Canon M50 vs Pentax K-01

Canon EOS M50 front
Pentax K-01 front

Canon M50 vs Pentax K-01 Key Specs

Canon M50
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Raise to 51200)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Canon EF-M Mount
  • 390g - 116 x 88 x 59mm
  • Revealed February 2018
  • Renewed by Canon M50 II
Pentax K-01
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Boost to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 561g - 122 x 79 x 58mm
  • Announced May 2012
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Canon M50 vs Pentax K-01 Overview

Here, we are matching up the Canon M50 and Pentax K-01, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras by companies Canon and Pentax. There is a noticeable difference between the resolutions of the M50 (24MP) and K-01 (16MP) but both cameras offer the identical sensor measurements (APS-C).

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The M50 was released 5 years later than the K-01 and that is quite a sizable difference as far as tech is concerned. Both the cameras feature the same body design (SLR-style mirrorless).

Before we go straight to a thorough comparison, here is a short synopsis of how the M50 scores vs the K-01 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon M50 over the Pentax K-01

 M50 K-01 
AnnouncedFebruary 2018May 2012More recent by 70 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display resolution1040k921kClearer display (+119k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax K-01 over the Canon M50

 K-01 M50 

Common features in the Canon M50 and Pentax K-01

 M50 K-01 
Manually focus More accurate focusing
Display size3"3"Same display measurements

Canon M50 vs Pentax K-01 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to lug around your camera frequently, you'll have to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Canon M50 has 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 Pentax K-01 has dimensions of 122mm x 79mm x 58mm (4.8" x 3.1" x 2.3") accompanied by a weight of 561 grams (1.24 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you choose at that moment. Below is a front view overall size comparison of the M50 versus the K-01.

Canon M50 vs Pentax K-01 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the M50 and K-01 is 79 and 76 respectively.

Canon M50 vs Pentax K-01 top view buttons comparison

Canon M50 vs Pentax K-01 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it's difficult to visualise the difference between sensor measurements purely by reviewing a spec sheet. The photograph here will help offer you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the M50 and K-01.

Clearly, the two cameras come with the identical sensor size but not the same resolution. You can expect to see the Canon M50 to offer greater detail as a result of its extra 8MP. Greater resolution will let you crop images a good deal more aggressively. The fresher M50 is going to have a benefit when it comes to sensor innovation.

Canon M50 vs Pentax K-01 sensor size comparison

Canon M50 vs Pentax K-01 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon M50 vs Pentax K-01 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon M50 Portrait photography highlights
Pentax K-01 Portrait photography highlights
manual focus
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
provides face detection autofocus
saves RAW files
manual focus
megapixel count good (16MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
comes with face detect focus
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon M50 Street photography details
Pentax K-01 Street photography details
fully articulated screen
has image stabilization
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW files
comes with touch focus
good ISO range (25,600)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
no moving screen
more heavy than competition in class (561g)
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Sports Comparison

Canon M50 Sports photography features
Pentax K-01 Sports photography features
has image stabilization
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
provides tracking autofocus
comes with phase detect autofocus
low battery (235 CIPA)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count good (16MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
great battery life (540 CIPA)
very slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames per second)
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon M50 as a Travel photography camera
Pentax K-01 as a Travel photography camera
supports bluetooth
comes with touch focus
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
low battery (235 per charge)
great battery life (540 CIPA)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
more heavy than competition in class (561g)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon M50 Landscape photography info
Pentax K-01 Landscape photography info
manual focus
swap lenses (Canon EF-M mount)
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
good ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW files
low battery (235 shots)
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
great battery life (540 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon M50 Vlogging factors
Pentax K-01 Vlogging factors
selfie friendly display
has touchscreen
has image stabilization
provides face detection autofocus
high res video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
does have external mic jack
image stabilization (Sensor based)
comes with face detect focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does have microphone socket
display isn't selfie friendly
more heavy than competition in class (561g)
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Canon M50 vs Pentax K-01 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon M50 and Pentax K-01
 Canon EOS M50Pentax K-01
General Information
Brand Name Canon Pentax
Model Canon EOS M50 Pentax K-01
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Revealed 2018-02-26 2012-05-30
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Digic 8 -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 22.3 x 14.9mm 23.7 x 15.7mm
Sensor area 332.3mm² 372.1mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 6000 x 4000 4928 x 3264
Max native ISO 25600 12800
Max enhanced ISO 51200 25600
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 143 81
Lens mount Canon EF-M Pentax KAF2
Available lenses 23 151
Crop factor 1.6 1.5
Display type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3" 3"
Resolution of display 1,040k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Display tech - TFT LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Minimum shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 10.0 frames per second 6.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 5.00 m (at ISO 100) 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings - Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize - 1/180 seconds
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps),1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25, 24 fps)
Max video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Wireless Built-In None
USB No USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 390g (0.86 lbs) 561g (1.24 lbs)
Physical dimensions 116 x 88 x 59mm (4.6" x 3.5" x 2.3") 122 x 79 x 58mm (4.8" x 3.1" x 2.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 79
DXO Color Depth score not tested 23.7
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.9
DXO Low light score not tested 1135
Battery life 235 images 540 images
Battery type Built-in Battery Pack
Battery model - D-LI90
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC slot (UHS-I compatible) SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Single Single
Retail price $779 $899