Canon m50: Canon EOS M50 Mark II review: Digital Photography Review

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Canon EOS M50 Mark II review: Digital Photography Review

Introduction

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The EOS M50 Mark II is a compact and easy to use mirrorless camera with a 24MP APS-C sensor. It features only modest upgrades compared to its predecessor, but it comes in at an attractive price point with pleasing ergonomics and solid image quality. Upgrades include autofocus refinements, vertical video shooting and the ability to livestream to YouTube directly from the camera, given a strong-enough Wi-Fi signal.

Key Specifications

  • 24 megapixel APS-C sensor
  • Digic 8 image processor
  • Dual pixel autofocus with eye tracking
  • Fully articulated touchscreen LCD
  • 2.36M-dot electronic viewfinder
  • 7.4 fps bursts with continuous autofocus
  • 305 shots per charge battery rating
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Web cam capability with Canon’s EOS Webcam Utility
  • Wireless YouTube live-streaming capability (if you have over 1,000 subscribers at the time of this writing)

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What’s new | How it compares | Body and handling | Autofocus| Image quality | Video | Live streaming | Conclusion | Sample gallery | Specifications


As a subtle refresh, the EOS M50 Mark II may not be the most exciting release Canon’s come up with, but it also doesn’t mess too much with the formula that made the original M50 so popular. As such, the M50 Mark II is an attractive option for more novice users, and in particular, its live-streaming capabilities do help it stand out from the crowd. We’ll look at live-streaming in particular later in the review.

The EOS M50 Mark II is available now, and carries a suggested retail price of $599 body-only, $699 with a 15-45mm F3.5-6.3 kit lens, or $929 with the 15-45mm and 55-200mm F4.5-6.3 lenses.


What’s New

The first of the EOS M50 Mark II’s updates concerns its Dual Pixel autofocus system, which now includes eye tracking AF for both stills and videos (face-detection was the only option on its predecessor).

The camera can also now shoot vertical video and you can use it to livestream to YouTube as long as you’ve also set up an image.canon account and have more than 1,000 subscribers (more on this in the dedicated live streaming section of the review). Although the camera can technically capture 4K/24p video, it’s heavily cropped and you can’t use the Dual Pixel autofocus (it maxes out at Full HD for live streaming anyway).

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How it Compares

We’ve lined the EOS M50 Mark II up against some other compact and capable stills cameras that are also somewhat targeted towards vlogging. It’s important to note that on all these cameras, mechanical image stabilization is only offered by the lens (if the lens you’re using on the M50 Mark II and Panasonic G100 are stabilized). Using electronic stabilization imposes a crop (increasing the already steep crop on the M50 Mark II), and so we’ve reflected that in the table below.

Canon EOS M50 Mark II Sony ZV-1 Panasonic
DC-G100/G110
Canon G7 X Mark III
MSRP
with lens
$700 $749 $749 $749
Pixel count 24MP 20MP 20MP 20MP
Sensor size APS-C
(332mm2)
1″-type
(116mm2)
Four Thirds
(225mm2)
1″-type
(116mm2)
Autofocus method Dual Pixel phase detection Phase detection DFD (Contrast-detection) Contrast detection
Built in mics 2 3 3 2
Viewfinder 2. 36M dots None 3.69M-dot equivalent None
Rear screen 1.04M dots
full-articulating
0.92M dots
fully-articulating
1.84M dots
fully-articulating
1.04M dots
flip-up screen
4K video 24p 30p / 24p 30 / 24p 30 / 24p
Video rec time
(Default mode)

29:59

4K: 5 min* 4K: 10 min
1080/60: 20 min
1080/30: 29:59
29:59
4K crop
(vs full width)
IS Off: 1.55x
IS Std: 1.73x
IS High: 2.22x
IS Off: 1.08
IS Std: 1.08
IS High: 1.19

EIS Off: 1.26x
EIS Std: 1.37x
EIS High: 1.79x

IS Off: 1.00
IS Std: 1.11x
IS High: 1.43x
1080 crop
(vs full width)
IS Off: 1.00x
IS Std: 1.11x
IS High: 1.43x
IS Off: 1.00x
IS Std: 1.00x
IS High: 1.09x

EIS Off: 1. 00x
EIS Std: 1.09x
EIS High: 1.43x

IS Off: 1.00x
IS Std: 1.11x
IS High: 1.43x
Mic input 3.5mm 3.5mm
(XLR via adapter)
3.5mm 3.5mm
Headphone socket No No No No
Battery life (CIPA) LCD/EVF 305 / 250 260 / – 270 / 250 235 / –
Weight (with kit zoom) 387g 294g 412g 304g
Dimensions

116 x 88 x 59 mm

106 x 60 x 44 mm 116 x 83 x 54 mm 105 x 61 x 41 mm

* In standard mode. Overheat limits can be disengaged, allowing essentially unlimited recording but with the risk of the camera becoming very hot.

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Body and Handling

The EOS M50 Mark II is styled like a mini-DSLR and although it’s small, the grip is substantial and comfortable. The camera’s controls are almost identical to its predecessor. The control dial, shutter button, record button and M-Fn can all be found on the top right hand side of the camera’s body.

The rest of the camera’s controls run alongside the right back side. They’re somewhat small and crammed together, and in many cases it’s simply easier to use the touchscreen to change your settings; this is particularly true of the small video record button that is flush with the camera’s body. Recording video is a lot easier to do via the camera’s touchscreen. The menu is easy to navigate and follows the standard organization found in other Canon EOS cameras.

The touchscreen on the M50 Mark II is bright and very responsive. We found it was easy to navigate through the menus on the touchscreen even while we were shooting in bright conditions. It’s also fully-articulating, making it a versatile tool for shooting video footage. The 2.36M-dot EVF is bright and clear and performed as expected. It’s particularly handy that you can use the touchscreen to place your AF point while your eye is to the viewfinder.

