Canon M50 vs Sony NEX-F3

Canon EOS M50 front
Sony Alpha NEX-F3 front

Canon M50 vs Sony NEX-F3 Key Specs

Canon M50
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Push to 51200)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Canon EF-M Mount
  • 390g - 116 x 88 x 59mm
  • Released February 2018
  • Renewed by Canon M50 II
Sony NEX-F3
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 200 - 16000
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 314g - 117 x 67 x 42mm
  • Revealed August 2012
  • Succeeded the Sony NEX-C3
  • Later Model is Sony NEX-3N
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Canon M50 vs Sony NEX-F3 Overview

Lets look closer at the Canon M50 vs Sony NEX-F3, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras by companies Canon and Sony. There exists a big gap between the sensor resolutions of the M50 (24MP) and NEX-F3 (16MP) but both cameras posses the identical sensor measurements (APS-C).

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The M50 was unveiled 5 years later than the NEX-F3 and that is quite a big gap as far as technology is concerned. The two cameras feature different body design with the Canon M50 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Sony NEX-F3 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before going right into a comprehensive comparison, here is a short summary of how the M50 scores against the NEX-F3 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon M50 over the Sony NEX-F3

 M50 NEX-F3 
RevealedFebruary 2018August 2012Fresher by 68 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating screen
Screen resolution1040k920kCrisper screen (+120k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Sony NEX-F3 over the Canon M50

 NEX-F3 M50 

Common features in the Canon M50 and Sony NEX-F3

 M50 NEX-F3 
Focus manually More precise focus
Screen size3"3"Same screen measurements

Canon M50 vs Sony NEX-F3 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to carry your camera frequently, you should think about its weight and proportions. The Canon M50 provides outside dimensions of 116mm x 88mm x 59mm (4.6" x 3.5" x 2.3") having a weight of 390 grams (0.86 lbs) while the Sony NEX-F3 has measurements of 117mm x 67mm x 42mm (4.6" x 2.6" x 1.7") and a weight of 314 grams (0.69 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you have chosen at that time. The following is a front view measurements comparison of the M50 and the NEX-F3.

Canon M50 vs Sony NEX-F3 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the M50 and NEX-F3 is 79 and 86 respectively.

Canon M50 vs Sony NEX-F3 top view buttons comparison

Canon M50 vs Sony NEX-F3 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it's hard to envision the contrast between sensor sizing only by reviewing technical specs. The photograph underneath might offer you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the M50 and NEX-F3.

As you have seen, both of these cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit not the same resolution. You should count on the Canon M50 to offer you extra detail having an extra 8MP. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop shots a good deal more aggressively. The younger M50 will have a benefit when it comes to sensor innovation.

Canon M50 vs Sony NEX-F3 sensor size comparison

Canon M50 vs Sony NEX-F3 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon M50 vs Sony NEX-F3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon M50 Portrait photography information
Sony NEX-F3 Portrait photography information
you can focus manually
good resolution (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
has face detection autofocus
saves RAW formats
has manual focus
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon M50 Street photography information
Sony NEX-F3 Street photography information
fully articulated screen
image stabilization
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
features touch focus
great high ISO (25,600)
screen tilts up and down
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Canon M50 as a Sports photography camera
Sony NEX-F3 as a Sports photography camera
image stabilization
good resolution (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
has tracking autofocus
supports phase detect autofocus
low battery (235 CIPA)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
good battery life (470 shots)
slow continuous shooting (6.0 fps)
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon M50 Travel photography advice
Sony NEX-F3 Travel photography advice
connects via bluetooth
features touch focus
good resolution (24 megapixels)
has built in flash
selfie friendly display
low battery (235 shots)
good battery life (470 shots)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
built-in flash
doesn't have Timelapse recording
does not contain selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Canon M50 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony NEX-F3 as a Landscape photography camera
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Canon EF-M mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization
good resolution (24 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
great high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW formats
low battery (235 shots)
has manual focus
change lenses (Sony E mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
good battery life (470 per charge)
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon M50 Vlogging info
Sony NEX-F3 Vlogging info
selfie friendly display
image stabilization
has face detection autofocus
high res video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
comes with external microphone support
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have external microphone port
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Canon M50 vs Sony NEX-F3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon M50 and Sony NEX-F3
 Canon EOS M50Sony Alpha NEX-F3
General Information
Company Canon Sony
Model Canon EOS M50 Sony Alpha NEX-F3
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Released 2018-02-26 2012-08-16
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by 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 surface area 332.3mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixel 16 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 4912 x 3264
Max native ISO 25600 16000
Max enhanced ISO 51200 -
Min native ISO 100 200
RAW pictures
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 143 25
Lens mount Canon EF-M Sony E
Number of lenses 23 121
Crop factor 1.6 1.5
Screen type Fully Articulated Tilting
Screen diagonal 3" 3"
Screen resolution 1,040 thousand dot 920 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Screen tech - TFT Xtra Fine LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic (optional)
Viewfinder resolution 2,360 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Minimum shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 10.0 frames/s 6.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 5.00 m (at ISO 100) -
Flash options - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync - 1/160 secs
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC 1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
USB No USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 390 gr (0.86 lb) 314 gr (0.69 lb)
Physical dimensions 116 x 88 x 59mm (4.6" x 3.5" x 2.3") 117 x 67 x 42mm (4.6" x 2.6" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 73
DXO Color Depth score not tested 22.7
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.3
DXO Low light score not tested 1114
Battery life 235 shots 470 shots
Style of battery Built-in Battery Pack
Battery model - NPFW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec 3 or 5 images)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC slot (UHS-I compatible) SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots Single Single
Launch pricing $779 $470