After reports about the discontinuation of the Canon EOS M200, now it is suggested the Canon EOS M50 Mark II is facing the same fate.
The Canon EOS M50 Mark II is one of Canon’s bestselling consumer MILCs. The fact that it might be discontinued finds us surprised. On the other hand, we expect Canon to release a very entry level EOS R mirrorless camera with APS-C sensor, the Canon EOS R100. Maybe Canon is really discontinuing the EOS M lineup.
Canon appears to be the undisputed mirrorless market leader in Japan. That’s what the latest BCN report suggests.
According to the aggregate data from January 1st to March 30th, 2022, Canon ranks in the first three positions of mirrorless market shares in Japan:
Canon EOS Kiss M2 Double Zoom Kit White
Canon EOS Kiss M2 Double Zoom Kit Black
Canon EOS RP / RF24-105 IS STM Lens Kit
Sony α6100 Double Zoom Lens Kit Black
Sony α7 IV
OLYMPUS PEN E-PL10 EZ Double Zoom Kit White
EOS Kiss M Double Zoom Kit White
Sony α6400 Double Zoom Lens Kit Silver
Nikon Z 50 Double Zoom Kit
LUMIX G100 Standard Zoom Lens Tripod Grip Included
Note that the first two positions are hold by the Canon EOS M5 Mark II (named EOS Kiss M2 in Japan), a camera (and line-up) that some people can’t wait to see disappear. Nope, me says. Even the upcoming release of the EOS R7 and EOS R10 won’t mean that the EOS M system will disappear any time soon.
Improved Eye Autofocus Paired with New Video and Streaming Functions Make the New Canon EOS M50 Mark II Camera a Strong Imaging Tool for Content Creators and Imaging Storytellers
MELVILLE, NY, October 14, 2020 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the EOS M50 Mark II Interchangeable Lens Camera, the successor to the #1 selling mirrorless camera in the U.S. market – the EOS M50*. An all-in-one product for content creators with improved video features and autofocus capabilities, the EOS M50 Mark II is the latest, high-quality digital imaging camera in the notable EOS lineup.
“Our customer base includes future content creators and imaging storytellers; it’s in our best interest to continuously provide high-quality products that are easy to use in the creative world of photography and video content creation, as well as streaming,” said Tatsuro “Tony” Kano, executive vice president and general manager of the Canon U.S.A., Inc. Imaging Technologies & Communications Group. “The EOS M50 Mark II continues to pave the way for photography and video enthusiasts to experience a lightweight interchangeable lens camera with many similar features as our full-frame professional mirrorless cameras.”
For the family who strives for high-quality output when capturing their precious moments or for the budding social media creator, the added and improved capabilities of the EOS M50 Mark II camera make the upgrade to an ILC extremely appealing. The new features include:
Improved autofocus including eye autofocus for stills and video
Vertical video shooting support
Vari-angle touchscreen LCD with newly added tap video record button and movie self-timer for better vlogging experience
High quality webcam capability, when used with compatible services, with the free EOS Webcam Utility software or Clean HDMI output
Wireless YouTube Live streaming capability**
The ability to tap the screen to auto focus on your subject while looking through the EVF, helping to control who the main focus of the image is
The EOS M50 Mark II camera is inclusive of many of the beloved features of its predecessor. Overall, the EOS M50 Mark II is a well-balanced package deal for those interested in both still photography and videography – including those with sparks of social media content creation, thanks to the 4K UHD 24p. Providing a 24.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor, DIGIC 8 image processor and built in Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® technology, as well as access to image.canon cloud service for better workflow, the EOS M50 Mark II camera remains compact and a lightweight addition to your carry bag.
Pricing and Availability The Canon EOS M50 Mark II camera is scheduled to be available in Late November 2020 at an estimated retail price of $599.99^ – body only, $699.99^ for the camera body plus EF-M 15-45mm lens kit and $929.99^ for the camera body plus EF-M 15-45mm and EF-M55-200mm double zoom lens kit.
We think it is very likely that Canon will feature IBIS on future EOS M cameras. The upcoming EOS M50 Mark II and EOS M5 Mark II are for sure good candidates for IBIS on the EOS M lineup. Both cameras might get announced in Fall 2020.