50D vs 40D, my resolution and noise tests ...

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50D vs 40D, my resolution and noise tests ...
Oct 9, 2008

at ISO settings of 800 and 1600.

http://www.pbase.com/jkurkjia/50d_vs_40d_resolution_and_noise

FWIW, at identical ISO speed settings I see hardly any difference in noise performance ... is this important? ... IMO, darned right it is ... the 50D's noise performance was grossly misrepresented (by the voice of Canon in North America assuming the quote is correct).

Other than the "lack of" significant noise improvement over the 40D, the 50D appears to be a top notch camera; there is nothing about it I don't like (so far).

The resolution difference between the 40D and 50D is pretty obvious, and there are other goodies associated with the 50D that make it an attractive photographic tool. So, is it 50D worth the $500 price difference compared to the 40D ... I really don't know right know ... I'm still very bummed out about the 50D's "missing noise performance" issue.

If you don't mind screwing around with more memory then the 50D's extra resolution can't hurt (PROVIDED the 50D's DR has not been compromised to achieve the higher resolution). So far I haven't confirmed "any" degradation in the 50D's DR (relative to the 40D) but I really need to do a little more work in this area before I'm totally convinced everything is okay.

Regards,

Joe Kurkjian

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