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Canon EOS M50 Mark II Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.7
Reviewed Aug 04, 2021 at 09:22 am
Canon EOS M50 Mark II Picture
7.6
Travel Photography
7.7
Landscape Photography
7.2
Sport & Wildlife Photography
7.6
Vlogging
6.8
Studio Video
4.1
Action Video
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 Mark II is a light refresh of the Canon EOS M50. It's very similar to its predecessor but comes with minor quality-of-life upgrades, including support for clean HDMI output, eye tracking AF in video, and slightly better battery life. Like the original, it's an entry-level APS-C camera that's relatively compact and portable, and it feels comfortable to use. Canon's menu system is also very intuitive, and it includes a guide mode to walk new users through settings and features. It delivers great image quality, with fantastic dynamic range and photos that stay relatively noise-free at higher ISO levels, making it suitable for low light. It's okay for shooting 1080p video, but its 4k video features are underwhelming, with disappointing video quality, poor autofocus performance, and an inability to record at frame rates higher than 24 fps, which also incurs a severe 1.5x crop.

Our Verdict

7.6 Travel Photography

The Canon EOS M50 Mark II is good for travel photography. It's very portable for travel with its included kit lens and can fit into most small camera bags. It delivers great image quality and has a good autofocus system, which does a decent job of tracking moving subjects. Unfortunately, its battery life is disappointing, though this can vary drastically with real-world usage habits.

Pros
  • Lightweight and portable.
  • Great image quality.
Cons
  • Disappointing battery life.
7.7 Landscape Photography

The Canon EOS M50 Mark II is good for landscape photography. It has fantastic dynamic range to bring out a wide array of details in landscape shots, and it has good noise handling capability at higher ISO levels, which is great when shooting in more dimly-lit conditions. It's also quite portable, with a relatively compact design that makes it easier to take to remote shooting locations. Unfortunately, its battery life is disappointing, though this depends on settings and usage habits.

Pros
  • Lightweight and portable.
  • Great image quality.
Cons
  • Disappointing battery life.
7.2 Sport & Wildlife Photography

The Canon EOS M50 Mark II is decent for sport and wildlife photography. It has great image quality, with good noise handling capability at higher ISO levels. It's also relatively compact. However, its shooting speed is just passable. It has an okay high-speed continuous shooting speed, but its buffer is very small, so you may fill it up quickly when trying to capture fleeting moments. It also lacks a silent continuous shooting mode, meaning it may scare off wildlife.

Pros
  • Lightweight and portable.
  • Great image quality.
Cons
  • Mediocre shooting speed.
  • No silent continuous shooting.
7.6 Vlogging

The Canon EOS M50 Mark II is good for vlogging. It's portable and lightweight, making it easy to carry around while vlogging. It also has a fully articulated screen so you can easily frame yourself and monitor the recording. Unfortunately, it lacks in-body image stabilization, but it does have a digital stabilization feature, although enabling it incurs a greater crop. With its kit lens, the camera does a good job smoothing out camera shake in FHD. It also has good autofocus performance in FHD, but image stabilization and autofocus perform significantly worse in 4k. Video quality overall is mediocre in FHD and disappointing in 4k. On the upside, it has a built-in livestream function, although it comes with some limitations.

Pros
  • Lightweight and portable.
  • Fully articulated screen.
  • Built-in livestream function.
  • Good FHD video stabilization.
Cons
  • Lackluster 4k video features.
  • Disappointing battery life.
  • Disappointing video quality.
6.8 Studio Video

The Canon EOS M50 Mark II is okay for studio video. It has an array of inputs, including a microphone jack and micro HDMI port. It supports clean HDMI output, which is helpful when using an external recorder when you don't want any overlays. Its menu system is also easy to navigate, with settings and video features laid out nicely. That said, its overall video quality is disappointing, and its 4k video capability and features are especially lacking.

Pros
  • Lightweight and portable.
  • Supports clean HDMI output.
  • Menu is very easy to use.
Cons
  • Lackluster 4k video features.
  • Disappointing video quality.
  • Poor autofocus in 4k.
4.1 Action Video

The Canon EOS M50 Mark II isn't suitable for action video. It's portable relative to other interchangeable-lens cameras, but it's not designed for mouting on a helmet or chest rig. It isn't waterproof either, although we don't currently test for this. Video quality in FHD isn't bad, and it does a decent job smoothing out camera shake in that resolution. However, its 4k video quality, frame rates, and video stabilization leave a lot to be desired.

