Specs leak shows upcoming Canon EOS M50 mirrorless will have eye-tracking autofocus

Feb 22, 2018

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Specs leak shows upcoming Canon EOS M50 mirrorless will have eye-tracking autofocus

Feb 22, 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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After releasing a few images of what is reported to be Canon’s next mirrorless offering, Nokishita have released a few more images of the EOS M50, along with a pretty extensive set of specs, too. Overall, it doesn’t look too bad. 10fps shooting, ISO 100-25600, 4K video, CC-Raw, and “Pupil detection AF” which sounds an awful lot like eye-tracking.

The Canon EOS M50, of course, hasn’t even been acknowledged publicly yet. We’re still waiting to find out about that secret meeting. So, remember that these are still at the rumour stage, but if true it looks like a very interesting little camera.

  • 24.1 Megapixels APS-C CMOS
  • DIGIC 8
  • Dual pixel CMOS AF with greatly improved performance
    • AF area is enlarged by about 38% with corresponding lens (100% vertical × 88% wide in live view image display range)
    • The selectable AF point is a corresponding lens with a maximum of 143 points (99 points for non-compatible lenses)
  • Pupil detection AF
  • Dual Sensing IS
  • Silent mode
  • DLO in camera
  • RAW development in camera
  • Video: 4K 25p / 24p, FHD 60p, HD 120p
    • Frame cutout from 4K movie is possible
    • 5 Axis Electronic Image Stabilizer · Combination IS
  • Standard ISO: 100-25600 (extended ISO: 51200)
  • Continuous: Up to 10 frames / sec (at servo AF: up to 7.4 frames / sec)
  • EVF: 0.39 type 2.36 million dot Organic EL
  • 3 type 104 million dots Bali angle touch panel liquid crystal
  • Wi-Fi · Bluetooth · NFC installed
    • Wireless remote controller BR-E1 compatible
  • HDMI HDR output compatible
  • Supports the next-generation CR3 RAW format and the new C-RAW compression format
    • The C-RAW format is 40% smaller in file size than conventional RAW, and it corresponds to in-camera RAW development and digital lens optimizer
  • Battery: LP-E 12
  • Size: 116.3 x 88.1 x 58.7 mm
  • Weight: 387 g black, 390 g white (including battery and memory card)
  • Color: Black / White

So, we’ve got the dual pixel autofocus that we expected, but that “Pupil detection AF” is very interesting. As I mentioned above, it sounds a whole lot like the eye-tracking AF that Sony users have come to know and love.

On the video side of things, it only lists 4K 25p and 24p. Presumably, the camera from which these specs come was set to PAL. So I would imagine it also offers 30p for customers in the US. HDMI HDR output sounds very nice, too, especially if that’s a clean uncompressed HDMI output.

While it will no doubt be very strong in the area of shooting stills, with 4K video, “Pupil detection” autofocus, and combination IS, it could become an instant hit with vloggers. And, as we can see in the photo showing the rear of the camera, the LCD flips out sideways. Not up (being blocked by a microphone) or down (being blocked by a tripod) as so many other manufacturers seem to screw up.

Even as a Nikon shooter, this little mirrorless is looking very attractive indeed.

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9 responses to “Specs leak shows upcoming Canon EOS M50 mirrorless will have eye-tracking autofocus”

  1. Paul Richards Avatar
    Paul Richards

    time for Nikon to come out with a viable mirrorless

  2. Chris Avatar
    Chris

    How do you know that pupil detection AF is not YOUR pupil… remember Canon’s eye-controlled focus?

    1. Jeff Murray Avatar
      Jeff Murray

      I still have my elan 7e with eye control focus. It was a great feature and I never understood why it didnt continue into the digital age.

    2. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      That is a very good point, it’s definitely possible. But, given how long it’s been since they’ve used that in a camera, I’m not so sure it’s likely in a camera like this. I think it would be more the domain of the higher end DSLRs these days.

  3. Isabel Hÿ Avatar
    Isabel Hÿ

    Eye-AF again? I love it in the analog EOS models! <3

  4. Caleb Lazarus Avatar
    Caleb Lazarus

    Alex Frey

  5. Daniel Fernandez Avatar
    Daniel Fernandez

    It’s basically a higher MP Olympus OMD-EM5 MKII. ?

  6. James Spencer Avatar
    James Spencer

    How would eye focus help a vlogger talking into the camera? ?

  7. Huge Dom Avatar
    Huge Dom

    Will have little to show for lens selection