Featuring an APS-C sensor with 24 megapixels and a user-friendly design, the Canon EOS M50 Mark II is a tiny mirrorless camera. When compared to its predecessor, it only has a few minor improvements, but it has a price that’s hard to beat, ergonomics that are easy on the eyes, and image quality that’s rock solid.
Improvements have been made to the focusing system, as well as the ability to record videos in a vertical orientation and to Livestream straight to YouTube from the camera, provided that the Wi-Fi connection is strong enough.
The EOS M50 Mark II may not be the most exciting release that Canon has come up with, but it also does not tamper too much with the formula that made the first M50 such a successful camera. This is a gentle update, and it may not be the most interesting product that Canon has come up with.
As a result, the M50 Mark II is an appealing choice for users with less experience, and in particular, the fact that it is capable of live streaming helps it stand out from the competition. In the later section of our evaluation, we will focus specifically on live streaming.
What’s Brand New?
The Dual Pixel AF system of the EOS M50 Mark II has received a number of improvements, the first of which is the addition of eye-tracking AF functionality for both still images and video (face-detection was the only option on its predecessor).
Additionally, the camera is now capable of shooting videos in the vertical orientation, and you may use it to Livestream directly to YouTube so long as a picture is already prepared.
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Although the camera is capable of recording video in 4K at 24 frames per second, the resolution is severely reduced, and the Dual Pixel focusing mode is unavailable (it maxes out at Full HD for live streaming anyway).
Body and Handling
The Canon EOS M50 Mark II has the appearance of a mini-DSLR, and despite its little size, the grip is both sturdy and pleasant to use. The controls of this camera are practically exactly the same as those of its predecessor. On the upper right-hand side of the body of the camera is where you will find the control dial, the shutter button, the record button, and the M-Fn button.
The remaining controls for the camera are located along the right side of the rear of the device. They are quite small and jammed together, and in many circumstances, it is just quicker to use the touchscreen to alter your settings. This is especially true with the little video record button that is flush with the camera’s body, as it is particularly difficult to operate the other buttons on the camera.
Utilizing the touchscreen on the camera makes a video recording a much more straightforward process. The organization of the menu is consistent with that of other Canon EOS cameras, thus navigating it is simple and straightforward.
The touchscreen integrated inside the M50 Mark II emits a lot of light and has excellent responsiveness. Even though we were shooting in bright settings, we had no trouble using the touchscreen to navigate through the menus.
Additionally, it is completely articulating, which transforms it into a flexible instrument that can be used for filming video footage. The electronic viewfinder with 2.36 million dots is bright and clear, and its performance was as expected. While keeping one eye on the viewfinder and the other on the touchscreen, you are able to position the autofocus point, which is a really convenient feature.
The eTTL pop-up flash that is integrated into the M50 Mark II is adequate for use as a fill light, but the hot shoe gives you the ability to attach an external flash that is far more powerful. Along the side of the camera is where you’ll find the micro-HDMI and USB Micro-B ports as well as the 3.5mm microphone jack. The absence of a headphone jack makes it impossible to check the volume of the audio while the camera is capturing video, but this is very typical for cameras in this price range.
Because of its robust grip, the M50 Mark II, despite its exceptionally lightweight and small size, is nonetheless quite comfortable to shoot with. It is rated by CIPA to take 305 photographs on a single charge, and if you are simply shooting stills, we found that its battery life was sufficient for at least a day’s worth of activities that centered on photography.
However, because the battery dies so quickly, you should bring an extra battery with you if you intend to record a lot of video with the camera. It is also important to keep in mind that charging through USB is not supported (so hang on to that charger!).
The capability to autofocus is one of the most significant improvements made to the EOS M50 Mark II. In spite of the fact that the Mark II has the same fundamental AF mechanism as its predecessor, the camera now includes face and eye-tracking capabilities for both still and moving images. During our testing with the M50 Mark II, we discovered that the eye-tracking feature performed quite well, even when we were photographing objects that were moving quickly in dimly lit environments.
The new eye detection technology can only be used on human subjects, and while it isn’t nearly as accurate as some of the other systems on the market, you are able to bypass it whenever necessary by utilizing the touchscreen.
While keeping your eye on the viewfinder, you can make adjustments quickly and easily using the touch-and-drag focusing feature, which we discovered to be fairly precise. We also liked that you could configure some portions of the LCD to be active, which prevented us from inadvertently changing the focus of the camera by nudging it with our nose.
It should come as no surprise that the camera has virtually equal image quality to its predecessor given that it utilizes the same sensor as its predecessor. You’ll receive JPEGs that are rich in color and have a good degree of contrast, and in general, the out-of-camera JPEGs required very little further processing to get them ready to be shared on social media.
When it comes to editing, Canon’s CR3 Raw format offers a great deal more freedom than other options. When reviewing Raw photos captured by the M50 Mark II at low ISOs and in well-lit environments, we did not see any problems with the degree to which shadow features in our photographs could be brought out in the light.
Even with the constantly shifting strobe lighting at the concert venue, the camera’s automatic white balance performed a superb job of adapting to the various lighting conditions. Shooting in manual mode for stills and video obviously offers the most control and was our preferred way to shoot with this camera, but the auto mode’s scene detection feature works well enough that this is the kind of camera that can be handed off to a less experienced shooter and still turn out crisp, in-focus images. In other words, shooting in manual mode for stills and video obviously offers the most control.
When paired with a prime lens like the EF-M 22mm F2 or the EF-M 32mm F1.4, the M50 Mark II is an acceptable and unobtrusive option for shooting on the street or capturing nightlife. When using the 15-45mm lens that the M50 Mark II often comes packaged with, the camera excels in its ability to capture candid moments, as well as vacation and family shots. The enhancements made to the autofocus system are responsible for a significant portion of this result. Because it has an eye recognition capability, it is very useful for taking portrait photographs.
