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Review: Canon EOS M50 by Cinema5D
« on: March 15, 2018, 09:00:21 AM »
Cinema5D has completed their hands on review of the Canon EOS M50, Canon’s latest mirrorless release. The review is mostly positive for the new mirrorless camera, although they do describe the 4K implementation as an “afterthought”, which isn’t what most people wanted from this camera.

From Cinema5D:

The Canon M50 is a nice, powerful and affordable little entry-level camera for people who want an interchangeable lens camera having to schlepp around a huge amount of kit. The video function is very good mainly because of the incredible Dual Pixel Autofocus in HD, whereas the 4K is clearly an afterthought and can’t really be used in practice much because of the crop and the lacking Dual-Pixel AF. The main purpose of this camera will be uncomplicated family shots or vlogging – both of which only if HD is enough. Read the full review

The Canon EOS M50 is scheduled to be released on March 26, 2018. You can preorder the EOS M50 here.

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Re: Review: Canon EOS M50 by Cinema5D
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2018, 11:29:33 AM »
Um, yup. 4K for those who want to feel like they have the latest video feature even if it's not actually that useable.

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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2018, 12:33:24 PM »
I'm not sure the crop is a huge problem, given that you can run a zoom that starts at 11mm. I never go wider than 16 in APS-C video, and 11 is (approximately) the same angle-of-view with the crop.

I wonder if these will get used as crash cams. They will be almost as cheap as GoPros or the new Sony action cam, and the have on-board 4k (unlike the Sony).

The lack of DPAF is more of a problem for family use than it is for scripted/doc work.

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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2018, 01:34:07 PM »
I'm not sure the crop is a huge problem, given that you can run a zoom that starts at 11mm. I never go wider than 16 in APS-C video, and 11 is (approximately) the same angle-of-view with the crop.

I wonder if these will get used as crash cams. They will be almost as cheap as GoPros or the new Sony action cam, and the have on-board 4k (unlike the Sony).

The lack of DPAF is more of a problem for family use than it is for scripted/doc work.

Most videographers who want a cheaper and portable large sensor 4K DSLR will stick with the Panasonic M4/3 camp over the EOS M50. Having cheaper reliable 4K cameras with a lens system designed for the crop, and the ability to use speedboosters with S35 lenses when needed is a lot more logical. Cropping a 11mm lens meant for a 35mm camera to make the crop work on a Canon is not nearly as appealing as GX85 with the Panasonic 12mm F1.4. The GX85 with IBIS can be had with a stock 12-34mm lens for just over 500 dollars, and a speed booster combined will put it at the price of the M50.

The EOS M50 is a good consumer camera for video use by people who are not spec hunters, but it's not attractive as a work horse in the 4K world we're entering.


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« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2018, 07:13:28 PM »
No one would think or expect Canon would put a very good 4K in a non top tier camera, ofcourse its an afterthought.
But a good one at that, its Canon's way of telling other brands AND the buyers that 4K(much more useful 4K) is coming
whether on the top of the line mirrorless(hello M5 Mk2) or other DSLR in the future.
I would call that non DPAF 4k a horseshit, I would assume its not impossible with Digic 8.

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« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2018, 11:33:27 PM »
I'm not sure the crop is a huge problem, given that you can run a zoom that starts at 11mm. I never go wider than 16 in APS-C video, and 11 is (approximately) the same angle-of-view with the crop.

I wonder if these will get used as crash cams. They will be almost as cheap as GoPros or the new Sony action cam, and the have on-board 4k (unlike the Sony).

The lack of DPAF is more of a problem for family use than it is for scripted/doc work.
Main problem is lack of DPAF in 4k video mode and horrible AF hunting present due to CDAF. Other than that it looks like a good value proposition.

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Re: Review: Canon EOS M50 by Cinema5D
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2018, 01:24:19 AM »
No one would think or expect Canon would put a very good 4K in a non top tier camera, ofcourse its an afterthought.
But a good one at that, its Canon's way of telling other brands AND the buyers that 4K(much more useful 4K) is coming
whether on the top of the line mirrorless(hello M5 Mk2) or other DSLR in the future.
I would call that non DPAF 4k a horseshit, I would assume its not impossible with Digic 8.

