Two different models of digital cameras, the Canon EOS M50 and the Canon EOS Rebel SL3 (also known as the Canon 250D in some regions) were made available to the general public in the months of February 2018 and April 2019, respectively. While the SL3 is a single-lens reflex camera, the M50 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. A sensor of APS-C dimensions can be found inside each of the cameras. A resolution of 24 megapixels is available on both of the cameras.
What other differences exist between the Canon EOS M50 and the Canon EOS Rebel SL3 beyond the ones that are shown in this comparative table of key features and characteristics? Which one should you choose to purchase? Continue reading to find out how these two cameras stack up against one another in terms of the size of their bodies, the imaging sensors they contain, the shooting options they offer, the input-output connections they provide, and the reaction they received from professional reviewers.
Below, a side-by-side comparison of the Canon M50 and the Canon SL3 illustrates the differences between the two cameras in terms of their overall dimensions and weights. The two cameras are discussed in light of their sizes in comparison to one another. There are three views that follow one another, beginning with the front, moving to the top, and ending with the backside. Measurements for width, height, and depth are rounded to the closest millimeter in every case.
Both cameras are offered in a choice of two distinct hues each (black, white).
When compared side-by-side, the Canon SL3 has a front view area that is 11 percent larger than that of the Canon M50, making it the larger of the two cameras overall in terms of size. Additionally, in comparison to the M50, the SL3 is fifteen percent more cumbersome in weight. In this light, it is important to note that neither the M50 nor the SL3 has its openings protected from the elements.
The size and weight comparisons are, to some extent, unreliable due to the fact that they do not take into account the fact that both of these cameras require interchangeable lenses. Therefore, in order to acquire a comprehensive understanding of the differences between the two camera systems in terms of their dimensions and weights, you need to investigate and evaluate the characteristics of the various lenses that are at your disposal.
In terms of battery life, the SL3 can capture 1070 pictures on a single charge of its LP-E17 power pack, whilst the M50’s LP-E12 power pack only allows for 235 photographs before it needs to be recharged.
Price is bound to play a significant role in whatsoever choice you make about a camera. The producer of the cameras has been targeting a specific market category, and the given launch pricing provides an idea of which market segment that is. Because it was released at a price that is somewhat lower than the M50 (by 23 percent), the SL3 is more appealing to photographers who are working within a limited financial budget. The initial price on the street typically remains very similar to the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP), but after a couple of months, the first discounts arise. After a certain point in the life cycle of the product, and in particular just before the launch of the model’s successor, additional price reductions and stock clearance sales frequently drive the price of the camera to an all-time low. Then, once the new version of the model has been out, there are frequently excellent prices to be had on the pre-owned market.
One of the most important aspects that determine the image quality captured by a digital camera is the size of the sensor included within the device. When comparing sensors of the same technological generation, one with a larger sensor would typically contain individual pixels that are larger in size. These larger pixels offer improved low-light sensitivity, greater dynamic range, and richer color depth than smaller pixel units in a sensor. In addition, a camera with a large sensor will provide the photographer with a greater degree of control over the image’s depth-of-field, and as a result, the ability to better separate a subject from the backdrop. Larger sensors, while generally leading to larger and heavier cameras and lenses, are more expensive to build. This is one of the drawbacks of using larger sensors.
Both of the cameras are being considered to make use of an APS-C sensor and have a format factor of 1.6, which is also commonly referred to as the “crop factor.” This positions the review cameras within the spectrum of camera sensors known as the medium-sized sensor cameras, which strive to strike a balance between image quality and portability. The ratio of the sensor’s width to its height is 3:2 in both of the cameras’ native configurations.
Both of the cameras that are being compared here have sensors that are exactly the same size, therefore they both have the same resolution of 24 megapixels. Due to the fact that the M50 and the SL3 have similar sensor specifications, it can be deduced that both cameras have the same pixel density as well as the same pixel size. However, it is important to remember that the SL3 is a somewhat more current model than the M50 (by 1 year and 1 month) and that its sensor may have benefited from technological advancements over this time. This is something that should be taken into consideration.
