Summary Canon 50D

Prices Price
Body only
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
#n/a of 1
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 5
Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
Screen resolution
Help 920k dots
Help 15.1 MP
Movie format
Help None
Screen size
Help 3"
Light sensitivity
Help 3,200 ISO
see all specifications
Lenses Lenses
Browse Canon EOS 50D lenses at LensHero
Canon EOS 50DCanon EOS 50D

reviewsWhat are people saying about the 50D

"Chroma and luminance noise well controlled at higher sensitivities" | talking about the camera's iso-noise
"The EOS 50D has to stand its ground in a highly competitive bracket of the DSLR market." | talking about the camera's overall-performance
"Nine point auto focus system accurate, even in low light" | talking about the camera's auto-focus


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 50D.


Canon 550D vs 50D Hands-on Review - DigitalRev TV
  • Review
  • Pro
  • Preview
  • Ergonomics
Magic Lantern v2.3
  • Review
  • Promo


Report a correction

The Canon 50D vs other recent DSLRs

Startup delay Short startup delay Help
300 ms startup delay
Shutter lag Short shutter lag Help
131 ms shutter lag
Fastest shutter speed Fast shutter speed Help
1/8000 of a second
Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather
Viewfinder Doesn't use battery, see more detail Help
Report a correction

The Canon 50D vs other recent pro DSLRs

Lens availability More lenses available Help
220 lenses
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
Weight Light Help
822 g
Size Quite small Help
Professional size (146×108×74 mm)
Thickness Thin Help
Built-in flash Built-in flash Help
External flash not needed


Report a correction

The Canon 50D vs other recent DSLRs

Overall image quality Very low overall image quality Help
Dynamic range Very narrow dynamic range Help
11.4 EV
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Missing geo-tagging
Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
Won't autofocus with all lenses
Color depth Little color depth Help
21.8 bits
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Autofocus Manual focus only Help
Announced Old Help
August 2008
Light sensitivity (boost) Very low boost light sensitivity Help
12,800 ISO
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Report a correction

The Canon 50D vs other recent pro DSLRs

Low light performance Very noisy at high ISO Help
696 ISO
Screen resolution Low resolution screen Help
920k dots
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
6.3 fps
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
15.1 MP
Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points Help
Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
Movie format No movies Help
Screen size Small screen Help
Viewfinder size Small viewfinder Help
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Battery life Shorter battery life Help
640 shots
Focus points Fewer focus points Help




front photo of the Canon EOS 50Dback photo of the Canon EOS 50Dangle photo of the Canon EOS 50D


Canon EOS 50D

Report a correction

Showing 3 comments

Juliapetry (6:58 PM, May 17, 2011)
 Fiquei triste, eu gosto dela mesmo não sendo a melhor câmera da canon, ela tira fotos...Muito bom as informações, obrigada!
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (9:00 PM, January 07, 2011)
hey Zander, that comment is on the "normal" ISO values, not the boost. On the 50D specs page we have the boost ISO going up to 12,800, does that sound correct to you?
Zander (4:59 PM, January 07, 2011)
I have a 50d and the ISO definitely goes higher than 3200