Best Digital Camera for Beginners – Review of Canon EOS M50

Best Digital Camera for Beginners - Photography Abstract

The Canon EOS M50 is an addition to its mirrorless segment aims to be the best digital camera for beginners. Canon launched the EOS M50 in 2018 as a product that offers premium benefits at a reasonable price.

This camera comes next in line to the M5. With this new entrant, Canon looks to address the issues in previous models. As far as we know, Canon has called out the addition of a new electronic viewfinder and the ability to shoot 4k videos as the camera’s most significant selling points.

Does this EOS M50 mirrorless camera live up to the company’s claims of being an excellent entry-level camera for beginners?

Let’s find out.

Key Specifications

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  • Weight: 390 grams
  • Size: 5.8 x 11.7 x 8.9 cm
  • Sensor: 24.1 MP APS-C CMOS
  • ISO: 100 to 25600
  • Image processor: DIGIC 8
  • Resolution: 4k uhd (3840 x 2160)
  • Viewfinder: OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth


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Size and Weight

The camera is light and small, being a mirrorless one. Both the camera and the kit lens are incredibly light and easy to carry around. With its size, build and controls, the camera is an ideal choice for an everyday camera.

The body enables a firm grip and fits securely in hands. The controls are reasonably spaced, and the panels are sparse, making it easier for novices and alike.

Image Processor

Canon offers with the M50 the new DIGIC 8 processor, which is a significant upgrade from its predecessors and gives it a leg up. It gives sharper images in both video and still photography and provides better pictures in low light and makes the camera quick and responsive.

The processor enables the M50 to shoot at 7.4 fps with continuous autofocus, and at ten fps with a single shot. For video, it lets the camera shoot 4k videos up to 24 fps and slow-motion at 720 p at 120 fps, which was a feature missing from other Canon cameras.

Electronic View Finder

A key selling point of the M50 is the electronic viewfinder around an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panel with a resolution of 2360k dots and a fully articulating 3-inch touch screen.

The viewfinder might not seem like a big deal to mobile phone users but is a welcome addition to the M series and is excellent for shooting portraits in all conditions. One can flip the screen in any direction. The camera offers convenience and impresses vloggers and alike

Continuous Autofocus

Canon’s dual pixel autofocus system does not fail to impress. There are significant improvements from the M5, which had 49 autofocus points, and the M50 even boasts 143 autofocus points.

There is also a novel feature of eye focus that can lock into a subject’s eyes. This auto eye focus and the dual pixel system track and identify moving faces on the frame and make an excellent fit for vlogging, selfies, and portraits. The autofocus offered by the M50 is superior to M5 while being priced at a significantly lower range.


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Connectivity

The M50 has built-in Wi-Fi with NFC and Bluetooth connectivity. The M50 lets you use the Canon connect app not only for image sharing and but also enables full functionality through the app to all the functions of both photography and video.

To have complete control of the camera through mobile is a massive upgrade from previous models of the M-series and offers convenience and flexibility, especially to people who are working the camera alone.

External Mic Input

Canon has provided with the M50 a 3.5mm external mic input that enhances the audio by attaching an external microphone.

This external mic is a great feature, especially for vloggers or any other videographers looking to omit background sound and produce high-quality, crisp & clear audio.

The design of the camera and the articulating screen makes for an easy setup for the external mic.

Compatibility With Other Lenses

The M50 uses the EFM mound and comes with a 15-45 mm kit lens. It is compatible with M-line lenses and can adapt to various Canon and non-Canon lenses.

4K Videos

A significant constraint with the M50 camera is the issue of the cropped sensor while shooting 4k videos. The angle of the lens view narrows down, and the camera crops in at a 1.6 factor. It could be a nuisance while trying to shoot videos in tight spaces and may need constant re-framing and adjustment.

The digital stabilization also leads to further cropping in the frame. While this is a significant barrier drawing many criticisms, it is essential to note that it applies only to 4K videos and should deter you from buying the camera if you have use for 4k videos. Improvement of the 4k video would have made this camera almost perfect.

