Canon is introducing a pair of budget-minded mirrorless cameras for people who want to buy into its RF lens system and shoot smooth 4K video but who don’t want to pay thousands of dollars to do it.
The new EOS R50 ($680 for the body only) has a 24.2 megapixel APS-C crop sensor and can shoot 30 fps 4K video—it’s $80 more expensive than the EOS M50 Mark II, but that model is tied to the older EF-M lens mount. The higher-end EOS R8 ($1,500 for the body only) has a full-frame 24.2 megapixel sensor and can record 4K video at up to 60 fps or 1080p video at up to 180 fps. Both cameras will be available in “spring 2023.”
One key improvement of both cameras for videographers is that they don’t impose a 30-minute time limit on continuous recording. The R50 can record continuously for up to an hour, and the R8 can record 30 fps 4K or 1080p video for up to two hours as long as your memory card has space for that much video (higher framerate videos do still have shorter time limits).
As entry-level cameras, neither the R8 nor the R50 features in-body image stabilization, though they can still take advantage of lenses with built-in optical image stabilization (OIS). They also include just a single SD card slot, and they use smaller batteries than some of their high-end counterparts. Both cameras include OLED electronic viewfinders, however.
The R8 isn’t the cheapest full-frame mirrorless camera that Canon currently offers; that would still be the EOS RP, which goes for about $1,000 (or $900 refurbished). But the RP is also missing a few features—among other things, the RP only supports 24 fps 4K video recording instead of 60 fps, has a 30-minute limit on shooting videos, and is a shade heavier than the R8.
Canon is also introducing a pair of new entry-level RF lens options for both cameras and all the other RF-mount cameras in its lineup. The RF24-50mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM is a basic compact kit lens that will sell for $300 on its own or $200 if you buy it with either the EOS R50 or R8. The RF-S55-210mm F5-7.1 IS STM is an entry-level telephoto lens that will sell for $350.
Canon and other camera makers have gone all-in on mirrorless cameras as sales for bulky DSLR cameras have fallen and smartphone cameras have continued to improve. Canon has said it will continue to develop entry-level DSLR models but that its full-frame cameras will all be mirrorless going forward.