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Canon EOS M50 vs Sony Alpha 5000

We compare the Canon EOS M50 to the Sony Alpha 5000: 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 Sony Alpha 5000 on the right:

EOS M50 vs Alpha 5000 - Side by side

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

Canon EOS M50 vs Sony Alpha 5000: 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

Alpha 5000

  • Introduced in January 2014
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: APS-C
  • 20 megapixel
  • 3 frames/second
  • 100 - 16000 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • No viewfinder
  • 75.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount E Mount
  • WiFi built-in
  • 109.6 x 62.8 x 35.7mm³ (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.4")
  • 269g (8.7 oz.)

All specs: Main page for Alpha 5000

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 Alpha 5000

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 Alpha 5000: The sensors

Both cameras use the same sensor format: APS-C. This infographic highlights the sensor areas of both models compared to other common sensor formats:

Info graphic: EOS M50 an Alpha 5000 sensor comparison

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

The APS-C sensor built into both cameras has a total area of about 332mm² (13.1 sq.in.).

Comparing features and further specs of both cameras, data for the Canon EOS M50 on the left, the Sony Alpha 5000 in the right column:

Advantage Canon EOS M50...

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

EOS M50

Alpha 5000

Higher resolution (5, megapixel)24.1020.10
Faster (4, frames/second)103
More AF points (4)14325
Sensitivity (4)100 - 25600 ISO100 - 16000 ISO
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)1.040.46
Touch screen (2)
Better Video (2)3840 x 21601920 x 1080
External microphone (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the EOS M50 are the higher resolution, that the camera is faster and the faster and more accurate auto focus. Additional pros for the Canon are the larger sensitivity, that the display has a higher resolution and the rather comfortable touch screen. A recommendation of the EOS M50 is made easy by the superior video recording and the connector for an external microphone.

The EOS M50 scores 25 points.

...and here's where the Sony Alpha 5000 has an edge...

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

EOS M50

Alpha 5000

Larger lens selection (3)750
Longer battery life (3, photos)235420
Weighs less (2)387g
(12.5 oz.)
269g
(8.7 oz.)
More portable (2)601cm³
(38 cu.in.)
246cm³
(15 cu.in.)

Conclusion: Advantages of the Alpha 5000 are the larger selection of lenses, that the battery has more stamina and the lower weight than the EOS M50. Another advantage over the EOS M50: the more compact size.

Yields 10 points for the Alpha 5000.

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

EOS M50

Alpha 5000

Sensor formatAPS-CAPS-C
Sensor cleaning
Built-in flash
Monitor articulated
WiFi

Comparing the dimensions of both cameras; Canon EOS M50 again on the left, Sony Alpha 5000 on the right:

Front view of the EOS M50 and the Alpha 5000...

EOS M50 und Alpha 5000, front viewEOS M50 und Alpha 5000, front view

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

EOS M50 und Alpha 5000, view from aboveEOS M50 und Alpha 5000, view from above

Our recommendation

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

Canon EOS M50

Sony Alpha 5000

25
10

CameraCreativ recommends the Canon EOS M50.

Our rating of the Canon EOS M50

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Our rating of the Sony Alpha 5000

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