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Canon R50 vs Olympus E-PL5

Portability
75
Imaging
72
Features
88
Overall
78
Canon EOS R50 front
 
Olympus PEN E-PL5 front
Portability
88
Imaging
52
Features
72
Overall
60

Canon R50 vs Olympus E-PL5 Key Specs

Canon R50
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.00" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 32000 (Push to 51200)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Canon RF Mount
  • 375g - 116 x 86 x 69mm
  • Announced February 2023
Olympus E-PL5
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 325g - 111 x 64 x 38mm
  • Revealed September 2012
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Canon R50 vs Olympus E-PL5 Overview

Below, we will be comparing the Canon R50 and Olympus E-PL5, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras by rivals Canon and Olympus. There exists a substantial gap between the image resolutions of the R50 (24MP) and E-PL5 (16MP) and the R50 (APS-C) and E-PL5 (Four Thirds) come with different sensor sizes.

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The R50 was revealed 10 years after the E-PL5 which is quite a big difference as far as technology is concerned. Both cameras come with different body type with the Canon R50 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Olympus E-PL5 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before we go through a in depth comparison, below is a concise highlight of how the R50 matches up against the E-PL5 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon R50 over the Olympus E-PL5

 R50 E-PL5 
RevealedFebruary 2023September 2012Newer by 127 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating screen
Screen resolution1040k460kSharper screen (+580k dot)

Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL5 over the Canon R50

 E-PL5 R50 

Common features in the Canon R50 and Olympus E-PL5

 R50 E-PL5 
Manual focus Dial precise focus
Screen dimension3.00"3"Identical screen dimensions
Selfie screen Both good for selfies
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Canon R50 vs Olympus E-PL5 Physical Comparison

If you're going to travel with your camera frequently, you have to factor its weight and dimensions. The Canon R50 comes with outside dimensions of 116mm x 86mm x 69mm (4.6" x 3.4" x 2.7") along with a weight of 375 grams (0.83 lbs) while the Olympus E-PL5 has dimensions of 111mm x 64mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5") with a weight of 325 grams (0.72 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you are working with at that moment. Below is the front view physical size comparison of the R50 versus the E-PL5.

Canon R50 vs Olympus E-PL5 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the R50 and E-PL5 is 75 and 88 respectively.

Canon R50 vs Olympus E-PL5 top view buttons comparison

Canon R50 vs Olympus E-PL5 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is hard to visualize the contrast between sensor dimensions purely by going over specifications. The picture here might offer you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the R50 and E-PL5.

To sum up, both of those cameras posses different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The R50 with its bigger sensor is going to make achieving shallow DOF less difficult and the Canon R50 will offer greater detail because of its extra 8 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also make it easier to crop photographs somewhat more aggressively. The younger R50 should have an advantage in sensor tech.

Canon R50 vs Olympus E-PL5 sensor size comparison

Canon R50 vs Olympus E-PL5 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon R50 vs Olympus E-PL5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon R50
Portrait photography with Olympus E-PL5
83
has manual focus
sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
includes face detection focusing
exports RAW files
71
has manual focus
MP count decent (16MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
offers face detect focus
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon R50 Street photography advice
Olympus E-PL5 Street photography advice
77
screen articulates fully
decent sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
includes touch to focus
above average ISO range (32,000)
does not have image stabilization
85
screen tilts up and down
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
provides touch to focus
good high ISO (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Canon R50 as a Sports photography camera
Olympus E-PL5 as a Sports photography camera
77
silent shooting (1/8,000 seconds)
sensor resolution is decent (24MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
includes tracking autofocus
has phase detect AF
does not have image stabilization
66
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count decent (16MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
offers tracking focus
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon R50 Travel photography info
Olympus E-PL5 Travel photography info
84
connects via bluetooth
includes touch to focus
sensor resolution is decent (24MP)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
75
provides touch to focus
MP count decent (16MP)
display is selfie friendly
missing Time Lapse mode
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Landscape Comparison

Canon R50 as a Landscape photography camera
Olympus E-PL5 as a Landscape photography camera
80
has manual focus
swap lenses (Canon RF mount)
nice screen size (3.00 inches)
sensor resolution is decent (24MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
above average ISO range (32,000)
exports RAW files
does not have image stabilization
74
has manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count decent (16MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
good high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW files
missing Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon R50 Vlogging features
Olympus E-PL5 Vlogging features
77
selfie friendly display
touchscreen functionality
includes face detection focusing
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
has external mic socket
does not have image stabilization
78
display is selfie friendly
touchscreen enabled
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detect focus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
missing mic jack
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Canon R50 vs Olympus E-PL5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon R50 and Olympus E-PL5
 Canon EOS R50Olympus PEN E-PL5
General Information
Manufacturer Canon Olympus
Model Canon EOS R50 Olympus PEN E-PL5
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Announced 2023-02-08 2012-09-17
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 22.3 x 14.9mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 332.3mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3
Maximum resolution 6000 x 4000 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 32000 25600
Maximum boosted ISO 51200 -
Lowest native ISO 100 200
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 651 35
Lens
Lens mounting type Canon RF Micro Four Thirds
Total lenses 37 107
Crop factor 1.6 2.1
Screen
Screen type Fully Articulated Tilting
Screen diagonal 3.00 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 1,040k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic (optional)
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.59x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30 seconds 60 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Highest silent shutter speed 1/8000 seconds -
Continuous shooting speed 12.0 frames/s 8.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 6m at ISO 100 7.00 m (bundled FL-LM1)
Flash modes - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels)
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/200 seconds 1/250 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
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 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264, H.265 MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 GBit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 375g (0.83 pounds) 325g (0.72 pounds)
Dimensions 116 x 86 x 69mm (4.6" x 3.4" x 2.7") 111 x 64 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 72
DXO Color Depth score not tested 22.8
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.3
DXO Low light score not tested 889
Other
Battery life 370 images 360 images
Battery format 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/SDXC
Storage slots One One
Launch price $679 $400