The Canon EOS M50 has a plastic build which makes it lightweight at around 350g. It also has a rubber layering over the grip and the back of the screen. The grip is acceptably deep given that it’s a small camera. The screen is fully articulated which great when you’re taking photos of yourself or when shooting from awkward angles.
There is a single control dial for exposure and a multi-function button next to it that you can customise into your most used function - it defaults as ISO. The control pad on the back is very basic that works as focus switching, aperture, flash or Delete button; or simply as directional buttons. One gripe I have with control pad is that they bite back whenever I use them. I eventually use the touchscreen more often as a result of it.
There are a few great features that I love that Canon has put into their APS-C mirrorless cameras. Just as its predecessor, the M50 has Dual Pixel autofocus (AF), allowing you to track your subjects in continuous shots or while recording video. Canon claims the tracking is improved by the new DIGIC 8 processor. There is a eye-tracking feature but it’s only available in single shot but not continuous shooting. It’s been pretty effective for us thus far so no complaints. To be able to take tack sharp images and video is always what you want and that’s what the M50 can offer.
As for the video capabilities, the M50 can shoot 4k at 24 fps and 1080p up to 60 fps. 120 fps is available but only at 720p This is Canon’s first APS-C mirrorless camera to shoot 4k however the video has a heavy 1.7x crop - even more if you enable the digital image stabilization. That unfortunately means that you can’t possibly shoot wide in 4k. Furthermore, Dual Pixel AF is disabled in 4k! Those are the downsides that’s stopping it from being one of the best mirrorless cameras.
The saving grace for video is the 1080p which does have Dual Pixel AF. The face tracking feature works wonders in keep your subject in focus, especially those moving away or towards the camera, which used to be one of the hardest feats for a camera - the M50 does it effectively.
The M50 uses a separate mount from Canon’s usual EF - the EF-M mount, and it comes with a different range of lenses. You may get the camera with the 15-45mm f/3.5 – 6.3 kit lens. This is a pretty versatile range, allowing you to shoot wide and a bit of portraits. If you are a Canon shooter and have EF lenses, there is a EF-EOS M adapter, giving you access to their entire EF lens lineup.
The M50 comes with WiFi and NFC so you can connect it with your phone through Canon’s Camera Connect app where you can view and transfer your images, and do remote shooting. You can also leave them connected and enable ‘auto transfer’ so that any photo you take is instantly going into your phone in JPEG. This is great for when you’re shooting on-the-go or if you’re not into doing heavy editing.
As for port selection, the M50 simply has three: HDMI, micro-USB and a 3.5mm microphone jack. It does lack a headphone input which would have made a much viable video camera.