Never before have compact, lightweight cameras that are still packed with functionality despite their reduced size seen such widespread use. In addition, as a result of the proliferation of mirrorless models, photographers in the modern era have an almost overwhelming number of options to choose from. In order to assist you in selecting the camera that will work best for your photography, we are going to match two of the most often used cameras from this category against one another. The Canon M50 is the most compact choice available from Canon’s M-mount series of mirrorless cameras. It was released in 2018 and is currently Canon’s newest mirrorless camera model.
The Nikon Z50, which was introduced in October 2019 and is currently the sole crop-sensor camera available from Nikon’s more recent series of Z-mount mirrorless cameras, may be found in the other corner of the room. We are digging deep into the spec sheets in order to compare and contrast the various models, so let’s take a look at how the two cameras compare and contrast…
Canon M50 vs Nikon Z50 Comparison
The Nikon Z50 is constructed around an APS-C CMOS sensor that provides a resolution of 20.9 megapixels and provides a maximum file size of 5568 x 3712 pixels. Both of these specifications are impressive. The Canon M50 also has an APS-C size CMOS sensor, but it delivers 24 megapixels. This is approximately 13 percent more resolution than the Nikon, and it produces a maximum file size of 6000 by 4000 pixels. This provides the photographer with a little more leeway to crop the image without degrading the image quality.
Both of the cameras that are being compared in this article are extremely portable due to their compact size and lightweight. This makes them ideal options for photographers who don’t want to be hindered by the weight of a larger camera or for those who are going on a trip and have limited space in their luggage. However, there are a few key distinctions, the most notable of which is that the Canon M50 is both lighter and more compact than its Nikon counterpart.
In comparison to the Nikon Z50, which weighs 450g (with the battery and memory card) and measures a bit larger at 126.5 x 93.5 x 60 mm, the M50 tips the scales at just 387g (containing the battery and memory card). Its dimensions are 116.3 x 88.1 x 58.7mm.
3. Lens selection
Because each camera comes from a different manufacturer, the lenses that come standard with each model are unique from one another. This is to be expected. The M50 utilizes Canon’s M-mount, which means that there is already a good range of lenses (including fast aperture primes) available for usage with the camera. In addition to this, the M50 has a port for an adaptor, which makes it possible to use Canon EF-mount lenses with it. This significantly increases the variety of lenses that can be utilized with the camera.
In the meantime, the Z50 utilizes Nikon’s more recent Z-mount, which means that even though there may be a smaller selection of native lenses available at this time, the company has plans to release additional native lenses in the future, and an adaptor will make it possible to use F-mount glass with the Z50. In conclusion, there will be a great deal of optical variety accessible to you regardless of the camera that you select.
4. Battery Life
Battery life is clearly a concern for photographers using tiny mirrorless cameras, even though it may not be as essential of a worry for DSLR photographers who are used to using batteries with large capacities. In its default mode, the Canon M50 has a battery life of 235 photos on a single charge. However, if the camera is operated in its eco mode, it can take 370 shots on a single charge. Additionally, the battery of the M50 will allow for the recording of up to 80 minutes’ worth of video before it dies completely. The Nikon Z 50 can take up to 320 pictures on a single charge, and it can be powered up on the move by connecting to a power bank through USB when it needs to be recharged.
5. Focus system
Both of the cameras in this comparison have sophisticated autofocus systems, but there are important distinctions between them. The autofocus mechanism of the Canon M50 employs 143 AF points, makes use of Canon’s renowned Dual Pixel AF technology, and supports Face Detection, all of which combine to simplify the process of creating portraits. The Nikon Z 50 boasts a hybrid phase/contrast-detection system that enables Face-Detection in addition to having more AF points (209) than its predecessor.
6. Burst rate
Users will be able to capture action photography and shoot amazing photographs of sports and animals if they have access to a quick maximum burst rate that the camera is capable of. Both the Canon and the Nikon are excellent in this regard, and both deliver a reasonable burst rate that will unquestionably be adequate for the majority of the time for photographing general everyday activities. For instance, the Canon M50 is capable of shooting at up to 10 frames per second, with a maximum of 33 JPEG and 10 RAW frames per memory card. The Nikon Z50, on the other hand, can quite literally go one better and delivers a maximum burst rate of up to 11 frames per second to ensure that split-second moments may be captured.
