With the new Canon EOS R50, beginners and vloggers have a more affordable entry point into Canon’s EOS R mirrorless camera series. While it is positioned below the best-in-class EOS R10 in the series, this mini-DSLR type camera offers many of the same fundamental technologies. Nevertheless, it has a simpler body and a few small spec variations.
In addition to Canon’s own EOS R10 and EOS M50 II, other entry-level mirrorless cameras to consider are the Nikon Z50, Fujifilm X-T30 II, and Canon’s own EOS R10. The name of the later camera offers us a clear indication of the target market for the EOS R50, and the two cameras are very similar. In our future post comparing the EOS R50 and EOS M50 II, we’ll go into further detail on how they compare to one another.
DSLR owners who are thinking about switching to mirrorless might compare the EOS R50 to a triple-digit DSLR like the Canon EOS 250D, albeit mirrorless focusing and video performance are in a separate class.
EOS R50 from Canon: Design
Yet another mini-DSLR-style Canon EOS R system camera. With the entry-level EOS R50, which is essentially a scaled-down version of the EOS R10 and lacks a few exterior buttons and a joystick, Canon has played it safe. Less customizing options are available, auto functions are prioritized more, and the touchscreen may be used at various angles.
The end product is the smallest, lightest, and most straightforward EOS R system camera from Canon. It is even more compact and lightweight than the EOS M50 II, which is another example. Even though we’re just talking about 12g, the EOS R50 weighs 375g when the battery and memory card are included.
Although the EOS R50’s handgrip is a little bit smaller than the EOS M50 II’s, it still provides adequate traction for a firm grip when using small-aperture zoom lenses like the RF-S 18-45mm.
We utilized the EOS R50 for our hands-on time with the camera and the new, bigger RF-S 55-210mm F5-7.1 lens. Although lenses that are any bigger and heavier may seem front-heavy, the pair is still pleasant.
There is a 1.6x magnification ratio when using any of Canon’s crop-sensor cameras with full-frame RF lenses. Only the center of the picture circle is being used, and depending on what you’re photographing, this “crop” may be advantageous or inconvenient. In any case, you’re not utilizing the heavier lens to its full potential.
With a mic input for higher sound quality than the internal mic and a vari-angle screen that can fold out to the side of the camera for selfie filming, the EOS R50 covers most of the bases as a vlogging camera. Although few entry-level cameras go so far, there is no headphone port for sound monitoring.
The EOS R50 is a camera that encourages users to use auto control through its touchscreen and has a convenient Guided UI that walks you through the fundamentals. The control arrangement is otherwise straightforward. A single control dial and an ISO button are all that are available for manual exposure control.
Performance and features of the Canon EOS R50
As the EOS R50 features the same Digic X CPU, 24MP crop-sensor, and Dual Pixel CMOS AF II focusing system as the EOS R10, its performance is well-known. To put that into perspective, the EOS R50 is even more inexpensive than the EOS R10, which we ranked as a best-in-class camera.
The EOS R50’s buffer limits the length of 15 frames per second continuous shooting sequences, but the Digic X processor releases the most recent focusing technology and exceptional burst-shooting capabilities.
It’s a camera that works better for casual shooting than it does for taking serious action photos; for those kind of shots, a more advanced model like the EOS R7 is preferable.
The Dual Pixel CMOS AF II focusing technology used by Canon, which is also included in substantially more costly cameras like the EOS R3, has a few minor changes. For example, subject detection with the EOS R50 is easier; eye detection is accessible, but you cannot select which eye to concentrate on.
Although there is no 4K / 60p option, like in the EOS R10, video produced at 4K / 30p is taken from oversampled 6K. Some people find video cropping to be annoying, which is understandable if you need to record wide-angle half-speed sequences. On the other hand, when your lens isn’t quite long enough, you may get a little additional reach.
A very useful in-camera feature for those shooting video for social media is the ability to record vertical 9:16 video when the camera is in portrait format.
For those just starting out in photography, the Guided UI is a tremendously helpful tool. Additionally, you get panorama and creative bracketing in addition to the standard Scene Intelligent Auto modes, which optimize the settings for subjects like portraits and landscapes. The latter takes a single shot and adds three additional filters that the camera chooses for you based on topic identification.
Image and video quality of the Canon EOS R50
Canon users will recognize a number of components in the EOS R50, including the 24MP APS-C sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF that has been a feature of the company’s DSLRs, EOS M cameras, and now the EOS R series for some time.
With the EOS R system, technology has advanced most noticeably in focusing performance, making it more probable that you will obtain a fine focus with these most recent mirrorless cameras in a wider range of shooting conditions.
When focusing performance is taken into account indirectly, image quality is virtually unchanged and comparable to that of APS-C competitors like the Nikon Z50, but the Fujifilm X-T30 II has a back-illuminated sensor design that should give it an edge at higher ISO sensitivity levels.
As this is a Canon camera, the photographs and videos have pleasing colors right out of the camera. The lack of a log color profile option for filmmakers limits their ability to grade the look in post, but let’s face it: this is a camera for novices, not seasoned photographers. The most advantageous option is definitely the “Natural” color profile.
The clear and detailed 4K / 30p films oversampled from 6K demonstrate the EOS R50’s impressive video capabilities. Although there are more frame rates available in Full HD, you won’t find slow-motion 4K / 60p here. In-body image stabilization is another anticipated absence, so you’ll need to come up with inventive ways to steady the camera for run-and-gun footage.
The major point of disagreement is the availability of lenses. Just three small-aperture zoom lenses are readily accessible now, as we’ve already said. We hope that history does not repeat itself with the RF-S mount as the EOS M system only produced six lenses before almost completely losing popularity.
The EOS R50 is also compatible with full-frame RF lenses in addition to native lenses. When using an RF prime lens and widening the aperture, you may get really superior photographs and movies to those produced by smartphones.
CONCLUSION FOR THE CANON EOS R50
Being a direct competitor to the EOS M50 II, the EOS R50 gives the impression that the Canon EOS-M system is coming to an unofficial conclusion. Although autofocus and video capabilities have advanced greatly in mirrorless technology, it offers a feature set that is comparable to those of triple-digit Canon DSLRs like the EOS 250D.
The Canon EOS R system now has the smallest, lightest, and most user-friendly entry point. It is, however, a different mini-DSLR-style camera that is essentially indistinguishable from the EOS R10. For two reasons—the target market of novices and vloggers has less need for it, and the viewfinder display itself is too small to be very useful—we believe Canon might have been a little more daring with the design by doing away with the viewfinder entirely.
An even smaller and less expensive camera would arise from switching to a viewfinder-less design. Perhaps there will soon be an EOS R system camera in this manner, such as a Canon EOS R200 modeled after the EOS M200.