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Review: Canon EOS M50 Mark II

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Ever since the pandemic, the world of content creation has changed drastically. During lockdowns, many turned to creating and watching content online as their favourite thing to do. No wonder, many vendors have started coming out with products focused on content creators, including vendors of laptops, smartphones, displays, desktop PCs, and so on.

Canon is the latest to jump onto the bandwagon with its EOS M50 Mark II. This mirrorless camera, which is aimed at helping content creators create vlogs, live streams, selfies, images, and so much more, is a successor to the widely popular M50. While both the M50 and the M50 Mark II may look a bit similar, there are some big differences.

The M50 Mark II offers improved autofocus, including eye autofocus for stills and video. You also get vertical video shooting support, which is great for using on social media platforms. In addition, you can just tap the video record button and movie self-timer for a better vlogging experience.

There’s also support for wireless YouTube Live streaming, an AF Working Range down to EV -4 vs. EV -2 on the M50, and a metering range down to EV -2 vs. EV 0 on the M50. The only thing that’s missing from the Mark II is the NFC, which isn’t a biggie.

The M50 Mark II rocks a 24.1 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, that offers excellent picture quality and shallow depth of field. You also get 4K recording capabilities at 24 frames per second, and Full HD recording at 120 frames per second. Canon has used the DIGIC 8 Image Processor to process all the footage you shoot with the M50 Mark II.

There’s also a high-resolution OLED EVF and built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities. Images or videos shot using the camera can also be automatically transferred to compatible devices while shooting or when a Wi-Fi network is available. The ISO range on this one ranges from 100 to 25600. There’s also a 3-inch touchscreen LCD II monitor, with Vari-Angle that allows you to open it at an angle of 180° to the side.

There is also a 7.4-fps high-speed continuous shooting and you get up to 10-fps continuous shooting with AF Lock. The camera also comes packed with a Dual Pixel CMOS AF that allows for up to 143 AF points. You can also touch and drag the AF to easily adjust the AF point directly on the LCD panel. You also get a 5-axis image stabilization when shooting movies.

Handling the Canon EOS M50 Mark II is pretty easy since it is styled like a mini DSLR. The body itself does not have a heft to it – so vloggers and content creators would find it easy to operate with one hand. The control dial, shutter button, record button, and M-Fn can all be found on the top right-hand side of the camera’s body.

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We found the touchscreen of the camera to be very responsive. It is quite bright as well – so viewing it won’t be a task under direct sunlight. The camera also comes with a 3.5mm microphone jack, micro-HDMI, and USB Micro-B slots running down the side.

One of the biggest upgrades on the M50 Mark II, as mentioned earlier, is its autofocus capability. The Mark II features face and eye tracking when shooting both stills and video. During our review period, we found the M50 Mark II to perform quite well in terms of eye-tracking, even when shooting fast-moving subjects under low light conditions.

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Image quality is top notch – it was able to provide images with good colour and detail. The quality of images and videos are comparable to those found on the M50 since the Mark II uses the same sensor as its predecessor. While the M50 Mark II is capable of shooting 4K videos, we found the quality of the Full HD footage much better to look at.

On a Full HD 1080p capture, you can use the dual pixel autofocus feature, which lets you use eye tracking on your subjects. Here, too, the M50 Mark II did a brilliant job. The camera also allows for direct live-streaming to a YouTube channel. The only catch here is that you need to have at least 1000 subscribers on your channel to be able to use this feature, a limitation, which we found a bit weird, at first.

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It may be because YouTube’s streaming guidelines add this restriction to mobile devices such as smartphones. However, streamers who use a webcam are not bound by this limitation. Possibly, YouTube’s ToS classifies the Canon EOS M50 Mark II as a mobile device and thus the minimum 1000 subscriber requirement.

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The Canon EOS M50 Mark II is available at a price of AED 2600 for just the body. For AED 400 more, you could opt for the Canon EOS M50 Mark II Mirrorless Camera, Black and EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM bundle. The pricing, as you can see, is very affordable and pocket-friendly.

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The performance of the Canon EOS M50 Mark II is also very good, considering it offers a wide range of features that can help content creators create outstanding content. If you are looking for an able mirrorless camera to start your stint with vlogging or content creation, at an affordable price point, the Canon EOS M50 Mark II might be just for you.

