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Canon EOS M50 Mark II Review

Canon EOS M50 Mark II Review

The Canon EOS M50 Mark II is a mirrorless camera with an APS-C sensor that is small and easy to use. It has a resolution of 24MP. It offers just minor improvements over its predecessor, yet it does so at a competitive price, while still providing appealing ergonomics and excellent image quality. Autofocus enhancements, vertical video shooting, and the option to live stream to YouTube straight from the camera, provided that it has a strong enough Wi-Fi connection, are among the new features.

The Canon EOS M50 Mark II has finally arrived, and it appears to be a quite unusual camera on paper. Its 24.1-megapixel picture sensor, Digic 8 processor, 2.36-million-dot electronic viewfinder, and a 3-inch touchscreen are all recognizable features.

The rationale for this is understandable. Both internally and cosmetically, the Canon EOS M50 Mark II is essentially identical to the original Canon EOS M50. The Canon EOS M50 Mark II is the successor of the Canon EOS M50. The same hardware, the same ergonomics, the same sensor, and virtually everything else is the same. It’s a significant step up from Canon’s entry-level EOS M200 model, but the original was a significant step up as well.

So, what distinguishes Mark II from the other models? Even if it’s not a significant sum, it might make a significant impact depending on what you want to do with your camera. There is little value for stills photographers, but there is a huge gain for video photographers and content creators. However, there is one major caveat: you must be a content producer in order to benefit from this.

Body and Handling

The EOS M50 Mark II is designed in the manner of a mini-DSLR, and despite its small size, the grip is robust and comfortable to hold. The controls for the camera are nearly identical to those of its predecessor. Located on the upper right-hand side of the camera’s body, the control dial, shutter button, record button, and M-Fn are all easily accessible.

The rest of the camera’s controls are located along the right back side of the camera. Their size and proximity to one another mean that in many circumstances it is just quicker to modify your settings using the touchscreen; this is especially true with the little video record button, which sits flush with the camera’s body. The touchscreen on the camera makes it easier to record video than it was previously. A standard organization seen in other Canon EOS cameras is followed by the menu system, which makes navigation simple.

The M50 Mark II’s touchscreen is bright and snappy, and it’s easy to use. When we were shooting in broad sunlight, we found that the touchscreen interface was simple to use and navigate through the menu options. The fact that it’s completely articulated means that it’s a flexible instrument for taking video footage. In terms of brightness and clarity, the 2.36 million-dot EVF is excellent, and it performs as promised. Because you can use the touchscreen to place your AF point while your eye is still focused on the viewfinder, it is really convenient.

It includes an eTTL pop-up flash built in, which is enough for fill lighting, and a hot shoe that lets you attach a more powerful external flash to the M50 Mark II as well. The camera is equipped with a 3.5mm microphone jack, as well as micro-HDMI and USB Micro-B ports that run along the side. Unfortunately, there is no headphone jack for monitoring audio levels while the video is being recorded, but this is quite normal for cameras in this price range in this category.

Because of its large grip, the M50 Mark II is quite comfortable to shoot with, despite the fact that it is incredibly light-weight and tiny in comparison. It has a CIPA rating of 305 photographs per charge, and if you are solely shooting still shots, we found that the battery life was adequate for a day or more of photo-centric activities. If you want to shoot a lot of video, you will want to carry an extra battery with you because the battery drains quickly when shooting video. Also, keep in mind that USB charging is not supported on this device.

Autofocus

The focusing capacity of the EOS M50 Mark II is one of the most significant enhancements to the camera. However, while the camera has the same fundamental autofocus mechanism as the previous model, the Mark II includes face and eye tracking for both stills and video while taking stills. During our time with the M50 Mark II, we discovered that the eye tracking function performed admirably, even while photographing rapidly moving subjects in low light situations.

However, the new eye detection system is only compatible with human subjects and isn’t quite as accurate as some competing systems; however, you can override it whenever you need to using the touchscreen. In addition to making adjustments while your gaze is fixed on the viewfinder, the touch-and-drag focusing option proved to be fairly accurate in our testing. Also of note is the fact that you may designate specific sections of the LCD to be active, which prevents you from accidently altering focus with the tip of your nose.

