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Canon EOS M50 vs Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

We compare the Canon EOS M50 to the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III: Which digital camera has the better sensor? Which has the better viewfinder or monitor? Which is faster?

Both cameras belong to the Mirrorless category.

Here are both models side by side. The Canon EOS M50 is on the left, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III on the right:

EOS M50 vs OM-D E-M10 Mark III - Side by side

For a more detailed size comparison, see the section further down below.

Canon EOS M50 vs Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III: Specifications at a glance

EOS M50

  • Introduced in February 2018
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: APS-C
  • 24 megapixel
  • 10 frames/second
  • 100 - 25600 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 80.00mm (3.1") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount EF-M
  • WiFi built-in
  • 116.3 x 88.1 x 58.7mm³ (4.6" x 3.5" x 2.3")
  • 387g (12.5 oz.)

All specs: Main page for EOS M50

OM-D E-M10 Mark III

  • Introduced in August 2017
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: Four Thirds
  • 16 megapixel
  • 8 frames/second
  • 100 - 25600 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 76.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount Micro Four Thirds (MFT)
  • WiFi built-in
  • 121.5 x 83.6 x 49.5mm³ (4.8" x 3.3" x 1.9")
  • 410g (13.2 oz.)

All specs: Main page for OM-D E-M10 Mark III

Our advice: From our own experience, we recommend SanDisk memory cards. The SanDisk Extreme Pro is fast enough for high-speed image sequences and 4K video:

Memory card for EOS M50 and OM-D E-M10 Mark III

The 64 GB Extreme will take up to 90 minutes of super high-res 4K video. For Full HD video we recommend the SanDisk Ultra.

EOS M50 vs OM-D E-M10 Mark III: The sensors

The EOS M50 features a APS-C sized sensor, while the OM-D E-M10 Mark III uses a Four Thirds sensor.

This infographic highlights the sensor areas of both models compared to other common sensor formats:

Infographic: EOS M50 and OM-D E-M10 Mark III sensor area comparison

Note: 1-Euro coin for scale; the coin at 23.25mm diameter is slightly smaller than a US quarter.

Boasting an area of 332mm² (0.53 sq.in.) the sensor of the EOS M50 is somewhat larger than the OM-D E-M10 Mark III's chip at 225mm² (0.36 sq.in.). In most cases a larger sensor will yield better results in low light, a considerable advantage in many situations (e.g. interior images), a clear disadvantage of the Four Thirds format.

Advantage: Canon EOS M50

EOS M50 vs OM-D E-M10 Mark III: The viewfinders

The EOS M50 uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.36 megapixel. The magnifcation is c. 0.60x.

The OM-D E-M10 Mark III features an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.36 megapixel and a magnification of around 0.61x.

This infographic illustrates the viewfinder magnifications of both cameras. The black area represents a magnification of 1x, corresponding to natural size; indicated in red is a magnification of 0.85x, the highest value in a any camera on the market today.

EOS M50 (0.60x)

OM-D E-M10 Mark III (0.61x)

Simulated viewfinder of the EOS M50Simulated viewfinder of the OM-D E-M10 Mark III

Note: Differences in the image area are the result of different image ratios, 3:2 or 4:3. That can make it difficult to compare the viewfinder magnification of both cameras.

Comparing features and further specs of both cameras, data for the Canon EOS M50 on the left, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III in the right column:

Advantage Canon EOS M50...

(Point weight and unit, if applicable, in parentheses)

EOS M50

OM-D E-M10 Mark III

Larger sensor (5)APS-CFour Thirds
Higher resolution (5, megapixel)24.1016.10
Faster (4, frames/second)108
More AF points (4)143121
External microphone (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the EOS M50 are the larger sensor, the higher resolution and that the camera is faster. Additional pros for the Canon are the faster and more accurate auto focus and the connector for an external microphone.

The EOS M50 scores 20 points.

...and here's where the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III has an edge...

(Point weight and unit, if applicable, in parentheses)

EOS M50

OM-D E-M10 Mark III

Larger lens selection (3)780
Image stabilizer (3)
Longer battery life (3, photos)235330
More portable (2)601cm³
(38 cu.in.)
503cm³
(32 cu.in.)

Conclusion: Advantages of the OM-D E-M10 Mark III are the larger selection of lenses, the optical image stabilizer and that the battery has more stamina. Another advantage over the EOS M50: the more compact size.

Yields 11 points for the OM-D E-M10 Mark III.

...and here's what both have in common

EOS M50

OM-D E-M10 Mark III

Sensor cleaning
Sensitivity100 - 25600 ISO100 - 25600 ISO
Built-in flash
Monitor resolution (megapixel)1.041.04
Monitor articulated
Touch screen
Video resolution3840 x 21603840 x 2160
Almost equal weight387g410g
WiFi

Comparing the dimensions of both cameras; Canon EOS M50 again on the left, Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III on the right:

Front view of the EOS M50 and the OM-D E-M10 Mark III...

EOS M50 und OM-D E-M10 Mark III, front viewEOS M50 und OM-D E-M10 Mark III, front view

...and here we see the Canon and the Olympus from above:

EOS M50 und OM-D E-M10 Mark III, view from aboveEOS M50 und OM-D E-M10 Mark III, view from above

Our recommendation

Comparing features and specifications of both cameras yields the following score:

Canon EOS M50

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

20
11

CameraCreativ recommends the Canon EOS M50.

Our rating of the Canon EOS M50

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Our rating of the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

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