Canon M50 Bad battery life solved! How to get better battery life!


Are you looking forbetter battery life on your Canon M50? The Canon M50 was one of the most popular cameras of 2018 for beginning photographers, videographers, and content creators. And while it has a long list of strengths that I’ve covered in a few other videos, one of its few weaknesses is battery life. So today I will show you three ways to solve the Canon M50 poor battery life problem. If you have seen mydetailed review, or myCanon M50: Top 10 Frequently Asked Questionsvideo, you’ve probably heard me recommend that you buy at least one extra battery, if you plan to use the M50 all day for photography and video. And while I initially did this, I found a few options that I like even better.

Canon M50 Eco Mode


The firstsolution for poor battery life of Canon M50is to use Eco mode. The M50 uses an LP-E12 rechargeable lithium-ion battery and is rated at 235 shots per charge – and that’s when using the EVF or LCD. There’s an Eco mode that darkens the LCD screen almost immediately after taking a photo or even after focusing. This helps conserve battery and can increase battery life up to approximately 370 shots. To activate Eco mode, please click the MENU button, go to FEATURE SETTINGS->PAGE 2->ECO MODE, click it and set it to ON. This is a great feature if you’re taking the M50 out for the day and will be using it primarily for photography. But that doesn’t solve the battery life issue if you’re shooting video – that’s where the next two solutions come into play.

Canon M50 Continuous Power AC Adapter


The following solution is one I use when I’m in the studio or streaming with the M50. I did some research and found an AC adapter that works for the M50 and gives me unlimited continuous power. This means I can stream or shoot for hours and never have to worry about the battery dying. To use it, I remove the original battery and replace it with a DC coupler that is shaped like a battery. And this part was a little tricky, because I didn’t read the instructions, but instead of plugging it in now, you have to close the battery door, then flip this little rubber cap over, and then plug the cable into the DC coupler. If you connect it directly and do not close the battery compartment, the camera will not turn on. Make sure it’s pushed all the way in, then plug the other end into an electrical outlet. If you want to be more secure, you can use a piece of tape to secure the connection. You are now ready to go and can use the M50 for as long as you like. I have literally used it for hours with no problems. This also works for the Canon EOS M, M2, M10 and M100.

Canon M50 Continuous Power USB Adapter


Alright, so the first solution worked great for photos. The second solution worked great for photos and videos, as long as you have access to a power outlet. But what if you want to be on the go, but still want virtually unlimited energy? That’s where this third solution comes in.It’s similar to the second solution and uses a DC coupler again, but instead of plugging into an outlet, this accessory plugs into a USB power source. So I can use this adapter with a wall outlet as long as I use the USB charger that came with it, but more importantly, I can grab a portable charger and use it on the go. I have used this for a whole day and had a lot of energy left over. So instead of the 875 mAh that the LP-E12 has, I’m using a portable charger with more than 20,000 mAh. I usually reattach a piece of duct tape, just to be safe, then put the portable charger in my pocket and I’m ready to go all day.

Another thing I love about this solution is that if I’m driving from one place to another, I can charge the portable charger while I’m in my car. And I always brought them with me anyway, because I never want to worry about my phone running out of battery, so now I’m just using it for both my phone and the M50.

Final Thoughts

Well, these are three ways I got around theCanon M50 battery life limitation. You can of course buy additional Batteries if you don’t want to be dependent on another accessory and don’t like the idea of ​​a cable. An official Canon LP-E12 battery is $51 at B&H – there are some third-party options that are much more affordable and I’ll include some links to some of my favorites. I am interested in knowing which of these solutions works for you and if you have any other ideas that might work.

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Canon M50 camera (updated):
Body only:
Used kit (for review) on video:

M50 Battery Adapters:
Wall socket and USB!:
Wall socket only:

Great Extra Canon M50 Extra Batteries:
Canon LP-E12 Lithium-Ion Battery (7.2V, 875mAh):
Watson LP-E12 Lithium-Ion Battery (7.4V, 800mAh):
Wasabi Power Battery (2-Pack) and Charger (7.2V, 1100mAh):

Great additional Canon M50 lens options:
Canon EF-M 11-22mm:
Canon EF-M 55-200mm:

Other Canon M50 videos:
Canon M50 review:
Canon M50 Frequently Asked Questions:

Microphones for Canon M50:
Full review:

Rode VideoMicro Compact On-Camera Microphone:
Rode VideoMic Pro
Rode VideoMic GO
Rode VideoMic Pro Plus

My favorite 3-axis gimbals for smaller cameras:
Moza AirCross 3-Axis Gimbal:
Ikan MS-PRO Beholder 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer:
Zhiyun-Tech Crane v2 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer:
Beholder DS1 Gimbal Brushless 3-Axis Handheld Stabilizer:

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