Why I think the Canon EOS R50 is the most significant new camera for ages

Canon EOS R50
Canon EOS R50 (Image credit: Canon)

The main impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic were bad enough, but the ongoing fallout continues to reshape much of how we live and work. For industries, there have been numerous problems related to staff shortages and hence interruptions to parts supplies and their delivery. For the camera makers, the outcome has been a strange 12 to 18 months during which virtually all the new models that have arrived on the market have been higher-end. True, the market has been steadily moving from volume to value for some time in response to the smartphone’s decimation of the compact camera business but, for a while, all we were seeing were semi-pro and pro models with price tags to match. No doubt the thinking was to prioritize the launch of cameras capable of delivering bigger profits.

Consequently, the options for owners of entry-to-mid-level DSLRs who were looking for a mirrorless replacement priced at under AU$2,000 ($1350/£1100) – but with the latest tech – were looking a bit limited. There are sub-AU$2,000 mirrorless cameras available, of course, but they’re nearly all two to three years old (or even older) and a lot has happened in that time... for starters, AI-based subject recognition for AF tracking which arrived with the Olympus E-M1X in early 2019. Now, however, we might be getting back to normal... or at least Canon is, first with the EOS R10 and now the R50.

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Paul Burrows

Paul has been writing about cameras, photography and photographers for 40 years. He joined Australian Camera as an editorial assistant in 1982, subsequently becoming the magazine’s technical editor, and has been editor since 1998. He is also the editor of sister publication ProPhoto, a position he has held since 1989. In 2011, Paul was made an Honorary Fellow of the Institute Of Australian Photography (AIPP) in recognition of his long-term contribution to the Australian photo industry. Outside of his magazine work, he is the editor of the Contemporary Photographers: Australia series of monographs which document the lives of Australia’s most important photographers.