Canon M50 vs Sony NEX-3N

Canon EOS M50 front
Sony Alpha NEX-3N front

Canon M50 vs Sony NEX-3N Key Specs

Canon M50
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Bump to 51200)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Canon EF-M Mount
  • 390g - 116 x 88 x 59mm
  • Launched February 2018
  • New Model is Canon M50 II
Sony NEX-3N
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 200 - 16000
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 269g - 110 x 62 x 35mm
  • Announced February 2013
  • Old Model is Sony NEX-F3
  • New Model is Sony a5000
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Canon M50 vs Sony NEX-3N Overview

Following is a complete assessment of the Canon M50 vs Sony NEX-3N, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras by manufacturers Canon and Sony. There exists a substantial gap between the resolutions of the M50 (24MP) and NEX-3N (16MP) but they enjoy the same exact sensor sizing (APS-C).

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The M50 was released 5 years after the NEX-3N which is quite a big difference as far as technology is concerned. Both of the cameras offer different body type with the Canon M50 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Sony NEX-3N being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before we go through a complete comparison, below is a short highlight of how the M50 scores vs the NEX-3N with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon M50 over the Sony NEX-3N

 M50 NEX-3N 
AnnouncedFebruary 2018February 2013More modern by 61 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display
Display resolution1040k460kClearer display (+580k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sony NEX-3N over the Canon M50

 NEX-3N M50 

Common features in the Canon M50 and Sony NEX-3N

 M50 NEX-3N 
Manual focus Dial exact focusing
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display measurement

Canon M50 vs Sony NEX-3N Physical Comparison

For anyone who is aiming to carry around your camera often, you'll have to factor its weight and volume. The Canon M50 enjoys exterior dimensions of 116mm x 88mm x 59mm (4.6" x 3.5" x 2.3") having a weight of 390 grams (0.86 lbs) whilst the Sony NEX-3N has sizing of 110mm x 62mm x 35mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.4") having a weight of 269 grams (0.59 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you select at that time. Following is the front view dimensions comparison of the M50 versus the NEX-3N.

Canon M50 vs Sony NEX-3N size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the M50 and NEX-3N is 79 and 89 respectively.

Canon M50 vs Sony NEX-3N top view buttons comparison

Canon M50 vs Sony NEX-3N Sensor Comparison

Typically, it can be hard to visualize the contrast between sensor sizes merely by reading technical specs. The image underneath will give you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the M50 and NEX-3N.

As you can tell, both of the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but different resolution. You can expect to see the Canon M50 to deliver more detail as a result of its extra 8MP. Greater resolution will let you crop photos a little more aggressively. The more modern M50 should have an advantage in sensor tech.

Canon M50 vs Sony NEX-3N sensor size comparison

Canon M50 vs Sony NEX-3N Screen and ViewFinder

Canon M50 vs Sony NEX-3N Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon M50 Portrait photography details
Sony NEX-3N Portrait photography details
focusing manually
decent megapixels (24 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports face detect focus
delivers RAW files
manual focus
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW files
can't use external flash
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Street Comparison

Canon M50 Street photography info
Sony NEX-3N Street photography info
screen articulates
has image stabilization
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
offers focus by touch
great ISO range (25,600)
tilting screen
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW files
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Canon M50 Sports photography highlights
Sony NEX-3N Sports photography highlights
has image stabilization
decent megapixels (24MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports tracking focus
sensor has phase detect auto focus
bad battery life (235 shots)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
good battery (480 per charge)
slow continuous shooting (4.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Canon M50 Travel photography factors
Sony NEX-3N Travel photography factors
connects via bluetooth
offers focus by touch
decent megapixels (24 megapixels)
built-in flash
screen is selfie friendly
bad battery life (235 shots)
good battery (480 CIPA)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
does not have Time Lapse recording
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Canon M50 Landscape photography details
Sony NEX-3N Landscape photography details
focusing manually
change lenses (Canon EF-M mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization
decent megapixels (24MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
great ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW files
bad battery life (235 CIPA)
manual focus
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is good (3")
megapixel count good (16MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW files
good battery (480 per charge)
does not have image stabilization
does not have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Canon M50
Vlogging with Sony NEX-3N
screen is selfie friendly
touchscreen enabled
has image stabilization
supports face detect focus
video res high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
includes microphone support
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
does not have external mic socket
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Canon M50 vs Sony NEX-3N Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon M50 and Sony NEX-3N
 Canon EOS M50Sony Alpha NEX-3N
General Information
Make Canon Sony
Model Canon EOS M50 Sony Alpha NEX-3N
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Launched 2018-02-26 2013-02-25
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip Digic 8 Bionz
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 22.3 x 14.9mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 332.3mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 24MP 16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 6000 x 4000 4912 x 3264
Highest native ISO 25600 16000
Highest boosted ISO 51200 -
Min native ISO 100 200
RAW photos
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 143 25
Lens mounting type Canon EF-M Sony E
Amount of lenses 23 121
Crop factor 1.6 1.5
Type of display Fully Articulated Tilting
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 1,040 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,360 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Slowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting rate 10.0 frames per sec 4.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 5.00 m (at ISO 100) -
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize - 1/160s
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC 1920 x 1080
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic 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 pounds) 269g (0.59 pounds)
Dimensions 116 x 88 x 59mm (4.6" x 3.5" x 2.3") 110 x 62 x 35mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.4")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 74
DXO Color Depth score not tested 22.8
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.5
DXO Low light score not tested 1067
Battery life 235 photographs 480 photographs
Style of battery Built-in Battery Pack
Battery model - NPFW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) -
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC slot (UHS-I compatible) SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots 1 1
Retail price $779 $399