The Canon EOS M50 has a sensitivity range that extends from ISO 100 all the way up to ISO 25600 and can be expanded all the way up to ISO 51200. There is no difference in the ISO settings available on the Canon EOS Rebel SL3.
Both cameras make use of CMOS sensors, which stands for Complimentary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor, in terms of their imaging technology. The Bayer filter is utilized by both cameras in order to record RGB colors onto a photosensor grid that is square in shape. The majority of digital cameras have this particular configuration.
Since 2007, DXO Mark has been publishing sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a standardized technique. These values are provided on their website. This service is based on lab testing, and it provides ratings for each camera sensor’s dynamic range (“DXO Landscape”), color depth (“DXO Portrait”), and low-light sensitivity in addition to an overall score (“DXO Sports”). The following table provides a comparison of the physical sensor features as well as the conclusions regarding the quality of the sensor across a collection of cameras that are very comparable to one another.
The majority of today’s cameras are not only able to capture static photos, but also have the capacity to record moving pictures. Both of the cameras that are being considered have sensors that have read-out times that are quick enough to capture moving photographs, but the SL3 offers a higher frame rate than the M50 does. It is capable of recording movie footage at 4K/25p, but the M50 is only capable of recording at 4K/24p.
Cameras can and do differ in a variety of elements in addition to their bodies and their sensors. For instance, the viewfinder on the M50 is an electronic one with 2360k dots, whereas the viewfinder on the SL3 is optical. The electronic viewfinder makes it possible to project supplementary shooting information into the framing view, while the optical viewfinder provides lag-free viewing and a very clear image for framing. Both systems have their benefits, including the fact that the electronic viewfinder makes it possible to do so. The table that follows provides information on some of the other significant feature differences and similarities between the Canon M50 and the Canon SL3, as well as other cameras that are comparable.
Both cameras feature a rear screen that can be twisted and rotated around to face the front of the camera. Vloggers and photographers who are interested in capturing selfies are the types of people who will particularly like this feature.
The Canon M50 and the Canon SL3 both come equipped with their own internal intervalometers. This gives the photographer the ability to capture time-lapse sequences, such as a flower budding, a sunset, or the rising of the moon, without having to invest in an external camera trigger and the software that goes along with it.
When it comes to the archiving of photographic material, both the M50 and the SL3 are capable of writing their files to SDXC cards. UHS-I memory cards, which allow for ultra-high-speed data transfer of up to 104 megabytes per second, are compatible with both of these cameras.
When it comes to some imaging applications, the degree to which a camera is able to communicate with the environment in which it is placed might be a crucial factor in the decision-making process for selecting a camera. The table that follows gives an overview of the connectivity of the Canon EOS M50 and Canon EOS Rebel SL3 and, in particular, the interfaces that the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer. The table also compares these two cameras to some other comparable models.
The Canon SL3 is a relatively new model that may be found in the company’s current lineup of products. On the other hand, the production of the M50 was canceled (but can be found pre-owned on eBay). The Canon M50 Mark II was released as a successor to the original M50 model, which was part of the same family of cameras. On the official website of Canon, you may get additional information on the two cameras (such as user guides and manuals), in addition to information regarding related accessories.
How does everything add up, then? Which of these two cameras, the Canon M50 or the Canon SL3, is superior to the other? Is there a clear winner between the two options? An analysis of the relative advantages offered by each of the models is presented in the following table.
In favor of the Canon EOS M50 are the following arguments:
- Additional information on the framework: consists of an electronic viewfinder capable of displaying various shooting data.
- The faster burst mode takes pictures at a higher frequency (10 vs. 5 flaps/sec) in order to catch the key moment.
- Lighter in weight: Is easier to transport because it weighs less (by 59g, which is a 13 percent reduction).
- More compatible with older lenses: Adapters allow for a wide variety of non-native lenses to be used with the camera.
- More significant reductions in price: Has a long history of existence in the market (launched in February 2018).
The Canon EOS Rebel SL3 is recommended due to the following reasons:
- Better video: It offers a greater framerate for movies (4K/25p as opposed to 4K/24p).
- Brighter framing: Integrated with an optical viewfinder for a lag-free and crystal clear composition.
