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Canon R50 vs Olympus E-PL2

Portability
75
Imaging
72
Features
88
Overall
78
Canon EOS R50 front
 
Olympus PEN E-PL2 front
Portability
85
Imaging
48
Features
47
Overall
47

Canon R50 vs Olympus E-PL2 Key Specs

Canon R50
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.00" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 32000 (Raise to 51200)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Canon RF Mount
  • 375g - 116 x 86 x 69mm
  • Revealed February 2023
Olympus E-PL2
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 362g - 114 x 72 x 42mm
  • Revealed February 2011
  • Succeeded the Olympus E-PL1s
  • Updated by Olympus E-PL3
Photography Glossary

Canon R50 vs Olympus E-PL2 Overview

Lets look a little more closely at the Canon R50 vs Olympus E-PL2, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras by manufacturers Canon and Olympus. There is a substantial difference between the sensor resolutions of the R50 (24MP) and E-PL2 (12MP) and the R50 (APS-C) and E-PL2 (Four Thirds) come with totally different sensor sizes.

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The R50 was manufactured 12 years later than the E-PL2 and that is quite a big difference as far as tech is concerned. Each of the cameras offer different body type with the Canon R50 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Olympus E-PL2 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before going in to a comprehensive comparison, below is a quick summation of how the R50 matches up vs the E-PL2 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon R50 over the Olympus E-PL2

 R50 E-PL2 
RevealedFebruary 2023February 2011Fresher by 146 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display resolution1040k460kSharper display (+580k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL2 over the Canon R50

 E-PL2 R50 

Common features in the Canon R50 and Olympus E-PL2

 R50 E-PL2 
Focus manually More exact focusing
Display sizing3.00"3"Equivalent display dimensions

Canon R50 vs Olympus E-PL2 Physical Comparison

If you're aiming to carry your camera regularly, you have to think about its weight and measurements. The Canon R50 comes with external 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 Olympus E-PL2 has proportions of 114mm x 72mm x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7") and a weight of 362 grams (0.80 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you use at the time. Underneath is the front view sizing comparison of the R50 compared to the E-PL2.

Canon R50 vs Olympus E-PL2 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the R50 and E-PL2 is 75 and 85 respectively.

Canon R50 vs Olympus E-PL2 top view buttons comparison

Canon R50 vs Olympus E-PL2 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is difficult to see the gap between sensor sizing merely by going over a spec sheet. The visual below may provide you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the R50 and E-PL2.

Clearly, the 2 cameras offer different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The R50 featuring a larger sensor will make achieving shallower depth of field easier and the Canon R50 will offer you greater detail due to its extra 12 Megapixels. Greater resolution will let you crop pics a little more aggressively. The more modern R50 will have an edge with regard to sensor innovation.

Canon R50 vs Olympus E-PL2 sensor size comparison

Canon R50 vs Olympus E-PL2 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon R50 vs Olympus E-PL2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon R50 as a Portrait photography camera
Olympus E-PL2 as a Portrait photography camera
83
focusing manually
sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
provides face detect autofocus
delivers RAW files
60
focusing manually
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
has face detection focusing
saves RAW files
low MP (12MP)
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Street Comparison

Canon R50 Street photography advice
Olympus E-PL2 Street photography advice
77
screen articulates fully
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
features focus by touch
above average ISO range (32,000)
no image stabilization
73
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
screen does not articulate
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Sports Comparison

Canon R50 as a Sports photography camera
Olympus E-PL2 as a Sports photography camera
77
silent mode (1/8,000 seconds)
sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
provides tracking focus
supports phase detect autofocus
no image stabilization
45
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
has tracking autofocus
low frames per second (3.0 fps)
low MP (12MP)
terrible battery (280 shots)
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon R50 as a Travel photography camera
Olympus E-PL2 as a Travel photography camera
84
supports bluetooth
features focus by touch
sensor resolution is decent (24MP)
built-in flash
display is selfie friendly
51
built-in flash
no Time Lapse function
terrible battery (280 CIPA)
low MP (12MP)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon R50
Landscape photography with Olympus E-PL2
80
focusing manually
change lenses (Canon RF mount)
screen size is decent (3.00 inches)
sensor resolution is decent (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
above average ISO range (32,000)
delivers RAW files
no image stabilization
61
focusing manually
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
low MP (12 megapixels)
terrible battery (280 per charge)
no Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon R50 as a Vlogging camera
Olympus E-PL2 as a Vlogging camera
77
display is selfie friendly
built-in touchscreen
provides face detect autofocus
high res video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
comes with microphone socket
no image stabilization
29
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
has face detection focusing
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
no external mic socket
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Canon R50 vs Olympus E-PL2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon R50 and Olympus E-PL2
 Canon EOS R50Olympus PEN E-PL2
General Information
Manufacturer Canon Olympus
Model Canon EOS R50 Olympus PEN E-PL2
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Revealed 2023-02-08 2011-02-11
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip - Truepic V
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 22.3 x 14.9mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 332.3mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 24MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3
Maximum resolution 6000 x 4000 4032 x 3024
Maximum native ISO 32000 6400
Maximum boosted ISO 51200 -
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 651 11
Lens
Lens mounting type Canon RF Micro Four Thirds
Amount of lenses 37 107
Focal length multiplier 1.6 2.1
Screen
Screen type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3.00 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 1,040 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen technology - HyperCrystal LCD AR(Anti-Reflective) coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic (optional)
Viewfinder resolution 2,360 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.59x -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 seconds 60 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Maximum silent shutter speed 1/8000 seconds -
Continuous shooting rate 12.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 6m at ISO 100 10.00 m
Flash modes - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels)
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/200 seconds 1/160 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
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 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264, H.265 Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 GBit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 375g (0.83 lbs) 362g (0.80 lbs)
Dimensions 116 x 86 x 69mm (4.6" x 3.4" x 2.7") 114 x 72 x 42mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 55
DXO Color Depth score not tested 21.4
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 10.2
DXO Low light score not tested 573
Other
Battery life 370 shots 280 shots
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model LP-E17 BLS-5
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage Single UHS-II SD card slot SD/SDHC
Card slots One One
Launch cost $679 $0