The Canon EOS M50 ($779.99, physique solely) is a brand new entry within the firm’s APS-C mirrorless digicam sequence. It is the primary M digicam we have seen with a vari-angle LCD, an enormous plus for vlogging and video usually, and in addition the primary to shoot in 4K, though performance is proscribed when transferring past 1080p. Extra engaging is an improved autofocus system, with wider protection and seven.4fps topic monitoring. We’ll have a full evaluate of the M50 obtainable when it ships in April, however listed here are our first impressions.
The M50 appears like EOS M5, though Canon stresses that it dietary supplements somewhat than replaces the M5 within the lineup. It is on the small aspect, however suits properly within the fingers, even with its somewhat shallow handgrip. A lot of the native lenses for the M system are additionally very small, so you do not want an enormous grip when taking pictures with EF-M glass. The digicam is obtainable in two colours: black and white.
Except for the grip and lens launch button, the entrance is freed from adornments. On the highest you discover the recent shoe and pop-up flash; the latter is raised and lowered manually. Towards the correct are all the highest controls—the M-Fn and Document buttons, the On/Off swap, the entrance command dial and shutter launch, and the Mode dial.
The rear is dominated by the Three-inch LCD. Controls all sit to its proper. The highest proper nook holds the AE Lock mirrorless and focus level choice buttons. They’re on a bump that extends a bit farther again than the remainder of the rear plate, and creates a pure thumb relaxation to the left.
Beneath the thumb relaxation you get Information, Menu, and Play buttons, and the rear command dial. The dial has the Q/Set button at its heart and will be pressed within the cardinal instructions to set EV, management the flash, toggle AF and MF, and delete pictures throughout playback.
The Q menu, which can be accessed through the rear contact display, is an overlay show that places further taking pictures settings at your fingertips. It is right here that you would be able to rapidly set issues like ISO, toggle between single and AI Servo focus, modify the metering sample, and extra.
The rear show is a regular Three-inch, 1,040k-dot display with contact enter help. It is a vari-angle design, so it swings out and to the aspect of the digicam on a hinge, and may face all the best way ahead, up, or again. You may also shut the display towards the physique, exhibiting its again (which is roofed in a textured leatherette).
There are a variety of contact features obtainable. Menus are navigable, you possibly can faucet to focus, and in case you’re the in proper focus mode you possibly can faucet on a topic to begin monitoring it. When utilizing the EVF you possibly can slide your finger on the LCD to maneuver the lively focus level. And when taking pictures video, sliding your finger from one topic to a different racks focus.
The M50 has a regular Three.5mm microphone enter, however not headphone jack, together with micro USB and micro HDMI knowledge ports. Reminiscence masses within the backside, the identical compartment because the battery, with help for SD media at as much as UHS-I pace. The battery is identical as we have seen in different EOS M cameras. It could possibly’t be charged in-body, however Canon features a wall charger within the field. We do not have a CIPA battery life score for the digicam as of but, however anticipate comparable efficiency to the EOS M5, round 300 photographs.
The digicam additionally has wi-fi connectivity, a cocktail of Bluetooth, NFC, and Wi-Fi. It helps automated background transfers to an Android or iOS machine through the Canon Digital camera Join app, so the whole lot you shoot will find yourself in your telephone—that is restricted to JPGs, Uncooked switch is not supported. In case you do shoot Uncooked, you possibly can convert to JPG in-camera after which ship it to your telephone on demand.
There’s additionally a desktop companion app for Mac and Home windows. You will have to arrange the M50 to acknowledge and log in to your private home community for it to work. When you do, turning the digicam on if you get house after taking pictures will provoke a switch of the whole lot new on the cardboard, together with Uncooked pictures, to a folder you set in your pc. It isn’t as fast as utilizing an SD card reader, even at 802.11n speeds, nevertheless it definitely takes much less effort in your half.
Efficiency and Autofocus
I have not had an opportunity to shoot with the M50 within the lab or actual world but—my expertise is proscribed to a couple minutes with the digicam in a company assembly house. However on paper It appears like Canon has upped the sport on pace. It has a brand new autofocus system, powered by the corporate’s latest picture processor, the Digic eight.
With most lenses, the Twin Pixel AF focus system covers 80 % of the sensor, each horizontally and vertically, with 99 factors of focus. However its capabilities are expanded with a handful of suitable lenses—together with the EF-M 55-200mm, EF-M 18-150mm, and EF-M 28mm Macro. With these it covers the total sensor width, and prime to backside protection is expanded to 88 % with 143 factors of focus.
