Canon M50 vs Sony A3000

Canon EOS M50 front
Sony Alpha A3000 front

Canon M50 vs Sony A3000 Key Specs

Canon M50
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Bump to 51200)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Canon EF-M Mount
  • 390g - 116 x 88 x 59mm
  • Released February 2018
  • Newer Model is Canon M50 II
Sony A3000
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 16000
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 411g - 128 x 91 x 85mm
  • Revealed August 2013
  • Successor is Sony a3500
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Canon M50 vs Sony A3000 Overview

Its time to look closer at the Canon M50 and Sony A3000, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras by competitors Canon and Sony. The sensor resolution of the M50 (24MP) and the A3000 (20MP) is relatively well matched and both cameras boast the same sensor sizes (APS-C).

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The M50 was launched 4 years later than the A3000 and that is quite a sizable gap as far as tech is concerned. Both cameras have the same body design (SLR-style mirrorless).

Before delving straight to a comprehensive comparison, here is a simple summation of how the M50 scores vs the A3000 for portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon M50 over the Sony A3000

 M50 A3000 
RevealedFebruary 2018August 2013More recent by 55 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen resolution1040k230kClearer screen (+810k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Sony A3000 over the Canon M50

 A3000 M50 

Common features in the Canon M50 and Sony A3000

 M50 A3000 
Manual focus Very exact focusing
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen dimensions

Canon M50 vs Sony A3000 Physical Comparison

For those who are intending to lug around your camera often, you will need to take into account its weight and proportions. The Canon M50 features 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) whilst the Sony A3000 has measurements of 128mm x 91mm x 85mm (5.0" x 3.6" x 3.3") having a weight of 411 grams (0.91 lbs).

Contrast the Canon M50 and Sony A3000 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you are utilising at the time. Underneath is a front view proportions comparison of the M50 against the A3000.

Canon M50 vs Sony A3000 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the M50 and A3000 is 79 and 69 respectively.

Canon M50 vs Sony A3000 top view buttons comparison

Canon M50 vs Sony A3000 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is very hard to visualize the contrast between sensor measurements just by looking at a spec sheet. The visual underneath may offer you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the M50 and A3000.

Clearly, both cameras provide the same sensor dimensions albeit different MP. You should count on the Canon M50 to give more detail utilizing its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will make it easier to crop shots more aggressively. The younger M50 should have an edge when it comes to sensor technology.

Canon M50 vs Sony A3000 sensor size comparison

Canon M50 vs Sony A3000 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon M50 vs Sony A3000 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon M50 Portrait photography advice
Sony A3000 Portrait photography advice
you can focus manually
good megapixels (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports face detection autofocus
delivers RAW formats
you can focus manually
decent megapixels (20MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
features face detection focusing
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon M50 Street photography details
Sony A3000 Street photography details
screen articulates fully
has image stabilization
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
comes with touch focus
very good ISO range (25,600)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization
more heavy than others (411g)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon M50
Sports photography with Sony A3000
has image stabilization
good megapixels (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports tracking autofocus
comes with phase detect autofocus
bad battery life (235 per charge)
decent megapixels (20MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
features tracking autofocus
great battery life (470 per charge)
very slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
lack of image stabilization
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon M50 as a Travel photography camera
Sony A3000 as a Travel photography camera
supports bluetooth
comes with touch focus
good megapixels (24MP)
has built in flash
screen is selfie friendly
bad battery life (235 per charge)
great battery life (470 per charge)
decent megapixels (20MP)
built-in flash
doesn't have Timelapse function
more heavy than others (411g)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon M50 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony A3000 as a Landscape photography camera
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Canon EF-M mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
has image stabilization
good megapixels (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
very good ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
bad battery life (235 per charge)
you can focus manually
change lenses (Sony E mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
decent megapixels (20MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
great battery life (470 CIPA)
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon M50 Vlogging details
Sony A3000 Vlogging details
screen is selfie friendly
touchscreen functionality
has image stabilization
supports face detection autofocus
high res video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
does have external microphone port
features face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have external microphone socket
more heavy than others (411 grams)
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Canon M50 vs Sony A3000 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon M50 and Sony A3000
 Canon EOS M50Sony Alpha A3000
General Information
Brand Name Canon Sony
Model Canon EOS M50 Sony Alpha A3000
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Released 2018-02-26 2013-08-27
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by Digic 8 BIONZ image
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 22.3 x 14.9mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 332.3mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 6000 x 4000 5456 x 3632
Max native ISO 25600 16000
Max enhanced ISO 51200 -
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 143 25
Lens mounting type Canon EF-M Sony E
Number of lenses 23 121
Focal length multiplier 1.6 1.5
Type of screen Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 1,040 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Screen tech - TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,360 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.47x
Minimum shutter speed 30s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter rate 10.0 frames/s 3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 5.00 m (at ISO 100) 6.00 m (at ISO200 / 4m at ISO100)
Flash settings - Flash off, Auto flash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync.
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize - 1/160s
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC 1920 x 1080
Max video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 AVCHD, H.264, MP4
Microphone port
Headphone port
Wireless Built-In None
USB No USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 390 gr (0.86 lb) 411 gr (0.91 lb)
Physical dimensions 116 x 88 x 59mm (4.6" x 3.5" x 2.3") 128 x 91 x 85mm (5.0" x 3.6" x 3.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 78
DXO Color Depth score not tested 23.7
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.8
DXO Low light score not tested 1068
Battery life 235 photos 470 photos
Form of battery Built-in Battery Pack
Battery model - NP-FW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) Yes (2-sec. or 10-sec. delay)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC slot (UHS-I compatible) -
Card slots Single Single
Launch cost $779 $398