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Canon’s M50 MkII could be the perfect take-anywhere camera

Small and lightweight mirrorless gets autofocus and functionality upgrades...

All the headlines recently have been about Canon’s bells-and-whistles full-frame R5, but you may be surprised to hear that Canon’s number one selling mirrorless model is the M50. Well, Canon has pulled the covers off an updated version and brought a number of new features to the M50 MkII.

Rather than a complete redesign, it’s fair to say that the M50 MkII represents more of a freshen up, but there’s still plenty to talk about and steer those looking for a lightweight mirrorless that can capture great video towards the MkII.

The original M50 already boasted Canon’s acclaimed Dual Pixel AF technology, but the MkII pushes this even further by adding eye-detection AF for both stills and video. What’s more, the MkII delivers the ability to tap the screen to establish a focus point over a subject while looking through the EVF, which aims to help to control who the main focus of the image is.

The M50 MkII retains the 24.1-megapixel APS-C sensor, DIGIC 8 image processor and the ability to capture ultra high-quality 4K video at 24p, which is why the original M50 became so popular with different kinds of photographers – from everyday shooters, to content creators looking for a lightweight stills and video option.

The new M50 MkII introduces the ability to shoot vertical video, which is suitable for social media platforms and the vari-angle LCD includes a newly added tap video record button and movie self-timer which Canon explains is for a better vlogging experience.

The M50 MkII can even be used as a high-quality webcam and includes a feature that allows wireless YouTube Live streaming so you can present live to your followers. At present, the M50 MkII seems to be available in selected territories and is expected to start shipping in late November with a price-tag of $599.99 body only or $699.99 for the camera body plus EF-M 15-45mm kit lens.