The new Canon EOS M50 has a viewfinder, and it’s about time

Canon has announced a new addition to its EOS-M mirrorless camera range. The EOS M50 is designed to sit somewhere in the middle, between the entry-level EOS 100M and below the top-end M5 and M6.

Perhaps the key point with this camera, however, is that it incorporates an electronic viewfinder. The only other EOS M with an EVF is the much more expensive M5 – all the others have to make do with the rear LCD display for composing photos.

The EOS M50 is also the first EOS-M to come with 4K video (about time, some might say), which puts it slightly out of step with the rest in that it now out-specs the more expensive M5 and M6 for video, despite being aimed at a lower-end audience and costing less.

Canon is pitching the M50 at less sophisticated users at an earlier stage of their photographic journey, with fewer external controls and a more menu-driven control system. It will feature the beginner orientated Guided interface already seen on the EOS 800D DSLR.

Despite this, internally it’s the most advanced EOS model yet, with Canon’s latest DIGIC 8 image processor, Canon’s latest 24-megapixel APS-C sensor and a more Dual Pixel CMOS AF system with up to 149 autofocus points, depending on the lens, and wider frame coverage.

There’s no in-body image stabilisation system – Canon hasn’t yet introduced this feature on any of its mirrorless cameras – but there’s is a 5-axis ‘digital’ image stabilisation system for movies.

Canon hasn’t really made much of a splash with its mirrorless cameras yet, but a steady stream of new releases suggests it has a long-term plan and it’s sticking to it – and the M50 is an important new addition because of its electronic viewfinder and 4K video, both at a mid-range price point.

The EOS M50 goes on sale from March 2018 costing £539.99/€629.99 body only or £649.99/€759.99 with the retracting EF-M 15-45mm kit lens.

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