Canon’s new EOS M50 Mirrorless is finally official

Feb 26, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Canon’s new EOS M50 Mirrorless is finally official

Feb 26, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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There’s been a fair bit of talk about Canon’s new EOS M50 mirrorless camera, from secret meetings to image leaks, and then specs. But now it’s finally official. Announced today, the Canon EOS M50 mirrorless camera is here, and the specs are confirmed and final.

It’s nice to finally see some of the rumours squashed, and a couple confirmed. It also ends any speculation as to whether or not Canon were bringing back the eye-ball scanning autofocus viewfinder systems of the EOS5/A2e. They didn’t. It does look like Canon may have finally hit on the perfect combination of specs and stats to make the ideal vlogging camera, though.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIH6OoFetLA

Canon seems to have led the way when it comes to creating (near) perfect cameras for vlogging. Between the 70D, 80D, M5 and G7X II they’ve got things fairly sewn up in that market. The EOS M50, though, almost seems entirely targeted to that audience. But it seems that it’s no slouch for stills, though, either.

With its 24.1 megapixel APS-C sensor, dual-pixel autofocus and eye-tracking autofocus system (that’s your subject’s eye, not the photographer’s), it appears to be a rather nice compact little package.

  • Sensor: 22.3mm x 14.9mm APS-C CMOS
  • Resolution: 25.8 total, 24.1 effective
  • Low-pass filter: Built-in
  • Image processor: DIGIC 8
  • Lens mount: EF-M (EF and EF-S via EF-EOS M adapter)
  • Stabilisation: In-camera digital, compatible with IS lenses
  • Shutter: 30-1/4000 sec (1/3rd stop increments), bulb, electronic shutter
  • Flash sync: 1/200
  • Flash compatibility: Canon E-EEL II with EX series Speedlights, wireless multi-flash support
  • Focusing type: Dual Pixel CMOS AF, Phase Detection. Contrast detection during 4K Movie Servo AF
  • AF points: 143/99 points depending on lens
  • AF modes: One-Shot AF and Servo AF
  • AF Tracking: Face + Tracking, Eye AF available in One Shot AF
  • Manual Focus: Focus Peaking available, and 5x or 10x focus zoom
  • ISO Range: 100-6400 or 100-25600 extended in 1/3rd stop increments (51200 expanded)
  • Continuous Shooting: One Shot AF 10fps for up to 33 frames (jpg) and 10 frames (raw). Servo AF 7.4fps for up to 47 frames (jpg).
  • Video: 4K 23.97/25fps. 1080p 59.94/50/29.97/25/24fps fps. 720p 119.9/100/59.94/50fps
  • Dimensions: 116.3 x 88.1 x 58.7mmm (4.6 x 3.5 x 2.3″)
  • Weight: 387g (13.7oz) including battery & memory card

Stills shooters will likely see the performance they’ve come to know and love from Canon’s other mirrorless options. Except with an improved autofocus system and faster continuous shooting rate. The new Eye-AF system is certainly going to be an advantage for shooting portraits or even photographs of friends and selfies. The flip out articulating LCD is also going to be a very welcome change from the tilt screens of Canon’s other mirrorless offerings.

Throw a Manfrotto Pixi underneath there, and it makes the perfect vlogging camera. But there are two potential issues. The first is the rather noticeable lack of 29.97 frames per second (30p) for US users. To be honest, though, many have either switched to just shooting 23.976fps (24p) or are stepping things up to 59.97fps (60p). So, that might not be a big issue.

The other problem, though, and this could be a big one, is that the Eye AF system only seems to work in One Shot AF mode. Given that this seems to be this camera’s biggest selling point, more so than 4K video, it seems something of an oversight that this does not appear to work when shooting video. It could be that I’m wrong and misinterpreting the specs, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

But, if the dual pixel autofocus and new DIGIC 8 processor can keep up without that, the flippy out LCD, external microphone input, and lighter weight will definitely make this system appealing to vloggers. The fact that this is Canon’s first consumer body (mirrorless or DSLR) with 4K video is also going to be very attractive.

Updated note: Scratch that, no Eye AF, no dual pixel autofocus and a 2.5x crop when shooting 4K video. Your 18mm lens is now going to have a similar field of view to a 45mm on full frame. So, useless for vlogging.

The Canon EOS M50 is available to pre-order now for $779 body only, or $899 with the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens in black or white. An EOS M50 Video Creator Kit targeted specifically toward vloggers (although doesn’t include a Pixi) is also available to pre-order now for $999. Shipping is expected to begin in April 2018.

Check out the full specs and find out more on the Canon website.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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2 responses to “Canon’s new EOS M50 Mirrorless is finally official”

  1. Adam Santino Avatar
    Adam Santino

    Fletch Boogie, might be the camera for you. Kai rates it well.

  2. MH Photography Avatar
    MH Photography

    I just wanted to say, that my Eos3 has eye ? focus too ?