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Canon M50 II vs Nikon Z fc

Portability
79
Imaging
72
Features
92
Overall
80
Canon EOS M50 Mark II front
 
Nikon Z fc front
Portability
79
Imaging
71
Features
80
Overall
74

Canon M50 II vs Nikon Z fc Key Specs

Canon M50 II
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Expand to 51200)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Canon EF-M Mount
  • 387g - 116 x 88 x 59mm
  • Announced October 2020
  • Succeeded the Canon M50
Nikon Z fc
(Full Review)
  • 21MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Expand to 204800)
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Nikon Z Mount
  • 445g - 135 x 94 x 44mm
  • Announced June 2021
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Canon M50 II vs Nikon Z fc Overview

In this write-up, we are evaluating the Canon M50 II versus Nikon Z fc, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras by competitors Canon and Nikon. The resolution of the M50 II (24MP) and the Z fc (21MP) is very similar and they feature the same exact sensor dimensions (APS-C).

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The M50 II was brought out 8 months earlier than the Z fc which means that they are both of a similar generation. Each of the cameras offer the identical body type (SLR-style mirrorless).

Before diving through a more detailed comparison, below is a quick view of how the M50 II matches up versus the Z fc in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon M50 II over the Nikon Z fc

 M50 II Z fc 

Reasons to pick Nikon Z fc over the Canon M50 II

 Z fc M50 II 
AnnouncedJune 2021October 2020Fresher by 8 months

Common features in the Canon M50 II and Nikon Z fc

 M50 II Z fc 
Focus manually More accurate focusing
Display typeFully ArticulatedFully ArticulatedFully Articulated display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display sizing
Display resolution1040k1040kExact same display resolution
Selfie screen Both are selfie friendly
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Canon M50 II vs Nikon Z fc Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to carry your camera, you need to consider its weight and measurements. The Canon M50 II provides physical dimensions of 116mm x 88mm x 59mm (4.6" x 3.5" x 2.3") and a weight of 387 grams (0.85 lbs) while the Nikon Z fc has proportions of 135mm x 94mm x 44mm (5.3" x 3.7" x 1.7") and a weight of 445 grams (0.98 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you select at that time. Below is the front view dimension comparison of the M50 II vs the Z fc.

Canon M50 II vs Nikon Z fc size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability grade of the M50 II and Z fc is 79 and 79 respectively.

Canon M50 II vs Nikon Z fc top view buttons comparison

Canon M50 II vs Nikon Z fc Sensor Comparison

Often, it's hard to see the gap between sensor sizing only by going over a spec sheet. The graphic underneath may provide you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the M50 II and Z fc.

As you can see, each of the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but not the same MP. You should expect to see the Canon M50 II to deliver extra detail having its extra 3MP. Greater resolution will make it easier to crop pics a little more aggressively. The older M50 II is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor innovation.

Canon M50 II vs Nikon Z fc sensor size comparison

Canon M50 II vs Nikon Z fc Screen and ViewFinder

Canon M50 II vs Nikon Z fc Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon M50 II Portrait photography factors
Nikon Z fc Portrait photography factors
83
focusing manually
good resolution (24MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
comes with face detect focusing
supports RAW files
82
has manual focus
good MP (21MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
provides face detection autofocus
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon M50 II
Street photography with Nikon Z fc
85
fully articulated screen
built in image stabilization
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
has focus via touch
above average high ISO (25,600)
74
screen articulates fully
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
features focus via touch
very good high ISO (51,200)
does not have image stabilization
heavier than competition (445g)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon M50 II
Sports photography with Nikon Z fc
86
built in image stabilization
good resolution (24MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
comes with tracking focus
has phase detect AF
68
good MP (21 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
provides tracking autofocus
supports phase detect autofocus
does not have image stabilization
terrible battery pack (300 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Canon M50 II Travel photography factors
Nikon Z fc Travel photography factors
86
supports bluetooth
has focus via touch
good resolution (24 megapixels)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
72
supports bluetooth
features focus via touch
good MP (21 megapixels)
display is selfie friendly
terrible battery pack (300 CIPA)
heavier than competition (445g)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon M50 II as a Landscape photography camera
Nikon Z fc as a Landscape photography camera
86
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Canon EF-M mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization
good resolution (24MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
above average high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW files
76
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Nikon Z mount)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
good MP (21 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
doesnt have anti aliasing filter
very good high ISO (51,200)
supports RAW formats
does not have image stabilization
terrible battery pack (300 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon M50 II Vlogging information
Nikon Z fc Vlogging information
86
selfie friendly screen
touchscreen enabled
built in image stabilization
comes with face detect focusing
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
has microphone socket
74
display is selfie friendly
built-in touchscreen
provides face detection autofocus
video res high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
comes with external mic port
does not have image stabilization
heavier than competition (445g)
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Canon M50 II vs Nikon Z fc Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon M50 II and Nikon Z fc
 Canon EOS M50 Mark IINikon Z fc
General Information
Make Canon Nikon
Model type Canon EOS M50 Mark II Nikon Z fc
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Announced 2020-10-14 2021-06-28
Body design SLR-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 22.3 x 14.9mm 23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area 332.3mm² 369.0mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixels 21 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 6000 x 4000 5568 x 3712
Maximum native ISO 25600 51200
Maximum enhanced ISO 51200 204800
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 143 209
Lens
Lens mount type Canon EF-M Nikon Z
Amount of lenses 23 21
Crop factor 1.6 1.5
Screen
Display type Fully Articulated Fully Articulated
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 1,040k dot 1,040k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dot 2,360k dot
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.68x
Features
Min shutter speed 30s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter speed 10.0 frames/s 11.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 5.00 m (at ISO 100) no built-in flash
Flash settings - Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 120 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 3840x2160
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB Yes USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS Yes None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 387 grams (0.85 lb) 445 grams (0.98 lb)
Dimensions 116 x 88 x 59mm (4.6" x 3.5" x 2.3") 135 x 94 x 44mm (5.3" x 3.7" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 305 shots 300 shots
Style of battery Built-in Battery Pack
Battery ID - EN-EL25
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) Yes
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC slot (UHS-I compatible) SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-II supported)
Storage slots Single Single
Pricing at release $599 $949