Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR Camera Body Kit, 15.1 Megapixels, Black with EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens

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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. The Standard zoom lens comes with an Image Stabilizer and high zoom ratio.

With the Image Stabilizer turned on, you can obtain sharp, natural-looking pictures in dim lighting without using flash or a tripod. Very handy for places where flash is prohibited. Uses ring-type USM for swift, silent autofocus and full-time manual focus. Closest focusing distance is 20 in. (50cm).

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast shutter speed (24),Easy to use (22),Large clear LCD (22),Image stabilization (20),Good image quality (15),Fast / accurate auto-focus (14),High ISO performance (13),Simple controls (9),Great picture quality (8),Quiet (8),Strong construction (7)
Noisy at high ISO (4),Heavy (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (20),Travel (19),Sports/action (15),Low light (12),Wildlife (12),Weddings (11),Portraits (7),Family photos (5),Fun (5),Macro photography (5),Sports (5),Art (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (13),Semi-pro photographer (9)

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
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
Temperature: 73°F/23°C
No Flash: 800
50% Flash Use: 640
Number of Shots Live View Shooting
Temperature: 73°F/23°C
No Flash: 180
50% Flash Use: 170
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
Lens Focal Length & Maximum Aperture
28-135mm 1:3.5-5.6
Lens Construction
16 elements in 12 groups
Lens Diagonal Angle of View
75° - 18°
Lens Focus Adjustment
Inner focusing system with USM
Lens Closest Focusing Distance
0.5m / 1.6 ft.
Lens Zoom System
Rotating Type
Lens Filter Size
Lens Max. Diameter x Length, Weight
3.1" x 3.8", 18.9 oz. / 78.4mm x 96.8mm
Lens Weight
Camera Dimensions (WxHxD)
Approx. 5.7 x 4.2 x 2.9 in./145.5 x 107.8 x 73.5mm
Camera Weight
Approx. 25.7 oz./730g (body only)
Canon 1 year limited warranty

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Most Liked Positive Review


Great Camera, good lens with 1 flaw

This is my 2 week initial quick review. I received my EOS 50D kit on October 9th and find the camera to be just what I had expected, except… One of the flaws I’ve found so far is that the 28-135mm IS lens doesn’t have a ‘lock’ function to prevent the lens from extending on its own when the camera points downward. My Canon 75-300mm IS lens does have this function and I don’t understand why Canon left it off the 50D kit lens. The other flaw is the battery consumption. When taking p...

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This is my 2 week initial quick review. I received my EOS 50D kit on October 9th and find the camera to be just what I had expected, except… One of the flaws I’ve found so far is that the 28-135mm IS lens doesn’t have a ‘lock’ function to prevent the lens from extending on its own when the camera points downward. My Canon 75-300mm IS lens does have this function and I don’t understand why Canon left it off the 50D kit lens. The other flaw is the battery consumption. When taking photo’s with the IS function on, the battery is consumed very quickly, and I’m using a 2000 mAh Li-Ion battery that lasted much longer in my EOS 30D. I’m considering the battery grip, but that will add unwanted weight. On the positive side, the 3” LCD is great in both it's quality and size. I’ve installed the Canon “EF-D” focusing screen and really like the way it quickly frames my shots


Most Liked Negative Review


good cam

great camera. the iso is a little noisy at 3200 which is usually where i need to be for the concerts that i shoot. otherwise very clear.

Reviewed by 25 customers


good cam


from nyc  -  Semi-pro Photographer

great camera. the iso is a little noisy at 3200 which is usually where i need to be for the concerts that i shoot. otherwise very clear.


Best camera for everyone


from Nyc  -  Photo Enthusiast

Its the best camera with all the features a pro might need and that an amateur would love. The price is not too much compared to what a substandard camera costs. For an extra couple of hundred you get a professional quality camera thats only worth replacing with a full frame camera.


Love the 50D!


from Tampa, FL  -  Photo Enthusiast

I love my 50D and have had it for two years and a half years now! This kit comes with everything you need to get you started and rolling out of the box with fantastic photos. I've used my 50D from everything to sporting events and team functions to weddings and family functions. Mind you, I'm not a professional by any stretch of the imagination, but with a little bit of knowledge and the "eye", I have become my families go-to-guy when it comes to photos. Some of the things that make this camera so great is its versatility. There are multiple settings that can let you fine tune every aspect of your photos (without being overly complex) while at the same time having a setting for the everyday "point and shoot". The one thing I didn't like about it (and is expected at this level) is that after a while you realize the limits of the kit lens. Let me preface that by saying that there is nothing wrong with the kit lens. It's a great starter lens and will allow you to develop your skills further, but once you reach a certain level, you'll notice a need to upgrade to a higher quality lens. I reached that point just as the lens was starting to experience "lens creep". For those that don't know, lens creep is essentially when the bearings inside the lens start to wear out and no longer hold the lens at the position you choose... essentially making the lens "loose". It's not a noticeable problem for horizontal photos, but take the lens to any degree off horizontal and you'll have to keep one hand on the zoom ring to keep it from moving. It's not really that big of a concern and shouldn't stop you from getting this kit, but it is something to think about. Mine started about a year and half and after many THOUSAND photos, so it got its use. There are many VERY SIMPLE DIY's out there on how to fix the creeping issue, and I have completed two of them with great success. A good compliment to the 50D body is the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS, which is what I currently use as my main lens and have complemented it with a Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L leaving the kit 28-135 as my backup. Get this kit!


Great Camera


from Baton Rouge, LA  -  Pro Photographer

Been using the 50D for a few years. It has never disappointed me. Easy for clients to proof photos on large screen. As good as advertised.


A Great Camera


from lubbach, Mi  -  Photo Enthusiast

Couldn't ask for a better camera. I found that it's easy to use and takes great pictures.


Great camera for non full frame use


from Seattle, WA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Solid camera great for sports and wildlife with the 1.6x conversion on the small sensor


Great Buy


from Pittsburg, Kansas  -  Photo Enthusiast

Package was great, only down size was the bag that came with it. The body takes up most of the room.


Extremely good to be true


from San Antonio, Chile  -  Semi-pro Photographer

A very good buy, and a much better investment. Excellent camera in all areas and able to do many things.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Canon 50D - Great Camera; Great Price


from Brighton, MI  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I don't have to tell you about all the great features of the 50D. Just be aware of the one feature it doesn't have is video recording. Not too big a deal for me since I really don't buy a camera like this for video. I bought this camera near the end of it's product cycle as rumors of the impending 60D abound. I saved over $500 off the price of this camera vs when it was first introduced. I also bought the kit box with 28-135 IS lens. I intended to sell the lens, thus lowering the price of my 50d by about another $100. Bottom line is the 50D is a great camera. 15mp is plenty resolution. Really anything more than 15mp is surpassing the resolution capabilities of current lenses anyway, so higher resolution will actually not result in sharper pictures when it gets past this point. You won't regret getting a 50D.




from Ottawa, ON, Canada  -  Photo Enthusiast

[...]As for the Canon 50D, I am thrilled to have ordered a product that has turned out to be far superior to what I thought I was purchasing. I read through the instruction manual, and have not really had to go back to it, as everything is user friendly. I would definitely recommend the camera and Adorama to anyone. I spent the extra money to buy a couple of Lexar Compact Flash memory cards and have no complaints about anything.

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