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Canon EOS M50 vs Panasonic DC GH5s

We compare the Canon EOS M50 to the Panasonic DC GH5s: 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 Panasonic DC GH5s on the right:

EOS M50 vs DC GH5s - Side by side

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

Canon EOS M50 vs Panasonic DC GH5s: 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

DC GH5s

  • Introduced in January 2018
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: Four Thirds
  • 10 megapixel
  • 12 frames/second
  • 100 - 51200 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 75.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount Micro Four Thirds (MFT)
  • WiFi built-in
  • 138.5 x 98.1 x 87.4mm³ (5.5" x 3.9" x 3.4")
  • 660g (21.3 oz.)

All specs: Main page for DC GH5s

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 DC GH5s

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 DC GH5s: The sensors

The EOS M50 features a APS-C sized sensor, while the DC GH5s uses a Four Thirds sensor.

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

Infographic: EOS M50 and DC GH5s 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 DC GH5s'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 DC GH5s: The viewfinders

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

The DC GH5s features an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 3.68 megapixel and a magnification of around 0.76x.

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)

DC GH5s (0.76x)

Simulated viewfinder of the EOS M50Simulated viewfinder of the DC GH5s

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. However, with these two cameras the difference is considerable in any case.

Comparing features and further specs of both cameras, data for the Canon EOS M50 on the left, the Panasonic DC GH5s in the right column:

Advantage Canon EOS M50...

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

EOS M50

DC GH5s

Larger sensor (5)APS-CFour Thirds
Higher resolution (5, megapixel)24.1010.28
Built-in flash (2)
Weighs less (2)387g
(12.5 oz.)
660g
(21.3 oz.)
More portable (2)601cm³
(38 cu.in.)
1187cm³
(75 cu.in.)

Conclusion: Advantages of the EOS M50 are the larger sensor, the higher resolution and the built-in flash. A nice touch is the lower weight than the DC GH5s and the more compact size.

The EOS M50 scores 16 points.

...and here's where the Panasonic DC GH5s has an edge...

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

EOS M50

DC GH5s

Faster (4, frames/second)1012
More AF points (4)143225
Sensitivity (4)100 - 25600 ISO100 - 51200 ISO
Better viewfinder (4, Megapixel)2.363.68
Larger lens selection (3)780
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)1.041.62
Longer battery life (3, photos)235410
USB 3.0 (2)
Environmentally sealed (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the DC GH5s are that the camera is faster, the faster and more accurate auto focus and the larger sensitivity. We also like the better viewfinder, the larger selection of lenses and that the display has a higher resolution. A nice touch is that the battery has more stamina, the support for USB 3.0. HArdly a luxury, given today's image size and the requirements of 4K video.

Yields 26 points for the DC GH5s.

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

EOS M50

DC GH5s

Sensor cleaning
Monitor articulated
Touch screen
Video resolution3840 x 21603840 x 2160
External microphone
WiFi

Comparing the dimensions of both cameras; Canon EOS M50 again on the left, Panasonic DC GH5s on the right:

Front view of the EOS M50 and the DC GH5s...

EOS M50 und DC GH5s, front viewEOS M50 und DC GH5s, front view

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

EOS M50 und DC GH5s, view from aboveEOS M50 und DC GH5s, view from above

Our recommendation

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

Canon EOS M50

Panasonic DC GH5s

16
26

CameraCreativ recommends the Panasonic DC GH5s.

Our rating of the Canon EOS M50

No rating available.

Our rating of the Panasonic DC GH5s

When Panasonic released the GH4 in 2014 it became an instant success with videographers. 4K resolution with 24p cinematic mode in a compact package at a reasonable price point were an irresistible proposition.

The GH5 improves on the predecessor with support for 4K video at 60 frames per second. Full HD video can be recorded with up to 180 frames per second. A first in budget priced digital cameras is the GH5's support for 4:2:2 10 bit 4K video. Continuous drive for still photography with full resolution stands at 12 photos per second. The new model also adds USB 3.0 and a built-in image stabilizer. A worthy upgrade to an already excellent camera, the GH5 gets our unreserved recommendation.

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