Image Quality

Because the camera employs the same sensor as its predecessor, it should come as no surprise that the image quality is nearly comparable across the two models. Colorful JPEGs with a pleasing degree of contrast are produced, and in general, the out-of-camera JPEGs required only minor further processing to make them suitable for sharing on social media. When it comes to editing, Canon’s CR3 Raw format gives you a great deal more freedom than other formats. When we looked at raw photographs taken with the M50 Mark II at low ISOs in brightly light circumstances, we didn’t find any concerns with the camera’s ability to properly brighten shadow features in our images to a respectable extent.

The presence of noise in the shadows as you pull them up is noticeable when shooting at the top end of the ISO range in low-light circumstances; nevertheless, this is not surprising given the lighting conditions.

Even under the shifting strobes of a music venue, the camera’s auto white balance performed an excellent job at adapting to the changing lighting conditions. Obviously, shooting in Manual mode for both video and stills gives you the most control and was our preferred method of shooting with this camera. However, the auto mode’s scene detection feature is effective enough that you can hand this camera off to a less experienced shooter and have it produce crisp, in-focus images.

For street photography or recording nighttime activities, the M50 Mark II is an acceptable and discrete option when paired with a prime lens such as the EF-M 22mm F2 or the EF-M 32mm F1.4. Photographing candids, traveling, and family portraits with the 15-45mm lens that the M50 Mark II is frequently sold with, the camera demonstrates its exceptional ability to catch candid moments and create beautiful images. A big portion of this is due to advancements in autofocus, which have been made throughout time. Because of the eye detection feature, it is also a wonderful choice for taking portraits.

If you’re taking stills, you can also use an electronic shutter, but it’s only available in one scene mode, titled ‘Silent Shooting,’ which gives you no control over your exposure at all.

Video

Despite the fact that the EOS M50 Mark II is capable of 4K recording, we believe it is best suited for 1080p capture. The 4K/24p footage is substantially truncated, and the camera’s dual-pixel focusing (which is limited to contrast detection) is not available for usage. Essentially, this means that the focus is regrettably inaccurate in 4K mode unless you’re quite near to your subject, and the cropping makes it tough to shoot wider-angle scenes or video oneself while holding the camera at arm’s length with the lens.

You can enable dual pixel focusing, which allows you to employ eye tracking on your subjects, if you’re happy with Full HD / 1080p capture, though. This was a feature we found to be incredibly handy throughout our time with the camera. In strong lighting settings, the M50 Mark II performed an excellent job of maintaining focus when we were filming performers with it. It performed admirably in low light, however we did note that it struggled to distinguish between things when more creative lighting was employed.

Full specifications

Body typeSLR-style mirrorless
Body materialComposite
Sensor
Max resolution6000 x 4000
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors26 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDigic 8
Color spacesRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100-25600 (expands to 51200)
Boosted ISO (maximum)51200
White balance presets7
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
File formatJPEG (Exif v2.31)Raw (Canon CR3 14-bit)C-Raw (Canon .CR3)
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points143
Lens mountCanon EF-M
Focal length multiplier1.6×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder resolution2,360,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modesProgramShutter priorityAperture priorityManual
Built-in flashYes
Flash range5.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes
Flash modesEvaluative (face priority), Evaluative, Average
Flash X sync speed1/200 sec
Drive modesSingleContinuousSelf-timer
Continuous drive10.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Modes3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 120 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 60 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 30 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 30 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1280 x 720 @ 120p / 52 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1280 x 720 @ 60p / 26 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC slot (UHS-I compatible)
Connectivity
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB chargingNo
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth
Remote controlYes (via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLP-E12 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)305
Weight (inc. batteries)387 g (0.85 lb / 13.65 oz)
Dimensions116 x 88 x 59 mm (4.57 x 3.46 x 2.32″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPSNone

Live streaming

Live streaming directly to YouTube from the EOS M50 Mark II appears to be a very promising feature, providing customers with greater flexibility than a desktop streaming setup while also providing superior quality than streaming from a smartphone camera. Unfortunately, the M50 Mark II has certain limitations, the most significant of which is that you must have 1,000 YouTube subscribers to your channel in order to broadcast directly to YouTube. Why?

According to YouTube’s streaming FAQ, users using mobile devices, such as phones, are required to have 1,000 subscribers, but those with webcams, for example, are not. According to the press release for the M50 Mark II, YouTube considers the M50 Mark II to be a mobile device, such as a phone, rather than a camera, which explains the arbitrary 1,000-subscriber restriction.

