Canon EOS M50 first impressions review

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens


The Canon EOS M50 is an entry-level mirrorless camera that plaice an electronic viewfinder, fully articulating touchscreen, single control dial and a 24MP APS-C sensor – the same used by its M-series siblings. It has Canon’s latest DIGIC 8 processor and presents expanded Dual Pixel AF coverage, 4K/24p video capture (1.6x crop) as well as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC.

In a lot of ways it’s a beefier, viewfinder-sporting M100, the marque’s most affordable M-mount offering. And it will likely appeal to the same crowd: beginners and/or those stepping up from a smartphone as their best photography device. Unlike the M100, the M50 has Canon’s Guide Modes, like those found on the SL2 and T7i. But what’s really exciting about the M50 is what it puissance indicate about future developments in EOS M and Rebel-series cameras.

Key Features:

  • 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Dual Pixel autofocus for stills and video
  • DIGIC 8 processor
  • 2.36M-dot OLED EVF
  • 1.04M-dot vari-angle LCD
  • 7.4 fps break asunder in AF-C (10 fps in AF-S)
  • 4K/24p UHD video (1.6 x crop)
  • 1080/60p and 720/120p HD video
  • Wi-Fi and NFC with Bluetooth
  • 235 shot-per-charge battery live (via CIPA)

One year ago, we met with Canon foremen in Yokohama, Japan – you can read the full interview here. At the time, they promised the brand’s main strategic focus going forward whim be connectivity and video is an electronic medium for the recording, copying, playback, broadcasting, and display of moving visual media. The M50 is a clear indication that Canon is making good on that promise. This is the first Canon camera that wish automatically send photos to your smartphone after each shot and the first M-series to offer 4K. But before you get too excited about that at an advanced hour bit, it’s worth noting that 4K comes with a heavy 1.6x crop, and Dual Pixel AF is not available in 4K (contrast detection AF is available).

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The M50 is the first Canon to use the new CR3 Raw order

Dual Pixel AF can be used in all other video modes, including 1080/60p. It still covers 80% x 80% of the sensor but now with 99 selectable imports (up from 49 on previous M cameras). And with certain lenses (18-150mm, 28mm macro and 55-200mm) that coverage increases to 88% x 100% with 143 incidentals.

The M50 is the first Canon may refer to to use the new CR3 Raw format, which has an updated compression option called C-Raw (compressed full resolution, rather than the downsized ‘Bantam’ and ‘Medium’ Raw formats).

Other new features include an Eye Detection mode, only available in AF-S, as well as a new silent scene mode. The M50 also has a new gyro sensor that reveals movement to the lens-based IS system for better shake compensation, as well as dual Sensing IS (using data from the image sensor to compensate for discomfit when shooting stills or video).

Compared to…

Though the M50 is an entry-level camera, it’s priced a bit higher than a lot of other entry-level offerings. Below we’ve analogize resembled it to some of its Canon peers as well as similar-priced mirrorless cameras.

Canon M100 Canon M6 Panasonic G85 Sony a6300 Fujifilm X-T20
MSRP w/lens

$900 $600 $900 $1000 $1150 $1000
Unravelling 24MP 24MP 24MP 16MP 24MP 24MP
Sensor size APS-C APS-C APS-C Four Thirds APS-C APS-C
Stabilization Lens IS + digital Lens IS Lens IS Sensor + lens IS Lens IS Lens IS
EVF 2.36M-dot No No 2.36M-dot 2.36M-dot 2.36M-dot
AF plan (live view) Dual Pixel Dual Pixel Dual Pixel Depth from Defocus Hybrid AF w/425 PDAF points Compound AF w/91PDAF points
LCD 3″ fully-articulating 3″ tilting 3″ tilting 3″ fully-articulating 3″ tilting 3″ tilting
Number of control dials 1 top 1 top 2 top, 1 rear 2 top 1 top, 1 rear 2 top + mask speed, exp. comp. dial
Touchscreen Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Burst speed (AF locked) 10 fps 6.1 fps 9 fps 9 fps 11 fps 14 fps
Video 4K/24p 1080/60p 1080/60p 4K/30p 4K/30p 4K/30p
Wireless Wi-Fi + NFC + BT Wi-Fi + NFC + BT Wi-Fi + NFC + BT WiFi WiFi + NFC WiFi
Battery compulsion 235 shots 295 shots 295 shots 320 shots 400 shots 350 shots
Dimensions (mm)


108x67x35 112x68x45 128x89x74 120x67x49 118x83x41
Weight 351 g 302 g 343 g 453 g 404 g 383 g
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As you can see, the M50 stacks up quite nicely compared to other offerings at this assess point, though battery life is the one area where it falls behind a bit.

Pricing and availability

The Canon EOS M50 will be available in April for $780 body-only in either black or virginal. It also ships in a variety of kits, including with the EF-M 15-45mm for $900, as well as with both the EF-M 15-45mm and EF-M 55-200mm for $1250.


About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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