Contrary to what its name might suggest, the Canon EOS M50 is not there to complete the catalog of the brand, but to mark a new beginning. A step that starts with a product for amateurs, but enjoying a tariff repositioning (almost half the price of the M5) and which suggests the arrival of more muscular hybrids later this year. For now, this M50 is armed to seduce an audience that will be able to do without mechanical stabilization and tropicalization. The first step in the 4K is also appreciated.
Canon revives the hybrid machine by offering a fresh EOS M50 factory. A device without a mirror that is positioned a bit strange, succeeding the M5 at a price more affordable, but opening the way to other future hybrid devices, as Canon says. Partner of the Venezia Photo Festival, the red brand has invited the press to test this small device, in a snowy Venice, allowing us to learn more about the reasons for this product. Getting started
Canon does not mess things up with its case that adopts the characteristic codes of the brand. The one that interests us here resumes in outline the features of an M5, with however some aesthetic changes, on which we will return later.
But let’s talk first about snow and rain since these elements have punctuated the adventure, not failing to remind us that the device is not fully tropicalized. Fortunately for him, the droplets have not been right in the case that we will still take care to protect a little weather. The cold, however, has probably impacted the autonomy announced to about 235 shots (at 23 ° C). At a mercury close to 0 ° LP-E12 battery is logically appeared much less enduring, so we will avoid issuing a final opinion about it.
The EOS M50 embeds otherwise tools quite common, even if some novelties come slip. Hinged on the M5, the M50’s LCD screen is mounted on a kneecap, allowing you to try the photo selfie. Or video, since it is aimed at vloggers looking for affordable 4K material that is easy to transport.
This screen displays 1.04 million points and a 7.5 cm diagonal, and it can be used to move the focus point to the finger during electronic shutter aiming. Note however a small downside: a single side notch can come to handle the screen when we would have liked to see one on the bottom. It’s stupid, but it sometimes makes the handling of the screen a little difficult.
The OLED viewfinder offers 2,360,000 points and a refresh of 120 fps. If the brightness is excellent, and it is rather pleasant to use, its restitution of colors appeared to us a little too … intense. By default, these colors are very saturated, giving some difficulties to evaluate the actual colorimetry of the scenes. Hopefully, it will be possible to fix them. As for the fluidity, it is optimal in good light condition, but a little sagging in the darkness fell.
Regarding the keys, Canon turns right and places all buttons on our right hand. The shutter houses a crown that adjusts the shutter speed, while the ISO and the aperture of the iris will be controlled rather from the touchscreen. In this regard, the manufacturer here has integrated two interfaces, the standard and the guided, like the one we had so much charmed on the 200D.
With the small handle that benefits the product, its handling is, in any case, simple and effective, especially as its lightness (397 grams) also pleads in his favor. The product is offered in two colors, black and white, but we prefer the first since the white finishes are not matt and make a little like the product to a toy.
A brand new DIGIC 8
The fact sheet for this case is not very impressive, but it has a special feature: a DIGIC 8 image processor. This new generation processor is for the first time integrated with a Canon product and obviously promises improved performance, whether in terms of general reactivity or in image quality.
In truth, on a product of this type, it is difficult for us to issue a real opinion on this Digic 8, which does not have the weapons to show all his talent. The ignition is fast, certainly, but we must be content here with a burst at 10 frames per second in AF-S and 7 frames per second in AF-C. As for the trigger time between two images, it appeared to us, at first sight, a little inside.
What is good about this M50 is the integration of Dual Pixel AF technology, which is always formidable in the field. The product was swift in our photo sessions, with a catchy and relevant autofocus. It’s a little more delicate when the light is running out, as one might expect.
With a beginner/amateur target, the Canon EOS M50 relies on new connected features. A quick access button to the Wi-Fi link takes place on the right side of the device, which avoids a tedious search in the box menus.
Canon also inaugurates the automatic transfer of images, from the case to the smartphone. The function deserves to be peeled a little more in detail during our test since it has sometimes been a little capricious. Especially if the box is off, it will restart the function. But this will probably be improved via a software update.
Finally, we come to the image quality obtained by this M50 equipped with a 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and the famous DIGIC 8 image processor mentioned above. In conditions of good brightness (and it was not always easy given the time), the case seemed pretty good, with a fairly accurate colorimetric restitution, that is to say without excessive saturation or contrasts too pronounced.
Although having had to face very white skies, our copy was rather valiant. The image quality is good up to 3200 ISO, but it will avoid climbing higher under risk of generating too much noise and electronic smoothing details. Again, we will confirm or inform these first impressions as part of a comprehensive test in our Lab.
We can still blame the case not to ship mechanical stabilization system, something that will certainly appear on future hybrids of the brand. In the meantime, it will be necessary to avoid playing with slow shutter speeds without having a tripod.
You can consult our photo gallery, above, to get an idea of the rendering of photos.