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Canon EOS 50D Black 15.1 MP Digital SLR Camera - Body Only

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  • CMOS 15.1 MP
  • DIGIC 4
  • 3.0" 920K LCD
  • Basic Zone modes: ISO 100-1600 set automatically Creative Zone modes: ISO 100-3200 (in 1/3-stop increments), Auto, or ISO speed can be expanded to ISO 6400 or

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You aren’t a novice or a seasoned pro. Choosing the right camera may be confusing. Now check out this EOS 50D from Canon. Designed to satisfy those between beginner and professional, the EOS 50D delivers a perfect combination of high-speed and quality. It meets your most needs.

This EOS 50D features a stunning APS-C sized 15.1-megapixel CMOS sensor for tremendous images. The new DIGIC 4 Image Processor ensures capturing the finest detail and superior color reproduction, with light sensitivity ranges normally from ISO 100 to ISO 3200, but with settings available in this camera, it can go from ISO 100 to ISO 12800! Take beautiful candlelight wedding photos or dancing fireworks in the sky! Take great snow pictures in full sunlight! This camera can take great shots anywhere!

Review your pictures on the refined 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor or on an HDTV via the HDMI output. THE EOS 50D is a real dream for your photography, bringing you real versatility and digital inspiration!

  • newegg 15.1 Megapixel APS-C Size CMOS Sensor The Canon EOS 50D features a new Canon 15.1 megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor with an extensive ISO range from 100 all the way up to 12800 (in extended mode). With a 14-bit A/D conversion, the Canon EOS 50D provides fine transitions from light to dark tones and a significant drop in digital and shadow noise. The APS-C size sensor with a 3:2 aspect ratio realizes an effective angle of view that's just 1.6 times the focal length indicated on Canon EF lenses.
  • newegg DIGIC 4 Image Processor Canon’s state-of-the-art DIGIC 4 image processor increases the speed and performance of the Canon EOS 50D, and enables other advanced features such as Face Detection, Servo AF, Face Detection Self-Timer and Intelligent Contrast Correction for greater flexibility.
  • newegg Large 3.0” LCD Screen with Live View Function The Canon EOS 50D features a stunning, ultra large 3.0-inch LCD screen for effortless menu reading and provides a broad viewing angle of 160° horizontally and vertically. The new smudge-resistant coating is perfect for accessing camera settings without living smudge, the greatest extent to protect your valuable camera!
  • newegg All New High-precision AF System The Canon EOS 50D incorporates an extraordinary all cross-type 9-point AF system to keep your subjects in sharp focus even when shooting in constantly changing conditions.
  • newegg Integrated Self Cleaning Sensor Unit The Canon EOS 50D features an all-new, Canon-designed Self Cleaning Sensor Unit to combat stray dust that enters the camera and adheres to the image sensor during a lens change. The low-pass filter shakes off dust automatically with ultrasonic vibrations, removing dust from the sensor assembly. Dust that has been missed by the integrated Self Cleaning Sensor Unit can be erased with software included in Digital Photo Professional (DPP) Version 3.3. This added software option ensures the cleanest possible image, perfect for printing or archiving.
  • newegg Displaying Full High-resolution Images The Canon EOS 50D is capable of displaying high-resolution images in a full-frame 3:2 ratio on any HDTV with HDMI ports. Resolution is set automatically to match the TV, so enjoy your photographs in Full HD easily!

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Package Type
Body Only

Image Sensor

Image Sensor
Image Sensor Size
22.3mm x 14.9mm
Gross Pixels
Approx. 15.50 MP
Effective Pixels
15.1 MP
Aspect Ratio
3:2 (Horizontal : Vertical)
Color Filter System
RGB primary color filters
Dust Cleaning System
Low-pass Filter

(1) Automatic sensor cleaning
(2) Manual cleaning of sensor
(3) Dust Delete Data appended to the captured image
Image Processor
4752 x 3168

White Balance

White Balance
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, Custom, Color Temperature setting


Viewfinder Type
Eye-level pentaprism
Vertical/Horizontal approx. 95%
Approx. 0.95x (-1m-1 with 50mm lens at infinity)
Approx. 22mm (from eyepiece lens center)
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
Enabled with depth-of-field preview button

