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Canon R50 vs Nikon 1 AW1

Portability
75
Imaging
72
Features
88
Overall
78
Canon EOS R50 front
 
Nikon 1 AW1 front
Portability
86
Imaging
44
Features
62
Overall
51

Canon R50 vs Nikon 1 AW1 Key Specs

Canon R50
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.00" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 32000 (Boost to 51200)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Canon RF Mount
  • 375g - 116 x 86 x 69mm
  • Released February 2023
Nikon 1 AW1
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 160 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon 1 Mount
  • 356g - 114 x 72 x 37mm
  • Released September 2013
Photography Glossary

Canon R50 vs Nikon 1 AW1 Overview

Here, we are comparing the Canon R50 versus Nikon 1 AW1, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras by companies Canon and Nikon. There exists a sizeable gap between the sensor resolutions of the R50 (24MP) and 1 AW1 (14MP) and the R50 (APS-C) and 1 AW1 (1") offer different sensor sizes.

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The R50 was released 9 years after the 1 AW1 which is quite a large gap as far as technology is concerned. Both of the cameras feature different body design with the Canon R50 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Nikon 1 AW1 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before getting right into a comprehensive comparison, here is a concise overview of how the R50 grades vs the 1 AW1 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon R50 over the Nikon 1 AW1

 R50 1 AW1 
ReleasedFebruary 2023September 2013Newer by 115 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display resolution1040k921kCrisper display (+119k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Nikon 1 AW1 over the Canon R50

 1 AW1 R50 

Common features in the Canon R50 and Nikon 1 AW1

 R50 1 AW1 
Focus manually Dial accurate focusing
Display size3.00"3"Same display dimensions

Canon R50 vs Nikon 1 AW1 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is intending to travel with your camera, you will want to take into account its weight and volume. The Canon R50 enjoys outer measurements of 116mm x 86mm x 69mm (4.6" x 3.4" x 2.7") having a weight of 375 grams (0.83 lbs) and the Nikon 1 AW1 has sizing of 114mm x 72mm x 37mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.5") with a weight of 356 grams (0.78 lbs).

Check out the Canon R50 versus Nikon 1 AW1 in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you choose at that moment. Here is a front view proportions comparison of the R50 and the 1 AW1.

Canon R50 vs Nikon 1 AW1 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the R50 and 1 AW1 is 75 and 86 respectively.

Canon R50 vs Nikon 1 AW1 top view buttons comparison

Canon R50 vs Nikon 1 AW1 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is very difficult to picture the difference between sensor dimensions only by reviewing technical specs. The image below might give you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the R50 and 1 AW1.

As you have seen, both of the cameras feature different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The R50 featuring a larger sensor is going to make getting bokeh simpler and the Canon R50 will offer you extra detail as a result of its extra 10MP. Greater resolution will enable you to crop images way more aggressively. The newer R50 provides an advantage with regard to sensor tech.

Canon R50 vs Nikon 1 AW1 sensor size comparison

Canon R50 vs Nikon 1 AW1 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon R50 vs Nikon 1 AW1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon R50 Portrait photography factors
Nikon 1 AW1 Portrait photography factors
83
manual focus
good MP (24MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
comes with face detect focusing
delivers RAW formats
59
you can focus manually
MP count decent (14MP)
good sensor size (1")
provides face detect autofocus
saves RAW formats
no external flash support
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Street Comparison

Canon R50 Street photography advice
Nikon 1 AW1 Street photography advice
77
fully articulated screen
sensor size is good (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
offers focus by touch
above average high ISO (32,000)
no image stabilization
67
good sensor size (1")
saves RAW formats
environment proofing
fixed screen
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Canon R50 Sports photography information
Nikon 1 AW1 Sports photography information
77
quiet shooting (1/8,000s)
good MP (24MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
comes with tracking focus
sensor has phase detect AF
no image stabilization
59
fast continuous shooting (60.0 frames/s)
MP count decent (14MP)
good sensor size (1")
provides tracking focus
environment proofing
sensor has phase detect autofocus
does not have image stabilization
low battery (220 shots)
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Travel Comparison

Canon R50 Travel photography information
Nikon 1 AW1 Travel photography information
84
has bluetooth
offers focus by touch
good MP (24MP)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
63
environment proofing
MP count decent (14MP)
flash built-in
no Timelapse mode
low battery (220 CIPA)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon R50
Landscape photography with Nikon 1 AW1
80
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Canon RF mount)
pretty good screen size (3.00 inch)
good MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
above average high ISO (32,000)
delivers RAW formats
no image stabilization
61
you can focus manually
change lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
MP count decent (14MP)
good sensor size (1")
saves RAW formats
environment proofing
does not have image stabilization
low battery (220 per charge)
no Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon R50 Vlogging advice
Nikon 1 AW1 Vlogging advice
77
selfie friendly screen
touchscreen functionality
comes with face detect focusing
high quality video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
includes microphone socket
no image stabilization
29
provides face detect autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
no microphone jack
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Canon R50 vs Nikon 1 AW1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon R50 and Nikon 1 AW1
 Canon EOS R50Nikon 1 AW1
General Information
Company Canon Nikon
Model type Canon EOS R50 Nikon 1 AW1
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Released 2023-02-08 2013-09-19
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor - EXPEED 3A
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C 1"
Sensor measurements 22.3 x 14.9mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor area 332.3mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 6000 x 4000 4608 x 3072
Highest native ISO 32000 6400
Highest boosted ISO 51200 -
Minimum native ISO 100 160
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 651 135
Lens
Lens support Canon RF Nikon 1
Available lenses 37 13
Focal length multiplier 1.6 2.7
Screen
Range of screen Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3.00" 3"
Screen resolution 1,040 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen tech - TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,360 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.59x -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Maximum silent shutter speed 1/8000s -
Continuous shooting speed 12.0 frames/s 60.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 6m at ISO 100 5.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings - Fill flash, fill w/slow sync, rear curtain sync, rear w/slow sync, redeye reduction, redeye w/slow sync, off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/200s 1/60s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 120 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 120 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 60 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 60 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 230 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 120 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 470 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 120 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 70 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 60 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 35 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 30 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 12 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 90 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 170 Mbps, MP4, H.265, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 170 Mbps, MP4, H.265, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 85 Mbps, MP4, H.265, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 85 Mbps, MP4, H.265, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 230 Mbps, MP4, H.265, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 120 Mbps, MP4, H.265, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 470 Mbps, MP4, H.265, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 120 Mbps, MP4, H.265, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 70 Mbps, MP4, H.265, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 60 Mbps, MP4, H.265, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 35 Mbps, MP4, H.265, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 30 Mbps, MP4, H.265, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 30 Mbps, MP4, H.265, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 12 Mbps, MP4, H.265, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 12 Mbps, MP4, H.265, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 90 Mbps, MP4, H.265, AAC 1920 x 1080 (60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p), 640 x 240 (400 fps), 320 x 120 (1200 fps)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264, H.265 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Optional
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 GBit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 375 gr (0.83 lbs) 356 gr (0.78 lbs)
Physical dimensions 116 x 86 x 69mm (4.6" x 3.4" x 2.7") 114 x 72 x 37mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 51
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 20.2
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 10.9
DXO Low light rating not tested 428
Other
Battery life 370 photographs 220 photographs
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID LP-E17 EN-EL20
Self timer Yes Yes (2, 5, 10 secs)
Time lapse recording
Storage media Single UHS-II SD card slot SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage slots One One
Launch price $679 $0