Canon M vs Canon M50

Portability
89
Imaging
61
Features
65
Overall
62
Canon EOS M front
 
Canon EOS M50 front
Portability
79
Imaging
70
Features
88
Overall
77

Canon M vs Canon M50 Key Specs

Canon M
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Boost to 25600)
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Canon EF-M Mount
  • 298g - 109 x 66 x 32mm
  • Introduced July 2012
Canon M50
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Raise to 51200)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Canon EF-M Mount
  • 390g - 116 x 88 x 59mm
  • Released February 2018
  • Successor is Canon M50 II
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Canon M vs Canon M50 Overview

Below, we will be looking at the Canon M versus Canon M50, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras and they are both created by Canon. There is a big difference between the resolutions of the M (18MP) and M50 (24MP) but they feature the exact same sensor sizing (APS-C).

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The M was unveiled 6 years before the M50 which is quite a big gap as far as tech is concerned. Each of the cameras come with different body type with the Canon M being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Canon M50 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before going in to a step-by-step comparison, below is a concise introduction of how the M grades vs the M50 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon M over the Canon M50

 M M50 

Reasons to pick Canon M50 over the Canon M

 M50 M 
ReleasedFebruary 2018July 2012More modern by 68 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Common features in the Canon M and Canon M50

 M M50 
Focus manually Very exact focus
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurement
Screen resolution1040k1040kSame screen resolution
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Canon M vs Canon M50 Physical Comparison

When you are intending to carry around your camera often, you'll have to consider its weight and size. The Canon M has got outside measurements of 109mm x 66mm x 32mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.3") with a weight of 298 grams (0.66 lbs) and the Canon M50 has specifications of 116mm x 88mm x 59mm (4.6" x 3.5" x 2.3") along with a weight of 390 grams (0.86 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you are utilizing at that moment. The following is the front view proportions comparison of the M against the M50.

Canon M vs Canon M50 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability grade of the M and M50 is 89 and 79 respectively.

Canon M vs Canon M50 top view buttons comparison

Canon M vs Canon M50 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is hard to picture the difference between sensor sizes merely by going over specs. The pic here may provide you a clearer sense of the sensor measurements in the M and M50.

All in all, both of those cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements albeit different megapixels. You should count on the Canon M50 to deliver extra detail having an extra 6 Megapixels. Higher resolution will let you crop photographs much more aggressively. The more aged M is going to be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Canon M vs Canon M50 sensor size comparison

Canon M vs Canon M50 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon M vs Canon M50 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon M as a Portrait photography camera
Canon M50 as a Portrait photography camera
76
manual focus
megapixel count good (18MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
has face detection focusing
delivers RAW files
82
manual focus
MP count decent (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports face detect focus
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Canon M Street photography advice
Canon M50 Street photography advice
72
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
provides focus via touch
no moving screen
does not have image stabilization
84
fully articulated screen
image stabilization
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
has focus by touch
good ISO range (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Canon M Sports photography details
Canon M50 Sports photography details
55
megapixel count good (18MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
comes with phase detect AF
max fps low (4.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
terrible battery life (230 shots)
76
image stabilization
MP count decent (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports tracking focus
has phase detect auto focus
not so great battery pack (235 shots)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon M
Travel photography with Canon M50
63
provides focus via touch
megapixel count good (18MP)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
terrible battery life (230 per charge)
does not have a selfie friendly display
78
supports bluetooth
has focus by touch
MP count decent (24MP)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
not so great battery pack (235 CIPA)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon M Landscape photography factors
Canon M50 Landscape photography factors
66
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Canon EF-M mount)
screen size is good (3")
megapixel count good (18MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
does not have image stabilization
terrible battery life (230 per charge)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
80
manual focus
change lenses (Canon EF-M mount)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
image stabilization
MP count decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
good ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW formats
not so great battery pack (235 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon M as a Vlogging camera
Canon M50 as a Vlogging camera
37
built-in touchscreen
has face detection focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does have external mic support
does not have a selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
85
display is selfie friendly
screen is touchscreen
image stabilization
supports face detect focus
high res video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
has microphone jack
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Canon M vs Canon M50 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon M and Canon M50
 Canon EOS MCanon EOS M50
General Information
Brand Name Canon Canon
Model type Canon EOS M Canon EOS M50
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Introduced 2012-07-23 2018-02-26
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Digic 5 Digic 8
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 22.3 x 14.9mm 22.3 x 14.9mm
Sensor surface area 332.3mm² 332.3mm²
Sensor resolution 18 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 5184 x 3456 6000 x 4000
Highest native ISO 12800 25600
Highest enhanced ISO 25600 51200
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 31 143
Lens
Lens mount type Canon EF-M Canon EF-M
Available lenses 23 23
Crop factor 1.6 1.6
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 1,040k dot 1,040k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen tech Clear View II TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,360k dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Features
Min shutter speed 60s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter speed 4.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 5.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye -
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash sync 1/200s -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (60, 50 fps) 3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) No
GPS Optional None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 298 grams (0.66 lbs) 390 grams (0.86 lbs)
Dimensions 109 x 66 x 32mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.3") 116 x 88 x 59mm (4.6" x 3.5" x 2.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 65 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 22.1 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.2 not tested
DXO Low light rating 827 not tested
Other
Battery life 230 pictures 235 pictures
Battery format Battery Pack Built-in
Battery ID LP-E12 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC slot (UHS-I compatible)
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at release $510 $779