Canon M50 vs Olympus E-M1 II

Canon EOS M50 front
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II front

Canon M50 vs Olympus E-M1 II Key Specs

Canon M50
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Push to 51200)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Canon EF-M Mount
  • 390g - 116 x 88 x 59mm
  • Launched February 2018
  • New Model is Canon M50 II
Olympus E-M1 II
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 574g - 134 x 91 x 67mm
  • Launched September 2016
  • Old Model is Olympus E-M1
  • Refreshed by Olympus E-M1 III
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Canon M50 vs Olympus E-M1 II Overview

Lets take a deeper look at the Canon M50 and Olympus E-M1 II, one is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the other is a Pro Mirrorless by manufacturers Canon and Olympus. The image resolution of the M50 (24MP) and the E-M1 II (20MP) is very well matched but the M50 (APS-C) and E-M1 II (Four Thirds) feature different sensor sizing.

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The M50 was manufactured 18 months after the E-M1 II making the cameras a generation away from each other. Both of the cameras come with the identical body type (SLR-style mirrorless).

Before delving in to a comprehensive comparison, below is a simple view of how the M50 grades versus the E-M1 II when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon M50 over the Olympus E-M1 II

 M50 E-M1 II 
LaunchedFebruary 2018September 2016More modern by 18 months
Display resolution1040k1037kClearer display (+3k dot)

Reasons to pick Olympus E-M1 II over the Canon M50

 E-M1 II M50 

Common features in the Canon M50 and Olympus E-M1 II

 M50 E-M1 II 
Focus manually More precise focusing
Display typeFully ArticulatedFully ArticulatedFully Articulated display
Display dimension3"3"Identical display measurement
Selfie screen Both good for selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Canon M50 vs Olympus E-M1 II Physical Comparison

For anyone who is intending to carry around your camera frequently, you have to think about its weight and volume. The Canon M50 features exterior dimensions of 116mm x 88mm x 59mm (4.6" x 3.5" x 2.3") with a weight of 390 grams (0.86 lbs) while the Olympus E-M1 II has sizing of 134mm x 91mm x 67mm (5.3" x 3.6" x 2.6") with a weight of 574 grams (1.27 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you are utilizing at that moment. Below is the front view over all size comparison of the M50 against the E-M1 II.

Canon M50 vs Olympus E-M1 II size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the M50 and E-M1 II is 79 and 68 respectively.

Canon M50 vs Olympus E-M1 II top view buttons comparison

Canon M50 vs Olympus E-M1 II Sensor Comparison

Generally, it can be hard to picture the gap between sensor sizes just by reading through technical specs. The picture underneath will offer you a greater sense of the sensor sizes in the M50 and E-M1 II.

As you can tell, both cameras posses different megapixels and different sensor sizes. The M50 because of its larger sensor is going to make getting bokeh less difficult and the Canon M50 will give you extra detail due to its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also help you crop pics somewhat more aggressively. The newer M50 provides an advantage in sensor technology.

Canon M50 vs Olympus E-M1 II sensor size comparison

Canon M50 vs Olympus E-M1 II Screen and ViewFinder

Canon M50 vs Olympus E-M1 II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon M50 Portrait photography factors
Olympus E-M1 II Portrait photography factors
has manual focus
decent MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
features face detect focus
delivers RAW formats
focusing manually
good resolution (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
has face detect focusing
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon M50 Street photography highlights
Olympus E-M1 II Street photography highlights
screen can move to multiple angles
built in image stabilization
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
has touch focus
good ISO range (25,600)
fully articulated screen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
comes with focus by touch
weather sealing
above average ISO range (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon M50
Sports photography with Olympus E-M1 II
built in image stabilization
decent MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
features tracking focus
has phase detect auto focus
low battery life (235 CIPA)
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
quiet shooting (1/32,000 seconds)
high fps (60.0 frames per second)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good resolution (20MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
has tracking focus
weather sealing
comes with phase detect AF
terrible battery life (350 shots)
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Travel Comparison

Canon M50 Travel photography advice
Olympus E-M1 II Travel photography advice
supports bluetooth
has touch focus
decent MP (24MP)
has built in flash
selfie friendly display
low battery life (235 CIPA)
weather sealing
comes with focus by touch
good resolution (20 megapixels)
selfie friendly display
terrible battery life (350 per charge)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon M50 as a Landscape photography camera
Olympus E-M1 II as a Landscape photography camera
has manual focus
swap lenses (Canon EF-M mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
built in image stabilization
decent MP (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
good ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
low battery life (235 shots)
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good resolution (20MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
no anti-alias filter
above average ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW files
weather sealing
two card slots
terrible battery life (350 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Canon M50
Vlogging with Olympus E-M1 II
selfie friendly display
touchscreen functionality
built in image stabilization
features face detect focus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
has mic jack
selfie friendly display
touchscreen functionality
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
has face detect focusing
video resolution high (4096 x 2160 pxls)
does have microphone socket
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Canon M50 vs Olympus E-M1 II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon M50 and Olympus E-M1 II
 Canon EOS M50Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
General Information
Brand Name Canon Olympus
Model Canon EOS M50 Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Launched 2018-02-26 2016-09-19
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Digic 8 TruePic VIII
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 22.3 x 14.9mm 17.4 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 332.3mm² 226.2mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3
Max resolution 6000 x 4000 5184 x 3888
Max native ISO 25600 25600
Max enhanced ISO 51200 -
Min native ISO 100 200
RAW pictures
Min enhanced ISO - 64
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 143 121
Lens mount Canon EF-M Micro Four Thirds
Total lenses 23 107
Crop factor 1.6 2.1
Display type Fully Articulated Fully Articulated
Display size 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 1,040 thousand dots 1,037 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,360 thousand dots 2,360 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.74x
Minimum shutter speed 30 secs 60 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/8000 secs
Fastest quiet shutter speed - 1/32000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 10.0fps 60.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 5.00 m (at ISO 100) 9.10 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options - Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(2nd curtain), Manual
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize - 1/250 secs
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC 4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 237 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM, 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Max video resolution 3840x2160 4096x2160
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MOV, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Wireless Built-In Built-In
USB No USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 390g (0.86 lb) 574g (1.27 lb)
Dimensions 116 x 88 x 59mm (4.6" x 3.5" x 2.3") 134 x 91 x 67mm (5.3" x 3.6" x 2.6")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 80
DXO Color Depth score not tested 23.7
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.8
DXO Low light score not tested 1312
Battery life 235 pictures 350 pictures
Battery type Built-in Battery Pack
Battery model - BLH-1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC slot (UHS-I compatible) Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots
Card slots 1 Two
Pricing at release $779 $1,700