Canon M5 vs Canon M50

Portability
77
Imaging
69
Features
84
Overall
75
Canon EOS M5 front
 
Canon EOS M50 front
Portability
79
Imaging
70
Features
88
Overall
77

Canon M5 vs Canon M50 Key Specs

Canon M5
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Canon EF-M Mount
  • 427g - 116 x 89 x 61mm
  • Revealed September 2016
Canon M50
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Raise to 51200)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Canon EF-M Mount
  • 390g - 116 x 88 x 59mm
  • Revealed February 2018
  • Updated by Canon M50 II
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Canon M5 vs Canon M50 Overview

The following is a in depth review of the Canon M5 vs Canon M50, former is a Advanced Mirrorless while the other is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and both are manufactured by Canon. The image resolution of the M5 (24MP) and the M50 (24MP) is fairly similar and they come with the exact same sensor measurements (APS-C).

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The M5 was manufactured 17 months prior to the M50 making the cameras a generation away from one another. Both the cameras come with the identical body type (SLR-style mirrorless).

Before getting straight into a thorough comparison, below is a simple highlight of how the M5 grades vs the M50 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon M5 over the Canon M50

 M5 M50 
Display dimension3.2"3"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution1620k1040kSharper display (+580k dot)

Reasons to pick Canon M50 over the Canon M5

 M50 M5 
RevealedFebruary 2018September 2016Newer by 17 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display

Common features in the Canon M5 and Canon M50

 M5 M50 
Manually focus Dial exact focusing
Selfie screen Both good for selfies
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Canon M5 vs Canon M50 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is looking to travel with your camera regularly, you will have to take into account its weight and size. The Canon M5 features external dimensions of 116mm x 89mm x 61mm (4.6" x 3.5" x 2.4") accompanied by a weight of 427 grams (0.94 lbs) while the Canon M50 has specifications of 116mm x 88mm x 59mm (4.6" x 3.5" x 2.3") having a weight of 390 grams (0.86 lbs).

Contrast the Canon M5 vs Canon M50 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you are working with at that moment. The following is the front view sizing comparison of the M5 vs the M50.

Canon M5 vs Canon M50 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability score of the M5 and M50 is 77 and 79 respectively.

Canon M5 vs Canon M50 top view buttons comparison

Canon M5 vs Canon M50 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is very tough to visualise the gap between sensor dimensions just by going over specs. The picture below will give you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the M5 and M50.

As you can plainly see, both of those cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements and the same MP so you can expect similar quality of photos however you will need to take the launch date of the products into consideration. The more aged M5 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor tech.

Canon M5 vs Canon M50 sensor size comparison

Canon M5 vs Canon M50 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon M5 vs Canon M50 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon M5 as a Portrait photography camera
Canon M50 as a Portrait photography camera
81
has manual focus
megapixel count decent (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports face detect focus
exports RAW files
82
has manual focus
good MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
has face detect focus
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon M5
Street photography with Canon M50
77
screen tilts up and down
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW files
comes with touch to focus
good ISO range (25,600)
does not have image stabilization
84
screen can move to multiple angles
has image stabilization
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
exports RAW files
features touch to focus
great ISO range (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Canon M5 Sports photography information
Canon M50 Sports photography information
67
megapixel count decent (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports tracking focus
comes with phase detect auto focus
does not have image stabilization
bad battery power (295 CIPA)
76
has image stabilization
good MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
has tracking focus
supports phase detect auto focus
low battery power (235 shots)
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Travel Comparison

Canon M5 as a Travel photography camera
Canon M50 as a Travel photography camera
77
supports bluetooth
comes with touch to focus
megapixel count decent (24 megapixels)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
bad battery power (295 per charge)
78
supports bluetooth
features touch to focus
good MP (24MP)
built-in flash
display is selfie friendly
low battery power (235 shots)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon M5 Landscape photography factors
Canon M50 Landscape photography factors
74
has manual focus
swap lenses (Canon EF-M mount)
nice screen size (3.2")
megapixel count decent (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
good ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW files
does not have image stabilization
bad battery power (295 CIPA)
80
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Canon EF-M mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization
good MP (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
great ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW files
low battery power (235 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon M5 as a Vlogging camera
Canon M50 as a Vlogging camera
77
display is selfie friendly
screen is touchscreen
supports face detect focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does have microphone jack
does not have image stabilization
85
display is selfie friendly
has touchscreen
has image stabilization
has face detect focus
good video quality (3840 x 2160 pixels)
comes with microphone support
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Canon M5 vs Canon M50 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon M5 and Canon M50
 Canon EOS M5Canon EOS M50
General Information
Manufacturer Canon Canon
Model Canon EOS M5 Canon EOS M50
Type Advanced Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Revealed 2016-09-15 2018-02-26
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Digic 7 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 area 332.3mm² 332.3mm²
Sensor resolution 24MP 24MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 6000 x 4000 6000 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 25600 25600
Maximum boosted ISO - 51200
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 49 143
Lens
Lens mounting type Canon EF-M Canon EF-M
Total lenses 23 23
Focal length multiplier 1.6 1.6
Screen
Display type Tilting Fully Articulated
Display diagonal 3.2 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 1,620 thousand dots 1,040 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,360 thousand dots 2,360 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting rate 9.0 frames per sec 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 5.00 m (at ISO 100) 5.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/200s -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 35 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC 3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video file format MP4, H.264, AAC MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) No
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 427 grams (0.94 pounds) 390 grams (0.86 pounds)
Dimensions 116 x 89 x 61mm (4.6" x 3.5" x 2.4") 116 x 88 x 59mm (4.6" x 3.5" x 2.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 77 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 23.4 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 12.4 not tested
DXO Low light score 1262 not tested
Other
Battery life 295 images 235 images
Style of battery Battery Pack Built-in
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom, remote) Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC slot (UHS-I compatible)
Card slots Single Single
Retail pricing $680 $779