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A sleek design classic, this mirrorless camera will inspire you to make memorable stories you’ll be proud to share thanks to technologies like 4k movies, a DSLR sized sensor and effortless connectivity.
Digital Camera EOS M50 body, Camera Cover R-F-4, Strap EM-200DB, Battery Charger LC-E12E, AC Cable, Battery Pack LP-E12, User Manual Kit
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Compact, sleek and intuitive shooting experience
A sleek, classic design features a large central EVF and Vari-Angle touch screen with Touch and Drag AF.
Canon Photo Companion App
The ultimate partner for any visual storyteller, the Canon Photo Companion app helps you get started with your camera, gives you tailored, expert knowledge to help you improve your photography skills, and lets you learn from and be inspired by pros and photographers like you.
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EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM
Capture dramatic landscapes and beautiful close up detail of distant subjects with one compact, high quality lens featuring 8.3x optical zoom,
4-stop Image Stabiliser and STM focusing technology. The ideal 'all-in-one' lens for EOS M users.
|EOS 4000D||EOS 1300D||EOS 2000D||EOS M100||EOS 800D||EOS M50|
|Sensor size/ Effective Pixels/ ISO Sensitivity||APS-C sized Canon CMOS sensor Approx. 18 MP 100 - 6400 + H: 12800||APS-C sized Canon CMOS sensor Approx. 18 MP 100 - 6400 + H: 12800||APS-C sized Canon CMOS sensor Approx. 24.1 MP 100 - 6400 + H: 12800||APS-C sized Canon CMOS sensor Approx. 24.2 MP 100 - 25600||APS-C sized Canon CMOS sensor Approx. 24.2 MP 100 - 25600 + H: 51200||APS-C sized Canon CMOS sensor Approx. 24.2 MP 100 - 25600 + H: 51200|
|Continuous Shooting (Approx.)||3 fps||3 fps||3 fps||6.1 fps||6 fps||7.4 fps with Servo AF Up to 10 fps with fixed AF|
|AF System/AF Points||9 points AF system 1 centre cross-type point AF available in LiveView via Contrast Detection AF||9 points AF system 1 centre cross-type point AF available in LiveView via Contrast Detection AF||9 points AF system 1 centre cross-type point AF available in LiveView via Contrast Detection AF||Dual Pixel CMOS AF Available over 80% of LCD screen Max. 49 AF points||45-point all cross-type AF system including 3 AF area tracking modes 1 centre dual cross-type point sensitive to -3 EV AF available in LiveView via Dual Pixel CMOS AF Available over 80% of LCD screen Max. 49 AF points||Dual Pixel CMOS AF Max. coverage over 88 % x 100 % (width and height) of LCD & Max. 143 AF points with compatible lenses|
|LCD Type||6.8 cm (2.7") LCD, with approx. 270k dots||High-resolution 7.5cm (3.0") LCD, with approx. 920k dots||High-resolution 7.5cm (3.0") LCD, with approx. 920k dots||Tilting touchscreen (up 180 degrees) 7.5 cm (3.0”) Approx. 1,040,000 dots||Vari-angle touchscreen 7.7cm (3.0"") 3:2 Clear View LCD II, approx. 1040k dots||Vari-angle touchscreen 7.7cm (3.0"") 3:2 Clear View LCD II, approx. 1040k dots|
|Viewfinder||Optical viewfinder with 95% coverage, 0.8x, 21 mm. Pentamirror||Optical viewfinder with 95% coverage, 0.8x, 21 mm. Pentamirror||Optical viewfinder with 95% coverage, 0.8x, 21 mm. Pentamirror||-||Intelligent Optical viewfinder with 95% coverage, 0.82x, 19mm. Pentamirror||Electronic viewfinder with 100% coverage 2,360,000 dots, max 120 fps refresh rate|
|Movies||Full HD (1080p, 30 fps) With full manual control||Full HD (1080p, 30 fps) With full manual control||Full HD (1080p, 30 fps) With full manual control||Full HD (1080p, 60 fps) With full manual control||Full HD (1080p, 60 fps) With full manual control Equipped with microphone jack||4K (23.98, 25 fps) With full manual control Equipped with microphone jack In-camera 5-axis Dynamic IS 4K Frame Grab available|
|Built-in Flash/ Hotshoe||Yes, Guide Number 9.2 Canon Speedlite System via Hotshoe||Yes, Guide Number 9.2 Canon Speedlite System via Hotshoe||Yes, Guide Number 9.2 Canon Speedlite System via Hotshoe||Yes, Guide Number 5||Yes, Guide Number 12 + Integrated Speedlite Transmitter Canon Speedlite System via Hotshoe||Yes, Guide Number 5 Canon Speedlite System via Hotshoe|
|Connectivity||Built in Wi-Fi||Built-in Wi-Fi with Dynamic NFC||Built-in Wi-Fi with Dynamic NFC||Built-in Wi-Fi with Dynamic NFC Equipped with Bluetooth low energy technology for constant connection to compatible smart device||Built-in Wi-Fi with Dynamic NFC Equipped with Bluetooth low energy technology for constant connection to compatible smart device||Built-in Wi-Fi with Dynamic NFC Bluetooth low energy technology for constant connection to compatible smart device Auto Transfer to computer and smart device available|
