It seems that the death knell of the Canon EOS M system is ringing loud and clear. After stopping production of the Canon EOS M200 just last week, the last remaining camera in the EOS M lineup is also coming soon. It looks like the Canon EOS M50 Mark II, which was only released in 2020, has now been partially discontinued at Canon Japan.
Asobinet reports that the Canon Kiss M2 body-specific kit (which is what Canon Japan calls the EOS M50 Mark II) is now listed as discontinued on Canon Japan’s website. They say that the two lens kits have yet to be discontinued. However, for now, Canon’s online store also lists the Kiss M2 kit lens package and the EF-M 15-45mm IS STM as also discontinued.
There is still some hope for those in Japan looking to buy an EOS M50 Mark II. Dual lens packs containing the 15-45mm IS STM and 55-200mm f/4.5-6.34 IS STM lenses are still available. At least for now. I hope that once the current stock sells out, that too will go away. There doesn’t appear to be any production shutdowns anywhere else in the world yet, although I assume that is now inevitable as supplies run dry.
With no alternative models in sight, it seems likely that the EOS R system will be the way forward for Canon when it comes to APS-C mirrorless cameras right now. Honestly, it makes a lot of sense and really should have been their spot from day one. Maintaining two completely separate mounting systems will never really work.
So, although Canon has suggested several times over the past few years that they will not abandon the EOS M system, it appears that they have given up on the EOS M system.