The M50 Mark II has a built in eTTL pop-up flash, which is decent for using as a fill, while the hot shoe allows you to connect a more powerful external flash. The camera has a 3.5mm microphone jack, micro-HDMI and USB Micro-B slots running down the side. Unfortunately there is no headphone jack to monitor audio levels while recording video, but that’s pretty standard for cameras in this class.

Although the M50 Mark II is incredibly light-weight and compact, it’s still very comfortable to shoot with thanks to that substantial grip. It’s CIPA-rated to capture 305 images per charge, and if you are only shooting stills we found its battery life was solid for a day or more of photo-centric activities. If you plan to shoot a lot of video, though, you will want to bring a spare battery along because the battery drains fast. Keep in mind as well, that USB-charging isn’t supported (don’t lose that charger!).

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Autofocus

One of the biggest upgrades to the EOS M50 Mark II is its autofocus capability. Although the camera has the same basic AF system as the previous model, the Mark II features face and eye tracking when shooting both stills and video. During our time with the M50 Mark II we found eye tracking to work very well, even when shooting fast moving subjects in conditions with low lighting.

The new eye detection system only works with human subjects and isn’t quite as accurate as some competing systems, but you can override it as needed using the touchscreen. The touch-and-drag autofocus option makes it easy to make adjustments while your eye is to the viewfinder, and we found it to be quite accurate. We also appreciated that you can set certain areas of the LCD to be active, to avoid accidentally switching focus with the tip of your nose.

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Image Quality

Since the camera uses the same sensor as its predecessor, it’s no surprise that it offers essentially identical image quality. You’ll get vibrantly-colored JPEGs with a nice amount of contrast, and generally speaking, the out of camera JPEGs required minimal additional editing to get them ready to share on social media. Canon’s CR3 Raw format provides a lot more flexibility when editing if needed. In looking at Raw images from the M50 Mark II at low ISOs in brightly lit conditions, we didn’t notice any issues with brightening up shadow details in our images to a reasonable degree.

See how the EOS M50 Mark II stacks up in our studio test scene

When reaching the higher end of the ISO range and were shooting in lowly-lit spaces, noise does start to creep in on the shadows as you lift them up; not a surprise given the conditions, though.

The camera’s auto white balance did a good job adjusting to lighting situations, even under the changing strobes at a music venue. Shooting in Manual mode for video and stills obviously offers the most control and was our preferred way to shoot with this camera, but the auto mode’s scene detection feature works well enough that this is the kind of camera that can be handed off to a less experienced shooter and still turn out crisp, in-focus images.

With a prime lens, such as the EF-M 22mm F2 or 32mm F1. 4, the M50 Mark II is a decent, discreet choice for street shooting or capturing night life. When shooting with the 15-45mm lens that the M50 Mark II often comes bundled with, the camera shines at its ability to capture candids, travel and family photos. In large part that’s because of the improvements to the autofocus. The eye detection feature makes it good for shooting portraits as well.

There’s also an electronic shutter option for stills shooting, but it’s only accessible in a ‘Silent Shooting’ scene mode that doesn’t afford you any control over your exposure whatsoever.

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Video

The EOS M50 Mark II is capable of 4K capture, but we find it’s really best if you are planning to stick to 1080p. The 4K/24p video is heavily cropped and you can’t use the camera’s dual-pixel autofocus (it’s contrast-detection only). Basically, this means that the focus is disappointingly unreliable in 4K mode unless you’re right next to your subject, and the cropping makes it difficult to shoot wider-angle scenes or film yourself holding the camera at arm’s length.

This sample 4K clip demonstrates the contrast-detect only autofocus focus hunting.

If you’re content with Full HD / 1080p capture though, you can use dual pixel autofocus, which allows you to use eye tracking on your subjects: a feature we found to be extremely useful during our time with the camera. The M50 Mark II did a great job holding focus when we used it to film performers in bright lighting conditions. It did a decent job in low lighting, although we did notice that it sometimes struggled to identify subjects when more creative lighting was in use.

The 1080p video on Canon’s EOS M50 Mark II allows you to get a wider-angle of view, though you can see it’s a little soft and there are moire artifacts on some of the patterns in the footage.

Live streaming

Live streaming direct to YouTube from the EOS M50 Mark II sounds like a really promising feature, offering users more flexibility than a desktop streaming setup and higher quality than streaming from a phone camera. Unfortunately, the major limitation is that you must have 1,000 YouTube subscribers to your channel to stream direct to YouTube with the M50 Mark II. Why?

YouTube’s streaming FAQ says that users with mobile devices, like phones, need 1,000 subscribers, but that users with webcams, for example, don’t. The press release for the M50 Mark II says that YouTube classifies the M50 Mark II as a mobile device like a phone, and not a webcam, so there you go: the arbitrary 1,000-subscriber limit.

But there are a couple of workarounds if you don’t have 1,000 subscribers and want to use the EOS M50 II for live streaming.

It’s doubly frustrating in that, if you don’t meet the subscriber limit, are unaware of the limitation and try to stream anyway, the camera simply shows a cryptic “ERR 127 – an error occurred” message, with no further details. After encountering this with one of our low-subscriber personal accounts, we switched to the official DPR TV account with 300k+ subscribers and were able to stream just fine without any errors.

But there are a couple of workarounds if you don’t have 1,000 subscribers and want to use the EOS M50 II for live streaming. You can connect it via USB to your computer and use it with Canon’s EOS Webcam Utility software – your computer will then see the M50 II as a webcam, and you can live stream to YouTube that way (though you will need to use a separate microphone, as the camera mics won’t transmit audio over USB). You can also use an HDMI cable, a capture card and a streaming program like OBS to stream live to YouTube as well as other outlets like Twitch.

