Canon releases their first 4K mirrorless


EOS M50 Abstract

When you’re looking for an reasonably priced mirrorless digicam with a strong construct, good ergonomics and (by way of an non-compulsory adapter) first-party EF-mount lens help, the Canon M50 has loads to supply. Sporting a next-gen DIGIC 8 processor, the M50 is each swift and shoots nice images. Whereas there are some drawbacks to its new 4K video seize performance, the M50 deserves a detailed look. Discover out if you should purchase one in our Canon M50 overview!


Snug ergonomics and strong construct; Versatile EVF and tilt-swivel, touch-screen LCD; Good picture high quality; Nice efficiency for its class; New C-RAW format saves on uncooked file measurement; 4K video is an M-series first.


Considerably restricted dynamic vary; JPEGs slightly smooth at base ISO, and extra so at larger ISOs; Heat white stability below incandescent mild; Poor battery life; Uncooked buffer continues to be shallow (however C-RAW helps).

Worth and availability

The Canon EOS M50 first grew to become out there in April 2018 in a number of configurations, and a selection of black or white physique colours. The M50 physique itself has a steered record worth of round US$680 as of April 2019. Probably the most reasonably priced equipment comes with an EF-M 15-45mm lens, and that lists for round US$800. For US$1,150 record, you should buy the M50 with the 15-45mm lens and an EF-M 55-200mm zoom, a mixture which is on the market solely in black. Lastly, there is a Video Creator Equipment for about US$900, which features a Rode on-camera mic and a 32GB SD card along with the 15-45mm lens. All of those record costs, by the way, are US$100 lower than these at launch.

Imaging Useful resource score

out of 5.0

Canon M50 Assessment

by Jeremy Grey, Zig Weidelich, Dave Pardue and Mike Tomkins
Preview posted: 02/25/2018
Final up to date: 04/28/2019

06/21/2018: Subject Take a look at posted
07/19/2018: First Photographs posted
07/30/2018: Efficiency posted
04/18/2019: Picture High quality Comparability and Print High quality posted
04/28/2019: Assessment Conclusion posted

The Canon EOS M5 was launched in November of 2016, and once we reviewed it, we requested if it was the mirrorless digicam that Canon lovers had been ready for. For us, it got here shut and was actually Canon’s finest, most well-rounded mirrorless digicam but. The brand new Canon EOS M50 continues the development of M-series enchancment, and addresses a few of the M5’s small record of points, although it would not substitute that digicam, however as a substitute slots beneath it in Canon’s lineup.

The Canon M50 marks a few firsts for Canon. It’s the first Canon digicam with the brand new DIGIC 8 picture processor. It is also the primary Canon M digicam to incorporate 4K video recording. Additional, the Twin Pixel CMOS AF has been improved, which is important contemplating how good it already was. Whereas these are notable additions, the M50 shares loads with its costlier sibling too, together with the identical 24-megapixel APS-C picture sensor. Canon continues to be positioning it as an entry-level digicam normally, although, but it surely’s one which is extra full-featured than prior entry-level M cameras. Let’s take a more in-depth take a look at what’s new.

M50 Key Options

  • 24.1-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Native ISO vary of 100-25,600
  • First Canon digicam with new DIGIC 8 picture processor
  • As much as 10 frames per second steady taking pictures
  • Improved Twin Pixel CMOS AF
  • 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen
  • 0.39-inch OLED digital viewfinder
  • 4K UHD video recording
  • Constructed-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth

Digicam Physique and Design

There are stylistic similarities between the brand new Canon M50 and its greater brother, however there are additionally many variations while you look nearer. Beginning on the rear of the digicam, the M50 has a barely smaller show than the M5 (three inches versus 3.2 inches), however this comes with the tradeoff that the M50 has a vari-angle show, whereas the M5 has only a tilting show. In each circumstances, they provide contact performance. The M50’s three-inch show has roughly 1.04 million dots whereas the M5’s has 1.62 million. The M50 would not have a management dial across the four-way pad and the ability change has been relocated. Additional, the devoted film report button has been moved from the again of the digicam to the highest deck on the M50.

