As the run-up to next month’s Photokina camera show continues, Canon has announced some of the new additions to its camera range.


The big news is the announcement of the EOS 50D, which takes over from the EOS 40D as Canon's top "pro-sumer" model.

The 50D is an impressive-looking camera with a specification to match. The body is magnesium alloy, and like Canon's other high-end models it is environmentally sealed for protection against rain and dust. It features a newly-designed 15.1-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with redesigned photo diodes and microlenses, which extend the light gathering capabilities of the sensor and allow more pixels to be fitted on the CMOS sensor without compromising image quality. These changes should improve high ISO performance and low noise. Maximum sensitivity is ISO 3200, expandable to an ultra-sensitive 12800.

The camera is equipped with the high speed DIGIC 4 processor, which makes it extremely fast. It can shoot continuously at 6.3 frames per second, with a maximum burst of 90 frames in JPEG mode.

Other features include a 3.0-inch VGA monitor (307,200 dots) with a wide angle of view, and optional Live View. Judging from the press release, it sounds like the 50D still has contrast detection AF in Live View mode, like the 450D, but does include face detection AF. In normal shooting mode the 50D has a wide-area AF system with nine cross-type sensors for increased speed, accuracy and low-light performance. The camera also has an HDMI socket for connection to a HD TV. Like other EOS models the 50D has a self-cleaning sensor with a new fluorine coating for increased dust repulsion.

The EOS 50D will be available from the end of September at a body-only price of £1199.99, or for £1499.99 in a kit with an EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens. I bet Riyad has already ordered one.


Hans Gruber

August 26, 2008, 6:36 pm

It uses an APS-C CMOS sensor and states it's available with the EF-S lens so it's not the long awaited successor to the Canon 5D at all since it isn't full frame. It's more like the upgrade the 40D should've been though the large jump in overall spec is quite surprising though Canon are certainly playing catch up compared to Nikon.


August 26, 2008, 6:40 pm

"The big news is the announcement of the EOS 50D, the long-awaited replacement for the popular but aging EOS 5D full-frame professional DSLR."

erm...to say the 50d will replace the 5d is probably very wrong, the 5d is the pro Full Frame and the 50d (which will probably replace the 40d) is crop frame (Canon 1.6).

the 5d is rumoured to be replaced with the 5d2 which would need to rival the Nikon D700


August 26, 2008, 6:48 pm

That SX110IS looks pretty nice. Shame it's not wide angle though.


August 26, 2008, 6:48 pm

5D replacement? No, it isn't. It's a well overpriced upgrade to the 40D. Your well off the mark there TR. Research?

Cliff Smith

August 26, 2008, 7:05 pm

D'oh, that's what I get for rushing, and not reading the spec sheet properly. Thanks for pointing out the mistake, I've ammended the article accordingly.


August 26, 2008, 7:48 pm

@Cliff - and you get 'Annonces' in the title which I've just spotted ;) Will fix it for you :)


August 26, 2008, 7:52 pm

Pity that A-series cameras have lost manual modes... I'm still hoping for S5 IS replacement.


August 26, 2008, 10:54 pm

one more this week and it's the stocks in Ascot high street for you! :o)

The pricing on the 50D was a bit of a surprise, about &#163350 more than I expected....which probably bodes badly for all of us lot waiting for the 5D MK2.

Cliff Smith

August 27, 2008, 1:22 am

Put it down to old age and decrepitude. I think I need to format my brain and re-install the OS.


August 27, 2008, 1:48 am

Looks as if the A720 replacement has lost its optical viewfinder. Shame!

Also, I had not realised that this was also an English Language SATS! Stick with it, Cliff! We can translate - it's the content that COUNTS (Oh, that's Maths, isn't it?)!


August 27, 2008, 7:30 pm

The A2000 got rid of the 2 features that made the A720 such an appealing camera: the manual controls and the optical view finder.

It does not even include wide angle lens! It seems like Canon cannot create a long zoom compact camera with wide angle lens. Plus, it does not even onclude Canon's new DIGIC 4 processor (included in the also new EOS 50D)!!!!

I have been waiting for the A720 update for several months and I am extremely disappointed.

I would consider the SX110 if it was smaller and if it had an optical view finder. But also, -again- not even wide angle lens. Time to look at other camera companies.

Dave Deacon

September 5, 2008, 8:28 am

This is just basically a copy of the Pentax K20D/Samsung GX20 but at twice the price... However, the 50D lacks the internal IS and proper weather seals (ie K20D/GX20 can actually be used in the rain). Likely it will be faster in certain areas (6.3fps, better live view, etc) but for most users it lags behind.

IQ is for many the decider. SamPen left much to the user - a little noise but also lots of detail and the user to decide how far, if atall, to reduce it. Other manufacturers go the NR route and smear away detail without giving the user the choice. I like having the choice.

I got bored with Canon's tiny updates and went from a Canon 20D to a Samsung GX20 some months ago. I have no regrets in doing that.

I await with interest the reviews which will inevitably contrast it with the Pentax K20D. Might give Pentax a sales boost - yer what!! all that at half the price!! :))

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