M50 first impressions review
A few times ago we posted article about Canon EOS-M50 full specs! Now we have a first impression about this camera.
The Canon EOS M50 is an entry-level mirrorless camera that features an electronic viewfinder, fully articulating touchscreen, single control dial and a 24MP APS-C sensor – the same used by its M-series siblings. It has Canon’s latest DIGIC 8 processor and offers expanded Dual Pixel AF coverage, 4K/24p video capture (1.6x crop) as well as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC.
In a lot of ways it’s a beefier, viewfinder-sporting M100, the brand’s most affordable M-mount offering. And it will likely appeal to the same crowd: beginners and/or those stepping up from a smartphone as their primary photography device. Unlike the M100, the M50 has Canon’s Guide Modes, like those found on the SL2 and T7i. But what’s really exciting about the M50 is what it might indicate about future developments in EOS M and Rebel-series cameras.
- 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor
- Dual Pixel autofocus for stills and video
- DIGIC 8 processor
- 2.36M-dot OLED EVF
- 1.04M-dot vari-angle LCD
- 7.4 fps burst in AF-C (10 fps in AF-S)
- 4K/24p UHD video (1.6 x crop)
- 1080/60p and 720/120p HD video
- Wi-Fi and NFC with Bluetooth
- 235 shot-per-charge battery live (via CIPA)
The M50 is the first Canon to use the new CR3 Raw format
This is the first Canon camera that will automatically send photos to your smartphone after each shot and the first M-series to offer 4K. But before you get too excited about that latter bit, it’s worth noting that 4K comes with a heavy 1.6x crop, and Dual Pixel AF is not available in 4K (contrast detection AF is available).
Dual Pixel AF can be used in all other video modes, including 1080/60p. It still covers 80% x 80% of the sensor but now with 99 selectable points (up from 49 on previous M cameras). And with certain lenses (18-150mm, 28mm macro and 55-200mm) that coverage increases to 88% x 100% with 143 points.
The M50 is the first Canon to use the new CR3 Raw format, which has an updated compression option called C-Raw (compressed full resolution, rather than the downsized ‘Small’ and ‘Medium’ Raw formats).
Other new features include an Eye Detection mode, only available in AF-S, as well as a new silent scene mode. The M50 also has a new gyro sensor that communicates movement to the lens-based IS system for better shake compensation, as well as dual Sensing IS (using data from the image sensor to compensate for shake when shooting stills or video).
The Canon EOS M50 will be available in April for $779 body-only in either black or white. It also ships in a variety of kits, including with the EF-M 15-45mm for $899, as well as with both the EF-M 15-45mm and EF-M 55-200mm for $1249.
Pre-order EOS M-50 body on amazon.com for $779
Pre-order EOS M-50 kit EF-M 15-45mm on amazon.com for $899
Pre-order EOS M-50 kit EF-M 15-45mm and EF-M 55-200mm on amazon.com for $1249