Price: AED 2600 (body only), AED 3000 (body and 15-45mm lens kit)

Canon EOS M50 Mark II AED 2600 (body only), AED 3000 (body and 15-45mm lens kit)
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The M50 Mark II rocks a 24.1 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, that offers excellent picture quality and shallow depth of field. You also get 4K recording capabilities at 24 frames per second, and Full HD recording at 120 frames per second. Canon has used the DIGIC 8 Image Processor to process all the footage you shoot with the M50 Mark II.

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Sony Launches “World’s Smallest and Lightest” F2.8 Standard Zoom Lens

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Sony Middle East and Africa announced the 67th lens in its mirrorless E-mount lineup – the highly-anticipated, FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II (model SEL2470GM2). Sony developed the world’s lightest F2.8 standard zoom lens1 using its leading lens technology to deliver stunning resolution and beautiful bokeh known to Sony’s “G Master” series. The FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II is one of the most versatile lenses in the line-up and was created for photographers, videographers, and hybrid content creators.

“Six years have passed since Sony released the first 24-70 mm F2.8 G Master and in that time, our customers’ needs have changed,” said Murat Gebeceli, Head of Digital Imaging, Sony Middle East & Africa. “We are always listening to our community and have designed the new FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II around feedback from creators in the region. Knowing the 24-70 mm focal length is extremely popular, it was imperative that we continue improving to bring our most advanced technology to such a critical lens in our customers’ kit. Today, we are thrilled to introduce the world’s smallest and lightest F2.8 standard zoom lens to the Middle East & Africa region.”

The FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II is great for a compact yet versatile setup and allows users to capture extremely sharp, detailed imagery for both stills and video. The new lens features high resolution across the frame—even with the aperture wide open. A completely redesigned optical path features five aspherical elements, including two high-precision XA (extreme aspherical) elements. The FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II also includes two ED (extra-low dispersion) plus two Super ED glass elements. Combined with a new floating focus mechanism, the lens effectively controls chromatic aberration, astigmatism, distortion, and coma so that outstanding resolution is achieved throughout the image area at all zoom and aperture settings.

Even when shooting in challenging lighting conditions, the FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II achieves excellent clarity by effectively subduing flare and ghosting. This is thanks to Sony’s original Nano AR Coating II which produces a uniform anti-reflecting coating on the lens surface. The FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II produces stunning bokeh throughout the zoom range with beautiful and almost perfectly circular bokeh with its advanced optical design and a newly developed 11-blade aperture unit.

In this new 24-70 mm design, this lens delivers outstanding close-up performance with a minimum focusing distance of 8.25 inches (0.21 meters) at 24 mm and 12 inches (0.30 meters) at 70 mm, and with a maximum magnification of 0.32x. The FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II achieves reliable focus by using four of Sony’s original XD (extreme dynamic) Linear Motors, a floating focus mechanism, and advanced lens control – even when shooting a fast-moving subject. In addition, the lens supports up to 30 fps continuous shooting for stills and 4K 120p video recording with autofocus.

The FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II enables full AF tracking performance even when shooting stills with the aperture stopped down, making it possible to use deeper depth of field to ensure that moving subjects remain in sharp focus when shooting continuously. The lens’ AF tracking performance while zooming is approximately two times better than the previous model.

With its constant F2.8 maximum aperture, astounding AF performance, versatile control, and solid reliability, the FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II is designed for all types of video applications. The FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II offers extremely quiet AF operation, thanks to the XD Linear Motors and a newly developed aperture unit. Using the latest lens technology, the FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II reduces focus breathing, focus shift, and axial shift when zooming for smooth video footage. This lens also supports the breathing compensation function provided in compatible Alpha series cameras.

As an added benefit for advanced video creation, the newest lens includes Linear Response MF (manual focus) that ensures high repeatability when focusing manually as the focus ring responds directly and repeatedly to subtle control. It also includes an aperture ring making manual aperture/iris control fast, direct, and easy. The dedicated iris ring enables click-less control to achieve the smooth depth of field transitions.

Designed to perfectly pair with Sony’s compact Alpha system E-mount cameras, the FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II is the world’s smallest and lightest1 24-70 mm F2.8 zoom in its class and offers unprecedented shooting flexibility and freedom in a wide range of situations. The FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II weighs just 24.6 ounces (695 grams), approximately 20% less (7 ounces) than the original 24-70 mm F2.8 G Master. The lens’ length has been reduced by 16 mm, and overall volume has been reduced by approximately 18%.

