Canon announced two new cameras to their Canon EOS R family line-up with the Canon EOS R8 and EOS R50. In this camera news article, I would be sharing more information and details on the Canon EOS R50, a new compact and lightweight APS-C mirrorless camera that is set to replace the EOS 77D and EOS M50 Mark II. This entry-level camera is packed with many fun, creative tools and automated features, allowing users to create high-quality vlogs and images easily with minimal camera operation.
“The new EOS R50 will deliver great outcomes for new users with smart features that enhance their photographs and videos. We want to empower content creators with the ability to focus on storytelling without feeling overwhelmed by the technical aspects of the camera. While equipped with strong technical functionalities from higher end models in our EOS R system, the new EOS R50 remains small, mighty, and simple to use.” said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore.
High-quality Video Right Out of the Box
With the EOS R50, you can be assured of the high quality of the footage, giving you high-quality video right out of the box.
24.2MP APS-C Format Image Sensor
The EOS R50’s APS-C format image sensor is 3X large than the 1-inch sensor on the latest smartphones. This translates to sharper, more detailed images and videos, and less noise (graininess) even in low light. Users can also look forward to beautiful, natural-looking bokeh (shallow focus) effects.
High-quality Video: First Entry EOS-series APS-C Mirrorless Camera to Produce 6K-Oversampled Cropless 4K
With the 24.2MP APS-C format image sensor, the EOS R50 is also capable of producing high-quality crop less 4K 30p video oversampled from 6K worth of data.
What is oversampling? Oversampling means more information to reduce artefacts and other issues, so despite your blogging experience and skill, the image quality will look pristine and professional.
Designed for Intuitive Vlogging
The EOS R50 is equipped with ample modes and features that simply shooting, it is designed for vloggers who want the image quality of a dedicated camera without the learning curve that usually comes with having to operate one.
It is lightweight, weighing at only about 375g (1), it is about the same size as the EOS M50 Mark II, making this camera perfect for blogging on the move!
Intelligent Focus Switching during Close-up Demos
The Dual Pixel CMOS AF II system, which detects and tracks people, animals (dogs, cats, and birds) and vehicles (motorsports cars and motorcycles) based on their characteristics just got even smarter.
For close-up demos, the Movie for Close-up Demo mode quickly and automatically switches focus to the subject closest to the camera. You can showcase your new gadget or online shopping loot in one smooth take, with the focus where you want it to be.
Support for focus breathing ensures that there are no distracting changes in angle of view that tend to occur during focus transitions when vlogging.
Image Stabilisation Optimised for Handheld Vlogging
Get seamless, steady footage even when shooting handheld: The EOS R50 comes with not just one, but two different Movie IS (Image Stabilizer)  levels (‘Enhanced’ and ‘On’) that digitally perform 5-axis camera shake correction, enhanced when combined with an RF lens with in-lens IS.
When the monitor is in “selfie” mode, the default “Movie IS: Enhanced” mode optimises image stabilisation for handheld wide-angle shooting, correcting the unwanted motion that tends to become more obvious at the edges of wide-angle images. You can switch between two levels by simply tapping the “Wide-angle” button, to avoid excessive close-ups.
Auto Leveling Mode (3)
For scenes and shooting angles where it is hard to keep the camera level, the auto level mode automatically corrects horizontal tilt. This would save time from manual correction in another app.
Share Your Content Quickly: High-quality Livestreams with just one USB cable
Planning to do livestream high-quality footage (4) and audio from your EOS R50? All you need is one USB-C connection to your computer, it’s a plug-and-play with no drivers required.
Straight from Camera to Phone
With Canon’s Camera Connect smartphone app, it is fuss-free to set up, allowing you to easily transfer videos and JPEG photos from your camera to a smartphone either through a wireless Wi-Fi or wired USB-C connection. As the camera supports transcoding, which makes 4K and Full HD video files lighter, even high-quality videos can be transferred and uploaded to social media smoothly.
Get Great Photos Easily
For those who are not too familiar with technical photography terms and complicated post-processing, the EOS R50 has a suite of new intelligent creative features that make it even easier to make the most of the camera’s imaging capabilities.
Some notable new functions are:
- Advanced A+: Automatically captures and blends exposure-bracketed images for better night and backlit portraits, and focus-bracketed images for images that are in focus from front to back.
- Creative Bracket: Automatically generates multiple versions of a shot taken by the user with different brightness and colour tone settings. The settings of the autogenerated shots are shown so that users can learn.
- Subject blur guide: Available in the Panning SCN mode. Helps the user practice panning and improve the success rate of panning shots.
RF-S55-210mm f/5-7.1 IS STM: Extend your Reach
The RF-S55-210mm f/5-7.1 IS STM, a compact, lightweight, and affordable telephoto zoom lens, is the latest addition to the RF-S lineup. Providing a full-frame equivalent angle of view of 88 to 336mm on an APS-C image sensor, the lens is set to expand users’ creative horizons, allowing them to capture images that are difficult to get with a standard kit lens or smartphone.
- Sharp, high-quality closeups of subjects that are further away
- More pronounced shallow focus effects
- Images with compressed perspectives
The lens also has excellent close-up shooting capabilities: its 0.28x maximum magnification at the 210mm end (more than the EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM) enables semi-macro photography at a relatively short closest focusing distance of 0.73m.
Besides having a native 4.5 stops of image stabilisation, RF-S55-210mm f/5-7.1 IS STM is capable of providing up to 7.0 stops’ image stabilisation through Coordinated Control IS when used with EOS R system cameras equipped with In-Body IS.
