Canon EOS M50 Review

The Canon EOS M50 has been announced and this review will be completed as soon as we can get our hands on this camera. Until then, I'll share my expectations based on personal experience with models bearing similar features.

What started as a single model has now filled out into an entire line of MILCs (Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras). Canon has been adding to their EOS M lineup and the M50 is now a very attractive addition to that camera series. Though positioned as an entry-level model, the M50 is considerably feature-filled. Headlining those features is the first-for-M-Series 4K video capabilities, Canon's excellent 24 MP imaging sensor and the M50 also gets the M5's excellent OLED EVF (Electronic Viewfinder).

Here is a quick history of the M Series. When Canon introduced their first mirrorless ILC, the EOS M model, we had the great Canon DSLR image quality we have grown to love in a tiny camera body. While the M's image quality per square inch (cm) and per lb (g) was a big hit and that nearly Canon's entire lineup of DSLR accessories were available for it made it enticing, there were some aspects of this camera that left many of us wanting more. I purchased and still own an original "M".

Subsequently, an M2 model became available in some locales and the EOS M3 was (eventually) released globally. The M3 brought about some welcomed changes, including multiple dials on the top making some setting changes easier and faster, an improved AF system, a tilting LCD, a built-in flash and a better grip. I still have an M3, and while the improvements were quite positive, I still struggled with it in some aspects.

Even though it was faster than the EOS M, the M3 still seemed a bit slow and lacked responsiveness. Using the LCD for composition in bright sunlight was very difficult, the increasing need for reading glasses added to my challenge even in good light and not having an eyepiece against my eyebrow made handheld shooting less steady. While using the M3's optional EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) significantly improved the experience, I never got around to buying an EVF of my own.

An M10, positioned as an entry-level, ultra-compact model, also hit the streets around the same time as the M3.

The Canon EOS M5, introduced as the flagship M model, was the upgrade I (and many others) had been looking for. It was only a matter of time before Canon's excellent, fast, imaging-sensor-based phase-detection AF system made its way to the M series and a DIGIC 7 processor driving 7 fps high-speed continuous shooting exceeded the capabilities of many full-sized DSLRs. A built-in high quality OLED EVF took care of my mentioned issue regarding rear LCD composition. A further-expanded set of controls on top provided DSLR-level access to camera settings, a more significant grip improved control of the camera and many other new features made this model very attractive.

Next out was the EOS M6, sharing a nearly identical feature set with the EOS M5. The M5's built-in EVF was replaced with an optional one with Touch & Drag AF and the Stacked Quick Control Dial being omitted. The M6 dropped some of the top control dials and was given a lower grade LCD that tilted 180° up (usually preferred) vs 180° down. As expected, the M6 had a smaller size, lighter weight and lower price tag (unless the optional EVF was factored in).

"EOS" of course refers to Canon's interchangeable lens camera models and the "M" line refers to the mirrorless variants. But, after "M", "M2" and "M3" came in succession, the model naming within the M line became confusing and it was difficult to slot models into the lineup without the help of a guru. That issue is, at least for now, settling out with lower numbers indicating higher end models.

As of review time, the M6 is the next-higher-end model with the EVF-equipped M5 being the flagship model. In many regards, as the M5 is to the M6, the M50 is to the M100. The M100 is the low-cost, entry-level model with the EVF-equipped M50 being positioned next-up. While the M50 is positioned between the M100 and the M6, it is priced closer to the M6. EVFs are not inexpensive and that fact is reflected in the price comparison. But, EVFs are extremely valuable and I am much happier when the M-series model I'm using has one.

Canon EOS M50 Top

Here is a summary of the features found in the M50:

Summary of EOS M5 Features

  • 24.1 megapixel Canon APS-C CMOS imaging sensor
  • 4K 24p and HD 120p High-frame rate video
  • DIGIC 8 Image Processor
  • Built-in high-resolution (approx. 2,360,000 dots) OLED EVF (Electronic Viewfinder)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC (Near Field Communication) and Bluetooth capabilities
  • Automatic image transfer to compatible devices while shooting or when Wi-Fi network is connected to
  • ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable to 25600)
  • Touch screen 3", approx. 1,040,000 dot, Vari-Angle (opens 180° to side) Clear View LCD II monitor
  • 7.4 fps high-speed continuous shooting (up to 10 fps with AF Lock)
  • New Silent mode for completely silent shooting
  • New generation Dual Pixel CMOS AF with up to 143 AF points and up to 88x100% (WxH) viewfinder coverage
  • Touch and Drag AF allows users to easily adjust the AF point directly on the LCD panel including while looking through the camera’s EVF
  • Digital IS with 5-axis image stabilization when shooting movies plus increased image stabilization when lens optical IS is available
  • Very compact, light and featured-filled APS-C camera delivering professional-grade image quality
  • New .CR3 RAW file format providing improvements including a 40% smaller file size in the new C-RAW (Compressed RAW) format

Sensor and Image Quality

Following is a chart that shows a variety of specifications for the many of Canon's recent EOS camera offerings.

