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Canon M50 II vs Sony A6500

Portability
79
Imaging
70
Features
88
Overall
77
Canon EOS M50 Mark II front
 
Sony Alpha a6500 front
Portability
81
Imaging
68
Features
85
Overall
74

Canon M50 II vs Sony A6500 Key Specs

Canon M50 II
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Expand to 51200)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Canon EF-M Mount
  • 387g - 116 x 88 x 59mm
  • Launched October 2020
  • Older Model is Canon M50
Sony A6500
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Raise to 51200)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 453g - 120 x 67 x 53mm
  • Launched October 2016
  • Replaced the Sony A6300
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Canon M50 II vs Sony A6500 Overview

Its time to look a little more closely at the Canon M50 II vs Sony A6500, one is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the other is a Advanced Mirrorless by manufacturers Canon and Sony. The image resolution of the M50 II (24MP) and the A6500 (24MP) is very similar and they possess the same exact sensor sizes (APS-C).

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The M50 II was unveiled 4 years after the A6500 which is quite a sizable gap as far as technology is concerned. The two cameras offer different body type with the Canon M50 II being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Sony A6500 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before getting in to a thorough comparison, below is a quick introduction of how the M50 II matches up versus the A6500 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon M50 II over the Sony A6500

 M50 II A6500 
LaunchedOctober 2020October 2016Newer by 49 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display
Display resolution1040k922kCrisper display (+118k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Sony A6500 over the Canon M50 II

 A6500 M50 II 

Common features in the Canon M50 II and Sony A6500

 M50 II A6500 
Focus manually Very exact focus
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display dimensions
Touch display Easily navigate

Canon M50 II vs Sony A6500 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to travel with your camera frequently, you'll need to consider its weight and measurements. The Canon M50 II enjoys exterior measurements of 116mm x 88mm x 59mm (4.6" x 3.5" x 2.3") having a weight of 387 grams (0.85 lbs) while the Sony A6500 has proportions of 120mm x 67mm x 53mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 2.1") with a weight of 453 grams (1.00 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you are using at the time. Underneath is the front view dimension comparison of the M50 II compared to the A6500.

Canon M50 II vs Sony A6500 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability score of the M50 II and A6500 is 79 and 81 respectively.

Canon M50 II vs Sony A6500 top view buttons comparison

Canon M50 II vs Sony A6500 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it can be tough to picture the contrast between sensor dimensions simply by reading technical specs. The pic here may provide you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the M50 II and A6500.

As you can tell, both of the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing and the identical resolution therefore you should expect similar quality of photographs although you need to factor the release date of the products into consideration. The more recent M50 II provides an edge with regard to sensor innovation.

Canon M50 II vs Sony A6500 sensor size comparison

Canon M50 II vs Sony A6500 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon M50 II vs Sony A6500 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon M50 II Portrait photography information
Sony A6500 Portrait photography information
82
manual focus
decent megapixels (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
includes face detection focusing
supports RAW formats
80
has manual focus
MP count decent (24 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
comes with face detect focusing
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Canon M50 II Street photography advice
Sony A6500 Street photography advice
84
screen articulates
built in image stabilization
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
comes with touch to focus
above average ISO range (25,600)
85
screen tilts
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
comes with focus via touch
weather sealing
good high ISO (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Canon M50 II Sports photography info
Sony A6500 Sports photography info
76
built in image stabilization
decent megapixels (24 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
includes tracking autofocus
comes with phase detect AF
not so great battery pack (305 per charge)
77
silent shooting (1/32,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count decent (24 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
comes with tracking focus
weather sealing
comes with phase detect AF
bad battery power (350 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Canon M50 II as a Travel photography camera
Sony A6500 as a Travel photography camera
78
supports bluetooth
comes with touch to focus
decent megapixels (24MP)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
not so great battery pack (305 per charge)
74
weather sealing
connects via bluetooth
comes with focus via touch
MP count decent (24MP)
has built in flash
bad battery power (350 CIPA)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon M50 II as a Landscape photography camera
Sony A6500 as a Landscape photography camera
80
manual focus
swap lenses (Canon EF-M mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization
decent megapixels (24 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
above average ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW formats
not so great battery pack (305 CIPA)
80
has manual focus
change lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count decent (24 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
good high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW formats
weather sealing
bad battery power (350 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon M50 II Vlogging highlights
Sony A6500 Vlogging highlights
85
selfie friendly display
touchscreen capability
built in image stabilization
includes face detection focusing
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
does have external mic socket
39
touchscreen enabled
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
comes with face detect focusing
great video quality (3840 x 2160 pixels)
does have microphone jack
screen is not selfie friendly
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Canon M50 II vs Sony A6500 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon M50 II and Sony A6500
 Canon EOS M50 Mark IISony Alpha a6500
General Information
Brand Canon Sony
Model type Canon EOS M50 Mark II Sony Alpha a6500
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Advanced Mirrorless
Launched 2020-10-14 2016-10-06
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor - Bionz X
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 22.3 x 14.9mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 332.3mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 24MP 24MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 6000 x 4000 6000 x 4000
Max native ISO 25600 25600
Max boosted ISO 51200 51200
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 143 425
Lens
Lens support Canon EF-M Sony E
Available lenses 23 121
Crop factor 1.6 1.5
Screen
Screen type Fully Articulated Tilting
Screen sizing 3" 3"
Screen resolution 1,040k dot 922k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dot 2,359k dot
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.7x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Highest silent shutter speed - 1/32000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 10.0 frames per second 11.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 5.00 m (at ISO 100) 6.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes - Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye reduction (On/Off selectable), Hi-speed sync, Wireless
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync - 1/160 secs
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 120 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Max video resolution 3840x2160 3840x2160
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB Yes USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Yes None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 387 gr (0.85 pounds) 453 gr (1.00 pounds)
Dimensions 116 x 88 x 59mm (4.6" x 3.5" x 2.3") 120 x 67 x 53mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 2.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 85
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 24.5
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 13.7
DXO Low light rating not tested 1405
Other
Battery life 305 pictures 350 pictures
Style of battery Built-in Battery Pack
Battery ID - NP-FW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) Yes
Time lapse feature With downloadable app
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC slot (UHS-I compatible) SD/SDHC/SDXC + Memory Stick Pro Duo
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at launch $599 $1,298