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Nikon D90 Compared to the Canon EOS 50D, Nikon D80 and D300

Canon EOS 50D compared to Nikon D90 SLR with flash up

Aug 27th, 2008

With the announcement of the new 15.1 MP Canon EOS 50D and the 12.3 Nikon D90 enthusiast digital SLR cameras coming on almost the same day, there is certainly a lot of excitement (and debate) happening among photographers within the Canon and Nikon communities.

The Canon EOS 50D is a worthy update to the 10.1 MP Canon EOS 40D and the new Nikon D90 takes a big leap forward compared to the 10.2MP Nikon D80.

Photographers making their way up from a digital point and shoot type of camera (and the Youtube crowd) will undoubtedly be attracted by the appeal of also being able to record D-Movie 720p HD clips with sound using the Nikon D90.

Although the Canon EOS 50D and the Nikon D90 are positioned differently in the market place, with the EOS 50D mainly targeted against the Nikon D300, we feel the Nikon D90 stacks up quite well against the EOS 50D, price points and all else considered.

The Nikon D90 shares a number of feature similarities with the Nikon D300, so Nikon users wil be faced with deciding which of these two cameras is most suited for their general photographic requirements.

The basis of this comparison overview between the Nikon D90, D300, D80 and Canon EOS 50D is to hopefully help make the buying decision process a little easier.

Nikon D90 compared to Nikon D80: Major Features

Nikon D90 versus Canon EOS 50D Comparison

D90 compared to the Nikon D300: Major Differences

Nikon D90 versus D80, D300 and the Canon EOS 50D Comparison

Note: The Nikon D80 will continue and coexist with the Nikon D90 on dealers shelves. The Nikon D90 is more of an update than simply a replacement to the Nikon D80.

Nikon D90 with AF-S DX 18-105mm VR lens
Nikon AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED Zoom lens AF-S DX 35mm f/1.8G lens Nikkor AF-S VR DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED lens
 



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Nikon D90 Compared to the
Nikon D80 digital SLR: Main Feature Differences


  • The Nikon D90 features an effective pixel count of 12.3-million pixels (D80: 10.2-million pixels)

  • D90 utilizes a CMOS image sensor (23.6 x 15.8 mm) compared to the Nikon D80 using a CCD sensor

  • ISO sensitivity settings: Lo 0.3, Lo 0.7, Lo 1, ISO 200 - 3200, Hi 0.3, Hi 0.7, Hi 1.0 (6400 ISO) compared to the D80 with ISO 100 - 1600, H 0.3, H 0.7, H 1.0 (3200 ISO)

  • The image processing in the Nikon D90 is based on the EXPEED image processing concept

  • Adoption of the Scene Recognition System in the D90, improves auto exposure, autofocus, and auto white balance performance.


  • The D90's focus system has been improved compared to the Nikon D80. The D90 now offers: 3D-tracking (11 points), Superior Auto-area AF, linked to the scene recognition system (separate from subject identification), contrast-detect AF in Live View, and Face priority autofocus with the Face Detection System. The autofocus mode can be selected from "Face priority", "Wide area", and "Normal area".

  • Up to 5 min D-Movie HD clip video recording function at 24 fps 720p resolution with sound. Longer time at lower resolution settings. (World's first in a digital SLR)

  • Live View function that allows a user to select the active focus area depending upon the subject

  • The Nikon D90 features a large and clear 3-in. approx. 920k-dot VGA LCD monitor supporting with a wide 170 degree viewing angle (D80: approx. 230k-dot 2.5-in. Monitor)

  • Support for HDMI output (Not available on the D80)


  • The D90 features a built-in Image Sensor Cleaning mechanism (same as the Nikon D300)

  • High-speed continuous shooting at approx. 4.5 fps (D80: approx. 3 fps)

  • Power-up time of approx. 0.15 seconds (D80: approx. 0.18 sec.)

  • "Portrait" and "Landscape" Picture Controls have been added in the Nikon D90 Picture Control settings menu

  • An additional "Extra high" setting has been added to the Active D-Lighting options (applied before the image is taken) on the D90 compared to the D-lighting feature available on the D80 (applied after image is taken)

  • The D90 features Advanced Scene Modes that automatically select appropriate Picture Control and Active D-Lighting settings based on the scene. The D90 also features in-camera "Vignette control" which serves to automatically even brightness across the image field (minimizes occurance of darker corners in an image)

  • The Nikon D90 is equipped with the same high-performance lateral chromatic aberration compensation as found on the Nikon D3 and D300


  • With the optional accessory GP1 the Nikon D90 supports GPS

  • The Nikon D90 offers larger viewfinder frame coverage of approx. 96% compared to the D80 with approx. 94%

  • Improved Pictmotion function in the D90 that allows for custom combination of one of 5 background music tracks and one of 5 effects (D80: only background music could be selected)

  • Retouch menu with more options-"Distortion control", "Straighten", "Fisheye", "Filter effects" ("Cross screen"/"Red intensifier"/"Green intensifier"/"Blue intensifier"), "Quick retouch", "NEF (RAW) processing", "Color balance" retouch functions (D80: not available)

  • More image playback options are also available on the D90 versus the Nikon D80

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    Nikon D90 Digital SLR Compared to the Nikon D300 SLR: Main Feature Differences


  • Nikon D90 Body is made of polycarbonate versus the Nikon D300 which is made of rugged magnesium alloy and features enhanced weather seal protection

  • The Nikon D90 offers 12-bit image processing compared to the Nikon D300 which allows 12-bit or 14-bit to be selected.

  • The D300 provides faster start up (0.13 sec) and minimal shutter lag (45ms) compared to the D90 (0.15 sec start up and 65ms shutter lag)


  • D-Movie 720p HD video clip recording function is available on the D90 in Live View mode.


