Canon 50D

26 08 2008

Canon have released information on their new 50D dSLR body. Looking through the feature list there are some exciting features:

  • 15.1 MP (APS-C) CMOS Sensor
  • 6.3 fps with up to 80 JPEG image burst
  • DIGIC 4 processor
  • ISO range up to 12800
  • 3.0″ VGA LCD with Live View
  • High precision wide area AF
  • Magnesium alloy body
  • EOS Integrated Cleaning System
  • EF/EF-S lens and EX Speedlite compatibility

    Canon 50D

    Canon 50D

It is great news that canon are releasing their new DIGIC 4 processor, and it is looking as though they are trying to improve light sensitivity (thank you) in response to Nikon’s flagship D3 and D700 model’s superb low light sensitivity. The ISO range up to 12800 suggests as much.

The addition of live view through the LCD also stands out to me as an addition more akin to point and shoot photographers than a typical SLR user, I’m not sure how many users of the camera will use this function, but for me, the viewfinder is always going to be the best way to shoot.

On a negative note however, this camera is not full frame, which means we are still waiting for an update to the 5D which is still using the DIGIC II processor, but that will likely be updated come the Photokina show in September. I will be interesting to see how the 5D Mk II or whatever it may be called will turn out to be, as it has the potential to be more desirable that the flagship 1Ds Mk III which has only been out 5 minutes or so it seems.

No price for the 50D has been placed on the UK site yet, but it is expected to come in at $1399 in the USA.

I for one am very excited to see canon push the light sensitivity of its cameras as they have become second to Nikon who took initiative to address the issue while Canon seemed to be stuck in the Megapixel war. However I personally believe the solid future of digital photography lies in full frame sensors, and my next dSLR purchase won’t be until I can get a full frame model, however many years that may be with my lowly student finances.

Cheers.

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