It’s made even more aggravating by the fact that if you don’t reach the subscriber limit, are ignorant of the restriction, and attempt to broadcast anyway, the camera just displays the mysterious warning “ERR 127 – an error occurred,” with no additional explanation. After experiencing this issue with one of our low-subscriber personal accounts and was able to broadcast flawlessly without any difficulties after doing so.

However, if you do not have 1,000 subscribers and want to utilize the EOS M50 II for live streaming, there are a few workarounds you may apply. You can connect it via USB to your computer and use it with Canon’s EOS Webcam Utility software – your computer will recognize the M50 II as a webcam, and you will be able to live stream to YouTube using that method (though you will need to use a separate microphone because the camera mics will not transmit audio over USB, as they are not designed to do so). Another option is to stream live to YouTube as well as other platforms such as Twitch using an HDMI connection, a capture card, and a streaming tool such as OBS (Open Broadcaster Software).

In the end, though, the 1,000-subscriber restriction appears to be completely arbitrary. As an example, Facebook Live does not have such restrictions. Realistically, though, you could travel the world with your laptop and then link it to your smartphone through a Wi-Fi hot spot, and then connect the M50 II to your laptop and live stream from any place; it would just be less convenient than being able to do it directly with the camera. We hope that YouTube will reconsider its policies in the future.

Conclusion

However, although the upgrades to the EOS M50 Mark II appear to be minor at first glance, the advancements to the focusing system when shooting Full HD video or stills are significant. The focusing system on this camera is very excellent, since it is both quick and accurate, which makes for a great shooting experience. In the end, the M50 Mark II is a simple camera to handle and produces JPEGs that are vivid and have good contrast right out of the camera’s lens. Having Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built-in makes it simple to share those bright images with others right from your camera phone or other devices.

However, even though it is a tiny camera, it is quite pleasant to use and would be an excellent choice for newbies seeking their first camera or professionals seeking something lightweight to shoot with while spending quality time with family and friends. Our testing revealed that, despite some of the controls being tiny and tightly packed together, the touchscreen is snappy and simple to use. Another feature we liked was the fact that the touchscreen capabilities may be used even while your eyes are focused on the brilliant electronic viewfinder.

For filmmakers and dedicated vloggers, the 1.5x crop while filming in 4K/24p makes this less helpful than it could be. Although the inclusion of a microphone connector is a lovely touch, we would have preferred to see Canon include a headphone jack as well. When taking still photographs, the battery life is adequate; but, as soon as you begin recording video, the battery life begins to degrade rapidly. In the end, this camera excels as a tiny alternative for still photography and simple video recording, especially if 4K video capabilities aren’t a must-have feature for you.


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It offers just minor improvements over its predecessor, yet it does so at a competitive price, while still providing appealing ergonomics and excellent image quality.

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However, although a total novice may use this camera to simply shoot photographs of good quality, an expert user who invests the necessary time in learning how to utilise the camera’s more complex functions can exert significant control over their photography. The M50 II’s possibilities are virtually limitless, thanks to the fact that it is compatible with the full Canon EOS system of accessories. With professional-grade image quality, the Canon EOS M50 II may be carried in a pocket, stored in a camera bag for backup reasons, or used as a primary camera that is always with you at all times, no matter where you are.

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While we would not advocate upgrading to the Canon EOS M50 Mark II if you already possess the original camera, if you’re new to the system, there are a number of things to enjoy about it that you should take into consideration. As a result, it’s highly portable and powerful, capturing beautiful stills and high-definition video in 1080p. This makes it excellent for travel, everyday imaging, vlogging, and content production, particularly for streaming and vertical shooting.

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Canon’s EOS M50 Mark II is a befuddling tiny camera — while it is crammed with features, it is just a slight upgrade over the original EOS M50 camera in terms of performance. Aside from the inclusion of eye AF and the ability to capture vertical video, there isn’t much of a difference between the two cameras’ specifications. While we do not recommend that owners of the EOS M50 switch to the latest model, the EOS M50 is an excellent choice for people who are just getting started in their photography and content production careers.

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In the end, I really like this compact mirrorless crop camera from Panasonic. It delivers high-quality photographs as well as good video quality on a consistent basis. There are several capabilities on this little camera that make it a very capable companion for your photography and video trips. What do you think of the Canon EOS M50 Mark II? Do you have any questions? Would you consider purchasing such a camera, or would you prefer to get a camera of a similar type from a different manufacturer? I’d appreciate it if you could share your ideas in the comments section below, as well as which camera you think is the best for both photography and vlogging.

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