In the end, though, the 1,000 subscriber limitation just seems silly. Facebook Live, as an example, has no such limitation. And in reality, you could go out into the world with your laptop, connect it to your smartphone via Wi-Fi hot spot, and then connect the M50 II to your laptop and live stream from anywhere, just less conveniently than if you were able to do it directly with the camera. We hope YouTube changes this policy in the future.

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Conclusion

What we like What we don’t
  • Disappointing 1.5x crop on 4K footage
  • Poor autofocus while shooting 4K
  • Soft 1080p footage
  • Silent, electronic shutter only available in fully automatic scene mode
  • No headphone socket
  • Arbitrary limitations on streaming features, imposed by YouTube / Google
  • Rear controls a little cramped

Although the changes to the EOS M50 Mark II might seem subtle at first, the refinements to autofocus when shooting Full HD video or stills are substantial. The autofocus is where this camera really shines, since it’s impressively fast and accurate. Ultimately the M50 Mark II is easy to operate and gives out-of-camera JPEGs that are vibrant and have nice contrast to them. Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will make it easy to share those vibrant frames directly from the camera to your phone.

Although it’s a compact camera, it’s still extremely comfortable to shoot with and would be a good fit for amateurs looking for their first camera, or pros who want something lightweight to shoot with when spending time with family and friends. Although we found some of the controls to be small and cramped together, the touchscreen is responsive and easy to operate. We also appreciated that the touchscreen capabilities can remain active even when your eye is up to that bright electronic viewfinder.

The 1.5x crop when shooting 4K/24p makes this less useful for videographers or for serious vloggers. Although the microphone jack is a nice touch, we’d love have seen Canon make room for a headphone jack too. Battery life is decent when shooting stills, but drains fast as soon as you start recording video. Ultimately, this camera shines as a compact option for stills and easy video capture, especially if 4K video capabilities aren’t crucial for you.

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Sample gallery

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Scoring

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category. Click here to learn about the changes to our scoring system and what these numbers mean.

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Ergonomics & handling

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Metering & focus accuracy

Image quality (raw)

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Conclusion

The Canon EOS M50 Mark II is a solid option for easily taking stills and video on the go. 4K video quality isn’t great, and live streaming limitations are disappointing, but the stills images it churns out are pleasing. The camera is also quite comfortable in the hand, despite its very compact size.

Good for

Casual and social photographers as well as videographers who don’t require 4K.

Not so good for

Videographers and vloggers who want the best 4K video footage.

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Canon M50 Mark II camera review

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A reliable and stylish entry-level mirrorless camera ideal for vloggers who need high-quality stills and video in a small package.

(Image: © Tantse Walter)

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Although for a serious stills photographer it has its limitations, it is a sophisticated alternative to using a smartphone for taking stills and shooting short videos, especially for people on the go as it’s so lightweight and compact.

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    24.1MP stills and 4K (cropped) video

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    Lightweight and stylish

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The Canon EOS M50 Mark II is a mirrorless 24.1-megapixel APS-C camera. It is a reasonably priced camera for beginners looking to upgrade from smartphones or bridge cameras, but even more so, it is designed to lure in the content creator crowd.

It shoots an impressive burst speed of 10FPS, double that of the similarly priced Canon EOS Rebel SL3 / 250D DSLR (also included in our list as one of the best beginner cameras) which makes it fast enough for wildlife and sporting action.

The Canon EOS M50 Mark II features a handy guide mode to aid beginner photographers (Image credit: Tantse Walter)

Key specifications

Sensor: APS-C 24MP

Lens mount: EF-M

ISO range: 100-25,600 (expandable to 51,200)

Video: 4K 24p inter-frame

Weight: 387g (black) 388g (white)

Memory card slots: SDHC and SDXC

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Comparable with the DSLR counterpart (the Canon EOS Rebel SL3 / 250D) the Canon EOS M50 Mark II features a beginner-friendly guide mode to support users new to aperture priority, shutter speed and generally learning the ropes of manual shooting.

This is a camera you can slip into your pocket and whip out when the moment arises for you to capture a candid shot or record or live stream a vlog. 

If you’re not social media savvy and aren’t too worried about the features designed for such use, see our roundup of the best mirrorless cameras for a body that might be more appropriate to your style of photography. Or, if you want a broader look at the best cameras for photos and videos we have that too. In this review, we’ve tested out the Canon EOS M50 Mark II for you so read on to see what we made of it.

Canon EOS M50 Mark II: Design

  • Extremely compact and light
  • Stylish and elegant design
  • Rear buttons are a little cramped

The EOS M50 Mark II has a generous grip although the buttons on the back are a little close together for our liking. (Image credit: Tantse Walter)

As you can see from the photos, we tested out the white version of the Canon EOS M50 Mark II, it adds an extra gram to the weight of the product. Beautiful in this color, we deem it worthy of being ‘instagrammable’ in itself.

This camera is tiny, you certainly don’t need a designated ‘camera bag’ for taking it out and about as it can easily be slipped into a coat pocket. It isn’t weather sealed so you’d have to be mindful of this but in terms of portability and keeping your kit weight low, you can’t get much better than this.

It feels sturdy in the hand, but also quite delicate, likely due to its petite form factor. Although it seems small and light enough to let your child loose with, we’d suggest a neck strap to be on the safe side.

Despite it being elegant and petite, the M50 Mark II has a generous hand grip. We did find the buttons a little crowded, even when we tested it with little hands. Whilst we appreciate this is a tiny camera, and this is part of its appeal, those with bigger fingers might find the buttons a little too close for comfort. Saying that, all of the controls you might want to tweak are available via the touchscreen, so perhaps the buttons are redundant if you’re more used to touchscreens anyway.