Talking of the highest of the digicam, that is the place the 2 cameras differ probably the most. The M5 has a foremost dial across the shutter button, a multi-function button, an publicity compensation dial, a operate dial with central button, a flash launch button, and a locking mode dial. The M50 simplifies issues drastically by eradicating the publicity compensation and performance dials, and the flash launch button (it now has a handbook popup flash). There’s a foremost dial, a multi-function button and a non-locking mode dial, however to the left of the digital viewfinder, there are not any dials or buttons in any way.

The M50 has dimensions (width x top x depth) of 4.6 x 3.5 x 2.3 inches (116.3 mm x 88.1 x 58.7 mm), and it weighs 13.7 ounces (387 g) with the battery and an SD reminiscence card inserted. The white model weighs three grams extra. By comparability, the M5 is 4.6 x 3.5 x 2.4 inches (115.6 x 89.2 x 60.6 mm), slightly narrower regardless of having extra dials, however slightly taller and deeper. The M5 is round 1.3 ounces or 37 grams heavier as nicely.

Taking pictures Options

Sensor and picture high quality

The M50 employs the identical 24.1-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor as its sibling. It has the identical native sensitivity vary because the M5 of 100 to 25,600, nevertheless it will possibly now be expanded to ISO 51,200 as nicely. Additional, the M50 helps the next-generation CR3 uncooked format and it affords a brand new C-RAW lossy compression uncooked possibility. C-RAW picture recordsdata are about 40 p.c smaller in measurement when in comparison with losslessly-compressed uncooked recordsdata. This results in some efficiency beneficial properties, as we will see within the subsequent part.

Efficiency enhancements pushed by first DIGIC 8 processor

As the primary digicam with a DIGIC 8 processor, you would possibly count on massive efficiency enhancements throughout the board for the M50. There are pace enhancements, however they don’t seem to be large. The digicam can shoot at as much as 10 frames per second with single-shot autofocus, and seven.4 frames per second with steady autofocus. That is a few body per second quicker than the M5 for single-shot AF and 0.4 fps quicker for steady AF.

In accordance with Canon, the M50 can shoot 10 uncooked or 33 JPEG photos at 10 fps earlier than it slows. (In our lab testing, the M50 did have a ten body uncooked or uncooked+JPEG buffer, but it surely managed 36 JPEGs earlier than slowing.) Nonetheless, by taking pictures within the new lossy compressed C-RAW format you’ll be able to improve uncooked buffer depth to 16 frames at 10 fps.

By means of comparability, the M5 managed solely 27 JPEGs within the lab at simply over 9 frames per second, however its lossless uncooked buffer depth was nonetheless deeper than the M50’s C-RAW buffer at 18 frames. (Nonetheless, be mindful the marginally slower body price.)

When taking a look at autofocus, the Twin Pixel CMOS AF system within the M50 has additionally been upgraded in comparison with its sibling. It now consists of 143 selectable focus factors, though there is a catch: Not each EF-M lens can make the most of all 143 factors.

The EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM, EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM and EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lenses can all use 143 factors, which covers 88% of the horizontal picture space and 100% of the vertical picture space. The remainder of the EF-M lenses, together with the usual EF-M 15-45mm equipment lens, can solely use 99 factors which cowl the identical 80% width and 80% top of prior Twin Pixel CMOS AF cameras. There are additionally many EF and EF-S lenses which may use 143 factors when tailored to the EOS M50 with the non-compulsory Canon-sold adapter.

The M50 additionally affords Eye Detection and touch-and-drag autofocus options, the latter operated by way of its rear touch-screen show. The working vary of the autofocus system is manufacturer-rated as -2 to 18 EV (at ISO 100 with the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM lens), and the M50 has a built-in AF help LED lamp. Additional, if you wish to use handbook focus, the M50 does provide focus peaking.

