|Those who are familiar with the EOS 40D, will immediately perceive the resemblance when holding the Canon EOS 50D for the first time. In fact, the only difference at the front seems to be the type indication. The back of the EOS 50D differs more significantly, although this only seems due to the different monitor compared to the 40D. Other than that, it's only small details such as a different color of the command dial and extra applied functionality of buttons. There's a lot to explain for the salesman, when both cameras are lined up on the shelf in his shop. |
|Canon EOS 50D supports EF and EF-S lenses
The front of the camera is clear. The large metal bayonet mount supports the EF / EF-S lenses and third parties, and carries an unlock button on the right to enable the exchange of lenses. Since the sensor is smaller than a full format sensor, a focal length multiplier of 1.6x is achieved. 28mm will become 44.8mm at 35mm format. Right below the unlock button, a small button serves to check the depth of field. Above the mount, a small ridge is visible indicating the spot of the built-in flash. The flash is an E-TTL II flash with a guide number of 13 and a power to cover the entire area of a 17mm lens. A small button next to the EOS 50D logo gives access to the flash settings. Left of the mount, a LED is placed serving as indicator for the self-timer or as AF assist light.
Memory and battery compartment of the Canon 50D
The large handgrip gives the EOS 50D a solid hand-fit. The grip contains an integrated CompactFlash card slot. Unfortunately, neither support for Secure Digital / SDHC nor a dual card slot availability which would have looked good on the Canon 50D. The bottom of the handgrip leaves room for the battery, again a BP-511A 7.4 1390mAh battery. The EOS 50D supports many grips that can be mounted to the camera. One of these is the WFT-E3 with built-in WiFi and a connection for a GPS. Sadly, the Canon EOS 50D does not carry a standard connection on its body.
Renewed LCD monitor with Live View function
The changes made to the back of the 40D are all adopted by the Canon EOS 50D. Or at least, as far as the buttons are concerned. The 3 inch LCD monitor is completely redesigned and renewed, and offers a significantly increased resolution (920,000 instead of 230,000 dots) which truly adds to the reproduction. Additionally, an improved coating serves as anti-reflex layer. And on top of that, the Live View function of the monitor has been enhanced with contrast AF and face detection that is also linked to it. The AF-ON, top right next to the thumb grip, is quite remarkable. It lets you set the focus independently of the shutter release, which comes in very handy during action photography. It takes time getting used to, but in practice it might help you to work faster, and it will be more convenient.
|Canon EOS 50D offers a Creative Auto mode
The top side of the camera has remained the same, apart from the command dial. Besides a different color, certain programs have been skipped and added. The C3 setting of the 40D has disappeared, whereas a CA setting has appeared instead. This program, Creative Auto, enables to change settings that have a direct influence on the image instead of on the exposure. The small monitor on the right side displays a lot of information about camera settings. On top of the viewfinder, there is room for an external flash such as the Speedlite 580 EX II. The side of the camera contains two rectangular rubber covers hiding several interfaces, among which an HDMI connection.