As with SL3 / 250D, the 3.5mm microphone port is where we would expect it, on the left of the camera. However, the USB and mini-HDMI port are both on the right-hand side, which is usually where we’d hold the camera. This shouldn’t detract from the experience for content creators though, who would likely have the camera mounted on a tripod for the most part to shoot make-up tutorials or create DIY ‘how to’ videos. When out and about it’s unlikely you’ll need to make use of this port, either.

Canon EOS M50 Mark II: Performance

An unedited photo straight out of the Canon EOS M50 Mark II shows detail in highlights and shadows. (Image credit: Tantse Walter)

  • Shooting FPS is adequate for beginners
  • Easy for single shooters to create pro-looking content
  • Battery life isn’t great

The 10FPS is an attractive feature of the M50 Mark II, a speed usually reserved for more expensive cameras and would allow photographers the opportunity to capture fast-moving subjects like wildlife, sport or automotive sports with clarity,

For content creators, theEOS M50 Mark II includes vertical video recording capabilities. This makes it easy to upload straight to social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram where a vertical format is preferred, without the need for post-filming editing. You can also stream live, straight to YouTube (providing you meet the subscriber requirements). There is also a press-to-record button on the touchscreen itself as well as a movie self-timer which gives you up to 10 seconds to get into position before it starts to record.

The images this camera produces are rich in color and show huge amounts of detail. Because there is no in-body image stabilization, you’d probably want a gimbal or a tripod if you want to use slow shutter speeds.

Canon EOS M50 Mark II: Functionality

A close-up shot of a bee in flight demonstrates the good focus tracking ability of the M50 Mark II. (Image credit: Tantse Walter)

  • Touchscreen controls negate the need for buttons 
  • Poor battery life, although you’ll likely be plugged in
  • Cropped 4K shooting

Like its predecessor (the M50), the M50 Mark II comes with a hefty 1. 56x crop, enhanced to 1.75x if you turn on digital image stabilization and further enhanced to 2.26x if you used enhanced IS. This means you have to be careful with your lens choices, especially if you want to do handheld selfie-style vlogging. The 1080p video is still fantastic though and would meet most beginner needs.

There isn’t any weather sealing, so while it would make a great travel camera, you’d have to be mindful of taking it out in changeable weather or anywhere that dust ingress may become a problem.

The M50 Mark II has a fully articulating touchscreen (ideal for selfies) and is well suited to vertical shooting. (Image credit: Tantse Walter)

The ISO range of 100-25,600 is generous for shooting in low light and is especially handy for astrophotography. Again, when compared with the Canon EOS SL3 / 250D, the mirrorless M50 Mark II has the edge in terms of producing lower image noise, negating the need for post-editing in third-party software.

One disappointment with this camera is the relatively low battery life. Given its main audience is content creators, we’re surprised that after a full charge it can only handle 305 shots. The price comparable Fujifilm X-T 30 is rated at 380 shots and the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV sits at 360 shots. More expensive cameras like the Canon 6D Mark II are rated at 1200 shots.

Should you buy the Canon M50 Mark II

If you’re looking for a reliable and stylish travel-friendly camera that takes nice detailed photos then this could be a great option. Clearly more suited to content creators who want to take detailed stills and like the option of live streaming straight from the camera. If 4K video is your main reason for wanting a new camera then we’d suggest looking elsewhere, although the 1080p video is still fantastic if you don’t need to capture 4K. Being able to film vertically also saves editing time when prepping content for Instagram reels, stories or TikTok etc.

If this product isn’t for you

If you need uncropped 4K video, consider the Fujifilm X-T30 II which is a fabulous little camera with almost identical weight and similar specs. However, with the ability to shoot 4K, it will cost you a significant chunk more.

We also highly rate the Olympus OM-D E-M10  IV for versatility, though it is a Micro Four Thirds camera that captures 20MP stills. Or if size doesn’t bother you, you may want to consider the flexible Canon EOS Rebel SL3 / 250D which is technically the lightest DSLR in the world.

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Review of the Canon m50 camera – Website of a professional photographer in Kyiv

For the first time, a cropped Canon mirrorless camera came to my review. In this case, it’s the 2018 model, the Canon EOS M50.

A few highlights:

  • 22.3 x 14.9 mm APS-C sensor
  • CMOS sensor 24MP
  • Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus (in FullHD and photo)
  • photography up to 10 fps
  • Video recording 4K 24fps, FullHD 60fps, HD 120fps
  • weight 390 grams

Body

The camera feels light, compact, yet comfortable in the hand and easy to control. The swivel touch screen is right for blogger use. The viewfinder is tiny in size and the colors are pleasing. Looking into it, I realized why the m6 and m6 mark II models are relevant – in such a camera it is more pleasant to shoot on the screen and forget about the EVF. On the other hand, the M50 has a much better grip than the M6. It is more comfortable in the hand.

Memory card in the battery compartment. There is no headphone output. USB 2.0 port, does not support battery charging (okay). Below is a photo of the M50 with a non-native battery.

I didn’t like the microphone plug – it’s plastic and it’s inconvenient to pull out. In comparison, the Canon R has rubber and is more comfortable.

By the way, the camera does not have an electronic shutter, despite the fact that it is a mirrorless camera.

Photography with Canon m50

I tested and compared this camera against the background of older brothers Canon EOS R (as a more advanced model from kenon) and Fujifilm X-T3 (as an APS-C mirrorless camera).

