The Canon EOS M50, also known as the EOS Kiss M in Asia, is an affordable mirrorless camera with a single control dial, a fully articulating touchscreen, an electronic viewfinder, and a 24 megapixel APS-C sensor. This sensor is the same one that is used by the other cameras in the M-series. In addition to having the most recent version of Canon’s DIGIC 8 processor, it features an increased Dual Pixel AF coverage, and the ability to record 4K/24p video (with a crop factor of 1.7x), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC.
It’s essentially a more robust and viewfinder-equipped version of the M100, which is the brand’s most reasonably priced M-mount product. And it will probably appeal to the same kind of people: people who are just starting out in photography or those who are upgrading from using their smartphone as their primary camera device. The most interesting aspect of the Canon EOS M50, however, maybe what its release may portend for the evolution of subsequent cameras in the EOS M and Rebel series.
The release of the M50 is a resounding demonstration that Canon is living up to its promise. It is the first M-series camera from Canon to provide 4K resolution, and it is also the first Canon camera that will instantly transfer photographs to your smartphone after each shot. However, before you get too excited about that last part, it is important to note that 4K comes with a hefty 1.7x crop and that Dual Pixel AF is not accessible in 4K. (contrast detection AF is available).
All of the other video modes, including 1080/60p, are compatible with the Dual Pixel AF autofocus system. It still covers 80% by 80% of the sensor, but there are now 99 available locations to choose from (up from 49 on previous M cameras). Additionally, when using particular lenses (such as 18-150mm, 28mm macro, and 55-200mm), this coverage may grow to 88 percent of the whole area with 143 points.
Compressed full resolution, as opposed to the scaled ‘Small’ and ‘Medium’ Raw formats, the M50 is the first Canon camera to employ the brand-new CR3 Raw format, which features an upgraded compression option dubbed C-Raw.
A new quiet shooting scene option has also been added, in addition to other new features such as an Eye Detection mode, which is only accessible in the AF-S mode. The M50 also has a brand new gyro sensor that connects movement to the lens-based image stabilization technology for improved shake adjustment, in addition to dual Sensing image stabilization (using data from the image sensor to compensate for shake when shooting stills or video).
Body & Handling
The M50 is a hybrid between the M100 and the M5 in terms of its physical design. There is just one control dial, much like the M100, but the camera also has an electronic viewfinder, a hotshoe, and a mode dial, just like the more advanced M-series cameras. Overall, it is a great addition to Canon’s mirrorless range and serves as a little more robust option to the M100 at the entry-level price point.
If Canon removed the grip and the hump that houses the electronic viewfinder, the EOS M50 would be around the same size as the EOS M100. Although it may not fit as easily into coat pockets as its more diminutive sister, at around 350 grams (body only), it will not weigh you down very significantly. In spite of the fact that it is made of plastic, the build quality has a substantial feel when held. As a result of the grip, we observed that it was far simpler to grasp than the M100.
Both a hotshoe and a mode dial can be found on the top of the M50, however, the M100 lacks both of these features. In addition to that, there is a button for customizing the function, a button for recording video, and an on/off switch. The sole control dial for the camera is located around the button that triggers the shutter.
In comparison to the rear of the M100, the back of the M50 is more evocative of the higher-end M5, since it features distinct buttons for AE lock and AF frame selection. There is, like with other M-series cameras, a Quick Menu button (which may also be accessed through the touchscreen), which allows users to make adjustments to a large number of the camera’s most important settings.
The buttons are on the smaller side, and the video recording button, which is flush with the top plate, can be difficult to discover and easy to push by accident. Additionally, there are a few other buttons that are flat with the top plate.
The 2.36 million dots OLED electronic viewfinder is on par with other cameras in its class in terms of specifications, and we have no complaints about it.
The touch LCD of the M50 has complete articulation and can be rotated to serve as a selfie screen, which is convenient for vlogging.
