The Canon EOS M50 Mark II is a 24.1-megapixel APS-C mirrorless camera. It’s an affordable camera for beginners looking to upgrade from smartphones or bridge cameras, but more importantly, it’s designed to appeal to the content creator crowd.
It hits a fast 10FPS burst speed for wildlife and sports activities.
Sensor: APS-C 24MP
Lens installation: EF-M
ISO Range: 100-25,600 (expandable to 51,200)
Video: 4K 24p inter-frame
Weight: 387g (Black) 388g (White)
Memory card slots; SDHC and SDXC
Compared to its DSLR counterpart (the Canon EOS Rebel SL3 / 250D), the Canon EOS M50 Mark II has a beginner-friendly manual mode for users new to aperture priority, shutter speed, and generally learning the ropes of manual shooting.
This is a camera that you can slip into your pocket to capture or record a candid shot or live vlog when the moment arises.
If you’re not social media savvy and don’t care too much about features designed for such use, check out the best mirrorless cameras for one that might be more suited to your photography style. Or, if you want a broader view of the best cameras for photos and videos, we’ve got that too. In this review, we tested the Canon EOS M50 Mark II for you so read on to see what we came up with.
Canon EOS M50 Mark II: design
- Very compact and light
- Beautiful and elegant design
- The back buttons are a bit narrow
As you can see from the photos, we tested the white version of the Canon EOS M50 Mark II, which adds an extra gram to the weight of the product. Beautiful in this color, we consider it worthy of being ‘Instamable’ on its own.
This camera is so small, you definitely don’t need a separate ‘camera bag’ to pull it out and easily slip into a coat pocket. It’s not weather sealed so you have to keep that in mind, but in terms of portability and keeping your weight low, you can’t get much better than this.
It feels solid in the hand but very delicate, probably due to its small form factor. Although it may seem small and easy to get your child loose, we recommend a neck brace just to be on the safe side.
Although sleek and small, the M50 Mark II has a generous hand grip. Even when testing it with small hands, we found the buttons a bit cramped. While we appreciate that this is a small camera, and that’s part of its appeal, those with larger fingers may find the keys a little too close for comfort. Having said that, all the controls you’ll need to touch are available via the touchscreen, so if you’re more used to touching a touchscreen, the buttons are a bit overwhelming.
Like the SL3/250D, we expect a 3.5mm microphone port on the left side of the camera. However, the USB and mini-HDMI port are both on the right side, which is where we usually hold the camera. This shouldn’t detract from the experience for content creators, though. You will likely need to use this port when logging in and out.
Canon EOS M50 Mark II: Performance
- FPS shooting is good enough for beginners.
- To create content that looks simple for single shooters
- Battery life is not good.
10fps is an attractive feature of the M50 Mark II, this speed is usually reserved for more expensive cameras and gives photographers the opportunity to clearly capture fast-moving subjects such as wildlife, sports or automotive sports.
For content creators, theEOS M50 Mark II includes vertical video recording capabilities. This makes it easy to upload to social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram in preferred vertical format without the need for post-recording editing. You can also stream directly to YouTube (if you meet the subscriber requirements). There’s also a press-to-record button on the touch screen, as well as a film self-timer that lets you set up to 10 seconds before recording begins.
The images this camera produces are rich in color and show a great deal of detail. Since there is no in-body image stabilization, you may want a gimbal or tripod if you want to use slower shutter speeds.
Canon EOS M50 Mark II: Functionality
- Touch screen controls negate the need for buttons
- Poor battery life, even though you can plug it in.
- Trimmed 4 kg
Like its predecessor (the M50), the M50 Mark II comes with a hefty 1.56x crop, which increases to 1.75x if you turn on digital image stabilization and 2.26x if you use the improved IS. This means that you need to be careful with your lens choices, especially if you want to do a handheld selfie-style vlog. 1080p video is still fantastic though and will suit most beginner needs.
There’s no weather sealing, so while it’s a great travel camera, you should be aware that you’ll need to take it out in changeable weather or where dust ingress can be a problem.
The ISO range of 100-25,600 is generous for shooting in low light and is particularly suitable for astrophotography. Again, compared to the Canon EOS SL3 / 250D, the mirrorless M50 Mark II has the edge in terms of producing low image noise, negating the need for post-correction in third-party software.
One downside of this camera is its relatively low battery life. With its main audience being content creators, we were surprised that it could only handle 305 shots after full power. Affordable Fujifilm XT 30 (Opens in a new tab) It is rated at 380 shots and the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV. (Opens in a new tab) It is placed on 360 shots. More expensive cameras like the Canon 6D Mark II are rated at 1200 shots.
You should buy the Canon M50 Mark II
If you’re looking for a reliable, travel-friendly camera that takes good detailed photos, this could be a great option. It’s more suitable for content creators who want to capture detailed stills and like the option to stream directly from the camera. If 4K video is your main reason for looking for a new camera, we recommend looking elsewhere, although if you don’t need to shoot 4K, the 1080p video is still fantastic. Being able to film vertically saves editing time when preparing content for Instagram Reels, Stories or TikTok etc.
If this product is not for you
If you want uncropped 4K video, consider the Fujifilm X-T30 II, an impressive little camera with similar weight and similar specs. However, the ability to shoot 4K will cost you a significant chunk more.
We also give the Olympus OM-D E-M10 IV top marks for versatility, even though it’s the third Micro Four camera to capture 20MP shots. Or if size doesn’t bother you, you might want to consider the flexible Canon EOS Rebel SL3/250D, which is technically the lightest DSLR in the world.