Best $500 Youtuber Camera in 2019

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Best $500 Youtuber Camera in 2019? Canon M50 vs Panasonic Lumix G7

Today’s a pretty exciting video. Got a couple of things going on. I know you guys have a lot of questions about the Panasonic G7 and the Cannon M50 because they both slide into the $500-ish range. And they’re mirrorless cameras. They’re very, very capable. 4K, autofocus, flip out screen. Neither of these is necessarily brand new cameras. But as of right now, beginning in 2019, these seem like the best cameras available out there for the $500 range. They’re both awesome cameras. I’ve seen great things done with both. So, I don’t think you can go wrong with either/or. But we’re gonna find out which one has a slight edge over the other. Also, we’ve got speed boosters to test out on both of these cameras. That’s pretty cool. Speed boosters have been around for Micro Fourth Thirds for a while.

But just now have they started releasing ones for the EOS M lenses, which the Canon M50 uses. And that’s not all; I feel like an infomercial salesman. (laughter) Which I kind of is. Because this video is sponsored by Skillshare, by the way. But you guys know what that means. We’re doing a giveaway at the end of the video. So stay tuned and one of the winners will be chosen at random. And that winner will be able to decide if they want a free Cannon M50 or a free Panasonic Lumix G7. Anyway, both of these cameras are currently set to ISO 200; at an F-stop of shutter speed at 1/60 white balance on daylight.

And they’re both just straight out of the box. Just straight, standard color profile, nothing tweaked. I was surprised how similar these cameras are looking. Especially in the studio. We’re gonna try out a few more environments. We’re still in 4K. Right now, I’ve got some direct sun blasting my face right now. And, I’m like squinting. I’m trying not to squint too much. My eyes are tiny. Don’t even think about it. I know you’re thinking something racist. Don’t even think about it. I think the biggest difference is really in the highlight roll off. You can kind of see how one camera looks a little bit different. Like, if you look at just the way the light kind of rolls on the highlights on my cheeks and stuff like that, it’s pretty different between the two cameras.

Now I’m like completely in the shade. I just have this camera here so I can use it as a microphone. Hi, I can be standing all the way back here and you can still hear me because I’m using audio from here and picture from those two cameras. This is complicated. This might actually be a pretty decent test for dynamic range as well because I’m in the shadow and now I’m in the direct, blasted by sunlight. Alright, now we are slightly in the shade and I’m gonna be honest with you guys, I went into this video thinking; Like, I’m gonna be talking trash about Panasonic’s color sides. But, it’s actually looking pretty dang close. I’m looking at some of the shots with the dogs. One looks slightly more magenta and one looks slightly more green.

But they’re way more similar than I would have ever expected. The 4K is really impressive on both cameras. Let’s see how the HD looks. So now both cameras are recording in HD. Let’s see if there is a difference in quality here. So make sure I don’t step in dog poop. I’m an expert at stepping in dog poop. If there’s dog poop to be stepped on, I will manage to find it and step on it, accidentally.

We’ve got both of these cameras on prime lenses, at about a 50 mm equivalent at F on both. So this is the pretty shallow depth of field. We’re gonna get a lot of background blur, which is gonna make it pretty difficult on the autofocus. So, we’re gonna test that. And also, we’re listening to the onboard audio from camera number one right now. And here’s how it sounds like if we were to switch the audio to camera number two. So now this is what the other camera sounds like. And this is internal audio. So, not really recommended using internal audio. But, sometimes you just need to use it and here’s how it sounds.

Both of these monitors are constantly seeing me drift in and out of focus. This is tough. Because remember, both of these cameras are in 4K. And neither of them have great autofocus in 4K. The Canon M50 does have dual pixel autofocus, which is one of the best autofocus systems that I’ve ever used. But, it only works in HD, once you switch it into 4K; Then poof, it’s gone which tends to hunt a lot. There’s a lot more guesswork and it’s less reliable. The Panasonic G7 also has autofocus. But once you’re in 4K, it’s significantly slower and it’s actually pretty bad. So I’m gonna just float around a little bit and see which one loses me more frequently. And again, neither of these are be that great because we’re filming in 4K.

