Canon EOS M50 Review

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If you’re on the market for the best vlogging camera, one that takes high quality video but can still take detailed photos, we can look to Canon with their EOS M50 for help. Equipped with 4K video capturing capabilities, the M50 is going to capture as much detail as possible—especially with its sophisticated autofocus system.

Why We Like It – Canon EOS M50

For an entry level vlogging camera, packed with high quality capabilities, the Canon EOS M50 is hitting all the right strides with 4K and 24.1 megapixels.

Pros
  • Excellent CMOS AF System
  • 4K w/ additional features
  • Vari Angle touchscreen isn’t fixed
Cons
  • So-so battery life
  • Slow motion only applies to 1080p

Performance

What we liked about the Canon M50 was the broad stroke of image quality. The 24.1 megapixel APS C CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 8 image processor captures such a wide dynamic range, color, and details very clearly—even in low light. RAW files in particular are lossless, thanks to Canon’s new C RAW format. What we loved was its Dual Pixel autofocus system. Its Dual Pixel CMOS AF can focus on a wide variety of areas within the image. Once you’ve chosen your subject, all you have to do is tap on them and the camera does the work.

Normally, the Canon EOS M50 shoots in 4K UHD at 24fps. That’s great! For any vlogger, that’s more than enough. But it also comes with slow-motion, a necessary tool to have as a vlogger. It’s limited to 1080p, unfortunately.

Design

We aren’t surprised the M50 is one beautiful Canon camera. It sports a glossy black finish with textured areas for a better grip, including a small hump to hold. There is a white variant which looks particularly stunning, albeit unusual. Accessing the buttons such as video mode, and so on, is easy, though the buttons are a little small. The Vari Angle touch screen isn’t fixed, and is even capable of flipping towards you if you’re vlogging so you can see your face, just like the Canon Vixia HF R700 Camcorder.

Value

When considering the value of the Canon EOS M50—its performance, Dual Pixel AF, Wi Fi capabilities—the M50 is hard to pass on. Comparing it with a Fujifilm X-T4 or even Canon’s own EOS M6 Mark II, the Canon EOS M50 has a much better for pound value compared to those mirrorless cameras. This is especially true for someone who needs a great entry level camera.

And for $70 more, the M50 Canon can become a great mid range option thanks to the addition of a kit lens (Canon EF-M 15-45mm STM lens) and Rode mic. If you want a secondary option, one that’s cheaper and close in performance, check out the Panasonic Lumix LX10 or the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Vlogging Camera.

Canon EOS M50 Wrap Up

Even though slow-motion is limited to 1080p, you typically wouldn’t use it while filming; that’s a post-video effect you add in editing. And sure, the battery is okay, but you’ll be shooting videos far more often. With 4K video, a movable LCD viewfinder, and a sophisticated autofocus system, we can look past that.

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Brady Meyers

Brady Klinger-Meyers is a writer based in Pennsylvania. He regularly contributes to websites such as Hardcore Droid, Gamepur, and Homebli. His work remains primarily in technology, from video game journalism to consumer technology.

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