Canon EOS M50

24MP APS-C CMOS sensor | Dual Pixel AF | 4K video capture

What we like:

  • Very good image quality
  • Dual Pixel AF offers quick focus speeds and good subject tracking
  • 7.4 fps burst shooting w/continuous AF

What we don't:

  • 4K video has large crop, no Dual Pixel AF and rolling shutter
  • Poor battery life, no USB charging
  • Limited native lens selection
The Canon EOS M50 is the brand's electronic viewfinder-sporting, entry-level mirrorless option. It makes use of Canon's familiar 24MP APS-C sensor and excellent Dual Pixel AF system. It's also the first non-professional Canon to support 4K video capture.
The M50 has a compact body with a comfortable grip. Designed for beginners, it has an easy-to-use interface though only one control dial. The touchscreen can be flipped around and used for selfies or vlogging, and is responsive in use. There's also a nice 2.36M-dot OLED viewfinder for shooting outdoors. Sharing photos is easier than ever with the addition of Bluetooth, which allows for instant photo transfer to your smartphone.
If you're buying the EOS M50 as a stills camera, it's a very good one
The M50 has a new and improved version of Canon's Dual Pixel AF system. With select lenses you get a larger phase-detect coverage area and additional focus points. Other lenses have the same amount of coverage but fewer points. Dual Pixel AF works very well in terms of responsiveness, face detection and subject tracking. The camera can shoot at 7.4 fps with continuous AF, though the buffer fills quickly if using Raw. Battery life is poor at 235 shots per charge and USB charging is not supported.
Image quality is similar to other Canon cameras that share the M50's 24MP CMOS sensor, meaning great JPEG color (yellows have noticeably improved), low noise levels and plenty of detail capture. Raw dynamic range isn't best-in-class but that won't keep you from brightening shadows a bit. The M50 is the first Canon to offer a compressed Raw option, which reduces file sizes by around 40%.
The most-advertised feature on the EOS M50 is its 4K video capability, but it disappoints in a number of ways. There's a huge crop factor which makes wide-angle shooting near-impossible, Dual Pixel AF is not available, and rolling shutter is very noticeable. If you don't mind shooting 1080p you'll get much better quality and use of Dual Pixel AF. The camera has an input for an external microphone and manual control over audio levels.
If you're buying the EOS M50 as a stills camera, it's a very good one. It's easy-to-use, has good image quality, a reliable AF system and well-implemented wireless functionality. If capturing 4K video is what you're after, there are better choices available in the same price bracket.

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