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Canon R50 vs Sony NEX-5

Portability
75
Imaging
72
Features
88
Overall
78
Canon EOS R50 front
 
Sony Alpha NEX-5 front
Portability
89
Imaging
54
Features
58
Overall
55

Canon R50 vs Sony NEX-5 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
  • Announced February 2023
Sony NEX-5
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 200 - 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 287g - 111 x 59 x 38mm
  • Launched June 2010
  • Refreshed by Sony NEX-5N
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Canon R50 vs Sony NEX-5 Overview

Lets examine more closely at the Canon R50 and Sony NEX-5, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras by brands Canon and Sony. There exists a huge gap between the image resolutions of the R50 (24MP) and NEX-5 (14MP) but they come with the same exact sensor sizing (APS-C).

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The R50 was unveiled 12 years after the NEX-5 which is quite a significant gap as far as technology is concerned. Both of these cameras offer different body type with the Canon R50 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Sony NEX-5 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before we go in to a in depth comparison, below is a simple highlight of how the R50 matches up versus the NEX-5 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon R50 over the Sony NEX-5

 R50 NEX-5 
LaunchedFebruary 2023June 2010Newer by 155 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display
Display resolution1040k920kSharper display (+120k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sony NEX-5 over the Canon R50

 NEX-5 R50 

Common features in the Canon R50 and Sony NEX-5

 R50 NEX-5 
Focus manually More precise focus
Display sizing3.00"3"Equivalent display measurement

Canon R50 vs Sony NEX-5 Physical Comparison

For those who are going to travel with your camera, you are going to need to take into account its weight and proportions. The Canon R50 provides physical dimensions of 116mm x 86mm x 69mm (4.6" x 3.4" x 2.7") and a weight of 375 grams (0.83 lbs) and the Sony NEX-5 has measurements of 111mm x 59mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") with a weight of 287 grams (0.63 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you are employing during that time. Underneath is the front view sizing comparison of the R50 against the NEX-5.

Canon R50 vs Sony NEX-5 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability score of the R50 and NEX-5 is 75 and 89 respectively.

Canon R50 vs Sony NEX-5 top view buttons comparison

Canon R50 vs Sony NEX-5 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it can be hard to see the contrast between sensor dimensions simply by reading technical specs. The pic underneath will help provide you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the R50 and NEX-5.

As you can tell, both of these cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but not the same resolution. You should expect to see the Canon R50 to offer you greater detail having an extra 10MP. Greater resolution can also let you crop pics a little more aggressively. The younger R50 will have an edge in sensor innovation.

Canon R50 vs Sony NEX-5 sensor size comparison

Canon R50 vs Sony NEX-5 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon R50 vs Sony NEX-5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon R50
Portrait photography with Sony NEX-5
83
focusing manually
MP count good (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
offers face detect focusing
delivers RAW formats
72
focusing manually
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Canon R50 Street photography details
Sony NEX-5 Street photography details
77
fully articulated screen
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
offers focus by touch
very good ISO range (32,000)
lack of image stabilization
76
tilting screen
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon R50
Sports photography with Sony NEX-5
77
quiet shutter (1/8,000 seconds)
MP count good (24 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
offers tracking focus
sensor has phase detect AF
lack of image stabilization
52
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
no image stabilization
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Canon R50 Travel photography advice
Sony NEX-5 Travel photography advice
84
supports bluetooth
offers focus by touch
MP count good (24MP)
has built in flash
selfie friendly screen
59
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
does not have Timelapse mode
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon R50 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony NEX-5 as a Landscape photography camera
80
focusing manually
switch lenses (Canon RF mount)
screen size is good (3.00 inches)
MP count good (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
very good ISO range (32,000)
delivers RAW formats
lack of image stabilization
68
focusing manually
swap lenses (Sony E mount)
nice screen size (3")
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
no image stabilization
does not have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon R50 Vlogging factors
Sony NEX-5 Vlogging factors
77
selfie friendly screen
touchscreen capability
offers face detect focusing
great video quality (3840 x 2160 resolution)
includes mic port
lack of image stabilization
28
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
does not have external microphone jack
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Canon R50 vs Sony NEX-5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon R50 and Sony NEX-5
 Canon EOS R50Sony Alpha NEX-5
General Information
Brand Name Canon Sony
Model type Canon EOS R50 Sony Alpha NEX-5
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Announced 2023-02-08 2010-06-07
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip - 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 24MP 14MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 6000 x 4000 4592 x 3056
Maximum native ISO 32000 12800
Maximum boosted ISO 51200 -
Min native ISO 100 200
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 651 25
Lens
Lens support Canon RF Sony E
Amount of lenses 37 121
Focal length multiplier 1.6 1.5
Screen
Range of screen Fully Articulated Tilting
Screen size 3.00 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 1,040 thousand dot 920 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
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 12.0fps 7.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 6m at ISO 100 12.00 m
Flash settings - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/200s 1/160s
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 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264, H.265 AVCHD
Microphone input
Headphone input
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 seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 375 gr (0.83 lb) 287 gr (0.63 lb)
Dimensions 116 x 86 x 69mm (4.6" x 3.4" x 2.7") 111 x 59 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 69
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 22.2
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 12.2
DXO Low light rating not tested 796
Other
Battery life 370 photographs 330 photographs
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID LP-E17 NPFW50
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 images))
Time lapse feature
Storage media Single UHS-II SD card slot SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots One One
Launch cost $679 $599