We’ll have to try this test again in HD after this. But, while I move around; Why don’t you guys try to figure out which camera’s which while I also tell you about Skillshare, our sponsor for today. Now you know when you want to learn a new skill or a hobby or whatever; You usually go to YouTube and just find a bunch of short little tutorials. You find a bunch of jack asses like me, just like blabbing out stuff and I don’t really know what I’m talking about guys. This is a confession. I honestly have no idea what; What am I talking about. Where am I? A bit on Skillshare, you’re actually going to find long-form content that’s going to teach you from start to finish a certain skill. And, they have pretty much everything. Obviously, if you want to learn about cameras, design, photography, videography, wedding videography, whatever. If you want to learn how to edit, there are premiere courses. There are final cut courses; Like anything you can think of, there’s probably a course on it. I was browsing Skillshare the other day and I found some dog training courses that I might have to take.

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And it’s basically like Netflix where, if you have an account, you have access to everything in their database. So, you just sign up for one account. And then you have access to tons of courses. This camera’s super out of focus. Get back in focus on my face. Camera number two has no problems when I get like intimately close. Like it has no issues. It just focuses on my face, very clear. Not camera number one though. Camera number one has intimacy issues, for sure. Because as soon as I get close, it’s like OK. You’re still soft.

You’re kind of close, but you’re still soft. And there finally. That took a really long time. Sometimes this camera does great. Sometimes this camera does great. But they both sometimes just suck. Camera number one just died on me. Neither of these cameras has a great battery life. But, yeah. Don’t forget to click that link in the description for Skillshare. Try it out for two months.

And if you like it, it’s less than 10 bucks a month on an annual plan, afterward. So, good bang for the buck. Much cheaper than anywhere else. You can learn anything. What can you learn for $10 anywhere else? Besides the public library. No one goes to the public library, except for two of my roommates. Alright, so one final test before I tell you guys which camera is which. We are in a dark environment. I have all my lights set to the dimmest level they go to. And we are at IOS 3200 right now. So, maybe check and see how much grain that both of them have in case you’re in a low light environment. Here’s another sample clip at 6400 ISO. And camera one seems to be the better low light performer camera. Camera two; Starting to see some noise and it’s just not as sharp. After editing that last segment in 4K; It was just so frustrating because there’s so much out of focus footage. The 4K autofocus on both cameras suck. I wouldn’t use either of them if I was a YouTuber. If you’re trying to film yourself, autofocus is a really high priority.

So with both these cameras, I would just go straight to HD. Because the Canon M50 had great dual-pixel autofocus in HD. The Panasonic has much faster autofocus. By the way, both cameras have been using native lenses. So Canon has been using Canon lenses. Panasonic has been using Panasonic lenses. Now so far, I feel like it’s been pretty difficult to differentiate between the two cameras, right? Like are you guys confident at which camera is which? I’m gonna throw that poll right there. I want you guys to click it and tell me which camera you think is which. Now after playing with these cameras for a while, I think the biggest difference lays in the autofocus capabilities in HD.

The dual-pixel autofocus from Cannon is one of the best auto focuses I’ve ever seen. Look how fast the Canon caught me. And finally, the G7 caught me. So yeah, camera two is the Canon M50. Camera one is the Panasonic G7. Canon’s autofocus is so great and it’s so fast and it’s so reliable. And it’s one of the main reasons why I buy so many Canon cameras. Just look how fast the Canon caught my face, opposed to the Lumix. I’m gonna pop into a frame. Both cameras are focused on the background. And just watch how fast the Canon M50 catches me. It’s insane. If you step away from the camera; It knows you stepped away and goes right up to you. Opposed to a lot of other cameras that are like, uh, I have no idea where you went.

