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The Canon EOS-50D was announced as a sister model, rather than successor, to the EOS-40D.

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Pros

Auto ISO range feature works very well, allows you to choose maximum and minimum ISO settings for maximum control.

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920,000-dot 3" LCD screen is crisp and sharp.

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DIGIC IV image processor allows for fast shooting even at maximum resolution.

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High ISO performance allows for excellent low-light shooting.

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Lens Peripheral Illumination Correction works very well, saves the hassle of having to fix photos later on manually.

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Cons

Battery tends to drain much more quickly than older Canon models due to the upgraded LCD screen.

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Has more noise and blurrier image quality than the previous generation 40D.

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The Canon EOS-50D was announced as a sister model, rather than successor, to the EOS-40D. The 50D uses the same body as the 40D, but inside is an upgraded 15.1 megapixel CMOS sensor and the next generation processor (Digic 4, versus the 40D's Digic III), Canon claims that the Digic 4 allows for up to 90 photos in a single burst mode. The 3" LCD screen has more pixels than the one found on the 40D, and the Live View preview mode is touted as having been upgraded. Maximum ISO sensitivity has been increased to 12,800 ISO.

Features:
  • 15.1 megapixel CMOS sensor
  • Digic 4 processor
  • Canon lens mount
  • 3" LCD
  • LiveView preview on LCD
  • 6.3 fps
  • face detection
  • up to 12,800 ISO
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