Canon M50

Canon EOS M50 front
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Raise to 51200)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Canon EF-M Mount
  • 390g - 116 x 88 x 59mm
  • Launched February 2018
  • Newer Model is Canon M50 II
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon M50 summary

Canon M50 is Canon's Entry-Level Mirrorless camera first revealed on February of 2018. It features a 24 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a full resolution of 6000 x 4000.

Canon introduced the updated Canon M50 II (Read Full Comparison) as a way to replace this camera.

The M50 is scored #11 out of 117 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras & over-all #86 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. Please check our Advanced camera filter to see camera ratings based on your customized requirements.

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Below is a graph of various factors used in the rating system.

Canon M50 family

The Canon M50 is part of a family of products. You can view the complete range underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Canon-EOS-M50-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon M50 II
M50 vs M50 II
24MPAPS-C10.0 fps2020
Canon-EOS-M200 front thumbnailCanon M200
M50 vs M200
24MPAPS-C6.1 fps2019
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Canon-EOS-M50 front thumbnailCanon M5024MPAPS-C10.0 fps2018
Canon-EOS-M100 front thumbnailCanon M100
M50 vs M100
24MPAPS-C6.1 fps2017
Canon-EOS-M5 front thumbnailCanon M5
M50 vs M5
24MPAPS-C9.0 fps2016
Canon-EOS-M10 front thumbnailCanon M10
M50 vs M10
18MPAPS-C4.6 fps2015
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Canon-EOS-M3 front thumbnailCanon M3
M50 vs M3
24MPAPS-C4.2 fps2015
Canon-EOS-M front thumbnailCanon M
M50 vs M
18MPAPS-C4.0 fps2012

Canon M50 Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of pluses and minuses of the Canon M50 based on things which are often regarded as essential in a camera.

comes with face detection focus
comes with tracking autofocus
connects via bluetooth
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
display is selfie friendly
flash built-in
fully articulated screen
good video quality (3840 x 2160 pixels)
great high ISO (25,600)
great minimum ISO (100)
has external microphone support
has HDMI out
has manual focus
has phase detect auto focus
high resolution screen (1,040 k dots)
image stabilization
includes focus via touch
interchangeable lenses (Canon EF-M mount)
NFC connection
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
resolution is good (24 megapixels)
touchscreen functionality
no headphone support
not so great battery life (235 shots)
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Canon M50 Sensor specifications

The Canon M50 is run by the Digic 8 processor. The sensor specification on the Canon M50 is 22.3mm x 14.9mm (APS-C). The 332 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 6000 x 4000 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization. Sensor stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter can produce cropping.

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The CMOS sensor has 24 megapixels and includes a native ISO range of 100 to 25600. This ISO can be increased electronically to a high of 51200. RAW format is supported so the user has wider margin for error.

The image underneath illustrates the M50's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The M50 sensor has a crop factor of 1.6 and is pointed out in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon M50 dimensions

Canon M50 weighs about 0.86 lb (390 gr or 13.76 oz) & has outer size of 116mm x 88mm x 59mm (4.6" x 3.5" x 2.3"). The weight of average Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 329 gr and the Canon M50 is weightier when compared with various rivals.

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Underneath is a image of the Canon M50 next to a softdrink to help you get a sense of its scale.

Canon EOS M50 dimensions scale

The top view under will provide the button design on the M50.

Canon EOS M50 topview buttons dials

Canon M50 Lens specifications

The M50 uses the Canon EF-M mount and has 26 lenses available for sale. Below is some of the lenses we have in our collection which will work with the M50.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Samyang-135mm-F2.0-ED-UMC-Canon-EF-M lensSamyang 135mm F2.0 ED UMC135mmf/2830g
7artisans-35mm-F2-Canon-EF-M lens7artisans 35mm F235mmf/2320g
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Canon-EF-M-32mm-F1.4-STM lensCanon EF-M 32mm F1.4 STM32mmf/1.4235g
Samyang-MF-85mm-F1.4-Mk2-EF-M lensSamyang MF 85mm F1.4 Mk285mmf/1.4548g
Samyang-12mm-f2.0-NCS-CS-Canon-EF-M lensSamyang 12mm f2.0 NCS CS12mmf/2.0 260g
Samyang-35mm-F1.2-ED-AS-UMC-CS-Canon-EF-M lensSamyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS35mmf/1.2420g
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Canon-EF-M-18-55mm-f3.5-5.6-IS-STM lensCanon EF-M 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM18-55mmf/3.5-5.6 210g
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Canon M50 Connectivity

The M50 has the following connectivity:

  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras which have NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can transfer pictures and at times alter settings without the hassle of connecting directly to the camera.