See, look how fast that was. That’s amazing. Alright so now let’s take a quick look at the cameras themselves. Now, I really like the design of the G7. I think it looks pretty cool. I like the colors on it. It does feel a little bit plastic-y. The Canon M50 feels a little bit more solid in the hand. It’s a little bit more compact. Now in terms of picture quality; I’m kind of torn. On a couple of these side by side comparison shots, I actually preferred how the G7 came out looking. Which I was pretty surprised about. I was also really surprised that the G7 looked better in low light, especially since it’s a Micro Fourth Thirds sensor.

I was really impressed with how it looked and actually, the M50 looked pretty bad next to it. So, I went back and I re-shot it. I triple checked the focus on it and everything. And, definitely, the G7 looked a little bit cleaner in the low light. So, that was pretty unexpected. But at the same time, I did take the G7 out and I tried to shoot a little vlog with it and tried to get some footage with it.

And I just wasn’t super happy with the image that I came out of that particular shoot. And since I’ve been using the M50 for so long, I know I would have been happy with the results out of this camera. So I really think it depends on the environment on which camera looks better. The G7, I kept getting this feeling that it was a little bit video-y and less film-ic. But, maybe it’s just because I’m so used to the look from the Cannon M50 that I’m just not used to seeing the G7 footage. But, I don’t know. My point is, the image quality out of both of these cameras are phenomenal. So, you really can’t go wrong with either/or. I think the G7 shows a little bit more green and the M50 goes a little bit more magenta. But you can kind of tweak those very easily in post-production.

And also the standard picture profile on the Canon seemed a little bit more contrasty. These are all simple adjustments you can make on the camera. But yeah, in terms of image quality, they both did really, really well. It’s a $500 camera. This is amazing. Now both of these cameras are very much capable of photography as well but I’m a video dude. I don’t know much about photography. So let’s skip through that part. They’re both loaded with awesome features like time-lapse assistance, stuff to keep you busy. Micro four thirds, or the EOSM lenses. They’re great because they’re so compact, I mean, this is basically ready to go, and it’s tiny. But if you don’t care so much about the size and wanna get more of cinematic images, I definitely recommend you guys look into these speed boosters because what is basically does is take a full frame lens like this, and it basically reshapes the light out of the back so it compresses that light a little bit more, which gives you more light so better for low light environments.

It gives you a shallower depth of field, and it basically makes it look more like you’re shooting out of a cinema camera opposed to a small sensor camera. Alright, so this is what it looks like if I have the 16 mm with a speed boost. I can get everyone in the frame with me, so – Speed boost! – And this is the 16 mm without the speed booster, so it’s a little bit darker. It’s harder to squeeze everyone in the frame, but keep in mind that if you’re using this for vlogging, it is gonna increase the size because a lot of these adapters uses Canon EF lenses which tend to be bigger, and then you slap an adapter behind it and then put it onto the camera, it’s gonna be bigger. Alright, so overall, what are we dealing with here? We have the M50 on this side. Sorry for my terrible handwriting. I’ve been trying to get through my YouTube career without showing you guys how bad my handwriting is, but I’m kinda sick and tired of making all these graphics, so I might as well just get it filmed and then done.

Now I’ve been trying to give you guys as much information as possible without giving you my full on opinion on it so that you guys can make up your mind on your own, but here’s where I’m going to get biased and tell you guys which one I would pick. The G7, you can definitely find it a tad bit cheaper, so you can easily find a lens with the camera body for $500.

The M50, you might have to scavenge around a little bit. You can still get a body new for $500, but a lot of times, if you’re gonna get with the body and the lens, it can get like $550, closer to $600, and you just have to look around at who has the best deal: Amazon, eBay, whatever. Low light, that’s pretty impressive. I was not expecting the micro four thirds to have better low light performance than the Canon M50. Another thing I like about the G7 is the switches it has. It has more switches for different things.

Sw-it-ches. Okay, I spelled that right. I was always the one out of the spelling bee. Now with the M50, you only really have this one dial that adjusts most your settings and you kinda press the firm buttons to toggle what this does. The G7 though involves the hand has a dial-up here, and dial up here for aperture, shutter, and then you can toggle between ISO white balance on these switches as well. So the extra dial and extra switches are kinda nice, especially if you’re running the camera’s manual mode, and you want to just kind of fly through those settings. Also another factor, it is no crop in 4K. That is nice because if you switch between HD and 4K on the M50, you get that crop in 4K mode, but on the G7, no matter what resolution you’re shooting on, it’s gonna look the same, so that’s a plus.

