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Nikon Z6 vs Canon EOS M50

We compare the Nikon Z6 to the Canon EOS M50: 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 Nikon Z6 is on the left, the Canon EOS M50 on the right:

Z6 vs EOS M50 - Side by side

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

Nikon Z6 vs Canon EOS M50: Specifications at a glance

Z6

  • Introduced in August 2018
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: Full frame
  • 24 megapixel
  • 12 frames/second
  • 100 - 51200 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 80.00mm (3.1") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount Z Mount
  • WiFi built-in
  • 134 x 100.5 x 67.5mm³ (5.3" x 4.0" x 2.7")
  • 675g (21.8 oz.)

All specs: Main page for Z6

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

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 Z6 and EOS M50

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.

Z6 vs EOS M50: The sensors

The Z6 features a Full frame sized sensor, while the EOS M50 uses a APS-C sensor.

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

Infographic: Z6 and EOS M50 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 856mm² (1.37 sq.in.) the sensor of the Z6 is a lot larger than the EOS M50's chip at 332mm² (0.53 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 APS-C format.

Advantage: Nikon Z6

Z6 vs EOS M50: The viewfinders

The Z6 uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 3.68 megapixel. The magnifcation is c. 0.80x.

The EOS M50 features an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.36 megapixel and a magnification of around 0.60x.

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.

Z6 (0.80x)

EOS M50 (0.60x)

Simulated viewfinder of the Z6Simulated viewfinder of the EOS M50

Advantage: Nikon Z6

Comparing features and further specs of both cameras, data for the Nikon Z6 on the left, the Canon EOS M50 in the right column:

Advantage Nikon Z6...

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

Z6

EOS M50

Larger sensor (5)Full frameAPS-C
Higher resolution (5, megapixel)24.5024.10
Faster (4, frames/second)1210
More AF points (4)273143
Sensitivity (4)100 - 51200 ISO100 - 25600 ISO
Better viewfinder (4, Megapixel)3.682.36
Image stabilizer (3)
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)2.101.04
Longer battery life (3, photos)330235
USB 3.0 (2)
Environmentally sealed (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the Z6 are the larger sensor, the higher resolution and that the camera is faster. Additional pros for the Nikon are the faster and more accurate auto focus, the larger sensitivity and the better viewfinder. We also like the optical image stabilizer, that the display has a higher resolution and that the battery has more stamina. Another advantage over the EOS M50: the support for USB 3.0. HArdly a luxury, given today's image size and the requirements of 4K video.

The Z6 scores 36 points.

...and here's where the Canon EOS M50 has an edge...

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

Z6

EOS M50

Larger lens selection (3)37
Built-in flash (2)
Weighs less (2)675g
(21.8 oz.)
387g
(12.5 oz.)
More portable (2)909cm³
(57 cu.in.)
601cm³
(38 cu.in.)

Conclusion: Advantages of the EOS M50 are the larger selection of lenses, the built-in flash and the lower weight than the Z6. Another advantage over the Z6: the more compact size.

Yields 9 points for the EOS M50.

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

Z6

EOS M50

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

Comparing the dimensions of both cameras; Nikon Z6 again on the left, Canon EOS M50 on the right:

Front view of the Z6 and the EOS M50...

Z6 und EOS M50, front viewZ6 und EOS M50, front view

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

Z6 und EOS M50, view from aboveZ6 und EOS M50, view from above

Our recommendation

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

Nikon Z6

Canon EOS M50

36
9

CameraCreativ recommends the Nikon Z6.

Our rating of the Nikon Z6

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Our rating of the Canon EOS M50

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