  • The D300 offers phase-difference detection Auto Focus in "Tripod shooting mode" (not available on D90)

  • Support for SD memory cards versus the D300 which supports CompactFlash memory cards

  • The D90 incorporates a 420-pixel RGB sensor for metering compared to the Nikon D300 with a higher end 1,005-pixel RGB sensor. Leveraging the data provided by the1,005-pixel RGB Matrix Meter, the Scene Recognition System in the Nikon D300 provides more precise subject identification, optimizing autofocus, exposure and white balance detection.

  • D300 offers both a CPU and AI exposure meter coupling to support metering with older type Nikkor lenses


  • The Nikon D90 features 11 focus points versus the Nikon D300 with a broader AF coverage with 51 focus points

  • The Nikon D300 uses a faster AF module (CAM 3500DX) and offers 15 cross type sensors, Fine AF adjustment is possible on the D300 to match the lens in use.

  • Viewfinder frame coverage of approx.96% with the D90 compared to 100% coverage with the Nikon D300.

  • The D90 offers Continuous shooting at approx. 4.5 fps versus approx. 6 fps with the D300. The D300 can shoot at up to 8fps with the optional MB-D10 vertical battery grip accessory.

  • "Portrait" and "Landscape" Picture Controls have been added in the Nikon D90. With the D300 these two additions must be downloaded

  • "Extra high" and "Auto" added to Active D-Lighting options on the D90. (D300: these two options are not available)

  • "Distortion control", "Straighten", "Fisheye", "Filter effects" ("Cross screen"/"Red intensifier"/"Green intensifier"/"Blue intensifier"), "Small picture", "Quick retouch", "NEF (RAW) processing" available as in camera retouch functions (On the D300 these options not available)


  • The Nikon D90 offers 72 thumbnail playback display, calendar display, and histogram for only the portion of the image displayed with playback zoom


  • Advanced Scene Modes are offered on the D90 which are not available on the D300

  • Shutter durability of 100,000 cycles on the Nikon D90 compared to the more durable shutter mechanism incorporated in the D300 which is rated up to 150,000 exposures


  • Optional Nikon WT-4a wireless file transmitter accessory is available for the Nikon D300


  • The D300 offers a greater degree of customization total of 48 custom settings

  • Canon EOS 50D compared to Nikon D90 side by side . Nikon D90 shown with AF-S DX 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G VR zoom lens and the Canon EOS 50D with the Canon EF-S 18-200mm IS zoom lens

    Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR Top View
    Nikon D90 Digital SLR Top View

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      • Nikon D90 SLR 12.3 MP
      • Canon EOS 50D 15.1 MP



    Nikon D90 Compared to the Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR: Main Feature Differences


  • The Canon EOS 50D features a higher 15.1MP resolution sensor compared to the 12.3 MP Nikon D90


  • The EOS 50D offers faster start up and continuos shooting capability up to 6.3 frames per second (fps) compared to the Nikon D90 at 4.5 fps


  • D-movie feature on the D90 allows for HD video clip recording up to 720p at 24fps (no AF)

  • Nikon D90 incorporates a 420-segment RGB metering system compared to the 35 segment metering system on the EOS 50D.


  • D90 incorporates Nikon's Scene Recognition System. Information from the 420-pixel RGB sensor is used to recognize the subject or scene conditions prior to capture. The results are then reflected in auto exposure, autofocus, and auto white balance for highly accurate control. Face Detection System information from the sensor is applied to AE, AWB, face priority AF (Live View), and zoom playback

  • The Canon EOS 50D offers a more rugged body construction (Mg alloy body covers) compared to the Nikon D90. The EOS 50D also incorporates weather seals for added protection (around the memory card door and battery cover)

  • Both the D90 and the Canon EOS 50D offer up to 3200 native ISO. The Canon EOS 50D offers a 2 stop EV over 3200 ISO sensitivity setting equal to 12800 ISO. The Nikon D90 offers extended sensitivity settings up to 1EV over 3200 ISO equal to 6400 ISO.

  • EOS 50D offers some advanced custom features including AF microadjustment (fine tuning)

  • The Nikon D90 is equipped with the same high-performance lateral chromatic aberration compensation as found on the Nikon D3 and D300

  • Up to 1/8000 sec shutter speed on the EOS 50D versus 1/4000 sec on the Nikon D90. Slightly faster flash sync offered on the EOS 50D at 1/250 sec compared to 1/200 sec with the Nikon D90.

  • In camera retouch menu provided on the Nikon D90: Options include: D-Lighting, Redeye correction, Trim, Monochrome, Filter effects, Colour balance, Small picture, Image overlay, NEF (RAW) processing, quick retouch, straighten, distortion control, fisheye

  • The Nikon D90 offers 3D Focus Tracking (using 11-area AF points) compared to the EOS 50D which incorporates a less advanced 9 point auto focus system.

