We test the Canon EOS M50 mirrorless camera . Is this budget camera a good choice for a photographer? Will it work as a camera for a vlogger?
The nomenclature of Canon's names is very strange, so the new EOS M50 is somewhere between the EOS M100 and EOS M6 models. So it is an average shelf, and the price of the equipment seems to be affordable. In our M50 review, we check how this model looks in practice.
The EOS M50 housing resembles a DSLR camera
The construction of the camera differs slightly from the majority of mirrorless cameras on the market, because the body of the tested equipment looks a little like SLRs. The grip is strongly scratched, and the viewfinder marks its presence protruding above the casing – it is quite large at the same time. Part of the housing was covered with a material with a rough texture. The camera is really great in the hand, and at the same time do not weigh too much, because it weighs only about 390 grams , including the battery. I only have a problem with color. We got it in the white version. Canon is probably the only producer that releases mirrorless cameras in this color. While the white smartphone can look pretty good, the camera, at least in my opinion, looks terrible. It is difficult to consider this as a disadvantage – a nicer looking black variant is also available.So much for the color you know is a matter of taste. Let's get to the functionality. The buttons on the housing are less than in professional models, but it is not a camera dedicated to professionals at the end. On the upper part there is a place for the mode dial, among which, in addition to the standard set, we also find the mode of creating a film review of photos, the mode of scenery (with a large number of options) and the mode with creative filters. Around the shutter release button, the producer has placed another knob that by default controls the exposure time value. In the upper part you will find a REC button and a function button – the only one, but I think that is enough. There was also space for the flash, which we lift with our fingers, without using any button to open it. The front is filled with standard menu buttons, which are also assigned to set various functions, including switching between AF / MF modes. There is still room for a button to enable wireless connectivity and USB and HDMI inputs on the right side of the camera – both in the micro version. The good news for many is that the right side does not run out of microphone input. The battery capacity in the EOS M50 is only 875 mAh . There are not many batteries on the market with less capacity. As you can guess, such a battery is not enough for a long time. We will make about 230 photos on one charge, we will not film too long. It's worth getting a set of spare replacements right away. The camera provides wireless connectivity. Thanks to it, we can connect the camera with, for example, a smartphone and send pictures quickly, but also use our phone to control the camera. We also get NFC, so we connect the smartphone with the camera in a quick way, bringing the two devices closer together. The camera also provides Bluetooth connectivity.
Tilting screen and intuitive menu
The screen of the tested model meets today's standards, so there is no point in exaggerating about it. The size is 3 inches, and the resolution is 1.040 million points, so no less and no more than the market average. There was also no possibility of using the touch, and this is not limited to focusing, but allows you to navigate the menu freely.The screen itself is tilted to the side by 180 degrees , which will be useful when taking a selfie, as well as shooting vlogs. The viewfinder has a sizable, comfortable eyecup – it activates automatically when you approach the eye. Image resolution is 2.36 million points. The viewfinder is used very comfortably – it gives a good quality image preview. It is worth noting, however, that the screen is so bright that even in large light it can be used, although of course the viewfinder will work better. New is the completely new menu mode. We can use the classic menu, known from previous models, but we also get a new mode that is dedicated to amateurs. It has a pleasant, white color, but more importantly – it is simplified so that it is easy for him to navigate the layman. The functions have been well aligned, and after hovering over each one we get short information about how it works and what it is used for. The new menu is really great from the point of view of people who are just starting their adventure with photography. Not only is it easy to navigate around it, but the camera also teaches us what the options are.
What photos does the Canon EOS M50 do?
