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Canon EOS M50 Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.7
Reviewed Feb 08, 2021 at 07:40 am
Canon EOS M50 Picture
7.7
Travel Photography
7.7
Landscape Photography
7.3
Sport & Wildlife Photography
7.5
Vlogging
6.5
Studio Video
4.1
Action Video
This camera was replaced by the Canon EOS M50 Mark II
Body Type
DSLR
Mirrorless
Yes
Sensor Size
APS-C
Tested Lens
Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM

The Canon EOS M50 is a compact APS-C mirrorless camera. It offers very good image quality, even in dimly-lit environments, and has a relatively small, lightweight body. Its autofocus system is effective and consistent, and it has a fairly broad selection of photo and video configuration features. It has a bright, sharp, and responsive touchscreen interface that's easy to operate, even for novice users. Unfortunately, it has a short battery life and middling video quality in both FHD and 4k, so your videos may appear slightly soft and grainy, especially in poor lighting conditions, and recording in 4k incurs a very severe crop.

Our Verdict

7.7 Travel Photography

The Canon M50 is good for travel photography. It takes fairly clear, sharp images, even in fairly dark environments, and has a responsive autofocus system that tracks subjects reliably. It's light enough to carry for extended periods, too. Unfortunately, its short battery life may not be sufficient for a full day of use.

Pros
  • Compact, lightweight design.
  • Great autofocus performance in photography.
  • Good image quality.
Cons
  • Cheap build quality.
  • Short battery life.
7.7 Landscape Photography

The Canon M50 is good for landscape photography. Its fully articulated screen is bright enough to be read in direct sunlight, and it's light enough to be carried around on a hike without too much of an issue. It takes reasonably sharp images and comes with a lens that offers a reasonably flexible focal range and can let in a good amount of light. That said, its plastic construction doesn't feel especially rugged and isn't weather-sealed.

Pros
  • Compact, lightweight design.
  • Great autofocus performance in photography.
  • Good image quality.
  • Bright, fully-articulated screen.
Cons
  • Cheap build quality.
7.3 Sport & Wildlife Photography

The Canon M50 is decent for sports and wildlife photography. It has a high maximum shutter speed, allowing you to capture still images of fast-moving subjects, and a consistent and quick autofocus system. Image quality is good even at relatively high ISO settings, which is good for less well-lit environments. Unfortunately, its kit lens has a short maximum zoom, and its maximum shooting speed falls short of other mirrorless cameras, so you can't shoot distinct sequences of moving subjects.

Pros
  • Great autofocus performance in photography.
  • Good image quality.
  • High maximum shutter speed.
Cons
  • Cheap build quality.
  • Short battery life.
  • Maximum continuous shooting speed is a little slow.
7.5 Vlogging

The Canon M50 is a good option for vlogging. It has a fully-articulated screen that can be oriented to face you directly and the camera itself delivers excellent overall face-tracking performance whether you're shooting in 4k or FHD. Unfortunately, it's best to stay in well-lit environments, as it exhibits significant amounts of visual noise in dark areas. While its video stabilization performance is decent in FHD, quite a bit of camera shake may be present in 4k video. Its battery life also isn't especially impressive, so you may need to keep a second battery charged for longer shooting sessions.

Pros
  • Compact, lightweight design.
  • Bright, fully-articulated screen.
  • Good overall autofocus performance while shooting video.
Cons
  • Middling video recording quality.
  • Bad image stabilization performance in 4k.
6.5 Studio Video

The Canon M50 is an alright choice for studio video. Video quality in both 4k and FHD is sub-par overall, especially in less well-lit environments, but it does have an effective and reliable autofocus system and an easy-to-use menu system. There's also a fairly broad selection of inputs and outputs for videography accessories. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a clean HDMI output or a headphone jack to accurately monitor audio levels.

Pros
  • Good overall autofocus performance while shooting video.
  • Easy-to-use menu system.
Cons
  • Short battery life.
  • Limited selection of inputs and outputs.
4.1 Action Video

The Canon M50 isn't designed for action video. While it's relatively lightweight and compact, it feels slightly cheaply-made, isn't water-resistant, and doesn't feature support for high-speed frame rate recording, so you can't generate smooth slow-motion videos. Its stabilization performance is also disappointing overall, so handheld video may have a jittery, unstable quality.

