Revealed: The non-video Canon EOS 50D had a microphone base

June 5th, 2013
Revealed: The non-video Canon EOS 50D had a microphone base

Apparently the Canon EOS 50D DSLR camera that was released in August of 2008 even before the revolutionising 5D mark II came out is video capable through the Magic Lantern hack. New information even points to a microphone base within the camera body that was never used in the final model.

micbaseWhen I published a list of all RAW video capable Canon DSLR’s last week I also mentioned that the non-video capable Canon EOS 50D can now do RAW video.

An anonymous Canon employee sent us this photo which shows that there is a microphone base built into the camera body. He mentioned that “the 50D was video capable, but lost this quality in final process”.

It’s interesting to get a glimpse of how the development of the video functionality for DSLR’s was developed. A video capable 50D would have made a huge difference back then.

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James
James
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October 17th, 2013

Eos Cameras have had mics since the early 1Ds, its used for voice annotations.

The intreating addition to the 50D was the H264 encoding chip.

Tiago
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June 7th, 2013

Cant see the video =(((

Maybe its possible to put a mic connected?

PeterK
PeterK
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June 5th, 2013

So the camera hardware was designed to use a microphone, but it still doesn’t have one; nor is there anything to hook a microphone up to (both internal or external).

It’s interesting but not very useful information :/

(unless someone finds an audio controller with recording capabilities in there or somehow wires in a zoom H1 to the main board lol)

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