Canon M50 vs Samsung NX mini

Portability
79
Imaging
70
Features
88
Overall
77
Canon EOS M50 front
 
Samsung NX mini front
Portability
93
Imaging
53
Features
68
Overall
59

Canon M50 vs Samsung NX mini Key Specs

Canon M50
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Increase to 51200)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Canon EF-M Mount
  • 390g - 116 x 88 x 59mm
  • Released February 2018
  • Refreshed by Canon M50 II
Samsung NX mini
(Full Review)
  • 20.5MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 160 - 12800 (Bump to 25600)
  • 1/16000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Samsung NX-M Mount
  • 196g - 110 x 62 x 23mm
  • Announced March 2014
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Canon M50 vs Samsung NX mini Overview

In this write-up, we are reviewing the Canon M50 and Samsung NX mini, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras by rivals Canon and Samsung. The sensor resolution of the M50 (24MP) and the NX mini (20.5MP) is fairly similar but the M50 (APS-C) and NX mini (1") feature different sensor dimensions.

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The M50 was revealed 4 years after the NX mini which is quite a serious gap as far as technology is concerned. Both the cameras offer different body type with the Canon M50 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Samsung NX mini being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before getting straight into a comprehensive comparison, below is a short synopsis of how the M50 scores against the NX mini in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon M50 over the Samsung NX mini

 M50 NX mini 
AnnouncedFebruary 2018March 2014More modern by 48 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display
Display resolution1040k461kCrisper display (+579k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Samsung NX mini over the Canon M50

 NX mini M50 

Common features in the Canon M50 and Samsung NX mini

 M50 NX mini 
Manually focus Dial exact focus
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display sizing
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Canon M50 vs Samsung NX mini Physical Comparison

For anyone who is aiming to carry around your camera regularly, you'll need to consider its weight and dimensions. The Canon M50 has physical 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 Samsung NX mini has dimensions of 110mm x 62mm x 23mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 0.9") along with a weight of 196 grams (0.43 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you choose at that time. Underneath is the front view dimensions comparison of the M50 vs the NX mini.

Canon M50 vs Samsung NX mini size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the M50 and NX mini is 79 and 93 respectively.

Canon M50 vs Samsung NX mini top view buttons comparison

Canon M50 vs Samsung NX mini Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is tough to imagine the difference between sensor sizes only by reviewing specs. The picture underneath may give you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the M50 and NX mini.

All in all, the two cameras enjoy different megapixels and different sensor sizes. The M50 with its larger sensor is going to make shooting shallower DOF less difficult and the Canon M50 will offer more detail because of its extra 3.5MP. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop pics far more aggressively. The more modern M50 should have a benefit in sensor tech.

Canon M50 vs Samsung NX mini sensor size comparison

Canon M50 vs Samsung NX mini Screen and ViewFinder

Canon M50 vs Samsung NX mini Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon M50 Portrait photography features
Samsung NX mini Portrait photography features
82
you can focus manually
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
offers face detection focusing
supports RAW files
71
has manual focus
decent sensor resolution (20.5MP)
sensor size is decent (1")
has face detection focusing
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon M50
Street photography with Samsung NX mini
84
screen articulates
built in image stabilization
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
provides touch to focus
great ISO range (25,600)
81
tilting screen
sensor size is decent (1")
exports RAW formats
includes focus by touch
lighter than average (196g)
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Canon M50 as a Sports photography camera
Samsung NX mini as a Sports photography camera
76
built in image stabilization
good megapixels (24MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
offers tracking autofocus
comes with phase detect AF
not so great battery pack (235 per charge)
55
great max shutter speed (1/16,000s)
decent sensor resolution (20.5 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (1")
better than average battery power (650 shots)
very slow continuous shooting (6.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon M50
Travel photography with Samsung NX mini
78
connects via bluetooth
provides touch to focus
good megapixels (24MP)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
not so great battery pack (235 CIPA)
76
better than average battery power (650 CIPA)
lighter than average (196 grams)
includes focus by touch
decent sensor resolution (20.5 megapixels)
flash built-in
does not have Timelapse recording
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Canon M50 Landscape photography information
Samsung NX mini Landscape photography information
80
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Canon EF-M mount)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization
good megapixels (24MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
great ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW files
not so great battery pack (235 shots)
69
has manual focus
change lenses (Samsung NX-M mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
decent sensor resolution (20.5MP)
sensor size is decent (1")
exports RAW formats
better than average battery power (650 shots)
does not have image stabilization
does not have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon M50 as a Vlogging camera
Samsung NX mini as a Vlogging camera
85
display is selfie friendly
has touchscreen
built in image stabilization
offers face detection focusing
high res video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
does have external mic support
38
touchscreen capability
has face detection focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
has external microphone support
lighter than average (196g)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
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Canon M50 vs Samsung NX mini Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon M50 and Samsung NX mini
 Canon EOS M50Samsung NX mini
General Information
Brand Canon Samsung
Model type Canon EOS M50 Samsung NX mini
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Released 2018-02-26 2014-03-19
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by Digic 8 -
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size APS-C 1"
Sensor measurements 22.3 x 14.9mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor surface area 332.3mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixel 20.5 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 6000 x 4000 5472 x 3648
Highest native ISO 25600 12800
Highest boosted ISO 51200 25600
Min native ISO 100 160
RAW support
Min boosted ISO - 100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 143 21
Lens
Lens support Canon EF-M Samsung NX-M
Number of lenses 23 2
Focal length multiplier 1.6 2.7
Screen
Screen type Fully Articulated Tilting
Screen sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 1,040k dots 461k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen tech - TFT-LCD (180 degree tilt)
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/16000s
Continuous shooting rate 10.0fps 6.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 5.00 m (at ISO 100) -
Flash options - Smart Flash, auto, auto + redeye reduction, fill-in, fill-in + redeye reduction, 1st curtain, 2nd curtain
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize - 1/200s
Exposure
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, 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240 (all 30 fps)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB No USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 390 gr (0.86 lbs) 196 gr (0.43 lbs)
Dimensions 116 x 88 x 59mm (4.6" x 3.5" x 2.3") 110 x 62 x 23mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 235 shots 650 shots
Style of battery Built-in Battery Pack
Battery ID - B740
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) Yes (2-30 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC slot (UHS-I compatible) microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC
Card slots 1 1
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