Canon M50 vs Panasonic GF2

Canon EOS M50 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 front

Canon M50 vs Panasonic GF2 Key Specs

Canon M50
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Raise to 51200)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Canon EF-M Mount
  • 390g - 116 x 88 x 59mm
  • Released February 2018
  • Later Model is Canon M50 II
Panasonic GF2
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  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 310g - 113 x 68 x 33mm
  • Launched February 2011
  • Earlier Model is Panasonic GF1
  • Renewed by Panasonic GF3
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Canon M50 vs Panasonic GF2 Overview

Lets look more in depth at the Canon M50 and Panasonic GF2, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras by rivals Canon and Panasonic. There is a crucial difference among the resolutions of the M50 (24MP) and GF2 (12MP) and the M50 (APS-C) and GF2 (Four Thirds) offer different sensor size.

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The M50 was brought out 7 years later than the GF2 and that is a fairly serious gap as far as camera tech is concerned. The two cameras have different body design with the Canon M50 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic GF2 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before we go into a complete comparison, here is a concise overview of how the M50 matches up against the GF2 for portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon M50 over the Panasonic GF2

 M50 GF2 
LaunchedFebruary 2018February 2011More recent by 86 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display resolution1040k460kSharper display (+580k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Panasonic GF2 over the Canon M50

 GF2 M50 

Common features in the Canon M50 and Panasonic GF2

 M50 GF2 
Manually focus More accurate focusing
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display size
Touch display Easily navigate

Canon M50 vs Panasonic GF2 Physical Comparison

In case you're looking to lug around your camera frequently, you'll need to factor its weight and proportions. The Canon M50 features external 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 Panasonic GF2 has measurements of 113mm x 68mm x 33mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.3") along with a weight of 310 grams (0.68 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you are employing at the time. Here is a front view scale comparison of the M50 against the GF2.

Canon M50 vs Panasonic GF2 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability grade of the M50 and GF2 is 79 and 88 respectively.

Canon M50 vs Panasonic GF2 top view buttons comparison

Canon M50 vs Panasonic GF2 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, its hard to picture the difference in sensor measurements merely by researching specifications. The photograph here should provide you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the M50 and GF2.

Plainly, both of these cameras provide different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The M50 because of its larger sensor is going to make achieving shallower depth of field easier and the Canon M50 will render greater detail having its extra 12MP. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop photos more aggressively. The newer M50 provides an edge when it comes to sensor tech.

Canon M50 vs Panasonic GF2 sensor size comparison

Canon M50 vs Panasonic GF2 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon M50 vs Panasonic GF2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon M50
Portrait photography with Panasonic GF2
has manual focus
decent megapixels (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports face detection autofocus
delivers RAW files
has manual focus
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
offers face detect autofocus
delivers RAW files
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon M50
Street photography with Panasonic GF2
screen articulates
has image stabilization
sensor size is good (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
comes with touch focus
great high ISO (25,600)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon M50
Sports photography with Panasonic GF2
has image stabilization
decent megapixels (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports tracking autofocus
comes with phase detect autofocus
bad battery life (235 per charge)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
offers tracking focus
max fps very slow (3.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
terrible battery life (300 CIPA)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Canon M50 Travel photography information
Panasonic GF2 Travel photography information
connects via bluetooth
comes with touch focus
decent megapixels (24MP)
flash built-in
selfie friendly display
bad battery life (235 CIPA)
has built in flash
no Timelapse recording
terrible battery life (300 per charge)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon M50 Landscape photography info
Panasonic GF2 Landscape photography info
has manual focus
change lenses (Canon EF-M mount)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
has image stabilization
decent megapixels (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
great high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW files
bad battery life (235 CIPA)
has manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
terrible battery life (300 per charge)
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon M50 Vlogging information
Panasonic GF2 Vlogging information
selfie friendly display
touchscreen capability
has image stabilization
supports face detection autofocus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
does have external mic support
touchscreen functionality
offers face detect autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
no microphone jack
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Canon M50 vs Panasonic GF2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon M50 and Panasonic GF2
 Canon EOS M50Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2
General Information
Brand Canon Panasonic
Model Canon EOS M50 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Released 2018-02-26 2011-02-24
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Digic 8 Venus Engine FHD
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 24MP 12MP
Anti aliasing 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 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 25600 6400
Highest enhanced ISO 51200 -
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 143 23
Lens mounting type Canon EF-M Micro Four Thirds
Total lenses 23 107
Focal length multiplier 1.6 2.1
Screen type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 1,040k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Screen tech - TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Minimum shutter speed 30 secs 60 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 10.0 frames/s 3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 5.00 m (at ISO 100) 6.00 m
Flash options - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync - 1/160 secs
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 AVCHD, Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
Wireless Built-In None
USB No USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 390 gr (0.86 pounds) 310 gr (0.68 pounds)
Physical dimensions 116 x 88 x 59mm (4.6" x 3.5" x 2.3") 113 x 68 x 33mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 54
DXO Color Depth score not tested 21.2
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 10.3
DXO Low light score not tested 506
Battery life 235 images 300 images
Style of battery Built-in Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC slot (UHS-I compatible) SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots One One
Price at release $779 $330