We compare the Canon EOS M50 to the Sony Alpha A6000: 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 A6000 on the right:
For a more detailed size comparison, see the section further down below.
Canon EOS M50 vs Sony Alpha A6000: Specifications at a glance
All specs: Main page for EOS M50
All specs: Main page for Alpha A6000
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EOS M50 vs Alpha A6000: 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:
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.).
EOS M50 vs Alpha A6000: The viewfinders
The EOS M50 uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.36 megapixel. The magnifcation is c. 0.60x.
The Alpha A6000 features an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 1.44 megapixel and a magnification of around 0.70x.
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)
Alpha A6000 (0.70x)
Advantage: Sony Alpha A6000
Comparing features and further specs of both cameras, data for the Canon EOS M50 on the left, the Sony Alpha A6000 in the right column:
Advantage Canon EOS M50...
(Point weight and unit, if applicable, in parentheses)
|Better viewfinder (4, Megapixel)||2.36||1.44|
|Better monitor (2, Megapixel)||1.04||0.92|
|Touch screen (2)|
|Better Video (2)||3840 x 2160||1920 x 1080|
|External microphone (2)|
Conclusion: Advantages of the EOS M50 are the better viewfinder, 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 12 points.
...and here's where the Sony Alpha A6000 has an edge...
(Point weight and unit, if applicable, in parentheses)
|Higher resolution (5, megapixel)||24.10||24.30|
|Faster (4, frames/second)||10||11|
|More AF points (4)||143||179|
|Larger lens selection (3)||7||50|
|Longer battery life (3, photos)||235||360|
|Weighs less (2)||387g|
|More portable (2)||601cm³|
Conclusion: Advantages of the Alpha A6000 are the higher resolution, that the camera is faster and the faster and more accurate auto focus. Additional pros for the Sony 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 23 points for the Alpha A6000.
...and here's what both have in common
|Sensitivity||100 - 25600 ISO||100 - 25600 ISO|
Comparing the dimensions of both cameras; Canon EOS M50 again on the left, Sony Alpha A6000 on the right:
Front view of the EOS M50 and the Alpha A6000...
...and here we see the Canon and the Sony from above:
Comparing features and specifications of both cameras yields the following score:
Canon EOS M50
Sony Alpha A6000
CameraCreativ recommends the Sony Alpha A6000.
Our rating of the Canon EOS M50
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Our rating of the Sony Alpha A6000
Sony's A6000, introduced in 2014, features an APS-C sized sensor with 24 megapixel resolution. Sony claims that the autofocus is class-leading with only 0.06 seconds required to focus properly. Video can be recorded with Full HD resolution; in addition the camera features a dedicated jack for an external microphone, a big plus for videographers. Also built-in is a high-resolution electronic viewfinder (1.44 megapixel) with a magnification of c. 0.70x, a very good value for a camera of this size.
The current (2017) top models of Sony's A6xxx series are the Sony A6300 and Sony A6500. Both add support fo 4K video and a higher resolving viewfinder. Additionally, the A6500 features a built-in image stabilizer. For photographers who don't need the latest and greatest, the A6000 remains a recommendation, especially when on sale.
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