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.
- 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
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.
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
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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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.
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.
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
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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