General, the DIGIC 8 is an attention-grabbing replace to the M50, and it does ship some improved efficiency, though maybe not fairly as a lot as you would possibly count on from a next-generation processor.

Taking pictures modes

The Canon M50 consists of quite a few taking pictures modes, and has been designed to be accessible for customers new to images, or a minimum of new to an interchangeable-lens digicam, but it surely additionally affords superior customers intuitive bodily controls. Along with customary program, aperture precedence (Av), shutter pace precedence (Television) and handbook taking pictures modes, there are additionally scene modes and the digicam additionally features a new silent mode as a part of its scene mode choice. The silent mode leads to there being no shutter sound in any way utilizing an digital shutter.

If you wish to course of your uncooked recordsdata within the digicam, the M50 now affords that function. If you would like to switch your photos, you are able to do so by way of the M50’s built-in Wi-Fi with NFC and Bluetooth. You’ll be able to switch photos robotically, as nicely.

Canon EOS M50 Wi-Fi Demo Video

With respect to taking pictures specs, the M50 has a shutter pace vary of 30 to 1/4,000 second in program, aperture- or shutter-priority and handbook modes, though some taking pictures modes have totally different limitations. The digicam has a built-in manually-deployed flash which has a flash sync of 1/200s and a information variety of solely 16.4 ft (5m) at ISO 100. The digicam depends upon a 384-zone metering system and affords evaluative, partial, spot and center-weighted common metering modes.

Video: Canon EOS M50 is the primary M-series digicam with 4K video

4K video has been a very long time coming to the Canon EOS M collection, but it surely lastly arrives with the M50. Let’s take a look at the excellent news first: the digicam can report 4K ultra-high definition video at 23.98 frames per second. Additional, it will possibly shoot Full HD video at as much as 60 fps, and HD video at as much as 120 fps.

When recording 4K extremely high-def video, which has 4 occasions the pixels of Full HD video, the M50 can nonetheless report for as much as 29 minutes and 59 seconds, which is a formidable recording restrict for 4K on this class. The bit price of 4K video is 120 Mbps. There are some downsides, although. 4K is restricted to a 24p seize price, it is cropped from the middle by an element of about 1.6x on prime of Canon’s 1.6x APS-C crop, and autofocus is contrast-detect solely.

When recording Full HD video, Twin Pixel AF is on the market, the bit price drops to 60 Mbps at a 60p framerate, and the utmost clip size stays the identical, at just below half-hour. For the excessive pace HD video mode at 120 fps, the clip size tops out at virtually 7.5 minutes at 52 Mbps. Additional, the M50 information stereo sound with its twin inner mics, and consists of an exterior mic enter, which is sweet. It is price noting that the utmost sensitivity throughout 4K video is ISO 6400 whereas for 1080p and beneath, the utmost is ISO 25,600.

Whereas there are some drawbacks with the M50’s implementation of 4K video, it is nice that Canon has lastly included it in an M-series digicam.

Ports, storage and connectivity

The M50 has a Micro-B USB 2.0 port, a Micro HDMI Sort-D port — which helps HDMI output of the taking pictures display with out sound whereas recording — and a 3.5mm stereo microphone jack. It doesn’t, nevertheless, have the M5’s wired distant jack. Photos and video are saved on SD/SDHC/SDXC playing cards by way of a single card slot with help for UHS-I, identical to the M5.

The M50 makes use of Canon’s 7.2V 875mAh LP-E12 lithium-ion battery pack, which is CIPA-rated to 235 photographs in common taking pictures with both show, and 370 photographs in Eco Mode. The M5 makes use of a bigger 1040mAh LP-E17 battery, which is rated for 60 extra photographs in common taking pictures modes.

Sibling Rivalry: The place does the M50 sit in Canon’s lineup?

The M50 is an attention-grabbing digicam for a lot of causes, not the least of which is that Canon is positioning it as an entry-level digicam in its press supplies. Once you take a look at its specs and have set, it is considerably stunning to see it described as entry-level. It has a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor, 10 frames per second taking pictures, Twin Pixel CMOS AF, 4K video, Vari-angle touchscreen and a built-in digital viewfinder. Construct high quality feels strong and regardless of shedding some bodily controls in comparison with its costlier massive brother, it’s arguably probably the most succesful M-series digicam Canon has launched up to now.

