Canon M50 vs Olympus E-PL1

Canon EOS M50 front
Olympus PEN E-PL1 front

Canon M50 vs Olympus E-PL1 Key Specs

Canon M50
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Expand to 51200)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Canon EF-M Mount
  • 390g - 116 x 88 x 59mm
  • Revealed February 2018
  • Updated by Canon M50 II
Olympus E-PL1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 334g - 115 x 72 x 42mm
  • Released May 2010
  • Renewed by Olympus E-PL1s
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Canon M50 vs Olympus E-PL1 Overview

Here, we will be analyzing the Canon M50 versus Olympus E-PL1, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras by competitors Canon and Olympus. There exists a substantial gap between the sensor resolutions of the M50 (24MP) and E-PL1 (12MP) and the M50 (APS-C) and E-PL1 (Four Thirds) have different sensor sizing.

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The M50 was announced 7 years after the E-PL1 which is quite a big difference as far as technology is concerned. Both of the cameras feature different body design with the Canon M50 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Olympus E-PL1 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before we go right into a complete comparison, here is a short introduction of how the M50 grades vs the E-PL1 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon M50 over the Olympus E-PL1

 M50 E-PL1 
ReleasedFebruary 2018May 2010Newer by 95 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution1040k230kSharper screen (+810k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL1 over the Canon M50

 E-PL1 M50 

Common features in the Canon M50 and Olympus E-PL1

 M50 E-PL1 
Manually focus Very accurate focus

Canon M50 vs Olympus E-PL1 Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to travel with your camera, you will need to factor in its weight and proportions. The Canon M50 provides physical measurements of 116mm x 88mm x 59mm (4.6" x 3.5" x 2.3") having a weight of 390 grams (0.86 lbs) whilst the Olympus E-PL1 has measurements of 115mm x 72mm x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7") accompanied by a weight of 334 grams (0.74 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you are utilizing during that time. The following is a front view scale comparison of the M50 and the E-PL1.

Canon M50 vs Olympus E-PL1 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the M50 and E-PL1 is 79 and 86 respectively.

Canon M50 vs Olympus E-PL1 top view buttons comparison

Canon M50 vs Olympus E-PL1 Sensor Comparison

Normally, its tough to imagine the difference between sensor dimensions merely by reviewing a spec sheet. The pic here should offer you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the M50 and E-PL1.

Clearly, the two cameras come with different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The M50 with its bigger sensor is going to make achieving shallow DOF easier and the Canon M50 will offer greater detail with its extra 12 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop pictures a good deal more aggressively. The newer M50 should have an edge with regard to sensor innovation.

Canon M50 vs Olympus E-PL1 sensor size comparison

Canon M50 vs Olympus E-PL1 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon M50 vs Olympus E-PL1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon M50
Portrait photography with Olympus E-PL1
you can focus manually
decent MP (24 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
comes with face detection focusing
delivers RAW files
manual focus
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
has face detection autofocus
exports RAW formats
sensor resolution low (12MP)
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon M50
Street photography with Olympus E-PL1
screen articulates fully
image stabilization
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
comes with touch to focus
good ISO range (25,600)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
no moving screen
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Sports Comparison

Canon M50 Sports photography features
Olympus E-PL1 Sports photography features
image stabilization
decent MP (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
comes with tracking autofocus
comes with phase detect AF
not so great battery life (235 CIPA)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
has tracking autofocus
low fps (3.0 frames/s)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
bad battery power (290 shots)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Canon M50 Travel photography features
Olympus E-PL1 Travel photography features
has bluetooth
comes with touch to focus
decent MP (24MP)
has built in flash
selfie friendly screen
not so great battery life (235 per charge)
flash built-in
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
bad battery power (290 shots)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon M50 Landscape photography info
Olympus E-PL1 Landscape photography info
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Canon EF-M mount)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
image stabilization
decent MP (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
good ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW files
not so great battery life (235 shots)
manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
screen is small (2.7 inches)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
bad battery power (290 CIPA)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon M50 as a Vlogging camera
Olympus E-PL1 as a Vlogging camera
selfie friendly screen
touchscreen enabled
image stabilization
comes with face detection focusing
high quality video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
does have external mic jack
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
has face detection autofocus
display is not selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have external mic port
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Canon M50 vs Olympus E-PL1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon M50 and Olympus E-PL1
 Canon EOS M50Olympus PEN E-PL1
General Information
Manufacturer Canon Olympus
Model type Canon EOS M50 Olympus PEN E-PL1
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Revealed 2018-02-26 2010-05-17
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by Digic 8 Truepic V
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 22.3 x 14.9mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 332.3mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 24MP 12MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 6000 x 4000 4032 x 3024
Maximum native ISO 25600 3200
Maximum boosted ISO 51200 -
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 143 11
Lens support Canon EF-M Micro Four Thirds
Number of lenses 23 107
Focal length multiplier 1.6 2.1
Display type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inch 2.7 inch
Resolution of display 1,040k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Display technology - HyperCrystal LCD AR (Anti-Reflective) coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic (optional)
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Lowest shutter speed 30s 60s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting speed 10.0 frames/s 3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 5.00 m (at ISO 100) 10.00 m
Flash options - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels)
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync - 1/160s
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Wireless Built-In None
USB No USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 390 grams (0.86 pounds) 334 grams (0.74 pounds)
Physical dimensions 116 x 88 x 59mm (4.6" x 3.5" x 2.3") 115 x 72 x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 54
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 21.5
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 10.1
DXO Low light rating not tested 487
Battery life 235 images 290 images
Battery form Built-in Battery Pack
Battery ID - BLS-1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC slot (UHS-I compatible) SD/SDHC card
Storage slots Single Single
Price at launch $779 $288