In particular, the black Canon EOS M50 Mark II is aimed squarely toward vloggers and content makers, since it is an extremely adaptable multimedia camera with a well-rounded picture and video feature set.
Despite the addition of improved focusing, recording, and sharing capabilities, the M50 Mark II remains based on the same proven 24.1MP APS-C sensor and DIGIC 8 image processor, which together enable a fast 10 frames per second shooting rate and a native sensitivity range of ISO 100-25600, as well as UHD 4K video recording at 23.98 frames per second and Full HD 1080p60 and HD 720p120 for slow-motion capture.
Sensor-based Dual Pixel CMOS AF has been upgraded with quicker speeds and better Eye Detection AF performance, and when used in conjunction with Movie Servo AF, it offers both Eye Detection and Face Detection focusing modes to assist maintain a tight focus on the subject matter during video recording.
Additionally, the 5-axis image stabilization of the Combination IS system contributes to the achievement of stable, shake-free recording by reducing the appearance of camera shake.
More than just for imaging, the M50 Mark II’s physical design is well-suited for content creation as well, thanks to the inclusion of a large 3.0″ LCD with a vari-angle design that allows for working from both high and low working angles, as well as its touchscreen interface, which allows for working with Touch and Drag AF for easier manipulation of the AF region.
High-resolution eye-level viewing is also possible thanks to a 2.36 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder with 2.36 million dots. Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC makes it easy to link with a smartphone or tablet for wireless image sharing, and Bluetooth allows you to share images with and manage the camera from a mobile device.
The wireless connection also enables the M50 Mark II to be used as a webcam when the EOS Webcam Utility Software is installed on the computer. Aside from the new vertical video recording features, there is now a movie self-timer function, touch record control, and picture support, all of which are beneficial to content production. Canon Cloud Service is designed to increase the efficiency of workflow.
APS-C CMOS sensor with 24.1MP resolution and DIGIC 8 image processor
In order to provide excellent sensitivity and rapid camera performance for both stills and video applications, the camera has a 24.1-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 8 image processor. A flexible ISO 100-25600 range, with an expandable ISO 51200 setting, accommodates working in a variety of lighting conditions, and the processing capabilities minimize noise while enabling Auto Lighting Optimizer to provide notable clarity in a variety of shooting situations, according to the manufacturer. UHD 4K video recording at 23.98 frames per second is also enabled, as are Full HD 1080p60 and HD 720p120 settings for slow motion recording, as well as Full HD 1080p60 and HD 720p120 settings for fast motion recording. It is also possible to record video in a vertical orientation, and a clean HDMI output is available for streaming video at high quality and frame rate. Additionally, the CPU allows for a continuous shooting rate of 10 frames per second, a quick camera startup time, and short interval durations between each frame, making the shooting process more intuitive and efficient.
Despite the fact that the EOS M50 Mark II is capable of 4K recording, we believe it is best suited for 1080p capture. The 4K/24p footage is substantially truncated, and the camera’s dual-pixel focusing (which is limited to contrast detection) is not available for usage. Essentially, this means that the focus is regrettably inaccurate in 4K mode unless you’re quite near to your subject, and the cropping makes it tough to shoot wider-angle scenes or video oneself while holding the camera at arm’s length with the lens.
Enhanced Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus (AF)
A similar mechanism to that used by a camcorder to acquire focus is used by Dual Pixel CMOS AF to provide smooth and quick focusing performance. Using two distinct photodiodes integrated inside each pixel, this technology creates a broad and dense network of phase-detection collecting elements across a large portion of the image sensor, reducing focus chasing and allowing for faster and more direct control of focus placement in the picture.
Although it is designed for still pictures, this focusing system is equally adept at acquiring critical focus on moving things, making it particularly well suited for shooting and monitoring moving subjects to ensure that critical focus is achieved with each shot. It is also possible to employ Eye Detection AF for portraiture, which helps to prioritize focus on a subject’s eye to ensure clarity in the final image.
Using Movie Servo Autofocus when recording video, you may achieve smooth and natural focusing when switching between several objects of varying distances within a scene. You can also customize the tracking sensitivity and speed, as well as the importance is given to Face Tracking when shooting video. Rack focus is made possible thanks to the Touch AF technology, which allows you to adjust the focus by merely touching anything within the scene on the touchscreen in an easy manner.
It is also possible to achieve better subject tracking in movies, thanks to the Dual Pixel CMOS AF system’s ability to detect subjects and keep focus even while operating in rapidly changing or crowded environments. Additionally, Eye Detection AF may be used in conjunction with Movie Servo AF, and both Eye and Face Detection can be used in conjunction with Servo AF modes, to assist you in keeping your subjects in focus as the focal point of your images and videos.
With Combination IS, you can effectively eliminate the appearance of camera wobble by using the built-in 5-axis digital image stabilization in combination with lens-based image stabilization systems. This allows for clearer handheld photography. This is advantageous while filming while walking or moving, and it may also be utilized in conjunction with lenses that provide optical image stabilization for even greater total stabilization effectiveness.
Canon EOS M50 Mark II Specifications
|MSRP||$599 (body only), $699 (w/15-45mm lens), $929 (w/15-45 and 55-200mm lenses)|
|Body type||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Max resolution||6000 x 4000|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||24 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||26 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)|
|Color filter array||Primary color filter|
|ISO||Auto, 100-25600 (expands to 51200)|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||51200|
|White balance presets||7|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|File format||JPEG (Exif v2.31)Raw (Canon CR3 14-bit)C-Raw (Canon .CR3)|
|Optics & Focus|
|Autofocus||Contrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View|
|Autofocus assist lamp||Yes|
|Number of focus points||143|
|Lens mount||Canon EF-M|
|Focal length multiplier||1.6×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Articulated LCD||Fully articulated|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Exposure modes||ProgramShutter priorityAperture priorityManual|
|Flash range||5.00 m (at ISO 100)|
|Flash modes||Evaluative (face priority), Evaluative, Average|
|Flash X sync speed||1/200 sec|
|Continuous drive||10.0 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)|
|Exposure compensation||±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV steps)|
|Modes||3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 120 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 60 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 30 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 30 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1280 x 720 @ 120p / 52 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1280 x 720 @ 60p / 26 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC slot (UHS-I compatible)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Wireless notes||802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth|
|Remote control||Yes (via smartphone)|
|Battery description||LP-E12 lithium-ion battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||305|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||387 g (0.85 lb / 13.65 oz)|
|Dimensions||116 x 88 x 59 mm (4.57 x 3.46 x 2.32″)|
However, although the upgrades to the EOS M50 Mark II appear to be minor at first glance, the advancements to the focusing system when shooting Full HD video or stills are significant. The focusing system on this camera is very excellent, since it is both quick and accurate, which makes for a great shooting experience.
In the end, the M50 Mark II is a simple camera to handle and produces JPEGs that are vivid and have good contrast right out of the camera’s lens. Having Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built-in makes it simple to share those bright images with others right from your camera phone or another device.
However, even though it is a tiny camera, it is quite pleasant to use and would be an excellent choice for newbies seeking their first camera or professionals seeking something lightweight to shoot with while spending quality time with family and friends.
Our testing revealed that, despite some of the controls being tiny and tightly packed together, the touchscreen is snappy and simple to use. Another feature we liked was the fact that the touchscreen capabilities may be used even while your eyes are focused on the brilliant electronic viewfinder.