April 5, 2012

Canon EOS 50D Digital Camera Reference Page

Canon EOS 50D Digital Camera with EF-S 17-85 IS USM lens

This article stands as a reference page for the Canon EOS 50D which with the BG-E2N battery grip were depicted and referred to, in many of the illustrations of my articles about Panoramic heads, Nodal Rails and Macro Rails.
I do not consider myself qualified enough to offer a thorough technical review of this camera, therefore I remain to the apposition of features and experience gained through its use during several years.

In this regard, you may find more information and reviews in the "Relevant Readings" section at the end of this article.

Update May 2013
However, the very recent announcement from the Magic Lantern add-on software team about unlocking  the hidden RAW video capabilities of this fine camera will bring it forward once again.

The Camera
Canon EOS 50D was originally  introduced in the market on August 26, 2008 with many enhancements over its predecessor the EOS 40D.

Features & Specification
  • 15.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor with improved noise reduction, wide range ISO 100-3200 (H1: 6400, H2: 12800), 14-bit conversion for smooth color tones and gradations.
  • DIGIC 4 Image Processor for faster processing, 6.3 fps up to 90 JPEGS using UDMA CF cards; 60 consecutive JPEGS or 16 RAW using standard CF cards.
  • Enhanced UDMA 6 compatible CF memory card interface.
  • 3.0-inch Clear View LCD (920,000 dots/VGA) with multiple coatings for improved viewing and smudge-resistant protection.
  • Enhanced Live View shooting includes Face Detection Live mode.
    The EOS 50D features two new AF modes: Live mode, in which the image sensor is used to autofocus while Live View continues, and Live face detection, which adds face detection functionality.
  • 9 cross-type high-precision sensors for accurate target subject acquisition and diagonal center cross-type AF point with f/2.8 and faster lenses.
  • Lens Peripheral Illumination Correction setting to automatically even the brightness across the image.
    The EOS 50D can hold lens peripheral illumination correction data for up to 40 lenses (the camera is shipped with data for 26 lenses, including the kit lens). EOS Utility, a bundled communications software utility, is used to add and delete correction data.
  • Updated EOS Integrated Cleaning System with a fluorine coating for better resistance to dust.
  • Creative Auto goes a step beyond full auto with on screen setting display.
  • HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) output for displaying full high-resolution images on a High Definition TV.
  • Compatible with over 60 Canon EF/EF-S lenses and most EOS System accessories.

Packaging & Contents

Canon EOS 50D Digital Camera + box

Canon EOS 50D Digital Camera box contents + extras
What's in the Box: EOS 50D Body with Eyecup Eb, Wide Neck Strap EW-EOS 50D, Video Cable VC-100, USB Interface Cable IFC-200U, Battery Pack BP-511A, Battery Charger CG-580, "Great Photography is Easy" Booklet and "Do More with Macro" Booklet, EOS Digital Solution CD and Software Instruction Manual.
Extras pictured above: Battery Grip BG-E2N, 2nd Battery Pack BP-511A and Battery Charger CG-580, Kingston 4GB Compact Flash memory card.

The Camera Body

Canon EOS 50D Digital Camera body front

Canon EOS 50D Digital Camera body front - lens mount

Canon EOS 50D Digital Camera body back

Canon EOS 50D Digital Camera body top

Canon EOS 50D Digital Camera body bottom

LCD Monitor

Canon EOS 50D Digital Camera body back - LCD on
Type TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor, Size 3.0", Pixels Approx. 920,000 (VGA), Coverage Approx. 100% (viewing angle: approx. 160°) Brightness Control 7 levels provided, Interface Languages 25.

Live View Functions:
Shooting Modes:(1) Live View shooting
(2) Remote Live View shooting (with a personal computer installed with EOS Utility)
Focusing:Manual focus
Autofocus (Live View image interrupted for AF): Quick mode, Live mode, Live Face Detection mode
Metering Modes:Evaluative metering with the image sensor
Metering Range:EV 0-20 (at 73°F/23°C with EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Magnified View:By 5x or 10x at AF point
Grid Display:Provided
Exposure Simulation:Provided
Silent Shooting:Provided (Mode 1 and 2)

Memory Compartment

Canon EOS 50D Digital Camera memory door

Canon EOS 50D Digital Camera memory card insertion seq
The camera has one slot that accepts one CF Compact Flash type I and II UDMA memory card.



Camera Connectors

Canon EOS 50D Digital Camera left side - connector covers

Canon EOS 50D Digital Camera left side connectors
PC Flash connector (top left), N3 type Remote Shutter release connector (mid left), Mini USB connector (top right), Video out Pin connector (mid right) and Mini HDMI out connector (bottom right).
Canon EOS 50D Digital Camera battery socket + connectors
Battery and BG-E2N Battery Grip connectors at the bottom

The on Camera Flash

Canon EOS 50D Digital Camera on camera flash open side

Canon EOS 50D Digital Camera on camera flash open

Attaching The BG-E2N Battery Grip

Canon EOS 50D Digital Camera with BG-EN2 battery grip front
Canon EOS 50D with BG-E2N Battery Grip Installed. (More about the Grip in the Canon BG-E2N Battery Grip Reference).

Attaching an EF-S Lens

Canon EOS 50D Digital Camera with EF-S 17-85 IS USM lens installed
Canon EOS 50D with EF-S 17-85mm F/4.0-5.6 IS USM installed. (More about the lens in the Canon EF-S 17-85 mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM Lens Reference).

Reference Articles in Using and Supporting the Camera

Using Mutli Row Panorama Head Ver. II Hot Shoe 3-Axis Spirit / Bubble Level Reference Create an Alternative Economy Gimbal Head
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Benro B-2 Ball Head Torque Test Create & Use a Single Row Panorama Head Create a Heavy Duty Long Lens Support Bracket

I hope you found the reference useful, thank you for viewing.
All Photos & Photosynths: © 2010-2012 S.C.Vlachos

Availability:
Canon EOS 50D Digital Camera can always be found used in good condition and at fairly low prices either from Amazon or from eBay..

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Relevant Readings:
Shooting RAW Video with Canon EOS-50D camera
Canon U.S.A. EOS 50D Digital Camera Overview
Canon Europe EOS 50D Digital Camera Overview

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