The touch functionality offered by Canon is among the very finest in the industry. In addition to the conventional tap-to-focus, menu navigation, and image playback functions, the M50 furthermore has a Touchpad AF option, which enables you to shift your focus point even while you are looking through the viewfinder. You have the option of selecting absolute or relative movement, and you can also select which part of the LCD screen will be active. This prevents you from accidentally “nose focusing” on an object.
Although the majority of the features included on the M50 can also be found on the company’s other recent mirrorless and DSLR models, we are going to highlight a select handful of them here.
New RAW format
Since 2004, Canon has been making use of the CR2 Raw format, and with the release of the EOS M50, they have transitioned to the CR3 format. The availability of a new C-RAW format, which stands for compressed Raw, is the primary advantage of CR3. According to Canon, the file sizes of C-Raw images are around 40 percent less than those of a standard Raw file, with only a modest decrease in quality.
We took a deeper look at the process of utilizing C-Raw and discovered that, unless you are brightening shadows by many stops, there is no reason not to use C-Raw on a daily basis. This was the conclusion we reached after conducting our investigation.
Canon’s Digital Photo Professional and Adobe Camera Raw are both prepared to work with it, however, it may take some time until your preferred Raw editor supports it.
Dual Sensing IS
In addition, Canon has improved the functionality of its image stabilization system, which is referred to as Dual Sensing IS. Because the M50 uses both the information from the gyroscopes contained inside the camera as well as the information from its CMOS sensor to detect motion, you are provided with two sources of data rather than just one. Canon asserts that you will get an additional half stop of shaking reduction when using their product, which is not a significant amount but is nevertheless an improvement.
This function is only accessible on three EF-M lenses, and are the 15-45mm F3.5-6.3, the 55-200mm F4.5-6.3, and the 18-150mm F3.5-6.3. This is in keeping with a similar motif that is seen on the M50.
We made an effort to determine whether or not it made a difference, but the outcomes of our tests were inconclusive.
The EOS M50 comes with a few unique connectivity-related capabilities that aren’t available on any of Canon’s previous cameras. To begin, what has remained the same: Wi-Fi, near-field communication (NFC) for connection with Android smartphones, and Bluetooth are all features offered by the M50. Photos may be sent wirelessly to a variety of online photo sharing and social networking platforms; but, before doing so, they are required to go via Canon’s own cloud service.
The camera makes use of Bluetooth for a number of different purposes. It gives you the ability to couple your phone and camera without requiring you to choose an SSID or scan a QR code beforehand. In addition to this, it ensures that a connection is always maintained between the phone and the camera, even when the camera is switched off. If you want to see images on the camera and transfer them to your phone, all you have to do is tap the button in the app, and the M50 will start the Wi-Fi connection, making it simple for you to complete the remaining steps.
The new tool is called Auto Transfer, and it is compatible with both Macs and PCs as well as cellphones. Once you make a few adjustments, the M50 will automatically transmit a photo to your phone as soon as it is shot (JPEGs only – no videos either). The easiest and most time-effective method to share photographs with other people is to use the Auto Transfer feature. Be aware that this is an option that can only be used once since the function will be disabled once the camera is turned off. It would be preferable if the setting could be saved.
When both of your devices are connected to the same wireless network, you also have the option to automatically transfer photographs from your camera to your personal computer. This is a convenient method to clear off your memory card after a long day of shooting. It is at this location where movies and Raw files are transmitted. During the period that we had access to the camera, we occasionally had to switch the camera off and then back on before the transfer could begin.
It is important to note that maintaining a continuous Bluetooth connection will cause the battery to deplete more quickly, particularly if you keep the connection established even while the camera is turned off.
The M50 includes an extremely fundamental Auto ISO system, in which the sole choice is to specify the maximum ISO that it will utilize. It is not possible to specify the lowest shutter speed that the camera will use before increasing the ISO, which may be extremely helpful for those who struggle to hold the camera steady at slower shutter speeds, such as 1/30 of a second.
There is also no ‘rate of change’ option, which is included on many other Canon cameras and instructs the camera how rapidly to increase the sensitivity. This option is not present on this camera. For instance, if you wanted to catch activity, you would require a faster shutter speed, and increasing the ISO is the only way to achieve that, so you would choose a rate of change that was quick.
