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Canon EOS 50DThe Canon EOS 50D is a compelling--but not necessarily a must-have--midrange dSLR choice for Canon upgraders.
[ Music ] >> Hi. I'm Lori Grunin, senior editor with CNET Reviews and this is the Canon EOS 50D. This is the followup to the 40D. The 40D remains in Canon's line albeit at a much lower price point. The body remains relatively unchanged from the 40D. There's only a few kind of cosmetic differences, mode dial silver instead of black and they squashed over the buttons down here to make room for the function button. The change isn't quite as cosmetic as I'd like. Why? Canon reduced the number of custom setting slots from 3 to 2 in order to make room for its new Creative Auto mode. Creative Auto is kind of a dumbed down program mode where for instance instead of changing the actual aperture setting, it says blurrier. Canon also increased the resolution from 10 mega pixels to 14.7 mega pixels. I like extra resolution. I need it because I crop in closely, however, we're getting to the point where in order to do that, you need a really good lens in order to resolve sharply on that sensor and the kit lenses aren't that great for getting a really sharp photo. Another interesting change is Canon bumped up the highest ISO this camera can do to ISO 12,800. The performance is definitely better than the 40D from most things, probably just not burst shooting. Because it keeps basically the same body as the 40D, it's still very comfortable to shoot with, with a very comfortable grip. It's a very good camera but quite possibly not the must-have upgrade that a lot of 40D users were looking for. It doesn't have a video mode like the D90 does and if you don't need the extra resolution or the faster performance then you might as well keep your 40D. I'm Lori Grunin and this is the Canon EOS 50D. [ Music ]