Canon EOS R50 review

The Canon EOS R50 is the rebirth of the M50 in the RF-S mount – with some all-around big improvements

Canon EOS R50
(Image: © James Artaius)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Canon EOS R50 is what would happen if the M50 Mark II and the R10 had a baby. Carrying over the incredibly small and compact size of the M50 and improving on its specs in every way, with the excellent sensor and processor from the R10, the R50 makes a serious play to be one of the best pocket-friendly cameras today. With a 24.2MP APS-C sensor, capable of full-width 4K with a wealth of social media-friendly shooting modes, this camera might be the content creator's new best friend.


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    Smallest, lightest EOS R camera

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    Simple to use with guided UI

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    Social media & vlogging features


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    Lacks the latest tracking options

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    Only one control dial

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    Too small for most RF lenses

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Long story short: the Canon EOS R50 is basically a newer, cleverer replacement for the M50 line. Even though the M50 will continue to be sold, and the EOS M system will still be supported.

Still, it's pretty inarguable that the Canon EOS R50 is the spiritual replacement for the Canon EOS M50 Mark II, released in 2020 (as a very marginal update to the original Canon EOS M50 from 2018). And the R50 manages to supersede its predecessor in almost every way. 

Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 Macro (1/100 sec, f/1.8, ISO100) (Image credit: James Artaius)

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.