At base ISO the m50 shows very high detail (even with the EF-M 15-45mm f3.5-6.3 kit lens) and has a good dynamic range. You can drag the shadows and exposure very hard and there won’t be any noise, as long as you don’t raise the ISO. At ISO 1000-2000, although the image loses detail, it still looks normal. But ISO 3200-6400 is no longer quite working. However, I do not like to shoot at such ISO values ​​​​and on the Canon R.

If we compare all three cameras side by side ( which I did in the video, link at the end of the review ), then at basic ISO they go on a par, but when the matrix sensitivity increases, everything falls into place – the least noise and the Canon EOS R full-frame camera gives maximum detail, then comes the X-T3 with an APC-S back-lit sensor, and closes the test with the Canon m50 budget crop mirrorless camera.

Another feature – the m50 has not very high-quality noise reduction when shooting in JPG. I literally took one shot in poor lighting and ISO 6400 – the JPG picture loses a lot of detail and looks bad even on the camera screen, not to mention viewing it on the monitor. If I do the same on the Canon R in full frame mode, then the JPG from the camera at high ISOs looks decent at 25600 as well. Whether it’s worth doing this in principle is a question for connoisseurs.

Video recording with Canon m50

To be honest, I expected much worse video quality. No matter how much I watched test videos on the Canon m50 and similar crop cameras from kenon on the Internet, they all look soapy. I was firmly convinced that any Canon crop = soapy FullHD and even more soapy 4K. There is also a question about the sharpness settings. I made a separate video about them.

I did a test, again, in comparison with my more advanced models. What did I find out?

  • FullHD video

The Canon m50 is on par with the Canon R in terms of detail. I did not see a difference in sharpness, no matter how hard I tried. An unpleasant nuance is a strongly pronounced moire on the m50, where it is absent neither on the R nor on the X-T3 ( tests in the video at the end of the review ). X-T3 in FullHD is slightly ahead of both kenons. But this difference is hardly noticeable.

In the same price range as the Canon m50 is the Canon 800D. About this camera, I can say with confidence that FullHD is soapy and no longer meets modern requirements. For me, it was surprising such a striking difference between seemingly identical cameras. By the way, the 800D does not shoot 4K at all.

By the way, m50 can write 120fps at HD resolution. Sometimes this can be quite helpful. Quality, of course, compromise.

  • 4K video

Another surprise awaited me. Video from the Canon m50 turned out to be more detailed than the Canon EOS R and about on par with the X-T3 in terms of sharpness. But at the same time, the shadows of the m50 are already noisy at ISO 200. This is easily explained, because the m50 records 4K video with a 1.6 crop from a 1.6 crop matrix.

If you put the m50 on a kit lens with a minimum focal length of 15mm, the equivalent focal length is 38mm. This will upset those who want to shoot at a wide angle in high resolution. The widest EF-M lens has focal lengths of 11-22mm. In 4K mode, the full-frame equivalent would be 28-57mm. For landscapes and cramped spaces, so-so + low aperture optics + noise in the shadows even at base ISO. But there is decent FullHD without crop.

The Canon EOS R also has a video crop. But it is by no means so critical, because there is a crop of 1.74 from the full frame, and not from the crop of the matrix. If you put an EF-S 10-18mm f4-5.6 STM lens on the Canon R, you will get an angle of view of 17.4mm-31mm, which is quite wide for itself + Canon R even in crop mode makes reasonable noise in the video. I even shot with dark EF-S lenses in 4K at ISO 3200-6400 and the result was good. However, the Canon m50 is clearly not a camera about reporting.

Auto focus pro

With autofocus, the situation is ambiguous. Dualpixel AF works in FullHD and it is working. In terms of speed, of course, it is inferior to older cameras like the Canon R, but in general it is comfortable for any task. But in 4K mode, the m50 has contrast autofocus. With poor lighting, you can say that it is not. If good, it will work if you switch the type of focus from face AF to area AF. But even with this setting, you need to make sure that you are well lit, and there are no bright spots of light in the background. Outdoors, in good light, face AF even works in 4K, but when shooting a blog indoors, I ran into problems. I’ll tell you more in the upcoming video about AF on this camera.

Installing a Viltrox speed booster does not affect AF in this camera. Anyway, I didn’t feel it.

If the second version of the Canon m50 mark II gets good autofocus in 4K, this camera will benefit significantly.

Pro Color

Canon is renowned for its excellent color reproduction. From myself I will add, plus Canon cameras – constancy in this matter. Whatever camera you buy, the color will be pleasant everywhere. This is especially true when photographing people. It is in this matter that the cameras of other brands are lame. Pleasant skin color is not available to everyone, but only a few (as the classic says). I like to shoot landscapes, objects, and, in principle, everything inanimate with Fuji. But with people, the nuances begin. For the camera of the amateur segment, dancing with a tambourine is useless, so the pleasant color of the skin out of the box is a fat plus. Although on my test video, Fuji turned out to be even prettier 🙂

About optics on the EF-M system

A feature of cropped Canon mirrorless cameras is a separate mount – EF-M. You can’t just put on lenses with EF or EF-S mounts here. To do this, you need an adapter. There are just adapters, but there are speed boosters that imitate a full frame.

The beauty of small cameras is that they stay small! I don’t think you should wear full frame lenses. I will make my personal hit parade of what I would buy for such a camera in order of personal utility:

  • EF-M 22mm f/2 STM
  • EF-M 18-150mm f/3. 5-6.3 IS STM
  • EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM (or Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN)
  • Samyang 12mm f2 (or EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM)
  • Samyang 8mm fish-eye
  • Sigma EF-M 56mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary

I would like to draw your attention to the fact that the cost of EF-M optics is on average 2 times lower than that of a similar one on Fujifilm X-mount. And the choice is plentiful.

