Canon EOS M50 Review | Mirrorless Camera

Canon EOS M50 Review

Canon EOS M50 is a compact mirrorless camera. It was announced on 26 February 2018 and its sales started on 23 March 2018. Light, compact, and easy to carry but also feature-rich with interchangeable lens options, the EOS M50 is a great choice for anyone stepping up from a smartphone, looking for a secondary camera to complement their DSLR or as their main go-to resource for magnificent imagery. The camera is available in black or white colors

Canon EOS M50: What is in the box?

When you buy the Canon EOS M50 mirrorless camera, the items in the box are as follows:

  • EOS M50 (Black)
  • EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM
  • Battery Pack LP-E12
  • Battery Charger LC-E12
  • Neck Strap EM-200DB
  • Camera Cover R-F-4

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Canon EOS M50: Build and Design


The LCD on the EOS M50 is a full vari-angle screen meaning it swings out from the side and can be rotated up or down for easy high or low angle shots or turned around completely to capture selfies or use it for vlogging. The LCD is a touchscreen with the same intuitive pinch, zoom and scroll features found on most smartphones screens.

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Electronic Viewfinder (EVF)

The EOS M50 also has a built-in electronic viewfinder for a high-resolution view of the subject and lets you see clearly even in bright sunlight. The settings displayed in the viewfinder are customizable letting you choose from different display options. With touch and drag AF you can slide your thumb across the surface of the LCD monitor to focus precisely on different parts of a scene even when you’re using the viewfinder.

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Canon EOS M50: Sensor and Processor

This camera has a 24.1-megapixel APS-C size sensor which is huge when compared to a sensor typically found in a smartphone. It’s actually the same size sensor found in DSLRs like the Canon EOS 80D but the EOS M50 is light and ultra compact. So it’s easy to carry wherever you want to go.

Behind all this performance is a powerful new DIGIC 8 processor. The central processing unit gives the EOS M50 it’s shooting speed, handles 4K video, and enhances both still and video image quality. The processor supports new features like the dual sensing image stabilization which now can use motion sensors and data from the imaging sensor itself to detect and correct camera shake.

Canon EOS M50: Autofocus

EOS M50 has Canon’s powerful Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus whether you shoot through the electronic viewfinder or use the LCD monitor. Canon’s face detection AF now also offers eye detection AF which can put the sharpest focus right on a human subjects eye. It’s great for tack sharp portraits and candids.

Two of the key differences between a snapshot and a beautiful photograph are focus and depth of field. Taking control of what’s in focus and how much of a photo is sharp or blurry helps make a more attractive image. The EOS M50’s autofocus lets you control these options quickly and easily, no matter where you are.

To find the perfect focus the EOS M50 offers 99 focus points these cover most of the picture area you can see. It expands to 143 autofocus points for even better coverage with certain Canon EF-M lenses. These lenses are:

AF Method

The EOS M50 has options to control which autofocus points are active to match your shooting style. This is called AF method and it’s particularly important when shooting portraits or precisely focusing on one element in a scene.

Want to keep the people in your shot in focus? Try the face detect + tracking option available in the full auto mode. With this setting, the EOS M50 detects and focuses on human faces. Tap where you want to focus when your subject moves the camera follows it tracking the face to keep your subject in focus.

Want even sharper focus for human faces? Use the new eye detection autofocus option. This feature locks precise focus on a human eye rather than just a face. For more autofocus options just switch over to the special scene and creative zone shooting modes. Try out the AF methods which are designed to control how the EOS M50 focuses.

Zone AF uses a smaller cluster of points inside a white outline. Just tap the screen to move it around the picture area. The EOS M50 will set focus on the closest subject in the active zone.

If you want the most precise control over focus turn on One point AF. This uses a single point that you move around manually within the 99 autofocus points. You can now choose exactly where the focus is set. To move any of your focus areas tap or touch and drag on the screen.

Need to be ready to pick the camera up and shoot quickly? Turn on Continuous AF to keep autofocus active whenever it’s away even if you’re not actively pressing a button.

AF Operation

The other primary focus setting is the AF operation. To lock focus on a stationary subject use One Shot AF. Just half press the shutter button to set focus and then fully to take a picture, keep the button half press to hold the current focus.

When taking pictures of a moving subject let Servo AF help you keep them in focus. AF points appear blue when the focus is being continuously adjusted.

