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Canon EOS M50 Review: Suitable Mostly for Vloggers

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Intro: Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Camera 

If you are a vlogger or have just started vlogging, give Cannon EOS M50 a shot.

Canon EOS M50, its new entry-level M-series camera, packs feature as good as its DSLR competitors Canon Rebel SL2 and 7500D. Its light body weight, small size and a vari-angle display is more suitable for vloggers than people who are purely into photography. Although its 4K feature is almost as good as nothing, every other feature that a really good entry level camera holds comes with this model, that too, almost the same price as other entry-level DSLRs.

Good: 99 Dual Pixel autofocus points for smooth video shooting,

rotating display for vlogging, good image quality

Bad: 4K comes with ridiculously less frame size but still takes a lot of space,

less battery life, lacks in-body optical stabilisation

Lacks USB Type C

Verdict: Faster than other entry-level DSLRs,

reasonable pricing, best for vlogging,

value for money

Canon EOS M50’s Design and Built:

M50’s compact size and lighter body weight make it easier to carry than other DSLRs. Plus its rotating touch display panel adds more comfort while vlogging and taking selfies. I was disheartened to learn, although quite sometime back, that one needs to buy a separate connector to connect normal sized lenses to this camera. The battery life is also not that great—plus extra batteries aren’t readily available for this camera model in the market. It also lacks in-body optical stabilization and relies heavily on the lens and digital stabilization instead. You won’t find any dedicated buttons for ISO or shutter speed on this camera like the Canon 80 D cameras.

Camera Quality of Canon EOS M50:

Although, M50 is not as good as Canon 80 D, which is a pro-level camera, the image quality taken by both the cameras on daylight shows negligible differences. EOS M50 is Canon’s first mirrorless M-series camera to come with Ultra HD 4K video. It packs 24.1-megapixel, APS-C model sensor. Although, you can shoot 4K videos 3,840 x 2,160 video at 24 fps, once you start using it, you will prefer using 1080p at 60fps, instead. That’s because its 4K’s crop sensor won’t serve you a great deal. It captures 1080p video at 60 fps and 720p video at 120 FPS, which is more than what one can expect from an entry-level camera.

Its OLED optical viewfinder comes with touch and drag autofocus, which means, you can focus your subject directly through the display. Furthermore, it also packs Dual-Pixel phase-detection AF, which is advanced than its previous models, but sadly enough, it doesn’t work with 4K. M50’s bolsters a vari-angle touchscreen which is also flippable, and hence, ideal for vloggers. Now, talking about slow-motion, M50 can shoot 120fps video at 720p, it’s newly featured silent-shooting mode.

The M50 relies on the lens and digital stabilization instead as it lacks optical image stabilization.

Now, talking about autofocus points for video shooting, M50 comes with 99 Dual Pixel AF points. Its ISO range is 100-25,600, which on top of that, can and be expanded up to 51,200 max. It’s well equipped for shooting extremely low light images.

Let’s talk about the Burst Mode, you can shoot a maximum of 47 images at 7.4fps with continuous autofocus. You can also capture photographs in burst mode even at 10fps, but the total number of images taken will be relatively lesser.

Sufficient Connectivity:

With WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC—connectivity won’t be an issue with this camera. However, it doesn’t come with high-speed USB Type C, unfortunately.

Reasonable Pricing:

M50 will cost $780/£540 without the lens kit. If you want to add EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM kit lens, then you will have to pay around $900/£650. Another alternative would be, you can grab Canon M50 with EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM and EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lenses for $1,250.

FOR EASY UNDERSTANDING:

$780/£540: Camera without lens

$900/£650: Camera with EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM kit lens

$1,250: Camera with EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM and EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lenses.

What’s With Canon EOS M50’s 4K?

The 4K is not as good on this camera as the branding it comes with. M50 already comes with 1.6X APS-C crop factor. And, its 4K comes with a 1.6X crop n top of that.  the sensor effectively smaller for 4K than one on a Micro Four Thirds camera (2.56X total). On top of that, the phase-detection Dual Pixel AF only works with 1080p or below, and so, doesn’t function with 4K, which comes with contrast-detection AF.

Verdict:

It’s one of the best entry-level cameras; packs all the features at a competitive price. Its video quality is quite impressive with 1080p in 60fps and 720p in 120 fps with 10 times more autofocus points to track the subject even in high speed. However, I would advise you not to buy this phone only for its 4K feature. As I have mentioned above, its 4K comes with a crop sensor, hence, it will provide you with a really small screen size. All other features apart from its 4K will give you your money’s worth. Vloggers, give it a shot, it’s made for quality video shooting.

 

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