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Canon EOS M50 Mark II Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.10
Reviewed Aug 04, 2021 at 09:22 am
Canon EOS M50 Mark II Picture
7.4
Travel Photography
7.3
Landscape Photography
7.2
Sport & Wildlife Photography
8.3
Vlogging
7.4
Studio Video
4.0
Action Video
Body Type
SLR-Style
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 good 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

7.4 Travel Photography

The Canon EOS M50 Mark II is decent 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.
7.3 Landscape Photography

The Canon EOS M50 Mark II is decent for landscape photography. It has good RAW dynamic range to bring out a more detail in high-contrast 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.
8.3 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.
7.4 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.
4.0 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. 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.
  • 7.4 Travel Photography
  • 7.3 Landscape Photography
  • 7.2 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 8.3 Vlogging
  • 7.4 Studio Video
  • 4.0 Action Video
  1. Updated Sep 16, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 0.10.
  2. Updated Aug 17, 2022: After running into issues with RawTherapee during retesting for Test Bench 0.9, we decided to process the 'Photo RAW Dynamic Range' test scene in Lightroom instead. The test scene photo has been reuploaded.
  3. Updated Jul 29, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 0.9.
  4. Updated Apr 22, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.
  5. Updated Aug 04, 2021: Review published.
  6. 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

Design
Viewfinder
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
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

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
Optical Image Stabilization
Yes
Luminance
77%
Light Falloff
48.9%
Design
Sensor
Sensor Type
CMOS
Advertised Effective Pixels
24.1 MP
Processor
DIGIC 8
Extended ISO Minimum
N/A
Native ISO Minimum (Base ISO)
100
Native ISO Maximum
25,600
Tested Firmware
Ver. 1.0.1

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

If you're looking for a beginner camera with a better battery life and USB charging support, take a look at the Sony α6000.

Photo General
Photo General
Photo Features
JPEG File Format
Yes
Raw File Format
CR3
Shutter
Electronic and Mechanical
Slowest Shutter Speed
30 s
Fastest Shutter Speed
1/4,000 s
Silent Shooting
Yes
HDR
Yes
Time Lapse
Yes

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

6.6
Photo General
Photo Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
4 fps
High Speed Continuous
9 fps
Silent Shooting Continuous
N/A
Raw Buffer Size
14 Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
52 Photos
Buffer Empty Time
4 s
7.7
Photo General
Photo Autofocus
Object Tracking Success Rate
70%
Face Tracking Success Rate
59%
Face Detection Distance
165" (420 cm)
Eye Detection
Yes
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Focus Points
143
8.0
Photo General
Photo Image Stabilization
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
1/10 s
In-Body Image Stabilization
No
Photo Image Quality
7.5
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Dynamic Range
Dynamic Range At Base ISO
9.8 f-stops
Dynamic Range At 1/500s Exposure Time
7.9 f-stops
Dynamic Range At 1/2000s Exposure Time
6.7 f-stops
Dynamic Range At 1/4000s Exposure Time
5.9 f-stops
7.6
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Sharpness
Vertical Edge MTF50 At Base ISO
1,588 LW/PH
Horizontal Edge MTF50 At Base ISO
1,812 LW/PH
8.1
Photo Image Quality
Photo JPEG Noise
SNR 18% At Base ISO
38.69 dB
SNR 18% At ISO 800
36.13 dB
SNR 18% At ISO 3200
34.04 dB
7.0
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Noise
RAW SNR 18% At Base ISO
38.81 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 200
37.31 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 400
35.22 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 800
32.84 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 1600
30.17 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 3200
27.34 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 6400
24.39 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 12800
22.93 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 25600
18.62 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 51200
N/A

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.

Photo Image Quality
Test Scene Pictures Download
JPEG Picture At Base ISO Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 400 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 800 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 1600 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 3200 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 6400 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 12800 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 25600 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 51200 N/A
RAW Picture At Base ISO Download
RAW Picture At ISO 400 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 800 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 1600 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 3200 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 6400 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 12800 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 25600 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 51200 N/A
Pictures Sample Gallery
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Skate Park Picture
JPEG Skate Park Picture Download
RAW Skate Park Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Polish Church Picture
JPEG Polish Church Picture Download
RAW Polish Church Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Studio Picture
JPEG Studio Picture Download
RAW Studio Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Stairway Picture
JPEG Stairway Picture Download
RAW Stairway Picture Download
Video General
Video General
Video Features
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
Video General
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.

Video General
Video File 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 Video 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
4k Crop At Max Available fps
1.5 x
7.8
4k Video
4k Video 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 Bit
Record Time Limit In 4k
30 min
Overheat Recording Interruptions in 4k
0
5.1
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Object Tracking In 4k
7.0
Face Tracking In 4k
1.4
Face Detection In 4k
Yes
Eye Detection In 4k
Yes
6.5
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k
6.0
Test Scene Extract In 4k
7.0
5.1
4k Video
4k Video Rolling Shutter Effect
4k Rolling Shutter
8.0°
Full HD Video
8.5
Full HD Video
FHD Video 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
FHD Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
7.6
Full HD Video
FHD Video 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 Bit
Record Time Limit in FHD
30 min
9.2
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Object Tracking In FHD
9.7
Face Tracking In FHD
8.5
Face Detection In FHD
Yes
Eye Detection In FHD
Yes
6.8
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
6.0
Test Scene Extract In FHD
7.5
9.1
Full HD Video
FHD Video Rolling Shutter Effect
FHD Rolling Shutter
1.0°
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
Inputs / 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.

You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Cameras

Sony ZV-E10

The Sony ZV-E10 is a little better than the Canon EOS M50 Mark II. Unlike the Canon camera, the Sony has an unlimited recording time limit. It also has a better battery life and supports USB charging. It's a much better option for 4k recording as well since it offers more frame rates, and it can shoot 4k / 24p video without a crop, whereas the Canon can only record 4k / 24p with a severe 1.5x crop. Finally, the Sony camera has a more reliable autofocus system.

Sony α6000

The Canon EOS M50 Mark II and the Sony α6000 are both solid beginner mirrorless cameras. Even though it's older, the Sony holds its own against the Canon, with a faster max burst rate, better battery life, and a wider range of available lenses. However, the Canon offers 4k video recording (albeit with a severe crop and limited frame rates), a more reliable autofocus system, a higher-resolution viewfinder, and a much easier-to-use menu system.

Sony ZV-1

The Sony ZV-1 and the Canon EOS M50 Mark II are different camera types. The Sony is a compact small-sensor camera, while the Canon is an interchangeable lens mirrorless camera with a larger APS-C sensor. The Canon is more versatile for photography since you can use different lenses. It also has an electronic viewfinder and a more intuitive menu and control scheme. That said, it can only shoot 4k video with a severe 1.5x crop and has fewer high-speed frame rate options than the Sony, though it has a slightly better battery life and doesn't suffer from overheating issues.

Sony α6600

The Sony α6600 is better overall than the Canon EOS M50 Mark II. Though both are mirrorless cameras with APS-C sensors, the Sony camera has a more effective autofocus system, better image quality and RAW noise handling, in-body image stabilization, and longer battery life. However, it isn't as portable as the Canon and has a more confusing menu system.

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