Monday, October 13, 2008

Canon EOS 50D


If you're familiar with the layout and design of the 40D, as well as the rest of Canon's EOS family, the 50D will come as no surprise. Put the two models side by side and the superficial differences are hardly noticeable--the label badge on the front and the new chrome-coated dial on the top will be your only real giveaways.

Even though it may not look it, the 50D's entire body has been redesigned around the new 15.1-megapixel CMOS (APS-C sized) sensor and the DIGIC 4 processor. It's also marginally lighter. Like an annoying younger sibling that insists on mimicking everything that its older brother does, it's still a hefty unit, weighing in at 730g without lens or battery. As a result the unit feels sturdy, and with the kit lens it bumps up the weight even more.

The camera fits comfortably in your hand, thanks to the streamlined grip on the right-hand side. Plus all buttons and switches are within easy reach. It's good to see that the Direct Print button which was once the bane of the 40D's existence, now has a more useful second function--doubling as the toggle for Canon's Live View function.

Menu interfaces and visuals have also been overhauled and look generally better than those in the 40D, thanks to the new LCD screen. There's now also a mini-HDMI output on the right side of the camera, as well as a standard USB connector, covered with two tough plastic flaps.

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