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Canon R50 vs Sony NEX-C3

Portability
75
Imaging
72
Features
88
Overall
78
Canon EOS R50 front
 
Sony Alpha NEX-C3 front
Portability
91
Imaging
57
Features
57
Overall
57

Canon R50 vs Sony NEX-C3 Key Specs

Canon R50
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.00" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 32000 (Push to 51200)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Canon RF Mount
  • 375g - 116 x 86 x 69mm
  • Introduced February 2023
Sony NEX-C3
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 225g - 110 x 60 x 33mm
  • Released August 2011
  • Replaced the Sony NEX-3
  • New Model is Sony NEX-F3
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Canon R50 vs Sony NEX-C3 Overview

Its time to take a closer look at the Canon R50 versus Sony NEX-C3, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras by rivals Canon and Sony. There exists a big gap among the resolutions of the R50 (24MP) and NEX-C3 (16MP) but they feature the exact same sensor size (APS-C).

Photography Glossary

The R50 was announced 11 years after the NEX-C3 which is a fairly big gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of the cameras come with different body type with the Canon R50 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Sony NEX-C3 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before delving straight into a comprehensive comparison, below is a short summary of how the R50 matches up versus the NEX-C3 for portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon R50 over the Sony NEX-C3

 R50 NEX-C3 
ReleasedFebruary 2023August 2011More modern by 140 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display
Display resolution1040k920kCrisper display (+120k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sony NEX-C3 over the Canon R50

 NEX-C3 R50 

Common features in the Canon R50 and Sony NEX-C3

 R50 NEX-C3 
Manually focus More exact focus
Display dimension3.00"3"Identical display size

Canon R50 vs Sony NEX-C3 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to carry around your camera regularly, you'll have to factor its weight and volume. The Canon R50 has got physical measurements of 116mm x 86mm x 69mm (4.6" x 3.4" x 2.7") with a weight of 375 grams (0.83 lbs) whilst the Sony NEX-C3 has sizing of 110mm x 60mm x 33mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.3") and a weight of 225 grams (0.50 lbs).

Analyze the Canon R50 versus Sony NEX-C3 in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you have at that moment. Underneath is the front view over all size comparison of the R50 versus the NEX-C3.

Canon R50 vs Sony NEX-C3 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the R50 and NEX-C3 is 75 and 91 respectively.

Canon R50 vs Sony NEX-C3 top view buttons comparison

Canon R50 vs Sony NEX-C3 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is very tough to visualize the contrast in sensor sizes merely by going through a spec sheet. The image underneath will help give you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the R50 and NEX-C3.

Clearly, both cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements but different megapixels. You should expect to see the Canon R50 to produce extra detail with its extra 8MP. Greater resolution will also help you crop pics much more aggressively. The newer R50 should have an edge with regard to sensor technology.

Canon R50 vs Sony NEX-C3 sensor size comparison

Canon R50 vs Sony NEX-C3 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon R50 vs Sony NEX-C3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon R50 Portrait photography information
Sony NEX-C3 Portrait photography information
83
has manual focus
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
features face detection focusing
saves RAW files
74
has manual focus
good MP (16MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon R50 as a Street photography camera
Sony NEX-C3 as a Street photography camera
77
screen articulates
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW files
includes touch to focus
great ISO range (32,000)
no image stabilization
80
screen tilts up and down
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW files
lighter than competitors in class (225g)
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Canon R50 Sports photography features
Sony NEX-C3 Sports photography features
77
silent shooting (1/8,000s)
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
features tracking autofocus
has phase detect AF
no image stabilization
53
good MP (16MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
good battery power (400 per charge)
painfully slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames/s)
no image stabilization
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon R50 Travel photography highlights
Sony NEX-C3 Travel photography highlights
84
has bluetooth
includes touch to focus
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
built-in flash
display is selfie friendly
71
good battery power (400 per charge)
lighter than competitors in class (225 grams)
good MP (16 megapixels)
lack of Timelapse function
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon R50 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony NEX-C3 as a Landscape photography camera
80
has manual focus
change lenses (Canon RF mount)
screen is a decent size (3.00")
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
great ISO range (32,000)
saves RAW files
no image stabilization
70
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Sony E mount)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
good MP (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW files
good battery power (400 CIPA)
no image stabilization
lack of Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon R50 Vlogging info
Sony NEX-C3 Vlogging info
77
display is selfie friendly
touchscreen enabled
features face detection focusing
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
has external microphone support
no image stabilization
27
lighter than competitors in class (225g)
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of microphone jack
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Canon R50 vs Sony NEX-C3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon R50 and Sony NEX-C3
 Canon EOS R50Sony Alpha NEX-C3
General Information
Make Canon Sony
Model Canon EOS R50 Sony Alpha NEX-C3
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Introduced 2023-02-08 2011-08-22
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor 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 24 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 6000 x 4000 4912 x 3264
Maximum native ISO 32000 12800
Maximum boosted ISO 51200 -
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 651 25
Lens
Lens mounting type Canon RF Sony E
Total lenses 37 121
Crop factor 1.6 1.5
Screen
Display type Fully Articulated Tilting
Display size 3.00 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 1,040 thousand dot 920 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display tech - TFT Xtra Fine LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,360 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.59x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Highest quiet shutter speed 1/8000s -
Continuous shooting speed 12.0 frames per sec 6.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 6m at ISO 100 no built-in flash
Flash options - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/200s 1/160s
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 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264, H.265 MPEG-4
Microphone 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) 225g (0.50 pounds)
Dimensions 116 x 86 x 69mm (4.6" x 3.4" x 2.7") 110 x 60 x 33mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 73
DXO Color Depth score not tested 22.7
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.2
DXO Low light score not tested 1083
Other
Battery life 370 shots 400 shots
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model LP-E17 NPFW50
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec 3 or 5 images)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage Single UHS-II SD card slot SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots One One
Retail pricing $679 $343