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Canon EOS M50 Mark II arrives… and it's a disappointingly light refresh

Canon EOS M50 II arrives… and it's a disappointingly light refresh
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After some exciting rumors, the Canon EOS M50 Mark II has finally materialized – but it's a disappointingly light refresh of its predecessor, with none of the supposed specifications that were leaked.

Instead, the Canon EOS M50 Mark II is almost a carbon copy of the original Canon EOS M50, with the same 24.1MP APS-C sensor, same Digic 8 image processor, same cropped 4K video that's limited to 24p… in fact, in terms of the actual hardware, it seems like the exact same camera. 

The changes come in terms of software, where the Mark II now possesses a number of new tricks over its predecessor. Canon says that it has improved autofocus, including face and eye AF when shooting both stills and video – though it still seems to lack Dual Pixel AF when recording in 4K. 

It gains the ability to capture vertical video, a la cameras like the Canon PowerShot G7X Mark III, ideal for shooting Stories on Facebook and Instagram. It also gains another useful social media trick, in being able to wirelessly live stream to YouTube – something that will no doubt make it more appealing to the content creation crowd.

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The Mark II is also able to be used as a webcam, via Canon's EOS Webcam Utility (which can be downloaded free) and other supported video apps. 

A couple of useful touchscreen inputs are also added to the mix, in the form of touch recording and self-timer activation in movie mode as well as a Touch and Drag-style rear screen focusing mechanism when shooting through the EVF. 

In all it's a disappointing showing for the second iteration of the camera – and indeed, all the new features feel exactly that: iterative. It feels like these upgrades could have been patched into the original M50 via a firmware update, although at the risk of being cynical that obviously wouldn't make any money. 

The Canon EOS M50 Mark II will be available in late November for $599 body only, or $699 with the Canon EF-M 15-45mm kit lens. Again, it will come in both black and white options. Interestingly, there appear to be no plans to release the camera in the UK at present – we have reached out to Canon for confirmation. 

UPDATE: Canon has responded regarding availability of the M50 Mark II in the United Kingdom, and other EMEA territories: 

“Canon has today (14th October 2020) announced the launch of the EOS M50 Mark II in some international regions. This is the successor to the award-winning EOS M50 mirrorless camera. At this stage we are unable to confirm if and when this camera will launch in EMEA.”

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