On safari with a Canon M50 mirrorless camera

On safari with a Canon M50 mirrorless camera – I recently was fortunate to spend 33 days on a private safari in the Okavango Delta. This was as a specialist photographic guide at a photographic lodge. It gave me an oportunity to field test the CANON M50 mirrorless camera in real-world African conditions.

On safari with a Canon M50
Canon EOS M50 White with EF-M 15-45 F3.5 to F6.3

The idea I had was to use this little package as a documentary camera to capture a portfolio of “Safari images” that one would not normally focus on during a photographic safari. Let us have a quick look at the official specifications:

Canon M50 Key Features

  • First Canon camera with new DIGIC 8 image processor
  • 24.1-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor 
  • Native ISO range of 100-25,600
  • Improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF  
  • Up to 10 frames per second continuous shooting 
  • 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen 
  • 0.39-inch OLED electronic viewfinder 
  • 4K UHD video recording 
  • Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth
On safari with a Canon M50
Handheld – 1/50th sec F5.6 at 35mm ISO 640

My thoughts being on safari with a Canon M50 mirrorless camera

  • The system is compact and served the purpose as a lightweight, convenient safari camera that fitted perfectly in my line up while on this expedition.
  • It had great ergonomics, fitted well in my hands and the touch screen focus of the LCD was a helpful point while shooting the wider type images.
  • The raw images were of really great quality and the colour tones and sharpness when viewing in Digital Photo Professional (Canons raw processor ) exceptional.
  • The Video feature was really great and I managed to get a huge library of quality clips for use in international stock video sales.
  • The response time and lag during frames were minimal for the type of photography I was shooting.
  • The image stabiliser was a great asset when shooting handheld and in low light for the wide angle shots.
  • The focus was spot on for the type of images I was after. It is not a high-speed tracking camera for wildlife or action so I did not try and evaluate it for that.
On safari with a Canon M50
6 image panorama – Manual Mode 1/1000th sec F8 at 15mm and ISO 800

More to think about the Canon M50 mirrorless camera

  • I did not test the lens adapter and my other Canon L lenses on this trip. On a few other outings, it has performed beyond expectations in the field.
  • With the addition of the Canon, EFM 55-200mm f4.5-6.3 IS STM lens to the kit I feel you will have a super kit. This would make sure for getting high-quality images within a good budget

In the end one need to look at the images themselves to get a fair idea. All of the images in this gallery are from my recent trip.

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