Canon EOS M50 24.1MP Mirrorless Camera (Black) with EF-M 15-45 is STM Lens
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- Sensor: APS-C CMOS sensor with 24.1 MP (high resolution for large prints and image cropping)
- ISO: 100-25600 sensitivity range (critical for obtaining grain-free pictures, especially in low light)
- Image Processor: DIGIC 8 with 143 autofocus points (important for speed and accuracy of autofocus and burst photography)
- Video Resolution: 4K video with fully manual control and selectable frame rates (excellent for precision and high-quality video work)
- Connectivity: WiFi, NFC and Bluetooth built-in (useful for remotely controlling your camera and transferring pictures wirelessly as you shoot)
- Lens Mount: Canon EF-M mount
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Improved dual pixel CMOS AF and eye detection AF, 24.1 megapixel (APS-C) CMOS sensor with ISO 100-25600 (H: 51200). 4K UHD 24p and HD 120p for slow motion. Built-in OLED EVF with touch and drag AF.
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The EOS M50 is a compact interchangeable lens camera for aspiring photographers looking for an easy way to boost the quality of their photos and videos. With high-resolution 4K UHD 24p video, you can capture incredible details and cinematic moments. Snap eye-catching photos with a 24.1 Megapixel (APS-C) CMOS Sensor using the built-in Electronic Viewfinder or Vari-angle Touchscreen LCD. The fast and improved Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus system lets you quickly lock focus on your subject to make sure you don’t miss the action.
- Shooting takes place by cropping pixels from the center of sensor. Contrast detection AF is used.
- AF is fixed. Playback is 1/4 slow motion playback (29.97p).
- The EOS M50 camera’s EVF does not support a display change to the vertical layout.
- Compatible with iOS of 9.3/10.3/11.0, Android smartphones, tablets of 4.4/5.0/5.1/6.0/7.0/7.1/8.0.
Improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF
The EOS M50 delivers improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF for fast, accurate autofocus that helps you get the photo you want right as the moment happens. Depending on the compatible lens used, the autofocus area can reach up to 143 AF points to cover an image area of approx. 88% horizontal by 100% vertical. The Eye Detection AF analyzes the image and automatically determines where to focus based on your subject’s eyes.
24.1 MP CMOS (APS-C) Sensor
The EOS M50 camera features a 24.1 Megapixel (APS-C) sensor capable of capturing high-resolution image and video files. Whether making poster-sized prints, zooming in on a particular detail or making beautiful 4K videos, the EOS M50’s sensor is up to the task. An ISO range of 100–25600 (H: 51200) means images can be captured with low noise and high detail, even in dimly lit situations.
4K UHD 24p1 and HD 120p2
The EOS M50 camera can record in 4K UHD1 at 24 frames per second for videos with high detail and a cinematic look. To showcase epic moments, a high-speed 120p2 mode is possible in HD. When shown at normal speed, this creates a slow-motion effect that can highlight fast action. 4K frame cropping lets you select a portion of the 4K video frame you’ve captured and create a high-resolution still image, all in-camera.
The built-in high-resolution electronic viewfinder3 features approximately 2,360,000 dots so you can see high detail in what you’re capturing. Its Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology offers high-contrast, high-colour images to help properly display the scene you want to capture. Touch and Drag AF lets you use the rear screen as a touch-pad while you’re using the viewfinder, so you can choose what to focus on with just a tap and without moving the camera away from your face.
Vari-angle Touchscreen LCD
The EOS M50 camera features a Vari-angle Touchscreen LCD, which has a flexible tilt range ideal for high-angle and low-angle shooting, and composing and reviewing your photos. Tap the screen during Live View and thanks to Dual Pixel CMOS AF, the EOS M50 will quickly lock focus to that location in the image. Touch gestures can be used for zooming in or swiping through images you’ve taken, and easily accessing menu and quick control settings.
Built-in Wi-Fi technology and the Canon Camera Connect app5 help transfer photos and videos to and from compatible devices, upload directly to various web services, shoot remotely and more. Built-in NFC technology6 means direct connection to compatible devices by touching the NFC icon on the camera to the device.
Bluetooth7 pairing allows easy connection and remote control from compatible smartphones using the Canon Camera Connect app5 and from the optional Wireless Remote Control BR-E1. It also sends GPS location data from your phone for precise geotagging.
Automatic Image Transfer4
Backing up your photos and videos is easy with the EOS M50 camera, which can automatically send what you’ve captured to your computer and other compatible devices. After the initial setup with the Image Transfer Utility 2 app, all you need to do is leave your camera on when it’s connected to Wi-Fi and the files will be sent without any further effort from you.
DIGIC 8 Image Processor
The DIGIC 8 Image Processor helps improve autofocus performance, enables you to shoot 4K UHD 24p video and aids with many other advanced features. It comes with an improved Auto Lighting Optimizer, which helps minimize blown-out areas by maintaining colour and detail in the bright parts of a photo. When set to High, it can even smooth the transitions between colours for impressively lifelike sunrise and sunset photos.