The 24 megapixel sensor used in the EOS M50 may also be found in practically all other recent APS-C Canon cameras, including DSLR models. On the other hand, the M50 is the first camera to feature the Digic 8 processor, which may have an effect on the quality of JPEG images.
Raw images captured by the EOS M50, the EOS M6, and the EOS M100 are very identical to one another in terms of the amount of detail that is captured and the colors that are rendered. When the high ISO performance of the M50 and the M6 are compared, you will see that there is really little difference between the two. However, the Fujifilm X-T20 has a sizeable advantage over both Canons and Sony (although it is unclear how much of this is due to chroma noise reduction in the demosaicing process). Sony’s APS-C offerings show slightly less noise at high ISO, while the Fujifilm has a sizeable advantage over both Canons and Sony. Above ISO 12800 on the M50, noise reduction in Raw begins to take effect (and above ISO 6400 on the a6300).
The colors in Canon’s JPEGs have always been attractive, and the yellows captured by the M50 have a discernibly lower amount of green than those captured by earlier models in the M-series. On the other hand, the reds in our studio scenario are noticeably less vibrant, despite the fact that this was not reflected in the shots taken in the real world. In addition, the auto white balance is somewhat more yellowish in dim light compared to the M6 and the M100. If you look very closely, you could notice that the M50 captures more fine information at the base ISO than the M6, however, this is only the case if you look very closely. The JPEGs produced by Sony and the Fujifilm both do a better job of preserving the finer details.
The M50 is a little bit better at high ISOs than the M6, but yet again, Fujifilm’s X-T20 seems cleaner and sharper, and Sony’s context-sensitive method probably gives the best results. The M50 has a built-in electronic viewfinder. It appears that Canon continues to forgo context-sensitive noise reduction, which results in greater noise and less low contrast detail. This method can be thought of as a “worst-case scenario” scenario.
The EOS M50 is Canon’s first camera aimed at consumers that is capable of recording 4K (Ultra High Definition) video. This is accomplished at a maximum bitrate of 120Mbps utilizing the H.264 codec together with IBP compression and at a frame rate of either 24p or 25p. In order to take photos in 4K, the mode dial on the camera has to be set to the specific video setting.
Unfortunately, the 4K capabilities of the M50 suffer from not one but two significant flaws. First, its normally outstanding Dual Pixel AF technology cannot be used at that resolution since it is deactivated. The rationale given by Canon is “technical reasons,” however they do not elaborate. We believe the problem stems from both processing and heat-related difficulties. As a result, the only autofocus mode available to you is the standard contrast-detect mode, which has a significantly lower level of capability.
Second, while shooting in 4K, the M50 has a considerable crop factor that only becomes more pronounced when digital image stabilization is used. And keep in mind that this is in addition to the crop factor of 1.6x that is inherent to an APS-C-size sensor. You can see the cut of the settings for 4K and 1080p below, along with the basic and enhanced levels of image stabilization (IS).
To help put everything into perspective, let’s imagine you’re shooting with the kit lens, which has a focal range of 15-45 millimeters and is already comparable to 24-72 millimeters on a 35mm camera. When shooting video in 1080p with the regular IS, the equivalent focal length range increases to 26-79mm, which isn’t too awful. However, when you switch to advanced IS mode, that focal range expands to 32-102mm equivalent.
Even worse is 4K, which has equal focal lengths of 41-122 millimeters without image stabilization and 42-126 millimeters with normal image stabilization. If for whatever reason you wanted to utilize improved IS, the focal length would have to be increased to a ridiculous 54-162mm F13-23 equivalent. Even if you only want to record 4K video with the usual IS, you will still need the widest lens possible, which at the moment is the EF-M 11-22mm, which is still comparable to a 31-62mm F11-F16 Equiv. lens when those settings are used.
The rise in crop factor is not the only aspect to consider when deciding whether or not to use the digital IS modes: They also did a number on the image quality, as you will see later down the page.
