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Canon EOS M50 Mark II Evaluate: Digital Images Evaluate


Introduction

The EOS M50 Mark II is a compact and simple to make use of mirrorless digicam with a 24MP APS-C sensor. It options solely modest upgrades in comparison with its predecessor, however it is available in at a lovely value level with pleasing ergonomics and stable picture high quality. Upgrades embody autofocus refinements, vertical video taking pictures and the flexibility to livestream to YouTube straight from the digicam, given a strong-enough Wi-Fi sign.

Key Specs

  • 24 megapixel APS-C sensor
  • Digic 8 picture processor
  • Twin pixel autofocus with eye monitoring
  • Totally articulated touchscreen LCD
  • 2.36M-dot digital viewfinder
  • 7.4 fps bursts with steady autofocus
  • 305 photographs per cost battery score
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Net cam functionality with Canon’s EOS Webcam Utility
  • Wi-fi YouTube live-streaming functionality (when you’ve got over 1,000 subscribers on the time of this writing)


As a refined refresh, the EOS M50 Mark II might not be probably the most thrilling launch Canon’s give you, however it additionally does not mess an excessive amount of with the system that made the unique M50 so common. As such, the M50 Mark II is a lovely choice for extra novice customers, and particularly, its live-streaming capabilities do assist it stand out from the group. We’ll take a look at live-streaming particularly later within the assessment.

The EOS M50 Mark II is out there now, and carries a steered retail value of $599 body-only, $699 with a 15-45mm F3.5-6.3 package lens, or $929 with the 15-45mm and 55-200mm F4.5-6.3 lenses.


What’s New

The primary of the EOS M50 Mark II’s updates issues it is Twin Pixel autofocus system, which now consists of eye monitoring AF for each stills and movies (face-detection was the one choice on its predecessor).

The digicam can even now shoot vertical video and you should use it to livestream to YouTube so long as you have additionally arrange an picture.canon account and have greater than 1,000 subscribers (extra on this within the devoted dwell streaming part of the assessment). Though the digicam can technically seize 4K/24p video, it’s closely cropped and you may’t use the Twin Pixel autofocus (it maxes out at Full HD for dwell streaming anyway).

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The way it Compares

We have lined the EOS M50 Mark II up in opposition to another compact and succesful stills cameras which can be additionally considerably focused in the direction of vlogging. It is necessary to notice that on all these cameras, mechanical picture stabilization is simply provided by the lens (if the lens you are utilizing on the M50 Mark II and Panasonic G100 are stabilized). Utilizing digital stabilization imposes a crop (growing the already steep crop on the M50 Mark II), and so we have mirrored that within the desk under.

Canon EOS M50 Mark II Sony ZV-1 Panasonic
DC-G100/G110
Canon G7 X Mark III
MSRP
with lens
$700 $749 $749 $749
Pixel depend 24MP 20MP 20MP 20MP
Sensor measurement APS-C
(332mm2)
1″-type
(116mm2)
4 Thirds
(225mm2)
1″-type
(116mm2)
Autofocus technique Twin Pixel part detection Part detection DFD (Distinction-detection) Distinction detection
In-built mics 2 3 3 2
Viewfinder 2.36M dots None 3.69M-dot equal None
Rear display screen 1.04M dots
full-articulating
0.92M dots
fully-articulating
1.84M dots
fully-articulating
1.04M dots
flip-up display screen
4K video 24p 30p / 24p 30 / 24p 30 / 24p
Video rec time
(Default mode)

29:59

4K: 5 min* 4K: 10 min
1080/60: 20 min
1080/30: 29:59
29:59
4K crop
(vs full width)
IS Off: 1.55x
IS Std: 1.73x
IS Excessive: 2.22x
IS Off: 1.08
IS Std: 1.08
IS Excessive: 1.19

