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Canon EOS M50 Mark II Review

We review Canon's updated EOS M50 Mark II - Canon's 24mp APS-C mirrorless camera features a vari-angle screen, built-in electronic viewfinder, 10fps continuous shooting, and 4K video recording. Find out how it performs here.

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The Canon EOS M50 Mark II is Canon's latest mirrorless camera with built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF), updating the M50, it features a 24mp APS-C CMOS sensor, 10fps continuous shooting, 4K video recording, and face-detection focus. Updates you'll find on the M50 Mark II include improved battery life, vertical video support, and eye tracking focus.


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Canon EOS M50 Mark II Features

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The Canon EOS M50 Mark II is Canon's entry-level premium mirrorless camera and sits below the 32mp M6 Mark II, but above the M200. The camera offers a 24.1mp APS-C CMOS sensor, with dual-pixel AF, 143 AF points (with large coverage), and 4K video recording, along with a mic socket. Eye-detection auto-focus has been updated to including tracking for both stills and video, just make sure you enable it in the menus.

The M50 Mark II is compact and features a 3inch vari-angle touch-screen. It's compatible with EF-M (EOS-M) lenses, and there are currently 8 lenses available from Canon, ranging from 11mm to 200mm. If you want to use Canon EF lenses, then you can use the Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS M. If you do buy a Canon EF-M camera, then you'll also find lenses available from third parties, including Sigma, Samyang, Meike, and others.

Canon EOS M50 Mark II Vs M50 (Mark I)

  1. Improved battery life: 305 shots vs 235
  2. Vertical video support
  3. Eye-tracking AF for stills and video
  4. Live streaming support to Youtube (via smartphone internet)
  5. Tap video record button on-screen
  6. Movie self-time option added
  7. Electronic shutter option
  8. Focus down to -4EV
  9. Slightly lighter 387g vs 390g

Like the M50, the M50 Mark II is also compatible with Canon's EOS Webcam Utility so that you can use the camera as a webcam, or for streaming.

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Nb. The Canon EOS M50 Mark II is also known as the EOS Kiss M2 in some markets

The EOS M50 Mark II features Canon's guided user interface, making it easier to use for beginners. You can also use the touch-screen to change settings and go through the menu system. If you're more familiar with Canon's normal menu system, then you can switch back to the standard menus.

The camera offers P, A (Av, aperture priority), T (Tv shutter priority), M, Auto, Hybrid, Scene, Creative and Video shooting modes. The scene modes available include: Self-portrait, Portrait, Smooth skin, Landscape, Sports, Close-up, Food, Panning, Handheld Night Scene, HDR backlight control, and Silent mode. There are a number of creative effects, including Grainy B/W, Soft focus, Fish-eye effect, Water painting effect, Toy camera effect, Miniature effect, HDR art standard, HDR art vivid, HDR art bold, and HDR art embossed. 

4K (UHD) video is recorded at a resolution of 3840x2160 at 25fps and features 4K time-lapse recording, and lets you save still images from video. 4K video recording has a 1.56x crop, which increases to 1.75x with digital image stabilisation (IS) enabled, or 2.26x crop with enhanced IS. The electronic viewfinder (EVF) has a high resolution of 2.36million dots and a quick refresh speed. 

The camera also offers high-speed video recording, at 100fps and a resolution 1280x720 (720p). The time-lapse video mode can record a FullHD or 4K video.

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC are all built-in making it easy to set up a connection to your smartphone, and transfer images, as well as control the camera.

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Key Features

  • 24.1mp APS-C CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC8 image processor
  • 3inch vari-angle touch-screen, 1040K dots 
  • 2.36million dot EVF (0.39inch, 120fps)
  • Face and eye-detection AF
  • 143 AF points
  • 10fps continuous shooting (Single-AF)
  • 7.4fps continuous shooting (C-AF)
  • 4K UHD video recording at 25fps
  • ISO100 to ISO25600 (extends to ISO51200)
  • Guided user interface
  • Auto White Balance (with White priority)
  • Manual pop-up flash
  • Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth, with auto-transfer
  • CR3 14bit RAW
  • C-RAW (Compressed)

Canon EOS M50 Mark II Handling

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The Canon EOS M50 Mark II has a solidly built plastic body, that feels reasonably solid. The grip on the right-hand side is very good, giving a textured, rubberised area to hold on to, and this also provides a solid area on the back for your thumb to grip on to, although it's worth noting that due to the size of the camera, there's nowhere to put your little finger. The metal tripod socket is in the middle of the camera and lines up with the middle of the lens.

The memory card and battery compartment isn't locking but stays in place. It feels a little flimsy, but shouldn't cause any real issues, as it has a metal backing that is spring loaded. If you have the camera mounted on a tripod, then it can be difficult to open the battery compartment, which is a shame, as you will most likely want to change batteries when recording video.

The two top dials are both made out of metal and textured with a grippy surface, and one of these is the mode dial. As there is only one actual command dial, in manual mode you need to press the +/- (exposure compensation) button to switch between shutter speed / aperture and exposure compensation.

The buttons are a good size, except for the Wi-Fi button on the right-hand side, which is a little small, most likely so that you don't accidentally press this. The 4-way controller with middle Q/Set button is also on the small size, and if you have large hands it may take some time to get used to this. The layout of controls means that you can easily reach all of the buttons when holding the camera with one hand. 

The touch-screen can be used to set the focus position, and you can use "Touch and drag AF", simply use the touch-screen to move the focus position, whilst looking through the electronic viewfinder (EVF). There are 143 / 99 focus points (depending on lens used), and you can set the focus point to almost anywhere on the screen, except for the very edges of the screen. Focus works well, with the focus assist lamp helping in low-light, with focus working down to -4 EV. Focus peaking is available when using manual focus.

The screen quality is good, with a gapless design, with good viewing angles. The screen can be turned inwards so that when you close it, it protects the screen from scratches. Colour reproduction is very good, and the EVF and screen both match each other for brightness and contrast, although the view in the EVF is slightly more saturated. 

The electronic viewfinder (EVF) has a high resolution and looks good, although is quite small compared to more expensive mirrorless cameras. The camera will automatically switch between the rear screen and the EVF when you hold the camera up to your eye. The rubber surround is comfortable whether you're wearing glasses or not, and there is dioptre correction under that can be adjusted.

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Menus – The guided menu system can easily be switched off if you’re already used to Canon’s menu systems. If you’re not, the guided menu system is clear and easy to use, with brighter text and larger icons. If you go for the standard menu system, this is clear and well laid out, and you can use the touch-screen with both menu systems. The Q button gives quick access to settings, and these can also be changed with the touch-screen. 

Canon has included the newer raw format: CR3 (14bit) which produces a 28.9mb raw file. They've also included C-Raw (compressed raw), which gives a 16mb raw file, although the size is likely to vary depending what's in the shot. You can use Canon's provided software to process these raw files, or Adobe Photoshop, if you have a version that is up to date.

Wi-Fi features - Setting up a connection to your smartphone or tablet is relatively easy. As the app, Canon Camera Connect guides you through the process making it as easy as possible for you. Once set up, it’s easy to transfer images over, as well as remotely control the camera. You can also use the app to add location information to your photos. Bluetooth allows low-power transfer of images, without draining the battery as much as Wi-Fi.

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Battery life - Battery life is rated at 305 shots according to Canon / CIPA test results, which can be extended with ECO mode switched on. Whilst battery life has been improved, we'd still recommend purchasing a second battery. 

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