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-= Its official now =- Canon 50D has been announced

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Aug 25, 2008 23:07 |  #1​m …2605canoneos50d​.asp#press (external link)


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Aug 25, 2008 23:10 |  #2

hahah released before the 5D replacement.

Canon EOS 50D specifications
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
File formats • RAW (.CR2; 14-bit)
• JPEG (EXIF 2.21) - Fine / Normal
• RAW + JPEG (separate files)
• sRAW1 (7.1 MP)
• sRAW2 (3.8 MP)

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
• Manual focus
AF point selection • Auto
• Manual
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
Metering modes • Evaluative 35 zone
• Partial (9% at center)
• Spot metering (approx. 3.8% at center)
• Center-weighted average

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
Sensitivity • Auto ISO (100-1600)
• ISO 100 - 3200
• 0.3 or 1.0 EV increments
• H1 (6400) and H2 (12800) expansion

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
• Bulb
Aperture values • F1.0 - F91
• 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
• Actual aperture range depends on lens used
White balance • Auto
• Daylight
• Shade
• Cloudy
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
• Flash
• Custom
• Kelvin (2500 - 10000 K in 100 K steps)
WB bracketing • +/-3 levels
• 3 images
• Blue / Amber or Magenta / Green bias
WB shift • Blue (-9) To Amber (+9)
• Magenta (-9) to Green (+9)
Picture style • Standard
• Portrait
• Landscape
• Neutral
• Faithful
• Monochrome
• 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
Image processing • Highlight tone priority
• Auto lighting optimizer (4 settings)
• Long exposure noise reduction
• High ISO noise reduction (4 settings)
• Auto correction of lens peripheral illumination (vignetting)

Color space • sRGB
• Adobe RGB
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
Focusing screens
(optional) • 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:reflecti​on ratio 40:60)
• Mirror lock-up (once or multiple exposures)
Viewfinder info • AF points
• Focus confirmation light
• ISO sensitivity
• Shutter speed
• Aperture
• Manual exposure
• AE Lock
• Exposure compensation amount
• AEB level
• Spot metering area
• Flash ready
• Red-eye reduction lamp on
• High-speed sync
• FE Lock
• Flash compensation amount
• ISO speed (while changing)
• WB correction (while changing)
• Highlight tone priority icon *
• B&W mode icon
• Warnings
• Maximum burst for continuous shooting
• Buffer space
LCD monitor • 3.0 " TFT LCD
• 920,000 pixels
• 7 brightness levels
• 160 ° viewing angle
• Dual anti-reflection
LCD Live view • Live TTL display of scene from CMOS image sensor
• 100% frame coverage
• 30 fps
• Real-time evaluative metering using CMOS image sensor
• Best view or exposure simulation
• Silent mode
• Grid optional (x2)
• Magnify optional (5x or 10x at AF point)
• Three AF modes - Live mode/Quick mode/Face Detection
• Histogram
• 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
Playback modes 1. Single image with exposure, file number, storage slot
2. As 1 but also image count and quality
3. Detailed exposure information, thumbnail and luminance histogram
4. Less detailed exposure info., thumbnail, luminance and RGB histograms

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
• PC Sync
Shooting modes • Auto
• Creative auto
• Program AE (P)
• Shutter priority AE (Tv)
• Aperture priority AE (Av)
• Manual (M)
• Auto depth-of-field
• Portrait
• Landscape
• Close-up
• Sports
• Night portrait
• Flash off
• Camera user settings 1
• Camera user settings 2

Drive modes • Single
• High-speed continuous: 6.3 fps
• Low-speed continuous: 3 fps
• Self-timer: 2 or 10 sec (3 sec with mirror lock-up)