  • Nikon D90 features an AF assist beam for low light focusing compared to the Canon EOS 50D were the flash has to be raised in order for the AF assist feature (multiple bursts from flash) to function

  • Built-in wireless flash support is found in the Nikon D90 with the camera being able to act as a "commander" to communicate with and trigger external speedlights wirelessly

  • Optional GP-1 GPS accessory attachment is available for the Nikon D90 (geotagging)

  • The Nikon D90 is smaller and lighter than the EOS 50D

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    Nikon D90 versus Nikon D80, Nikon D300 and the Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR Comparison

    Specifications Comparison
    Nikon D80
    Nikon D90
    Nikon D300
    Canon EOS 50D
    Effective Pixels
    10.2 million
    12.3 million
    12.3 million
    15.1 million
    Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price $CAN 27/08/08
    $819.95 body only
    $1119 body only
    $1799 body only
    $1449 body only
    Body Construction
    Metal reinforced polycarbonate cover
    Metal reinforced polycarbonate cover
    Mg Alloy, enhanced weather seals and environmental protection
    Mg Alloy covers, Water/ Dust resistance. Sealing applies to memory card and battery door only (based on Canon supplied specifications)
    Lens Mount
    Nikon F Bayonet
    Nikon F Bayonet
    Nikon F Bayonet
    Canon EF / EF-S lens
    Picture Angle
    Equivalent in 35 mm (135) format is approx. 1.5 times lens focal length.
    Equivalent in 35 mm (135) format is approx. 1.5 times lens focal length.
    Equivalent in 35 mm (135) format is approx. 1.5 times lens focal length.
    Equivalent in 35 mm (135) format is approx. 1.6 times lens focal length.
    Image Sensor
    DX-format CCD
    DX-format CMOS
    DX-format CMOS
    CMOS sensor
    Image Processor
    Nikon Image Processing
    EXPEED
    EXPEED
    DIGIC 4
    Start up
    0.18 sec
    0.15 sec
    0.13 sec
    0.1 sec
    Shutter lag
    80ms
    65ms
    45ms
    59ms
    Image Size
    3,872 × 2,592 [L]
    2,896 × 1,944 [M]
    1,936 × 1,296 [S]
    4,288 x 2,848 [L]
    3,216 x 2,136 [M]
    2,144 x 1,424 [S]
    4,288 x 2,848 [L]
    3,216 x 2,136 [M]
    2,144 x 1,424 [S]
    4752 x 3168 (Large: Approx. 15.1 megapixels)
    3456 x 2304 (Medium: Approx. 8 megapixels)
    2352 x 1568 (Small: Approx. 3.7 megapixels)
    Dust-reduction System
    Image dust-off data acquisition
    Image sensor cleaning mechanism, image dust-off data acquisition
    Image sensor cleaning mechanism, image dust-off data acquisition
    Image sensor cleaning mechanism, image dust-off data acquisition
    Sensitivity
    100 to 1600 with additional settings of up to 1 EV over 1600 in steps of  1/3 EV
    ISO 200 to 3200 in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV with additional settings of approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 and 1 EV (ISO 100 equivalent) under ISO 200 and approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 and 1 EV (ISO 6400 equivalent) over ISO 3200
    ISO 200 to 3200 in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV with additional settings of approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 and 1 EV (ISO 100 equivalent) under ISO 200 and approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 and 1 EV (ISO 6400 equivalent) over ISO 3200
    ISO 100 - 3200 in steps of 1/3 or 1 EV with
    additional settings of approx. 1 and 2EV (ISO 6400 and 12800 equivalent) over ISO 3200
    Noise reduction

    Long exposure noise reduction: Images taken at shutter speeds slower than 8 s are processed to reduce noise.

    High ISO NR images taken at ISO sensitivities of ISO 800 and higher are processed to reduce noise.

    Four selectable settings include: "High", "Normal" (default), "Low", "Off"

    Long exposure noise reduction: Images taken at shutter speeds slower than 8 s are processed to reduce noise.

    High ISO NR images taken at ISO sensitivities of ISO 800 and higher are processed to reduce noise.


    Four selectable settings include: "High", "Normal" (default), "Low", "Off"

    Long exposure noise reduction: Images taken at shutter speeds slower than 8 s are processed to reduce noise.

    High ISO NR images taken at ISO sensitivities of ISO 800 and higher are processed to reduce noise.


    Four selectable settings include: "High", "Normal" (default), "Low", "Off"

    Long exposure noise reduction: Images taken at shutter speeds slower than 8 s are processed to reduce noise.

    High ISO NR images taken at ISO sensitivities of ISO 800 and higher are processed to reduce noise.

    Four settings include: "Strong", "Standard" (default), "Weak", "Off"

    Scene Recognition System
    N/A
    Scene Recognition System enables face detection. Face Detection System: Information from the 420-pixel RGB sensor is used to recognize the subject or scene conditions prior to capture. The results are then reflected in auto exposure, autofocus, and auto white balance for highly accurate control. Face Detection System information from the sensor is applied to AE, AWB, face priority AF (Live View), and zoom playback.
    Scene Recognition System furthers the use of the D300 1,005-segment RGB metering sensor to recognize colors and light patterns that help camera determine the subject and the type of scene being photographed, before a picture is taken.

    Leveraging the data provided by the1,005-pixel RGB Matrix Meter, the SRS in the Nikon D300 provides more precise subject identification, optimizing autofocus, exposure and white balance detection.

    N/A
    Automatic Image
    Brightness Correction

    The Nikon D80 offers D-Lighting which is a process applied to the image after capture.

    Using D-lighting on the D80 will create a copy of the original image with D-lighting applied while keeping the original intact.

    There are four settings available in the Nikon D80 D-Lighting menu; Moderate, Normal, Enhanced and Off.

    Active D-Lighting: Natural tone gradation can be reproduced with proper contrast while compensating shadows and highlights

    Four settings include:
    Extra High, High, Normal, Low or Off
    Auto: enables appropriate setting automatically in accordance with the dynamic range of the subjects.

    D-Lighting after image is taken is available (post process in camera, 3 settings, high, normal, low. Can be adjusted using Nikon Capture NX2 software)

    Active D-Lighting: Natural tone gradation can be reproduced with proper contrast while compensating shadows and highlights

    Three settings include:
    High, Normal, Low or Off
    Auto: enables appropriate setting automatically in accordance with the dynamic range of the subjects.

