Canon M50 vs Sony NEX-5R

Canon EOS M50 front
Sony Alpha NEX-5R front

Canon M50 vs Sony NEX-5R 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
  • Announced February 2018
  • Later Model is Canon M50 II
Sony NEX-5R
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  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 276g - 111 x 59 x 39mm
  • Launched August 2012
  • Older Model is Sony NEX-5N
  • Replacement is Sony NEX-5T
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Canon M50 vs Sony NEX-5R Overview

In this article, we are matching up the Canon M50 and Sony NEX-5R, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras by rivals Canon and Sony. There is a huge difference among the image resolutions of the M50 (24MP) and NEX-5R (16MP) but they use the same exact sensor measurements (APS-C).

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The M50 was announced 5 years later than the NEX-5R and that is a fairly significant gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of these cameras offer different body type with the Canon M50 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Sony NEX-5R being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before diving straight into a complete comparison, below is a quick summation of how the M50 scores versus the NEX-5R for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon M50 over the Sony NEX-5R

 M50 NEX-5R 
LaunchedFebruary 2018August 2012Fresher by 67 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display
Display resolution1040k920kClearer display (+120k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Sony NEX-5R over the Canon M50

 NEX-5R M50 

Common features in the Canon M50 and Sony NEX-5R

 M50 NEX-5R 
Manual focus More precise focus
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display measurements
Touch display Easily navigate

Canon M50 vs Sony NEX-5R Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to carry your camera regularly, you will want to factor in its weight and proportions. The Canon M50 has got outside dimensions of 116mm x 88mm x 59mm (4.6" x 3.5" x 2.3") accompanied by a weight of 390 grams (0.86 lbs) whilst the Sony NEX-5R has measurements of 111mm x 59mm x 39mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") accompanied by a weight of 276 grams (0.61 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you are employing at the time. Below is the front view proportions comparison of the M50 compared to the NEX-5R.

Canon M50 vs Sony NEX-5R size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability grade of the M50 and NEX-5R is 79 and 89 respectively.

Canon M50 vs Sony NEX-5R top view buttons comparison

Canon M50 vs Sony NEX-5R Sensor Comparison

Generally, its tough to envision the gap in sensor sizing purely by going through specifications. The graphic here should offer you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the M50 and NEX-5R.

To sum up, both of these cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing but not the same resolution. You should anticipate the Canon M50 to produce greater detail with its extra 8 Megapixels. Greater resolution will let you crop photos far more aggressively. The fresher M50 will have a benefit when it comes to sensor tech.

Canon M50 vs Sony NEX-5R sensor size comparison

Canon M50 vs Sony NEX-5R Screen and ViewFinder

Canon M50 vs Sony NEX-5R Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon M50
Portrait photography with Sony NEX-5R
manual focus
good MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
includes face detection autofocus
supports RAW files
has manual focus
decent MP (16MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Canon M50 Street photography factors
Sony NEX-5R Street photography factors
screen articulates fully
built in image stabilization
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW files
includes touch focus
above average ISO range (25,600)
has a tilting screen
sensor size is good (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
features touch focus
above average high ISO (25,600)
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Canon M50 as a Sports photography camera
Sony NEX-5R as a Sports photography camera
built in image stabilization
good MP (24MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
includes tracking autofocus
has phase detect autofocus
terrible battery pack (235 shots)
decent MP (16MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
has tracking focus
supports phase detect autofocus
does not have image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Canon M50 Travel photography factors
Sony NEX-5R Travel photography factors
connects via bluetooth
includes touch focus
good MP (24MP)
built-in flash
display is selfie friendly
terrible battery pack (235 CIPA)
features touch focus
decent MP (16MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon M50
Landscape photography with Sony NEX-5R
manual focus
switch lenses (Canon EF-M mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization
good MP (24MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
above average ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW files
terrible battery pack (235 CIPA)
has manual focus
swap lenses (Sony E mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
above average high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
does not have image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon M50 Vlogging advice
Sony NEX-5R Vlogging advice
display is selfie friendly
has touchscreen
built in image stabilization
includes face detection autofocus
video res high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
has external microphone socket
touchscreen capability
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
missing microphone socket
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Canon M50 vs Sony NEX-5R Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon M50 and Sony NEX-5R
 Canon EOS M50Sony Alpha NEX-5R
General Information
Brand Canon Sony
Model type Canon EOS M50 Sony Alpha NEX-5R
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Announced 2018-02-26 2012-08-29
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Digic 8 Bionz
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 22.3 x 14.9mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 332.3mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 24MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 6000 x 4000 4912 x 3264
Highest native ISO 25600 25600
Highest enhanced ISO 51200 -
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 143 99
Lens mount type Canon EF-M Sony E
Available lenses 23 121
Crop factor 1.6 1.5
Type of screen Fully Articulated Tilting
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 1,040 thousand dots 920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Screen tech - Tilt Up 180� Down 50� TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic (optional)
Viewfinder resolution 2,360 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Minimum shutter speed 30s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter rate 10.0 frames per sec 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 5.00 m (at ISO 100) no built-in flash
Flash options - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize - 1/160s
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 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 AVCHD
Microphone port
Headphone port
Wireless Built-In Built-In
USB No USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 390 gr (0.86 lbs) 276 gr (0.61 lbs)
Dimensions 116 x 88 x 59mm (4.6" x 3.5" x 2.3") 111 x 59 x 39mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 78
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 23.7
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 13.1
DXO Low light rating not tested 910
Battery life 235 images 330 images
Style of battery Built-in Battery Pack
Battery ID - NPFW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 images))
Time lapse feature With downloadable app
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC slot (UHS-I compatible) SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots 1 1
Launch price $779 $750