Burst buffer • Large/Fine JPEG: 90 frames (with UDMA card)
• RAW: 16 frames
Orientation sensor Yes
Auto rotation • On (recorded and LCD display)
• On (recorded only)
• Off
Custom functions 25 custom functions with 74 settings in 4 groups
Menu languages • English
• German
• French
• Dutch
• Danish
• Portuguese
• Finnish
• Italian
• Norwegian
• Swedish
• Spanish
• Greek
• Russian
• Polish
• Czech
• Hungarian
• Romanian
• Ukrainian
• Turkish
• Arabic
• Thai
• Simplified Chinese
• Traditional Chinese
• Korean
• Japanese

Firmware User upgradable
Portrait grip • Optional WFT-E3/E3A
• Optional BP-E2N battery grip
• Optional BP-E2 battery grip
Connectivity • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
• Video out
• HDMI connector
• N3 type wired remote control
• PC Sync flash terminal
• Communication terminal on base for WFT-E3/E3A

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
Wireless connectivity
(optional WFT-E3/E3A) • 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)

5D | 24-70L | 28mm f/1.8 | 580EX

we over look the simplest things
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Aug 25, 2008 23:11 |  #3

dan_1337 wrote in post #6178640 (external link)
hahah released before the 5D replacement.

Not good Canon, Now you are starting to make me mad

5D | 17-40L | Tammy 28-75 2.8 | 28-135 | 50/1.8 | 85/1.8 | Sony A6000 2-Lens Kit | SEL35 1.8 | EF 50 1.8 on NEX as my 75mm 1.8

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Aug 25, 2008 23:14 |  #4

yeah this is not so great... would be interesting to see the iso 3200+ shots with this new digic4.. but yeah, no 5D replacement.. sad


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Aug 25, 2008 23:15 |  #5

EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS too​m …604canonEF-S_18-200mm.asp (external link)



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Aug 25, 2008 23:18 |  #6​om …egoryid=139&mod​elid=17499 (external link)

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Aug 25, 2008 23:19 |  #7

datadump wrote in post #6178692 (external link)
EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS too​m …604canonEF-S_18-200mm.asp (external link)


Cry me a river--seriously, just a wait a few weeks and the 5D successor will be here. They're not going to take the spotlight away from the 50D for now.

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Aug 25, 2008 23:19 as a reply to  @ datadump's post |  #8

its on Canon usa​om …egoryid=139&mod​elid=17499 (external link)

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Aug 25, 2008 23:21 |  #9

-= Its official now =- Canon 50D has been announced

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Some of the specifications
  • Digital, single-lens reflex, AF/AE camera with built-in flash
  • CF Card Type I and II, UDMA-compliant CF cards, via external media (USB v.2.0 hard drive, via optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E3A)
  • Sensor Size: 22.3mm x 14.9mm
  • Canon EF lenses (including EF-S lenses) (35mm-equivalent focal length is approx. 1.6x the lens focal length)

Image Sensor
  • High-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate CMOS sensor
  • Effective pixels: Approx. 15.10 megapixels
  • Total pixels: Approx. 15.50 megapixels
  • Aspect Ratio 3:2 (Horizontal: Vertical)
  • RGB primary color filters
  • Dust Deletion feature

Recording System
  • Design rule for Camera File System 2.0
  • JPEG, RAW (14-bit, Canon original), sRAW, RAW+JPEG
  • File Size

    1. Large/Fine: Approx. 5.0MB (4752 x 3168 pixels)
    2. Large/Nomal: Approx. 2.5MB (4752 x 3168 pixels)
    3. Medium/Fine: Approx. 3.0MB (3456 x 2304 pixels)
    4. Medium/Normal: Approx. 1.6MB (3456 x 2304 pixels)
    5. Small/Fine: Approx. 1.7MB (2352 x 1568 pixels)
    6. Small/Normal: Approx. 0.9MB (2352 x 1568 pixels)
    7. RAW: Approx. 20.2MB (4752 x 3168 pixels)
    8. RAW+Large/Fine: Approx. 20.2+5.0MB (4752 x 3168 pixels)
    9. sRAW 1: Approx. 12.6MB (3267 x 2178 pixels)
    10. sRAW 1+Large/Fine: Approx. 12.6+5.0MB (3267 x 2178 pixels)
    11. sRAW 2: Approx. 9.2MB (2376 x 1584 pixels)
    12. sRAW 2+Large/Fine: Approx. 9.2+5.0MB (2376 x 1584 pixels)