LCD Monitor

3.0" 920K
LCD Coverage
Approx. 100% (viewing angle: approx. 160°)
Brightness Adjustment
7 levels provided


Focus Type
TTL-CT-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS sensor
Focusing Modes
Auto, One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual focusing (MF)
AF Points
9 (Cross-type)
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
Focusing Point Selection
Automatic selection, manual selection


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
Exposure Compensation
Manual: ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments (can be combined with AEB)
Metering System
35-zone TTL full-aperture metering

Evaluative metering (linkable to any AF point)
Partial metering (approx. 9% of viewfinder at center)
Spot metering (approx. 3.8% of viewfinder at center)
Center-weighted average metering
ISO Sensitivity
Basic Zone modes: ISO 100-1600 set automatically
Creative Zone modes: ISO 100-3200 (in 1/3-stop increments), Auto, or ISO speed can be expanded to ISO 6400 or ISO 12800
Extension settable (with C.Fn.I-3-1): ISO 12800
High Tone Priority settable: ISO 200-1600
AE Lock
Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual: By AE lock button


Shutter Type
Vertical-travel, mechanical, Electronically-controlled, focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed
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)
10-sec. or 2-sec. delay
Remote Control Support
Remote control with N3-type terminal


Flash Type
Retractable, auto pop-up flash
Flash Exposure Compensation
Up to ±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments

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 Function
Shooting Modes
(1) Live View shooting
(2) Remote Live View shooting (with a personal computer installed with EOS Utility)

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)
Single image, Single image + Image-recording quality/shooting information, histogram, 4- or 9-image index, magnified view (approx. 1.5x-10x), rotated image (auto/manual), image jump (by 10/100 images, index screen, by shooting date, by folder), slide show (all images/selected by date/folder)
Total 25

Recording System

File Format
Design rule for Camera File System 2.0
Image Type
JPEG, RAW (14-bit, Canon original), sRAW, RAW+JPEG
Color Space
sRGB, Adobe RGB
Recording Media
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)


Compatible Lenses
Canon EF lenses (including EF-S lenses)
Lens Mount
Canon EF Mount



Power Source

Battery Pack BP-511A

Dimensions & Weight

Approx. 5.7" x 4.2" x 2.9"/145.5 x 107.8 x 73.5mm
Approx. 25.7 oz. /730g (body only)
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Shane R.
  • 10/11/2010 10:37:04 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLove this camera

Pros: Great camera, fast to turn on fast to shoot, I can get 2-3 days off of one charge if I turn off the camera when not in use. Canon makes great cameras.

Cons: the double on position on the camera has always confused me, would like a locking position for the buttons on the back while im on patrol i find my plate carrier hitting the buttons on the back, once without me knowing i took an entire patrol in black and white, needless to say that was ruined.

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3 out of 5 eggsReasonable camera

Pros: I've owned this camera for over a year now, and like all those that came before it, the 50D is an impressive machine. It finally gives the photographer a good reason to make the jump from the 20/30/40D line. Canon took the XXD line out of the dark ages with this model. Features like LiveView seems comical on DSLR, but it is very handy if handed to an amateur or grabbing a shot where you cannot look into the view finder.

The weather sealing is pretty nice. Shooting in rain and snow, the 50D didn't experience any issues. Fogging of the internal components was non-existent.

Cons: The CMOS sensor has a serious pixel density issue. Canon made a mistake trying to pack 15.1MP into such a small sensor, therefore many of the pictures come out very noisy. Moving from an XTi to a 50D (with the same lenses) has nearly eliminated my ability to take long-exposure night shots without experiencing significant amounts of noise. The noise removing features on the camera only go so far and requires 1 second of correction for every 1 second the shutter was open. (30 sec exposure takes 30 sec to remove some of noise.) Utilizing L lenses has not corrected this issue either. The noise problem alone has made me regret the purchase. Read up on DPReview for more info on this problem.

