Canon EOS 50D: tips for using your digital camera

Canon EOS 50D: tips for using your digital camera

Are you in love with your camera but stuck in the same features and modes? As part of a new series on Digital Camera World, each weekend we’ll profile a new camera, tips for using it in new ways, hidden functions you might not have known about and pictures illustrating how to do it all. Some cameras may be current models, some may be classics and others may be long out of date, but a classic to those who still use them.

Sound good? Good. Now let’s take a closer look at the Canon EOS 50D…

Canon EOS 50D: tips for using your digital camera

So you think you know how to use your Canon EOS 50D? Like many of us, you may have a DSLR or compact system camera but tend to use only a handful of your its features.

In our ongoing review of some of the more popular current and ‘out of date’ digital cameras, we want to help you better harness the creative potential of your camera.

Call them camera tips, or call it a user’s guide to your favourite digital camera. The advice below comes from experts who have used the Canon EOS 50D and know this DSLR inside and out.

If you have your own Canon EOS 50D tips you’d like to share, post them in the comments below. What we want to build is an ever-growing user’s guide for the EOS 50D that comes not from a press release or a lab test, but from the photographers who shoot with this DSLR (read more of our DSLR tips or read about another Canon DSLR).

We want to inspire you to twist the mode dial and move beyond your favourite settings and functions and get more out of your Canon EOS 50D starting today!

Canon EOS 50D tips: H1/H2 ISO

Tip 1: H1/H2 ISO
To use sensitivity settings above ISO 3200, you’ll need to activate ISO Expansion in the Custom Functions menu. Turn the dial until either H1 is displayed in the top LCD screen (for ISO 6400) or H2 (for 12800). Picture taken at these settings will contain lots of noise though.

Canon EOS 50D tips: Small Raw

Tip 2: Small RAW
The 50D introduced reduced resolution RAW files to the EOS line. These can save space on both the memory card and your computer, but still provide the flexible editing of full-res RAW files. If you only upload to the web or print small pictures, this is ideal.

Canon EOS 50D tips: Quick Control Screen

Tip 3: Quick Control screen
Like all new EOS bodies, the 50D features a Quick Control screen, although instead of pressing a Q button, you use the Multi-controller instead. If it’s not working, it’s likely that the controller has been set to select the AF point directly in Custom Function III-3.

Canon EOS 50D tips: FUNC button

Tip 4: FUNC button
The 40D’s Jump button is replaced by a FUNC button that, like the SET button, can be assigned a frequently used function via Custom Function IV: 7. It’s set to adjust the brightness of the screen by default, but can give you one-touch access to Lice View functions or bracketing instead.

Canon EOS 50D tips: Custom modes

Tip 5: Custom modes
The 50D offers two Custom mode settings – C1 and C2 – which enable you to preset many of the camera functions for a particular shooting situation. The 40D offers one more Custom mode, but this is replaced by the Creative Auto setting on the 50D’s dial.

Canon EOS 50D: tips for using your digital camera


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  • jmeyer

    Thanks for the good tips, cosmicma. And the error is now edited and fixed. We do proof read our articles, but occasionally a typo gets through!