The Canon EOS M50 is Canon's latest mirrorless , which comes to complete the range and falls between the Canon EOS M100 and the EOS M6. Like its sisters, it offers image quality similar to SLR cameras, but with a much more compact body. In fact, it has the same 24 megapixel APS-C sensor that we find in the vast majority of cameras from the manufacturer. In addition, it includes the DIGIC 8 processor and the Dual Pixel AF focus system.
It also features an optical viewfinder, a fully articulated touchscreen, and WiFi, Bluetooth, and NFC connectivity. A perfect camera for those looking to go a step beyond mobile photography without losing too much portability . The Canon EOS M50 is already on sale in Spain with a price of 750 euros (15-45 lens included). I have had the opportunity to try it for a few days and I will tell you what I think.
CANON EOS M50 DATA SHEET
|Sensor||24.1 megapixel APS-C|
|Image processor||DIGIC 8|
|objective||EF-M (EF and EF-S lenses are supported via the EF-EOS M mount adapter)|
|Focus||Dual Pixel CMOS AF system. Phase detection pixels built into the image sensor. Maximum of 143/99 points depending on the objective.|
|ISO sensitivity||ISO 100 - 51,200|
|Continuous shooting||Up to 7.4 fps with SERVO autofocus|
|Viewfinder||OLED electronic viewfinder (0.39 type), Approx. 2,360,000 points|
|screen||3-inch LCD (TFT) touch screen, Approx. 1,040,000 pixels, variable angle|
|Video||4K 24p, FHD 60p|
|Connectivity||micro USB, HDMI (Micro D type connector), External microphone, Bluetooth, WiFi 802.11n|
|Battery||Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E12, Approx. 235 shots|
|Storage||SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS Speed Class 1 compliant)|
|Price||750 euros (with EF-M 15-45mm lens)|
Design and handling
At the design level, the Canon EOS M50 bears similarities to both the M100 and the Canon EOS M5. From the first it inherits the single control wheel , while from the second it adopts the optical viewfinder, the shape of the grip and the mode selector.
It's built with a polycarbonate shell , as is common in the mid-range, but it still feels tough enough to the touch. The unit I have tested sports a nice white finish, combined with gray in the grip area. It is also available in black.
In the upper right we have all the controls. Below the trigger is the commented control wheel. At its sides we have the video record button and a customizable function button (by default it controls the ISO in manual mode). We also have the mode selector and the on / off switch.
The hot shoe and flash complete the upper part . The left side is empty. As for the back, the screen is the main protagonist.
To the right of the screen we have a crosshead (Canon has decided to leave the wheel for the M5) that offers us different functions. For example, if we shoot in manual mode using the upper button of the crosshead, we will change the function of the control wheel between speed, aperture and exposure compensation. On the other hand, with the left button of the crosshead we will switch between manual and automatic focus.
On the crosshead we have the usual buttons for info and focus selection. Under it we have the button that gives us access to the camera menu and the Play button.
The dimensions of the Canon EOS M50 are 116.3 x 88.1 x 58.7 millimeters, with a weight of 390 grams (curiously, the black model weighs 3 grams less). It is a very pleasant camera to use, with a good grip and a comfortable thumb rest . Even with big hands, as is my case, I have not had any problems.
Screen and viewfinder
The Canon EOS M50 has an OLED electronic viewfinder with approximately 2,360,000 dots , something I missed very much on the M6. This offers 100% coverage and allows you to have a lot of useful information in view, such as grid lines, an electronic level or the live histogram.
The eye sensor is attached to the side of the viewfinder. As I wear glasses, I have had sporadic problems with the sensor . More than once the viewfinder has been deactivated and passed to the screen just to separate the eye a few millimeters. But, as I say, it is a problem with the glasses, since when using the camera without them I have not had this problem. I've even been able to separate my face far enough to see the bottom buttons out of the corner of my eye without disabling the optical viewfinder.
As for the screen, it has a size of 3 inches and a resolution of 1,040,000 pixels . It also offers 100% coverage. In addition, it is a fully articulated screen, which will allow us to shoot from less conventional angles and also record ourselves.
Focus and shoot
The Canon EOS M50 is equipped with Canon's famous Dual Pixel CMOS AF focusing system . You can use a maximum of 143 focus points, which is reduced to 99 points with some lenses.
We have tested the camera together with the 15-45mm STM lens that comes with the kit. Autofocus, as usual, is fast, quiet and accurate .
Continuous focus has worked really well too, thanks to the ability to use phase detection anywhere in the frame .
