The Canon EOS M50 was announced not too long ago and our colleagues Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake from the Camera Store recently had a chance to play with it and take it through its paces and give us some hands-on feedback.
Although the build quality isn’t impressive (the camera feels plasticy), and it has some obvious drawbacks like the interface (which is good for beginners but not necessarily much more). The EOS M series has quite a few models now but there are still very few native lenses which you can use without an adapter.
The AF is very good and the touch screen works very well as well. The camera can take a quick burst but at maximum speed, you will only get 6-7 shots so you need to keep this in mind. Canon now has the option to send every image that you take to your smartphone (like the Nikon Snapbridge) which is a neat feature.
Canon added eye tracking AF but it doesn’t seem to be as effective as the one you can find on Sony cameras (it kind of locks the focus when you half click and if the subjects move after that it losses focus). One nice thing that this camera has is a compressed RAW (full size not reduced size) which is really cool.
On the downside the battery like is really poor (around 230 CIPA) which is very low and you will need a couple of extra batteries if you want to shoot all day.
Moving on to video – this is Canon’s first 4K on an APS-C camera and this could have been a big deal but you need to keep a few things in mind – first the crop factor is going to be much higher (over 2x) and even worse – you lose the Daul Pixel AF (why Canon why?).
Here is a reminder of the main specs of the M50:
- Sensor: 24.1MP APS-C CMOS
- Image Processor: DIGIC 8
- Viewfinder: 2.36m-Dot OLED EVF
- LCD: 3.0″ Vari-Angle Touchscreen
- Video: 4K at 30p (1.6X crop) and FHD at 60p and 720p@120 with Dual Pixel CMOS AF (up to 1080p).
- Connectivity: Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC, Bluetooth.
- ISO: 100-25600.
- Image Stabilization: 5-Axis IS.
- Price: $780 body only