Initial Thoughts and Views from short hands on media session
During the media preview session, I had a short hands on session with the Canon EOS R50. It’s very similar to the EOS M50 Mark II that I am familiar with. A compact and lightweight mirrorless camera packed with creative and intuitive features that can up your social media/vlogging game without feeling overwhelmed.
If you are planning to upgrade from smartphone or compact cameras, looking for your first entry-level mirrorless, you can check out the EOS R50, your first entry-level mirrorless camera for high quality vlogging.
RF-S55-210mm f/5-7.1 IS STM
A compact and lightweight telephoto lens for APS-C EOS R camera users, ideal for travel and shooting subjects much further away.
Here are some sample photos that I shot with the Canon EOS R50 pre-production set during the media preview session.
- Photos shared above were shot with the pre-production set during the media preview session.
- The photos shot with the Canon EOS R50 pre-production set are shot as it is (jpeg and straight out from the camera with no further edits) and it’s not meant to be a review of the Canon EOS R50..
The above points are just my initial thoughts and views from my short hands on media session with the Canon EOS R50 and new RF lenses. I hope to go deeper into this Canon EOS R50 APS-C mirrorless camera some time down the road when I get the opportunity to test it out for review and I would be able to share more of my in-depth experiences, thoughts and views of the Canon EOS R50.
Pricing and Availability
The EOS R50 is available in black and white, with two kit options
- With the RF-S18-45mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM
- With the RF-S18-45mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM and RF-S55-210mm f/5-7.1 IS STM
The local Singapore pricing and availability of the Canon EOS R50 and new RF lenses would be updated below accordingly when the information is made available.
Update 14th March 2023
The EOS R50 is available in black and white and will be available from Canon authorised dealers at the following recommended retail price:
- EOS R50 Kit RF-S18-45 mm IS STM + RF-S55-210 mm (Black) – $1,509
- EOS R50 RF-S18-45 mm IS STM (Black/White) – $1,139
- EOS R50 Body (Black/White) – $979
Canon EOS R50 Exclusive Launch Promotion 16th to 31st March 2023
There is a Canon EOS R50 Exclusive Launch Promotion taking place from 16th to 31st March 2023. On top of the 32GB SD card gift that comes with every purchase of the EOS R50, customers will receive the following exclusive launch gifts (below) for purchases made within the launch special period between 16th – 31st March 2023:
- $100 Capitaland Vouchers
- Premium USB-C Cable
- PIXMA E3370 Printer (worth $149)– Compact Wireless All-In-One with LCD for Low-Cost Printing
More information and details can be found in the brochures below.
* Information and pictures courtesy of Canon Singapore and Gloo *
- Approx. 375g (black version), approx. 376g (white version).
- Note: The Movie IS function is linked with the angle of view setting; when set to the widest angle, Movie IS is set to “Off”. When using Movie Digital IS, the shooting range becomes narrower. The image also becomes enlarged, resulting in a less defined image.
- When set to “Auto level: Enable”, “IS mode” is turned off (The two cannot be used simultaneously), and the shooting range also becomes narrower. The mode cannot be used when shooting vertically.
- Full HD 30p only.
|Camera Model||EOS R50|
|Image Processor||DIGIC X|
|Image Sensor Camera Effective Pixels||Effective sensor size: APS-C CMOS
Camera effective pixels: Max approx. 24.2 megapixels
|Metering System||384 zone (24 × 16) metering using image sensor output signals|
|Autofocus Method||Face + Tracking, Spot AF, 1-point AF, Expand AF area (above/below/left/right or around), Flexible Zone AF 1 / 2 / 3, Whole area AF|
|Subject to Detect||Auto, People, Animals (dogs / cats / birds), Vehicles
(motorsports cars or motorsports motorcycles)
|Image Stabilizer (IS) System||Movie Digital IS|
|Effective ISO||Stills: 100–32,000 (H:51,200)
Movie: 100–12,800 (H:25,600)
HDR PQ movies: ISO 100–12,800
|Continuous Shooting||Electronic 1st curtain: 12 fps
Electronic shutter: 15 fps
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8,000 sec. (Electronic Shutter)|
|Viewfinder||0.39-inch OLED, approx. 2.36million dots
59.94/119.88 fps Refresh Rate
|Movie||4K UHD (3840 x 2160)
29.97 fps / 23.98 fps (NTSC)
25.00 fps (PAL)
Full HD (1920 x 1080)
119.88 fps / 59.94 fps / 29.97 fps / 23.98 fps (NTSC)
100.00 fps / 50.00 fps / 25.00 fps (PAL)
|Maximum movie recording time||1 hr. 00 min. 00 sec. (Normal movie)
15 min. 00sec. (High Frame Rate movie)
|Recording Media||Single Card Slot (SD, SDHC*, SDXC*)
*UHS-I cards compatible
|USB charging / Optional Power||Supports charging via USB Power Adapter PD-E1 /
AC Power (AC Adapter AC-E6N and DC Coupler DR-E18)
|Size||Approx. 116.3 (W) x 85.5 (H) x 68.8 (D) mm|
|Weight||Approx. 375 g (Black) / 376 g (White) (incl. battery and memory card)|
|Network||Wi-Fi / Bluetooth Low Energy Technology|
|Lens Model||RF-S55-210mm f/5-7.1 IS STM|
|Minimum Focusing Distance||0.73m (f=210mm),
|Maximum Magnification||0.28x (f=210mm),
|Lens Construction||11 elements in 8 groups|
|Filter Size Diameter||Ø55mm|
|IS (CIPA Standard Correction Effect)||Yes (up to 4.5 stops)|
|Coordinated Control IS (With IBIS equipped Camera)||Yes (up to 7.0 stops)|
|Maximum Diameter and length||approx. 69.0mm x 92.9mm (wide)
approx. 69.0mm x 135.0mm (tele)