Comparing the EOS 50D and EOS 500D Cameras

EOS 500D

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Its only been two days since Canon announced the new ESO 500D / Rebel T1i and already some EOS 50D owners are crying foul. Especially since this new consumer grade DSLR borrows so much technology from its older sibling the EOS 50D such as its:

  • 15.1 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor.
  • ISO 100-3200 (expandable to 12800).
  • 3.0” ClearView LCD with Live View mode.
  • 9-point wide area AF with cross type center point.
  • High speed DIGIC 4 performance and superb image quality.
  • EOS Integrated Cleaning System.

As well as the fact that it goes one step further and provides full HD movie recording capabilities with HDMI connection for viewing and playback on an HDTV, just like the new 5D mark II.

Do these similarities really matter to EOS 50D owners or are the differences in build quality, size, weight, viewfinder, auto focus, burst rate and accessories enough to differentiate the two cameras?

Will Canon release a firmware update for the EOS 50D that enables HD movie recording or will this feature continue to grace only its consumer and professional grade cameras?

Or will the Fake Chuck Westfall spend the next few months lampooning Canon’s seemingly unusual marketing scheme?

Only time will tell!