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Canon EOS Rebel T2i Compared to Canon EOS 50D

Updated on April 16, 2012
Canon Rebel T2i vs Canon EOS 50D
Canon Rebel T2i vs Canon EOS 50D

Canon Rebel T2i vs EOS 50D

Are you trying to decide concerning a DSLR for personal use? It can get confusing, right?

In this article, the Canon Rebel T2i and the EOS 50D are in fact being compared. Maybe you have considered one of these two as your next digital SLR?

If you look around the Internet at camera review sites, you may get "brain lock" because there are so many technical issues and features for each camera. It's their job to minutely examine each little complex feature. But if you just want the overall evaluation, you have come to the right place. We will take a peek at some major differences that may swing the pendulum in one direction or the other for you without all the "tech speak". However, that being said, make sure you do check out the camera review sites if minute details are important to you.

Canon has produced some fantastic digital SLRs, and recently, they are getting even better.

So we can start with the cost, because it really is a great place to start.

Keeping the comparison simple, let's consider the body only (no lens included), you can get the canon eos Rebel T2i ($875) for around $125 less than a Canon EOS 50D ($999). Really, since the roll-out of the Canon EOS 7D, the price tag on the 50D has dropped considerably, however, there is more for you to consider

Even though the Canon Rebel T2i is suggested as a "basic level" digital slr, the features rival those of the 50D, and even exceed them in several areas. It really is kind of difficult to consider the T2i as a camera simply for newbies inside the SLR photography marketplace. There are lots of advanced photogs who are acquiring one for a backup to their higher end model.

The key advantages of the Canon Rebel T2i vs EOS 50D:

  1. Video - this feature is completely lacking in the 50D. And also the T2i has improved significantly over it's older brother (T1i). The video is pretty excellent, although it is not quite as good as a dedicated video camera. Nonetheless it genuinely is an benefit to have both still and movie in the same camera.
  2. Resolution - The Canon EOS Rebel T2i is a full 3-megapixels over the EOS 50D. The image quality is improving as well, compared to older Rebel versions.
  3. Exposure Compensation - The Canon Rebel T2i sports a /-5. full stops while the EOS 50D can only range /-2. stops.
  4. Zone Metering - The Canon 50D has 35 point evaluative metering which is not bad, but the T2i comes with an all new 63 point evaluative metering system.

Now, if you are a newbie in photography, you might not get too excited about such things as exposure compensation and zone metering. Maybe you don't even know what they are, which is the exact point of the comment above that the Canon Rebel T2i shouldn't be regarded as a camera only for beginners. With this camera, Canon has "raised the bar" for entry level digital SLRs.

Let's have a fast look at the advantages of the EOS 50D vs the Canon Rebel T2i:

  1. Build quality - It's got the "feel" of a much more professional camera.
  2. AF system - Quicker, more correct auto focus, with a micro-focus adjustment.
  3. Quick Control Dial - This particular dial on the back of the camera enables users to get rapidly to the majority of camera controls.
  4. Continuous Shooting - Faster burst rate at 6.3 frames per second vs 3.7.
  5. Shutter speed - 1/8000th of a second is two times as fast as opposed to 1/4000th.

Bottom Line - The playing field is getting smaller. When choosing a dslr camera, you should certainly study the characteristics to judge them against the needs you have. Quite a few photographers have discovered that even the entry level cameras are fully capable of giving them a good image exactly like the higher end, considerably more pricey cameras.

The Canon Rebel T2i is a remarkable digital SLR which can compete with the big boys in a few very significant areas. It is well worth considering getting a T2i rather than an EOS 50D. In fact, it is almost a given that the engineers at Canon are hard at work coming up with an EOS 60D to make camera buying even more interesting.


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      thewayeyeseeit 7 years ago from Woodstock, GA

      Thanks for stopping by camerasuggestions. Always happy to give a little link love.

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      camerasuggestions 7 years ago

      You might check I have list out some detail specifications of the camera here

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      Wayne 7 years ago

      Slideseven, you are right about a 300mm telephoto lens. It is an awesome tool when attached to a quality digital SLR camera. The price for a Canon 300mm L lens can be a bit more than some are prepared to pay, though. The Sigma lenses give you a bit more leverage for the $$$. Love mine.

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      slideseven 7 years ago from UK

      I don't know much about the Canon 18-250 or the 70-200

      but I have had a Canon 400D for about three years now, and I just cannot fault the great images it takes.

      Using a 300mm telphoto lens allows me to take micro shots of flowers, insects, etc. and again, that produces some very clear and interesting results.

      The funny thing was, when I first went to buy a good camera I had it firmly set in my mind to get a Nikon.Well you know- all the press guys use 'em!

      But the guy in the shop was good at his job and convinced me that (for the money I could afford at the time)the Canon 400D was a far better camera for a complete novice like myself. For once, I thank a salesman for steering me in the right direction!

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      thewayeyeseeit 7 years ago from Woodstock, GA

      You are absolutely correct Steve. The lens on the camera is of equal importance as the camera you put it on. I love my Sigma 18-250 and my Canon 70-200 f/4.0. Just shot some butterflies in the yard today using these two lenses. Oh, and my Sigma 105 macro lens.. I don't leave home without it.

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      Steve 3.0 7 years ago from Cornwall UK

      I have the T2i and I love it but the sensors are so good now that you need to have really good lenses to get the best from the camera. I never used to like video but the T2i produces stunning quality and it is possible to get the lovely shallow focus effect, I am hooked now.