EOS M50: First Impression By Ravi Dhingra, Canon Photo-mentor

Category: Tips & Tricks | 01 May 2019

EOS M50 is the latest offering by Canon in the series of crop sensor mirrorless cameras and undoubtedly has the best features as compared to the previous models. Having used M5 and M100, EOS M50 appears to be cross between the two in terms of design and build.

Design and build

As far as first look is concerned, this compact body camera is equipped with a high-resolution electronic viewfinder, large grip, and a vari-angle touchscreen. The vari-angle touchscreen is really beneficial in situations where angle for taking photograph is awkward like extremely low. The screen can also be rotated around to function as a selfie screen, which is very handy for a vlogger.

The compact body has an advantage over DSLRs as it does not draw any attention especially while shooting on streets. The camera comes with a silent scene mode for shooting with no shutter sound. The “silent” shooting along with vari-angle screen works wonders for candid photography.

EOS M50, EF-M 15-45mm IS STM, f/6.3, 1/80sec, ISO 800

Sensor and Processor

The 24.1 megapixel APS-C CMOS Sensor in the camera along with DIGIC 8 image processor ensures high resolution images, which are processed at a very high speed. This is extremely useful while capturing moving subjects (up to 10fps), such as sports, etc. and shooting videos seamlessly.

EOS M50, EF-M 15-45mm IS STM, f/6.3, 1/100sec, IS0 320

Auto Focus

There are up to 143 AF points (with compatible lens) which cover 88% x 100% area (horizontal x vertical area) of the screen and includes Eye Detection AF (One Shot AF). The camera has a high and accurate Auto Focus credited of the improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF system.

The touch and drag option available on the touchscreen helps in selecting the focus points, while looking through the EVF like a touchpad.

EOS M50, EF-M 15-45mm IS STM, f/6.3, 1/100sec, ISO 640

CR3 RAW and Compressed RAW format

Canon introduced CR3 raw format in the EOS M50 camera, replacing the CR2 raw format existing in the previous models since 2004. With this C-RAW format (compressed RAW) offered, the file size is now 40% smaller than a regular RAW file, with a negligible drop in image quality.

EOS M50, EF-M 15-45mm IS STM, f/9, 1/200sec, ISO 100

Low Light Performance

Under low light conditions, the camera performance is commendable. Even at higher ISO’s, the noise in the image is negligible.

EOS M50, EF-M 15-45mm IS STM, f/3.5, 1/64sec, ISO 1600

Connectivity

EOS M50 camera provides an option to send images to smartphone while shooting through the app or EOS utility. This is the first camera of the EOS M-series with which Canon’s EOS Utility software is compatible. It allows the camera to be tethered to a computer and use the large screen of computer. Almost all camera functions are available on the EOS Utility software.

EOS M50, EF-M 15-45mm IS STM, f/10, 1/200sec, ISO 100

To conclude…

EOS M50 comes across “an easy to use, on the go” camera, which is compact and lightweight and offers excellent image quality with useful connectivity features. It is an ideal choice for street and travel photography. The improved Creative Assist options (pre-sets) makes it simple to operate and get creative shots without worrying about the technical aspects.


Ravi Dhingra

Ravi Dhingra is a Delhi based Lifestyle photographer specialising in Interiors, Food, People and Product photography. He has been associated with leading publications, advertisement agencies and corporate clients. His work has been widely published in various books, magazines, brochures and on Web. He is a Canon Photo Mentor and also a visiting faculty for photography at various leading Institutes.