EIS Off: 1.26x
EIS Std: 1.37x
EIS Excessive: 1.79x

IS Off: 1.00
IS Std: 1.11x
IS Excessive: 1.43x
1080 crop
(vs full width)
IS Off: 1.00x
IS Std: 1.11x
IS Excessive: 1.43x
IS Off: 1.00x
IS Std: 1.00x
IS Excessive: 1.09x

EIS Off: 1.00x
EIS Std: 1.09x
EIS Excessive: 1.43x

IS Off: 1.00x
IS Std: 1.11x
IS Excessive: 1.43x
Mic enter 3.5mm 3.5mm
(XLR by way of adapter)
3.5mm 3.5mm
Headphone socket No No No No
Battery life (CIPA) LCD/EVF 305 / 250 260 / – 270 / 250 235 / –
Weight (with package zoom) 387g 294g 412g 304g
Dimensions

116 x 88 x 59 mm

106 x 60 x 44 mm 116 x 83 x 54 mm 105 x 61 x 41 mm

* In normal mode. Overheat limits will be disengaged, permitting primarily limitless recording however with the chance of the digicam changing into very popular.

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Physique and Dealing with

From this view, you’ll be able to see all of the bodily management factors on the EOS M50 Mark II, from the touchscreen to the tiny wi-fi switch button on the underside proper.

The EOS M50 Mark II is styled like a mini-DSLR and though it’s small, the grip is substantial and comfy. The digicam’s controls are nearly similar to its predecessor. The management dial, shutter button, document button and M-Fn can all be discovered on the highest proper hand aspect of the digicam’s physique.

The remainder of the digicam’s controls run alongside the appropriate again aspect. They’re considerably small and crammed collectively, and in lots of circumstances it’s merely simpler to make use of the touchscreen to vary your settings; that is significantly true of the small video document button that’s flush with the digicam’s physique. Recording video is so much simpler to do by way of the digicam’s touchscreen. The menu is straightforward to navigate and follows the usual group present in different Canon EOS cameras.

The EOS M50 Mark II’s beneficiant grip makes it a snug digicam to carry.

The touchscreen on the M50 Mark II is shiny and really responsive. We discovered it was straightforward to navigate by means of the menus on the touchscreen even whereas we had been taking pictures in shiny situations. It is also fully-articulating, making it a flexible software for taking pictures video footage. The two.36M-dot EVF is shiny and clear and carried out as anticipated. It is significantly useful that you should use the touchscreen to position your AF level whereas your eye is to the viewfinder.

The built-in flash on the EOS M50 Mark II will be useful for some fill mild or can be utilized to fireplace different off-camera flashes in a pinch.

The M50 Mark II has a in-built eTTL pop-up flash, which is respectable for utilizing as a fill, whereas the recent shoe lets you join a extra highly effective exterior flash. The digicam has a 3.5mm microphone jack, micro-HDMI and USB Micro-B slots working down the aspect. Sadly there isn’t any headphone jack to observe audio ranges whereas recording video, however that is fairly normal for cameras on this class.

Though the M50 Mark II is extremely lightweight and compact, it is nonetheless very comfy to shoot with because of that substantial grip. It is CIPA-rated to seize 305 photos per cost, and in case you are solely taking pictures stills we discovered its battery life was stable for a day or extra of photo-centric actions. Should you plan to shoot numerous video, although, you’ll want to deliver a spare battery alongside as a result of the battery drains quick. Consider as nicely, that USB-charging is not supported (do not lose that charger!).

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Autofocus

One of many largest upgrades to the EOS M50 Mark II is its autofocus functionality. Though the digicam has the identical primary AF system because the earlier mannequin, the Mark II options face and eye monitoring when taking pictures each stills and video. Throughout our time with the M50 Mark II we discovered eye monitoring to work very nicely, even when taking pictures fast paced topics in situations with low lighting.

