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Canon EOS M50 vs Panasonic DMC GF7

We compare the Canon EOS M50 to the Panasonic DMC GF7: 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 DMC GF7 on the right:

EOS M50 vs DMC GF7 - Side by side

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

Canon EOS M50 vs Panasonic DMC GF7: 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

DMC GF7

  • Introduced in February 2015
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: Four Thirds
  • 16 megapixel
  • 6 frames/second
  • 100 - 25600 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • No viewfinder
  • 75.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount Micro Four Thirds (MFT)
  • WiFi built-in
  • 106.5 x 64.6 x 33.3mm³ (4.2" x 2.5" x 1.3")
  • 266g (8.6 oz.)

All specs: Main page for DMC GF7

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 DMC GF7

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 DMC GF7: The sensors

The EOS M50 features a APS-C sized sensor, while the DMC GF7 uses a Four Thirds sensor.

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

Infographic: EOS M50 and DMC GF7 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 DMC GF7'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

Comparing features and further specs of both cameras, data for the Canon EOS M50 on the left, the Panasonic DMC GF7 in the right column:

Advantage Canon EOS M50...

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

EOS M50

DMC GF7

Larger sensor (5)APS-CFour Thirds
Higher resolution (5, megapixel)24.1016.00
Faster (4, frames/second)106
More AF points (4)14323
Better Video (2)3840 x 21601920 x 1080
External microphone (2)
Longer battery life (3, photos)235230

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, the superior video recording and the connector for an external microphone. Another advantage over the DMC GF7: that the battery has more stamina.

The EOS M50 scores 25 points.

...and here's where the Panasonic DMC GF7 has an edge...

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

EOS M50

DMC GF7

Larger lens selection (3)780
Weighs less (2)387g
(12.5 oz.)
266g
(8.6 oz.)
More portable (2)601cm³
(38 cu.in.)
229cm³
(14 cu.in.)

Conclusion: Advantages of the DMC GF7 are the larger selection of lenses, the lower weight than the EOS M50 and the more compact size.

Yields 7 points for the DMC GF7.

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

EOS M50

DMC GF7

Sensor cleaning
Sensitivity100 - 25600 ISO100 - 25600 ISO
Built-in flash
Monitor resolution (megapixel)1.041.04
Monitor articulated
Touch screen
WiFi

Comparing the dimensions of both cameras; Canon EOS M50 again on the left, Panasonic DMC GF7 on the right:

Front view of the EOS M50 and the DMC GF7...

EOS M50 und DMC GF7, front viewEOS M50 und DMC GF7, front view

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

EOS M50 und DMC GF7, view from aboveEOS M50 und DMC GF7, view from above

Our recommendation

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

Canon EOS M50

Panasonic DMC GF7

25
7

CameraCreativ recommends the Canon EOS M50.

Our rating of the Canon EOS M50

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Our rating of the Panasonic DMC GF7

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