Features

Most of the features on the M50 can be found on the company's other recent mirrorless and DSLR models, though we want to call a few out.

New RAW format

Canon has been using the CR2 Raw format since 2004 and with the EOS M50 they've moved on to CR3. The main benefit of CR3 is that a new C-RAW (compressed Raw) format is offered. Canon claims that C-Raw file sizes are about 40% smaller that of a regular Raw file with a minimal drop in quality.

We took a closer look at using C-Raw and found that, unless you're brightening shadows by several stops, there's no reason not to use C-Raw on an everyday basis.

It might take a little while before your favorite Raw editor supports it, but Canon's Digital Photo Professional and Adobe Camera Raw are ready to go.

A CR3 Raw file edited to tasted and converted to JPEG in Adobe Camera Raw. ISO 100 | 1/320 sec | F7.1 | EF-M 15-45mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM lens @ 24mm equiv. Photo by Barney Britton

Dual Sensing IS

Canon has also made some enhancements to its image stabilization system, known as Dual Sensing IS. In addition to using information from gyroscopes inside the camera, the M50 is also using its CMOS sensor to detect motion, so you get two sources of data instead of one. Canon claims that you get an additional 1/2 stop of shake reduction, which isn't a ton, but it's still an improvement.

Keeping with a common theme on the M50, this feature is only available on three EF-M lenses: the 15-45mm F3.5-6.3, 55-200mm F4.5-6.3 and the 18-150mm F3.5-6.3.

We tried to see if it made any difference but our results were inconclusive.

Wireless features

The EOS M50 offers some new connectivity-related features not found on other Canon models. First, what hasn't changed: The M50 offers Wi-Fi, NFC for pairing with Android devices, plus Bluetooth. Photos can be sent over Wi-Fi to various photo sharing and social media sites, though they must be funneled through Canon's own cloud service first.

The Android version of Canon Camera Connect

Bluetooth serves several functions on the camera. It allows you to pair phone and camera without needing to select an SSID or scan a QR code. It also provides a constant connection between phone and camera, even when the latter is turned off. If you want to view photos on the camera and transfer them to your phone, just press the button in the app and the M50 will get Wi-Fi started and the rest is easy.

The M50 automatically transferring photos using Image Transfer Utility 2 on macOS.

The new feature is Auto Transfer, to both smartphones and Macs and PCs. After changing a few settings the M50 will send a photo to your phone as it's taken (JPEGs only - no videos either). If you want to share photos with friends, Auto Transfer is the most efficient way to do it. Note that this is a one-time setting, as once the camera is turned off, so is the feature; it would be nice if the setting stuck.

You can also automatically send photos to your computer when both devices are on the same wireless network, which is a great way to unload your photos after a day of shooting. Here, videos as well as Raw files are transferred. In our time with the camera you sometime needed to turn the camera off and on before the transfer starts.

It's worth mentioning that having a constant Bluetooth connection will drain the battery quicker, especially if you maintain that connection while the camera is off.

Auto ISO

The M50 has a very basic Auto ISO system in which the only option is setting the highest ISO it will use. You can't select the minimum shutter speed that the camera will use before boosting the ISO, which is quite handy for those who have difficulty keeping the camera steady at, say, 1/30 sec.

There's also no 'rate of change' option found on many other Canon cameras, which tells the camera how quickly to boost the sensitivity. For example, to capture action, you'd want a faster shutter speed, and boosting the ISO is what you'd need to do it, so you'd select a fast rate-of-change.