Pros Very good quality pictures, perfect size and weight to hold.
Cons Way over priced for a slight boost in megapixels. Slower then previous version fps.
Summary I'm a professional photographer, and I own many of these cameras for different purposes. I have to laugh at the first guy on here who wrote a review that there's a huge difference between the 40D and 50D. Only if you want to waste your money for a few mega pixels that will make absolutely no difference what so ever in picture quality, unless your printing off monster poster pictures for movie theater advertising, and how many of us do that? Exactly. Quality is equal for both cameras, 40D is slightly better and faster for it's easy of use, and saving about $300 to $400. If your going to look for anything better, get a full frame DSLR, only then will you be seeing some difference. CNET is pretty accurate with there rating of this camera, 3.5 stars is about correct. I dislike people who know very little about professional cameras and voice their opinion so that others read these misleading reviews and go blow their money. Like I said good camera, but the first guy and his review is way off.
Pros - 15 MP and very good high ISO performance and fast AF
- Amazing image quality and best LCD screen of any SLR
- One of the best "live view" implementations on an SLR to date
- 6 fps is still faster than the other competitors in the class
Cons - Face detection / AF is a bit sluggish in live mode
- Lower battery life than the 40D but if you buy extra batteries or a battery grip you don't need to worry
Summary Significant resolution improvement over the 40D without compromising noise. I can get a much better idea for the image quality of my pics on the LCD given the improvement in screen resolution. I don't need a movie mode, I use the 50D to capture photos. I don't see an SLR competing with the quality of a good digital camcorder any time soon. The sensor technology is very different. The only competitor in this class for the 50D is the D300 and that camera is more expensive. I suggest using the best lenses (step up from the kit lenses) you can to maximize this cameras performance.
"Solid performer"on by brh3
Pros Solid build, excellent photo quality
Cons battery life mediocre
Summary I have read a lot of reviews on this camera and they all have been kind of mixed. I was apprehensive to purchase this unit because of the feedback. No, I am not a professional but was looking for something with more speed and quality as I was updating from a Rebel. The more I use it the more I find that given all the information and research I did, it all comes down to what you need. This camera meets all of my needs and I would recommend it to anyone.
Pros Very fast focus. Exposure is accurate. Fine grain even at high ISO 3200/6400. Super sharp images. The menu system is easy to understand and once you try it you will figure out all the new menu's available.
Cons I find that there are no dislikes about this camera. A great camera at a very fair price.
Summary I have used this camera at two weddings and it is comparable to my 5D. With my 5D I use my 24-70 as my main lens while for the 50D I use the 17-40 to get the same result. With good glass, you will get superb images. I could have bought another 5D for around the same price as a new 50D but I some times want the 1.6 crop factor for certain shots. I like both camera's and the 50D is my backup to the 5D. The 50D has the Digic 4 and the the live View. The large sharp screen makes viewing images so much nicer. If you own the 40D the camera's are pretty similar. If you own a 30D or earlier then the 50D is a very good upgrade! I really am happy with the Canon 50D!
Pros Superb feel in the hands. Excellent results possible from good feature set. Fast hardware and software.
Cons Not much not to like. It is very good value and compares favourably with similar dSLRs.
Summary I was dead set on buying a Nikon until I actually held the 50D in my hands, and saw the bright, sharp LCD. A camera must work well in your hands (assuming specs of reasonable parity between brands), so try your prospective buy for feel first, the rest next.