Tailors made for casual photographers
Looking at Canon’s mirrorless efforts it may seem that they are completely dominated by the EOS R lineup, but long before that, Canon had the M-Series, a product line built on the APS-C sensor configuration. Among the various cameras offered in the EOS M portfolio, the EOS M50 MarkII is designed for casual shooters looking for higher quality output than regular cameras. Canon has allowed us to drive the camera for a while and here are our thoughts.
Canon EOS M50 MarkII Features
Canon understands that there is strong competition from the smartphone market, especially the high-end community. At the tap of a button, a smartphone can deliver great images that will captivate any social media viewer. With the M50 MarkII, Canon has tried to make sure they have a competitive edge in terms of features, leaving the camera incredibly easy to use. With the EOS M50 MarkII, you’ll get a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor, Canon’s industry-leading dual-pixel AF that supports Eye-AF, 4K video recording, a fully articulated screen that supports touch input. The new camera has added a silent mode, allowing you to take photos in museums or theater performances without the sound of shutters. Finally, you’ll find a complete suite of connectivity options like NNFC, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for being able to transfer photos from EOS M50 MarkII to your smartphone for instant editing and sharing.
Canon EOS M50 MarkII Ergonomics and handling
The Canon EOS M50 MarkII is by no means a pocketable camera, but it is still fairly compact and only tips at 387 gram scales. It is exceptionally light for a camera that is packing a lot of features Our review kit comes with a standard EF-M 15-45mm f / 3.5-6.3 IS lens. This lens has a very compact design, the lens itself breaks and locks in place when the camera is saved.
The boxy design of the camera means that Canon has been able to create more contour grip which makes it much easier to hold the camera, especially when you want to shoot with one hand. Putting buttons on the back and top is a bit of a chore for us, but it’s mostly due to the thickness of the reviewer’s thumb and finger. The AF / AE lock button is placed on the right side curve with the AF Area button which is certainly not easy to use or reach. There’s very little space in the back, in fact, thanks to the huge 3-inch fully accented display. It is a clear case that you have won something, you have lost something, but mostly in favor of the winning party and here’s why.
Canon EOS M50 MarkII Image Performance
It is worth mentioning at the outset that the kit lens that comes with the EOS M50 MarkII holds it significantly. The small f / 3.5 initial aperture hits the f / 6.3 mark very quickly when you zoom in, which mainly limits the light hitting the sensor. This makes this combination less-ideal in low light conditions, as you have to bump your ISO, and the M50 MarkII’s sensor doesn’t enjoy going above ISO 3200. There are noticeable sounds in the shadow region of the shot images In ISO 3200, while images captured in ISO 6400 have more sound, they can still be cleared. ISO 12800 is something we would strongly recommend to stay away from, as it not only creates a noisy image, but also makes it noticeably softer. We strongly believe that combining the camera with a fast prime lens with an aperture of f / 1.8 will yield significantly better results.
When shooting in good light, you may find yourself again limited by poor aperture configuration, but thanks to that, the pictures themselves are brighter. You will find simple, deep, rich blues and common canon colors with red and slightly muted greens. If you shoot RAW, you’ll be able to have granular control over every technical aspect of the image, be it color, contrast, or dynamic range. The RAW files that come out of the EOS M50 MarkII allow about 1.5 stops of recovery on both the highlight and shadow edges, which can be extended a bit further from any one direction depending on how you publish your shot. The dynamic range and color-contrast characteristics of the 24-megapixel APS-C sensor are certainly in the norm, but one of the stand-out features of this camera is its AF system.
Canon EOS M50 MarkII autofocus performance
The Canon EOS M50 offers 143 AF points courtesy of MarkII’s Contrast and Phase-Detected AF system. Canon rated the system for performance between -4 and 4eV, which is a surprisingly good range. In good light or even in complex light, whether the subject is stationary or moving, we have no problem focusing the camera on the subject. AF tracking works amazingly well in daylight, with a level of functionality that we have come to expect only from high-end cameras. The presence of IAF helps to quickly focus focus if you are a person you are trying to shoot but it does not work well with animals.
Where the AF system crashes, sadly due to a problem that is not its own. Kit lens with variable aperture causes AF problem when the aperture is closed at f / 5.6. After this point, the AF system slows down a bit. As the light begins to dim, the small aperture of the lens further affects performance, focusing less light without auxiliary light. Again, with a prime lens, or a zoom lens with a fixed f / 2.8 aperture, the sensor gets more light, and in a dual pixel AF system we get much better AF performance than a kit lens.
Canon EOS M50 MarkII judgment
Canon EOS M50 MarkII with the above mentioned kit lens retail at Rs. 58995. Unfortunately, Canon India does not sell the camera in a “body only” configuration, which can be a very simple recommendation. Kit lenses do more harm than good in this case, limit shooting style, use less light and even affect AF performance.
Canon’s EF-M lens portfolio in India currently uses only a few lenses, of which only two offer wide apertures. You can buy an EM-M adapter that will allow you to use Canon’s EF lenses with the M50 MarkII, but this is only an additional expense and also adds weight and size to the shooting setup. Overall, we would recommend the M50 MarkII if you can get it at a discounted price in a deal season and use the extra money to get actually usable lenses instead of relying on kit lenses.