Canon EOS M50 Mark II Announced with Eye Detect AF

An underwhelming update to a very popular camera

Canon eos m50 mark ii
Image by Canon

Canon has announced the Canon EOS M50 Mark II, a successor to their very popular M50 mirrorless APS-C camera. However, I’d be hard pressed to find any new features in the Mark II that deserved of its “successor” status.

Dual-Pixel AF now with Eye Detect Autofocus

In what appears to be more of a glorified firmware update, Canon has added some improvements to video and stills autofocus capabilities (such as continuous Eye AF), but apart from those minor addons, there isn’t much to talk about.

And it makes me really question the need for a Mark II version, when they could have probably done a firmware update for the original… 

Canon eos m50 mark ii flip out lcd
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Same, but different? (not, really)

And looking at the specs of both cameras, the body design appears to be identical to the original M50. Canon has included the same 24.1 megapixel APS-C sensor with DiGIC 8 image processor, and the 4K/23.98fps video (with a crop) is still present. Frame rates in Full HD are still limited to 60fps, unless you drop to 720p, where you get access to 120fps slow-motion. Again, same as on the previous M50 mirrorless.

However, it appears that the 4K crop is slightly more tolerable, but only marginally. 

Nevertheless, the Dual Pixel AF is the same apart from continuous Eye Detection autofocus, which works both in video and stills.

And, don’t get me wrong, this is a really nice feature to have, but one that Canon could have easily added to the M50 as a firmware update. 

Canon EOS M50 II New Features:

  • Dual-pixel AF now with Eye Detect 
    • works in 1080p video only
    • in 4K video, Autofocus is still contrast-detect, which is slower
  • Record button on flip-out touchscreen (tap to record when vlogging)
  • Use as webcam via EOS Webcam Utility software with USB cable
    • you can also use the M50 original camera
  • Clean HDMI output
  • Livestream to Youtube Live directly from camera 
  • AF tracking speed sensitivity adjustment
Canon eos m50 mark ii back
Image by Canon

Pricing and Availability

The Canon EOS M50 Mark II camera is shipping in late November. And while it may not be worth to upgrade from the M50, if you are new to vlogging, or are looking for your first mirrorless camera, this is a decent option. 

You can pre-order from the B&H affiliate links below:

[via Canon]

What do you think?

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