By the way, Viltrox is threatening to launch its very successful 23mm f1.4, 33mm f1.4 and 56mm f1.4 series for the Canon EF-M mount. They are currently only available under Fujifilm.

Use for Canon m50

Great camera for travelers and bloggers. It weighs nothing, shoots photos and videos well. The main disadvantages come down to shooting in low light. A photographer can handle this with a tripod, and a videographer with fast optics. But I wouldn’t shoot indoor reports with dark zooms on such a thing – not every camera can afford such a luxury.

Overall, the Canon m50 is a hugely popular blogging camera. One of the world leaders in this niche. This is not surprising given the swivel screen, excellent autofocus, ease of operation and – I forgot to mention – electronic video stabilization. The camera confidently shoots video from hands without a tripod due to optical stabilization in a whale lens, plus electronic stabilization (if necessary). Many whine about the matrix stub, but believe me, this camera already knows how to record video without shaking. And the matrix stub consumes the battery quite well and heats the body, which for a compact camera with a small battery will be just a disaster.

4k video in m50 is called non-working due to additional crop. Bad – I agree. But there is still an application. If you are a blogger and write videos at a table with additional lighting, then this model will suit you. With such shooting, the optimal focal lengths are 35-50mm (in full-frame equivalent). Despite the crop in 4K, the whale lens is suitable for such a purpose. The extra light will allow you to shoot at low ISOs (that’s the only way to shoot).

  • Why Canon m50 is the best option for budget commerce

Newer blogging camera – see review Nikon Z-fc

Specifications and features – Canon EOS M50 Mark II

Specifications and features – Canon EOS M50 Mark II – Canon Kazakhstan

  • 9000 2 Recording superior sound with external microphones

  • Excellent image quality with shallow depth of field

  • With Dual Pixel AF for smooth focusing

  • For shooting special projects

  • Stream live to your followers using any Wi-Fi network

  • Quickly transfer videos from your camera to your laptop or mobile device

  • 900 07

    Amazing image quality when working with free EOS Webcam Utility

  • Very low light AF down to -4EV and ISO 25600

  • Create action scenes and capture fleeting moments

Image sensor

  • Type

    22. 3 x 14.9 mm CMOS

  • Number of effective pixels

    Approx. 24.1 megapixels

  • Total pixels

    Approx. 25.8 megapixels

  • Aspect ratio

  • Low pass filter

    Built-in/fixed

  • Sensor cleaning

    EOS built-in cleaning system

  • Color filter type

    Primary colors

Image Processor

  • Type

    DIGIC 8

Lens

  • Lens mount

    EF-M (EF and EF-S lenses compatible with EF-EOS M mount adapter)

  • Focal length

    Equivalent to 1.6x lens focal length

  • Image stabilization

    Optical image stabilizer on compatible lenses image bilization. Further stabilization improvements for Dynamic IS compatible lenses

Focus

  • Type

    Dual Pixel CMOS AF. Phase detection pixels embedded in the image sensor

    Contrast detection method used in 4K movie shooting with Servo AF

  • AF system / points

    Max. 3975 positions

    In Face+Tracking mode, a maximum of 143/99 points are available for auto selection. May vary depending on settings.

    Max. 25 shots with Zone AF 1

    Free positioning of 1 AF point / 1 AF area via manual selection (Available area varies by lens)

  • AF effective range

    EV -4-18 (at 23°C, ISO 100, with EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM lens)

  • AF modes

    9000 2 One-Shot AF and Servo AF

  • AF point selection

    Face + Tracking: Tracks the face and subject through automatic detection or manual selection on the touch screen. Automatic selection by AF points when there are no recognized faces in the frame.

    Eye AF available 2

    Zone AF: Manual selection of an area, and automatic selection by AF points within the selected area

    1-point AF/Spot: Manual selection via touch screen/buttons

  • 90 007

    Selected AF point

    Displayed on LCD monitor/viewfinder

  • AF lock

    Locked when shutter button is pressed halfway or flexible AE lock button

  • AF-assist beam

    via LED illuminator

  • Manual focus

    On EF and EF-S lenses – selectable via AF/MF switch on lens

    On EF-M lenses – selectable via dedicated MF button / others customizable buttons (AF/MF switching).

    MF edge peaking available
    AF+MF available (manual focus adjustment after One-Shot AF)
    Image magnification available during manual focusing MF (5x or 10x)

Exposure control

  • Metering modes

    Real-time metering with image sensor
    (1) Evaluative metering ( 384 zones )
    (2) Partial metering at the center (approx. 5.8% of the Live View screen)
    (3) Center-weighted average metering
    (4) Spot metering (approx. 2.9% of the Live View screen)

    Partial and Spot metering not available in movie mode

  • Brightness Metering Range

    Image: EV -2-20 (at 23°C, ISO 100)
    Movie: EV 0-20 (at 23°C, ISO 100)

  • FE Lock

    Automatic Mode: Available in One-Shot AF mode during evaluative metering, locks when focus is achieved.
    Manual Mode: By using the AE lock button in Creative Zone modes.

  • Exposure compensation

    +/- 3 EV in 1/3 steps of

  • AE Bracketing (AEB)

    3 frames, +/- 2 EV, 1/3-stop increments (can be used with exposure compensation)

  • ISO

    Recommended exposure

    Auto ISO (minimum 100, maximum can be set between 400 – 25600, except for Scene Intelligent Auto and Creative Filter Mode (Max. 6400) and Flash On Mode (Max. 1600)), 100 – 25600 in steps of 1/ 3 steps. ISO extension available up to 51200

    4K movie: AUTO ISO (100-6400), 100-6400 in 1/3 steps. Full HD and HD movies: AUTO ISO (100-12800), 100-12800 in 1/3 steps. ISO extension available up to 25600

Shutter

  • Type

    Electronically controlled focal plane shutter 3

  • DI SHUTTER RANGE

    30–1/4000 s (in 1/3-stop increments), Bulb (Full shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode.)

