Meet my new favourite, the lightweight Canon EOS R50. As a content creator, this mirrorless beauty is an absolute game-changer for me. Weighing at just 375g, it is very light and compact and is still capable of delivering absolute image performance.
My first impression of the EOS R50 was how sleek and chic the camera looked, the stunning compact design was perfect for on-the-go shooting. Its lightweight build made it effortless to carry around during my photoshoot and vlogging escapade at the Sneakertopia and Sentosa Grill Festival. These two activities are open for a limited time till the end of July 2023.
Join me and my EOS R50 on my day out at the Sneakertopia and Sentosa Grill Festival!
Being a sneaker fanatic, I had to bring the EOS R50 on my day out to Sneakertopia. This latest exhibition at Art Science Museum features over 100 limited-edition sneakers alongside murals, installations, designs, and original artworks. My experience at Sneakertopia was insightful and I learnt a lot about the local sneaker collection scene. Using the EOS R50’s close-up mode, I was able to capture the intricate details of the legendary and unique sneakers.
Mr Sabotage’s collection of Air Jordan 1s was a highlight for me. My interest in Air Jordans was piqued earlier this year, after watching “Air” a biographical sports movie on the origins of these iconic shoes. These legendary basketball shoes were first launched in 1985 but were prohibited by NBA due to their controversial colour schemes. However, NBA legend Michael Jordon continued to wear these shoes by paying fines for each NBA game, propelling Air Jordan 1s into popularity.
In 1985, Nike also introduced Nike Dunks in seven colour schemes as part of Nike’s “Be True To Your School Movement” to represent each of the most popular college basketball teams of that era. UNLV is one of these celebrity college basketball teams, with their colour featured on the Nike Dunks.
Stepping into The Frugal Pop-Up, the background made shooting fun. I decided to snap a picture of my own Nike Dunks against the colourful backdrop. The EOS R50 Scene Intelligent Auto mode made shooting easy as the camera analyses the scene and automatically optimizes the settings.
My favourite feature of the camera was the flip-out vari-angle touchscreen. The ease of switching between the various modes is an absolute game-changer for users who love to create content on-the-fly. Whether I’m shooting selfies, filming vlogs, or capturing those epic flat lays, the touchscreen made it super easy to adjust settings, change focus points, and navigate the menus with just a few taps.
Travelling alone and having to set up the tripod is a hassle, I was able to capture quick selfies with the Self Portrait Mode. This model also has portrait effects to ensure smooth and flawless-looking skin!
The exhibition featured various art pieces and murals and my favourite was the “A Walk in Time” mural created in collaboration with a Singapore-based studio, “Tell Your Children”. The eye-catching mural features 6 famous personalities wearing iconic sneakers and each personality represents a different subculture.
The versatile EOS R50 has Panoramic Shot mode and with this mode, I was able to capture a whole scene while retaining details. Taken with full frame, the Panoramic shot captures the whole space of Sneakertopia’s “The Playground”, which is my personal favourite space within the exhibition.
The EOS R50 is a true vlogger’s dream come true and its video capabilities was impressive. With 4K recording at up to 30 frames per second and Full HD at 60 frames per second, the videos I shot looked professional and cinematic. The built-in microphone gave my videos clear audio and I did not have to carry an external mic. Posting these videos on social media and transferring them to my smartphone was effortless as the camera allows transcoding and it compresses high-definition videos into smaller files for easy uploading.
I ended my day with dinner at the Sentosa Grill Festival. The food tents stretch across 3km of the Sentosa beachfront and feature leading local and international chefs from over 100 food establishments.
Equipped with a 24.2-Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and Canon’s powerful DIGIC 8 processor, this camera produced stunningly crisp and vibrant images. The autofocus was incredibly fast and accurate, ensuring I never missed a shot even when I was moving in the crowd and under low-light conditions. The R50 also comes with an RF mount which allows for a wide range of interchangeable lenses.
The image stabilization was very effective in smoothing those shaky shots, no need for a gimbal! With built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, the EOS R50 made it a breeze to transfer photos and videos to my smartphone for quick editing and sharing on social media. I could share my GrillFest adventures live on my social media!
Being a foodie, I enjoy shooting food and with the close-up or food mode, I was able to capture the details of the amazing food. My recommendations for the Sentosa Grill Festival would be the flavoured grilled oysters by “Grilled Your Oysters” and the Stout Glazed Ribs Platter by “Coals”.
Before I left beach station the Wings of Time show was ongoing, I took another Panoramic night shot to capture the Wings of Time as well as the Good Old Days Food Court while I made a mental note to visit these places the next time! The ratio of the image differs from the earlier Panoramic day shot as I only needed half a frame to capture the full scene.
The EOS R50 was an absolute trooper in the battery department. It lasted me the entire day without the need to recharge and that’s a huge win for me!
Overall, the Canon EOS R50 is a powerhouse camera that checks all the boxes for content creators or adventure lovers in need of a compact companion.
From its stunning lightweight design to its top-notch image and video quality, this mirrorless gem has truly surpassed my expectations and made capturing creative content easy.
Get the Canon EOS R50 with RF-S18-45mm F/4.5-6.3 IS STM available now at Canon’s official website from just SGD 1,039!