So far this decade, Sony, Fujifilm, and Olympus have led the charge of mirrorless cameras — cameras that ditch the optical viewfinder for a digital one, allowing camera bodies to become smaller and more durable. Canon? They seemed content to stick with the good old DSLR until they came out with the EOS M5 in 2016, which arrived to a collective shrug — Canon had some catching up to do! They might have done it this week, announcing the new EOS M50. Canon has finally added the ability to take 4K video, giving photo and video enthusiasts and semi-pros a new lightweight entry-level option to consider.
The Canon EOS M50 has a 24.1 MP APS-C CMOS sensor doing the heavy lifting along with Canon’s new DIGIC 8 image processor. All that goodness means you can use the camera to take 4K video or slow-mo 720p video at 120 fps. And, being a mirrorless, you can expect a silent shooting mode and an OLED electronic viewfinder instead of an optical one. This particular electronic viewfinder will also let you adjust autofocus by touching and dragging, which should be handy.
The camera also features Canon’s Dual Pixel autofocus, although that won’t work when shooting 4K video. Otherwise, there are 99 Dual Pixel autofocus points on the EOS M50. In burst mode, you can shoot at 10 fps, and while it’ll be a little less than that when using continuous autofocus, it should still perform really well for shooting dynamic subjects like sports.
The EOS M50 has Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth connectivity, and if you’ve got a ton of storage on your phone, you can have the camera transfer photos and videos to a connected device automatically.
That all adds up to a pretty exciting entry-level high-performance camera. Is a full-frame mirrorless from Canon next? We figure it has to happen sometime, but at least with the E50 bringing 4K to the table, it looks like Canon is getting more willing to invest some serious time and energy into their mirrorless cameras.
Canon plans to release the EOS M50 in April for $780 or with the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens for $900. Adding the EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens to the package will bring the price up to $1,250.