Other Thoughts: Don't shoot too fast in RAW mode. After about 9 pictures, the camera has to clear the buffer and write to the card. This isn't too unexpected as each RAW file is 20MB! But be aware that one can miss "the shot" if they just hold down the trigger. That said, if you're shooting in RAW, get a 1TB+ hard drive while you're here.

As long as night or really clear images aren't important to you, this is a good camera.

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  • Janie B.
  • 3/19/2010 8:58:34 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUpgrade from a Xt

Pros: Great crisp clear pictures. Great Indoor shooting, faster shooting and a better overall experience.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: While being a great camera it still doesn't shoot video. It's not a big problem for me because I have a dedicated video camera. Other people who might want both could look into a t2i which is an equally good camera.

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  • Danielle C.
  • 2/18/2010 12:57:39 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorth every penny

Pros: Outstanding ISO range, low noise at higher ISO settings, fast burst rate, large buffer, lots of bells and whistles to keep a photo geek happy

Cons: Some menu functions are buried, but once you find them all is good.

Other Thoughts: This is the 4th Canon SLR in my bag, so I may be a bit biased. I was finally able to upgrade from my aging Rebel XT, and what an upgrade. I'd read mixed reviews on the noise levels at ISO 12800 and have found it to be only slightly more noise than my Rebel XT at ISO 1600. Not going to complain about that when I can put on my nifty fifty and shoot in the dark!

There is a lot to this camera and it's got a steep learning curve if you are not expereinced with a DSLR. But with patinece and a little effort anyone can make the most of it.

Newegg ROCKS! You had what I wanted and got it to me quickly as usual.

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  • gillian s.
  • 10/27/2009 11:07:08 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggswow amazing

Pros: wow amazing camera FAST and SHARP. i paired these with 50mm f1.8 + canon 17-85mm IS USM + tokina 10-17mm fisheye.. amazing..

i sold my XSI and got the 50d, and i'm glad i upgraded. it has much more features than XSI, and def, performance is much better.

Cons: ehh raw files don't support on my current cs4? hmm

Other Thoughts: great camera overall.. thought it was gonna be an overkill, but it wasn't. def worth every penny.

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  • Gary J.
  • 10/16/2009 5:18:15 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCanon 50D

Pros: upgraded from 30D, 50D is faster and easy to use, larger LED screen is nice, the improved image quality is the worth it

Cons: none

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/12/2009 10:42:00 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggslove it

Pros: its fast, quiet, and takes a great pictures. i has a lot of settings that make it easy for the novice to take great pictures or the pro can take full control

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: works great with the Sigma lens that I had for my 20D

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  • Jonathan D.
  • 9/21/2009 2:42:33 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIncredible body

Pros: I absolutely LOVE this body. For the price point of $1,000, it's an absolute steal.

I upgraded from the 300d to the 50d and I've been EXTREMELY happy with it

Cons: none so far

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  • Daniel R.
  • 9/17/2009 9:28:28 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsSeriously Mixed Bag!!!!

Pros: Superb sharpness, comfortable, durable, easy to use intuitive menus. Canon quality.

Cons: The viewfinder is TINY!!!! T I N Y!!! I have a 5d and an a 3 and a 1v, and this viewscreen is too tiny to manually focus by! I'm an experienced pro photographer and I can't be sure of my own focus without switching to live view mode and confirming I have the subject in focus. It works fine if you shoot it on autofocus mode or if you use a consumer lens with a huge depth of field f/4+, but if you are using the prime series lenses like the 35/1.4, 50/1.4, or 100/2 you will not be able to see clearly enough to manually focus!!!

This camera is not one you want to depend on when trying to get wedding shots in a dark reception hall!

Superb picture quality, but severely hampered if you plan on doing any manual focus at all.

Other Thoughts: If you ever take portrait shots with a shallow DOF this isn't the camera for you!!! too small to focus!

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/8/2009 10:27:25 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsmagical

Pros: even with my limited camera experiance, this thing rocks! the controles are quick to learn, and the automatic settings work great. The creative settings are amazing when you figure out the shot you want. If I had formal photography training my shots would be better, but I'm learning.

Cons: none that I have come accross. well it would ne nice if it could read my mind when I see a shot in my head that I want.

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