Canon has just announced the launch of a new mirrorless camera, targeted at vloggers and content creators: the Canon EOS M50 Mark II. This second version of the EOS M50 is nearly identical, with improved autofocus capabilities, the ability to live-stream on YouTube via your smartphone’s internet connection, and minor other changes. Let’s take a closer look at it!
If It Works, Don’t Fix It
The Canon EOS M50 came out in 2018, and my colleague Nino did an in-depth review of this great little camera for vloggers and content creators that you can watch here.
The Canon EOS M50 Mark II is the successor, but has a lot of similarities with its older brother, including:
- The same 24.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 8 image processor
- An EF-M lens mount, compatible with EF and EF-S lenses via an optional adapter
- 10 frames per second continuous shooting
- 4K UHD recording at up to 23.98fps (with a heavy sensor crop), FullHD at up to 60fps, and HD at 120p for slow motion. Video recordings are limited to 29 minutes and 59 seconds per clip
- No C-Log/Wide DR picture profile; you only get access to auto, standard, portrait, landscape, fine detail, neutral, faithful, monochrome, and User Defined 1–3
- 5-axis Digital image stabilization is available in video mode
- The camera features a large 3.0″ touchscreen LCD as well as a 2.36m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder. There’s a built-in pop-up flash
- There’s a 3.5mm microphone jack input, but still no headphone jack
- It uses Canon LP-E12 batteries
- External dimensions and weight are identical: 4.6 x 3.5 x 2.3″ / 116,3 × 88,1 × 58,7mm for a weight of 13.7oz/387g with battery and SD card
So, why would you want to upgrade to the Canon EOS M50 Mark II over the first generation?
Canon EOS M50 Mark II – Improvements
For filmmakers, the Canon EOS M50 Mark II features the same Dual Pixel autofocus system, but with improvements: Eye tracking is now available in both photo and video modes. Also, if you like to shoot content for social media, the camera now has a vertical video mode. Finally, you’ll get access to a clean (micro) HDMI out video signal for external recording.
The camera does have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity to share your content quickly, but this new version allows you to stream to YouTube Live over your smartphone’s internet connection. Also, you can use it as a webcam via the Canon EOS Webcam Utility that is now available on both Mac and Windows.
Pricing and Availability
The EOS M50 Mark II should be available by the end of November 2020 for $599 body only, or $699 with the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens.
If you’re already a Canon EOS M50 user, I’ll let you decide if this minor update is worth it and tackles your needs.
What do you think about the Canon EOS M50 Mark II? What camera do you use for vlogging? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below!