    D-Lighting after image is taken is available (post process in camera, 3 settings, high, normal, low. Can be adjusted using Nikon Capture NX2 software)

    The Auto Lighting Optimizer on the EOS 50D Digital SLR camera has been updated not only to optimize images while they are being taken, but the user can also optimize images post-capture, during playback, to help ensure the subject of each image does not appear too dark.

    Image Highlight Tone Priority: Use C.Fn II-3 to select on / off

    In-camera Retouch Menu

    Available options include:

    D-Lighting
    Red-eye correction
    Trim
    Monochrome
    Filter effects
    Colour balance
    Small picture
    Image overlay

    Available options include:

    D-Lighting
    Redeye correction
    Trim
    Monochrome
    Filter effects
    Colour balance
    Small picture
    Image overlay
    NEF (RAW) processing
    quick retouch
    straighten
    distortion control
    fisheye

    Available options include:

    D-Lighting
    Redeye correction
    Trim
    Monochrome
    Filter effects
    Colour balance
    Small picture
    Image overlay

    N/A
    Storage Media
    SD (Secure Digital) memory cards; camera supports SDHC
    SD (Secure Digital) memory cards; camera supports SDHC
    CompactFlash™ (CF) Card (Type I and II), UDMA compliant, MicroDrive™
    CompactFlash™ (CF) Card (Type I and II), UDMA compliant, MicroDrive™
    Storage System
    Compressed NEF (RAW): 12-bit compression,
    JPEG
    RAW + JPEG
    Compressed NEF (RAW): 12-bit compression,
    JPEG
    RAW + JPEG
    NEF (12-bit or 14-bit uncompressed or compressed RAW)
    TIFF (RGB)
    JPEG
    RAW + JPEG
    RAW (CR2 14-bit)
    JPEG
    RAW + JPEG
    sRAW1 (7.1 MP)
    sRAW2 (3.8 MP)
    White Balance
    Auto (TTL white balance with 420-segment RGB sensor); six manual modes with fine tuning; colour temperature setting; preset white balance
    Auto (TTL white-balance with main image sensor and 420-pixel RGB sensor); 12 manual modes with fine-tuning; colour temperature setting; preset white balance; white balance bracketing
    Auto (TTL white balance with 1,005-pixel RGB sensor), seven manual modes with fine-tuning, colour temperature setting, white balance bracketing possible
    Auto, Preset, seven manual modes with fine-tuning, colour temperature setting
    White balance correction and white balance bracketing possible
    Live View
    N/A
    Contrast Detection
    3 AF-area modes: Face Priority, Wide and Normal Area;
    One-touch Live View activation by button
    1) Handheld shooting mode: Contrast detection
    2) Tripod shooting mode: Phase-difference detection
    1) Quick mode: Phase-difference detection
    2) Live mode, Face detection live mode: Contrast detection
    3) Manual focusing (5x / 10x magnification possible)
    LCD Monitor
    2.5- in., 230,000-dot, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment
    3.0-in., 920,000-dot (VGA), 170-degree wide viewing angle, 100% frame coverage, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment
    3.0-in., 920,000-dot (VGA), 170-degree wide viewing angle, 100% frame coverage, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment, anti-reflective coating
    3.0-in., 920,000-dot (VGA), 160-degree wide viewing angle, 100% frame coverage, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment, three layer anti-reflective coating
    Nikon D90 compared to Canon EOS 50D back view
    Playback Function
    1) Full frame 2) Thumbnail (4 or 9 segments) 3) Zoom 4) Slideshow 5) RGB histogram indication 6) Shooting data 7) Highlight display 8) Auto image rotation
    1) Full frame 2) Thumbnail (4, 9 or 72 segments) 3) Calendar  4) Zoom  5) ) Slideshow  6) RGB histogram indication 7) Shooting data 8) Highlight display 9) Auto image rotation
    1) Full frame 2) Thumbnail (4 or 9 segments) 3) Zoom 4) Slideshow 5) RGB histogram indication 6) Shooting data 7) Highlight display 8) Auto image rotation
    Image display formats Single, Single + Info (Image-recording quality, shooting information, histogram), 4-image index, 9-image index, image rotate possible
    Zoom magnification Approx. 1.5x - 10x
    Image browsing methods Single image, jump by 10 or 100 images, jump by screen, by shooting date, by folder. Highlight alert: Overexposed highlights blink
    Video Output
    Can be selected from NTSC and PAL
    Simultaneous output to video (NTSC or PAL) and LCD monitor
    Simultaneous output to video (NTSC or PAL) and LCD monitor
    Video output terminal f3.5mm mini-jack (NTSC/PAL selectable)
    HDMI Output
    No
    HDMI 1.3-compliant Type C HDMI connector, mini size
    HDMI 1.3a-compliant Type A HDMI connector
    HDMI mini OUT terminal Type C
    D-Movie Mode
    N/A

    Motion JPG (AVI file) 24fps

    • Selectable from HD720p (1,280 x 720), 640 x 424 and 320 x 216 pixels

    • Movie mode to record Live View shooting: Recording starts by pressing OK button during Live View mode

    Pressing the button again stops recording. Pressing the shutter button during movie recording captures a still image.

    Only manual focus is available.