Many applications even stream a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it can be hooked up to an external screen. Almost all cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Canon M50 Video specifications

The highest possible video resolution on the Canon M50 is 3840 x 2160 and you can capture in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 2160p will provide a fantastic resolution for video recording. You can crop to 1080p to get clearer results. Be wary of the considerable file sizes and make sure you get good SD cards that have fast write speed. Even though the camera offers a microphone port, it is missing a headphone port so you won't have the capability to check your audio levels.

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Canon M50 Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing on the Canon M50 so you need to be careful in wet and dusty situations.

Canon M50 Display and Viewfinder

The Canon M50 features a 3" fully articulated display boasting a resolution of 1,040k dots.

It features a selfie friendly display to take self portraits and group photos if necessary. Additionally the display is touch friendly so you can set focus points and adjust settings using your finger.

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The View Finder specifications for Canon M50 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Resolution 2,360k dots
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100 percent

Viewfinders are pretty handy during sunny outdoor situations which can easily make the camera display washed out and difficult to see.

Canon M50 Shutter specifications

Canon M50 continuous shooting rate is 10.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Canon M50 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Canon M50 features both in-built flash as well as external flash support.

Canon M50 Autofocusing specifications

Canon M50 features both Phase Detect Autofocus as well as Contrast Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker and exact when compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera features Face detect making it helpful for portrait photography.

The Sensor features 143 focus points to select from. Canon M50 has tap to focus. You are able to use your fingers to adjust where you focus. It also boasts Tracking Autofocus for subjects on the move. Canon M50 supports manual focus in case it is required during low light occasions or you need to have more accurate control on focus.

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Canon M50 Battery life

The battery life on the Canon M50 is built to last for 235 shutters with respect to the CIPA benchmarks making it less compared to it's rivals. The average Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 343. Fujifilm X-S20 comes with the best (750) battery life within this range of cameras.

Listed below is a number of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

Canon M50 for various kinds of photography

The following chart gives a outline of the Canon M50 for various kinds of photography. To check out more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Canon M50 Portrait photography factors

The Canon M50 has a rating of 80 which is great, and means the camera is a brilliant option to use for portrait photography. Shooting portraits leans greatly towards sensor dimensions, RAW support along with the capability to use external flash.

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you can focus manually
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
has face detect autofocus
supports RAW formats

Canon M50 Street photography info

With a great score of 84, the Canon M50 is a awesome fit to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera provides a fine balance of image quality and portability.

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screen articulates
image stabilization
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW files
features focus by touch
very good ISO range (25,600)

Canon M50 Sports photography info

A above average sports photography score of 75 suggests the Canon M50 is a respectable pick for taking photos of sports. A camera should have great tracking and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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has image stabilization
megapixel count decent (24MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
offers tracking autofocus
supports phase detect auto focus
not so great battery (235 shots)

Canon M50 Travel photography features

Portability is very critical in getting a camera for travel. All things considered, the Canon M50 gets a tremendous 78 for a travelling camera which makes it a fantastic pick to purchase for your holidays.

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has bluetooth
features focus via touch
decent MP (24MP)
built-in flash
screen is selfie friendly
low battery (235 per charge)

Canon M50 Landscape photography information

When you're looking to pick a camera for landscape pictures, the biggest aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Canon M50 and it's wonderful rating of 79 as a landscape camera is a superb fit in the current market.

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manual focus
switch lenses (Canon EF-M mount)
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
above average ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW files
bad battery pack (235 CIPA)

Canon M50 as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging really should have a articulating screen, microphone port and ideally IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Canon M50 is a excellent option for vlogging as it receives a superb score of 85.

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screen is selfie friendly
touchscreen capability
built in image stabilization
comes with face detect focus
high res video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
has mic port

Canon M50 Alternatives

If you want alternatives to the M50, here is a collection of the highest scored cameras which fall into the family of Entry-Level Mirrorless.

The line chart here will give you a summary of the M50 versus it's top ranking competitors listed earlier.

There are a bunch of cameras you might consider as alternate options. To browse through a extensive comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Canon EOS M50
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Physical type
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Digic 8
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
22.3 x 14.9mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
6000 x 4000
RAW images
Maximum native ISO
Maximum enhanced ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
Canon EF-M
Amount of lenses
Crop factor
Display type
Fully Articulated
Display diagonal
3 inches
Display resolution
1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder resolution
2,360k dots
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
5.00 m (at ISO 100)
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
Maximum video resolution
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
390 grams (0.86 pounds)
116 x 88 x 59mm (4.6" x 3.5" x 2.3")
Battery life
235 photographs
Style of battery
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC slot (UHS-I compatible)
Card slots
Pricing at release