'But it's missing the vegetables, like an improved AF system, smaller spot meter, better viewfinder coverage, and customizable boundaries for shutter speed and aperture, which might have pushed it from compelling to must have.'
'Like many midrange D-SLRs, the 50D is by no means dead simple to operate: You'll need to do a lot of leafing through the manual to take full advantage of its many features.'
'One much-needed improvement: The 3-inch VGA LCD screen has a 920,000-dots-per-inch resolution--a big boost over the 230,000-pixel LCD of the 40D.'
'Depending on your shooting situation, the in-built flash often has trouble reaching over the lens and illuminating the entire frame -- shadowing is sometimes a problem when the flash bounces off surrounding surfaces.'
'It does tend to underexpose--I rarely use exposure compensation, but bumped it up a stop for many of my shots with the XSi--and you might need to kick the sharpness settings up a little to your taste.'
'A roomy 3-inch live-view LCD sits on the back of the camera, but it isn't a high-resolution LCD as some higher-end digital SLRs have.'
'A more sensitive cross-type AF sensor has been employed in the centre of the diamond-shaped nine-point array, but we noticed some focus inaccuracies at the wider end using the new 18-55mm IS kit zoom.'
'the menus can be irritating, a little inconsistent and sometimes dumb.'
'Coupled with their BIONZ image processor, the A500 and A550 are optimized for low-light performance and boast a range of up to 12800 ISO.'
'The A500's performance is quite robust, with power on to first shot running around 5/10 of a second.'
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