    Matrix metering is used regardless of the metering method selected (Active D-Lighting does not function)

    • Aperture determined when Live View starts remains unchanged (no more than f/8)

    • Exposure compensation and AE lock are possible during movie shooting
    Adjustment of Picture Control is available

    N/A
    Interface
    USB 2.0 Hi-speed
    USB 2.0 Hi-speed
    Hi-Speed USB (mini-B connector); mass storage and PTP connectable; FTP file transfer and PTP/IP camera control/file transfer is also available with optional WT-4a (IEEE 802.11b/g); CF card slot
    Type I/II: supports firmware updates via CF cards
    Hi-Speed USB
    Text Input
    Up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text input available with LCD monitor and multi-selector; stored in Exif header
    Up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text input available with LCD monitor and multi-selector; stored in Exif header

    Up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text input available with LCD monitor and multi-selector; stored in Exif header

    A "Copyright information" item is available in the setup menu. When "Copyright information" is enabled, the copyright symbol © is shown in the shooting info display.

    Metadata Tag: User copyright information
    Compatible Lenses
    1) AF NIKKOR (including AF-S, DX, VR and D-/G-type): All functions possible 2) D-type Manual-Focus NIKKOR: All functions except some exposure modes available 3) AF NIKKOR other than D-/G-type: All functions except 3D-Color Matrix Metering II and3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash possible 4) AI-P NIKKOR: All functions except 3D-Color Matrix Metering II and  3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash 5) Non-CPU AI NIKKOR: Usable in [A] or [M] mode with Matrix Metering, Center-Weighted and Spot Metering available Indication of aperture No., after user inputs the aperture f/No. and focal length f=mm by multi-selector operation Electronic rangefinder usable with maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster
    1) AF NIKKOR (including AF-S, DX, VR and D-/G-type): All functions possible 2) D-type Manual-Focus NIKKOR: All functions except some exposure modes available 3) AF NIKKOR other than D-/G-type: All functions except 3D-Color Matrix Metering II and3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash possible 4) AI-P NIKKOR: All functions except 3D-Color Matrix Metering II and  3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash 5) Non-CPU AI NIKKOR: Usable in [A] or [M] mode with Matrix Metering, Center-Weighted and Spot Metering available Indication of aperture No., after user inputs the aperture f/No. and focal length f=mm by multi-selector operation Electronic rangefinder usable with maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster
    1) AF NIKKOR (including AF-S, DX, VR and D-/G-type): All functions possible 2) D-type Manual-Focus NIKKOR: All functions except some exposure modes available 3) AF NIKKOR other than D-/G-type: All functions except 3D-Color Matrix Metering II and3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash possible 4) AI-P NIKKOR: All functions except 3D-Color Matrix Metering II and 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash 5) Non-CPU AI NIKKOR: Usable in [A] or [M] mode with Matrix Metering, Center-Weighted and Spot Metering available Indication of aperture No., after user inputs the aperture f/No. and focal length f=mm by multi-selector operation Electronic rangefinder usable with maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster
    Canon EF lenses (including EF-S lenses)
    Lateral Chromatic Aberration Correction
    N/A
    The "lateral chromatic aberration correction" function serves to reduce moiré and provides optimized edge sharpness
    The "lateral chromatic aberration correction" function serves to reduce moiré and provides optimized edge sharpness
    N/A
    Peripheral Illumination Correction
    N/A
    The "Vignette control" setting can be confirmed in shooting information.
    The "Vignette control" item in the shooting menu supports all types of G- and D-type lenses, except DX and PC lenses.
    The "Vignette control" compensation value is optimized for shooting with "Active D-Lighting"
    The "Vignette control" setting can be confirmed in shooting information.
    The "Vignette control" item in the shooting menu supports all types of G- and D-type lenses, except DX and PC lenses.
    The "Vignette control" compensation value is optimized for shooting with "Active D-Lighting"
    Automatically evens brightness across the image field, making an image of a blue sky even toned throughout. Thanks largely to the DIGIC 4 processor incorporated in the EOS 50D, this automatic adjustment can be made in-camera during shooting with JPEG images or corrected in post- processing with RAW images through Canon’s Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software
    Viewfinder
    Fixed eye-level pentaprism
    Dioptric adjustment: -2.0 to +1.0 diopter
    Fixed eye-level pentaprism
    Dioptric adjustment: -2.0 to +1.0 diopter
    Fixed eye-level pentaprism
    Dioptric adjustment: -2.0 to +1.0 diopter
    Fixed eye-level pentaprism
    Dioptric adjustment: -3.0 to +1.0 diopter
    Eyepoint
    19.5 mm
    19.5 mm
    19.5 mm
    22 mm
    Focusing Screen
    Type-B BriteView Clear Matte Screen Mark II with superimposed focus brackets and On- Demand grid lines convenient for composing shots
    Type-B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark II with superimposed focus brackets and On-Demand grid lines convenient for composing shots. The color used to highlight the active focus area (focus brackets) in the viewfinder display changes automatically in response to lighting conditions.
    Type-B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark II with superimposed focus brackets and On-Demand grid lines convenient for composing shots

    Interchangeable (2 types sold separately), Ef-A standard focusing screen provided

    Two detailed grid displays have been added to Live View shooting as optional settings for easier composition when using the LCD monitor (Live View)

    Viewfinder Frame Coverage
    Approx. 95% of lens (vertical and horizontal)
    Approx. 96% horizontal and 96% vertical
    Approx. 100% (vertical and horizontal)
    95% frame coverage
    Viewfinder Magnification
    Approx. 0.94x
    Approx. 0.94x
    Approx. 0.94x
    Magnification: 0.95x
    Autofocus
    Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus module with TTL phase detection, 11 focus points (including one cross-type sensor)
    Refined version of Nikon's advanced Multi-CAM 1000 AF Module with TTL phase detection, 11 focus points (including one cross-type sensor)
    TTL phase detection, 51 focus points (15 cross-type sensors) by Multi-CAM 3500 autofocus module; fine AF adjustment possible
    TTL phase detection, 9 focus points (all cross type), Center point additionally sensitive with lenses of F2.8 or faster

