Body & Handling

In terms of design, the M50 is a cross between the M100 and the M5: there's only one control dial, like the M100, but the camera offers an EVF, hotshoe and mode dial, like higher-end M-series cameras. Overall, it fits into Canon's mirrorless line nicely as a slightly beefier entry-level alternative to the M100.

Compared to EOS M100

Without the grip and EVF hump, the M50 would be about the same size as the EOS M100. It's not as coat pocket-able as its little sibling, but at ~350g (body only) it certainly won't weigh you down much. The build quality feels solid in hand, despite the plastic construction. We also found it a lot easier to hold than the M100 thanks to the grip.

Top of camera

The top of the M50 features a hotshoe and mode dial, both omitted from the M100. There's also a customizable function button, video record button and on/off switch. The camera's one and only control dial is around the shutter release.

Back of camera

The back of the M50 is more reminiscent of the higher-end M5 than the M100, offering dedicated AE lock and AF frame selection buttons. Like all M-series cameras, there's a Quick Menu button (also accessible via the touchscreen) where many core functions can be adjusted.

The buttons are on the small side and the video recording button, which is flush with the top plate, can be difficult to find and easy to press accidentally.

The 2.36M-dot OLED electronic viewfinder is similar in spec to other cameras in this class and we have no issues with it.

The touch LCD on the M50 is fully articulated and can be flipped around to function as a selfie screen – useful for vlogging.

In Auto mode the M50 has simplified controls to adjust things like aperture and color.

Canon's touch functionality is among the best in the business. In addition to the usual tap-to-focus, menu navigation and image playback features, the M50 also offers a Touchpad AF option that lets you move your focus point when you're using the viewfinder. You can choose from absolute or relative movement as well as the area on the LCD that's active, so you don't end up 'nose focusing'.

Battery

The EOS M50 uses the same LP-E12 battery as the M100, but battery life is a skimpy 235 shots per charge – 60 less than the M100. You can turn on an 'Eco mode' that gives you around 370 shots per charge, but even with that other cameras (like the Sony a6300) last longer.

Despite offering a micro-USB port, the battery can only be charged using the supplied charger. That's a shame, since most of its peers can be charged over USB.