Canon’s EOS M50 Mark II: a half-hearted renewal for this small APS-C hybrid


On the sly, Canon presented the new version of one of its bestsellers, the EOS M50. This second version, which does not upset the codes, takes a lot of its illustrious predecessor. The main innovations concern autofocus.

The Canon EOS M50 Mark II is a mirrorless camera equipped with a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor (with a sensitivity ranging from ISO 100 to 25,600, which can be extended to ISO 51,200). This non-stabilized sensor is the same as the one installed in the M50 first version two years ago. A sensor that we already found in the reflex Canon EOS 80D in 2016. Even if we understand the logic of cost reduction, we can only regret that Canon did not choose to use the 32.5 megapixel sensor installed in theM6 EOS Mark 2.

A small-format hybrid

Taking exactly the same size as the first M50, the camera is distinguished by its look of mini-reflex. There is a 3-inch diagonal touch screen mounted on a ball joint, a small pop-up flash, or the same electronic viewfinder with 2.36 million points. On the storage side, you have to rely on an SD card port compatible with the USH-I standard. Weighing less than 400 gr, the M50 Mark II is a consumer case intended to be carried around without problem. Note however, the device is not tropicalized, so you will have to think twice before using it in the middle of the equatorial forest. Regarding video, the M50 Mark II can still shoot up to 4K at 24 fps, but there is always a strong cropping, which limits the interest of such a format, especially if we thought to use it as a vlog camera.

Basically the main change between versions I and II is in the autofocus. Canon says it has extensively reworked the system and the M50 Mark II now allows face and eye tracking, both still and video. In addition, the Japanese firm highlights the video broadcasting capabilities of its box. The M50 Mark II can indeed be used as a streaming tool. Connected to Wi-Fi, what he films can be broadcast directly to YouTube. Likewise, it is also compatible with the tool used to transform Canon cameras into a webcam. For fans of video on smartphones, it is also possible to shoot vertically.

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The Canon EOS M50 Mark is not currently sold in France. For now, we only know the US prices. The case is displayed naked across the Atlantic at a price of $ 599, or roughly the same price as the first model, which was marketed at € 599 in our regions. It will also be sold as a kit with the EF-M 15-45mm f / 3.5-6.3 IS STM lens at $ 699 and $ 929 with the EF-M 55-200mm f / 4.5-6.3 zoom lenses. IS STM and 15-45 mm.

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