    AF Microadjustment: C.Fn III in +/- 20 steps
    Adjust all lenses by same amount and adjust up to 20 lenses individually
    AF-assist illuminator beam
    approx. 0.5-3 m/1 ft. 8 in.-9 ft. 10 in.)
    approx. 0.5-3 m/1 ft. 8 in.-9 ft. 10 in.)
    approx. 0.5 m to 3.0 m / 1 ft. 7.7 in. to 9 ft. 10 in.);
    Small series of flashes fired by built-in flash
    AF Detection range
    -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, at 20°C/68°F)
    -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, at 20°C/68°F)
    -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 equivalent at 20˚C/68˚F)
    EV -0.5 - 18 (at 23°C/73°F, ISO 100)
    Lens Servo
    Instant single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF- S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status Manual focus (M)
    Instant single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF- S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status Manual focus (M)
    Instant single-servo AF (S); continuous-servo AF (C); manual (M); predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status in continuous-servo AF
    One-Shot AF, AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual focusing (MF)
    AF Area Mode
    1) Single-area AF 2) Dynamic-area AF 3) Auto-area AF
    1) Single-area AF 2) Dynamic-area AF 3) Auto-area AF 4) 3D Focus Tracking (11-area)
    1) Single point AF 2) Dynamic Area AF 3) Group Dynamic AF
    Auto or Manual
    Exposure Metering System

    TTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor

    Matrix: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses)

    Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 6, 8, or 10 mm circle in center of frame

    Spot: Meters 3.5 mm circle (about 2% of frame) centered on selected focus point

    TTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor

    Matrix: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses)

    Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 6, 8, or 10 mm circle in center of frame

    Spot: Meters 3.5 mm circle (about 2% of frame) centered on selected focus point

    TTL full-aperture exposure metering using 1005-pixel RGB sensor

    3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering (non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data; metering performed)

    Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 6, 8, 10, or 13 mm dia. circle in center of frame or weighting based on average of entire frame (8 mm circle when non-CPU lens is used)

    Spot: Meters approx. 3 mm dia. Circle (about 2.0% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)

    35-zone TTL full-aperture metering

    Evaluative metering (linkable to any AF point)

    Partial metering (approx. 9% of viewfinder at center)

    Spot metering (approx. 3.8% of viewfinder at center)


    Center-weighted average metering

    Exposure Metering Range
    1) 0 to 20 EV (3D Color Matrix or center-weighted metering) 2) 2 to 20 EV (spot metering)
    1) 0 to 20 EV (3D Color Matrix or center-weighted metering) 2) 2 to 20 EV (spot metering)
    1) 0 to 20 EV (3D Color Matrix or center-weighted metering) 2) 2 to 20 EV (spot metering)
    EV 1 - 20
    Exposure Meter Coupling
    CPU coupling
    CPU coupling
    Combined CPU and AI
    CPU coupling
    Exposure Modes
    Digital Vari-Program (Auto,  Portrait,  Landscape,  Close-up,  Sports,  Night landscape,  Night portrait); Programmed auto (P) with Flexible program; Shutter- priority auto (S); Aperture-priority auto (A); Manual (M)
    Auto modes (auto, auto [flash off]), Advanced Scene Modes (Portrait, Landscape, Sports,
    Close-up, Night Portrait), programmed auto with flexible program (P), shutter-priority auto
    (S), aperture-priority auto (A), manual (M)
    Programmed Auto [P] with flexible program; Shutter-Priority Auto [S]; Aperture Priority Auto [A]; Manual [M]
    Auto, Creative Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, No
    Flash, Program, Shutter priority, Aperture priority, Manual, A-DEP,
    Custom (x2)
    Exposure Compensation
    ±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
    ±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
    ±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
    ±2 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
    Auto Exposure Lock
    Exposure locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
    Exposure locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
    Exposure locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
    Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
    Manual: By AE lock button
    Auto Exposure Bracketing
    2 or 3 exposures in increments of 1/3 to 2 EV)
    2 or 3 exposures in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1 or 2 EV
    2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 and 1
    ± 2 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
    Image Processing
    N/A (Uses Optimize Image)
    Picture Control Settings. Six setting options: Can be selected from Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Landscape (new), Portrait (new); each option can be adjusted. Storage for up to nine custom Picture Control settings. Picture Control Settings can be adjusted and saved in camera or using optional Capture NX2 software
    Picture Control Settings. Four setting options: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome; each option can be adjusted and saved in camera or using optional Capture NX2 software
    Picture Style Settings: Six setting options: Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, Storage for up to three custom Picture Style settings. Picture Style Settings can be adjusted and saved in camera or using supplied Canon software
    Release Modes
    1) Single frame [S] shooting mode
    2) Continuous low speed [CL] shooting mode: 1 to 3 frames per second
    3) Continuous high-speed [CH] shooting mode: 3 frames per second
    1) Single frame [S] shooting mode
    2) Continuous low speed [CL] shooting mode: 1 to 4.5 frames per second
    3) Continuous high-speed [CH] shooting mode: 4.5 frames per second
    1) Single frame [S] shooting mode
    2) Continuous low speed [CL] shooting mode: 1 to 6 frames per second
    3) Continuous high-speed [CH] shooting mode: 6 frames per second and up to 8 frames per second using optional battery grip MB-D10
    1) Single frame [S] shooting mode
    2) Continuous low speed [CL] shooting mode: 1 to 3 frames per second
    3) Continuous high-speed [CH] shooting mode: 6 frames per second
    Shutter
    Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter, 1/4,000 to 30 s, Bulb
    Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter, 1/4,000 to 30 s, Bulb
    Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter, 1/8,000 to 30 s, Bulb
    Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter, 1/8,000 to 30 s, Bulb
    Sync Contact

    X-contact only; flash synchronization at shutter speeds of up to 1/200th sec.

