If you’re in 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.
- Excellent CMOS AF System
- 4K w/ additional features
- Vari Angle touchscreen isn’t fixed
- So-so battery life
- Slow motion only applies to 1080p
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 capture such a wide dynamic range, color, and details very clearly—even in low light. The ability to shoot RAW images allows for even greater flexibility in bringing out detail and dynamic range when post-processing. In addition to stellar still image quality, the Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus system provides fast, reliable autofocus when shooting photos or video. Video capture is also a strength of the M50, with 4K video quality that stands out in its class.
This proves to be even stronger than the Nikon W300. 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.
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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.
However, the high-quality HD video capability is still an attractive option not found on many other expensive cameras aimed at beginners. Between the 4K video and 1080p slow motion modes, the M50 provides impressive video capabilities to create compelling content. Features like touch and drag AF mode also make it easy for vloggers to maintain focus while filming themselves. Overall the EOS M50 video focus mode options and HD video quality punch above its class.
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 that 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.
When considering the value of the Canon EOS M50—its performance, Dual Pixel AF, and Wi-Fi capabilities—the M50 is hard to pass on. Comparing it with a Fujifilm X-T30 or even Canon’s EOS Rebel T6i, the Canon EOS M50 has a much better for-pound value compared to those mirrorless cameras. For another model with similar features, check out the Canon PowerShot G3 X.
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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.
The EOS M50 truly shines by offering key features like 4K video and Dual Pixel AF that aren’t typically found in beginner cameras or other models in the affordable mirrorless camera space. While it maintains approachable manual settings for novices, the M50 stands out by packing in advanced video capabilities and performance that appeal to intermediate users looking to expand their skills.