Canon EOS M50 review

Easy to use, but comes with some compromises

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Despite its age and the arrival of both the newer EOS M6 Mark II and the M50's direct successor, the M50 II, the EOS M50 remains a good value option for beginners who want a small, approachable mirrorless camera that can shoot great stills - and since it's been replaced, you can pick it up at great prices. 

Indeed, the M50 Mark II is essentially a very minor upgrade that most people probably be missing out by ignoring.

The EOS M6 Mark II is a far superior video camera and makes the EOS M50's heavily cropped 4K video look pretty dated. The M50's 1.6x crop factor means its effectiveness with the 15-45mm kit lens is pretty compromised. The alternative is to use another lens, but with Canon's EF-M range of lenses still pretty limited, and rivals offering superior 4K capture, there are better solutions out there. 

A big boon on the M50, though, is its built-in electronic viewfinder, which comes in very handy when shooting in sunny conditions. The vari-angle screen also offers that bit more in the way of flexibility over its cousin's tilt-angle mechanism.   

The relative lack of body-mounted controls may be a bit of a disappointment for more experienced users, but for the M50's target market of novice users it does make the camera feel very accessible, and the touchscreen interface is one of the best around.

The finish could also be a bit nicer, with the plasticky exterior not matching up to rivals, while the battery life is going to be pretty limiting without a spare. 

If you're looking for a mirrorless camera that offers great image quality, is easy to use and has a decent autofocus system, the EOS M50 is an excellent choice. If, however, you're looking for a more rounded camera with a greater breadth of features and system support, then you should consider alternatives like the Canon EOS M6 Mark II and Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III.


Mark Wilson
Senior news editor

Mark is TechRadar's Senior news editor. Having worked in tech journalism for a ludicrous 17 years, Mark is now attempting to break the world record for the number of camera bags hoarded by one person. He was previously Cameras Editor at Trusted Reviews, Acting editor on, as well as Features editor and Reviews editor on Stuff magazine. As a freelancer, he's contributed to titles including The Sunday Times, FourFourTwo and Arena. And in a former life, he also won The Daily Telegraph's Young Sportswriter of the Year. But that was before he discovered the strange joys of getting up at 4am for a photo shoot in London's Square Mile.