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.


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