It’s all about full frame mirrorless cameras these days. If you are not going for such a camera, you are not taken seriously. Why not choose a mirrorless crop camera? I have six reasons for choosing the new Canon EOS M50 Mark II.
Everyone is talking about the Sony Alpha, the Nikon Z or the Canon EOS R series. Even Panasonic is targeting the full frame market with the Lumix DC-S1 and DC-S5. This has a reason, of course. These cameras are each wonderful machines capable of achieving incredible results under very difficult conditions.
Autofocus is fast and precise, even in low light conditions. The eyes of people, animals and birds are recognized. Tracking keeps you focused in the right place, no matter what. The dynamic range is pushed with each new model. You can get 13 stops, 14 stops, or even 15 stops.
But these cameras come at a price. Literally. You have to spend almost $ 4000 for a Canon EOS R5. The Sony Alpha 1 costs $ 6,500. The Nikon Z7 II will set you back almost $ 3,100. These are the top of the line models, of course. Even the cheapest full frame models cost at least $ 1,000, which is still a lot for many people.
But do you need a full frame mirrorless camera? Does your photography depend on a full frame sensor? Or do you need all the revolutionary possibilities offered by these high-end models? Maybe you could use a mirrorless camera with a smaller sensor. For some reason, these cameras are much cheaper than their full frame siblings, which puts them within the reach of most photography enthusiasts.
The new Canon EOS M50 Mark II
Canon Netherlands asked me some time ago to test the new Canon EOS M50 Mark II. This is the follow-up to the Canon EOS M50 which launched in 2018. Too bad this mirrorless camera is almost overlooked due to the full frame mirrorless wars that have raged for the past few years.
With the new Mark II version, Canon has implemented a few improvements that make this little mirrorless camera a good choice for many. Instead of another review, I decided to write down six reasons why this small but capable camera might be a good choice for you.
1. It has all the important features
Let’s be honest. What do you need in a camera other than a good exposure metering system and the ability to use aperture priority, shutter speed priority, and manual mode? I think the answer is a good, fast and precise autofocus system.
The Canon EOS M50 Mark II has it all. It offers auto focus for eyes, face and body. You can choose servo AF with the ability to touch and drag your autofocus point on the LCD touchscreen even if you are using the electronic viewfinder. It uses Dual Pixel CMOS AF with 143 AF points that cover almost the entire viewfinder.
If you’re looking for a good stabilization system, the EOS M50 won’t disappoint with its five-axis IBIS and digital IS. You can shoot up to 7.4 frames per second with full AF capabilities or 10 frames per second when AF lock is on. AF and metering work down to -4 EV with an f / 2.0 lens attached, which is more than sufficient in most cases.
2. It is made for video
The small size and lightweight body of the camera makes it easy to carry the Canon EOS M50 Mark II with you. Put it on a simple selfie stick and use the fully articulated screen for your personal vlogging. Place the camera on a small tripod or Gorilla Pod, and with the handy film timer, it’s easy to start your own video.
The camera delivers 4K 24p, FHD 60p, or HD 120p high frame rate video. Combined with the IBIS system and digital IS, it’s easy to walk around during the shoot without getting seasick while watching the results afterward. The touch screen makes it easy to use the video functions. If desired, the Canon EOS M50 Mark II also offers time-lapse possibilities.
The sound recorded by the built-in microphone is of high quality. A wind filter can be activated if necessary. You can enhance the sound with an external microphone if you need the best quality available.
3. A user-friendly menu
While this can be a very personal opinion, I find the Canon menu to be the best available right now. The Canon EOS M50 Mark II also has the same menu structure as the other EOS models. There is still a big difference.
The Canon EOS M50 Mark II is also aimed at the amateur photographer who wants an even more accessible menu structure. You can choose between the simpler, with graphics and examples of the setting you have in front of you, or the more traditional menu structure.
Everything can be controlled by the touch screen, not only in the menu, but also on the LCD screen during photography. Just press the Q button on the back of the camera or on the screen, and you can adjust the settings available on the screen.
4. Image quality is good
Maybe the Canon EOS M50 Mark II doesn’t have the best sensor available, but it produces good results. You have to compare it to the price you pay for this small but capable camera. This camera is often said to outperform the Canon EOS 80D, but I don’t have a comparison myself.
ISO performance is good as long as you stay below ISO 3,200. ISO 6400 shows some noise, but in many occasions it is still usable. Although the camera goes up to ISO 51,200, this will not produce an attractive result. But it’s available in the rare event that you might need it.
5. Use almost any Canon lens you want
Well maybe not all the lenses you want because RF lenses cannot be used on the Canon EOS M50 Mark II. But if you have an EF, EFs, TS-E, or MP-E lens, just get the EF-M adapter and you can use it with no problem.
But it is not always necessary. Canon offers a nice range of lenses designed for the Canon EOS M system. They are small, compact and easy to carry in a small camera bag. But if you want to use a Canon EF 500mm f / 4L II IS USM on your Canon EOS M50 mark II, that won’t be a problem. It might just sound a little funny.
6. It’s relatively inexpensive
Don’t buy a camera you can’t afford. It can be tempting to go for an expensive full frame mirrorless camera because everyone seems to have one. But if you don’t have the money, why not take a step back and go for a cheaper but good quality solution?
For less than $ 700, you have a high-performance camera with excellent image quality. You won’t break the bank, and while it isn’t a complete frame, in most cases you won’t notice it.
I can recommend the Canon EOS M50 Mark II
When I used the first version of the Canon EOS M50 in 2018, I was positively surprised by its performance and how much fun it was. I experienced something similar using this second version. It’s the same camera in many ways, but with a lot of improvements made internally.
This time I also made a video with the Canon EOS M50 Mark II. I would like to show it to you, but know that the language is Dutch; Hope you don’t mind. I recorded the images in FHD 50p with the built-in microphone. It gives an idea of what this camera is capable of even if you don’t understand the Dutch language.
Bottom line, I love this little mirrorless camera. It produces high quality photos and good video quality. It is a small camera with many features that make it a very effective companion for your photography and video adventures.
What do you think of the Canon EOS M50 Mark II? Would you consider buying such a camera or would you prefer another similar type of camera from another brand? Please share your thoughts in the comments below and feel free to share the camera you find ideal for photography and vlogging.