Canon releases their first 4K mirrorless

EOS M50 Abstract

In case you’re purchasing for an reasonably priced mirrorless digicam with a strong construct, good ergonomics and (by way of an non-obligatory adapter) first-party EF-mount lens assist, the Canon M50 has quite a bit 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 an in depth look. Discover out if you can purchase one in our Canon M50 overview!


Comfy 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 dimension; 4K video is an M-series first.


Considerably restricted dynamic vary; JPEGs slightly gentle at base ISO, and extra so at greater ISOs; Heat white stability beneath incandescent gentle; Poor battery life; Uncooked buffer remains to be shallow (however C-RAW helps).

Value and availability

The Canon EOS M50 first turned accessible in April 2018 in a number of configurations, and a alternative of black or white physique colours. The M50 physique itself has a steered checklist value of round US$680 as of April 2019. Essentially the most reasonably priced equipment comes with an EF-M 15-45mm lens, and that lists for round US$800. For US$1,150 checklist, you should purchase the M50 with the 15-45mm lens and an EF-M 55-200mm zoom, a mix which is out there 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 checklist costs, by the way, are US$100 lower than these at launch.

Imaging Useful resource score

out of 5.0

Canon M50 Overview

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: Discipline 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: Overview Conclusion posted

The Canon EOS M5 was launched in November of 2016, and after we reviewed it, we requested if it was the mirrorless digicam that Canon fanatics had been ready for. For us, it got here shut and was definitely Canon’s greatest, most well-rounded mirrorless digicam but. The brand new Canon EOS M50 continues the pattern of M-series enchancment, and addresses a few of the M5’s small checklist of points, although it does not change that digicam, however as an alternative 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 critical contemplating how good it already was. Whereas these are notable additions, the M50 shares quite a bit with its dearer sibling too, together with the identical 24-megapixel APS-C picture sensor. Canon remains to be positioning it as an entry-level digicam basically, although, but it surely’s one which is extra full-featured than prior entry-level M cameras. Let’s take a better have 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 capturing
  • 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 larger brother, however there are additionally many variations whenever 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 instances, 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 does 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 essentially the most. The M5 has a essential dial across the shutter button, a multi-function button, an publicity compensation dial, a perform 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 guide popup flash). There’s a essential 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 peak 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.

Capturing 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 gives a brand new C-RAW lossy compression uncooked choice. C-RAW picture recordsdata are about 40 % smaller in dimension when in comparison with losslessly-compressed uncooked recordsdata. This results in some efficiency features, 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 may count on massive efficiency enhancements throughout the board for the M50. There are velocity enhancements, however they don’t seem to be huge. 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 keeping with Canon, the M50 can shoot 10 uncooked or 33 JPEG photographs 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.) Nevertheless, by capturing within the new lossy compressed C-RAW format you possibly can enhance uncooked buffer depth to 16 frames at 10 fps.

By the use 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. (Nevertheless, take into accout the marginally slower body charge.)

When autofocus, the Twin Pixel CMOS AF system within the M50 has additionally been upgraded in comparison with its sibling. It now contains 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% peak of prior Twin Pixel CMOS AF cameras. There are additionally many EF and EF-S lenses which might use 143 factors when tailored to the EOS M50 with the non-obligatory Canon-sold adapter.

The M50 additionally gives 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 guide focus, the M50 does supply focus peaking.

Total, 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 may count on from a next-generation processor.

Capturing modes

The Canon M50 contains quite a few capturing modes, and has been designed to be accessible for customers new to images, or at the very least new to an interchangeable-lens digicam, but it surely additionally gives superior customers intuitive bodily controls. Along with customary program, aperture precedence (Av), shutter velocity precedence (Television) and guide capturing 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 gives that characteristic. If you would like to switch your photographs, you are able to do so by way of the M50’s built-in Wi-Fi with NFC and Bluetooth. You possibly can switch photographs mechanically, as nicely.

Canon EOS M50 Wi-Fi Demo Video

With respect to capturing specs, the M50 has a shutter velocity vary of 30 to 1/4,000 second in program, aperture- or shutter-priority and guide modes, though some capturing modes have completely 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 gives 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 us 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 charge of 4K video is 120 Mbps. There are some downsides, although. 4K is proscribed to a 24p seize charge, 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 out there, the bit charge drops to 60 Mbps at a 60p framerate, and the utmost clip size stays the identical, at slightly below half-hour. For the excessive velocity HD video mode at 120 fps, the clip size tops out at virtually 7.5 minutes at 52 Mbps. Additional, the M50 data stereo sound with its twin inside mics, and contains 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 Kind-D port — which helps HDMI output of the capturing display screen 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 assist 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 pictures in common capturing with both show, and 370 pictures in Eco Mode. The M5 makes use of a bigger 1040mAh LP-E17 battery, which is rated for 60 extra pictures in common capturing modes.

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

The M50 is an attention-grabbing digicam for quite a few causes, not the least of which is that Canon is positioning it as an entry-level digicam in its press supplies. Once you have 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 capturing, 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 dearer massive brother, it’s arguably essentially 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 is able to assist alleviate the most important weak point of the M system — the dearth of fine native glass. There’s quite a bit to love concerning 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 contains a whole lot of very attention-grabbing options and in some methods tops each different Canon M-series digicam regardless of not having the very best value. The M50 is the primary M-series digicam with 4K video, for instance, however that is removed from the one new characteristic it contains. Let’s take a better have a look at the Canon M50 and see the way it performs in real-world capturing conditions.

The Canon M50 is a well-designed digicam that’s fairly simple to make use of. It might 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, significantly in circumstances when the sunshine is just too vivid to simply see the rear show. With that stated, due to the wonderful totally articulating design of the rear show, it’s not tough to orient in such a method you can remove the glare. The articulating show additionally makes working at uncommon angles very simple, comparable to capturing 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 numerous ISOs to that of its larger brother, the Canon M5, in addition to to a number of different ILC rivals in its class or value vary: the Fuji X-T100, Nikon D5600, Panasonic GX9 and Sony A6300.

NOTE: These photographs 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 had been shot with our very sharp reference lenses. Clicking any crop will take you to a provider web page the place you possibly can click on as soon as once more to entry the complete decision picture as delivered straight from the digicam. For these inquisitive about 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 necessary firsts — one among them for its collection, and the opposite for a Canon digicam of any variety. 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 aimed toward smartphone photographers prepared for a succesful, interchangeable-lens improve.

Essentially 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 avenue value on the order of US$630 body-only. By the use of comparability, essentially the most reasonably priced mirrorless mannequin in Canon’s lineup — the EOS M100 — has a avenue value 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 ultimate 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
  • Sizzling shoe cowl
  • Physique cap
  • IFC-600PCU USB interface cable
  • EM-200DB neck strap
  • One-year guarantee


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