Nikon Z50 VS Canon M50 – Check Which One Is Best & Why?

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Nikon Z50 was released in Oct 2019 & Canon M50 was released in Feb 2018. Both Cameras are Amazing with some similarities & differences, but if you are looking for the best one with better photo & video quality, I would recommend the Nikon Z50 rather than Canon M50.

Why do I recommend Nikon Z50?

  • Its continuous shooting speed is 11 fps, Which means it can take up to 11 pictures in a second, whereas Canon M50 can take up to 10. To do that, you just need to press & hold the shutter button. This feature gives you more options to select the best shoot from 11 of them.
  • Nikon Z50 contains 209 focus points, which helps to focus on 209 objects at the same time, whereas the Canon m50 has 143 focus points.
  • The battery power of the Nikon Z50 is super it can shoot 320 pictures on a single charge, whereas the Canon M50 can shoot only 235.
  • The light sensitivity of the Nikon Z50 is 100-51200ISO & expandable to 50- 204800ISO, but the Canon M50 is 100-25600. You will get 2 times better low-light & tough-light photography with the Nikon Z50 than Canon M50.
  • Nikon Z50 has a tilting touchscreen display that you can rotate to shoot at different angles, which is helpful while taking selfies or making vlog videos & you can focus or zoom on any specific object by tapping on the screen. Canon M50 Display is articulated.
  • Nikon Z50 has Eye-detecting AF that locks on the eye & tracks the subject while they are moving. It’s very helpful while making vlogs or any  Videos. Canon M50 Doesn’t have it.
  • AE Bracketing range of Nikon Z50 is ±5 EV, besides Canon M50’s is ±2 EV. So with a wide range of AE bracketing Nikon Z50 can provide better result than M50.
  • It has an environment-sealed feature that lets you capture photos in harsh weather. Canon EOS M50 does not have this feature, that’s why using this camera in rough weather is not recommended.

Maybe the Canon M50 price can make you comfortable because it’s little bit cheaper than Nikon Z50. But you have to compromise all the above-mentioned features. Now the Choice is yours. I hope it was helpful to choose the right one. 


Side-by-side comparison

Specification Nikon Z50 Canon EOS M50
Editor’s rating 4.7 out of 5 4.4 out of 5
Announced 2019-10-10 2018-02-26
Sensor Dimensions 23.5 x 15.7 mm 22.3 x 14.9 mm
Sensor Area 368.95mm2 332.27mm2
Sensor Megapixels 21 megapixels 24 megapixels
Max sensor Resolution 5568 x 3712 6000 x 4000
Max Native Light sensitivity 100-51,200 ISO 100-25,600 ISO
Max Boosted Light Sensitivity 204800 ISO 51200 ISO
Sensor Pixel Area 17.85µm2 13.84µm2
Number of Focus Points 209 143
Lens Mount Nikon Z Canon EF-M
Number of Available Lenses 46 29
Screen Type Tilting Fully Articulated
Screen Size 3.20″ 3.00″
Viewfinder Magnification 0.68x n/a
Continuous Shooting 11.0 fps 10.0 fps
Eye Tracking Focus Yes No
Animal Eye AF Tracking Yes No
WB Bracketing Yes No
AE Bracketing Range ±5 EV ±2 EV
NFC Connection Yes No
Digital video stabilization No Yes
Environmental Sealing No Yes
Battery Life 320 shots 235 shots
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Common things that both DSLRs can do…

  • Nikon Z50 & Canon M50 have Face Detection Focus that locks on the face and tracks the subject while they are moving. It’s very helpful while you are making vlogs or any other kind of Videos.
  • Both DSLR has 1040k dots higher resolution screen that can display same detailed visual information on the display.
  • Nikon Z50 & Canon M50 have a Live view() option, This option allows you to shoot while viewing a real-time image.
  • Both contain a microphone port where you can attach a microphone & shoot video with crystal clear sound quality.
  • Nikon Z50 & Canon M50 can record high-resolution 4k video. You can record beautiful 3840×2160 realistic video with every single detail.
  • You can use Nikon Z50 & Canon M50 as a webcam instead of Laptops and other webcams to make a good impression when you are attending a meeting.
  • Both have a touchscreen display that helps to focus or zoom on any specific object by tapping on the screen.
  • AE Bracketing is available in Nikon Z50 & Canon M50, which helps to shoot equally in tough lighting conditions or shadow areas.
  • If you want to do a live streaming or live concert, you can do it with both DSLRS, just connect the camera to wifi and it’s ready to go.
  • Both have a timelapse recording feature for creative shooting.
  • Nikon Z50& Canon M50 can record (3840 x 2160) Video at 60 FPS, which helps to record fast-moving objects without getting blurred.
  • The shutter speed of both DSLR is 1/4000, which helps to capture super-fast moving objects without getting blurred, Like racing cars or bikes.

If you are okay with the above-explained feature, then you can get any one of these, but if you are looking for advanced features and the best one Between Nikon Z50 & Canon M50 you must pick the Nikon Z50.

Common features

Specification Nikon Z50 Canon EOS M50
Body Type SLR-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Size APS-C APS-C
RAW Support Yes Yes
AF Touch Yes Yes
AF Continuous Yes Yes
AF Single Yes Yes
AF Tracking Yes Yes
AF Selective Yes Yes
AF Center Yes Yes
AF Multi Area Yes Yes
AF Live View Yes Yes
AF Face Detection Yes Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes Yes
AF Phase Detection Yes Yes
Manual Focus Yes Yes
Screen Resolution 1,040k dots 1,040k dots
Touch Screen Yes Yes
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder Resolution 2,360k dots 2,360k dots
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Max Mechanical Shutter 1/4000s 1/4000s
Shutter Priority Yes Yes
Aperture Priority Yes Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes Yes
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Built-in Image Stabilization Digital only Digital only
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
External Flash Yes Yes
Multi-Segment Metering Yes Yes
Average Metering Yes Yes
Spot Metering Yes Yes
Center Weighted Metering Yes Yes
AE Bracketing Yes Yes
Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160 3840 x 2160
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port Yes Yes
Wireless Connectivity Built-In Built-In
HDMI Yes Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes Yes
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Frequently asked questions about Nikon Z50 & Canon M50

1. Does Nikon Z50 crop 4K?

Nikon Z50 can shoot at 11 FPS, and it can also capture high-quality 4K videos with no cropping.

2. Is Z50 a full-frame camera?

The Nikon Z50 is Nikon’s finest APS-C crop sensor mirrorless camera. So, Yes, it is a full-frame DSLR.

3. Can Nikon Z50 shoot 120fps?

Yes. It can capture 120fps in full HD mode and that is (1,920×1,080 / 120 fps).

4. Does Canon M50 shoot in 4K?

The Canon M50 can record 4k ultra-high definition video at 23.98 fps.

5. Is Canon M50 good for videography?

It might be a good choice for studio video. Its video capture ability in low light conditions is very good and also the camera is so easy to operate. So, it would be a good choice for videography.

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