Yes, agreed- it can’t be a technical hurdle, likely just a marketing decision to protect the 5D IV, etc. Why would they develop a new processor that can’t implement their best feature, DPAF, in 4K.

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« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2018, 03:10:00 AM »
No one would think or expect Canon would put a very good 4K in a non top tier camera, ofcourse its an afterthought.
But a good one at that, its Canon's way of telling other brands AND the buyers that 4K(much more useful 4K) is coming
whether on the top of the line mirrorless(hello M5 Mk2) or other DSLR in the future.
I would call that non DPAF 4k a horseshit, I would assume its not impossible with Digic 8.

...likely just a marketing decision to protect the 5D IV, etc.

You're kidding, right? ;D
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Re: Review: Canon EOS M50 by Cinema5D
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2018, 08:10:47 AM »
Cropping a 11mm lens meant for a 35mm camera to make the crop work on a Canon is not nearly as appealing as GX85 with the Panasonic 12mm F1.4.

The EF-M 11-22MM is a native EOS-M lens. Look it up. It's also 1/3 the price of the Panasonic lens you mention.

I think a cheap 4K EOS-M can be useful as a crash cam or second/third/fourth cam. There are other options, but they either have lower quality, or cost a lot more.

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« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2018, 11:06:21 AM »
Cropping a 11mm lens meant for a 35mm camera to make the crop work on a Canon is not nearly as appealing as GX85 with the Panasonic 12mm F1.4.

The EF-M 11-22MM is a native EOS-M lens. Look it up. It's also 1/3 the price of the Panasonic lens you mention.

I think a cheap 4K EOS-M can be useful as a crash cam or second/third/fourth cam. There are other options, but they either have lower quality, or cost a lot more.

Whilst the 11-22mm is a native lens, the FF equivalent in 4k on the M50 is 28mm. It's approximately an 18mm equivalent in Full HD. Given that is the widest native lens you can buy for EOS M (to my knowledge), you're extremely limited in terms of wide-angle 4k on the M50. You'd have to adapt a 7mm fisheye lens to get close to wide-angle and even then, you'd still be at a near 18mm equivalent.

On m4/3, there are various 7mm rectilinear zooms available that allow you to get a 14mm FF equivalent when shooting 4k. I don't think the crop makes this a suitable crash cam as you put it, especially if you're intended resolution is 4k.

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« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2018, 11:14:13 AM »
No one would think or expect Canon would put a very good 4K in a non top tier camera, ofcourse its an afterthought.
But a good one at that, its Canon's way of telling other brands AND the buyers that 4K(much more useful 4K) is coming
whether on the top of the line mirrorless(hello M5 Mk2) or other DSLR in the future.
I would call that non DPAF 4k a horseshit, I would assume its not impossible with Digic 8.

Yes, agreed- it can’t be a technical hurdle, likely just a marketing decision to protect the 5D IV, etc. Why would they develop a new processor that can’t implement their best feature, DPAF, in 4K.

It CAN be a technical hurdle - maybe not with the Digic 8 but with the sensor. And if it is just a problem of thermal management.

About 4k and my use of video: I would be happy to manage just small videos for teaching (physics, math) but I see (1) that it is alot of work to do good composition and lighting and (2) that this would be enough for my purposes in 640x480. So I see a very good HD video quality as "heaven" for my purposes and if a filmmaker has a good story Full HD is all what he/she needs.

I am very interested in that camera because I have some EF lenses and a set of older FD lenses like 1.4 50, 1.8 85, 2.5 135 and 3.5 50 macro which deliver good IQ on the EOS M classic but will be much more usable on the M50 with its EVF + flippy screen.
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« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2018, 01:25:44 PM »
Given that is the widest native lens you can buy for EOS M (to my knowledge)

Rokinon/Samyang/(whatever other names they use) sell wider lenses in EOS-M mount.
Those are the same lenses they sell in M4/3 mount. The angle-of-view difference between the 4/3 and (cropped) APS-C should be minimal in 16:9 video mode.
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« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2018, 02:30:56 PM »
No one would think or expect Canon would put a very good 4K in a non top tier camera, ofcourse its an afterthought.
But a good one at that, its Canon's way of telling other brands AND the buyers that 4K(much more useful 4K) is coming
whether on the top of the line mirrorless(hello M5 Mk2) or other DSLR in the future.
I would call that non DPAF 4k a horseshit, I would assume its not impossible with Digic 8.

