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Canon EOS M50 First impressions review


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The Canon EOS M50 is an entry-level mirrorless digital camera carrying an digital viewfinder, entirely articulating touchscreen, unmarried keep an eye on dial and 24MP APS-C sensor – the similar utilized by its M-series siblings. It has Canon’s newest DIGIC eight processor and gives expanded Dual Pixel AF protection, 4K/24p video seize (1.6x crop) in addition to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC.

In a large number of tactics it is a beefier, viewfinder-sporting M100, the emblem’s maximum inexpensive M-mount providing. And it’s going to most likely attraction to the similar crowd: learners and/or the ones stepping up from a smartphone as their number one pictures instrument. Unlike the M100, the M50 has Canon’s Guide Modes, like the ones discovered at the SL2 and T7i. But what is in point of fact thrilling concerning the M50 is that it is a hallmark of what is down the street for the remainder of the M and Rebel collection.

Key Features:

  • 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Dual Pixel autofocus for stills and video
  • DIGIC eight processor
  • 2.36M-dot OLED EVF
  • 1.04M-dot vari-angle LCD
  • 7.four fps burst in AF-C (10 fps in AF-S)
  • 4K/24p UHD video (1.6 x crop)
  • 1080/60p and 720/120p HD video
  • Wi-Fi and NFC with Bluetooth
  • 235 shot-per-charge battery are living (by means of CIPA)

One 12 months in the past, we met with Canon executives in Yokohama, Japan – you’ll be able to learn the total interview right here. At the time, they promised the emblem’s primary strategic focal point going ahead can be connectivity and video. The M50 is a transparent indication that Canon is making excellent on that promise. This is the primary Canon digital camera that may routinely ship footage in your smartphone after every shot and the primary M-series to supply 4K. But sooner than you get too desirous about that latter bit, it is value noting that 4K comes with a heavy 1.6x crop, and Dual Pixel AF isn’t to be had in 4K (distinction detection AF is to be had).

Dual Pixel AF can be utilized in all different video modes, together with 1080/60p. It nonetheless covers 80% x 80% of the sensor however now with 99 selectable issues (up from 49 on earlier M cameras). And with sure lenses (18-150mm, 28mm macro and 55-200mm) that protection will increase to 88% x 100% with 143 issues.

The M50 is the primary Canon to make use of the brand new CR3 Raw layout, which has an up to date compression possibility known as C-Raw (compressed complete solution, slightly than the downsized ‘Small’ and ‘Medium’ Raw codecs).

Other new options come with an Eye Detection mode, solely to be had in AF-S, in addition to a brand new silent scene mode. It additionally has a brand new gyro sensor that communicates motion to the lens-based IS gadget for higher shake repayment, in addition to twin Sensing IS (the use of knowledge from the picture sensor to atone for shake when taking pictures stills or video).

Compared to…

Though the M50 is an entry-level digital camera, it is priced a little bit upper than a large number of different entry-level choices. Below we’ve got when compared it to a couple of its Canon friends in addition to similar-priced mirrorless cameras.

Canon M100 Canon M6 Panasonic G85 Sony a6300 Fujifilm X-T20
MSRP w/lens $900 $600 $900 $1000 $1150 $1000
Resolution 24MP 24MP 24MP 16MP 24MP 24MP
Sensor dimension APS-C APS-C APS-C Four Thirds APS-C APS-C
Stabilization Lens IS + virtual Lens IS Lens IS Sensor + lens IS Lens IS Lens IS
EVF 2.36M-dot No No 2.36M-dot equiv (box sequential) 2.36M-dot 2.36M-dot
AF gadget (are living view) Dual Pixel Dual Pixel Dual Pixel Depth from Defocus Hybrid AF w/425 PDAF issues Hybrid AF w/91PDAF issues
LCD three” fully-articulating three” tilting three” tilting three” fully-articulating three” tilting three” tilting
Number of keep an eye on dials 1 best 1 best 2 best, 1 rear 2 best 1 best, 1 rear 2 best + shutter pace, exp. comp. dial
Touchscreen Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Burst pace (AF locked) 10 fps 6.1 fps nine fps nine fps 11 fps 14 fps
Video 4K/24p 1080/60p 1080/60p 4K/30p 4K/30p 4K/30p
Wireless Wi-Fi + NFC + BT Wi-Fi + NFC + BT Wi-Fi + NFC + BT WiFi WiFi + NFC WiFi
Battery existence 235 pictures 295 pictures 295 pictures 320 pictures 400 pictures 350 pictures
Dimensions (mm)


108x67x35 112x68x45 128x89x74 120x67x49 118x83x41
Weight 351 g 302 g 343 g 453 g 404 g 383 g

As you’ll be able to see, it stacks up reasonably effectively in comparison to different choices at this value level, although battery existence is the only space it falls in the back of a little bit.

Pricing and availability

The Canon EOS M50 shall be to be had in April for $780 body-only in both black or white. It additionally ships in numerous kits, together with with the EF-M 15-45mm for $900, in addition to with each the EF-M 15-45mm and EF-M 55-200mm for $1250.

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