Sometimes you don’t want the sound of a camera interrupting the perfect moment, whether it’s the bride saying “I do” or your newborn baby sleeping. Silent Mode helps you make sure your camera doesn’t startle your subject by enabling capture with virtually no shutter sound. This means you can shoot precious moments without worrying about detracting from them.
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If you are new to DSLR or already own an entry level DSLR you can give this one a try. The other comparable (mirrorless) cameras are offerings from Fuji. I had played with it Fuji cameras during a US visit, XT-20 is an excellent camera with great kit lens but about 30k pricey in India. I am not also sure about after sale service for Fujis in India, so did not want to take risk. Sony's A6300 is also another comparable camera but it is 4 years old already. Since I already own a Sony RX100 P&S camera did look into Sony cameras further.
I will stick with only the Kit lens for an year or so before buying other lenses. I'll update the review in few months.
Image quality and video quality seem really good.
The full rotatable touch screen, mic input, and a good user interface makes it a very good deal for me, as I plan to do personal content creation.
I considered the Sony a5100 as an option, but could not make the compromises and got this instead. But, the Sony a5100/6000 is great value for money even today, if you want it only for still photography.
I got the m50 at around 51k on Amazon Prime day. I think you can wait if you plan to buy. In US it costs only 650-700 bucks, so the Indian price may reduce in a while.
I would recommend the EF to EF-M mount adapter along with the Canon 50mm F1.8 STM lens, or even the EF-M 22mm F2 lens if you prefer the compact form factor (no adapter business). They do make a significant quality difference in portrait photography and further improve the sharpness of the camera. I would add some sample clicks in the future with my Nifty Fifty lens.
The supplied carry bag is too big, hence I bought the Amazon Basics Carry bag for Compact Cameras, and that fits it well (even some of the other mirrorless cameras too). The m50 is now in a really compact package and I can take it along easily in my backpack most of the times.
Update: May, 2019
1. Since now this is available at below 50k, with offers and discounts it can be owned at 45k, this is a steal in my honest opinion.
2. Added sample photos!!! Particularly from the popular 50mm f1.8 lens, used with an adaptor.
Update: September, 2019
1. I am enjoying the camera more and more, the camera has just the right amount of controls for a beginner.
2. I came to know about Viltrox Speed Booster for M50. Adding a speed booster is an awesome way to make the camera much more capable. Planning to buy it, but would probably directly get it from US or China.
-It is small, compact, light, very portable
-Awesome picture and video quality
-Hass lots more useful features.
-Single shot at 10fps and Servo at 7.5 fps
-720p slow motion at 120fps
-Time-lapse video mode
-The dual pixel autofocus
-canon's color science is also highly commendable
-with a lens adaptor, it can be equipped with Canon's EF and EF-S lenses.
-Rolling shutter, lack of Dual Pixel Autofocus, and excessive crop factor in 4k
-Max shutter speed is only upto 1/4000s
-Doesn't have an extra dial or buttons to customise more shortcuts
-No 1080p slow motion at 120 fps
-Battery performance is poor (but is expected in most Mirrorless DSLSs)
-Have to spend extra cash to buy a lens adaptor
I'd like to give 1 star the courier service (DTDC) which "delivered" the package. It took 12 days to ship it from Delhi to Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh. Others typically take 2-3 days for that kind of distance.
best purchase as a first DSLR..
in point and shoot camera size u get dslr quality (APSC sensor) images, better than 77D as thats a lot bigger camera
its really small and light weight.. can carry it around in backpack easily.. can take a lot more pictures as its not bulky and easy to carry around
touchscreen etc is really useful, yet to explore all the options it has to provide. but extremely happy with whatever functions ive used so far
*Amazon refunded 100% of my money and have taken back the camera.
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1. Dual pixel autofocus does not work in 4K. It was disabled by Canon in order to not compete with their higher end cameras.
2. Shooting in 4K crops your picture significantly (1.6 times I think) so keep than in mind.
3. 4K video suffers from significant shutter roll (when panning the camera sideways, vertical lines become slanted).
Must have: small, lightweight, interchangeable lenses (and a variety to choose from), fully articulated LCD, near zero shutter lag, raw processing, 8 shot buffer minimum, high ISO, viewfinder (with visible histogram), hot shoe.
Nice to have: wireless remote, iOS app, GPS.
This camera has all the items on both lists. (The GPS requires connection to a phone, and that drains the battery on both, so I probably won't use it much)
Then there are some unexpected bonuses. One is that Canon introduced a new raw format called CR3. It is highly compressed and lossless, so it will save considerable disk space. This is getting important with >20Mpixels on modern sensors (24 here, IIRC). The camera came out March 26. Adobe updated its software April 3 to handle it.
You'll get a lot of opinion on what make a camera a professional's camera. Non-photographers judge by bulk, and that's just stereotype. To me, a professional camera has better weather sealing, multiple memory cards and a large buffer (transfers image to the card). It would also have a bigger offset between the tripod screw and the battery cover. (So the battery could be changed easily without removing the tripod or plate.