When the action is happening fast you don’t want to miss a shot. Set the camera’s drive to continuous high to capture more than seven frames per second. If your focus is locked on a stationary subject in One-Shot AF you can capture up to 10 frames per second with the drive on continuous high. The EOS M50 removes the challenges of focusing and allows you to concentrate on what you like most about photography. Capture great images with all of the details you love.

Canon EOS M50: Image Quality

The Canon EOS M50 captures memories of family vacations that can last a lifetime. This camera’s terrific image quality captures great color in detail. Out of the box your camera is set to the green full auto shooting mode. This lets the camera do most of the work for you. However, it does limit some of your options.

To get started choose a file type for your pictures. The default choice is to shoot using the large fine JPEG setting. This uses the camera’s full 24MP resolution. When you get comfortable with your EOS M50 try Canon’s new C-RAW setting. It stores more information about the color and details of the scene. RAW files do need to be processed later either on your computer or in camera.

Creative Assist

As you shoot the green full auto mode try using the creative assist features. Just tap the icon on the touchscreen LCD monitor to change different aspects of your photos. For example, to make your subjects stand out more change the background blur. Additionally adjust the brightness of a picture, control contrast, and even modify the color is captured.

Special Scene Modes

In difficult shooting situations, the EOS M50 can help quickly choose the settings for you. Special scene modes are still fully automatic but tailored to give you specific results. Sports mode sets the camera to take multiple shots of moving subjects just hold the shutter button down to continuously shoot in focus. Landscape mode is perfect for vivid pictures with sharper focus from foreground to background. Or do the opposite with portrait mode the lens is opened up to throw the background out of focus.

Ready to add some style to your photos right in camera? Turn the mode dial to the creative filter setting. Pick from ten different looks each totally transforms the mood of your pictures.

Creative Zone Shooting Modes

For even more control switch to the creative zone shooting modes opening up access to every menu setting. As you change shooting environments use picture style to control how color contrast and detail are captured. The standard picture style gives a bright vibrant and crisp look even on hazy or cloudy days. But in bright clear sunlight or in the harsh artificial light switch to the neutral picture style it adds more detail in the very bright and dark parts of a scene.

Want more control? Press the info button to further refine detail adjustments. Having a hard time seeing in the bright areas turn-on highlight tone priority to preserve a little more texture in detail add neutral picture style to go even further to tame excessive contrast in your photos and video. The EOS M50 can solve the opposite problem when shooting indoors or if there are dark areas in a scene. Try auto lighting optimizer to slightly lighten darker parts of a scene for better detail. Highlight tone priority and auto lighting optimizer can improve your final image quality. Just be aware that only one can be active at a time.

Capturing photos at night or in dimly lit areas without a flash? Enable high ISO speed noise reduction for cleaner images with less noise. The standard setting works well for most low-light situations. In really dark environments and if your subject is stationary use multi-shot noise reduction it combines for quick shots into one finished image greatly reducing noise.

By mastering the image quality settings great photography is at your fingertips dive in and experiment with all the features and options of the EOS M50. You’ll gain the creative control you need to capture those special moments.

Canon EOS M50: Sample Images

Canon EOS M50: Performance

If a single picture doesn’t fully tell your story the EOS M50’s continuous shooting speed can help. You can shoot up to 7.4 frames per second with full continuous Servo AF or as fast as 10 frames per second with the focus locked on a subject. You may find yourself in a situation where the sound of the camera shutter could be distracting. the silent mode dramatically reduces noise from the camera so you can be confident and remain quiet while you shoot.

Canon EOS M50: Video Features

EOS M50 is the first compact Canon camera that’s able to capture 4K video. Its UHD 4K recorded at 24 frames per second so it’s a perfect match for today’s 4K TVs. You can also shoot in Full HD 1080p at up to 60 frames per second and it has the awesome slow-motion capability at 120 frames per second in 720p HD. There’s even a setting for capturing 4K time-lapse movies as well.

The EOS M50 also has the ability to capture amazing video. Switch your camera to video mode to unlock the M50’s video capabilities. Now you can document all your favorite moments from HD all the way up to 4K. When getting started set your M50 to the full auto green zone, compose your shot, focus, and the camera will select the exposure settings for you.

