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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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DJI debuts the Osmo Action, their first action camera

This is DJI’s direct answer to GoPro

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DJI Osmo Action | Image credit: DJI

When DJI released the Osmo Pocket months ago, everyone went crazy because it’s the only stabilized camera that can fit in anyone’s pocket. Now, DJI has announced another camera creation, the Osmo Action.

It looks very similar to GoPro’s action cameras, which serves the purpose — to become its direct rival. The Sony RX0 II is a noteworthy competitor, too.


Focusing on the camera, it can shoot videos of up to 4K resolution at 60fps. The lens is composed of three aspherical layers which reduce glare and distortion. It even has an anti-fingerprint coating that also repels water, oil, and other smudges while shooting. In harsh light conditions, it can shoot with enhanced HDR. You can attach a neutral-density (ND) filter on it as well.

DJI Osmo Action | Image credit: DJI

So done with gimbals? The Osmo’s action camera has RockSteady technology that combines electronic image stabilization with other complex algorithms in order to achieve shake-free footage. The camera can survive the extremes — up to 11m (or 36ft) in the deep waters, and as cold as negative 10 degrees Celsius when shooting with the device.

The camera features various creative shooting modes like 8x slow motion and the Custom Exposure Mode that can shoot as long as 120 seconds — great for capturing the dazzling night sky. A Timelapse Mode is present, as well as a Timed Shooting Mode with support for shooting RAW file format.

DJI Osmo Action | Image credit: DJI

The device is equipped with dual screens: one at the back for controlling the device and another in the front for framing yourself. With DJI’s custom ActionOS, you can use voice control to power up and operate the device. It has a Custom Mode which lets you choose your frequently used shooting modes, while a QuickSwitch button (labeled as QS) is present to let you switch modes in an instant.

The Osmo Action is priced at US$ 349, which is about the same price as the GoPro Hero 7 Black today.

SEE ALSO: DJI Osmo Pocket Review

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Samsung announces the world’s first 64-megapixel phone camera

Better cameras are coming!

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For a while now, the smartphone photography business has hovered around 48-megapixel cameras. Last year, the market released the first 48-megapixel smartphone cameras. Since then, more smartphones have adopted the new standard. Of course, progress never stops.

Already, Qualcomm is anticipating even greater heights for smartphone photography this year. Fulfilling the prophecy, Samsung has announced the first 64-megapixel camera sensor. The brand is expanding its 0.8μm lineup, adding the 64-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1.


Much like other 48-megapixel sensors today, Samsung’s new shooter uses the contemporary pixel-merging Tetracell technology. Further, the sensor will improve HDR shooting capabilities. The GW1 supports an HDR of up to 100dB. According to Samsung, the current industry standard goes up to only 60dB. (The human eye can detect up to 120dB.) Samsung’s HDR images should look more realistic compared to other market offerings.

Similarly, the GW1 optimizes collected light. Basically, the sensor should have fewer problems in low-light conditions. Image sharpness is supposedly sharper as well.

For video taking, the GW1 supports Full HD recording, shooting at up to 480 frames-per-second. The new feature is a huge improvement for slow-motion videos.

Besides the 64-megapixel GW1 sensor, Samsung is also releasing a new 48-megapixel ISOCELL Bright GM2. Though lower, the 48-megapixel sensor also offers the same capabilities as the GW1.

Currently, Samsung is sampling the new sensors for the market. The brand expects to proceed with mass production in the second half of the year. Unfortunately, Samsung has not revealed which smartphones or brands are on the market. Regardless, the new development is a huge and speedy step for smartphone photography. If Qualcomm’s other predictions ring true, we’ll see 100-megapixel cameras soon, too.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy A20 Hands-on: One of the familiar faces

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Sony A6400 Unboxing and Hands-On

Our vlogging camera of choice

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“What camera do you use to make your videos?”

If you follow us on social media, you’d know it’s the Sony a7S II as well as a whole set of Sony lenses. It’s an amazing camera, but a flippy screen would make it so much better so that filming yourself when alone would be a whole lot easier. The Sony a6400 has exactly that.



This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Sony Philippines.

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