  • Exact file sizes depend on the subject, ISO speed, Picture Style, etc.
    Recording Functions With the WFT-E3A attached, image recording to the CF card and to the USB external media connected to the WFT-E3A will be possible as follows:

    1. Standard
    2. Automatic switching of recording media
    3. Separate recordings according to image-recording quality
    4. Recording images having the same size

Image Processing
  • Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, Custom, Color Temperature setting
  • Auto white balance with the image sensor
  • White balance correction: ±9 stops in full-stop increments
  • White balance bracketing: ±3 stops in full-stop increments
  • Blue/amber direction or magenta/green direction possible
  • Color Temperature Information Transmission

  • Eye-level pentaprism
  • Vertical/Horizontal approx. 95%
  • Magnification Approx. 0.95x (-1m-1 with 50mm lens at infinity)
  • Eyepoint Approx. 22mm (from eyepiece lens center)
  • Built-in Dioptric Adjustment -3.0 to +1.0m-1 (diopter)
  • Focusing Screen Interchangeable (Ef-D: Grid lines, Ef-S {point of Focus), Ef-A standard focusing screen provided
  • Quick-return half mirror (transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f/4L IS USM or shorter lenses)
  • Viewfinder Information: AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), Exposure information (shutter speed, aperture, ISO speed, AE lock, exposure level, spot metering circle), Flash information (flash ready, flash exposure compensation, High-speed sync, FE lock, Red-eye reduction light), Image information (Highlight tone priority, monochrome shooting, maximum burst, white balance correction, CF card information)
  • Depth-of-Field Preview button

  • TTL-CT-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS sensor
  • AF Points 9 (Cross-type)
  • Metering Range EV 0.5-18 (at 73°F/23°C, ISO 100)
  • Focusing Modes: Auto, One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual focusing (MF)
  • AF Point Selection: Automatic selection, manual selection
  • Selected AF Point Display Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on LCD panel
  • AF-assist Beam: Small series of flashes fired by built-in flash
  • Effective range: Approx. 13.1 ft./4.0m at center, approx. 11.5 ft./3.5m at periphery

Exposure Control
  • Metering Modes:35-zone TTL full-aperture metering

    1. Evaluative metering (linkable to any AF point)
    2. Partial metering (approx. 9% of viewfinder at center)
    3. Spot metering (approx. 3.8% of viewfinder at center)
    4. Center-weighted average metering

  • Metering Range EV 1-20 (at 73°F/23°C with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
  • Exposure Control Program AE (Shiftable), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Depth-of-field AE, Creative Auto, Full auto, Programmed image control modes (portrait, landscape, close-up, sports, night portrait, flash off), Manual exposure, E-TTL II autoflash program AE
  • ISO Speed (Recommended Exposure Index) Automatically set, ISO 100-6400 (in 1/3-stop or 1-stop increments)
  • Basic Zone modes: ISO 100-3200 set automatically
  • Extension settable (with C.Fn.I-3-1): ISO 12800
  • High Tone Priority settable: ISO 200-1600
  • Exposure Compensation Manual: ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments (can be combined with AEB)
  • AE Lock Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
  • Manual: By AE lock button

  • Type: Vertical-travel, mechanical, Electronically-controlled, focal-plane shutter
  • Shutter Speeds :1/8000 to 1/60 sec., X-sync at 1/250 sec. 1/8000 to 30 sec., bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)
  • Shutter Release: Soft-touch electromagnetic release
  • Self-timer: 10-sec. or 2-sec. delay
  • Remote Control Remote control with N3-type terminal

Built-in Flash
  • Retractable, auto pop-up flash
  • Flash Metering E-TTL II autoflash
  • Guide Number 13/43 (ISO 100, in meters/feet)
  • Recycling Time Approx. 3 sec.
  • Flash-ready Indicator Flash-ready icon lights in viewfinder
  • Flash Coverage 17mm lens angle of view
  • FE Lock Provided
  • Flash Exposure Compensation Up to ±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments

