Canon has announced the successor to the “Best Selling Mirrorless Camera in the US”, the EOS M50 Mark II Mirrorless Camera. Featuring a well-known APS-C sensor with 24.1 megapixels, the M50 Mark II offers some new tricks like improved autofocus, vertical video support, and live streaming support.
Canon says that the EOS M50 Mark II includes “many features that its predecessor liked” and some to improve usability. The company continues to believe that the M50 strikes a good balance between still images and video recording. The APS-C CMOS sensor is supported by the same Canon DIGIC 8 processor as its predecessor.
New features for the EOS M50 Mark II include:
- Enhanced autofocus, including eyepiece autofocus on video
- Supports vertical video recording
- LCD screen adds a video record button and movie timer for a better vlogging experience
- High-quality webcam functionality when used with services that support the free EOS webcam utility or clean HDMI output
- Wireless YouTube Live Streaming Function (Live Streaming Function only supports YouTube)
- The ability to touch the screen to automatically focus on the subject while looking through the EVF (to control the main focus of the image).
The autofocus system remains intact from the original M50 and features the same dual-pixel CMOS AF that now includes eye and face tracking. The same number of AF points as the original is preserved here as well. The update takes the form of support for eye and face recognition. The original M50 was unable to perform face or eye detection in video or in certain still image modes such as servo autofocus. Canon has confirmed to PetaPixel that all photo and video modes now support eye and face recognition on the Mark II.
Canon’s specs for the M50 Mark II say it supports a burst of 36 JPEG large (fine) and 10 JPEG + RAW.
The M50 Mark II can record 4K video at up to 24 frames per second on a single UHS-1 SD card. You cannot record 4K at 30 frames per second. This has not changed from the M50, as have the Full HD recording options.
Canon is currently the only major manufacturer actively supporting two different lens lines for its mirrorless and full-frame APS-C camera options. While the company has the entry-level EOS RP in the full-frame range, which gives the range some level of accessibility for beginners, it does not have APS-C cameras that offer the option of wearing RF lenses. Canon doesn’t even offer a lens adapter for RF lenses (probably due to flange gap issues), but you can get the EF-EOS M adapter from the company to use their DSLR lenses.
In general, the updates seem to be quite incremental. The additional face and eye detection when recording video, the ability to record vertical video, and live streams are nice, but many of the features here make it look like they could have been. Transferred to M50 via firmware update instead of buying a new camera.
The Canon EOS M50 Mark II camera is expected to be available in late November 2020 at an estimated retail price of $ 599.99 for the body only, $ 699.99 for the body plus the EF-M 15-45mm lens kit, and $ 929 .99 for the camera body and EF-M 15-45mm and EF-M55-200mm dual zoom lens kit.