The Canon EOS M50 (EOS kiss M in Asia), is an entry-level mirrorless camera. It features an electronic viewfinder and fully articulated touchscreen, single control dial, and a 24MP-APS-C sensor, the same as its M-series siblings. The Canon DIGIC 8 processor is used to expand Dual Pixel AF coverage and 4K/24p video recording (with a crop of 1.7x), as well as Wi Fi and Bluetooth.
It’s the brand’s most affordable Mmount offering, a larger, more viewfinder-friendly M100. It will appeal to both beginners and those who have moved up from smartphones as their primary camera. The M50’s potential future developments in EOS M cameras and Rebel-series cameras is the most exciting thing about it.
The Key Features
- 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor
- EF-M lens mount that supports EF/EFS lenses.
- Dual Pixel autofocus for stills or 1080p video
- DIGIC 8 processor
- 2.36M-dot OLED VVF
- 1.04M-dot vari-angle LCD
- 7.4 fps bursts in AF–C (10 fps for AF–S).
- 4K/24p UHD video (1.7x Crop)
- 1080/60p or 720/120p HD Video
- Bluetooth and Wi-Fi with NFC
- CIPA: 235 shot-percharge battery life
We met with Canon executives in Yokohama (Japan) one year ago. Read the complete interview. They stated that the brand’s strategic focus would be on connectivity and video. Canon has delivered on their promise with the M50. The M50 is the first Canon camera to automatically send photos to your phone after every shot, and the first M series camera to offer 4K. Before you get too excited about the latter, 4K has a heavy crop of 1.7x and Dual Pixel Autofocus is not available in 4K. Contrast detection autofocus is also available.
Dual Pixel AF is compatible with all video modes including 1080/60p. The sensor is still covered at 80% x 20%, but it now has 99 selectable points, up from 49 on the previous M cameras. With certain lenses (e.g., 18-150mm macro, 28mm macro, 55-200mm), the coverage is increased to 88% x 100 with 143 points.
The M50 is Canon’s first Canon to adopt the new CR3 Raw format. This format has an updated compression option called C–Raw. It compresses full resolution rather than the smaller ‘Small’ and ‘Medium Raw formats.
The M50 also has an Eye Detection mode that is only available in AF, and a silent shooting scene mode. The M50 has a new Gyro Sensor that communicates movement with the lens-based IS system to improve shake compensation. Dual Sensing IS also features data from the image sensor to compensate shake when shooting stills and video.
Although the M50 is an entry level camera, its price tag is a little higher than many other entry-level models. Below, we compare it with some of its Canon counterparts as well as comparable-priced mirrorless camera.
The M50 is a great choice compared to other options at this price, but battery life is where it falls short.
Pricing and availability
The Canon EOS M50 body-only is available in black or white for $780. You can also order it with the EF-15-45mm for $900 and the EF-15-45mm and EF55-200mm for $1250.