Canon M50 vs Panasonic G85

Canon EOS M50 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 front

Canon M50 vs Panasonic G85 Key Specs

Canon M50
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Boost to 51200)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Canon EF-M Mount
  • 390g - 116 x 88 x 59mm
  • Released February 2018
  • New Model is Canon M50 II
Panasonic G85
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600 (Push to 25600)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 505g - 128 x 89 x 74mm
  • Released September 2016
  • Also referred to as Lumix DMC-G80
  • Replacement is Panasonic G95
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Canon M50 vs Panasonic G85 Overview

On this page, we will be matching up the Canon M50 versus Panasonic G85, former is a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the latter is a Advanced Mirrorless by companies Canon and Panasonic. There exists a large gap between the sensor resolutions of the M50 (24MP) and G85 (16MP) and the M50 (APS-C) and G85 (Four Thirds) provide totally different sensor size.

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The M50 was revealed 18 months after the G85 which makes them a generation away from one another. Both the cameras have the same body design (SLR-style mirrorless).

Before delving straight to a comprehensive comparison, here is a concise summary of how the M50 matches up vs the G85 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon M50 over the Panasonic G85

 M50 G85 
ReleasedFebruary 2018September 2016Newer by 18 months

Reasons to pick Panasonic G85 over the Canon M50

 G85 M50 

Common features in the Canon M50 and Panasonic G85

 M50 G85 
Focus manually More precise focus
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFully ArticulatedFully Articulated screen
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen size
Screen resolution1040k1040kThe same screen resolution
Selfie screen Both are selfie friendly
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Canon M50 vs Panasonic G85 Physical Comparison

If you're going to travel with your camera regularly, you're going to have to think about its weight and measurements. The Canon M50 offers exterior dimensions of 116mm x 88mm x 59mm (4.6" x 3.5" x 2.3") and a weight of 390 grams (0.86 lbs) and the Panasonic G85 has proportions of 128mm x 89mm x 74mm (5.0" x 3.5" x 2.9") having a weight of 505 grams (1.11 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are working with at the time. Following is a front view physical size comparison of the M50 and the G85.

Canon M50 vs Panasonic G85 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the M50 and G85 is 79 and 69 respectively.

Canon M50 vs Panasonic G85 top view buttons comparison

Canon M50 vs Panasonic G85 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it can be hard to see the difference between sensor dimensions only by reading through technical specs. The image underneath might offer you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the M50 and G85.

As you can tell, the two cameras provide different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The M50 with its bigger sensor will make achieving shallower depth of field easier and the Canon M50 will give you greater detail because of its extra 8 Megapixels. Higher resolution will let you crop photographs more aggressively. The fresher M50 will have an advantage in sensor technology.

Canon M50 vs Panasonic G85 sensor size comparison

Canon M50 vs Panasonic G85 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon M50 vs Panasonic G85 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon M50 Portrait photography features
Panasonic G85 Portrait photography features
manual focus
decent MP (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
includes face detection focusing
supports RAW files
you can focus manually
MP count good (16MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
includes face detect autofocus
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon M50
Street photography with Panasonic G85
screen articulates fully
image stabilization
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW files
features touch focus
good ISO range (25,600)
screen can move to multiple angles
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
features focus via touch
environment proofing
above average ISO range (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Canon M50 Sports photography information
Panasonic G85 Sports photography information
image stabilization
decent MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
includes tracking autofocus
supports phase detect AF
not so great battery pack (235 per charge)
quiet shooting (1/16,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
includes tracking focus
environment proofing
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Canon M50 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic G85 as a Travel photography camera
connects via bluetooth
features touch focus
decent MP (24 megapixels)
flash built-in
display is selfie friendly
not so great battery pack (235 per charge)
environment proofing
features focus via touch
MP count good (16MP)
has built in flash
selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Canon M50 Landscape photography factors
Panasonic G85 Landscape photography factors
manual focus
change lenses (Canon EF-M mount)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
image stabilization
decent MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
good ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW files
not so great battery pack (235 per charge)
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
no low pass filter
above average ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
environment proofing
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon M50 Vlogging features
Panasonic G85 Vlogging features
display is selfie friendly
touchscreen capability
image stabilization
includes face detection focusing
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
comes with external microphone jack
selfie friendly display
has touchscreen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
includes face detect autofocus
video res high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
comes with microphone socket
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Canon M50 vs Panasonic G85 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon M50 and Panasonic G85
 Canon EOS M50Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85
General Information
Make Canon Panasonic
Model type Canon EOS M50 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85
Also Known as - Lumix DMC-G80
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Advanced Mirrorless
Released 2018-02-26 2016-09-19
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Digic 8 -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 22.3 x 14.9mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 332.3mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 6000 x 4000 4592 x 3448
Highest native ISO 25600 25600
Highest enhanced ISO 51200 25600
Min native ISO 100 200
RAW format
Min enhanced ISO - 100
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 143 49
Lens support Canon EF-M Micro Four Thirds
Available lenses 23 107
Focal length multiplier 1.6 2.1
Display type Fully Articulated Fully Articulated
Display sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 1,040k dots 1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dots 2,360k dots
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.74x
Minimum shutter speed 30 secs 60 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Fastest quiet shutter speed - 1/16000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 10.0 frames per sec 9.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 5.00 m (at ISO 100) 6.20 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes - Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 3840x2160
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone port
Headphone port
Wireless Built-In Built-In
USB No USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 390 grams (0.86 lbs) 505 grams (1.11 lbs)
Physical dimensions 116 x 88 x 59mm (4.6" x 3.5" x 2.3") 128 x 89 x 74mm (5.0" x 3.5" x 2.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 71
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 22.8
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 12.5
DXO Low light rating not tested 656
Battery life 235 shots 330 shots
Battery type Built-in Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) Yes (2 or 10 secs, 10 secs x 3 shots)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC slot (UHS-I compatible) SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Card slots 1 1
Pricing at release $779 $900