DesignIf 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.
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.