Canon EOS M50 review

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The Canon EOS M50 is a compact mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that captures high-quality photos and can shoot high-resolution videos in 4K.

Canon EOS M50 camera.

What’s in the kit?

When you purchase the Canon EOS M50, it’s cheaper to buy the kit because it’s $20 more, and you get a 15-45mm lens.

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In the EOS M50 EF-M 15-45mm IS STM Kit, you get the following items:

1. Canon EOS M50.

2. EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens.

3. Canon Battery Pack LP-E12 and Battery Charger LC-E12.

4. Canon EM-200DB Neck Strap.

5. Canon R-F-4 Camera Cover.

When you include the number of items you get with the kit, it’s a better choice than buying the body by itself.

Key features

The Canon EOS M50 was released in April 2018. It’s an APS-C mirrorless camera and the first M series camera that could shoot videos in 4K.

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The following are key features:

  • Dual Pixel CMOS and Eye Detection autofocus.
  • 24.1 Megapixel APS-C sensor.
  • Vari-angle touchscreen LCD.
  • Digic 8 image processor.
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities.
  • ISO 100 to 25,600.
  • Shoots up to 10 frames per second.
  • 4K Ultra HD resolution for videos.

It was also the first M camera to have the vari-angle LCD screen, which is a touchscreen. When added with the 4K video capability, it became a great camera for videos and vloggers.

With the EOS M50, Canon improved the Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus, which gives you fast and accurate autofocus. It also has Eye Detection autofocus, which determines where your subject’s eyes are and focuses there.

Canon’s EOS M50 is an entry-level mirrorless camera, which was enhanced with many benefits that the previous M cameras didn’t have. It can take high-quality images and videos.

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Design

The camera is 4.6 inches wide, 3.5 inches tall, and has a depth of 2.3 inches. It weighs 0.78 pounds, which is larger and heavier than the M100 that came out a year earlier. Granted, the EOS M50 has an LCD screen and hot shoe.

When you’re comparing how the camera looks, the M50 looks very similar to the M5, which was released 2 years prior. On the side, it has a handgrip that’s more shallow. It’s available in black and white.

Shooting videos

You can record in 4K Ultra HD resolution at 24 frames per second. To shoot in 4K, the camera mode dial needs to be set to the video dial.

The downside is that when you’re shooting in 4K, the Dual Pixel autofocus is disabled, and the crop factor becomes more zoomed in.

The quality and sharpness of the video won’t be as good as it would be if you were shooting with another camera such as the Sony A6300 or Fujifilm X-T20.

Best Canon EF-M lenses

The following are the best lenses for the Canon EOS M50:

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Conclusion

It’s great that Canon added 4K to an entry-level camera. However, the Canon EOS M50 isn’t the best option when it comes to mirrorless cameras. It’s a good choice if you’re just getting started with photography or want it to be a hobby.

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Featured photo courtesy of Canon.

About David Em

David Em.

David Em is the founder of Portraits Refined. He’s a published portrait photographer dedicated to helping photographers develop skills, capture incredible photos, and build successful businesses.

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