In addition to the cropped sensor, 4k videos also do not support the dual pixel autofocus system. It instead uses the contrast-based tool to detect focus and compromises on one of the best features that the M50 has to offer.

Battery Limitations

One of the key markets targeted by Canon was that of vloggers and YouTubers for shooting videos. However, the camera can shoot video continuously only for 30 minutes, which tends to be inconvenient and is counterproductive for the target demographic. Low battery life warrants the need to recharge or replace batteries, which might not be favourable to all.

Pros and Cons Summary

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Overall Verdict

As we mentioned in an earlier post, travelling allows everyone the opportunity to explore the world.  As such, capturing the great memories of your travel is important and can easily be achieved by having a good camera to take photos of the places that you visit, the people you meet and the things you do.

Canon launched the M50 as an entry-level camera suitable for video and photography beginners, and it pretty much stands true to its claims. The camera is easy to use with features that may enable even an amateur to take terrific photos in a very reasonable price bracket.

The limitations are seen mainly in the department of 4k videos and can do with an upgrade. If you have no specific utility of that feature and can overlook it, it can be a pretty decent buy suitable for beginners but has features that can be appreciated by advanced users as well.  We highly recommend this camera.  We have invested in one and are enjoying the benefits it gives us!

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We hope our review above has piqued your interest in the value of a camera to record your travel memories and has helped you decide in getting one.

If you happen to already possess one and are enjoying its value in your travels, kindly share your experience and comments below.

Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Camera

$599 -$899
9.8

Camera Size and Weight

10.0/10

Upgraded Electronic Features

9.5/10

Compatibility With Other Lenses

10.0/10

Reasonable Price

9.5/10

Pros

  • Light and Small
  • Excellent Electronic Features
  • Compatiblity with Other Lenses
  • Reasonable Price Point

Cons

  • Battery Life Limitations
  • Cropped Sensor for 4K Vdeos
  • No Dual Pixel Autofocus for 4K Videos

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(16) Comments

  1. Adriana

    Hello there,
    Wow, nice article. This will be my new website to go to. I love traveling and as a matter of fact I was getting info about these cameras. How much are they? I was hoping to see the price while I was reading but I did not see it anywhere, did I miss it?
    But yeah, great content!

    1. JRandZen

      Hi Adriana,

      Thank you for your comments. We are glad you like our website and content. Regarding the EOS M50 Camera, prices and deals fluctuate, but you can currently get them from Amazon at around US$579 for the bundle. Of course, the more items included in the bundle, the bundle price goes up. You can check out the current offers through this link or through the image link on the post.

  2. Shanta Rahman

    Many thanks to you for sharing such an excellent article with us .What a wonderful article! I like to travel, and I take lots of pictures, as well as my addiction to photographing .Then I purchased the Canon EOS M50 camera given in your article and I think this is the best digital camera for beginners. The camera and kit lens are both incredibly light and can be easily carried .It gives sharp images in both video and photography and provides better images in low light and makes the camera fast and responsive. All in all it sounds great to me .

    Lastly, I hope that by reading your article, everyone will purchase the Canon EOS M50 Camera and share their new experience with you soon.

    1. JRandZen

      Hi Shanta,

      Thank you for your comments.  We are glad you found our article wonderful and helped you in your decision to buy the Canon EOS M50 mirrorless camera.  Yes, if you love photography, but still a beginner, we believe this camera is an excellent value.  Incidentally, did you get the camera on its own or as a bundle?

  3. Harish

    Your guide is awesome for everyone on Digital Camera for Beginners. I am a traveler and travelling every week. Now I am planning to have a digital camera to capture some beautiful moments while travelling. While reading I know that Canon launched the M50 as an entry-level camera suitable for video and photography beginners, and it pretty much stands true to its claims. I am a beginner. It is an awesome news for me. Soon I will buy this beautiful camera.

    1. JRandZen

      Hi Harrish,

      Thank you for your feedback.  Yes, definitely this is an awesome gear for a traveller like you and us.  You can easily get this as a bundle at an excellent price point from Amazon as we have indicated in this post.  Or you may wish to buy just the camera and then you just choose whatever accessories you like.