External Speedlite
  • Zooming to Match Focal Length Provided
  • Compatible Flash EX-series Speedlites
  • Flash Metering E-TTL II autoflash
  • Flash Exposure Compensation ±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
  • FE Lock Provided
  • External Flash Settings, Flash function settings, Flash C.Fn settings

Drive System
  • Drive Modes: Single, High-speed continuous, Low-speed continuous, and Self-timer (10 sec. or 2 sec. delay)
  • Continuous Shooting Speed High-speed: Max. 6.3 shots/sec.
  • Low-speed: Max. 3 shots/sec.
  • Maximum Burst JPEG (Large/Fine): approx. 60 (CF)/approx. 90 (UDMA CF)
  • RAW: approx. 16
  • RAW+JPEG (Large/Fine): approx. 11
  • Based on Canon's testing standards with a 2GB CF card, high-speed continuous shooting, ISO 100 and Standard Picture Style
  • Varies depending on the subject, CF card brand, image-recording quality, ISO speed, drive mode, Picture Style, etc.

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
  • Evaluative metering with the image sensor
  • 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)

LCD Monitor
  • Type TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor
  • Monitor Size 3.0 in.
  • Dots Approx. 920,000 (VGA)
  • Coverage Approx. 100% (viewing angle: approx. 160°)
  • Brightness Adjustment 7 levels provided
  • Interface Languages 25

Direct Printing Yay! It's Direct Printing! Again!
  • Compatible Printers PictBridge-compatible printers
  • JPEG images compliant to Design rule for Camera File System (DPOF printing possible) and RAW/sRAW images captured with the EOS 50D
  • Easy Print feature Provided

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 26, 2008 – With the demand for digital SLR cameras reaching unprecedented levels, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, is answering the call with the announcement of the next evolution in advanced amateur digital SLR photography, the EOS 50D Digital SLR Camera with 15.1 megapixel resolution and Canon's new DIGIC 4 image processor. Designed to offer extraordinary quality and image control for the advanced photographer with a passion for the art, the Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR camera includes an expanded ISO range, improved noise reduction, and in-camera photo editing features. Canon has loaded the EOS 50D camera with a number of enhancements and some trickle-down technology from Canon's professional Digital SLR cameras, as well as a new Creative Auto Mode (CA) that gives users more creative flexibility to make image setting adjustments conveniently without the need to be a photo expert.

Canon has built upon the success of the popular EOS 40D model - which will remain in Canon's line - with the EOS 50D Digital SLR camera. Expected to be the camera body of choice for advanced amateur photographers this holiday season, the Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR camera carries over the EOS 40D's 14-bit Analog-to-Digital conversion process for smooth tones, and also includes enhanced noise reduction, especially at higher ISO ranges which will help bring those romantic nighttime shots into greater focus and clarity. Capable of shooting 6.3 frames per second (fps), the EOS 50D Digital SLR camera is ideal for shooting everything from beautiful night landscapes to fast-action sports.

"Advanced amateur photographers blur the line between the hobbyist and the professional, looking for professional features and capabilities in their equipment that will allow them to capture that awe-inspiring image. Canon is constantly striving to provide these shooters with the most advanced imaging technology, like the new EOS 50D Digital SLR camera, to fuel their passion for photography, and help them achieve their creative potential," stated Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A.

Improved Image Quality
The EOS 50D Digital SLR camera's 15.1-megapixel CMOS APS-C size image sensor has been improved thanks to the use of newly designed gapless microlenses over each pixel to reduce noise and expand sensitivity up to ISO 12800. The faster processing speed of the camera's DIGIC 4 image processor contributes to the fast 6.3 frame-per-second (fps) continuous shooting capability (for bursts of up to 90 Large/Fine JPEGs or 16 RAW images on a UDMA CF card), to give shooters the tools they need to capture that perfect moment in perfect clarity.

