The M50 is Canon's First 4K Camera That Costs Less Than $3,200... and You Can Buy One for Under $800!

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(EOS M50 shown with optional 15-45mm lens)

For years Canon has seemingly refused to offer an affordable 4K camera. It's not a crazy thing to ask for when almost every smartphone today is capable of recording 4K, and yet if you wanted to shoot 4K as a Canon owner you had to own the 5D Mark IV or the EOS 1DX Mark II, both of which are prohibitively expensive for most beginners or amateur photographers.

Today, Canon announced the EOS M50, it's first M-series interchangeable lens camera capable of recording video in 4K. 

HR_EOS_M50_BLACK_EFM15-45_STM_BACKOPEN_CL[1].jpgIt has a 24.1 MP APS-C CMOS sensor with Canon's vaunted Dual Pixel autofocus featuring 99 focus points, which sadly only works when shooting 1080p or less. On top of that, the 4K comes with a 1.6x crop... on an APS-C sensor that already has a 1.6x crop, which makes the actual 4K recording area smaller than a micro four-thirds sensor. 

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Canon must be getting ready to upgrade their whole M series line because if the M50 is the new entry-level model, why would someone pay more for an M5 or M6 when the M50 shoots 4K and has 40 more focus points than those cameras? 

Other features include: 

  • ISO range 100-25,600 
  •  expandable to 51,200
  • 10fps Burst shooting
    • 7.4fps with continuous autofocus
  • HD 120p High-frame video rate 
  • Built-in OLED Electronic Viewfinder with Touch and Drag Autofocus
  • 3.5mm Microphone jack
  • HDMI output while shooting
  • Micro USB (not type c)
  • Vari-Angle LCD touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth connectivity 
    • Automatic image transfer to compatible devices while shooting*
  • New Silent Mode

The Canon EOS M50 will be available in April 2018 in multiple packages in either black or white. You can pick up the body only for $779.99, get it with the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens in both black and white for an estimated $899.99, or get the body with 2 lenses, the   EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM and the EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM in black only for around $1,249.00. Canon is also selling a Video Creator Kit for the EOS M50 for around $999.99, though the details of that kit have yet to be announced.