Correct autofocus on the EOS M50 Mark II is a robust go well with – even in difficult lighting. Out-of-camera JPEG.
ISO 6400 | 1/250 sec | F3.5 | Canon EF-M 15-45mm F3.5-6.3 @ 15mm
Photograph by Jeanette D Moses

The brand new eye detection system solely works with human topics and isn’t fairly as correct as some competing programs, however you’ll be able to override it as wanted utilizing the touchscreen. The touch-and-drag autofocus choice makes it straightforward to make changes whereas your eye is to the viewfinder, and we discovered it to be fairly correct. We additionally appreciated you can set sure areas of the LCD to be lively, to keep away from by accident switching focus with the tip of your nostril.

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Picture High quality

The EOS M50 Mark II routinely churns out good exposures with good coloration and element. Out-of-camera JPEG.
ISO 160 | 1/13 sec | F6.3 | Canon EF-M 15-45mm F3.5-6.3 @ 45mm
Photograph by Jeanette D Moses

Because the digicam makes use of the identical sensor as its predecessor, it’s no shock that it gives primarily similar picture high quality. You may get vibrantly-colored JPEGs with a pleasant quantity of distinction, and usually talking, the out of digicam JPEGs required minimal further enhancing to get them able to share on social media. Canon’s CR3 Uncooked format gives much more flexibility when enhancing if wanted. In taking a look at Uncooked photos from the M50 Mark II at low ISOs in brightly lit situations, we didn’t discover any points with brightening up shadow particulars in our photos to an inexpensive diploma.

See how the EOS M50 Mark II stacks up in our studio check scene

When reaching the upper finish of the ISO vary and had been taking pictures in lowly-lit areas, noise does begin to creep in on the shadows as you raise them up; not a shock given the situations, although.

Even at actually excessive ISO values, the EOS M50 Mark II retains quantity of element. Out-of-camera JPEG.
ISO 10000 | 1/500 sec | F1.8 | Canon EF-M 32mm F1.4
Photograph by Jeanette D Moses

The digicam’s auto white steadiness did job adjusting to lighting conditions, even underneath the altering strobes at a music venue. Taking pictures in Guide mode for video and stills clearly gives probably the most management and was our most popular option to shoot with this digicam, however the auto mode’s scene detection characteristic works nicely sufficient that that is the sort of digicam that may be handed off to a much less skilled shooter and nonetheless prove crisp, in-focus photos.

With a chief lens, such because the EF-M 22mm F2 or 32mm F1.4, the M50 Mark II is an honest, discreet selection for avenue taking pictures or capturing night time life. When taking pictures with the 15-45mm lens that the M50 Mark II typically comes bundled with, the digicam shines at its capability to seize candids, journey and household images. Largely that is due to the enhancements to the autofocus. The attention detection characteristic makes it good for taking pictures portraits as nicely.

There’s additionally an digital shutter choice for stills taking pictures, however it’s solely accessible in a ‘Silent Taking pictures’ scene mode that does not afford you any management over your publicity in any respect.

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Video

The EOS M50 Mark II is able to 4K seize, however we discover it is actually greatest in case you are planning to stay to 1080p. The 4K/24p video is closely cropped and you may’t use the digicam’s dual-pixel autofocus (it is contrast-detection solely). Principally, which means that the main target is disappointingly unreliable in 4K mode until you are proper subsequent to your topic, and the cropping makes it tough to shoot wider-angle scenes or movie your self holding the digicam at arm’s size.

This pattern 4K clip demonstrates the contrast-detect solely autofocus focus looking.

Should you’re content material with Full HD / 1080p seize although, you can use twin pixel autofocus, which lets you use eye monitoring in your topics: a characteristic we discovered to be extraordinarily helpful throughout our time with the digicam. The M50 Mark II did a fantastic job holding focus after we used it to movie performers in shiny lighting situations. It did an honest job in low lighting, though we did discover that it typically struggled to determine topics when extra artistic lighting was in use.

The 1080p video on Canon’s EOS M50 Mark II lets you get a wider-angle of view, although you’ll be able to see it is just a little mushy and there are moire artifacts on a number of the patterns within the footage.