White balance

  • Type

    Auto white balance with sensor

  • white), Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent,
    fluorescent, flash, custom, color temperature (100 Kelvin increments)

    White balance compensation:
    1. Blue/Amber +/-9 levels
    2. Magenta/Green +/-9levels

  • Manual white balance

    Yes, one setting can be registered

Viewfinder

  • Type 0. 39
    Approx. 2,360,000 dots

  • Angle of coverage (vertical/horizontal)

    Approx. 100%

  • ESP

    Approx. 22 mm

  • Diopter adjustment

  • Viewfinder information

    Adjust and switch using the INFO button. Button
    (1) Live View image with exposure information display
    (2) Live View image with basic information display
    (3) Live View image with full information display

    Adjustable items:
    Grid overlay ( 3 formats), histogram (brightness/RGB), electronic level, multiple aspect ratios

  • Depth of field preview

LCD screen

  • Type

    LCD touch screen (TFT) 7.5 cm (3.0″). Aspect ratio 3 :2 Approx 1040 000 dots Electrostatic capacitive type Vari-angle

  • Coverage

    Approx 100%

  • Brightness adjustment

    Brightness can be selected from seven levels

    900 08

  • Information display

    Adjustable and switched using the INFO button. Button
    (1) Live View image with exposure information display
    (2) Live View image with basic information display
    (3) Live View image with full information display

    Adjustable items:
    Grid overlay ( 3 formats), Histogram (Luminance/RGB), Electronic Level, Multiple aspect ratios, Tips & Tricks

Flash

  • Built-in flash GN (ISO 100, m)

  • Built-in flash coverage

    Maximum coverage approx. 15 mm (35 mm film equivalent: approx. 24 mm)

  • Built-in flash release time

    Approx. 3 s 4

  • Modes

    Auto (E-TTL II), Manual (Min/Mid/Max)

  • Red-eye reduction

  • X-sync

    1/200 s

  • Flash exposure compensation

    +/- 2 EV in steps of 1/2 3 stops

  • Flash exposure lock

  • Second curtain sync

  • Hot shoe terminal / PC

    Yes/No

  • External flash compatible

    E-TTL II with EX and EL-series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash control

  • External flash control

    Via camera settings / flash settings menu

Shooting

  • Modes

    Scene Intelligent Mode, mode Hybrid Auto, Creative Assistant, Scene Programs (Self Portrait, Portrait, Night Portrait, Smooth Skin, Landscape, Sports, Close-up, Food, Panning, Handheld Night Scene, HDR Backlight, Silent Mode), Creative Filters (Grainy B/W) , Soft Focus, Fisheye Effect, Watercolor Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Miniature Effect, HDR Artistic Standard, HDR Artistic Vivid, HDR Artistic Painting, HDR Artistic Embossed) , Program AE, Shutter-Priority AE, Aperture-Priority AE, Manual Exposure, Movie (Movie AE, Movie Manual Exposure, Time Lapse Movie)

  • Picture Styles

    Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Fine Detail, Neutral, Fine, Monochrome, Custom (x3)

  • Color Space

    sRGB and Adobe RGB

  • Image processing

    Priority

    Auto Lighting Optimizer (4 settings)
    Long exposure NR
    High ISO NR (4 settings + multi frame noise reduction)
    Lens Peripheral Illumination Correction
    Chromatic Aberration Correction
    Diffraction Correction
    Digital Lens Optimization (DLO)

    Creative Assistant:
    Settings
    Background Blur (5 settings)
    Brightness (19 levels)
    Cont tint (9 levels)
    Saturation (9 levels )
    Color tone 1 and 2 (19 levels)
    Monochrome (Off/BW/Sepia/Cyan/Magenta/Green)

  • Shooting modes

    10 sec, remote)

  • Continuous shooting

    One-Shot AF: Approx. 10 fps for a queue of up to 36 frames in JPEG and up to 10 frames in RAW 5

Live View

  • Angle of coverage

    Approx. 100% (horizontal and vertical)

File type

  • Still picture format

    JPEG: Fine, normal quality (Exif 2.31 compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0)
    RAW: RAW, C-CRAW (CR3 14 bits) [6] 6 ,
    Compatibility with the format of the order format [dpof] versions 1.1

  • Simultaneous recording RAW + JPEG

    Yes, RAW + various compression formats JPEG

  • Image size

    RAW: 6000 x 4000

    JPEG 3:2: (L) 6000 x 4000, (M) 3984 x 2656, (S1) 2976 x 1984, (S 2) 2400 x 1600
    JPEG 4:3: (L) 5328 x 4000, (M) 3552 x 2664, (S1) 2656 x 1992, (S2) 2112 x 1600
    JPEG 16:9: (L) 6000 x 3368, (M) 3984 x 2240, (S1) 2976 x 1680 (S2) 2400 x 1344
    JPEG 1:1: (L) 4000 x 4000, (M) 2656 x 2656, (S1) 1984 x 1984, (S2) 1600 x 1600

  • Folders

    New folders can be created and selected

  • reset
    (2) Manual reset

EOS Movie

  • Video file types

    MP4 [Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H. 264, Audio: MPEG-4 AAC-LC (stereo)]

  • Movie file sizes

    4K – 3840 x 2160 (23.98, 25 fps)
    Full HD – 1920 x 1080 (59.94; 50; 29.97; 25; 23.9 76 fps)
    HD — 1280 x 720 (119.9; 100; 59.94; 50 fps)

