Pre-Photokina2008: No surprises to hear that Canon has launched the much anticipated EOS 50D, an upgraded version of EOS 40D. On the surface it looks almost similar to its predecessor. However, there are quite a few significant improvements; fifteen megapixel CMOS sensor, faster DIGIC 4 processor, 3.0" VGA LCD monitor with Live View mode offering 3 AF modes, ISO sensitivity expandable to 12800 and an HDMI connection for high Quality Image viewing. It also includes a new Quick Control screen which shows the most commonly used settings and Creative Auto mode for automatic focus and exposure.We're expecting to be able to bring you a full in-hands preview later today.
Features at a glance:
- 15.1 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
- 6.3fps continuous shooting, max. burst 90 JPEGs with UDMA card
- DIGIC 4 processor
- ISO 100-3200, expandable to 12800
- 9-point wide area AF
- 3.0” Clear View VGA LCD with Live View mode & Face Detection Live AF
- Magnesium alloy body, with environmental protection
- EOS Integrated Cleaning System
- HDMI connection for high quality viewing and playback on a High Definition TV
- Full compatibility with Canon EF and EF-S lenses and EX-series Speedlites
Outstanding speed and resolution for the discerning photographer: the EOS 50D
Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 26 August 2008: Canon today strengthens its EOS range with the addition of a powerful new digital SLR: the EOS 50D. With a 15.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor, 6.3 frames per second shooting and Canon’s latest DIGIC 4 image processor, the EOS 50D delivers unparalleled speed and resolution at a price point that is unique in today’s market.
Outstanding, clean images
A newly designed 15.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor delivers ultra-detailed, low-noise images – ideal for large-scale reproduction or creative cropping. New manufacturing processes, plus redesigned photo diodes and microlenses, extend the light gathering capabilities of the sensor – allowing more pixels to be fitted on the CMOS sensor without compromising image quality. These changes ensure improved high ISO performance and low noise. High-speed, low light shooting is enabled by ISO levels of 3200, expandable to an ultra-sensitive 12800.
The EOS Integrated Cleaning System – including the improved Self Cleaning Sensor Unit with a new fluorine coating – increases protection of image quality by helping to reduce, repel and remove unwanted dust from the sensor. Stubborn particles can be removed automatically in post-production with Dust Delete Data and Canon’s included Digital Photo Professional software.
Canon’s new DIGIC 4 processor is fast enough to allow up to 6.3fps continuous shooting, in bursts of up to 90 JPEGs with a UDMA card. Used with Canon’s wide area AF system, which locks onto subjects with 9 individual cross type sensors, stunning action sequences can be captured – even in low-light conditions. This makes the EOS 50D particularly suited to sports and wildlife shooting.
DIGIC 4 works with the CMOS sensor to deliver 14-bit image processing, for smooth gradation and natural-looking colours – as well as ensuring ultra-fast startup times and near-instant image review after shooting.
A new 3.0” Clear View VGA LCD provides extra-large and wide angle-of-view image review, with plenty of clarity for accurate focus checks in playback. By switching to Live View mode – which displays a real-time image on the LCD – photographers can enjoy simplified shooting from awkward angles, or connect to a PC for remote shooting. Live Mode now offers three ways to auto focus: Quick AF, Live AF, and new Face Detection Live AF, which optimizes focus based on faces detected in the frame – for fast, spontaneous portraiture.
Control and ease
The famously intuitive EOS menu system includes a new Quick Control screen, for instant access to the most commonly-changed settings. A new Creative Auto mode offers automatic focus and exposure – while still allowing creative ‘tweaks’ to settings such as background sharpness.
“For advanced amateurs and semi-professionals – or professionals looking for a powerful backup model – the EOS 50D stands alone,” said Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging, Europe. “No other camera in this price bracket offers a comparable combination of speed and image quality.”
Canon’s CMOS technology is one of the company’s key competitive advantages, with noise reduction circuitry at each pixel site delivering virtually noise-free images. In comparison with CCD technology, the lower power consumption characteristics of Canon’s CMOS sensors also contribute to longer battery life.
Signal conversion in Canon’s CMOS sensors is handled by individual amplifiers at each pixel site. Unnecessary charge transfer operations are avoided, vastly speeding up the process of getting signal to the image processor. Noise generation is reduced, power consumption is limited and faster frame rate potential is increased.
Image data captured by the CMOS sensor is processed by Canon’s purpose-built DIGIC image processors before being written to the camera's memory card. DIGIC technology uses advanced image processing algorithms to ensure precise, natural colours, accurate white balance, and advanced noise reduction. Ultra-fast processing speeds result in highly responsive camera operation and near-instant start-up times.
