Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR Camera Body Kit, Black - Refurbished

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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 (10),Easy to use (9),Fast shutter speed (9),Great picture quality (7),Strong construction (7),Simple controls (5)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (6),Portraits (6),Travel (6),Fun (4),Sports (4),Sports/action (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (7),Semi-pro photographer (3)

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)
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Refurbished unit looked brand new

While there are plenty of reviews about the 50D I thought instead I'd comment on buying a refurbished unit. I finally decided to bite the bullet and replace my original Digital Rebel, and the 50D was it. As I checked various retailer's websites I saw that Adorama had refurbised units for considerabley less $$ than new. Having been burned once before by buying a supposedly refurbished high-end radio (not through Adorama) I was a bit hesitant. But after reading a number of positive comments in...

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While there are plenty of reviews about the 50D I thought instead I'd comment on buying a refurbished unit. I finally decided to bite the bullet and replace my original Digital Rebel, and the 50D was it. As I checked various retailer's websites I saw that Adorama had refurbised units for considerabley less $$ than new. Having been burned once before by buying a supposedly refurbished high-end radio (not through Adorama) I was a bit hesitant. But after reading a number of positive comments in the Canon forum on photography-on-the-net about buying Canon refurbished items through Adorama I decided to go the refurbished route to save $$. Other than the white Canon refurbish box and small "Refurbished" sticker on the bottom of the camera it appeared brand new. I could find no marks, scratches, or any sign of the camera having been used. Using one of the freely available utilities on the web I checked the shutter count - 181 clicks. Maybe a demo, maybe a return, maybe pulled off the production line for quality control - who knows? I've had it now for about a week and found no problems whatsoever. The big difference with purchasing a refurbished unit is that there is no Canon warranty. So in addition to what Adorama provides I purchased an extended 2-year Mack warranty (which I would have done even if buying a new unit). I'm very pleased so far with camera itself and the decision to purchase a refurbished unit through Adorama.

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One worked, one didn't - get new instead


from Oneonta, NY  -  Pro Photographer

We purchased 2 of these cameras, one was defective out of the box with an error message on the LCD at random intervals when we were taking pictures. We sent them both back and got new ones. They performed above and beyond their stated limitations. In fact, one of them went to 233k shutter actuations before kicking the bucket. We had the shutter replaced, but it hasn't been the same since. Good overall camera for sports but susceptible to high humidity. We traded up to 7d's with 8fps and better weather sealing.


Love the camera. Works perfect.


from Grifton, NC  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Weddings, Gereal photography.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)




from Somerville, TN  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I bought this camera being told that it would be as good as new since it was a Canon Refurbished model. It is like new, there is absolutely no difference. I could not be happier with this camera. The image quality is amazing and so is the speed.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


40D upgrade


from Cincinnati  -  Photo Enthusiast

Upgraded from a 40D. The micro-adjust fueled the desire. Actually see more chroma noise with this over the 40D, but with some real use have been very happy. Love the screen, make use of the micro-adjust and the extra pixels are nice too. The refurb was in EXCELLENT condition. The 40D was a refurb from Adorama as well which was also in EXCELLENT condition.


It's an honor to own this thing.


from piermont, new york  -  Photo Enthusiast

Amazing tool. My only request would be for a full-frame sensor at the same price!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Canon 50D


from Snohomish, WA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Replaced my 20d with this and haven't had too much time to play with it but love the big LCD screen.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


50D surprised me!


from Atlanta, Ga.  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Finally put my 30D to the pasture. It was a great work horse and loved it to death. I was in the market to buy another camera, I put all my photoshoot earnings into L glasses (3 of them) so I had just enough to buy another camera now or wait several more shoots to get a FF. After 6mos of researching I decided to go with the 50D. I was short $200 on buying the 50D, but found Adorama had refurbs for the price on what I had. I was little leary since it was a refurb, but I did additional research and Adorama had a really good reputation with refurbs. I decided to go ahead and get it. The item came as described. A canon box with everything there you would find normally with a new 50D box. Close inspection of the camera, it looked brand new! no marks or signs of use. The firmware was 1.0.6 and I updated to 1.0.7 immediately. Everything felt and looked as it should be. The LCD is breath taking and the performance with my L glasses is phenomenal! The 30d was a great performer, but the 50D runs circle around it. The processor with L glass is blistering fast and I never had to anticipate. Image wise, I cant really comment on non L glass on it, but with L glass, it's breath taking. The new menu layout is very intuitive if you are coming from previous XXD models. LCD screen is HD quality and you'll just be floored by it. Now, just about every review states the one blemish about the 50D is ISO noise and lack of movie mode. Personally, I could care less about movie mode. It eats up battery, memory hog on your CF card, no auto focus and it's a gimmick. I buy a camera to take pictures not video. now lets talk about the ISO noise. I've been shooting low light just to see how bad it is. It's not that bad. compared with my 30D, I would say they are just about even all they way up to 800 with 50D being the better noise handling. at 1600, noise on the 50D is slighty noisy (very slightly). My bud has the 40D and I compared with his and honestly image noise appeared to be the same at 1600 and 3200, but the 40D did eek out the win by just a smidge but suffered softness due to the NR applied but the 50D won on sharpness. So my conclusion is, all these pro reviews you see is completely bias. Depending on the setting, day/night, indoor, outdoor and lens they use, you'll see different comments. If you really want to see it in real world and how it handles with your glasses, go and test one out and compare it yourself and dont be afraid of refurbs from adorama...they are just as good or better as new in the box camera. Just from my personal comment with 50D combined with L glasses, you will be amazed with image quality. The refurb 50D quickly made me forget my beloved 30D and amazed how much canon has come in just 3 years from the 30D.




from NB, CANADA  -  Casual Photographer

What a great upgrade from my Rebel XSi!! It has a much sturdier, "pro" feel to it, and although it's a bit heavier, it is not cumbersome at all. In fact it feels quite comfortable and is easy to use. Menus are easy to navigate and changing settings quickly is a snap. Highly recommended!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Better than new


from Albuquerque, NM  -  Photo Enthusiast

I bought this body for one specific use: wildlife photography using Canon primes at 300 and 400mm. For that purpose it's excellent (and I use this body for only that purpose). The noise is significant beyond 800ISO (expected), but can be removed via processing. The 15 meg subs stand up to cropping nicely. The shutter release is quieter than the 40D and the LCD is vastly improved. The camera controls are much like the 40D and 5D2. Canon refurbs have had good reviews from others (i.e., better than new because of the bench work), and I've no reason to doubt those reviews after approximately 2000 images. There is no factory warranty, however.


Perfect for adventure sports


from bellingham, wa  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is my first SLR so my reference is quite limited. I decided to take the plunge and invest is quality lenses. The camera has performed flawlessly for fast action sports like mountain biking in the dimly lit forests of the NW. Also quite durable as I actually ride with the camera and gear. Yes it is heavy but would you rather have it break. Everything comes at a price so you must prioritize.

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