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Canon EOS 50D review

Dennis Hissink
Photokina report
Monday 3rd, November 2008
Posted by: Dennis Hissink

Sooner than expected, considering Canon usually takes a period of 18 months, the Canon EOS 50D was introduced in August. Although I immediately presumed this was the successor to the 40D, Canon fiercely denied this. The Canon EOS 50D should be considered as a stand-alone DSLR equipped with innovative new techniques. One of which is a newly developed 15.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor that should deliver a better signal/noise ratio despite its higher resolution, whilst the other is a fast DIGIC IV processor that is integrated in the 50D. The Canon EOS 50D SLR camera aims to redefine the quality standard, and thus the camera enters the higher segment.

Canon EOS 50D

Canon EOS 50D
The 15 Megapixels are also a sign of the end of an era, in which the amateur EOS DSLR cameras automatically came with a lower resolution. And although not making up for everything, increased resolution still seems one of the desires of a photographer. Or at least, that is what marketing thinks. In practice, it usually turns out that higher resolution is guaranteed to lower the image quality, in particular at high ISO values. Canon now claims that the new sensor technique is a new weapon inside the Canon EOS 50D with which it is possible to increase the resolution and keep noise under control at the same time.

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Canon 50D memory support
Just like the EOS 40D, the Canon EOS 50D supports CompactFlash memory cards. For a moment, I hoped that an integrated dual card slot would be found here with support for SDHC and CF, but this is exclusively preserved for Pro EOS cameras. More so if you shoot in RAW+JPEG it is convenient to process JPEG pictures on one card slot and the large RAW files on the other. CF support is enhanced for the Canon 50D with UDMA support, which means the UDMA CompactFlash memory cards such as the SanDisk ones are fully supported.

Canon EOS 50D

Canon EOS 50D review
The sensor also shows a constant result. The measurements of the effective sensitivity are astoundingly equal to the specified values, which is extremely convincing. Canon seems confident about the CMOS sensor and the technique used for it. Convincing! Also convincing are also the signal/noise ratios over the entire ISO range. This is an excellent result and indeed an improvement compared to the EOS 40D. Canon proves that an increase of resolution and an effective improvement of the sensor technique is the solution to validate a resolution increase. Continue to read the full Canon EOS 50D review at LetsGoDigital.

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