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Canon announces affordable EOS M50 mirrorless camera

Comes with pre-order promos from March 15 to 22!

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Mirrorless cameras are a gateway drug to professional photography. However, the usual deterrent to a worthy purchase is their exorbitant price. Canon finally has an answer to those looking for an affordable entrance into the mirrorless world.

Recently announced, the Canon EOS M50 packs in punchy features in a cheaper package. It comes with a new DIGIC 8 image processor, an improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF, and the ability to shoot 4K videos.

The new processor attaches itself to a 24.1-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor. The camera boasts of crystal-clear images no matter the situation.

Speaking of situation, the EOS M50 optimizes photos even for low-light conditions. It’s capable of a normal ISO speed of 25600 and can be expanded to 51200. Also, the camera comes equipped with a Silent Mode that silences the shutter sound for quiet shooting conditions.

With most cameras wielding 4K video capabilities, the M50 joins but improves the experience with a handful of features. The 4K Frame Grab feature can extract HD stills from videos shot with the camera. The Combination IS and five-axis stabilization features reduce camera shake while shooting, with or without IS lenses. Additionally, the camera can shoot with a high frame rate of up to 120fps.

Meanwhile, the new Dual Pixel CMOS AF covers up to 143 autofocus points. Users can even change their subjects manually by dragging the frame on the built-in LCD panel. The camera can then take shots of up to 10fps, ensuring sharpshooter photos on moving subjects..

For connectivity, the EOS M50 supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC, coupled with the Canon Camera Connect app (available on iOS and Android). The connectivity options allow users to share files and control the camera in real-time.

The Canon EOS M50 comes in black or white. It will arrive with a variety of accessories like straps and jackets.

The Canon EOS M50 will be available in selected Canon dealers starting March 26 in three packages: Body only for SG$ 939; with an EF-M 15-45mm IS STM lens for SG$ 1,099; and, with an EF-M 15-45mm IS STM plus EF-M 55-200mm IS STM lens for SG$ 1,469.

Those who pre-order from March 15 to 22 will receive a camera bag (worth SG$ 31), a premium neck strap (worth SG$ 79), and a 16GB SD card (worth SG$ 16). They will also get a chance to win a SG$ 500 Canon eShop Voucher.

SEE ALSO: Canon EOS M5 is a mirrorless camera for enthusiasts

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Fujifilm X-T30 is a lightweight 4K mirrorless camera

Cheaper version of the X-T3

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After Canon‘s announcement of the new EOS RP, it’s now Fujifilm‘s turn to present their latest offering: the X-T30. Fuji’s new mirrorless interchangeable camera is the successor to 2017’s X-T20.

The X-T30 is positioned to be a cheaper variant of the flagship X-T3 camera, but they actually share many common features and specs. It’s got a compact and lightweight body at just 383g which looks similar to the premium model, but with some minor changes at the back. It’s got a focus joystick instead of a d-pad, but retains the touchscreen.

Speaking of, it’s a 2-way tilting LCD panel with 1.04 million dots. The EVF, on the other hand, is a 2.36-million-dot OLED color viewfinder with a near 100 percent coverage area.

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Inside the camera is a 26.1-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 160 to 12800, which is expandable up to 51200, and backed by an X-Processor 4. With this, the X-T30 can shoot 30fps at 1.25x crop and 20fps without a crop using the electronic shutter. If you wish to use the mechanical shutter, the speed will be reduced to 8fps.

It has a hybrid AF system with 100 percent phase-detect AF, face detection, and eye tracking. Autofocus is also improved even in low-light. Focusing can be selected either through the touchscreen or joystick.

When it comes to video, the camera can shoot 4K at 30fps and up to 120fps when downscaled to 1080p. It’s capable of 10-bit recording and 4:2:2 DCI 4K video through the HDMI port. Fujifilm’s Film Simulation modes are also available.

The Fujifilm X-T30 will be available in March starting at US$ 899 for the body only. It’ll go up to US$ 999 when bundled with an XC 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS lens, or US$ 1,299 when bundled with an 18-55mm f/2.8-4 lens.

SEE ALSO: Fujifilm Instax SQ20 hands-on: How good is it?

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Canon EOS RP is company’s cheaper and smaller full-frame mirrorless camera

The second model in the series

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After the first EOS R last year, Canon has a new full-frame mirrorless camera — the EOS RP. It’s positioned below the EOS R, yet it happens to be Canon’s smallest full-frame camera. It’s also cheaper, which means it’s aimed for the mass market.

For starters, the EOS RP has a 26.2-megapixel full-frame sensor, only a slight step down from the 30.3-megapixel sensor of the EOS R. It still features the same ISO range of 100 to 25600, DIGIC 8 image processor, and Dual Pixel CMOS AF. Of course, the camera uses the new RF-mount system.

To make the EOS RP cheaper and smaller, Canon had to cut down some features like the continuous shooting speed to 5fps (from 8fps of the EOS R) and 4,779 autofocus points (EOS R has 5,655).

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Both the 0.39-inch OLED EVF and 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen LCD have fewer pixels at 2.36 and 1.04 million dots, respectively.

The EOS RP can only shoot 4K at 25fps with 120Mb/s bitrate and 8-bit color depth. It also doesn’t support Canon Log for professional color grading. It only has one SD card slot as well, so you’ll need high capacity memory cards when shooting non-stop.

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Size-wise, this is where the EOS RP shines. It measures 132.5 x 85 x 70mm and weighs 485g with a battery and card already. This makes the EOS RP significantly smaller than the EOS R and even entry-level Canon DSLR cameras.

Other features of the EOS RP include focus peaking, 8.3-megapixel still photo capture when recording in 4K, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, stereo microphones, water and dust resistance, 250-shot battery life, and USB-C charging.

Despite some of the shortcomings of the EOS RP, its price is a pretty sweet deal. It’ll be available by the end of the month starting at US$ 1,299 for the body-only package, but it’ll come with an EG-E1 extension grip and an EF-mount adapter in the box. It’ll also come bundled with a 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens for US$ 1,699 or with a 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens for US$ 2,199.

SEE ALSO: Canon unveils EOS R, its first full-frame mirrorless camera

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Fujifilm Instax SQ20 hands-on: How good is it?

Trying out the new Motion Mode on doggies!

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Fujifilm’s sequel to their first ever digital/analog hybrid is here and it’s looking better than ever. The Instax SQ20 is one classy-looking instant camera but what can it do? With a set of built-in filters and new features like the Motion Mode, it looks like a promising device.

I finally try it out, with help from some doggies, on our hands-on video.

The SQ20 retails for US$ 199 in the US, PhP 12,999 in the Philippines, and SG$ 299 in Singapore.

In case you’re having trouble viewing, watch HERE.

READ ALSO: Fujifilm Instax SQ10 review

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