The main focus system additionally provides eye detection, one thing we have seen in lots of Sony mirrorless cameras. It solely works in single shot, not in AI Servo. When set to single shot focus mode the digicam manages 10fps seize, and may monitor topics at a speedy 7.4fps clip in AI Servo.
The M50 has a mechanical focal aircraft shutter, however adda a totally digital shutter choice, a primary for the M sequence. It’s a bit restricted, nonetheless. You’ll be able to solely entry it through a Scene mode, Silent, which additionally suppresses sounds and the flash. As a result of it is a Scene mode you do not get guide publicity management, however Uncooked seize remains to be obtainable.
Imaging and Video
The M50 sensor is a 24MP design. It is the identical structure as different current Canon 24MP sensors, however has a barely completely different pixel depend (24.1MP versus 24.2MP) as a result of manner it is applied within the M50 design.
So we all know what to anticipate from picture high quality, largely. The Digic eight processor goes to have an effect on JPG high quality, particularly at excessive ISO, so exams are required to see how a lot enchancment, if any, there may be for JPG shooters.
Uncooked picture high quality ought to be nearly the identical. Nonetheless, the M50 does have a brand new Uncooked seize choice. You’ll be able to nonetheless shoot commonplace Uncooked pictures, however in case you’re involved about cupboard space in your reminiscence card or house pc you possibly can swap to C-Uncooked. You’ll be able to anticipate rather less picture high quality, however file sizes are about 40 % smaller. Uncooked pictures from the present 24MP sensor are roughly 30MB in dimension, so C-Uncooked ought to lower them all the way down to about 18MB. It isn’t clear the place the discount in picture high quality is—whether or not it is high-quality element, dynamic vary, or one thing else. We’ll put each codecs by their paces after we get to shoot with the M50.
Canon sees the M50 as choice for vloggers. Its vari-angle LCD, mic enter, and Twin Pixel AF system are all large plusses for video. And in case you’re taking pictures in 1080p, you possibly can take full benefit of them, at 24, 30, or 60fps, with an in-camera 120fps slow-motion choice additionally obtainable.
However the M50 is extra restricted if you swap to 4K. The body price is locked at 24fps—high-quality for cinema manufacturing, however not superb for followers of taking pictures sports activities and motion—and the body is cropped by an element of 1.6x. In case you’re taking pictures with a 15-45mm, which is a 24-72mm in full-frame phrases, it turns into a 38-115mm, not nice for followers of ultra-wide angles.
You additionally lose Twin Pixel AF, maybe the most effective factor about Canon’s video toolset, when recording in 4K. The digicam reverts again to distinction detection for focus, so anticipate slower, choppier adjustments in focus because it tracks topic motion. So sure, 4K is included, nevertheless it’s not absolutely baked.
It is about time that Canon added 4K to a shopper digicam—it is presently solely obtainable within the pro-grade EOS 5D Mark IV and EOS-1D X Mark II SLRs and in its cinema cameras. However what’s within the EOS M50 was not the correct approach to do it. Cropped footage is one thing we noticed within the early days of 4K, however full-width seize is anticipated in 2018. Much more of a downside for customers, who aren’t prone to manually pull focus for video, is the omission of Twin Pixel AF. Canon’s focus system delivers beautiful ends in video, with easy racks from topic to topic. Going again to slower, choppier distinction detection is a step within the unsuitable course.
That is to not say the 4K choice is ineffective. For scenes with a set focus level that do not require wide-angle protection, it will seemingly ship wonderful outcomes. (We have not seen the precise footage but.) However there are so much different cameras on the market that document 4K with out these limitations, and are nonetheless higher decisions than the M50 for severe videography.
Except for the restrictions when taking pictures 4K, the M50 appears like a stable mirrorless entry from Canon. I am pleased to see the broader focus space and sooner body charges. It will take some subject testing to see if it is the equal of the main focus programs we have seen in competing fashions just like the Sony a6300 and Fujifilm X-T20, however I anticipate sturdy efficiency.
Lens choices for the M sequence are nonetheless a bit restricted. Canon has loads of slender aperture zooms, however there’s just one quick prime, and the one native macro lens is a wider-angle design. You’ll be able to complement native lenses with tailored ones, both Canon EF or EF-S lenses through an autofocus adapter, or different SLR system lenses through guide focus mechanical adapters. However I would prefer to see the EF-M lens system constructed out a bit extra. Some extra f/2 primes could be very welcome, as would some wider aperture zooms.
The M50 will ship in April and we hope to have a evaluate prepared in brief order. Along with the physique solely choice, a number of completely different kits will likely be obtainable, together with a bundle with the 15-45mm lens for $899.99, a $999.99 Video Creator package and a $1,249 bundle with each the 15-45mm and 55-200mm lenses.