First look at the Canon EOS M50 – The ideal beginner mirrorless camera?

Apr 6, 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.

First look at the Canon EOS M50 – The ideal beginner mirrorless camera?

Apr 6, 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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When the Canon EOS M50 was first announced in February it looked quite intriguing. So we went over to the Canon stand during The Photography Show to check it out and have a bit of a chat. The EOS M50 is primarily aimed at beginners looking for a simple camera with powerful features. But it’s also ideal as a second, smaller camera for those shooting Canon DSLRs.

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The specs of the camera are very impressive, and despite not being the top mirrorless model in Canon’s lineup, it contains some features and tech that the higher models do not. But this is essentially the first of the next generation of Canon mirrorless. We can likely expect 4K, dual pixel autofocus and all the rest of it coming to the other products in the lineup as each is due for replacement.

  • 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

Even though I’m not a Canon shooter, this camera was particularly interesting to me as I’ve been looking at something new for vlogging. I thought that this might be the camera that could finally make me invest in modern Canon systems. The EOS M50 almost ticks every single box for my own needs. Almost.

That 2.5x crop when shooting 4K video is the deal breaker for me. APS-C sensors already crop a little too much as it is. When you’re vlogging, with a 1.5x or 1.6x crop, you need a focal length of around 15mm to be able to get a decent view when handholding your camera while talking to it. With a 2.5x crop, you’d need closer to an 8mm lens to get the same field of view. If they can fix that in a future mirrorless release, and still give us the microphone socket, flippy out LCD and 4K video, that camera would almost certainly end up on my shopping list if nothing else comes out in the meantime.

Aside from that, though, it’s a great little camera to hold and use. It feels good and solid while still small and light. The controls are all easy to access and intuitive, and the image & video quality I saw coming out of it in my brief time with it looked pretty amazing.

Check out some of the other things we saw during The Photography Show

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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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