Canon EOS M50 Mark II Review

The Canon EOS M50 Mark II is a confusing product since it is a feature-rich camera, but most of those specifications are already accessible on the first-generation EOS M50. There are just a few new advantages that suggest it’s an upgraded model, so it’s not clear why it was released.

The M50 Mark II is similar to its predecessor, both inside and externally; the only difference is that the software has been updated, which may be of significant value to new content makers. There is also the added benefit of eye-detect focusing for still images and video and the capability to record films in the vertical orientation, which is ideal for sharing on social networking sites.

The M50 Mark II has a new video-recording button that is accessible on the touchscreen and a movie self-timer that allows you between 2 and 10 seconds to prepare yourself before the camera begins filming. This is another benefit of the M50 Mark II over the earlier camera. The M50 II will also allow you to wirelessly live stream to YouTube if you have more than one thousand followers on your channel.

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Canon EOS M50 Mark II Features

You may read our review of the EOS M50 to get an idea of the majority of the features that will be included in the new model. This is possible since the EOS M50 Mark II is an exact clone of its predecessor. Not only does it take over the body of the M50, but it also incorporates the previous model’s 24.1-megapixel APS-C sensor as well as the Digic 8 image processor, which is getting on in years.

Therefore, you will continue to receive the same maximum burst speed of 10 frames per second and an ISO sensitivity range of 100-25,600 (expandable to 51,200). The Mark II model retains the same amount of autofocus points as the M50, which is 143 points that may be used, but it has received specific software improvements that provide it with a tiny edge over the M50.

Eye recognition and tracking are now available for still images and video, and it works rather well owing to Canon’s Dual Pixel sensor, which uses phase-detection focusing. This functionality is now accessible for both still images and video. It can capture still images and 1080p video with subjects moving quickly. However, while filming in 4K, only the contrast-detect focusing mode is available, somewhat slowing down the focussing process.

Canon EOS M50 Mark II Build Quality

Because there is no difference between the M50 II and its predecessor, the M50, we will keep this discussion brief. It has the same sturdy build, but its form factor has been reduced, so it is now more compact. This makes it a fantastic traveling companion. It is even more compact than any of the Micro Four Thirds cameras that are already available. That also means you are not getting an intense hold on the camera, while it is sufficient to ensure that the camera does not fall out of your hands.

You will receive the same very detailed viewfinder with 2.36 million dots, a fully articulating LCD touchscreen with 1.04 million dots, and the same control arrangement with a single dial. You can access all of the necessary functions, including touch-and-drag focusing, via the touchscreen or by utilizing the buttons on the back of the device.

Even though this is a newer model, no weather sealing is still present. However, don’t be misled by the camera’s plasticky appearance; despite its appearance, it has a robust build and does not feel fragile when held in hand.

Canon EOS M50 Mark II Performance

The EOS M50 was the first Canon camera to adopt the Digic 8 image engine in 2018 (it was also the first Canon camera to provide 4K videos), and the Mark II version inherits the same processor despite being three years older than the original model. This implies that the M50 Mark II can shoot up to 10 frames per second in bursts when it is set to Single AF mode, but when it is set to Continuous AF mode, the maximum frame rate drops to a respectable 7.4 frames per second.

It is possible to get even more shots out of the battery, even though it is certified for 305 photos (which is oddly higher than the M50’s rating of 235 pictures despite using the same battery). During our testing, which took place while we were vacationing in Tasmania, we got a very reasonable 375 shots from a single charge.

Canon EOS M50 Mark II Image Quality

Why try to mend something that isn’t broken? It was an intelligent decision to keep the 24-megapixel sensor from the previous-generation M50 and implement it once more in the Mark II because there was no single issue. It produces some prominent and sharp photos, similar to those made by the M50, with outstanding color rendering and many details.

On our trip to Tasmania, Australia, we brought the camera along with a few of EF-M lenses, and we were extremely pleased with the outcomes of our journey.

Before the image quality deteriorates, there is sufficient resolution for printing on A3 paper or doing some significant cropping.

Even while the dynamic range of the M50 II cannot compete with that of more sophisticated cameras, it nevertheless delivers a strong performance when shooting raw files. We also successfully recovered a significant number of lost information in JPEGs’ highlights and shadows.

Canon EOS M50 Mark II Specs

Body typeSLR-style mirrorless
Body materialComposite
Max resolution6000 x 4000
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors26 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDigic 8
Color spacesRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
ISOAuto, 100-25600 (expands to 51200)
Boosted ISO (maximum)51200
White balance presets7
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
File formatJPEG (Exif v2.31)Raw (Canon CR3 14-bit)C-Raw (Canon .CR3)
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points143
Lens mountCanon EF-M
Focal length multiplier1.6×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder resolution2,360,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modesProgramShutter priorityAperture priorityManual
Built-in flashYes
Flash range5.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes
Flash modesEvaluative (face priority), Evaluative, Average
Flash X sync speed1/200 sec
Drive modesSingleContinuousSelf-timer
Continuous drive10.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Modes3840 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 typesSD/SDHC/SDXC slot (UHS-I compatible)
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB chargingNo
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth
Remote controlYes (via smartphone)
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLP-E12 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)305
Weight (inc. batteries)387 g (0.85 lb / 13.65 oz)
Dimensions116 x 88 x 59 mm (4.57 x 3.46 x 2.32″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes

Canon EOS M50 Mark II Verdict

Although it has many features, the Canon EOS M50 Mark II is a rugged camera to understand since it is just a slight improvement over the original EOS M50 camera. There is not much difference between the two models, except one has eye AF and the other has the ability to capture vertical video.

Although we do not advise current owners of the EOS M50 to purchase the more recent model, we believe it is an excellent choice for those just beginning their excursions into the worlds of photography and content production.

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