The Canon EOS Rebel T7i and the EOS M50 are two cameras that are likely to be considered by consumers who are in the market for their first non-smartphone camera, a backup camera for an existing kit, or just an upgrade from a lower level or prior generation Rebel-series camera. Today, we are going to take a closer look at these two cameras to see which one of them would be the more beneficial option for you to include in your kit.
Why is Canon EOS M50 better than Canon EOS Rebel T7i?
- 98 more focus points
- 1.67x faster shooting at highest resolution with AF as JPEG format
- Has phase-detection autofocus for videos
- 5% more viewfinder coverage
- 142g lighter
- Has an electronic viewfinder (EVF)
- Supports slow-motion video recording
- 1 Newer DIGIC version
Why is Canon EOS Rebel T7i better than Canon EOS M50?
- 365shots longer battery life
- 25% better video recording quality (main camera)
1080 x 60fpsvs2160 x 24fps
- Has an optical viewfinder
Who is the ideal candidate for purchasing a Canon EOS T7i?
If you are already the owner of a Rebel-series camera but are interested in the advantages of a Dual Pixel CMOS sensor, and the size and weight of your current kit are not a concern for you, then the EOS Rebel T7i will offer a seamless transition with no adapters required to use your current set of lenses and a familiar button/control layout that feels right at home in your hands. If this describes you, then you should consider purchasing one of these cameras. Because it is not necessary to utilize an adapter with EF, EF-S, TS-E, or MP-E lenses, there is one less essential piece of equipment that has the potential to be misplaced or broken. Put your lenses in a bag, make sure your battery is fully charged, and remember to include a memory card. Other than that, you should be set to go (although we do recommend packing other items as well).
It is important to note that the T7i utilizes an optical viewfinder (OVF) whereas the EOS M5 utilizes an electronic viewfinder (EVF), and both of these viewfinder types offer benefits for their respective cameras. It is possible that one of them will be more advantageous to you than the other, but this will depend on the subject matter being shot as well as your own preferences. Check out this side-by-side comparison of OVF and EVF.
If you are interested in experimenting with lighting that is separate from the camera, the Canon Rebel T7i features an integrated Speedlite transmitter that gives you the ability to control Canon Speedlites that are located away from the camera remotely. In order to get the same capability as the Canon M50, you would require a master flash (600EX II-RT / 430EX III-RT) or an ST-E3-RT / ST-E2 transmitter, which would reduce the size and weight benefits of the mirrorless camera.
The autofocus technology of the Rebel T7i is more sensitive, allowing it to lock on even in reduced light, and its battery will let you to keep shooting for much longer after the battery of the Canon M50 has run out.
Who is the ideal candidate for purchasing a Canon M50?
When compared to a conventional DSLR body, the Canon M50’s size and weight make for a more manageable transition into the interchangeable-lens camera (ILC) photography. Additionally, the EOS M50’s image quality is a significant improvement for those who are coming to photography directly from a smartphone. If you already own a Canon DSLR and are looking for a more portable option that can double as a backup camera in a pinch (thanks to the adapter), or if you simply want a lighter load for vacations, hiking, or business trips, the EOS M50 is going to be an excellent choice for you. This is especially true when you consider that any lens from Canon’s EF-M series will be a perfect match for your needs.
Do you want to record a video in 4K? You are protected by the M50 (albeit without the benefits of Dual Pixel CMOS AF). You can easily downsample 4K video to 1080p (with very minimal cropping on the right and left sides), crop the frame to create a tighter angle of view or even pan your FHD video within the constraints of the 4K captured frame if 1080p output is what you’re going for. To further improve the production value of your 1080p movies, you may also make it appear as though you are zooming in and out of a scene. When not using 4K recording, the Canon M50 offers many of the same advantages as the Rebel T7i, including subject tracking provided by the DPAF system.
The M50 has a quicker burst rate in single-shot mode, which might assist you to catch the peak action as long as AF tracking is not required for the specific situation. This advantage comes on top of the size and weight advantages that come with an M-series kit. Additionally, if you favor the advantages of an EVF (Electronic Viewfinder), then the M5 is the obvious option to go with.
While the Canon M50 is a camera with a respectable level of capability and the size and weight advantages that come with a mirrorless system, the range of Canon EF-M lenses that is now available may not provide all of the versatility that is needed in an ILC kit. And while it is possible to use an adapter to mount any of Canon’s EF, EF-S, TS-E, or MP-E lenses on a mirrorless camera, doing so undermines many of the benefits that make mirrorless cameras so appealing, including their smaller size and lighter weight.
On the other hand, the EOS Rebel T7i represents an easier and more adaptable platform on which to create a photography kit due to its native ability to mount Canon’s full range of EF, EF-S, TS-E, and MP-E lenses, as well as its long battery life and built-in Speedlite transmitter.
A Canon M50 paired with an EF-M zoom lens can be a very convenient option that will not be a burden to carry around all day for those general-purpose photography situations where a single, variable aperture zoom lens will suffice. This is because the Canon M50 has a variable aperture, and the EF-M zoom lens has a variable focal length. Note that when Canon releases more EF-M lenses, the versatility of an M-series kit improves, which in turn raises the attraction of the Canon M50.
|Camera Model||Canon M50||Canon T7i|
|Camera Type||Mirrorless system camera||Digital single lens reflex|
|Camera Lens||Canon EF-M mount lenses||Canon EF mount lenses|
|Launch Date||February 2018||February 2017|
|Launch Price||USD 779||USD 749|
|Sensor Specs||Canon M50||Canon T7i|
|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||1080/60p 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 7|
|Screen Specs||Canon M50||Canon T7i|
|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 T7i|
|Focus System||On-Sensor Phase-detect||Phase-detect AF|
|Manual Focusing Aid||Focus Peaking||no Peaking Feature|
|Continuous Shooting||10 shutter flaps/s||6 shutter flaps/s|
|Shutter Life Expectancy||100 000 actuations||100 000 actuations|
|Time-Lapse Photography||Intervalometer built-in||no Intervalometer|
|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 T7i|
|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|
|Near-Field Communication||no NFC||NFC built-in|
|Bluetooth Support||Bluetooth built-in||Bluetooth built-in|
|Body Specs||Canon M50||Canon T7i|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||235 shots per charge||600 shots per charge|
|Body Dimensions||116 x 88 x 59 mm|
(4.6 x 3.5 x 2.3 in)
|131 x 100 x 76 mm|
(5.2 x 3.9 x 3.0 in)
|Camera Weight||390 g (13.8 oz)||532 g (18.8 oz)|