Canon EOS 50D: 3″ VGA LCD Monitor

Canon EOS 50D Specifications

Image Sensor: 15.1MP APS-C CMOS with EOS Integrated Cleaning System
Performance: 6.3fps continuous shooting. Max burst 90 JPEGs with UDMA card
Image Processor: DIGIC 4
ISO Sensitivity: 100-3200, expandable to 12800
Autofocus: 9-point wide area
Monitor: 3.0″ Clear View VGA LCD with Live View mode, Face Detection Live AF
Monitor Pixel Format: 640 x 480
Body: Magnesium alloy with environmental protection
Connectivity: HDMI, mini-USB
Lens Mount: Canon EF, EF-S
Flash Mount: EX-series Speedlites

Update 2008.08.27 1:34AM PST

Canon EOS 50D LCD Structure

There is a bit more information about the 3″ VGA display on the 50D. There are at least three anti-reflection coats on top of the LCD panel. The anti-reflection coat minimizes light reflections so that images can be easily seen in bright ambient environments. There is also a dirt-resistant fluorine coat as well as a scratch-resistant hard coat. These coatings will help keep the LCD clean and ultimately allow for optimum viewing of images. Source: DPReview

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Canon EOS 50D: 3
Image source: Digital Photography Review

Canon‘s EOS 50D is the just-announced digital SLR (DSLR) and the successor to the popular EOS 40D. The 40D had 10.1 million effective pixels and the 50D increases that to 15.1 million effective pixels. Pixel count will continue to increase but some time in the future the point will be reached where picture quality starts to decrease given a APS-C sized CMOS sensor. Of course, at that time we might see affordable full-sized CMOS sensors. I’m hoping there will be a 5D successor announced soon. I digress, unto the 3″ VGA LCD monitor.

Canon EOS 50D: 3
Image source: Digital Photography Review

The 40D is no slouch and neither was the 30D that it replaced. The 40D incorporated a 3.0″ TFT LCD with a 230,000 pixels. The previous 30D had a smaller 2.5″ TFT LCD but with the same pixel count of 230,000. So the LCD got bigger but didn’t allow for more pixels. The 50D changes that with a 3.0″ TFT LCD with a pixel format of 640 x 480 for a total pixel count of 307,200. That’s a 34% increase in the number of pixels from the 40D. Will this help in taking pictures? Absolutely. With Live View capabilities in the 50D (the 40D has it too), you can frame the image on the LCD. With a LCD that is more capable, you are able to see the image with more precision. With more precision you are more likely to take better pictures. I like to look through my 20D’s viewfinder, but I am certain I will enjoy a live view LCD on a DSLR since I use live view on my compact (SD1000) close to 100% of the time.

Source: DPReview

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