The first Canon camera with an APS-C-sized sensor to sport 4K video shooting, the EOS M50 – also called the EOS Kiss M – can be an advanced entry-level mirrorless model that sits above the entry-level M100.
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The new arrival has a 3in vari-angle touchscreen display, which is well suited for selfies and video recording, alongside a centrally positioned 2.36million-dot EVF which offers a far more DSLR-like shooting experience compared to the EOS M100.
With an answer of 24.1MP, and respectable APS-C dimensions, the EOS M50’s sensor works together with the most recent DIGIC 8 processor to create pleasingly clean results across almost all of its native ISO 100-25,600 range.
This resolution ought to be more than enough to meet up the printing demands of its marketplace, while that physically large sensor may easily produce stylishly shallow depth of field in images.
At 10fps, these devices includes a respectable continuous shooting speed too, although a capacity of only 10 Raw frames means its buffer will begin to fill, limiting its use to short bursts.
Currently, there are eight Canon EOS M-mount lenses designed for use with the EOS M50, although an EF-EOS M adaptor also enables you to mount EF optics. But additionally, there are independent options from Sigma, Laowa and others – increasing the decision. The native lenses should cover most day-to-day and travel subjects easily, but the insufficient faster lenses – only 1 option, for example, provides an aperture wider than f/2.8 – imply that the system isn’t quite suitable to sports, wildlife and low-light photography situations.
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Still, with Canon’s respected Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology up to speed, the EOS M50’s autofocus system features accurate-phase find AF pixels built onto the imaging sensor, though it can only just use contrast-detect AF during 4K recording. This technique is pleasingly responsive and has a lot more available points compared to the EOS M100’s, with face- and subject-tracking options too.
The EOS M50 also offers a microphone input for improved music quality but lacks a headphone port for audio tracks monitoring. This, coupled with a 1.6x crop factor when recording 30fps 4K footage, signifies that as the device is a good option for vlogging whenever a wider lens is mounted, and ideal for short clips, it’s not likely to be any dedicated videographer’s first choice.
The Canon EOS M50 will make an excellent travel, blogging or vlogging camera, and can be certain to impress those upgrading from a phone or compact for the very first time using its highly respectable image quality and autofocus performance. However, with the limited lens range open to it and many drawbacks including a restricted battery life and buffer capacity, it’s much better fitted to beginners than it really is enthusiasts, particularly those seeking to specialise in sports or wildlife photography.