Pros
  • Compact, lightweight design.
Cons
  • Cheap build quality.
  • Middling video recording quality.
  • Bad image stabilization performance in 4k.
  • Limited selection of frame rate recording options in 4k.
  • 7.7 Travel Photography
  • 7.7 Landscape Photography
  • 7.3 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 7.5 Vlogging
  • 6.5 Studio Video
  • 4.1 Action Video

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
7.9
Design
Portability
Height 3.5" (8.8 cm)
Width 4.8" (12.3 cm)
Depth 2.2" (5.5 cm)
Volume
36.3 in³ (595.0 cm³)
Weight
0.87 lbs (0.40 kg)
Weight With Lens
1.15 lbs (0.52 kg)
6.5
Design
Build Quality

  • Wheels are robust and offer clicky feedback
  • Buttons lack some proper physical feedback when pressing them
  • Body is made of hard plastic
  • Screen hinge feels a little delicate
  • Inputs are covered by rubber flaps

Design
Body
Water Resistance
No
Rugged
No
Hot Shoe
Yes
Customizable Button
Yes
Command Dial
1
Tripod Mount
Yes
Lens Mount
EF-M Mount
Built-In Flash
Yes
Design
In The Box

  • Canon EOS M50 mirrorless camera
  • Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens
  • Lens cap
  • Shoulder strap
  • 1x Canon LP-E12 battery
  • Battery charger
  • User manual

7.5
Design
Ergonomics & Comfort
Hand Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Large Hand
No
Hand Grip: Extra-Large Hand
No

  • Touchscreen interface gives you access to most essential functions, freeing up your thumb since you don't have to rely on physical buttons
  • Grip is fairly small, which can cause your hand to cramp up during longer shooting sessions
  • Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connection button is located near the natural resting point of your right palm, making it very easy to press unintentionally
  • Not a lot of room on the backside of the camera, and it's easy to accidentally touch the screen

9.0
Design
Menu System
Guide Mode
Yes
App Name
Canon Camera Connect

  • Menu navigation is intuitive with physical and touch controls
  • Functions related to autofocus, image quality, video quality, and menu customization are readily accessible
  • Graphics clearly indicate the functions found in each category
  • Guide mode helps walk novice users through the camera's features

Design
Viewfinder
Type
Electronic
Advertised Coverage
100%
Advertised Resolution
2.36 million dots
Advertised Magnification
N/A
9.3
Design
Screen
Screen Articulation Type
Fully Articulated
Screen Max Brightness
859 cd/m²
Advertised Resolution
1.04 million dots
Size
3.0" (7.6 cm)
Touchscreen
Yes
Design
Sensor
Sensor Type
CMOS
Advertised Effective Pixels
24.1 MP
Processor
Digic 8
Extended ISO Minimum
N/A
ISO Minimum
100
ISO Maximum
25,600
Tested Firmware
Ver. 1.0.3
5.2
Design
Battery
Battery Type
Canon LP-E12
USB Charging
No
Use When Charging
No
Advertised Battery Life In Photo
235 photos
Tested Battery Life In Video
90 min
7.5
Design
Lens
Lens Type
Interchangeable
Maximum Aperture
3.5 - 6.3
Max Aperture (Full Frame Equivalent)
f/5.6
Minimum Focal Length
15 mm
Maximum Focal Length
45 mm
Max Focal Length (Full Frame Equivalent)
72 mm
Luminance
75%
Light Falloff
84.1%
Photo
Photo
Photo Features
JPEG File Format
Yes
RAW File Format
CR3
Shutter
Electronic and Mechanical
Minimum Shutter Speed
30 s
Maximum Shutter Speed
1/4,000 s
Silent Shooting
Yes
HDR
Yes
Focus Peaking
Yes
Zebra Pattern
No
Histogram
Yes
Time Lapse
Yes
6.5
Photo
Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
4 fps
High Speed Continuous
9 fps
Silent Shooting Continuous
N/A
Raw Buffer Size
8 RAW Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
37 JPG Photos
Buffer Empty Time
4 s
7.8
Photo
Autofocus
Advertised Coverage
80%
Advertised Focus Points
143
Manual Focus Assistance
Yes
Face Detection Distance
165" (420 cm)
Eye Detection
Yes
Face Tracking Success Rate
62%
Object Tracking Success Rate
70%
8.8
Photo
Image Stabilization
In Body Image Stabilization
No
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
1/6 s
7.8
Photo
Image Quality
Dynamic Range At ISO 100
8.83 f-stops
Color Accuracy (dE2000)
9.21
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 800
35.48 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 800
2.213 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 1600
34.5 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 1600
2.459 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 3200
33.42 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 3200
3.023 pixels