  • Movie recording time

    Maximum duration 29 min 59 sec, maximum file size 4 GB 7

Other functions

  • Custom functions

    9 customizable buttons

  • Metadata tag

    User copyright information (author name, copyright information)
    Image rating (0-5 stars)

  • View magnification

    90 002 15 steps plus zoom

  • Display formats

    (1) Single image with information (switchable options)
    (2) Single image
    (3) Index mode (4/9/36/100 images)
    (4) Jump mode (1/10/custom number of frames, by shooting date, by rating, by folder, by movies only, protected only)

  • Slide show

    Playback time: 1/2/3/5/10/30 seconds
    Repeat: on/off
    Transition Effect Off, Slide 1-2, Fader 1-3
    BGM Added

  • Histogram

    Brightness/RGB

  • High exposure detection

  • Image erasure protection

    Erase: Single image, Selected images, Selected range, Folder, All images
    Protect: Selected images, Selected range, All images. Folder, unlock all images

  • Menu categories

    (1) Shooting menu
    (2) Playback menu
    (3) Wireless menu
    (4) Setup menu
    (5) Display menu
    (6) My menu

  • Menu languages ​​

    29 languages ​​
    English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian , Ukrainian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Malay, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Hindi, Japanese

  • Firmware Upgrade

    User can upgrade the firmware by himself.

Interface

  • Computer

    Hi-Speed ​​USB (Micro USB)

  • Other

    Wireless LAN (IEEE802) .11b/g/n), (2.4 GHz only, channels 1– 11) 8

    Bluetooth® (Version 4.2 Specification, Bluetooth Low Energy Technology) 9 , 10

    HDMI (Micro Connector Type D), support HDR content on compatible

    TVs

Direct Print

  • Canon Printers

    Canon Compact Photo Printers and PictBridge PIXMA Printers

  • PictBridge

    Compact Canon photo printers and PIXMA printers supporting PictBridge

Storage

  • Type

    SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS-I compatible)

Supported operating systems

  • PC

    See support pages for latest information

  • Macintosh

    See support pages for latest information

Software

  • Image Processing

    Digital Photo Professional

  • Other

    Picture Style Editor, EOS Utility, Image Transfer Utility

    Camera Connect app available on iOS and Android devices 11

Power supply

  • Batteries

    1 x Li-ion battery LP-E12

  • Battery Life

    Viewfinder: Approx. 250 shots (at 23°C, AE 50%, FE 50%) 12
    Live View: Approx. 305 shots (at 23°C, AE 50%, FE 50%) 13
    4K movie shooting: Approx. 95 min
    Full HD movie recording: Approx. 130 min
    Playback time for photo slideshow playback: Approx. 3 h 45 min

  • Battery indicator

    4 levels

  • Energy saving

    Display off (15, 30 sec or 1, 3, 5, 10, 30 min)
    Auto Power Down (30 sec or 1, 3 , 5, 10 min, off)
    Viewfinder Mute (1, 3 min, off)
    Eco Mode

  • Power Supplies and Chargers

    Battery Charger LC-E12

    Compact Power Adapter CA-PS70 0
    DC coupler DR-E12

Accessories

  • Cases/Straps

    Case Eh42-CJ (beige)
    Case Eh42-CJ (light brown) 9 0365 Neck strap EM-E2 (light brown)
    Neck strap EM-E2(BW) (brown)
    Neck strap EM-E2(BK) (black)
    Neck strap EM-E2(WH) (white)
    Neck strap EM-200DB

  • Lenses

    Lenses EF -M
    All EF and EF-S lenses compatible via Mount Adapter EF-EOS M

  • Flash

    Canon Speedlite (EL100, 90EX, 220EX, 270EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 380EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 430EX III, 430EX III-RT, 47 0EX-AI, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II , 600EX, 600EX-RT, 600EX-II-RT, MR-14EX II Macro Ring Flash, MT-24EX Twin Macro Flash, ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter, ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter)

    Remote Shoe Cable OC-E3, Speedlite Bracket SB-E2

  • Remote Control/Switch

    Bluetooth Remote Control BR-E1

  • Others

    IFC-600PCU Interface Cable
    EF-EOSM Mount Adapter

Physical

  • Body materials

    Polycarbonate

  • Operating conditions

    0-40°C, 85% or less humidity

  • Dimensions (W x H x D)

    116. 3 x 88.1 x 58.7 mm

  • Weight (body only)

    Approx. 387 g (black), 388 g (white), CIPA testing standard, including battery and memory card

  1. Maximum number of AF shots depends on selected image aspect ratio
  2. Eye AF not available with fisheye effect and miniature/video thumbnail effect
  3. 1st-curtain electronic shutter/2nd-curtain mechanical shutter, except for silent mode where lag defect occurs
  4. Battery fully charged
  5. Burst speed measured using EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens and requires SDHC/SDXC UHS Speed ​​Class 1 memory card. may differ depending on camera exposure settings, type of lens used, battery level, lighting level, and memory card used.
  6. Continuous shooting and silent mode use 12-bit A/D conversion
  7. When using SDHC with FAT32 file system. File size may be larger when using SDXC cards in ExFAT format
  8. Wi-Fi usage may be restricted in some countries and regions.
  9. Your device is equipped with Bluetooth® low energy technology. The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and are used by Canon Inc. on the basis of a license. All other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.
  10. To use the Bluetooth function with the Camera Connect app, a mobile device with Bluetooth version 4.0 (or higher) is required. They must also be running iOS 8.4 (or later) or Android 5.0 (or later)
  11. To use the Bluetooth function with the Camera Connect app, a mobile device with Bluetooth version 4.0 (or later) is required. They must also be running iOS 8.4 (or later) or Android 5.0 (or later)
  12. Based on the CIPA standard and using the supplied battery and memory card format, except where noted otherwise

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