Canon has developed a certain style of photos for years. Many people appreciate the colors offered by this manufacturer's cameras. Indeed, photos taken with this model look nice, although in my opinion, Sony mirrorless cameras perform better, which offer more saturated colors, usually not requiring further processing – pictures taken with the M50 while asking for a slight "boost" of colors. Canon used a CMOS sensor whose resolution is 24 megapixels. In terms of color dynamics, we can not expect miracles, it shows that it is a mid-range model. The tonal range is not as wide as in the manufacturer's more expensive reflexes. Unfortunately, unfortunately, the camera can not handle higher ISO values. It's better here even Panasonic Lumix GX9, tested by me, which has a smaller matrix. In the case of Canon, already at ISO 3200, the grain becomes apparent, especially in film mode. Below is a comparison of the image for different ISO values.Unfortunately, working in worse light is not the strongest side of the mirrorless Canon. Autofocus is better for this. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF system works on up to 143 focal points depending on the lens. In this respect, Canon is doing really well. Autofocus works very well not only in AF-S mode, but also continuously . Servo AF technology guarantees smooth sharpening that is very useful when filming. The lenses, of course, work with the camera virtually silently, and the focus point can be set by touch on the screen. In the case of serial mode, the capabilities of the camera are also decent. We can take 10 frames in a second, but not with continuous AF. The buffer can hold up to 10 RAW images in one series. The menu itself suggests that the camera is dedicated to amateurs, and various photographic modes confirm this. EOS M50 offers, among other things, an extensive scene mode that helps in obtaining better pictures under selected conditions: the camera will help to make the portrait smoothing the skin, provide better shots, offer greater dynamics thanks to the HDR mode, and finally improve the look of the dishes. It can be noticed that the camera has some options known from smartphones. However, they do not end there. We also get a mode with creative filters. Unfortunately, these are not interesting filters that change the color of the shot. Mainly there are several HDR modes, and nothing interesting. Fish-eye effects, or a toy camera, were already known in the Canon models produced years ago. There would be something more interesting here. Another similarity to smartphones is the selfie mode. When we tilt the screen 180 degrees, we get the possibility of using, inter alia, face beauty filters. Below are a handful of example photos taken with this model. Full resolution can be found in the gallery . It can be seen that the medium-shelf EOS M50 offers many solutions known from smartphones, because this model is aimed at amateurs. EOS M50 does not have the ambition to become a professional camera, but it offers quite a lot to meet the expectations of amateurs. We can take pretty good photos of it, but do not expect miracles. I will add that the new DIGIC 8 processor is responsible for the image processing. Unfortunately, when we take an HDR photo (the camera then takes several photos at once) then the time needed to process the photo is considerable. It turns out that the processor is not as efficient as the manufacturer would like.
The Canon EOS M50 offers 4K in movie mode
Canon's cameras have recently fallen on average for filming. This situation is slowly beginning to change, but it is still far from ideal. For example, Canon EOs M50 offers the minimum necessary today – Full HD at 50 fps and 4K 25p . Unfortunately, I get the impression that in both cases the picture quality is not as good as for example offered by Panasonik. Simply, the picture is not clear and detailed enough. I do not know what it is caused by, but you can see with the naked eye that the picture quality is slightly different from what the best in this category presents. Here too, the processor can be used. When filming in 4K, both the start and stop of the recording takes place with a long delay. In most cameras, working in 4K mode is not as fast as in Full HD , but here, unfortunately, the camera slow down is definitely too big and it becomes frustrating. I have the impression that DIGIC 8 is not efficient enough to deal with such a high resolution without any problems. In movie mode, we can still film either manually or in full automatic. This somewhat limits us in the situation when we want to shoot in rapidly changing conditions, but at the same time we do not want to entrust everything to automation. It's good that focus peaking has appeared, helpful with manual sharpening. In addition, the manufacturer offers two very useful functions. One is slow-motion . In this mode, we can film at 100 fps. Unfortunately, only in HD 720p – this is what even smartphones offer today. Another option is the ability to create time-lapse movies – the camera allows you to adjust the recording speed, so you can choose intervals, and the whole movie is recorded in Full HD quality. A big plus for this feature, which is missing in many better and more expensive models – for example, in Sony cameras we have to buy a dedicated application that allows you to make time-lapse videos. Despite the fact that the EOS M50 will not work as a professional film camera, it can be used in the hands of a vlogger. Full HD mode in this situation will be sufficient, the presence of microphone input and rotating screen is very important, and the time-lapse movie mode extremely useful.
Summary: Is it worth buying a Canon EOS M50?
Canon finally begins to exist on the mirrorless market. EOS M50 may not overpower this market, but it's quite a good design . We will take decent photos with the camera, but it will also work well as vlogging cameras. It has everything you need, including really nice autofocus. For this it is very easy to use, and it is also a big advantage.Of course, there are no shortcomings. It is definitely a weak battery, as well as digital noise at a higher ISO. The speed of work could be higher and the quality of the films better. Despite this, it is still a model that is worth reaching for. To a large extent because of its price. At the time of writing this text the lowest price of the camera is 2550 PLN , and in cashback we will get it for 215 PLN cheaper. Price at the level of just over 2,300 PLN makes this model one of the cheapest proposals to pay attention to. That is why I gave him the editorial distinction "Good price". [Show_rating]