Yes, agreed- it can’t be a technical hurdle, likely just a marketing decision to protect the 5D IV, etc. Why would they develop a new processor that can’t implement their best feature, DPAF, in 4K.

It CAN be a technical hurdle - maybe not with the Digic 8 but with the sensor. And if it is just a problem of thermal management.

About 4k and my use of video: I would be happy to manage just small videos for teaching (physics, math) but I see (1) that it is alot of work to do good composition and lighting and (2) that this would be enough for my purposes in 640x480. So I see a very good HD video quality as "heaven" for my purposes and if a filmmaker has a good story Full HD is all what he/she needs.

I am very interested in that camera because I have some EF lenses and a set of older FD lenses like 1.4 50, 1.8 85, 2.5 135 and 3.5 50 macro which deliver good IQ on the EOS M classic but will be much more usable on the M50 with its EVF + flippy screen.

Well, if that’s true, it would be very surprising that after all these years, Canon can’t solve the best management issue. They are an extremely conservative company, however, so this is not outside the realm of possibility. Still, I believe this has more to do with marketing and protecting their higher end line up.

Sounds like this might be the camera for you so by all means, buy it and enjoy!

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« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2018, 02:30:56 PM »

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« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2018, 01:44:23 PM »
No one would think or expect Canon would put a very good 4K in a non top tier camera, ofcourse its an afterthought.
But a good one at that, its Canon's way of telling other brands AND the buyers that 4K(much more useful 4K) is coming
whether on the top of the line mirrorless(hello M5 Mk2) or other DSLR in the future.
I would call that non DPAF 4k a horseshit, I would assume its not impossible with Digic 8.

Yes, agreed- it can’t be a technical hurdle, likely just a marketing decision to protect the 5D IV, etc. Why would they develop a new processor that can’t implement their best feature, DPAF, in 4K.

It CAN be a technical hurdle - maybe not with the Digic 8 but with the sensor. And if it is just a problem of thermal management.

About 4k and my use of video: I would be happy to manage just small videos for teaching (physics, math) but I see (1) that it is alot of work to do good composition and lighting and (2) that this would be enough for my purposes in 640x480. So I see a very good HD video quality as "heaven" for my purposes and if a filmmaker has a good story Full HD is all what he/she needs.

I am very interested in that camera because I have some EF lenses and a set of older FD lenses like 1.4 50, 1.8 85, 2.5 135 and 3.5 50 macro which deliver good IQ on the EOS M classic but will be much more usable on the M50 with its EVF + flippy screen.

Well, if that’s true, it would be very surprising that after all these years, Canon can’t solve the best management issue. They are an extremely conservative company, however, so this is not outside the realm of possibility. Still, I believe this has more to do with marketing and protecting their higher end line up.

Sounds like this might be the camera for you so by all means, buy it and enjoy!

Maybe it a combination of different reasons: If you want to make a small camera with flippy screen thermal management is not that easy. If you make a 7D-emulation in mirrorless you have a beafier body made from metal which might act as heat spreader. In that case physics protects the mid/high end systems from the low end systems!

Thanks for the wishes - I was several times shortly before pulling the trigger for a 2nd SL2 but - now my 2nd camera might be the M50. Just waiting for a link via the digital picture to thank Brian for his good site for buying lenses (and not buying lenses which aren't better than the solutions I have).
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« Reply #14 on: March 18, 2018, 08:01:10 AM »
EF-M 22 mm with f/6.3 or f/7, 4K, focus to ~2 feet and everything you need is in focus for vlogging...
OR you just use a perfect 1080p dual pixel with f/2.

All that in a compact format. Perfect for vlogging for that price... even if 4K then is not that usable in low light situations compared to other cases.
Of course, when you have no idea what you're doing, then 4K sucks with this camera.

And yeah, a Sony a7iii is better, although you may not see what you're filming - lol. (just in case somebody wanted to mention that sony makes a better camera...)

Good camera.

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