      Good luck with your photography.  We love to hear how your experience when you get the chance. 

  4. MrBiizy

    I’m considering starting a YouTube channel and I have always wanted to get a camera with which I can shoot high quality videos. I definitely love the Canon EOS M50 camera because it has great features and suitable for a beginner like. It is also affordable compare to its features. However, the battery life is not truly impressive but that shouldn’t be an issue by the way. Thanks for sharing this review.

    1. JRandZen

      Hi MrBiizy,

      Thank you for your comments.  Yes, this is quite affordable for your purpose.  With regards to battery life, it is indeed understandable.  In our case, when we are travelling and anticipate that we will be out there for the whole day, we just bring with us extra battery packs and other relevant accessories.

      Good luck with your YouTube channel and do let us know how it goes.  All the best.

  5. Jeff

    I am a Canon camera fan ever since I got my first camera as a boy, I even was a professional magazine photographer until my health forced me to give up my career.

    Maybe you can give me some guidance on a good digital camera for someone like me who is not a beginner, but I am from the old days when cameras had film.

    Any recommendations I will appreciate and check into,
    Jeff

    1. JRandZen

      Hi Jeff,

      Good to know that you are a Canon camera fan and have been a professional photographer in your earlier years.

      Regarding digital cameras, we normally have a choice between DSLR and mirrorless digital cameras. If we exclude the really high-end DSLRs, we believe that mirrorless cameras have the edge. They are lighter/less bulky, easier to take image after image and produce better videos. And Canon EOS M50 fits the bill. While they are good for beginners, they have sophisticated features that attract advanced users.

      Do you think you can try it out? Of course, if you wish to opt to level-up, within the Canon suite, the EOS 90D is getting to be popular among enthusiasts.
      Hope the above helps.

  6. Joe

    Very discriptive and informative website. I’m not the biggest traveler, if I was though, I would definitely purchase the EOS camera and stroll through your website recommendations. Good Job.

    1. JRandZen

      Thank you, Joe. Glad you like our post and our website. When you do purchase your camera and go into photography, travel or otherwise, you may find useful our earlier post on how to take better pictures!

  7. John

    I had no idea that a camera now has all of the features mentioned in this post. WiFi connection? I guess I’m not really surprised though. We are now living in the digital age. I appreciate the detailed information you gave in this post.

    I will look into this camera some more .

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. JRandZen

      Hi John,

      Yes, the advance in technology has led to better and more sophisticated features on cameras. If you have any questions or need further information, kindly let us know and we will try to provide what we know. Other than the camera itself, there are a number of accessories (some of them we outlined in a separate post) that you can get to make your photography experience much better.

  8. Timotheus

    I have been eyeing the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III for the longest time. And now, thanks to your review of Canon EOS M50, I am wondering which would be best for vlogging?

    I am not an expert with cameras. I am only considering the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III because a fellow teacher uses the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II. His daughter and he uses it to create YouTube videos. And it is a very popular channel. And apparently the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III is an improvement on this.

    Would you be able to share with me the pros and cons between the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III and the Canon EOS M50?

    1. JRandZen

      Hi Timotheus,

      Thank you for your comments.

      Regarding your query, we believe that both cameras have common strengths such as rear display, touch screen, raw file ability, wireless connectivity, shoot 4K video, among others. And they also have common weaknesses, although in our mind, not really very critical.

      EOS M50 has a number of advantages over G7X Mark III such as: cheaper, tilt-swivel screen vs tilt-only, eye-level viewfinder, bigger and more pixels, higher resolution screen, more low-light flexibility due to higher extended ISO, among others.

      If your primary criterion/consideration is for vlogging, Canon PowerShot G7X Mark III (which is a newer release) appears to have the edge. Canon has stated that one of their main focus of advancement on the G7X III was video performance, “calling all YouTube creators to their “next-generation vlogging camera.” Of course, if you wish to have a more all-around (still and video) capability, EOS M50 appears perfect for us. What do you think?

      Do let us know what you decide and the experience with it. Happy photography and vlogging.

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