ModelFOVCFSensorPixel SizePixels/MegapixelsViewfinderDLA*
Canon EOS M51.6x22.3 x 14.9mm3.7µm6000 x 400024.2 100%f/6.0
Canon EOS M61.6x22.3 x 14.9mm3.7µm6000 x 400024.2 opt100%f/6.0
Canon EOS M501.6x22.3 x 14.9mm3.7µm6000 x 400024.1 100%f/6.0
Canon EOS M1001.6x22.3 x 14.9mm3.7µm6000 x 400024.2n/an/af/5.9
Canon EOS M101.6x22.3 x 14.9mm4.3µm5184 x 345618.0 n/an/af/6.8
Canon EOS M1.6x22.3 x 14.9mm4.3µm5184 x 345618.0  f/6.8
Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / 200D1.6x22.3 x 14.9mm3.7µm6000 x 400024.2 .87x95%f/5.9
Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D1.6x22.3 x 14.9mm3.7µm6000 x 400024.2 .82x95%f/5.9
Canon EOS Rebel T7 / 2000D1.6x22.3 x 14.9mm3.7µm6000 x 400024.1 .80x95%f/6.8
Canon EOS 77D1.6x22.3 x 14.9mm3.7µm6000 x 400024.2 .82x95%f/5.9
Canon EOS 80D1.6x22.3 x 14.9mm3.7µm6000 x 400024.2 .95x100%f/5.9
View the full Canon EOS M50 specifications to compare additional cameras.

EOS M cameras natively mount EF-M lenses and, with an EF-EOS M Adapter, Canon's huge lineup of EF-S, EF, TS-E and MP-E series lenses become compatible. Note that, as with all APS-C format cameras, a selected lens focal length will provide an angle of view similar to that of a 1.6x longer focal length mounted on a full frame sensor camera (including when using EF-M and other APS-C-only lenses such as the EF-S series).

Sensor Size Comparison

Obviously, the APS-C format is huge relative to the size of the imaging sensors in mobile phones and point-and-shoot variety cameras. Image quality, especially in low light, is an especially huge advantage they bring.

The EOS M50 inherits the same imaging sensor found in ... most of Canon's other current APS-C sensor format cameras. That is a very positive feature as this is a great sensor and Canon makes use of volume production for cost efficiencies.

You will notice that the M50's effective MP count drops by 0.1. Canon informed us of the reason for this change – that some of the pixels are taking on a supporting role for other purposes, such as AF. Twenty-four megapixels has become Canon's APS-C standard issue at this time and this resolution is very high (higher than found in all-but-2 of Canon's full frame models to date).

Having the same imaging sensor, my expectation is that the M5 will share the same image quality as the M5, M6, M100, T7i, 77D, 80D, etc.

Resolution is a key image quality factor to evaluate and the site's image quality tool is well-suited for that. I pre-loaded that link with a comparison using the M5 as the base comparison camera. Expect similar performance from the M50.

I set the apertures in that comparison to f/5.6. With APS-C 24.2 MP imaging sensors having a 3.7µm pixel pitch, diffraction begins impacting sharpness when apertures narrower than f/5.9 are selected. Results at f/8 begin to show very modest softening and at f/11, you are going to see the difference in your images. This is not to say that you should not use f/11, but you should be aware of the penalty being paid for using narrower apertures and be discerning with your exposure choices. Use the tool to learn how diffraction affects sharpness and you will be prepared to make a knowledgeable decision in the field.

Another consideration for the use of cameras with pixel-dense sensors is the shutter speed required to stop camera or subject motion. Because the pixel density in camera sensors has been increasing over the years, blur and a loss of pixel-level sharpness are increasingly likely due to camera and subject motion causing subject details to cross over pixels at a faster rate on the more-dense sensors. That is unless a faster minimum shutter speed is used for handholding (image stabilization also plays an important role) and for photographing fast-moving subjects.