7. LCD Design
Both the Nikon Z 50 and the Canon M50 have electronic viewfinders (EVFs) that have the same resolution (2360k-dot), however, the LCDs on these two cameras are designed very differently. The tilting nature of the Nikon Z 50 makes it ideal for uncomfortable high or low compositions. This is despite the fact that the Nikon Z 50 has a larger LCD screen than the Canon (3.2 inches as opposed to 3 inches).
The design of the Canon M50, on the other hand, allows for a variable angle, which is not only useful for high- and low-angle compositions but also enables the screen to be flipped over, which is ideal when trying to take selfies or videos for vlogs.
Both the Canon M50 and the Nikon Z 50 have a lot to offer filmmakers in terms of amazing movie qualities, despite the fact that they are relatively compact cameras. Both cameras have the ability to record footage in 4K extremely high definition and also deliver Full HD at up to 60 frames per second.
The M50’s slow-motion option records at a resolution of 1280 x 720, while the Z 50’s slow-motion mode can record at 120 frames per second in Full HD (1920 x 1080). This gives the Z 50 an advantage over the M50 when it comes to filming slow-motion sequences. Both the M50 and the Z 50 come equipped with a port that can accommodate an external microphone, allowing for the recording of audio with higher quality.
9. ISO range
A wide ISO range is essential for photographers because it enables them to continue taking pictures even when the available light is low. The Canon M50 has a respectable native ISO range that runs from 100 all the way up to 25600, and it can be increased all the way to 51200. On the other hand, the more recent Nikon Z 50 is an improvement in this regard since it provides a native ISO range of 100-511200 that can be increased all the way up to 204800.
Canon M50 vs Nikon Z50 Specs Comparison
|Camera Model||Canon M50||Nikon Z50|
|Camera Type||Mirrorless system camera||Mirrorless system camera|
|Camera Lens||Canon EF-M mount lenses|
|Launch Date||February 2018||October 2019|
|Launch Price||USD 779||USD 859|
|Sensor Specs||Canon M50||Nikon Z50|
|Sensor Format||APS-C Sensor||APS-C Sensor|
|Sensor Size||22.3 x 14.9 mm||23.5 x 15.7 mm|
|Sensor Area||332.27 mm2||368.95 mm2|
|Sensor Diagonal||26.8 mm||28.3 mm|
|Sensor Resolution||24 Megapixels||20.7 Megapixels|
|Image Resolution||6000 x 4000 pixels||5568 x 3712 pixels|
|Pixel Pitch||3.72 μm||4.22 μm|
|Pixel Density||7.22 MP/cm2||5.60 MP/cm2|
|Moiré control||Anti-Alias filter||no AA filter|
|Movie Capability||4K/24p Video||4K/30p Video|
|ISO Setting||100 – 25,600 ISO||100 – 51,200 ISO|
|ISO Boost||100 – 51,200 ISO||100 – 204,800 ISO|
|Image Processor||DIGIC 8||EXPEED 6|
|Screen Specs||Canon M50||Nikon Z50|
|Viewfinder Type||Electronic viewfinder||Electronic viewfinder|
|Viewfinder Field of View||100%||100%|
|Viewfinder Resolution||2360k dots||2360k dots|
|LCD Framing||Live View||Live View|
|Rear LCD Size||3.0inch||3.2inch|
|LCD Resolution||1040k dots||1040k dots|
|LCD Attachment||Swivel screen||Tilting screen|
|Shooting Specs||Canon M50||Nikon Z50|
|Focus System||On-Sensor Phase-detect||On-Sensor Phase-detect|
|Manual Focusing Aid||Focus Peaking||Focus Peaking|
|Max Shutter Speed (mechanical)||1/4000s||1/4000s|
|Continuous Shooting||10 shutter flaps/s||11 shutter flaps/s|
|Electronic Shutter||no E-Shutter||up to 1/4000s|
|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-II|
|Connectivity Specs||Canon M50||Nikon Z50|
|USB Connector||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|HDMI Port||micro HDMI||micro 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||Nikon Z50|
|Environmental Sealing||not weather sealed||Weathersealed body|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||235 shots per charge||320 shots per charge|
|In-Camera Charging||no USB charging||USB charging|
|Body Dimensions||116 x 88 x 59 mm|
(4.6 x 3.5 x 2.3 in)
|127 x 94 x 60 mm|
(5.0 x 3.7 x 2.4 in)
|Camera Weight||390 g (13.8 oz)||450 g (15.9 oz)|