Pros
  • Lightweight and portable.
Cons
  • Lackluster 4k video features.
  • Limited frame rate options.
  • Disappointing battery life.
  • Disappointing video quality.
  • 7.6 Travel Photography
  • 7.7 Landscape Photography
  • 7.2 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 7.6 Vlogging
  • 6.8 Studio Video
  • 4.1 Action Video
  1. Updated Aug 04, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Jul 29, 2021: Early access published.

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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
0.88 lbs (0.40 kg)
Weight With Lens
1.15 lbs (0.52 kg)
6.5
Design
Build Quality

  • Body is made of hard plastic but feels cheap
  • Dials feel good and provide great tactile feedback
  • Buttons are okay but a bit loose-fitting, and some lack proper physical feedback when pressing them
  • 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 Mark II camera body
  • Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens
  • Lens caps
  • Sensor 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 may cause larger hands 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
9.1
Design
Screen
Screen Articulation Type
Fully Articulated
Screen Max Brightness
680 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. 1.0.0

Note: There's an extended high ISO setting simply labeled 'H' in the menu. Canon advertises it to be equivalent to ISO 51200.

5.8
Design
Battery
Battery Type
Canon LP-E12
USB Charging
No
Use When Charging
No
Advertised Battery Life In Photo
305 photos
Tested Battery Life In Video
95 min
6.5
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
77%
Light Falloff
48.9%
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

Note: You can only access silent shooting through the 'Scene' mode.

6.4
Photo
Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
4 fps
High Speed Continuous
9 fps
Silent Shooting Continuous
N/A
Raw Buffer Size
9 RAW Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
35 JPG Photos
Buffer Empty Time
5 s
7.7
Photo
Autofocus
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Focus Points
143
Manual Focus Assistance
Yes
Face Detection Distance
165" (420 cm)
Eye Detection
Yes
Face Tracking Success Rate
59%
Object Tracking Success Rate
70%
8.0
Photo
Image Stabilization
In Body Image Stabilization
No
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
1/10 s
8.2
Photo
Image Quality
Dynamic Range At ISO 100
9.77 f-stops
Color Accuracy (dE2000)
12.07
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 800
35.64 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 800
2.091 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 1600
34.56 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 1600
2.34 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 3200
34.17 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 3200
2.974 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
ISO 52100 (Extended) Photo

Note: ISO 52100 is an extended high and may not be fully comparable to other cameras we've tested that can shoot at ISO 52100 natively.

7.2
Photo
Luminance Noise
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 100 38.86 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 200 37.36 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 400 35.49 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 800 33.03 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 1600 30.17 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 3200 27.32 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 6400 24.63 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 12800 21.42 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 25600 19.37 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 51200 14.64 dB

Note: ISO 52100 is an extended high and may not be fully comparable to other cameras we've tested that can shoot at ISO 52100 natively.

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
Yes
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

Note: The mic level display doesn't show up on the screen during live feed mode. You have to press the 'Info' button to get to the regular screen to see the audio levels.

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
1.5 x
5.1
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In 4k
Yes
Face Detection In 4k
Yes
Face Tracking In 4k
1.4
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
20.22 pixels/frames
Running Test In 4k
35.71 pixels/frames
Crop
1.45 x

Note: The 'Normal' stabilization setting incurs a 1.16x crop, while the enhanced 'High' setting incurs a 1.45x crop.

7.4
4k Video
4k Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In 4k
121 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
7.58°
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
9.2
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In FHD
Yes
Face Detection In FHD
Yes
Face Tracking In FHD
8.5
Object Tracking In FHD
9.7
7.0
Full HD Video
FHD Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In FHD
No
Walking Test In FHD
6.02 pixels/frames
Running Test In FHD
11.13 pixels/frames
Crop
1.4

Note: The 'Normal' stabilization setting incurs a 1.1x crop, while the enhanced 'High' setting incurs a 1.4x crop.

7.6
Full HD Video
FHD Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In FHD
60 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In FHD
30 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In FHD
4:2:0
Bit Depth In FHD
8
Record Time Limit 30 min
6.2
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
5.0
Test Scene Extract In FHD
8.0
FHD Rolling Shutter
4.19°
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 EOS M50 Mark II comes in two color variants: Black and White. We tested the Black version with the Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM kit lens, but you can also purchase the camera without a lens.

If you come across a different variant or your Canon EOS M50 Mark II doesn't correspond to our review, let us know in the discussions, and we'll update the review.

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