The old 1/(focal length * 1.6) rule to determine one's shortest shutter speed for handholding an APS-C camera (without the aid of image stabilization) may not be adequate for everyone. While this formula uses the easy-to-remember 1.6 factor that matches the APS-C sensor angle of view difference, the pixel density of the imaging sensor is the real reason the faster speed has been needed. You may prefer to use the 1/(focal length * 2) as a better base estimate for handholding the M50.

A nice sharpness-aiding feature of mirrorless cameras is ... the lack of a mirror, eliminating that potential source of vibration. Another consideration for getting the most from a high resolution camera is the quality of the lens placed in front of it. Increased resolution will magnify any lens aberrations present. As always, the better the lens, the better the image quality.

As pixel density increases, the signal-to-noise ratio per-pixel decreases unless other technological advances are involved. Canon has been standardized on 24 MP APS-C sensors for years and this sensor has been delivering very nice results in regards to noise. I'll discus M5 results for now.

Canon EOS M5 ISO Noise Comparison

The Kodak Color Control Patches shown in the standard ISO noise test results are generated from RAW images with (this is a key) no noise reduction (unless specifically indicated by the result set). These evenly-colored patches are brutal on sensor noise, making it readily apparent if it exists. Keep in mind that many real world subjects are more detailed and better hide noise – these samples represent a worst-case scenario.

How apparent is the difference between camera models is the big question. If you can't see the difference in the color blocks, you will not likely discern it in your images either.

The M5's ISO 100 results are very clean – this is normal for EOS cameras. As always, increasing the amplification on the sensor increases the apparent noise. My personal tolerance for current APS-C sensor noise is ISO 3200. Results at ISO 6400 are noisy, but they can be usable. More of a last resort is ISO 12800 and a significant percentage of the details get lost in the low signal-to-noise ratio at ISO 25600.

Noise reduction results for the M5 are not included in the tool (check out the 80D results), but noise reduction is available in-camera or during post processing. Noise reduction can make a big improvement in noise levels, but the tradeoff is destruction of image details and reduced sharpness. I typically use no noise reduction for low ISO-captured images and a low amount for higher ISO-captured images. As with the amount of sharpness selected, you can adjust noise reduction to your personal preference.

As with the rest of the current EOS M-series models, the M50 should deliver arguably-equally-best-in-class Canon APS-C image quality despite its tiny size.

File Size and Media

The following table shows comparative RAW file sizes for a photo of a standard in-studio setup with a moderately-high amount of detail taken with the referenced Canon EOS DSLR body.

Model / File Size in MB @ ISO:(MP)100200400800160032006400128002560051200102400204800409600
Canon EOS M5(24.2)33.834.735.737.139.041.344.746.552.8    
Canon EOS M6(24.2)34.134.835.937.639.642.045.146.953.0    
Canon EOS M50 (est.)(24.2)34.034.835.737.238.940.743.545.550.9    
Canon EOS M100(24.2)34.034.835.737.238.940.743.545.550.9    
Canon EOS Rebel SL2(24.2)30.631.332.233.433.435.037.039.542.447.050.9  
Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D(24.0)30.631.232.133.334.937.039.642.447.051.1   
Canon EOS 77D(24.0)30.631.232.133.334.937.039.642.447.051.1   
Canon EOS 80D(24.2)31.231.932.734.035.937.940.643.747.5    
Canon RAW file sizes increase with: 1. Resolution 2. Bit Depth (14-bit is better/larger) 3. Detail (noise adds detail, so high ISO file sizes increase). Memory and disk are cheap - buy more.

High resolution images create large files, especially when captured in (strongly recommended) RAW format (vs. JPG). The Canon EOS M50 writes the 6000 x 4000 pixel image files to a SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I) memory card. For an ISO 100 image, you can estimate roughly 1.3MB in RAW file size per megapixel of resolution for a file size of about 31 MB. Memory cards are now very inexpensive and large files sizes are only a minor problem. Buy plenty of capacity and multiple cards.

New with the M50 is the .CR3 RAW format that provides new features including the C-RAW format (compressed RAW with lossy compression). Instead of the not full-featured small and medium RAW formats Canon formerly offered, C-RAW provides a 40% file size reduction. That math adds up quickly.

I recommend rotating memory cards to maintain a backup set until, minimally, you are able to get the images safely into your formal backup strategy (that includes off-sight storage). If your computer storage is lacking hard drive space available, simply add external storage.