The native lenses. And I’m talking about micro four thirds versus EOS M lenses, I think there’s more exciting stuff going on with micro four thirds, so if you’re not looking to adapt it to different types of lenses, you’re probably going to have a better time finding micro four-thirds lenses out there. Opposed to USM, there are a few good ones out there like this is a 22 mm F2, which is pretty nice and it’s nice and compact. But, besides that, there just hasn’t been too much that really caught my eye in the EOS M line. And it also comes with log color profiles built in meaning flat picture profiles that you can grade after the fact. Although I’m not a huge fan of using log settings with 8-bit color, just because when it comes to grading it, sometimes you see a whole lot of banding, and I’m just not a fan. There are several profiles you can get for the M50, but they don’t come built in.

You kind of has to install it yourself. It’s not hard, but it’s not the easiest process I’ve ever seen. Either so, G7 has that, and if any of these features seem really awesome to you, then the G7 is a great option. But, me, myself, I would go for the Canon M50. Because there’s one thing that the Canon M50 does so good which is the autofocus. I have to clarify- in HD. Not in 4K. That sucks.

The Canon dual pixel autofocus is like the only autofocus that I really really trust, especially to be filming these videos because I’ve filmed hours and hours in front of this camera. I’m filming at an F2.8, and I wanna say do something like crazy like this. And then like back out. And all that. Then I’ve never lost a take because of autofocus because when it locks onto my face, it doesn’t, like, randomly just shift out for a split second. And I’ve tried every autofocus setting on the G7. I’ve tried the face detection, the tracking as I went online, and everyone seems to have a different recommendation on what they say is the best vlog autofocus setting.

I’ve tried them all, and none of them are nearly as good as the dual pixel autofocus on the M50, and because of that, I would say that alone is a reason for me to go to the M50. Another factor is the sensor which is a time crop factor. The Canon M50 has an APS-C sensor, and the difference between the APS-C and the micro four-thirds sensor wasn’t as significant as I thought it would be. I was definitely able to still get a nice blurred background out of the micro four-thirds sensor. But generally speaking, if you’re concerned about the sensor’s size, then the M50 does have that bigger APS-C sensor. Another thing is the stabilization in the body. Alright, this is kind of iffy cause its digital image stabilization, and it has three different modes. And it does a pretty decent job just kind of pulling out those, like, micro-vibrations. It’s not unlike Sony’s Ibis or anything like that where the sensor’s actually balancing itself out. But, it still does help a little bit.

Like right now, the M50 has stabilization in the lens and also digital image stabilization in the body. The G7, right now, only has it in the lens. And if you don’t have a lens with image stabilization, you can get a whole lot of that jiggle. Another factor is that 120 FPS, super slow motion. It’s 720p, so it’s not incredible, but it’s not bad, and the G7 maxes out at 60p. And also, this is kinda subjective, but I did prefer the sound quality our of this M50 as well. So, that’s why I personally would go for Canon M50. Yeah, I’m gonna give him a tongue too. He’s a badass. Oh man, he’s gonna be angry. Dude! What a gangster. I don’t like that nose actually.

I really should… sorry. Kari, I need a new table. But there we go, I think that pretty much wraps it up. Now, let’s talk about this giveaway now. All you gotta do is leave a comment down below, telling me which one of these cameras would you prefer to win, and what do you plan on doing with the camera. And we’re gonna randomly select a comment to win one of these two. So, let me know. Let’s read a few comments from the last video and call it a day. The top comment from the last video was The problem with camera gear is once you buy something, it leads to you wanting about 50 other things. That is 100% true. That is the thing, guys, is that these cameras may be 500 bucks, but give it a year or two, once you add up all your accessories, you’ll just be like, holy crap, I just bought a $3,000 tripod and $4,000 worth of lenses. What am I doing with myself? I can’t pay rent.

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