Canon new EOS M50 camera is not smoke and mirrors

Canon has released its latest mirrorless, ultra-compact EOS M50 camera offering true 4K video recording and a Vari-Angle touch screen.

GadgetGuy was invited to preview the camera, along with two new DSLR and an AI Bounce flash. I admit that my interests of late have been more in smartphone cameras, but it did not take long to realise that these are mere toys in comparison with a real camera!

Well, perhaps that comment was influenced by the professional photographers present who eschew smartphone photography. “The best camera is not one in your pocket as Apple would have you believe. The best camera is the one that is right for the job,” said one.

The EOS M50 is Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capable, has an APS-C-sized 24.1 MP (megapixel) CMOS sensor and Dual Pixel autofocus for sharp, high-resolution images in low-light situations. Continuous shooting at ten frames per second (fps) means the most fleeting moment can be captured in rich detail.

It uses Canon’s latest DIGIC 8 image processor, a first for any Canon camera. The new processor powers many of the camera’s functions, including 4K movie recording, 4K time-lapse and 4K frame grabs from 4K movies; 1080p@120fps slow motion, fast continuous shooting speed and a standard maximum ISO of 25,600, which allows for low-light shooting while maintaining sharp images.

The DIGIC 8 image processor also supports a wide range of improvements in autofocus, Auto Lighting Optimiser, Digital Lens Optimiser and Highlight Tone Priority, for superb high-quality images ready to share straight from the camera

“The EOS M50 is Canon’s most intuitive and powerful mirrorless camera to date,” said Brendan Maher, Product Manager – Cameras, Canon Australia. “Ultra-compact and packed with the latest processing power, sensor technology and 4K movies as well as ‘autosave’ to your phone, it’s the perfect companion for the modern traveller.”

Key Specifications

  • 24MP APS-C CMOS 22.3 x 14.9mm sensor
  • Dual Pixel autofocus for stills and video – 143 points
  • DIGIC 8 processor
  • Shoots in CR3 RAW and JPEG
  • 36M-dot OLED Electronic viewfinder 100% coverage
  • 3” 1.04M-dot vari-angle LCD touch screen
  • 4 fps burst in AF-C (10 fps in AF-S)
  • 4K/24p UHD video (1.6 x crop)
  • Dual Sensing IS (Optical with gyro data sent from body)
  • 1080/60p and 720/120p HD video
  • Wi-Fi and NFC with Bluetooth via Camera Connect App
  • 235 shot-per-charge battery live (via CIPA)
  • Recording media – SDXC card
  • Uses Canon EF-M lenses and over 80 EF and EF-S lenses with an adaptor
  • Weight 387 plus lens
  • Price: A$900 includes optical image stabilisation 15-45mm lens (body only $780)

GadgetGuy’s take

Sorry for the brief overview but if you are interested simply search for Canon EOS M50, and you will get much more detailed photography reporting.

The consensus from those who know is that it meets the wish list for an entry-level mirrorless camera that in fact outclasses those above it.