Frame Rate, Buffer Depth, Shutter Sound

The M50 gets a gets a rather-fast 7.4 fps frame rate and, if your application permits One Shot AF mode, a very fast 10 fps becomes available. These numbers surpass all M models before it.

ModelFPSMax JPGMax RAWShutter LagVF Blackout
Canon EOS M57/926n/a  
Canon EOS M67/9  n/a 
Canon EOS M507.4/1033/4710 n/a
Canon EOS M1004/6.189/100021 n/a
Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / 200D5.0Full6  
Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D6.0190/Full21/2770ms 
Canon EOS Rebel T7 / 2000D3.011106120ms170ms
Canon EOS 77D6.0190/Full21/2770ms 
Canon EOS 80D7.077/11020/2560msn/a
View the full Canon EOS M50 specifications to compare additional cameras.

Canon has not published a shutter lag spec for this camera. With no mirror flipping up to start an exposure and with an electronic first curtain shutter (shutter sound is made at the end of the exposure), the perception (vs. reality) of the M-series shutter lag duration has historically seemed increased.

The M-series cameras are very quiet to use, but the M50 breaks new ground with its completely silent mode. With Silent Shooting enabled, this camera will not make any sound during image capture. This stealthy feature is a huge advantage for photographers wanting to avoid attention, such as when they are photographing wildlife or a quiet event. Complete silence will be a hard sound to share on a website, so I'll trust that you can imagine silence.

Silent shooting mode requires a full electronic shutter (both first and second curtain) and that comes with both advantages and disadvantages.

Let's start with the positives. With no mechanical shutter being used, there are no moving parts, shutter failure is not possible, there is no shutter vibration to be concerned with and, relevant to the just-finished discussion, the camera can be operated in absolute silence, full stealth mode. Again, wildlife and event photographers should take careful note of that last benefit, but also remember that it may become hard to know the precise shutter release timing.

The downsides of an electronic shutter are primarily related to the current-technology line-by-line reading of the imaging sensor – a rolling shutter. Fast side-to-side subject or camera movement can (and probably will) result in an angular-shifted image with vertically straight lines becoming noticeably slanted (with the camera in horizontal orientation). I'll share the M5 camera sounds until the M50 can be recorded.

Canon EOS M5 One Shot Mode
Canon EOS M5 Burst Mode
Canon EOS M5 One Shot AF
Burst Comparison: Canon EOS M5 and 80D


I had been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Canon's excellent Dual Pixel AF system to the M-series and now all 4 most-current models feature this excellent-performing system.

Live View and Movie focusing modes include what has become the Canon standard for Dual Pixel CMOS AF: Face Detection with Tracking, Zone AF (no longer Smooth Zone AF or FlexiZone Multi), and 1-point AF (no longer FlexiZone Single). On the recent-previous models, all focus modes work very well, and the face detection tracking combined with the ability to influence which face is selected is especially impressive.

The AF zone coverage in previous Dual Pixel AF implementations was approximately 80% of the frame with 49 AF points available. New with the EOS M50 is that, with certain lenses, approximately 88% of the frame horizontally and 100% of the frame vertically along with 143 individual AF points can be utilized for AF. Those lenses not making the list still provide 80% coverage with 99 AF points. More points and greater coverage means that recomposing is needed less frequently and an AF point can be held on subject closer to the edge of the frame for fast shutter release timing or for motion tracking in AI servo AF mode.

AF is possible with max. apertures of f/11 or wider.

This AF system impresses with its EV -2 - 18 working range.

The M50 inherits the M5's capacitive touchscreen, allowing for Touch Focus during both Live View still photography and before/during video recording. Just tap your finger on the LCD where you want the camera to focus and it happens – smoothly. It's super easy.

New with the M5 and also-inherited by the M50 is Touch & Drag AF, permitting the entire LCD or a specific portion of it to be used as a trackpad to position the AF point. As with any major new feature, it must be trained into one's workflow and this one was not hard to adjust to. By touching and dragging on the LCD, the active AF point can be very quickly repositioned, either absolutely based on the touch location within the LCD (or selected portion of the LCD) or moved relative to drag direction.

Like most, I use my right eye in the viewfinder and find that my right thumb most comfortably reaches the top right corner of the LCD. So, with the M5, I selected the top right area for Touch & Drag AF, disabling nose-focusing (which didn't seem to be a problem for me even with the entire LCD activated). I mostly used the "Relative" option vs. "Absolute". Note that your thumb tip should be used on the LCD to avoid poking your eye, which realistically can happen if using your thumb pad.

