General

compared to recent DSLRs
"The EOS 50D has to stand its ground in a highly competitive bracket of the DSLR market."
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's overall-performance
Brand
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Canon
Lowest price
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$531.59
Announced
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August 2008
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Sensor

"The 50D delivers a lot of detail and clean images with well balanced contrast and colors."
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's image-quality
Type
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CMOS
Crop factor
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1.6x
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Megapixels
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15.1 MP
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Light sensitivity
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3,200 ISO
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Light sensitivity (boost)
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12,800 ISO
Sensor cleaning
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Yes

Sensor (Advanced)

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True resolution
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15.1 MP
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Native resolution
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4752 × 3168
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Pixel size
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22.1 µm²
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Screen

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LCD
Size
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3"
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Resolution
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920k dots
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Touch screen
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No
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Flips out
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No
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Live view
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Yes

Lenses

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Lens availability
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220 lenses
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Lens mount
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Canon EF

Form factor

"Canon says it has improved the manufacturing tolerances, to ensure closer shut-lines and a greater degree of protection against the elements."
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's build-quality
"The ergonomics feel well sorted, all the controls are in the right place and even the formerly rather pointless Direct Print button now serves a purpose"
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's button-layout
Size
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146×108×74 mm
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Depth
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2.9"
Weight
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822 g
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Interchangeable lenses
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Yes
Waterproof
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No
Weather sealed
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Yes
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Built-in focus motor
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No
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Viewfinder

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Type
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Pentaprism
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Viewfinder size
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0.59x
Coverage
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95%
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Movies

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None
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Autofocus
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None

Features

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Panorama
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No
HDR
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No
3D
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No
Image stabilization
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None
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Supports RAW
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Yes
GPS
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No
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Performance

Startup delay
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300 ms
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Shutter lag
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131 ms
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Battery life
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640 shots
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Continuous shooting
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6.3 fps

Focus system

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Autofocus
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Phase detection
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Focus points
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9
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Cross type focus points
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9

Shutter

Max
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1/8000s
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Min
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30s

Flash

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Built-in flash
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Yes
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Popup
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Yes
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External connection
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Yes

Storage

Storage slots
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1
Supported formats
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  1. CompactFlash (Type I)
  2. CompactFlash (Type II)

DXO Mark Scores

compared to recent DSLRs
"Chroma and luminance noise well controlled at higher sensitivities"
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's iso-noise
Image quality
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63.0
Color depth
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21.8 bits
Dynamic range
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11.4 EV
Low light performance
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696 ISO