    PC sync with optional AS-15 adapter

    X-contact only; flash synchronization at shutter speeds of up to 1/200th sec.

    PC sync with optional AS-15 adapter

    X=1/250 s; flash synchronization at up to 1/250 s adjustable with optional Speedlight

    PC sync socket provided

    X=1/250 s; flash synchronization at up to 1/250 s adjustable with external speedlite flash

    PC Sync socket provided

    Flash Control

    • TTL: TTL flash control by 420-pixel RGB sensor


    Built-in Speedlight: i-TTL balanced fill-flash or standard i-TTL flash (spot metering or mode dial set to [M])

    SB-900, SB-800, SB-600 or SB-400: i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR and standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR

    • Auto aperture: Available with SB-800, SB900 used with CPU lens

    • Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 28, 27, and 22S

    • Distance-priority manual flash; available with SB-800, SB-900

    • TTL: TTL flash control by 420-pixel RGB sensor


    Built-in Speedlight: i-TTL balanced fill-flash or standard i-TTL flash (spot metering or mode dial set to [M])

    SB-900, SB-800, SB-600 or SB-400: i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR and standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR

    • Auto aperture: Available with SB-800, SB900 used with CPU lens

    • Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 28, 27, and 22S

    • Distance-priority manual flash; available with SB-800, SB-900

    • TTL: TTL flash control by 1,005-pixel RGB sensor


    Built-in Speedlight: i-TTL balanced fill-flash or standard i-TTL flash (spot metering or mode dial set to [M])

    SB-900, SB-800, SB-600 or SB-400: i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR and standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR

    • Auto aperture: Available with SB-800, SB900 used with CPU lens

    • Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 28, 27, and 22S

    • Distance-priority manual flash; available with SB-800, SB-900

    • TTL: E-TTL II

    Auto pop-up E-TTL II auto flash

    • E-TTL II auto flash with EX-series Speedlites

    • In-camera flash configuration supported with optional Canon 580 EX II external speedlite flash

    Flash Mode
    1) Front-curtain Sync (normal sync)
    2) Redeye Reduction
    3) Redeye Reduction with Slow Sync
    4) Slow Sync
    5) Rear-curtain Sync
    1) Front-curtain Sync (normal sync)
    2) Redeye Reduction
    3) Redeye Reduction with Slow Sync
    4) Slow Sync
    5) Rear-curtain Sync
    1) Front-curtain Sync (normal sync)
    2) Redeye Reduction
    3) Redeye Reduction with Slow Sync
    4) Slow Sync
    5) Rear-curtain Sync
    1) Auto
    2) Redeye Reduction
    3) Rear Curtain Sync
    4) Slow Sync
    Wireless flash

    • Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with built-in flash acting as commander with in camera control of up to two groups, or attached SB-900, SB-800, or SU-800 as commander, and SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, or SB-R200 as remotes

    • Auto FP High-Speed Sync and modeling illumination supported with all Nikon Creative Lighting System-compatible flash units except SB-400; Flash Color Information Communication and FV lock supported with all CLS-compatible flash units

    • Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with built-in flash acting as commander with in camera control of up to two groups, or attached Nikon SB-900, SB-800, or SU-800 as commander, and SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, or SB-R200 as remotes

    • Auto FP High-Speed Sync and modeling illumination supported with all Nikon Creative Lighting System-compatible flash units except SB-400; Flash Color Information Communication and FV lock supported with all CLS-compatible flash units

    • Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with built-in flash acting as commander with in camera control of up to two groups, or attached SB-900, SB-800, or SU-800 as commander, and SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, or SB-R200 as remotes

    • Auto FP High-Speed Sync and modeling illumination supported with all Nikon Creative Lighting System-compatible flash units except SB-400; Flash Color Information Communication and FV lock supported with all CLS-compatible flash units

    Wireless multi-flash support with optional external Canon Speedlite 580 EX II

     

    Built-in Flash
    • Auto flash with auto pop-up
    • P, S, A, M: Manual pop-up with button release
    • Auto flash with auto pop-up
    • P, S, A, M: Manual pop-up with button release
    • Manual pop-up with button release
    • Auto flash with auto pop-up
    • P, S, A, M: Manual pop-up with button release
    Guide number
    13 (meters)/42 (feet) at ISO 100
    13 (meters)/42 (feet) at ISO 100
    (ISO 200, m): approx. 17 (manual 18)
    (ISO 100, m): approx. 12 (manual 13)
    13 (meters)/42 (feet) at ISO 100
    Flash Compensation
    -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV
    3–+1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
    -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
    +/- 2EV in 1/2 or 1/3 increments
    Self-timer
    2, 5, 10 or 20 second duration
    Can be selected from 2, 5, 10, and 20 s duration
    2 to 20 seconds duration
    2 or 10 second duration
    Depth of Field Preview
    Dedicated button. When CPU lens is attached, lens aperture can be stopped down to value selected by user (A and M mode) or value selected by camera (P and S mode)
    Dedicated button. When CPU lens is attached, lens aperture can be stopped down to value selected by user (A and M mode) or value selected by camera (P and S mode)
    Dedicated button. When CPU lens is attached, lens aperture can be stopped down to value selected by user (A and M mode) or value selected by camera (P and S mode)
    Dedicated button. When CPU lens is attached, lens aperture can be stopped down to the selected aperture to provide a preview of Depth of Field in the viewfinder.
    Remote Control
    Via Remote Cord MC-DC1 (optional) or Wireless Remote Control ML-L3 (optional)
    Via Remote Cord MC-DC2 (optional) or Wireless Remote Control ML-L3 (optional)
    Via 10-pin terminal or Wireless Remote Control with optional Nikon WT-4a Wi-Fi base grip attachment and Nikon Camera Control Pro software
    Remote control with N3 type contact
    Wireless Controller LC-5
    Optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E3 can be used with supplied Canon Remote software to control the camera wirelessly
    GPS
    N/A