The speed of use provided by the Touch & Drag AF feature is great and, overall, the M50's AF system should be a huge asset.


With each new camera that Canon has introduced since the ground-breaking EOS 5D Mark II, creating high quality videos has become incrementally easier. The M50's video feature set builds upon its traditional DSLR and mirrorless EOS predecessors with the inclusion of DPAF (Dual Pixel CMOS AF) and – in a first for Canon's M-series cameras – 4K video recording.

The value of being able to record 4K video cannot be understated, even if your typical output is only Full HD 1080p. The additional resolution captured in 4K recording is substantial. The illustration below demonstrates the difference between Full HD and 4K resolutions.

4K vs FHD Resolution Comparison

If outputting to 1080p, you can easily downsample the 4K video (with very slight cropping on the right and left sides), crop the frame to provide a tighter angle of view, or even pan your FHD video within the confines of the 4K captured frame. You can also mimic zooming in and out of a scene to add even more production value to your 1080p movies.

Of course, creating 4K content is the primary benefit of purchasing a 4K-capable camera. 4K video offers more than 4x the resolution of Full HD, allowing for beautifully sharp and detail rich movies that will remain impressive on resolution-hungry devices. Note that 4K recording is cropped vs. down-sampled.

The M50 offers video recording in .MP4 format using the MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 codec, with audio being recorded in AAC (.MP4, stereo) via its front dual microphones or the 3.5mm stereo input jack.

Available frame rates and compression include:

3840 x 2160 (4K): 24 fps (23.98 fps)
1920 x 1080 (Full HD): 60 fps (59.94 fps) / 30 fps (29.97 fps) / 25 fps / 24 fps (23.98 fps)
1280 x 720 (HD): 120 fps (119.9 fps) / 60 fps (59.94 fps)

Movie recording modes are fully automatic or manual with auto ISO and – if designed like the EOS M5 – exposure compensation available for a balance of manual and automatic control.

The EOS M50's ability to capture high-quality video is greatly aided by its Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor. Unfortunately, however, the benefits of DPAF are limited to 1080p (and lower resolution) recording; the camera relies on contrast detection AF in 4K mode.

In my experience, Canon’s DPAF cameras have been able to track subjects very well, making the filming process easier while greatly improving the quality of the video recorded. The M50’s Vari-Angle LCD is another feature that videographers will greatly appreciate, making filming from low or high angles – or for filming oneself for video log purposes – a breeze.

Overall, the EOS M50's video-specific features make it a less compelling option for videographers when compared to the other cameras such as the EOS 80D, which offers .MOV recording (in addition to .MP4), user selectable compression and time lapse movie options. However, I expect the EOS M50 to deliver excellent video quality, and with the ability to record 4K, this camera will likely play a pivotal backup/second/third camera role in many serious videographers' kits.


If you have not already done so and are not completely familiar with EVFs, you will likely find the Comparing Electronic Viewfinders to Optical Viewfinders article worth reading.

From my perspective, the addition of a built-in high-resolution 2.36M dots OLED EVF to an M-series camera is a great advancement. With an EVF, an M-series camera is far easier to use, especially in bright light, than any of its siblings without an EVF in place. And, the built-in version of the EVF, although it makes the M5 and M50 slightly larger than the sans-EVF models, is both convenient and compact relative to using an optional EVF. The built-in EVF also leaves the flash hot shoe available for use and is likely more durable.

The quality of the M5's EVF is very good with a very high resolution and the M50 gets the same EVF. I did not notice pixilation (it can be distracting) and I seldom saw the pixels appear to flicker as I panned around a scene. The size of the viewfinder image is comfortable and the rear-extended position of the eyecup is also comfortable.

One of the specific negative aspects of an EVF vs. an OVF (Optical Viewfinder) is that the dynamic range is limited. But, it is limited at some point in the RAW file as well.

Another mentioned issue that I specifically encountered with this EVF on the M5 was the blackout time/stop-motion view through the viewfinder when shooting at high frame rates. When photographing runners at a track meet, I could nicely frame them as they approached on the straights, but as soon as they began turning, I had to guess where they might be. The viewfinder was not keeping up with the scene while capturing images. For this reason alone, I do not expect to recommend this camera for serious action photography. Hopefully I'm wrong.

