use, and takes excellent photographs. For the setting I primarily use they are clear and concise, easy to set, and quick to find. This is a fairly inexpensive way to get a solid camera. Where I find this camera falls down is in the speed with which it an take multiple (burst rate) photos. I found it too slow for fast action captures (many sports with fast moving people, birds, etc.) For this would recommend a higher end camera like the 5D Mark III.


Unable to use camera w/o batt-charger


from Aurora, OH

Took delivery of EOS 50D 1st week of May. Now, May 24 and I still have not received my battery charger. Have not been able to use the camera. I have never powered up the 50D. Grossly disappointed in product delivery. jrr


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