We compared the EOS M50 against Sony’s a6300, which boasts superior 4K video quality, in part due to in-camera oversampling, as well as no crop factor while shooting at 24 frames per second and a crop factor that is still respectable when shooting at 30 frames per second.
You don’t need to be an expert camera critic to see that the video quality of the M50 is noticeably inferior to that of the Sony, particularly in terms of its inability to catch small details (and this is with movie IS turned off). If you switch on the regular IS feature on the M50 (there is no corresponding feature on the Sony), you will notice a considerable decrease in the image quality. You don’t need to look much farther if you want to see what occurs when you utilize the improved IS mode.
Now, let’s have a look at the video quality at 1080p, which is something the Sony a6300 has trouble with. Even while using the regular IS mode, the M50 is capable of capturing noticeably more information than the Sony. When enhanced IS is enabled, the EOS M50 loses whatever edge it may have had over other cameras. This should not come as a surprise.
We hypothesize that the camera samples a smaller portion of the sensor when digital IS is enabled, and then scales the data back up, which results in a softer 4K image and a decrease in image quality. For instance, while shooting at 4K with the usual IS setting, the M50 may be sampling an area that is around 3430 pixels wide, and then scaling it back up to 3840 pixels. As is the case with still images, you cannot create anything from nothing, which results in a decline in the quality of the video. Even with all of the image stabilization turned off, the 1.7x crop factor indicates that the M50 is only reading 3530 pixels wide while recording 4K video. This explains why the 4K footage was so blurry, to begin with.
In addition to the lens-based shaking reduction that is considered the industry standard, there are also two digital IS modes available: enhanced and standard. We used our studio setting to illustrate the efficiency of each of them at 1080p, as well as the cropping that was necessary.
The narrative is conveyed in the video. When the conventional digital IS is turned on, the lens-based IS helps smooth things out, making the digital IS seem quite steady. When compared to the leap that occurs when switching to enhanced IS, the difference in field-of-view that occurs when using the lens or normal IS is not very noteworthy. As you observed farther up the page, utilizing enhanced IS is not a good option because of the significant decrease in quality that it causes.
It is important to highlight the capturing tools that come included with the M50. In any mode, you are able to record at resolutions up to 1080/60p; but, in order to record in 4K, you will need to switch to the mode that is specifically designated for video on the mode dial. There are not many controls; you may change the volume of the built-in or an external microphone, engage an auto-leveling function, or switch on a wind filter.
If you are using the manual exposure mode, you have the option of using exposure compensation in conjunction with Auto ISO to keep the aperture and shutter speed from changing. There is also the option of focus peaking.
The Canon EOS M50 makes use of the same LP-E12 battery as the Canon EOS M100 does; however, the battery life of the EOS M50 is only 235 shots per charge, which is 60 shots fewer than the Canon EOS M100. Even though you can set it on an “Eco mode” that provides you around 370 photos per charge, competing cameras, such as the Sony a6300, have longer battery lives than this one does.
Despite the presence of a micro-USB connector, the battery cannot be charged by anything other than the charger that was included in the package. It’s a pity because the vast majority of its competitors can be charged over USB.