Important is that this EVF has a diopter, but the M5's is not so easy to use in its under-the-viewfinder location. However, it is also harder to inadvertently change.

While EVFs have some drawbacks relative to OVFs, they also have some advantages and I greatly appreciate having an EVF vs. only the rear LCD.

Tour of the Canon EOS M50

The EOS M line is all about delivering big camera image quality from a tiny package and next we will look at some of the physical attributes of the camera. One differentiator between EOS M models is the available controls, with the M100 having few and the M5 having many. The M50 falls between those two models.

Back of the Camera

While I have some differences to talk about, the back of the M50 is very similar to the M5 and M6.

Camera Back View Comparison

M5 | M6 | M3 | M50 | M100 | M10 | M | SL2 | T7 | T7i | 77D | 80D

To compare the M50 with many more Canon EOS camera models, use the site's camera body comparison tool.

The buttons on the back of the M50 are the same as the M5 and M6 and those are well-positioned, useful, well-labeled and nicely located with space remaining mostly for the LCD. The M5 and M6 have a rear control dial while the M50 has cross-key-functionality at that location. It will not be as easy to tactilely find the four flush-mounted buttons surrounding the Rear Controller and it is especially hard to use them with gloves on.

Canon EOS M50 LCD Out

Big on the back is always the LCD and the M50's LCD, the same as the M100 and M6, is a nice one. This is Canon's 3" (7.5cm) Clear View LCD II monitor, featuring capacitive touch and high resolution with approx. 1,040,000 dots (note that the M5 gets 1,620,000 dots). A change for the M series is that this model has a side-pivoting and twisting Vari-Angle LCD as featured on many EOS DSLRs vs. the up-and-down-pivoting LCD on some of the other M models. Only the mic port appears to be on the left side, so wires obscuring the view should not be an issue and the forward-facing position as shown above will be greatly appreciated by video bloggers.

Canon EOS M50 LCD Out Rear View

The LCD's touch capability (electrostatic capacitance) will provide great control over camera settings. Pinch, tap, double tap, flick, etc. gestures are supported.

While looking at the back view of the camera, I want to point out the neck strap attachment design. Prior to the M5 and M6, all of Canon's EOS camera neck straps were threaded through wide loops on the sides of the top of the camera. The M5 and M6 utilize a U-shaped wire that attaches to the neck strap with a plastic piece locking the connection in place. The M100 and M50 retain the more-conventional neck strap attachment design, again featuring wide loops for the strap to be attached to.

All of Canon's interchangeable lens cameras feature easy-to-use, logically-laid-out menu systems. A series of tabbed menus are especially quickly accessed using the touch screen and the My Menu provides a customizable list of frequently used options.

Top of the Camera

From a top-of-the-camera perspective, the M5, M6, M50 and M100 start to show their positions in the lineup, with decreasing controls showing on each next-lower-end model.

Camera Top View Comparison

M5 | M6 | M3 | M50 | M100 | M10 | M | SL2 | T7i | 77D | 80D

The camera body top view comparison tool allows comparison of many additional Canon EOS models.

The M50's mode dial is not as fully-loaded as the M6, but it has a solid subset of the options. M50 shooting modes range from extremely-easy and smart point-and-shoot to fully manual with most everything in between covered including a wide range of special effects that can be applied while shooting. Notably present on the M6 but not on the M50 are the stacked exposure and programmable quick control dials. Still, one switch, two dials and three buttons are fit into a compact space to the right of the EVF and pop-up flash.

Side of the Camera

Camera Side View Comparison

M5 | M3 | M50 | M10 | M | T6 | SL1 | T7i | T6i | 77D

The right/grip side of the camera features an HDMI OUT terminal (type D) and A/V digital out (Micro USB 2.0) port. On the left side of the camera is an NFC touch-point and, under a flexible port cover that pulls open and rotates out of the way, a microphone port.

Canon EOS M50 Side

Size of the Camera

Certainly you've been noticing how small this camera is relative to the non-M series models being compared in the product images. Small size and light weight are hallmarks of the entire EOS M series and, while the M50 remains tiny, there is a small size and weight penalty for its additional features including the EVF.