|Dimensions (W x H x D) / Weight||129.0 x 101.6 x 77.1 mm/ Approx. 436 g||129.0 x 101.3 x 77.6 mm/ Approx. 485 g||129.0 x 101.3 x 77.6 mm/ Approx. 475 g||108.2 x 67.1 x 35.1 mm/ Approx. 302 g||131.0 x 99.9 x 76.2 mm/ Approx. 532 g||116.3 x 88.1 x 58.7 mm/ Approx. 387 g|
|*Wi-Fi: Not all functions or devices are supported; see full specifications for details.||**Equipped with Bluetooth low energy technology. The Bluetooth word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Canon Inc. is under license||***Mobiles: Compatible iOS and Android devices with the Canon Camera Connect app, see specifications for details. Computers: Mac and PC running Canon Image Transfer Utility 2, see specifications for details.|
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Canon have been consistently amazing at producing usable/user friendly cameras. The menus and feature accessibility (customisable buttons, quick menu, foldable responsive touch screen) make this a great camera body. With the right lenses, it could be an amazing learning tool or second (big) pocket camera for more experienced enthusiasts.
Which brings me to the negatives.
I’m afraid the best option is to use adapted EF Canon lenses. The 16-35mm f4, the 35mm f2, the 40mm f2.8 and the cheap but very cheerful 50mm 1.8 STM are great. The problem is that, by this point, you might as well opt for a DSLR as the size and weight are getting very close.
Most native lenses are sharp enough but slow. Which makes carrying around a bigger camera a bit useless: if you are going to end up shooting at 6400 ISO and f6.3 with an interchangeable camera, you might as well shoot at 800 ISO with a 1” pocket camera and save quite a bit of weight and money.
From native lenses, I’ve used the following:
- 22mm f2: Terrible bokeh, focus speed and corners (which is fair enough - it is a pancake) . But the internet likes it because it is the only affordable fast lens for the system.
- 11-22: great fun but niche.
- 15-45: slow and horrible. Also, it doesn’t do justice to the camera’s AF which is extremely decent with adapted EF lenses.
I have not used the 18-150 (too big and slow) or the macro.
Apparently, there is now a 32mm f1.4 which costs around £500 (!!).
I have never owned a DLSR but have had the chance to play with a few from family and friends, and although bulky, they still outperform these mirrorless APS-C cameras, in my opinion. Full frame mirrorless cameras may be a better comparison.
Starting with the bad:
Battery performance very poor, infact most mirrorless systems are useless which really affects the whole experience - not being able to charge through USB is also a big downfall of this camera (Sony Alpha cameras can charge through USB), feels like an old product having to take the battery out and charge in a dedicated charger with kettle lead (holiday packing issue). Had to charge the battery three times in one week, less than 1000 photos taken. Not a problem on conventional DSLR's which would have managed a week of use no issue. Appreciate why this happens (electronic view finder, smaller battery etc.) but as an non-sympathetic consumer this simply isn't good enough and really drains the whole experience.
Interface is slicker than most cameras although can be laggy when you really get to grips with it and you begin to outpace the camera - more in terms of the shutter actually taking the picture after you press the button, sometimes there's a 1 second or more pause and you miss the shot completely. Never had this problem on conventional DSLR's.
Poor low-light clarity for price point, unless you are really steady on a gimbal / tripod and can extend the shutter speed, which is a rare occurrence for daily photography / videography when just 'out and about.' It is a large improvement over smartphones however which is why I even considered buying this camera, unfortuantely it's just not as good as some of the other cameras out there, even a Canon 5D M3 which is now a 7 year old DSLR (full frame).
No power zoom, actually not such a bad thing but the Sony Alpha's and Fujifilms have this, even the £100 Canon Powershots have it, so to lose this on a £600 camera system seems like a step backwards.