|Body type||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Max resolution||6000 x 4000|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||24 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||26 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)|
|Color filter array||Primary color filter|
|ISO||Auto, 100-25600 (expands to 51200)|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||51200|
|White balance presets||6|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|File format||JPEG (Exif v2.31)Raw (Canon CR3 14-bit)|
|Optics & Focus|
|Autofocus||Contrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View|
|Autofocus assist lamp||Yes|
|Number of focus points||143|
|Lens mount||Canon EF-M|
|Focal length multiplier||1.6×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Articulated LCD||Fully articulated|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Exposure modes||ProgramShutter priorityAperture priorityManual|
|Flash range||5.00 m (at ISO 100)|
|External flash||Yes (via hot shoe)|
|Flash X sync speed||1/200 sec|
|Continuous drive||10.0 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)|
|Exposure compensation||±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV steps)|
|Modes||3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 60 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 30 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 30 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC1280 x 720 @ 120p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC1280 x 720 @ 60p / 26 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC slot (UHS-I compatible)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Wireless notes||802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth|
|Remote control||Yes (via smartphone)|
|Battery description||LP-E12 lithium-ion battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||235|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||390 g (0.86 lb / 13.76 oz)|
|Dimensions||116 x 88 x 59 mm (4.57 x 3.46 x 2.32″)|
At first blush, one may mistake the Canon EOS M50 for a more compact and economically priced version of the company’s EOS M5 camera. The internal differences are significant, despite the fact that the outside appears relatively unchanged. The M50 is the first Canon camera to utilize the Digic 8 processor, and it is also the first consumer-level model that is capable of recording 4K video. Additionally, the M50 features an upgraded version of its Dual Pixel AF technology, in addition to a new Raw format and enhanced wireless connectivity.
The M50 belongs to a class of cameras that are best described as “entry-level plus.” These are cameras that are reasonably affordable and simple to operate, and they are designed for those who want something more capable than their smartphone. Its competitors include cameras with bigger APS-C sensors like those made by Sony and Fujifilm, as well as Micro Four Thirds cameras like those made by Olympus and Panasonic.
The M50 is a camera that anybody can pick up and operate, due to a simpler UI and a clever Auto mode, just like the EOS M100, which is the company’s actual entry-level model. When users are ready to go to more complex controls, they will discover that the M50 comes equipped with a complete set of such capabilities.
When compared to the majority of its contemporaries, the EOS M50 lags well behind in terms of its most promised function, which is the capturing of 4K video. Although it is exciting to see that Canon has finally developed a consumer-level camera that is capable of shooting in 4K, it became immediately apparent that this capability is not yet ready for primetime. That is a shame because the M50 performs fairly admirably in a wide variety of other applications.
The Canon EOS M50 has an astounding array of features, including Canon’s most recent processor, an improved autofocus system, and streamlined wireless capabilities. It is a wonderful pick for individuals who will mostly be capturing still shots and who want a little more horsepower than the entry-level EOS M100 has to offer. If this describes you, then we are confident in recommending that you go with the M50.
If you’re interested in the M50 because of its capacity to record 4K video, you should know that you’re probably going to be dissatisfied with the results. Instead, you should look into alternatives like the Sony a6300, Fujifilm X-T20, Panasonic G85, or Olympus E-M10 III.
When it comes to taking still photographs, the Canon EOS M50 is an excellent option for photographers who are looking for a device that is more capable than an entry-level camera but does not go beyond what is necessary. The new C-Raw format is a fantastic bonus on top of its already amazing image quality, better AF system, and wireless connection. Because of its high crop factor, rolling shutter, and inferior autofocus performance, the M50 is not the right camera for recording 4K footage. If this is what you want, go elsewhere.
- The 24MP APS-C sensor provides excellent picture quality.
- In low light and at 7.4 frames per second, Dual Pixel AF operates nicely.
- With some lenses, there are more AF points and a greater phase-detect coverage area.
- The new C-Raw format reduces file size without sacrificing image quality, making it an ideal choice for photographers.
- Canon’s first non-pro camera to offer 4K capture. —
- With Bluetooth, connecting a smartphone is a breeze.
- With its well-implemented touch interface and fully articulating LCD,
- Electronic viewfinder with 2.36M dots
- Invaluable auto-sync between devices.
- Input from an external microphone
- Wide-angle photography is practically impossible in 4K due to a large crop.
- When filming 4K, there is no Dual Pixel AF.
- Rolling shutter and ‘jello’ are clearly seen in 4K video.
- Even more video cropping is possible with Digital IS, although there is a notable decrease in quality.
- Battery life is short.
- When shooting RAW bursts, a little buffer is necessary.
- An easy-to-implement Auto ISO solution
- It’s difficult to locate the video capture button, and pressing it by accident is easy.
- Only one AF can be detected at a time.
- There is no way to charge a USB device.
- Only a few native lenses are available.
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