There is also an electronic shutter option for taking stills, but it can only be accessed within the ‘Silent Shooting’ scene mode, which does not provide you with any control over the exposure of the photograph you take.
Even though the EOS M50 Mark II is capable of recording in 4K, we believe that you will get the most out of it if you stick to recording in 1080p. The 4K/24p video has a significant amount of its image cut off, and you won’t be able to use the camera’s dual-pixel focusing because it solely uses contrast detection.
Because of this, the focus is disappointingly unreliable in 4K mode unless you are right next to your subject, and the cropping makes it difficult to shoot wide-angle scenes or to film yourself holding the camera at arm’s length. Essentially, this means that the focus is disappointingly unreliable in 4K mode.
If, on the other hand, you are satisfied with recording in Full HD or 1080p, you can make use of dual-pixel focusing, which enables you to employ eye-tracking on the subjects of your shots. This is a feature that we found to be of great benefit when we were testing the camera.
When we utilized the M50 Mark II to shoot performances in strong lighting situations, the camera performed an excellent job of maintaining focus. It did an acceptable job in dim light, but we noticed that it had trouble recognizing things when more creative lighting was being used. Nevertheless, it did a good job overall.
Streaming in real-time
Live streaming to YouTube from the EOS M50 Mark II sounds like a pretty intriguing feature, allowing customers more freedom than a desktop streaming setup and greater resolution than streaming from a phone camera. The EOS M50 Mark II is a professional-level mirrorless interchangeable lens camera.
If you want to broadcast directly to YouTube using the M50 Mark II, you will not be able to do so until you have attained a minimum of 1,000 subscribers to your channel on YouTube. Why?
According to the YouTube streaming FAQ, users who broadcast from mobile devices, such as phones, are required to have 1,000 subscribers, but those who broadcast from webcams, for example, are not. According to the press release for the M50 Mark II, YouTube considers the M50 Mark II to be a mobile device similar to a phone and not a camera. As a result, the arbitrary restriction of 1,000 subscribers applies to the M50 Mark II.
However, if you don’t have 1,000 subscribers but still want to utilize the EOS M50 II for live streaming, there are a handful of other solutions you may try.
It’s doubly aggravating since if you don’t reach the subscriber restriction, aren’t aware of the limitation, and try to broadcast anyway, the camera will just display the cryptic warning “ERR 127 – an error occurred” and won’t provide any other information about what went wrong.
After experiencing this problem with one of our personal accounts that has a relatively modest number of members, we moved to the official DPR TV account, which has more than 300,000 subscribers and was then able to stream content without any problems.
However, if you don’t have 1,000 subscribers but still want to utilize the EOS M50 II for live streaming, there are a handful of other solutions you may try.
You can live stream to YouTube by connecting it to your computer via USB and using it with Canon’s EOS Webcam Utility software. Once connected, your computer will recognize the M50 II as a webcam, and you will be able to do so. However, you will need to use a microphone that isn’t built into the camera, as the microphones built into the camera won’t transmit audio over USB.
In addition, you may broadcast live content to YouTube as well as other platforms, such as Twitch, by making use of a capture card, an HDMI connection, and a streaming tool such as OBS.
However, when it comes down to it, the restriction of 1,000 subscribers appears to be nothing more than an absurdity. For instance, this restriction does not apply to Facebook Live broadcasts.
And in actuality, you could take your laptop out into the world, link it to your smartphone through a Wi-Fi hot spot, and then connect the M50 II to your laptop in order to live stream from any place, although it would be handier if you could do it directly with the camera. Our expectation is that YouTube will eventually revise its policy.
Canon EOS M50 Mark II Specifications
|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″)|
Even while the modifications made to the EOS M50 Mark II might at first appear to be rather insignificant, the significant improvements made to the focusing system when taking stills or video in Full HD are: The focusing of this camera is particularly outstanding due to the fact that it is both incredibly quick and precise.
In the end, the M50 Mark II is simple to operate and produces JPEGs straight out of the camera that is vivid and has a pleasant contrast to them. Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will make it simple to transfer those vivid stills to your phone directly from the camera without the need for an intermediary device.
Even though it is a tiny camera, it is still quite comfortable to shoot with. It would be a fantastic choice for beginners who are searching for their first camera, or for professionals who are seeking for something lightweight to shoot with while they are spending time with family and friends.
The touchscreen is quick and simple to use, which makes up for the fact that some of the controls are on the small side and are packed closely together. The fact that the touchscreen capabilities may be used even while one’s sight is focused on the brilliant electronic viewfinder was another feature that impressed us.
Because of the 1.5x cut that occurs while recording in 4K at 24 frames per second, this is less beneficial for filmmakers and dedicated video bloggers. Even though the connector for the microphone is a good addition, we were hoping that Canon would also include a jack for headphones but they didn’t.
When capturing static images, the battery life is good, but once you start recording video, it depletes rather quickly. In the end, this camera shines as a tiny alternative for stills and quick video recording, particularly if the ability to record a 4K video isn’t as important to you as other video features.
Pros & Cons
- Allows for the use of microphones that are external
- Both still images and videos should have reliable face tracking and eye detection.
- JPEGs straight out of the camera that look great and raw files of a respectable quality
- Conveniently small while yet being easy to grip
- An electronic viewfinder that is useful for shooting throughout the day
- The clip is in soft 1080p.
There is no jack for headphones.
- A disappointing crop of 1.5 times applied to 4K footage
- Autofocus issues while filming in 4K resolution
- The electronic shutter that is completely silent and is only accessible in fully automated scene mode