As for full frame, it doesn't matter. Imagine an 8x12 picture, perhaps from a magazine. Then put a mat on it where the sides are 1 inch thick. The part of the picture you see now is 6x10. That's what a 1.6 crop sensor does (in round numbers). The part of the image you see is completely unchanged. If the lens manufacturers just changed the numbers on the lens itself, no one would ever know. A lens marked 10mm becomes 16mm, but all else is the same. If you like the fisheye look, then you have to go full frame, but for pretty much anything else it doesn't matter.
As for video, that's a matter of the buffer. Shooting at 30 frames a second means filling the buffer fast (just hold the shutter button down on the camera you have now and see how fast it fills). To make continuous images for video, any camera has to crop the image before even sending it to the buffer and then the card. So video means a tighter crop. Again, a pro might want a more video capable camera .
The only glitch I ran into was with a third party lens from Tokina. The new software in the camera didn't talk to the software in the lens, and so it generated an error message about the connectors not being clean. After returning the first lens and getting a second with the same problem I called Tokina and they told me about the mismatch. They said that they're working on a firmware ujpgrade that will require me sending in the lens, but they had no due date on the fix. (I sent it back). If you're considering a lens from them or any 3rd party, I suggest giving them a call first. When they fix it I'll buy the lens again and update this review.
EDITED TO ADD:
1. Thing I miss the most: Port for wired remote shutter release. Yes, the smartphone app does the job but it burns the battery. Also, no way to take time lapse, which uses an intervalometer (and that feature isn't in the app, even if battery wasn't a problem)
2. This Arca-Swiss compatible plate fits the camera and still leaves room to access the battery compartment. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00XK2790Y/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
the Digic 8 image processing. No to forget the videos are just amazing. Never used 4K, but just 1080P 60FPS is simply beautiful. Moving from a 70D to M50 i can now say am very happy. I am using VILTROX adaptor with 50MM 1.4 and i feel blessed, hahaha.
I own a Canon T6S with a few nice glass and the only thing I miss on the M50 is having seperate dial for Aparture and shutter speed. It's very small compared to the T6S and looks silly when used with the adapter and the Tamron 70-200G2, but it works great.
Dual pixel focus is a blessing, faster and more accurate than the T6S specially on video work.
Take time to analyse the limitation of the 4k before you buy (many youtube videos on the subject)
All in all, it's a great second camera for what I do !
Quite possibly the most underrated, and least spoken of camera on the market today! Unlike its traditional DSLR older brothers this new small Canon mirrorless covers 80% of its auto focus area (not just 19-65 cross points!), using the classic, and hands down best auto focus system in the camera market, with its “dual pixel auto focus”.
When compared to my Canon t6i crop sensor digic 6 24.2mp this new digic 8 24.2mp is quite noticeably sharper, and colors are cleaner, brighter, and skin tones are just brilliantly smooth and pure! The flip out, fully articulating screen has the best touch screen in the camera industry, and offers functionality like; touch to auto focus, touch to snap a pic, move points of auto focus, and much more.
The battery in this camera is small, but last very long! After one hour of shooting 4K still had a full charge!
Micro HDMI out which is great if you want to par with a monitor or OBS self recording for live videos.
Video format: IPB only.
Video recording: 1080p up to 60fps and 4K 24fps. (While shooting in 4K there is a lost of dual pixel auto focus, and the camera switches to contrast auto focus. Also while shooting in 4K there is a 2.65 crop.)
Picture. Does Raw and JPEG or RAW +JPEG up to a 6K equivalent image.
Suggestions: buy this with the Canon EFM to EF adapter as there aren’t many EFM lens options. But there are plenty of EF budget lenses. My recommended favorite is Sigmas 18-35mm art, gives you a full frame picture look, with amazing depth of field!
Negatives: in my opinion there aren’t any, if you consider the price for what you are getting. However,
• 4K is cropped w/o the use of DPAF.
• Single memory card slot.
• Not to many lens options.
• Grip is smaller than DSLR.
• No headphone input.
I recieved it 4 days later after Amazon promised
Battery is very weak.i needed it for an occasion but i didnt get it on time.called Amazon with no clear feedback
Quality is ok
Flash light is just funny and you have no real photo with it
Quality of the built is like a toy.really uncomparable with older canons or other brands
Buttons are very hard to use and hard to pint on
Not happy at all with it totally
Will return it
- Not a small camera compared to the other mirrorless brands.
- It doesn't feel sturdy.
- The lens had a wiggly feel, like it was broken then reattached but wasn't fixed properly.
My previous camera was a Canon T5i and I'm very happy with the upgrade. Better low-light performance (I primarily shoot video indoors WITHOUT professional lighting.) For photos the autofocus is amazing.
One downside is that it is SO SMALL. I'm tall so I guess I have large-ish hands, and I find the camera almost awkwardly small. I have looked into buying a camera cage for video work, in part because it just makes the camera a bit bigger and gives me more to hold onto.
Its 4K mode is just about useless so don't buy it if that's why you're looking into this. The location of the mic jack could have been placed in a better location of of the way of the flip screen. The Bluetooth/wifi connectivity isn't the best and easiest to setup either. Good enough camera to start vlogs for Youtube, just do travel blogs or just take pictures.