    Optional accessory GPS Unit GP-1. Attaches on hot shoe via cable to camera

    Ideal for geo tagging applications

    GPS Cable MC-35 (optional) and optional GPS unit (specific models apply)
    Optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E3 can be used with optional GPS USB device (specific models apply)
    Power Source

    EN-EL3e Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, optional MB-D80 Multi-Power Battery Pack (optional) with one or two rechargeable Nikon EN-EL3e Li-ion batteries or six A6/AA-size alkaline (LR6), Ni-MH (HR6), lithium (FR6) batteries, or nickel-manganese ZR6 batteries, EH-5 AC Adapter (optional)

    Optional Battery Grip MB-D80 holds up to 2 Battery Packs EN-EL3e or 6 AA Batteries to offer double-length shooting time. The vertical shutter release makes shooting with the camera in a vertical position just as comfortable as shooting horizontally.

    EN-EL3e Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, optional MB-D80 Multi-Power Battery Pack (optional) with one or two rechargeable Nikon EN-EL3e Li-ion batteries or six A6/AA-size alkaline (LR6), Ni-MH (HR6), lithium (FR6) batteries, or nickel-manganese ZR6 batteries, EH-5 AC Adapter (optional)

    Optional Battery Grip MB-D80 holds up to 2 Battery Packs EN-EL3e or 6 AA Batteries to offer double-length shooting time. The vertical shutter release makes shooting with the camera in a vertical position just as comfortable as shooting horizontally.

    EN-EL3e  Rechargeable Li-ion Battery

    Optional Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10 combines added stability with extended shooting potential and the durability of a magnesium alloy external case with the same level of sealing protection inherent to the D300 to help protect against moisture and dust.

    The MB-D10 also enables high-speed continuous shooting at a rate of 8 fps* for up to 100 consecutive shots.

    * 8 fps requires either 1) Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10 with Battery Chamber Cover BL-3 and either Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4/EN-EL4a or eight R6/AA-size batteries or 2) AC Adapter EH-5a/EH-5, all of which are sold separately.

    Rechargeable Li-ion Battery BP-511/BP-511A or BP-512/BP-514 (BP-511A battery supplied), 1x CR2016 for date settings.

    Optional Battery Grip BG-E2N holds up to 2 Battery Packs BP-511 or 6 AA Batteries to offer double-length shooting time. The vertical shutter release makes shooting with the camera in a vertical position just as comfortable as shooting horizontally.

    The following functions are available in the vertical shooting position. Shutter, Main Dial, AF Point Selection, AF/FE Lock, and AV +/-.

    Dimensions
    (W x H x D)
    Approx. 132 x 103 x 77 mm (5.2 x 4.1 x 3.0 in.)
    Approx. 132 x 103 x 77 mm (5.2 x 4.1 x 3.0 in.)
    Approx. 147 x 114 x 74 mm (5.8 x 4.5 x 2.9 in.)
    145.5 x 107.8 x 73.5 mm / 5.7 x 4.2 x 2.9 in.
    Weight
    Approx. 585 g (1.8 lbs.) Without battery, memory card, body cap, or monitor cover
    Approx. 595 g (1.31 lbs.) Without battery, memory card, body cap, or monitor cover
    Approx. 825 g (1.82 lbs.) without battery, memory card, body cap, or monitor cover
    Approx. 730 g / 25.7 oz. (body only)
    Operating Environment
    Temperature: 0-40˚C / 32-104˚F, Humidity: under 85% (no condensation)
    Temperature: 0-40˚C / 32-104˚F, Humidity: under 85% (no condensation) 
    Temperature: 0-40˚C / 32-104˚F, Humidity: under 85% (no condensation)
    0°C - 40°C / 32°F - 104°F Humidity: under 80% (no condensation)
    Supplied Accessories

    Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e

    Quick Charger MH-18a

    Audio/Video Cable EG-D2

    USB Cable UC-E4

    Rubber Eyecup DK-21

    Camera Strap

    Body cap BF-1A

    Eyepiece Cap DK-5

    Accessory shoe cover BS-1

    LCD Monitor Cover BM-7

    Software Suite CD
    -ViewNX
    -Nikon Transfer

    -Apple QuickTime

    Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e

    Quick Charger MH-18a

    Audio/Video Cable EG-D2

    USB Cable UC-E4

    Rubber Eyecup DK-21

    Camera Strap AN-DC1

    Body cap

    Eyepiece Cap DK-5

    Accessory shoe cover BS-1

    LCD Monitor Cover BM-10

    Software Suite CD
    -ViewNX
    -Nikon Transfer

    -Apple QuickTime

    Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e

    Quick Charger MH-18a

    Video Cable EG-D100

    USB Cable UC-E4

    Rubber Eyecup DK-23

    Camera Strap AN-D300

    Body cap

    Eyepiece Cap DK-5

    Accessory shoe cover BS-1

    LCD Monitor Cover BM-8

    Software Suite CD
    -ViewNX
    -Nikon Transfer

    -Apple QuickTime

    Rechargeable Li-ion Battery BP-511A

    Quick Charger CG-580

    Video Cable VC-100

    USB Cable IFC-200U

    Rubber Eyecup Eb

    Camera Strap EW-EOS-50D

    Body cap

    "Great Photography is Easy" Booklet and "Do More with Macro" Booklet

    EOS Digital Solution CD




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