DIGIC chips work with a high speed DDR-SDRAM image buffer – reading, processing, compressing and writing image data fast enough to keep the buffer clear during long continuous shooting bursts. And because DIGIC integrates all key processing functions, power consumption is kept to a minimum.EOS Integrated Cleaning System
The EOS Integrated Cleaning System combats sensor dust in three important ways: Reduce, Repel and Remove.
- Reduce - Internal camera mechanisms are designed to minimise dust generation. The redesigned body cap prevents dust generation through wear on the cap itself.
- Repel - Anti-static technologies, including a special fluorine coating, are applied to the low-pass filter covering the front of the sensor so as not to attract dust.
- Remove - A Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit uses hi-frequency vibrations to shake dust from the infrared filter for a period of approximately one second after each start up. For instant shooting after power up, this feature is disabled immediately the shutter release is depressed.
Canon has also developed an internal Dust Delete Data system, which can map the position of visible dust on the sensor. This can then be deleted automatically after the shoot with the latest Digital Photo Professional software.
Picture Style pre-sets simplify in-camera control over image qualities. Picture Style pre-sets can be likened to different film types – each one offering a different colour response. Within each selectable pre-set, photographers have control over sharpness, contrast, colour tone and saturation. The camera’s factory default configuration is set to deliver immediately-usable JPEG images without need for additional menu settings. Picture Style presets applied to a RAW image can be revised with Canon’s Digital Photo Professional software.
The six pre-sets are:
- Standard – for crisp, vivid images that don’t require post-processing
- Portrait – optimises colour tone and saturation and weakens sharpening to achieve attractive skin tones
- Landscape – for punchier greens and blues with stronger sharpening to give a crisp edge to mountain, tree and building outlines
- Neutral – ideal for post-processing
- Faithful – adjusts colour to match the subject colour when shot under a colour temperature of 5200K
- Monochrome – for black and white shooting with a range of filter effects (yellow, orange, red and green) and toning effects (sepia, blue, purple and green).
Digital Photo Professional Software
Digital Photo Professional software provides high speed, high quality processing of lossless RAW images. Processing with Digital Photo Professional allows real-time display and immediate application of image adjustments, giving control over RAW image variables such as white balance, dynamic range, exposure compensation, noise reduction and colour tone – plus the ability to view Auto Focus points on an image. The Lens Aberration correction tool allows precise correction of different types of distortion caused by certain cameras. Images can be recorded in camera with sRGB or Adobe RGB colour space.
Digital Photo Professional supports sRGB, Adobe RGB, ColorMatch RGB, Apple RGB and Wide Gamut RGB colour spaces. ICC (International Colour Consortium) profiles can be attached to TIFF or JPEG images when converted from RAW. This allows faithful reproduction of colours in software applications that support ICC profiles, such as Adobe Photoshop. For improved efficiency, a set of image adjustments can be saved as a recipe and applied.
The latest version of EOS Utility provides essential support for Live View remote shooting, camera configuration and image transfers. Tightly integrated with Digital Photo Professional, EOS Utility can be configured to monitor ‘hot’ folders, automatically renaming and moving incoming images to a structured file system. Users can also tag their images with EXIF data, including copyright information.
Picture Style Editor
Picture Style Editor allows users to create individual Picture Styles that fit with their personal requirements. Each Picture Style contains detailed information on how specific colours should be represented within an image. Once new Picture Styles have been created, they can be uploaded directly into the camera and applied to JPEG or RAW images. When working with RAW files in DPP, both personal Picture Styles and the 6 predetermined Picture Styles can all be adjusted.