The new FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II was developed based on feedback from professionals to offer even better control and usability than preceding models. This model includes:

  • Zoom smoothness switch to adjust zoom ring torque to either Tight or Smooth
  • A newly added aperture ring with click ON/OFF switch and iris lock switch
  • Two customizable focus hold buttons
  • The focus ring responds directly and linearly to subtle control when focusing manually
  • New lens hood design with an opening to control circular polarizing filters (dia. 82mm)
  • The center of gravity back toward the mount for improved handling and operation

An updated dust and moisture resistant design provides extra reliability for outdoor use in challenging conditions. The buttons and switches are fitted with rubber gaskets, and a rubber ring seals the lens mount. The front lens element also features a fluorine coating that repels water, oil, and other contaminants, while making it easier to wipe off any contaminants or fingerprints that become attached to the lens surface.

The new FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II will be available in the Middle East & Africa region from the end May 2022.

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Fujifilm Launches Instax Mini Evo Camera

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Fujifilm has unveiled the Instax Mini Evo, its new flagship instant film camera with a premium build, higher resolution than previous models and improved smartphone integration. As with other Instax cameras, you can take photos and instantly develop them to Fujifilm’s credit card-sized Instax Mini film, but it offers a number of features not available on previous models.

As a hybrid camera, you can review photos on the LCD monitor and choose the ones you want to print. However, the new model is the first Instax camera with a print lever and lens/film filter dials. That lets you take a picture then choose among 100 combinations of effects (including “Soft Focus,” “Light Leak,” “Monochrome” and “Retro”) and print the image afterward by pulling the print lever. Fujifilm said the camera also delivers better quality prints as it has twice the exposure resolution of previous models.

The Instax Mini Evo is also effectively a mini-printer for your smartphone. You can transfer images from your phone to the Evo Mini wirelessly, then print them using the “Direct Print” button. And for the first time, you can transfer snaps you take with the Mini Evo back over to your smartphone, complete with the film border. Finally, you can use your smartphone to take pictures remotely with a camera.

Fujifilm also unveiled a new Instax Mini film format called “Stone Grey” with a gray background. The new camera is priced at $200.

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Canon Launches a Very Unusually Shaped PowerShot PX Camera

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Canon has launched the PowerShot PX, a small, smart and friendly camera, which automatically captures high-quality 11.7MP images and 60p Full HD video. The PowerShot PX’s smart features such as automatic capture of still imagery and video are set to reimagine how families capture memories. With this clever camera, families can enjoy the moment and still capture it, without having to stay behind the lens.

From family photographers to gadget-lovers, this new intuitive camera incorporates smart functionality to document social events and everyday memories. With automatic capture and priority shooting, the PowerShot PX is an innovative addition to the home that complements photographers’ existing cameras, and a shining example of Canon’s technology algorithm and the forward-thinking features constantly being added to its product line-up.

When you want to capture life’s precious moments and be in the shot, the PowerShot PX is ideal – following the action and framing subjects intelligently to capture natural expressions and reactions. Once switched on, the portable PowerShot PX can be placed anywhere around the home to take candid shots of everyday moments, while voice command capabilities allow complete hands-free control to capture still images or dynamic videos.

Thanks to the simple yet portable design, USB-C charging, and built-in Wi-Fi – which links to smart devices – the compact PowerShot PX can go anywhere. With intelligent facial recognition features, PowerShot PX uses auto-subject searching to keep loved ones in the frame and capture photos that otherwise might have been missed. Its 19-57mm focal length range and flexible pan-and-tilt zoom lens offer a broad field of view of 340˚ horizontally and 110˚ vertically to follow the action.

Look back on a digital scrapbook of candid moments with PowerShot PX’s iOS and Android app and get recommendations from this clever camera on the strongest shots to keep. These cherished photos and videos are then stored on a memory card for easy upload to a computer. Manually control the camera with the app to compose the perfect shot and capture images from a distance, all without the need to run back and forth to check the device. Families can even customise automatic shooting settings, angle the lens to snap pictures in their own style and select familiar faces within the app to increase priority when shooting. The PowerShot PX can also double as a webcam with the use of the PC webcam utility app.

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