Canon EOS M50 review

Canon has been pushing its mirrorless EOS M series for some time, but the M50 finally looks like it’s hit the sweet spot

TODO alt text

Canon EOS M50 verdict

At times, it’s been hard to see where Canon has been heading with its mirrorless EOS M series. The entry-level M100 is so basic as to be a bit off-putting, while the only other option so far with a viewfinder – the EOS M5 – is really rather expensive. The rest seem to have been a procession of viewfinder-less system cameras, with no strong selling points.

The EOS M50 is different. It comes with a viewfinder built in and incorporates Canon’s latest technologies, which for the first time include 4K video. The key point is that it’s at an affordable mid-range price, and while it still doesn’t feel like a breakthrough camera compared to other mirrorless options, it does at least feel as if Canon has caught up.

In fact, on the features-to-price front, it’s sneaked ahead. Where else will you get a 24MP APS-C mirrorless camera with a viewfinder at this price? The EOS M50 has some strong Micro Four Thirds rivals, but the only other APS-C candidate in this price range is the Sony A6000, and that’s a four-year old camera aimed at a very different kind of user. Food for thought.

Canon EOS M50 competition

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

The OM-D E-M10 Mark III has a smaller 16MP Micro Four Thirds sensor, but it's still a great little camera to use, with a terrific pancake-style kit lens, fast autofocus, in-body stabilisation and more. Technically, it's image quality should be inferior, but in practice its image quality impresses.

Panasonic Lumix GX9

It’s another Micro Four Thirds camera and more expensive than the EOS M50, but it has a super-sharp 20MP sensor, powerful 4K video options and a great pancake-type zoom. It's slick and speedy to use, and for more expert photographers it's worth the extra outlay.

Sony A6000

The A6000 is a powerful enthusiast-level camera that’s been around so long that prices have dropped to beginner camera levels. The sensor performance isn’t quite up to the latest standards and it doesn't capture 4K video, but you still get a lot of camera for the money.

Canon EOS M50 specifications

Sensor: 24.1MP APS-C CMOS, 22.3 x 14.9mm
Image processor: DIGIC 8
AF points: 143/99-point Dual Pixel CMOS AF
ISO range: 100 to 25,600
Max image size: 6,000 x 4,000
Metering zones: 384 zones
Video: 4K UHD at 25/24p
Viewfinder: OLED EVF, 2,360k dots
Memory card: 1x SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
LCD: 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen, 1,040k dots
Max burst: 10fps (7.4fps with AF)
Connectivity: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC
Size: 116.3 x 88.1 x 58.7mm
Weight: 390g (with battery and memory card)