Recently announced, the EOS M50 is the first Canon hybrid to integrate the latest generation DIGIC 8 processor and 4K / UHD video. We took it in hand and made our first images with the camera.
The Canon ESO M50 is an improved version of the EOS M5. The latter had been unveiled at the 2016 photokina and had proved effective, but ultimately very conventional and unfortunately much too expensive. With this EOS M50, the red mark revises its copy, improves the set slowly and offers a more consistent price (699 € naked).
The Canon EOS M50 is available in black or white.
At first contact with the EOS M50, we were immediately struck by the featherweight of this new hybrid camera which weighs about 397 g, against 427 g for the EOS M5 which was already figure featherweight at its release. To make the new camera more compact, Canon has reduced the grip, redesigned the cover by removing the exposure dial, and moved the mode dial P, A, S, M. The flash is still present and located above the viewfinder. Canon has even managed to make its EOS M50 thinner, while adding a swivel screen rotatable 180 °, the first embedded on a hybrid Canon. This 7.5 cm multi-touch screen displays a definition of 1,040,000 points. The touch is without reproach and the simple and clear menus facilitate the use of the device. We also find guided menus, mainly for beginners to facilitate the first steps. This is good because the device is intended for the general public.
The EOS M50 is the first in the range to incorporate a 180 ° swivel screen on a ball joint.
We also liked the 2,360,000-dot Oled electronic viewfinder, which is too narrow, but bright compared to the Panasonic Lumix GX9, for example. Recall that the EOS M5 and the M50 are the only hybrids in the M range to incorporate a viewfinder. The EOS M50 is not tropicalized, but the battery behavior seemed appropriate given the weather conditions at the time of our test (below 0 ° C). We were able to photograph the whole afternoon and evening with the camera.
The EOS M50 and the EOS M5 are the only Canon hybrids to incorporate a viewfinder.
Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are bets to share images quickly on your smartphone and transfer files. The low-power Bluetooth connection keeps the connection active to switch the device to Wi-Fi mode and transfer images continuously. Connectivity side, the test is less conclusive, but especially too random.
Image quality: new RAW format and new processor
The EOS M50 is based on the 24-megapixel CMOS APS-C sensor on the M5 and 80D, whose ISO sensitivity ranges from 100 to 25,600 ISO. It does, however, inaugurate the latest-generation Digic 8 processor, which is supposed to improve the image quality and responsiveness of the device. We did not particularly test the announced burst mode at 10 fps in AF-S and up to 7.1 fps in AF-C, but we found the autofocus vivid and catchy in the field. Also new, the EOS M50 embeds a new format RAW CR3 on 14 bits as well as a new option C-RAW which generates files RAW full definition, approximately 30 to 40% less heavy compared to a standard RAW, thus allowing d Increasing the number of recordings. Our images in low light conditions show that the highest sensitivities generate a lot of electronic noise and are unflattering. Given the lack of 5-axis mechanical stabilization, we can not compensate with slower exposure and speed ratios in order to lower the ISO sensitivity of the sensor and thus obtain better quality images as is the case with Panasonic, Olympus, Sony and now Fujifilm via the output of its X-H1. In good light conditions and with a quality objective, the images are pleasant. The size of the APS-C sensor, larger than the Panasonic and Olympus cameras (Type 4/3 "sensor), can convince an audience that needs to crop their images without worrying too much about the definition.
Strategic positioning for the range
The technical characteristics of the M50 are superior to those offered by the M5, considered formerly as the hybrid expert of the red mark. With this M50, Canon wants to make a clean sweep of the past and regain control of its M series by positioning this newborn between the M100 and M6, or entry level.Ce particular positioning actually suggests a complete refresh of the range . Thus, the M5 would disappear to leave room for a new hybrid expert which we expect a lot. This would be the perfect opportunity for Canon to finally get a foot in the world of hybrid 24 x 36 mm sensor and compete with Sony, Leica or Fujifilm. Will Canon wait for the 2018 photokina that will take place in September to tell us about his new baby? With an M50 to 699 € naked, twice cheaper than the EOS M5 (€ 1,259.99 kit with the EF-M 15-45 mm), we can in any case hope for a device with very attractive tariff positioning . Indeed, in front, the Panasonic Lumix GX9 is announced at 799 € with a smaller sensor, but provided with 5-axis stabilization and a shutter 1/16 000 s. Another competitor, the Sony Alpha 6500 was announced at € 1,700 naked, with weather resistance capabilities and mechanical stabilization 5 axis in addition. So it augurs well for the pricing of the future expert, hoping that the data sheet follows and that Canon off the beaten track. Case to follow …