Dwell streaming

Dwell streaming direct to YouTube from the EOS M50 Mark II seems like a very promising characteristic, providing customers extra flexibility than a desktop streaming setup and better high quality than streaming from a cellphone digicam. Sadly, the key limitation is that you have to have 1,000 YouTube subscribers to your channel to stream direct to YouTube with the M50 Mark II. Why?

YouTube’s streaming FAQ says that customers with cell gadgets, like telephones, want 1,000 subscribers, however that customers with webcams, for instance, do not. The press launch for the M50 Mark II says that YouTube classifies the M50 Mark II as a cell system like a cellphone, and never a webcam, so there you go: the arbitrary 1,000-subscriber restrict.

However there are a few workarounds if you do not have 1,000 subscribers and wish to use the EOS M50 II for dwell streaming.

It is doubly irritating in that, in case you do not meet the subscriber restrict, are unaware of the limitation and attempt to stream anyway, the digicam merely reveals a cryptic “ERR 127 – an error occurred” message, with no additional particulars. After encountering this with considered one of our low-subscriber private accounts, we switched to the official DPR TV account with 300k+ subscribers and had been capable of stream simply effective with none errors.

However there are a few workarounds if you do not have 1,000 subscribers and wish to use the EOS M50 II for dwell streaming. You possibly can join it by way of USB to your laptop and use it with Canon’s EOS Webcam Utility software program – your laptop will then see the M50 II as a webcam, and you may dwell stream to YouTube that method (although you have to to make use of a separate microphone, because the digicam mics will not transmit audio over USB). You can even use an HDMI cable, a seize card and a streaming program like OBS to stream dwell to YouTube in addition to different shops like Twitch.

Ultimately, although, the 1,000 subscriber limitation simply appears foolish. Fb Dwell, for instance, has no such limitation. And in actuality, you possibly can exit into the world along with your laptop computer, join it to your smartphone by way of Wi-Fi scorching spot, after which join the M50 II to your laptop computer and dwell stream from anyplace, simply much less conveniently than in case you had been capable of do it straight with the digicam. We hope YouTube adjustments this coverage sooner or later.

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Conclusion

What we like What we do not
  • Disappointing 1.5x crop on 4K footage
  • Poor autofocus whereas taking pictures 4K
  • Tender 1080p footage
  • Silent, digital shutter solely out there in absolutely computerized scene mode
  • No headphone socket
  • Arbitrary limitations on streaming options, imposed by YouTube / Google
  • Rear controls just a little cramped

Though the adjustments to the EOS M50 Mark II may appear refined at first, the refinements to autofocus when taking pictures Full HD video or stills are substantial. The autofocus is the place this digicam actually shines, because it’s impressively quick and correct. Finally the M50 Mark II is straightforward to function and offers out-of-camera JPEGs which can be vibrant and have good distinction to them. Constructed-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will make it straightforward to share these vibrant frames straight from the digicam to your cellphone.

Though it is a compact digicam, it is nonetheless extraordinarily comfy to shoot with and can be match for amateurs on the lookout for their first digicam, or execs who need one thing light-weight to shoot with when spending time with household and associates. Though we discovered a number of the controls to be small and cramped collectively, the touchscreen is responsive and simple to function. We additionally appreciated that the touchscreen capabilities can stay lively even when your eye is as much as that shiny digital viewfinder.

The EOS M50 Mark II takes nice photos in a wide range of situations. Out-of-camera JPEG.
ISO 800 | 1/200 sec | F3.2 | Canon EF-M 32mm F1.4
Photograph by Jeanette D Moses

The 1.5x crop when taking pictures 4K/24p makes this much less helpful for videographers or for critical vloggers. Though the microphone jack is a pleasant contact, we might love have seen Canon make room for a headphone jack too. Battery life is respectable when taking pictures stills, however drains quick as quickly as you begin recording video. Finally, this digicam shines as a compact choice for stills and simple video seize, particularly if 4K video capabilities aren’t essential for you.

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Scoring

Scoring is relative solely to the opposite cameras in the identical class. Click on right here to be taught in regards to the adjustments to our scoring system and what these numbers imply.

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