Entry-level Canon EOS R50 is based on the EOS M50 design, but now with Canon’s RF mount  

Canon has introduced the EOS R50, the smallest, lightest, and most affordable camera yet in its RF-mount mirrorless range. With a body based on the popular EF-M mount EOS M50 design, it shares much of its innards and underlying technology with last year’s EOS R10. As such, it employs a 24MP APS-C sensor and boasts subject detection autofocus. It’ll be available in a choice of black or white finishes.

Designed essentially for beginners stepping up from using their smartphone to shoot photos and videos, the camera offers a relatively simple and straightforward design. Buttons and dials are kept to a minimum, although the camera still offers full manual controls for those who need it. There’s a central electronic viewfinder above a side-hinged fully articulated screen, which be set to face in almost any direction, including forwards for selfies and vlogging.

The camera can shoot full resolution 24MP stills at up to 15 frames per second, 4K video at up to 30 fps using the full sensor width, and Full HD at 120fps for slow-motion effects. There’s a microphone socket for capturing higher quality audio, while vertical video recording is supported for social media use.

Canon EOS R50 with RF-S 55-210mm zoom

Canon EOS R50 with RF-S 55-210mm F5-7.1 IS STM telephoto zoom. Image credit: Andy Westlake

Connectivity is provided by Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, using Canon’s Camera Connect app for Android and iOS. UVC support enables plug-and-play streaming and webcam use.

The Canon EOS R50 is due to go on sale in March 2023. It’ll cost £789.99 body-only, or £899.99 with the RF-S 18-45mm F4.5-6.3 IS zoom. We got our hands on the camera before its official launch and you can read our first impressions here:

Canon EOS R50 in black and white. Image credit: Andy Westlake

Read our Canon EOS R50 hands-on first look

New Canon RF-S 55-210mm F5-7.1 IS STM telephoto zoom

Canon has also announced the RF-S 55-210mm F5-7.1 IS STM telephoto zoom, which it says is an ideal second optic to complement the RF-S 18-45mm kit zoom. With built-in optical stabilisation, and offering close-up shooting with 0.28x magnification, it’ll cost £429.99.

Canon also revealed the lightweight full-frame EOS R8 – here’s our first look review:

Canon EOS R8 review

Read our Canon EOS R8 Hands-on First Look

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From Canon:

Level up your content with Canon’s newest EOS R System mirrorless camera

EOS R50 is a small and easy to use APS-C mirrorless camera designed with content creators in mind

London, United Kingdom, 8th February 2023 – Canon Europe today announces the new EOS R50 – the perfect gateway into the EOS R range for content creators looking to step up from their smartphone. With the ability to shoot 4K video, impressive audio and sharp stills, this versatile camera does it all. Its easy to use interface, simplified ergonomics and advanced new automatic modes ensure professional looking results. The EOS R50 is perfect for all aspiring creators seeking a dedicated camera to refine their style in both stills and video. Accompanying the launch of the EOS R50 is the RF-S 55-210mm F5-7.1 IS STM – a compact telephoto lens specifically designed for APS-C cameras in the EOS R range.

Shoot with ease

The EOS R50’s lightweight design and comfortable grip means active content creators can take it anywhere. Compose a shot at any angle with the vari-angle touch screen – up high, down low or with the camera facing you for vlogging and selfies. The touch screen interface, electronic viewfinder and simplified layout of controls make the camera intuitive to use.

Creative assist automatically offers the ideal settings for different scenes, while creative bracketing provides multiple looks for each image. This makes the EOS R50 ideal for anyone new to mirrorless looking for a camera they can develop their skills with at their own pace.

Create like a professional

The high resolution 24.2 megapixel APS-C sized sensor offers genuine control over depth of field, taking sharp detailed stills with beautifully blurred backgrounds, and records UHD 4K 30p video oversampled from 6K. Automatic in-camera image merging guarantees focus when capturing subjects close up. The camera also has reduced digital noise and controlled highlights when shooting at night, and more contrast when there’s a wide dynamic range.

The EOS R50 gives users the power to do more and expand creativity, with Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus II that detects and tracks people, animals and vehicles to quickly focus on subjects, even if they are moving. This is supported by continuous shooting at 12fps using the electronic first curtain and 15fps silent electronic shutter to ensure creators never miss a moment.

RF lens compatibility and access to the EF lens range with an adapter makes shooting anything possible. From ultra-wide angle to super telephoto, versatile zooms to fixed lenses – the EOS R50 consistently delivers artistic results.

Featuring a multi-function hot shoe, vloggers can easily connect external accessories such as a microphone to the camera, which is more resistant to noise interference than when connected via a cable. The multi-function shoe can also be used to supply power from the camera to new accessories meaning users are free from the hassle of power management when creating content on the go.

Connect and share seamlessly

The camera gives ambitious content creators the ability to break boundaries without breaking their flow. Seamless Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® connectivity1 enables image and movie transfer using the Camera Connect app for instant sharing and remote shooting. Perfect for vlogging or group photos, the Bluetooth connection also allows simple control with the BR-E1 remote control or a smartphone to take images or start and stop recording. It’s also possible to use the EOS R50 as a webcam using UVC/UAC over a USB connection, requiring no additional software, to achieve professional quality live streams and video conferencing.

Canon has also made updates to image.canon, expanding its use to a number of new users with Adobe® Lightroom® movie and corporate support enabling compatibility with a range of services including Frame.io and Google Photo accountsTM 2.

The perfect zoom lens for on the go

The RF-S 55-210mm F5-7.1 IS STM is a compact and versatile RF zoom lens (approx. 3.8x) that is ideal for capturing subjects that are further away or achieving a flattering look to portraits with subject separation and blurred backgrounds. Its image stabilisation means users can capture sharp photos even without a tripod, and an STM focusing system achieves smooth and quiet autofocusing perfect for shooting video. The RF-S 55-210mm F5-7.1 IS STM lens is perfect for shooting travel, sports and pets, positioned for users looking to experiment with different setups and expand their reach. The lens is the perfect addition for users with the EOS R50 and RF-S 18-45mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM.

Further details about the EOS R50 are available here: www.canon.co.uk/cameras/eos-r50/ and RF-S 55-210mm F5-7.1 IS STM here: www.canon.co.uk/lenses/rf-s-55-210mm-f5-7.1-is-stm/

EOS R50 key features

  • 24.2 megapixel APS-C sized sensor
  • New advanced automatic modes
  • Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus II
  • 3” vari-angle touchscreen
  • UHD 4K 30p video oversampled from 6K

RF-S 55-210mm F5-7.1 IS STM key features

  • RF-S telephoto zoom (approx. 3.8x) lens that covers a telephoto range equivalent to 88-336mm in full frame format
  • New optics that use a PMo aspheric lens
  • Allows close up shooting at a maximum magnification of 0.28x
  • Uses OIS for an image stabilisation effect of 4.5 stops (CIPA standard) and 7 stops when used with IBIS

1 Equipped with Bluetooth® low energy technology. The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Canon Europe Ltd. is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners. Wi-Fi® is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. The Bluetooth® word, mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Canon Inc. is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.

2 Google Play and Android are trademarks of Google LLC