Ever since I got rid of RX100 V, I’ve been looking to add a small photo/video camera as a lightweight alternative to my 5div. M50 turned out to be the first such camera for me (didn’t like SL2 as much). When it was first announced, I was very skeptical about getting one considering its 4k limitations but after I got a chance to handle one in store, I was immediately hooked. The price drop and the $50 EF-M adapter when purchased as a bundle has sealed the deal for me. I’ve owned it for a week and after almost a thousand of family shots over the holiday weekend and almost a hundred of videos, this camera is such a joy to use.
- Brilliant fully articulating screen. It is MUCH more useful than tilting variants
- DPAF on steroids. If you think DPAF in 5div and 80d is great, wait till you try the updated version in M50
- Best EVF I’ve ever seen: very accurate colors and brightness, 100% match with the LCD screen
- Touch & Drag is brilliant with LCD screen flipped out to the left (with left hand). No tilting screen can offer that. MUCH nicer than using a joystick on 5div
- Outstanding out of camera colors in raw, jpegs and video
- First EOS-M camera with AWB-W which I consider the best AWB implementation on the market (better than a gray card). Especially critical for video capture. SL2 has somewhat slow AWB-W whereas M50 is instantaneous, similar to 5div
- Surprisingly nice ergonomics for such a small camera
- Excellent built quality, noticeably nicer than somewhat plasticky SL2. Made in Japan (including camera cap)
- Very good 1080/60p video with super-fast and smooth continuous AF even in low light with EF-M 22mm lens
- Surprisingly clear and low noise built-in stereo mic, possibly a first for Canon
- Very compact (and great looking) setup when coupled with EF-M 22mm f2 pancake lens. It is my mini 5div+35IS.
- 4k automated timelapse option
- Superb focus peaking implementation.
- Eye-AF works great at close distances where it matters (not in video though).
- Compressed raw is useful. I prefer shooting jpegs for casual outings and travel but it’s nice to have an option of small raw files just in case.
- Programmable buttons – M50 provides more option than 5div does in LiveView.
- Build-in flash is useful for outdoor use, to lift shadows at close distances (useless indoors – can’t bounce).
- Wireless implementation is quite great although slower than 5div or even 6d when transferring images. Still very convenient and can transfer videos too (except 4k).
-Supports wireless tethered shooting
-Super easy and fun to use for any family members. In fact, it is our family P&S now that replaces RX100 series.
- Can be AC powered for continous use as it is compatible with Canon DC coupler.
- Inability to set minimum shutter speed for AutoISO. I often have to use Tv mode instead when I prefer 1/125s for people/events.
- No C1/C2 custom modes. Thankfully, M50 remembers shutter speed settings for Tv, M and video modes. The absence of custom modes is understandable for this class of camera.
- Must turn the dial to video mode for any control over video aperture and shutter speed.
- The absence of DPAF in 4k is a bummer. 4k is actually very nice looking, much better than 1080p when viewed on 65” screen. It is still usable for static scenes, you just need to pre-focus and switch to MF (programmable button) then monitor focus peaking. Contrast AF in 4k is the worst I’ve seen – forget about using it, even pre-focus is a challenge.
- No stabilization for EF-M 22mm lens. Not important for stills at this FL but would be very useful for video. Digital IS works well only for somewhat static scenes, otherwise it results in ruined footage so I disable it by default. EF-M 11-22mm has excellent OIS.
- Slow motion 720/120p is unusable, IMO. It is beyond soft, looks like SD footage. For reference, 5div’s slow mo is quite useful and upscales well thanks to its massive bitrate.
- The quality of 1080p recording is highly dependent on the picture style and its settings. Default setting will result in aliasing, artifacts, over-sharpening, excessive NR, etc. I found Neutral style with sharpness at 3 and contrast – 2 to provide the best out of camera results so far. Still in low light, it is not great – can’t control NR which makes videos quite soft and unnaturally looking.
- Timelapse is limited to minimum 1/30s shutter speed. (=no long exposure timelapse unless using external intervalometer).
- Battery life actually is not nearly as bad as when I first read the specs. You can definitely get at least 300+ shots plus at least 30min of video if not more. If just photos, I think you should be able to easily get 400+ shots without flash. Still, Canon could have used a higher capacity LP-E17 battery.
- No HDMI control with tv remote like on 5div.
Example of out of camera 1080/60p video shot with 22mm f2 lens: https://vimeo.com/272388855
Example of out of camera 4k/24p video shot with 22mm f2 lens: https://vimeo.com/272486160
Out of camera jpegs (low light):