Canon’s cheapest HF camera to date is the EOS R50 at $680

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  • With a 24.2-megapixel sensor, the camera can record uncompressed 4K video at up to 30 frames per second. Additionally, the R50 can record 1080p video at up to 60 frames per second and 120 frames per second of S&Q-style slo-mo footage. Furthermore, according to Canon, the camera can record nonstop for an entire hour.

  • Canon is expanding its RF mirrorless camera ecosystem with a new, more cost-effective entry point. Along with the APS-C RF mount EOS R50, which will go on sale later this year with a starting price of $680, the company unveiled the full-frame EOS R8 today. The R50 might quickly become a popular choice for many beginners based on the price and spec sheet.

The excellent Dual Pixel autofocus technology from the company, with built-in subject detection for people, animals, and vehicles, is also included in the R50 despite its affordable price. Best of all, the technology works with both still photos and moving pictures.

With servo AF, the burst shooting speeds are also excellent for the price: 12 fps in electronic first-curtain shutter mode (there is no full mechanical shutter), and 15 fps in electronic shutter mode.

Although it lacks log modes, HDR PQ does provide 10-bit video, which is respectable for a budget camera. A microHDMI port for external video, a port for a microphone and headphones, and UVC compatibility for direct webcam streaming are additional video features.

However, due to the slow UHS-I SD card support, it can only capture 13 C-RAW+JPEG files at a time. At that price, there is no in-body stabilization (IS), but it can use digital stabilization or lens-based IS for vlogging. While the resolution is relatively low at 2.36 million dots, it does have an OLED viewfinder, which is something that many cameras in this price range lack.

Canon is also adding new crop sensor glass to its lineup of RF lenses at the same time. The RF-S55-210mm is a small telephoto lens with a field of view that ranges from 88 to 336mm on a full-frame equivalent basis.

It has a variable aperture of f/5 to f/7.1, four-and-a-half stops of optical stabilization built-in, and close-focusing abilities. Although it isn’t the quickest option in Canon’s RF lens lineup, the RF-S55-210mm IS STM does provide some much-needed variety on the APS-C side of things.

The R50 falls short of the EOS R10, which was previously Canon’s most affordable RF mirrorless camera, with a body-only price of $680. The R50 is essentially a more advanced version of the EOS M50 Mark II that costs less than $100 more and frees you from Canon’s obsolete EF-M mount system. Additionally, it competes with Sony’s ZV-E10 and Nikon’s Z30, which are similarly priced but lack an electronic viewfinder. Later this year, the EOS R50 will be available. Canon will offer the camera body separately as well as as part of a Content Creator Kit for $800, which will also include a microphone, an 18-45mm kit lens, and a grip.