The Canon EOS 50D camera provides ISO speeds from ISO 100 up to ISO 3200 in 1/3-stop increments, along with two high-speed settings - H1 and H2 - of ISO 6400 and ISO 12800, respectively. Along with a wide ISO range, Canon gives shooters more tools to help maximize clarity and color. The EOS 50D Digital SLR camera offers multiple levels of noise reduction during high-speed shooting. Users can choose from one of four settings- Standard/Weak/Strong/N​one - to help reduce digital noise that can result from poor lighting conditions.

As part of the camera's internal image processing, the Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR camera conducts peripheral illumination correction, which automatically evens brightness across the image field, making an image of a blue sky even toned throughout, a function previously accomplished through post-processing software on a personal computer. Thanks largely to the DIGIC 4 processor, this automatic adjustment can be made in-camera during shooting with JPEG images or corrected in post-photoshoot processing with RAW images through Canon's Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software, which is supplied at no extra charge.

Helping to ensure each picture's subject is clearly visible, Canon's enhanced Auto Lighting Optimizer analyzes the brightness of subjects and automatically adjusts dark images so that they appear brighter, perfect for subjects in shade or in backlit situations. The Auto Lighting Optimizer on the EOS 50D Digital SLR camera has been updated not only to optimize images while they are being taken, but can also optimize images post-capture, during playback, to help ensure the subject of each image does not appear too dark. This is especially helpful when an amateur photographer uses the camera, because post-capture enhancement can help maximize image quality without the need of a computer.

A significant upgrade to the Canon EOS 50D camera is its large, clear 3.0-inch Clear View LCD screen which features 920,000 dot/VGA resolution, four times the pixel count of the EOS 40D camera's screen, for better clarity and color. To help show off those fantastic shots, the EOS 50D camera includes an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) output to display crisp, clear images on a High-Definition TV. The EOS 50D recognizes the needs of today's photographers, and the faster processing speed of the DIGIC 4 processor helps support UDMA cards for faster writing of image files.

The camera is also equipped with a high-performance viewfinder featuring 0.95x magnification and the same high-performance Autofocus (AF) system as the EOS 40D camera with nine cross-type sensors for accurate target subject acquisition with lenses possessing maximum apertures of f/5.6 or faster and a high-precision diagonal center cross-type AF point that's effective with f/2.8 and faster lenses, helping photographers ensure better focus of their targets. The AF Microadjustment feature, originally introduced last year with the Canon EOS-1D Mark III professional digital SLR camera, has also been added to the EOS 50D for maximum control over focusing precision.

Canon Gets Creative For Advancing Amateurs
Canon is taking steps to give advanced amateurs more flexibility with a new "CA" Creative Full Auto setting on the EOS 50D Digital SLR camera's mode dial. This new setting goes a step beyond Full Auto, by allowing users to make adjustments before shooting while still in an Automatic mode, without needing to know the meaning of technical terms such as aperture, shutter speed, etc. In this mode, the camera menu on the back screen spells out options in common language for average photo enthusiasts, allowing them to "blur the background" or "lighten or darken the image." These easy-to-comprehend image options will help amateur photographers improve the shots they are capable of taking, while helping them learn new techniques. When in the new CA mode, users will be able to adjust flash settings, brighten or darken images, blur the background, set the camera's drive mode, and select a picture style directly on the camera's LCD screen.

Better Live View
For photographers who prefer to frame their shots using the camera's 3.0-inch Clear View LCD screen, Canon has improved the Live View function of the EOS 50D Digital SLR camera to include "Quick Mode AF," "Live Mode AF," and "Face Detection Live Mode AF" that detects up to 35 individual forward-looking faces for better focus and clarity when taking group or portrait shots. The camera's Quick Mode AF setting flips the mirror down and carries out regular phase-detection autofocus, while the Live Mode AF and Face Detection Live Mode AF use the camera's CMOS image sensor for contrast detection autofocus. Two detailed grid displays have also been added to Live View shooting as optional settings for easier composition.