- Longer lasting: a single charge yields 1070 photographs as opposed to 235 photographs in the previous model.
- More affordable: Was introduced into a market with lower pricing points (23 percent cheaper at launch).
- More contemporary: Has only been around for around 1 year and 1 month since it was first launched.
If the individual advantages counted (listed in the bullet points above) are used as a reference, the outcome of the match will be a draw (5 points each). When contemplating and selecting a new camera, you should keep in mind that the significance of particular benefits will vary depending on the photographer. Because of this, you may wish to devise your own system for assigning weights to the summary points. A professional wedding photographer will interpret the differences between cameras in a way that is different from the perspective of a travel photographer, and somebody who is interested in cityscapes will have different requirements than someone who is interested in macro photography. Because of this, determining which camera is the best and whether or not it is worthwhile to purchase is typically a very personal choice.
Specifications: Canon M50 vs Canon SL3
|Camera Model||Canon M50||Canon SL3|
|Camera Type||Mirrorless system camera||Digital single lens reflex|
|Camera Lens||Canon EF-M mount lenses||Canon EF mount lenses|
|Launch Date||February 2018||April 2019|
|Launch Price||USD 779||USD 599|
|Sensor Specs||Canon M50||Canon SL3|
|Sensor Format||APS-C Sensor||APS-C Sensor|
|Sensor Size||22.3 x 14.9 mm||22.3 x 14.9 mm|
|Sensor Area||332.27 mm2||332.27 mm2|
|Sensor Diagonal||26.8 mm||26.8 mm|
|Sensor Resolution||24 Megapixels||24 Megapixels|
|Image Resolution||6000 x 4000 pixels||6000 x 4000 pixels|
|Pixel Pitch||3.72 μm||3.72 μm|
|Pixel Density||7.22 MP/cm2||7.22 MP/cm2|
|Moiré control||Anti-Alias filter||Anti-Alias filter|
|Movie Capability||4K/24p Video||4K/25p Video|
|ISO Setting||100 – 25,600 ISO||100 – 25,600 ISO|
|ISO Boost||100 – 51,200 ISO||100 – 51,200 ISO|
|Image Processor||DIGIC 8||DIGIC 8|
|Screen Specs||Canon M50||Canon SL3|
|Viewfinder Type||Electronic viewfinder||Optical viewfinder|
|Viewfinder Field of View||100%||95%|
|Viewfinder Resolution||2360k dots|
|LCD Framing||Live View||Live View|
|Rear LCD Size||3.0inch||3.0inch|
|LCD Resolution||1040k dots||1040k dots|
|LCD Attachment||Swivel screen||Swivel screen|
|Shooting Specs||Canon M50||Canon SL3|
|Focus System||On-Sensor Phase-detect||Phase-detect AF|
|Manual Focusing Aid||Focus Peaking||Focus Peaking|
|Max Shutter Speed (mechanical)||1/4000s||1/4000s|
|Continuous Shooting||10 shutter flaps/s||5 shutter flaps/s|
|Shutter Life Expectancy||100 000 actuations||100 000 actuations|
|Time-Lapse Photography||Intervalometer built-in||Intervalometer built-in|
|Fill Flash||Built-in Flash||Built-in Flash|
|Storage Medium||SDXC cards||SDXC cards|
|Second Storage Option||Single card slot||Single card slot|
|UHS card support||UHS-I||UHS-I|
|Connectivity Specs||Canon M50||Canon SL3|
|USB Connector||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|HDMI Port||micro HDMI||mini HDMI|
|Microphone Port||External MIC port||External MIC port|
|Wifi Support||Wifi built-in||Wifi built-in|
|Bluetooth Support||Bluetooth built-in||Bluetooth built-in|
|Body Specs||Canon M50||Canon SL3|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||235 shots per charge||1070 shots per charge|
|Body Dimensions||116 x 88 x 59 mm|
(4.6 x 3.5 x 2.3 in)
|122 x 93 x 70 mm|
(4.8 x 3.7 x 2.8 in)
|Camera Weight||390 g (13.8 oz)||449 g (15.8 oz)|