ModelBody DimensionsCIPA Weight
Canon EOS M54.6 x 3.5 x 2.4"(115.6 x 89.2 x 60.6mm)15.1 oz (427g)
Canon EOS M64.4 x 2.7 x 1.8"(112.0 x 68.0 x 44.5mm)13.8 oz (390g)
Canon EOS M34.4 x 2.7 x 1.8"(110.9 x 68.0 x 44.4mm)12.9 oz (366g)
Canon EOS M504.6 x 3.5 x 2.3"(116.3 x 88.1 x 58.7mm)13.7 oz (387g)
Canon EOS M1004.3 x 2.6 x 1.4"(108.2 x 67.1 x 35.1mm)11.3 oz (320g)
Canon EOS M104.3 x 2.6 x 1.4"(108.0 x 66.6 x 35mm)10.6 oz (301g)
Canon EOS M4.3 x 2.6 x 1.3"(108.6 x 66.5 x 32.3mm)10.5 oz (298g)
Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / 200D4.8 x 3.6 x 2.7"(122.4 x 92.6 x 69.8mm)16.0 oz (453g)
Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D5.2 x 3.9 x 3.0"(131.0 × 99.9 × 76.2mm)18.8 oz (532g)
Canon EOS Rebel T7 / 2000D5.1 x 4.0 x 3.1"(129.0 x 101.3 x 77.6mm)16.8 oz (475g)
Canon EOS 77D5.2 x 3.9 x 3.0"(131.0 × 99.9 × 76.2mm)19.0 oz (540g)
Canon EOS 80D5.5 x 4.1 x 3.1"(139.0 x 105.2 x 78.5mm)25.8 oz (730g)
View the full Canon EOS M50 specifications to compare additional cameras.

My take is that the small size and weight gain for the M5 and M50 over the other Ms is completely worth the EVF advantage. The EOS M100 is smaller and lighter, but it has very little grip surface. When the absolute smallest option is needed, that model may be the best choice. However, the increased grip size found on the M5, M6 and M50 make these cameras much easier to hold onto and, if much time is spent with the camera in hand, these models are a better choice for this reason alone.

Note how close the M5 and M50's size and weight are to the EOS SL2, currently the tiniest DSLR available. While these cameras retain some significant differences, they are both targeting a similar market – those looking for great image quality and camera performance in a small and light package.

Build Quality

All models in the entire current Canon EOS line (and most discontinued models as well) feature very nice build quality and even the least expensive models appear this way. Construction is always tight with dials and buttons assuredly clicking affirmation of use. As usual for EOS models, Canon has ergonomically rounded most of the camera and especially the areas intended to be gripped are void of sharp corners. Unless the retro look is what you are going for, you will likely find this design more aesthetically pleasing.

Additional Features

Like most of Canon's recently released EOS models, the M50 has built-in Wi-Fi and NFC (Near Field Communications). Only the latest EOS models released have Bluetooth low energy wireless technology included and the M50 joins this group.

These technologies provide easy transfer of images and movies to compatible devices. Transfer images and movies to smartphones and tablets, to web services such as Canon's Image Gateway, to media players such as DLNA-compatible TVs, to PictBridge-compatible printers, to the Canon Connect Station CS100 photo and video storage and sharing device or send them directly to another Canon Wi-Fi-compatible camera.

Smartphone and tablets connect using Canon's free Camera Connect app. In addition to transferring movies and still images, this app provides some remote camera control features and provides a live view display of the scene. Camera Connect has a lot of untapped potential with the current feature set being somewhat basic.

Bluetooth is a new EOS technology feature. However, until I learn otherwise, I expect the M50's Bluetooth to be only useful as a wireless remote release using Canon Connect, simply initiating a still photo capture or starting and stopping movie recording. Attempting to access the other Canon Connect App options, including image transfer, will likely initiate a Wi-Fi connection.

Sometimes entry level cameras get the new technology first and that is the case with the M50. New is that the M50 can automatically transfer images to a wirelessly-connected device as they are captured via Canon Camera Connect. Also, Image Transfer Utility 2 can be configured to automatically upload images to a computer when a camera connects to the same network. Arrive home late from a hard day of shooting, tired and ready for bed? No worries. The images on your memory card can automatically be copied wirelessly across the network.

Now common is for Canon's latest EOS DSLRs to feature built in RAW conversion to JPG, complete with many adjustments available for doing so and the M50 once again supports this feature. While shooting in RAW format insures the highest image quality, this file format is not so welcomed by many of the wirelessly-connected devices. With built-in RAW conversion, you can photograph in RAW format, create a JPG file in-camera and then wirelessly transfer it. Note that C-RAW is supported by this feature.