For Canon shooters with an array of EF and EF-S lenses, the M50 will presumably work as nicely with the tailored lenses as different M-series cameras have, which can assist alleviate the most important weak spot of the M system — the shortage of excellent native glass. There’s loads to love in regards to the M50. If that is the brand new entry-level EOS M digicam, we like the place Canon seems to be headed with the road.


Greater than an entry-level digicam however not fairly an enthusiast-grade one, the brand new Canon EOS M50 mirrorless digicam consists of loads of very attention-grabbing options and in some methods tops each different Canon M-series digicam regardless of not having the best worth. The M50 is the primary M-series digicam with 4K video, for instance, however that is removed from the one new function it consists of. Let’s take a more in-depth take a look at the Canon M50 and see the way it performs in real-world taking pictures conditions.

The Canon M50 is a well-designed digicam that’s fairly simple to make use of. It could not have as many bodily controls because the M5, however the M50 does have a really helpful vari-angle touchscreen show. Additional, the M50 additionally has an digital viewfinder, one thing the Canon EOS M6 lacks. The viewfinder works nicely too, notably in situations when the sunshine is simply too vibrant to simply see the rear show. With that mentioned, because of the superb absolutely articulating design of the rear show, it isn’t tough to orient in such a approach that you could eradicate the glare. The articulating show additionally makes working at uncommon angles very simple, akin to taking pictures from down low or holding the digicam up excessive.

Right here we current crops from our laboratory Nonetheless Life goal evaluating the Canon M50’s picture high quality at varied ISOs to that of its greater brother, the Canon M5, in addition to to a number of different ILC rivals in its class or worth vary: the Fuji X-T100, Nikon D5600, Panasonic GX9 and Sony A6300.

NOTE: These photos are from very best quality JPEGs straight out of the digicam, at default settings together with noise discount and utilizing the digicam’s precise base ISO (not prolonged ISO settings). All cameras on this comparability have been shot with our very sharp reference lenses. Clicking any crop will take you to a provider web page the place you’ll be able to click on as soon as once more to entry the total decision picture as delivered straight from the digicam. For these taken with working with the RAW recordsdata concerned, click on these hyperlinks to go to every digicam’s respective pattern picture thumbnail web page…

Canon’s newest M-series mirrorless digicam marks a few essential firsts — certainly one of them for its collection, and the opposite for a Canon digicam of any form. The primary M-series mannequin with 4K video seize, and the primary Canon digicam with a DIGIC 8 processor, the M50 is an reasonably priced mid-range mannequin geared toward smartphone photographers prepared for a succesful, interchangeable-lens improve.

Probably the most reasonably priced EOS mirrorless with DIGIC 8, 4K, or an EVF
Approachable but versatile, the EOS M50 will match the invoice properly for a lot of photographers in want of a compact, reasonably priced interchangeable-lens digicam that’ll give them loads of room to develop. It is not fairly the lowest-priced EOS mirrorless digicam of the second, but it surely’s not removed from it, with a present road worth on the order of US$630 body-only. By means of comparability, probably the most reasonably priced mirrorless mannequin in Canon’s lineup — the EOS M100 — has a road worth of about US$450, though that admittedly features a 15-45mm lens. However simply one other US$20 or so is sufficient to add that very same optic to the M50 equipment, for a closing pricetag of simply US$200 greater than the entry-level mannequin.


Within the Field

The Canon EOS M50 15-45mm equipment retail field (as examined) ships with the next gadgets:

  • Canon EOS M50 physique
  • EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens
  • Entrance and rear lens caps
  • LP-E12 battery pack
  • LC-E12 battery charger
  • Scorching shoe cowl
  • Physique cap
  • IFC-600PCU USB interface cable
  • EM-200DB neck strap
  • One-year guarantee


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