Canon’s new EOS R50 and EOS R8 compact ILCs target creators and smartphone upgraders

Canon EOS R8 and R50

Canon just announced EOS R50 and Canon EOS R8, two new mirrorless ILCs (Interchangeable Lens Cameras) designed for content creators looking for their first serious upgrade from their smartphone. And if you see the term “content creator” these days, it’s almost a guess that the main features are video-related, with things like enhanced automatic modes and direct live streaming that lean heavily towards vlogging with creature comforts. can.


first, EOS R50. that is 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, digiq x an image processor, and Dual Pixel CMOS AF II autofocus engine. It can be said that it is the successor to the EOS M50 II. Replaces both the EOS M50 II and the aging EOS 77DAs Canon’s new entry-level vlogging camera, the R50 competes with the likes of the Sony ZV-E10.

As for the body, the R50 has almost the same size and dimensions as the M50 II. 12g lighter and 375g Compared to the M50 II’s 387g (including battery and SD card). The R50 is undoubtedly very easy to carry around, but a smaller body also means a smaller grip and thumb rest. In my limited practice with the camera, I had to hold the camera with something like crimping my fingers, which you can imagine getting tired after a while. Definitely invest in a tripod, grip, or gimbal.

The EOS R50 (bottom) has a much smaller and shallower front grip compared to the EOS R8 (top).

Likewise, the thumb rest area on the back is small and it's easy to accidentally press the side zoom button.

Of course, the essence of the R50 is video, and Canon has significantly stepped up its specs compared to the M50 II, which had limited 4K shooting capabilities. over sample 6K input into the cropless 4K 30p output that supports HDR PQ video. Dual Pixel AF It still works at 4K today, and the new Close-up demo In addition to modes for fast and smooth transitions of focus, concentrated breathing. R50 also appeared Three movie IS modes: On, Enhanced and Auto Level. However, since they are all digital IS, they will require varying degrees of cropping, but according to Canon, 5-axis image stabilization, Works in conjunction with RF lenses with optical IS.

When it comes to photography, Canon really wants the R50 to be as seamless to the smartphone experience as possible. is available. Advanced A+ Used for difficult lighting or backlit subjects. Blend multiple exposure bracket frames into one final photo. creative bracket Along with the original photo, we provide 3 additional stills with different filters applied. According to Canon, these three effects are random and change from shot to shot. The idea is for novice photographers to “find” their style.

A four-photo collage created using the new Creative Brackets feature.

Canon EOS R8

next, Canon EOS R8You can think of it as trimmed EOS R6 II in the size of EOS RPAgain, the camera was originally designed for videography, so Canon brought most of the R6 II’s advanced video features into the R8, but omitted some of the photographic features. For example, on the R6 II he has 5-axis in-body image stabilization.of R8 (and R50) don’t have IBIS. and just depend Movie Digital IS for video.

About this size 20g lighter than just RP 461g (including battery and memory card), it feels in the hand. Unlike the R50 above, it has a deeper grip and more space on the top panel for additional dials.

Also worth noting is that the R8 isn’t really a replacement for Canon’s stable current cameras, it sits between the RP and the R6 II. So while the RP remains Canon’s true entry-level full-frame camera, the R8 becomes an entry-level full-frame “camcorder.” The R6 II continues as a full-frame prosumer all-rounder.

R8 is Mirrorless ILC with 24.2 megapixel full frame CMOS sensor, digiq x an image processor, and Dual Pixel CMOS AF II autofocus system. that is, EOS iTR AF X Enhanced object detection system (horses, trains, planes), and ultra-fast focus acquisition 0.03 seconds and 100% tracking across image framesYou can also switch quickly Automatic, left and right eye detection, and it works pretty well. As you can see, the internals of the camera are very similar to his EOS R6 II.

Like the R6 II, Continuous shooting up to 40fps (electronic shutter)but up to 6fps (electronic first curtain). Same goes for videos Oversampling from 6K to 4K Like the R50, but the R8 can shoot to max 4K 60p 30 minutesand Unlimited 4K 30p. The camera supports USB-C PD It charges while recording, so you can literally charge your memory card until it runs out of space. As a more capable pro-level camera, the R8 supports: 10-bit 4:2:2 video with Canon Log 3 and HDR PQIt also supports high frame rate Video capture up to 180p in full HD and 6x slow motion. Other improved features include: Reduce rolling shutter distortion (compared with EOS RP), false color and zebra visual aid, aspect marker display, UVC and UAC support for Direct USB Live Streaming.

And two new lenses too

The EOS R50 has RF-S18-45mm F4.5-6.3 IS Default kit lens but said to get an optional bundle that comes with new lenses RF-S55-210mm F5-7.1 IS STM Telephoto as well. The RF-S55-210mm is a compact and lightweight zoom (270g) provides a full frame equivalent to 88mm to 336mm On APS-C R50.feature Optical IS 4.5 stops (and up to 7.0 stop when used in combination with a camera body with IBIS).that is Shortest shooting distance 0.73m at the telephoto end.

Another new lens RF24-50mm F4.5-6.3 IS STMIt becomes the kit lens of EOS R8. This is also a compact and lightweight lens (210g), which seems to cover a good mid-point of focal length.Features of this lens Optical IS 4.5 stops (And 7.0 stops at IBIS).

Both the R50 and R8 are RF mount cameras, so these new lenses work across the range. At the time of writing, pricing and availability have yet to be announced. We will update this article when we know more.

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EOS R50 with RF-S18-45mm f/4.5-6.3 IS kit lens. 18mm, f/10, 1/320, ISO 100 auto. Click to view full size image.

Attached RF-S55-210mm F5-7.1 IS to EOS R50. Telephoto 210mm, f/7.1, 1/1000, ISO 250 auto. Click to view full size image.

EOS R8 with RF24-50mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens. 24mm, F10, 1/320, ISO100 auto. Click to view full size image. Canon’s new EOS R50 and EOS R8 compact ILCs target creators and smartphone upgraders

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