This camera does not feature a built-in GPS. The Canon Connect App is able to serve as a GPS logger, though battery drain will be high on the logging device. While the M50 does not directly support the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver, the GP-E2's logging function can also be used to geotag images later (accuracy depends on the camera's date and time being accurately set).

Canon EOS M50 Body

The EOS M50 has a self-cleaning sensor system, referred to as the EOS integrated cleaning system. I very strongly dislike imaging sensor dust and similarly dislike cleaning imaging sensors. Fortunately, the M5's imaging sensor stayed very clean and I expect the M50's to do the same. If cleaning is needed, the lens can simply be removed and, without a mirror or shutter in the way and with a shallow lens mount depth, the imaging sensor is right there, easily accessible for cleaning.

Canon EOS M50 Flash Up


The M50 utilizes the LP-E12 lithium ion battery pack, the same battery shipping with EOS M100.

This battery is very small, light and convenient. But, in a mirrorless camera, this battery's approx. 235 shots rating is likely to leave you wanting. There are many factors that affect battery life (including drive mode, flash use and temperature), but enabling the M50's Eco Mode extends the rating to 370 shots. The key is to take enough charged batteries with you to satisfy your needs (and keep an eye on the battery level indicator to make sure the battery change happens at a convenient time).

Canon EOS M50 with Flash


When you buy a Canon EOS camera, you are buying into an incredible family of lenses, flashes and other accessories. The camera body (or multiple bodies) is the base your system is built on and a lens is the next essential piece of kit. The Canon EOS M50 will be available (in black or white) as a body-only kit, in a kit with the very small Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens or in a kit with the 15-45 IS STM and the Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens.

Those opting to purchase the M50 are likely choosing it in part because of its great image quality and small size. To realize the great image quality requires a high quality lens. The APS-C image sensor is large and large imaging sensors require a large image circle to cover them. This means that lenses, at least those with wide apertures, may not be able to scale down relative to this camera's size.

Canon's EF-M Lenses are very compact and they can all be good choices for this camera. I used the EF-M 15-45 on previous EOS M models and appreciated this lens' smaller retracted size and wider angle of view compared to the EF-M 18-55mm lenses I have on my M and M3. To remain as similarly compact as the M cameras, the currently available EF-M lenses have narrow max apertures with one exception – the Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens pancake-style lens shown mounted below.

Canon EOS M50 Angle with EF-M 22mm Lens

Via the EF-EOS M Adapter, all of Canon lenses (EF-S, EF, TS-E and MP-E) can be mounted on all of the M models. While only a small percentage of these lenses retain the small size and light weight spirit of the Ms, having them available is a big asset, especially for those already having (or planning to have) a larger EOS model in their kits.

Browse the reviews section of the site to find many more compatible accessories including flash systems, tripods & heads and much more.


As discussed, the M50 is an entry-level EOS M model and along with entry-level status comes a low price. But, the inclusion of a high-grade EVF adds necessary cost and the initial street price is very close to the next-up M6. Of course, the M6 lacks an EVF and the optional EVF places a solid price difference between these models. Compared to the M5, the M50 is looking like a bargain.

Wrap Up

Reviewing one of the feature-filled EOS cameras currently hitting the streets is a daunting, time-consuming effort. One could write many books about using this camera and getting the most from it. Hopefully I've given you the basics needed for decision making.

To dig deeper into this camera's capabilities, I recommend reading the owner's manual (a link to the manual will be provided with this review). I know, there are a LOT of pages in the manual, but ... they are small with big print. The manual will tell you all about a huge array of features not even mentioned in this review.

Owning a Canon product gives you access to Canon support and the support I have been provided by Canon's USA division is excellent (sorry, I have no experience with the other Canon divisions). When I call for support, I get an intelligent person who sincerely wants to help me with whatever my question or problem is (I do give them challenges sometimes). Canon repair service, though I seldom need it, is very fast and reliable.

Canon EOS M50 Angle


The feature-filled M50 will be known for its great image quality and excellent AF system (intelligent, quickly controllable and good speed) in a compact package and the high-grade EVF will make this camera even more usable than the M100 counterpart. Of course, the 4K video feature will not go overlooked and the price, considering the EVF inclusion, will be found quite attractive.

While a complete beginner can use this camera simply to capture high quality images with little effort, the advanced user who takes the time to learn this camera's features has great control over their imagery. Whether it is tucked into a pocket, in camera case for backup purposes or used as a primary camera, the M50 is a little camera that will, like its siblings, deliver big in capabilities and performance.

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