When shooting in the auto mode recording, formats and features are limited. First, choose your recording size, a common starting point is Full HD at 29.97 frames per second. Now it’s time to set your focus just tap on the LCD screen to choose your subject. Moving subjects can be tricky turn on movies Servo AF for continuous focus on your subjects and to track them as they move. Once you get comfortable in auto turn the mode dial to Video Mode to unlock higher quality and more features.

4K video recording has enriched detail with four times the resolution of HD video. These are larger file sizes so you’ll need to use a memory card that can handle recording 4K footage. You don’t have to choose between video and photo modes when shooting 4K video. You can create an 8-megapixel still photo using the 4K frame graph with controls in the M50’s menu.

Want to capture in slow motion? Set your cameras frame rate to 60 frames per second or even slower at 120 frames per second. Don’t have time to adjust camera settings? Enable movie auto exposure and the camera will set the exposure to the environment and adjust as the light changes around you. Or if you’re in controlled lighting conditions, movie manual exposure lets you lock in shutter speed, lens aperture, and ISO sensitivity.

So far you’ve learned that Movie Servo AF handles moving subjects but the autofocus options don’t stop there. Having trouble seeing if your subject is in focus? Turn on manual focus peaking control the size of your active focus area with the AF method use up to all the 99 plus points and let the camera detect faces or even track them if they move or use a smaller autofocus area and move it where you want. Tap the touch screen or touch and drag when looking through the viewfinder.

The compact size of the EOS M50 makes it easy to record video on the move but this means potentially shaky footage. Turn on image stabilization and let the camera smooth out your shots.

Looking for a new way to tell your story? Have fun and get creative with time-lapse videos. The camera shoots many frames based on your settings and produces a finished movie in the camera. The video features of the Canon EOS M50 allow you to tell meaningful stories of your cherished memories.

Canon EOS M50: Lenses

Of course, this is an interchangeable lens camera so you can swap out lenses. Canon EOS M50 has a Canon EF-M lens mount and 20 native lenses for this mount are currently available. Because EOS M50 has an APS-C sensor, it has a 1.6x focal length multiplier so that you need to multiply the original focal length with this multiplier to find the lens’ full frame equivalent focal length when mounted on Canon M50.

Standard Zoom Lenses

  • Canon EF-M 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM

Standard Prime Lenses

  • 7artisans 35mm F1.2
  • Canon EF-M 32mm F1.4 STM
  • 7artisans 35mm F2

Wide-angle Zoom Lenses

  • Canon EF-M 11-22mm f4-5.6 IS STM
  • Canon EF-M 15-45mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM

Wide-angle Prime Lenses

  • Canon EF-M 22mm f2 STM
  • Samyang 12mm f2.0 / 35mm F1.2 / 10mm f2.8 / 16mm f2.0

Telephoto Zoom Lenses

  • Canon EF-M 55-200mm f4.5-6.3 IS STM

Telephoto Prime Lenses

  • Samyang 300mm f6.3
  • Rokinon 85mm F1.8 Samyang 85mm F1.8

SuperZoom Lenses

  • Canon EF-M 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM

Wide-angle Fisheye Prime Lenses

  • Kamlan 8mm F3.0 Fisheye

Canon EOS M50: Specs

Body type SLR-style mirrorless
Max resolution 6000 x 4000
Effective pixels 24 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 100-25600 (expands to 51200)
Lens mount Canon EF-M
Focal length multiplier 1.6×
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,040,000
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC slot (UHS-I compatible)
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 390 g (0.86 lb / 13.76 oz)
Dimensions 116 x 88 x 59 mm (4.57 x 3.46 x 2.32)
GPS None

You can reach full Canon EOS M50 specs and Canon EOS M50 Manual from the official Canon website.

Canon EOS M50: Other Features


Everyone wants the ability to share their images and movies with friends and family and with the included Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth capabilities you can share them easily and quickly.

You can also use one of your compatible mobile devices to remotely control the camera after pairing it with the camera. The EOS M50 can also automatically send your images to a paired mobile device or computer even while you’re still shooting.


The speed, performance, features, and image quality of the EOS M50 make it a superb way to enter the world of interchangeable lens cameras. Whether you’re looking for quality still images or 4K and Full HD video portability to take it anywhere or the quality and flexibility of Canon’s EF-M lenses the Canon EOS M50 answer the call.

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