As a novelty, and thanks to the new DIGIC 8 processor, we have the eye detection autofocus system . This only works in single AF mode and with face detection activated. This allows you to focus on the subject's eyes and track them precisely even when the person moves.
The new processor also improves continuous shooting . With fixed focus the Canon EOS M50 achieves up to 10 fps, dropping to 7.4 fps with Servo AF . Although it may not be enough for professional use, for the public to whom this camera is directed, it more than delivers. In fact, it outperforms most similarly priced Canon SLRs.
The Canon EOS M50 comes equipped with a 24.1 megapixel APS-C sensor . As I mentioned before, this is accompanied by the new DIGIC 8 processor and the Dual Pixel focus system.
Canon's sensor has already proven its quality on multiple occasions. Get sharp and clear images . It also performs very well in low light.
Shooting up to ISO 6400 is possible without noise issues . Even at an even higher ISO, the EOS M50 maintains a fairly controlled noise level. By the way, its maximum ISO is 51200 ISO .
The Canon EOS M50 also offers good performance in terms of dynamic range . Auto white balance works very well and photos have good color reproduction.
Although the JPEG may be slightly saturated, the camera allows shooting in RAW mode. In fact, it includes the new CR3 format . The main benefit is that it offers a new C-RAW (compressed RAW) format . According to Canon, C-Raw files are approximately 40% smaller than those of a normal RAW file, maintaining practically the same quality.
During the test I have used the C-RAW format to test if the quality is really the same. And I must say that I have not seen any loss of quality between a normal RAW and C-RAW . Maybe with extreme settings problems can arise, but at least I have not found a difference.
Photo gallery made with Canon EOS M50
One of the great novelties that the Canon EOS M50 includes is video recording with 4K 24p / 25p resolution . Unfortunately, this one has quite a few limitations and leaves a bittersweet taste in your mouth.
The first is that, if we want to record video in 4K resolution, the excellent Dual Pixel focus system is disabled . That is, we went on to use a much less capable contrast focus system. According to Canon, this is due to technical reasons. I guess the DIGIC 8 is still not powerful enough.
The second is that the EOS M50 has a 1.6x crop factor when recording 4K video . Also, if we use electronic stabilization this increases to 2x. That is, the 15-45mm kit lens zoom becomes a 38-115mm equivalent. And this is in addition to the usual 1.6x crop that APS-C sized sensors make.
This can cause that, if we record in 4K, we lose focus quickly. However, we can always record in Full HD resolution, the result of which is really good .
Connectivity and autonomy
In terms of connectivity, the Canon EOS M50 comes very well equipped. On the right side we have a micro USB connector and another HDMI (micro type D connector). On the left side we have a connector for an external microphone , a success that Canon had "forgotten" in other mirrorless models.
At a wireless level, it has WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC . You can thus connect to our smartphone or tablet through the Camera Connect application , available for both Android and iOS.
Through this app we can view the photos we have on the memory card and transfer them to the mobile device. But also use the mobile as a complete remote trigger , being able to configure any parameter of the shot.
Furthermore, the Canon EOS M50 offers the possibility to transfer images (both JPEG and RAW) to the computer wirelessly . To achieve this we will have to use the Canon Image Transfer Utility 2 application. However, this method is ultimately much slower than removing the memory card and putting it in the computer (although it can save us if we do not have a card reader).
Autonomy is, perhaps, one of the weakest points of the camera. It offers a battery life of approximately 235 shots . This can increase up to 370 shots if we activate the eco mode. So, if we are going to be out all day taking photos, it is worth taking a second battery.
Conclusions and price
It seems that Canon is starting to take the mirrorless market very seriously. The Canon EOS M50 is a very complete camera , easy to handle for beginners but offering the manual control that those who know more about photography seek.
Obviously, it is not a camera aimed at professionals, but it can delight those looking to enter the world of photography. It can even be very interesting for owners of a SLR camera who are looking for a lighter and easier to transport equipment .
It includes a great focusing system, very good image quality, fast shooting, and both a screen and an electronic viewfinder to match . All this in a compact body that we can easily transport.
It has things to improve, without a doubt, such as the limitations of 4K video recording or the battery life . On the other hand, the incorporation of a second control wheel is missing . Also a larger catalog of EF-M lenses, although this has nothing to do with the camera.
But we have left another of its great attractions for last. And it is none other than the price. The Canon EOS M50 is officially priced at € 750 alongside the 15-45mm IS STM lens . Not bad for the benefits it offers.