Canon M50 Review-Small and Mighty

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Canon's new mirrorless, the M50, is small and mighty.  Packed full of amazing features, this little guy is a contender to rival the Sony a6500.  Finally, Canon is stepping up to the plate when it comes to mirrorless. 

Like the Sony a6500, the Canon M50 is a 24.2 megapixel APS-C sensor.  Both cameras feature 4k video, focus peaking and high resolution electronic viewfinders.  The Canon M50 sells for $949.99 with the 15-45mm lens, while the Sony a6500 sells for $1499.99 with the 16-50mm lens.  There are a few reasons why the Sony costs more, however if you are looking to save a good chunk of money while still getting a small, lightweight camera with a lot of amazing capabilities, then the M50 is for you. 

The Canon M50 proves to be very user friendly, with an excellent on-screen guide as you move through settings, which tell you exactly what the camera is doing.  For entry level shooters, this is an excellent way to learn.  For instance, as you change your aperture, the camera will tell you whether everything will be in focus or whether you will have a blurry background.  As you change your shutter speed, it will tell you whether moving subjects will be blurry or sharp.  It's like having a photography class right in your camera.

I did notice that for manual shooters, the M50 can have a shortcoming when it comes to external controls.  It has only one control dial for shutter speed and aperture, making it a tad frustrating to quickly change settings while shooting.  This is honestly the only mistake in the design that I could find.

The 15-45mm kit lens is surprisingly sharp.  I shot the following image wide open.  I did not add any clarity or sharpness in post, only a little contrast.  The build quality of the lens also is not bad, with a lock on the zoom to prevent it from falling out and a very smooth manual focus ring.  It's got an image stabilizer in it and is still extremely lightweight. 

 

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The video shooting of the M50 flows nicely and is instinctively easy.  You can shoot video in any mode (manual, aperture priority, scene, automatic, etc.).  There is also the movie recording mode, which offers either movie auto exposure, or movie manual exposure.  The AF tracking is quite accurate and fast.  You can easily access your controls via touchscreen as well as use touch screen focus to quickly focus on a subject. The clip below is shot in movie recording mode, automatic exposure with AF tracking on and AF servo.

If you want to learn more about this camera, come visit us at Seawood Photo.  We are happy to show you all of the features and teach you how to use it.  And remember, you get to take our intro to DSLR class for free when you buy a camera here.