In the battle of the DSLR giants there are only two names that reign supreme, Canon and Nikon. Nikon, dubbed by its fan base as ‘The Dark Horse’ are usually used by landscape and nature photographers. Canon, on the other hand, are often seen as a fashion photographer’s DSLR of choice.

Let’s focus on Canon and check out two Canon digital SLR cameras; the Canon EOS 50D and Canon EOS 550D.

Canon EOS 50D

This Canon digital SLR camera was highly rated last year when it was released by the company. Today the Canon EOS 50D has seen a drop of street price and is somewhat left behind by newer models.

However the Canon EOS 50D is a great camera for hobbyist and serious photographers, and its lower street price should be an attractive feature of this one year old Canon digital SLR camera.

The buttons of the 50D are  ‘friendly’ and the dials are quick to access.

The body of the Canon EOS 50D might be bulky but it is solid in built and is actually more prosumer than consumer in design.

At the heart of the Canon EOS 50D is Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor that utilizes the 15.1 megapixel CMOS sensor.

There is, unfortunately no iFCL metering system in the 50D which is a good feature in the newer Canon digital SLR camera models. Compared to Nikon and Pentax DSLRs the Canon 50D has no auto correct on its colour fringing.

Canon EOS 550DCanon EOS 550D

This small yet sophisticated DSLR may look a lot like the Canon 50D but it’s quite the performer.

The body of the Canon 550D is made of polycarbonate resin and glass fibre build. The Canon 550D has a 18 megapixe CMOS sensor and a iFCL meter system which is the same chip found in the upper class EOS 7D.

The LCD has 1040 pixel count which is a great view. The Canon EOS 550D also has high ISO setting of up to ISO6400.

The Canon EOS 550D also has a great video capture facility with full 1080p at 24, 25 or 30 frames per second. The 550D produces broadcast quality videos!

The Canon EOS 550D is an excellent camera for those starting in photography!

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