Focus zoom is not accurate, it's also a little less intuitive that some other camera systems, you have to manually select zoom which is only available a 5x and 10x, then move the focus ring, then take the shot. It didn't always work and the autofocus system tended to work better.
False colour reproduction, although it's not BAD in any sense, a lot of pictures just seemed like 'files' rather than pop out at me without some sort of post production. Shooting RAW and post producing every shot is inefficient, although I want the control to be available, having great pictures straight out the camera would be highly beneficial.
Struggles to focus on shiny surfaces - i.e. fruit, kitchen worktops etc, not sure what was going on here, I struggled for a hour trying to take good food / product photos here, and incidentally, got better pictures straight out an iPhone X.
Body feels cheap - other products at this price point feel much better built. The canon has a plastic body and the gaps don't all line up, really cheap feeling like a £250 camera not a £599 one.
The screen resolution and colours drop to a fuzzy quality momentarily every time you take a picture while the photo is writing to the memory card, once the writing is complete the resolution and colours are restored (around 1-2 seconds, more if taking continuous shots). Worth noting that I used a Class 4 memory card (not the fastest), perhaps this doesn't happen on Class 10's.
Image stabilisation seems to be a gimmick - plenty of images ended up blurry, more so than when shooting on phones. Coulnd't tell a massive difference with it turned off.
Phone app - the Canon CameraConnect app does not allow full control over the camera's features when shooting remotely, such as ISO, EV, shutter speed, Aperture etc. You can pretty much just focus and take the picture and that's it. The Fuji system demonstrated to me in a store allowed full control over the cameras features from a Fuji app. The Sony Alpha app was a halfway house between the two.
Lenses - EF-M lenses are rare and very expensive, putting a £115 adaptor on solve this problem, but makes the camera look and feel silly. The macro lens with built-in light looks like an excellent addition for product photography.
The good points:
Lens feels well made, although the colour is grey and not the same as the body which is jet black. 'Kit' lenses get bad reviews (especially on Sony systems) but this Canon felt like it matched the camera and sensor perfectly and there did not feel an immediate need to upgrade the lens other than to achieve better zoom.
Screen resolution and touchscreen sensitivity is excellent just like a smartphone, front facing feature is also a fantastic addition which every camera needs.
4k quality video is good although uses alot of data and you will need a very high end computer to process this video, it also crops the image so it's better for timelapses rather than vlogging. 1080p is what most people will use and it is excellent. On board microphone seems adequate although a third party (Rode) microphone will no doubt provide better audio quality.
Size and weight, really small and fun in the hand, although the lack of weight can increase your hand shake and more images tend to end up blurry than shot with my iPhone X.
Longevity and feel of buttons - although the camera felt cheap I have no doubts it will last long - I still have a Canon IXUS 90 from 10 years ago which works just as well as the day I brought it.
Sharpness - not the SHARPEST camera out there (countless in-store comparisons of photos has me firmly believing that the Fujifilm cameras produce the most sharp images for cameras at this price point with their kit lenses, comparing to Canon, Sony, Panasonic etc.), nevertheless the sharpness can be dialed in and it's more than adequate.
Phone integration - seamlessly sends every photo to your phone in your pocket, although you need to manually connect to this camera every time you go out shooting, and you can't use wifi on your phone to connect to any other wifi as it uses the wifi to connect to the camera as a hotspot. No other camera system on the market does automatic picture porting as far as I know.
Flash is very good for the size and manages to really bring low-light images to life. No external flashes were tested.
Canon ecosystem in general - you know you're in good hands with a manufacturer that has been doing this for a very long time, and one of the few manufacturers that manufacture their own sensors (not for all their cameras - many Canon's use Sony sensors as do most of the other camera manufacturers, and smartphones including the iPhone X).
A good camera but falls short in many areas, I wanted to like this camera and invest in the ecosystem as a long-termer, but the fact that Canon produce much better higher-end, full frame systems, means that these cheaper, APS-C crop sensor devices will ALWAYS fall short of the very best that Canon can offer. There is no doubt that Canon have held back on this device. The M5 mark ii is rumoured this year which is likely to be an improvement over this M50 with a higher quality body, however the full-frame EOS R and RP exist which will prevent any lesser camera from taking the limelight in terms of being the best all-rounders.
Fujifilm ONLY make cameras with APS-C sensors (they also do £5k medium format cameras), which helps one to believe that their cameras might be better all-round APS-C products, as they have no full-frame market flagships.
I hope this review helps others out there make the right choice. This is an excellent camera and seems to be perfect for thousands of consumers out there - this review is just my opinion. Best advice is to spend time in a store testing one at lengths and be honest to yourself about what's really important.