Two Small RAW Formats
In addition to the RAW and JPEG image capture modes that photographers are accustomed to, the EOS 50D Digital SLR camera now offers more manageable resolution settings and file sizes with two sRAW recording formats, sRAW1 and sRAW2. At the sRAW1 setting, resolution is 7.1 megapixels with a file size that is approximately 25 percent smaller than a standard 15.1 megapixel RAW image. With the sRAW2 setting, resolution is 3.8 megapixels at less than half the file size of a standard RAW image, retaining all of the flexibility and creative possibilities associated with full-size, conventional RAW images. The EOS 50D is the first Canon Digital SLR that allows the use of RAW and sRAW settings in Basic Zone as well as Creative Zone shooting modes, even further improving the camera's flexibility.

EOS Integrated Cleaning System
The Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit for the Canon EOS 50D has also been upgraded and now includes a fluorine coating on the low-pass filter for better dust resistance. The Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit uses ultrasonic vibrations to shake dust particles off of the low-pass filter in front of the sensor each time the camera is powered up or shut down. The second part of the system includes a software component where sensor spots are mapped and saved as Dust Delete Data that is attached to the image file for removal during post processing using Canon's DPP software.

Pricing and Availability
The EOS 50D is compatible with the full lineup of Canon EF lenses as well as the Company's ever-growing line of affordable EF-S lenses created specifically for Canon Digital SLRs with APS-C size image sensors. The Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR camera is scheduled for October delivery and will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated selling price of $1,399.00*. It will additionally be offered in a kit version with Canon's EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM zoom lens at an estimated selling price of $1,599.00*.

New EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens
Canon has answered the call from advanced amateur photographers looking for a solid all-around lens with the introduction of the new EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens. With an incredible focal length range equivalent to 29-320mm in the 35mm format, the new EF-S 18-200mm lens will make an excellent addition to any camera bag, and it gives shooters a great lens to capture both standard as well as telephoto images. The new lens features Canon's built in Optical Image Stabilization system which gives the equivalent effect of a shutter speed roughly 4 steps faster, for better image clarity, even in shaky shooting conditions. With a minimum focusing distance of 0.45m/1.5 ft. at all zoom settings, this new lens should prove to be ideal for those situations where swapping lenses isn't an option. An ideal complement to the EOS 50D SLR camera and all other EF-S compatible EOS SLR cameras, the EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens is scheduled to be in stores this October at an estimated selling price of $699.00*.

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Wireless multi-flash support

Hmm elaborate please Canon.

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Does this mean I can finally afford a used 20D? :lol:

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I want my HDMI! :) Jk.

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cito17 wrote in post #6178754 (external link)
Does this mean I can finally afford a used 20D? :lol:

Maybe even a used 30d. :lol: (external link) | Flickr (external link) | gear

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flyingwolf wrote in post #6178752 (external link)
Hmm elaborate please Canon.

Just triggering through a 580ex or st-e2.

From RG: http://www.robgalbrait​ …_page.asp?cid=7​-9314-9568 (external link)

Sensor The mostly-unchanged body houses a new 15.06 million image pixel, 22.3mm x 14.9mm CMOS sensor designed and manufactured by Canon. The sensor has a pixel pitch of 4.7µm square and has been engineered for improved light-gathering efficiency by both increasing each pixel's light sensitive area and by increasing the size of the microlens over each pixel. The microlens array is now gapless; each microlens covers a greater percentage of its pixel's surface area than any previous Canon digital SLR sensor.

This tech-speak, says Chuck Westfall, Technical Advisor at Canon USA, adds up to the 50D performing better at higher ISO settings than the 40D, despite the new camera's smaller pixels (4.7µm for the 50D vs 5.7µm for the 40D). Purchasers of the 50D, says Westfall, can expect noise levels to be roughly 1 to 1.5 stops better in the high ISO range. For example, this means that a photo shot at ISO 3200 on the 50D is expected to have similar noise characteristics to one shot in the ISO 1100-1600 range on the 40D.

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