Canon has officially released the 50D digital SLR camera with 15.1 megapixel resolution and DIGIC 4 image processor, targeting advanced amateur photographers who are expecting to upgrade their cameras this holiday season. The Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR camera is scheduled for October delivery and will be sold body-only at an estimated selling price of $1,399.00 and in a kit with Canon’s EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM zoom lens at an estimated price of $1,599.00.

Improved upon the popular EOS 40D model, the 50D will not completely displace the 40D model. In stead, the 40D will remain in Canon’s product line. The main features of the 50D includes:

  • 14-bit AD converter (same as 40D)
  • Enhanced noise reduction especially at higher ISO ranges
  • 6.3 frames per second (fps) with buffer for 90 large/fine JPEG or 16 RAW images (UDMA CF card is required)
  • Improved sensor with gap-less micro-lenses to reduce noise and provide expanded sensitivity up to ISO 12800 (normal ISO range from 100 to 3200 in 1/3-stop increments)
  • Peripheral illumination correct that can automatically even brightness across the image field (e.g., making an image of a blue sky even toned throughout?!)
  • Auto Lighting Optimizer (similar to Nikon’s auto D-Lighting)
  • 920K pixel LCD resolution (finally matches up to Nikon’s offering)
  • Viewfinder with 0.95x magnification
  • HDMI output
  • 9 AF sensor points (all cross-type)
  • Creative Auto (CA) mode (allows users to adjust DOF and exposure etc without messing with aperture and exposure compensation directly)
  • Improved Live View modes, including “Face Detection Live Mode AF” that can detect up to 35 individual faces!
  • Two small raw (sRAW) formats: 7.1 and 3.8 megapixels for sRAW1 and sRAW2 formats, respectively. I am curious if it can drastically improve dynamic range and noise performance by combining multiple pixels.
  • Self-cleaning sensor (ultrasonic vibration) and fluorine coated low-pass filter for better dust resistance

Canon also announced a new EF-S 18-200 f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom as an all-around lens for photographers who do not like swapping lens or cannot do so in certain situations. It will cost estimated $699.00. Based on the experience of the Nikkor 18-200, it will be a very popular lens for Canon DSLR owners.

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