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Canon EOS M50 vs Panasonic DMC GX8

We compare the Canon EOS M50 to the Panasonic DMC GX8: 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 GX8 on the right:

EOS M50 vs DMC GX8 - Side by side

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

Canon EOS M50 vs Panasonic DMC GX8: 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 GX8

  • Introduced in July 2015
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: Four Thirds
  • 20 megapixel
  • 8 frames/second
  • 100 - 25600 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 75.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount Micro Four Thirds (MFT)
  • WiFi built-in
  • 133.2 x 77.9 x 63.1mm³ (5.2" x 3.1" x 2.5")
  • 487g (15.7 oz.)

All specs: Main page for DMC GX8

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 GX8

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 GX8: The sensors

The EOS M50 features a APS-C sized sensor, while the DMC GX8 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 GX8 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 GX8'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 DMC GX8: The viewfinders

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

The DMC GX8 features an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.36 megapixel and a magnification of around 0.77x.

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)

DMC GX8 (0.77x)

Simulated viewfinder of the EOS M50Simulated viewfinder of the DMC GX8

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 DMC GX8 in the right column:

Advantage Canon EOS M50...

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

EOS M50

DMC GX8

Larger sensor (5)APS-CFour Thirds
Higher resolution (5, megapixel)24.1020.30
Faster (4, frames/second)108
More AF points (4)14349
Built-in flash (2)
Weighs less (2)387g
(12.5 oz.)
487g
(15.7 oz.)

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 built-in flash and the lower weight than the DMC GX8.

The EOS M50 scores 22 points.

...and here's where the Panasonic DMC GX8 has an edge...

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

EOS M50

DMC GX8

Larger lens selection (3)780
Image stabilizer (3)
Longer battery life (3, photos)235330
Environmentally sealed (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the DMC GX8 are the larger selection of lenses, the optical image stabilizer and that the battery has more stamina.

Yields 9 points for the DMC GX8.

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

EOS M50

DMC GX8

Sensor cleaning
Sensitivity100 - 25600 ISO100 - 25600 ISO
Monitor resolution (megapixel)1.041.04
Monitor articulated
Touch screen
Video resolution3840 x 21603840 x 2160
External microphone
Almost equal size601cm³655cm³
WiFi

Comparing the dimensions of both cameras; Canon EOS M50 again on the left, Panasonic DMC GX8 on the right:

Front view of the EOS M50 and the DMC GX8...

EOS M50 und DMC GX8, front viewEOS M50 und DMC GX8, front view

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

EOS M50 und DMC GX8, view from aboveEOS M50 und DMC GX8, view from above

Our recommendation

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

Canon EOS M50

Panasonic DMC GX8

22
9

CameraCreativ recommends the Canon EOS M50.

Our rating of the Canon EOS M50

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Our rating of the Panasonic DMC GX8

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