The Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera offers a good combination of speed and quality. Its body style accommodates switching lenses; the camera itself can be purchased as just the camera body or with the lenses included. There are two different lens kits that are compatible with this camera: 200 mm or 135 mm. For the budding professional photographer, this is a serious camera at a midrange price. There are lots of decisions that go into deciding which camera is best to suit a person’s particular needs and preferences, so here is an overview of the features that come with this one.
BELLS AND WHISTLES
The Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera features a 15.1-megapixel CMOS sensor with improved noise reduction. This means added capabilities for getting good shots fast. People can’t always stop and pose for photos, nor do they always want to. The company offers a body only option, so that lenses can be purchased separately. This convenient option is standard for higher quality cameras, because it means that different lenses can be put into the camera body. For amateurs this may not be an important deciding factor, but for someone who is working as or working toward becoming a professional photographer, being able to switch lenses is imperative. It means fewer things to carry along to photo shoots.
NLPI CORRECTIONS FEATURE
The New Lens Peripheral Illumination Correction setting eliminates the need to manually correct darkness around the edges of photos. Light tends to be fainter at the edges of a lens. This causes some pictures to come out with darkness on the outer edges of the photo. The Peripheral Illumination Correction setting takes care of this problem, saving lots of time that would otherwise be spent correcting such problems using photo editing software.
Included is a 3-inch High Resolution LCD screen that is large enough to see the subject, and still small enough to keep the camera small enough to be convenient. A two layer antireflective coating adds ease of viewing when in bright, direct sunlight. It also has a self-cleaning sensor unit that keeps the imagining sensor free of dust. It shakes off dust automatically using ultrasonic vibrations and also has a coating keep dust from sticking to the sensor. There is also an HDMI sensor that makes it easy to view the high-resolution photos directly on an HDTV. Images are displayed in a full frame ratio and bars black out the excess screen.
Though there are much cheaper cameras on the market, for someone who wants to be able to switch lenses and take pictures fast, this is a good choice. Canon markets this camera as “bridging the gap between the novice and the seasoned pro” for good reason. It has features professionals can’t do without, but doesn’t get so complicated that someone who wants to get more serious about photography would be in over their heads. Anyone trying to make the transition from amateur to semi-professional would do well with this camera.
CANON EOS 50D FEATURES AT A GLANCE
15.1-megapixel CMOS sensor with improved noise reduction
EF S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM standard zoom lens included
Enhanced Live View shooting includes Face Detection Live mode
New Lens Peripheral Illumination Correction setting; HDMI output
Capture images to Compact Flash Type I or II memory cards (not included)
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