|Sensor|| 22.3 x 14.9 mm CMOS sensor
RGB Color Filter Array
Built-in fixed low-pass filter (with self-cleaning unit)
15.5 million total pixels
15.1 million effective pixels
3:2 aspect ratio
|Image processor||DIGIC 4|
|A/D conversion||14 bit|
|Image sizes||• 4752 x 3168
• 3456 x 2304
• 2353 x 1568
RAW (.CR2; 14-bit)
|Lenses|| Canon EF / EF-S lens mount
1.6x field of view crop
|Dust reduction|| "EOS Integrated Cleaning System"
Self-cleaning sensor unit (filter in front of sensor vibrates at high frequency at start-up and shutdown - can be disabled)
Dust Delete Data - Data from a test shot is used to 'map' dust spots and can be later removed using Canon DPP Software
|Auto focus|| 9-point TTL CMOS sensor
All points cross-type for lenses of F5.6 or faster
Center point additionally sensitive with lenses of F2.8 or faster
AF working range: -0.5 - 18 EV (at 23°C, ISO 100)
|Focus modes|| One shot AF
AI Servo AF
AI Focus AF
|AF point selection|| Auto
|Predictive AF|| Up to 8 m|
|AF assist|| Stroboscopic flash|
|AF microadjust|| +/- 20 steps
Adjust all lenses by same amount/individually adjust up to 20 lenses
|Metering|| TTL 35 zone SPC
Metering range: EV 0.0 - 20 EV
Evaluative 35 zone
|AE lock|| Auto: One Shot AF with evaluative metering
Manual: AE lock button
|Exposure compensation|| +/-2.0 EV
0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
|Exposure bracketing|| +/- 2.0 EV
0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
Auto ISO (100-1600)
|Shutter|| Focal-plane shutter
100,000 exposure durability
30 - 1/8000 sec
0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
Flash X-Sync: 1/250 sec
|Aperture values|| F1.0 - F91
0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
Actual aperture range depends on lens used
|White balance|| Auto
Kelvin (2500 - 10000 K in 100 K steps)
|WB bracketing|| +/-3 levels
Blue / Amber or Magenta / Green bias
|WB shift|| Blue (-9) To Amber (+9)
Magenta (-9) to Green (+9)
|Picture style|| Standard
User def. 1
User def. 2
User def. 3
|Custom image parameters|| Sharpness: 0 to 7
Contrast: -4 to +4
Saturation: -4 to +4
Color tone: -4 to +4
B&W filter: N, Ye, Or, R, G
B&W tone: N, S, B, P, G
Highlight tone priority
|Color space|| sRGB
|Viewfinder|| Eye-level pentaprism
95% frame coverage
Magnification: 0.95x(-1 diopter with 50 mm lens at infinity)
Eyepoint: 22 mm
Interchangeable focusing screen Ef-A standard (2 other types optional)
Dioptric adjustment: -3.0 to +1.0 diopter
| Ef-A (Standard Precision Matte - included)
Ef-D (Precision Matte with grid)
Ef-S (Super Precision Matte for easier manual focus)
|Mirror|| Quick-return half mirror (transmission:reflection ratio 40:60)
Mirror lock-up (once or multiple exposures)
|Viewfinder info|| AF points
Focus confirmation light
Exposure compensation amount
Spot metering area
Red-eye reduction lamp on
Flash compensation amount
ISO speed (while changing)
WB correction (while changing)
Highlight tone priority icon *
B&W mode icon
Maximum burst for continuous shooting
|LCD monitor|| 3.0 " TFT LCD
7 brightness levels
160 ° viewing angle
|LCD Live view|| Live TTL display of scene from CMOS image sensor
100% frame coverage
Real-time evaluative metering using CMOS image sensor
Best view or exposure simulation
Grid optional (x2)
Magnify optional (5x or 10x at AF point)
Three AF modes - Live mode/Quick mode/Face Detection
Remote live view using EOS Utility 2.0 (via USB or WiFi/Ethernet using WFT)
|Record review|| Off
On (histogram via INFO button)
Display mode same as last used Play mode
2 / 4 / 8 sec / Hold
1. Single image with exposure, file number, storage slot
|Playback features|| Optional blinking highlight alert
Optional AF point display
Magnified view (up to 10x)
2x2 or 3x3 thumbnail index
Jump (by 1, 10, 100 images / by screen or date)
Delete / Protect
|Flash|| Auto pop-up E-TTL II auto flash
FOV coverage up to 17 mm (27 mm equiv.)
Guide number approx 13 m / 43 ft (ISO 100)
Cycle time approx. 3 sec
Flash compensation +/-2.0 EV in 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
X-Sync: 1/250 sec
|External flash|| E-TTL II auto flash with EX-series Speedlites
In-camera flash configuration (currently only 580 EX II)
Wireless multi-flash support
|Burst buffer|| Large/Fine JPEG: 90 frames (with UDMA card)
RAW: 16 frames
|Auto rotation|| On (recorded and LCD display)
On (recorded only)
|Custom functions||25 custom functions with 74 settings in 4 groups|
|Portrait grip|| Optional WFT-E3/E3A
Optional BP-E2N battery grip
Optional BP-E2 battery grip
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
|Storage|| Compact Flash Type I or II (inc. FAT32)
Supports UDMA cards
Canon Original Data Security Kit supported ("Original Image Data")
No CF card supplied
|Power|| Lithium-Ion BP-511A rechargeable battery (supplied & charger)
Supports BP-511 / BP-511A / BP-512 / BP-514
CR2016 Lithium battery (date/time backup)
Optional AC adapter
| Mounts on base of camera and also acts as vertical grip
Has its own BP-511A battery
Wireless 802.11b / 802.11g
Wireless security: WEP, TKIP/AES, WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK
Wireless methods: Infrastructure or Ad Hoc
Wired ethernet (100 Base-TX)
Transfer: FTP, PTP (remote control by computer), HTTP (view / remote fire)
USB host capable: External hard drives, flash drives
USB comms: GPS devices (records coordinates and altitude in image header)
|Dimensions||146 x 108 x 74 mm (5.7 x 4.2 x 2.9 in)|
|Weight||• No battery: 730 g (1.6 lb)
• With battery: 822 g (1.8 lb)
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