ISO Setting Sample Photo
ISO 100 Photo
ISO 200 Photo
ISO 400 Photo
ISO 800 Photo
ISO 1600 Photo
ISO 3200 Photo
ISO 6400 Photo
ISO 12800 Photo
ISO 25600 Photo

6.7
Photo
Luminance Noise
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 100 38.42 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 200 36.65 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 400 34.57 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 800 32.07 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 1600 29.21 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 3200 26.19 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 6400 23.08 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 12800 20.88 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 25600 20.66 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 51200 N/A
Sample Gallery
Sample Gallery
The Skate Park

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Polish Church

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Studio

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Stairway

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

General Video
General Video
Video Feature
Full HD Video
Yes
4k Video
Yes
6k Video
No
Clean HDMI Output
No
Advertised Max Chroma Sampling Over HDMI
Not Advertised
Advertised Max Bit Depth Over HDMI
N/A
Log Picture Profile
No
Recording Light
No
General Video
Audio
Audio Test Sample
Audio Recording
Stereo
Microphone Level Display
Yes
General Video
Video Exposure Assistant
Zebra Line
No
Histogram
Yes
Waveform
No
General Video
Recording Format And Compression
MP4 H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
MP4 H.265 / HEVC
No
MOV H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
MOV H.265 / HEVC
No
AVCHD H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
All-I Compression
No
4k Video
3.0
4k Video
4k Frame Rate
240 fps In 4k
No
120 fps In 4k
No
60 fps In 4k
No
30 fps In 4k
No
24 fps In 4k
Yes, with a Crop
Crop At Max Available fps
1.58 x
4.2
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In 4k
No
Face Detection In 4k
Yes
Face Tracking In 4k
1.2
Object Tracking In 4k
7.0
4.2
4k Video
4k Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In 4k
No
Walking Test In 4k
19.13 pixels/frames
Running Test In 4k
37.23 pixels/frames
Crop
1.45 x
7.4
4k Video
4k Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In 4k
123 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In 4k
120 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In 4k
4:2:0
Bit Depth In 4k
8 bits
Record Time Limit 30 min
Overheat Recording Interruption
No
5.9
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k
5.0
Test Scene Extract In 4k
7.5
4k Rolling Shutter
7.52°
Full HD Video
8.5
Full HD Video
FHD Frame Rate
240 fps In FHD
No
120 fps In FHD
No
60 fps In FHD
Yes
30 fps In FHD
Yes
24 fps In FHD
Yes
Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
8.0
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In FHD
No
Face Detection In FHD
Yes
Face Tracking In FHD
8.0
Object Tracking In FHD
9.0
6.8
Full HD Video
FHD Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In FHD
No
Walking Test In FHD
6.40 pixels/frames
Running Test In FHD
11.82 pixels/frames
Crop
1.44
7.4
Full HD Video
FHD Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In FHD
30 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In FHD
30 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In FHD
4:2:0
Bit Depth In FHD
8
Record Time Limit 30 min
5.8
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
5.0
Test Scene Extract In FHD
8.0
FHD Rolling Shutter
5.82°
Storage And Connectivity
Storage And Connectivity
Storage
Card 1 Slot
SD Card UHS-I
Card 2 Slot
No 2nd Card Slot
7.8
Storage And Connectivity
Input / Outputs
USB
Micro USB
HDMI
Micro (Type D)
Headphones
No
Microphone
Stereo
Wi-Fi
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Canon M50 comes in two color variants: 'Black' and 'White'. We tested the 'Black' variant fitted with the EF-M 15-45mm lens, and you can see its label here. We expect the 'White' variant to perform similarly overall.

You can also purchase the Canon M50 with the EF-M 55-250mm lens or without a lens at all, but we haven't tested the performance of these variants.

If you come across a differently-equipped variant, let us know in the discussions so we can update our review.

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