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Canon 850D vs M50

The Canon EOS 850D (called Canon T8i in some regions) and the Canon EOS M50 are two digital cameras that were announced, respectively, in February 2020 and February 2018. The 850D is a DSLR, while the M50 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. Both cameras are equipped with an APS-C sensor. Both cameras offer a resolution of 24 megapixels.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Canon 850D versus Canon M50
Canon 850D Canon M50
Digital single lens reflex Mirrorless system camera
Canon EF mount lenses Canon EF-M mount lenses
24 MP, APS-C Sensor 24 MP, APS-C Sensor
4K/24p Video 4K/24p Video
ISO 100-25,600 (100 - 51,200) ISO 100-25,600 (100 - 51,200)
Optical viewfinder Electronic viewfinder (2360k dots)
3.0 LCD, 1040k dots 3.0 LCD, 1040k dots
Swivel touchscreen Swivel touchscreen
7.5 shutter flaps per second 10 shutter flaps per second
800 shots per battery charge235 shots per battery charge
131 x 103 x 76 mm, 515 g 116 x 88 x 59 mm, 390 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon EOS 850D and the Canon EOS M50? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

An illustration of the physical size and weight of the Canon 850D and the Canon M50 is provided in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are available. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The M50 can be obtained in two different colors (black, white), while the 850D is only available in black.

Size Canon 850D vs Canon M50
Compare 850D versus M50 top
Comparison 850D or M50 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Canon M50 is notably smaller (24 percent) than the Canon 850D. Moreover, the M50 is markedly lighter (24 percent) than the 850D. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the 850D nor the M50 are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete since they do not consider the interchangeable lenses that both of these cameras require. Hence, you might want to study and compare the specifications of available lenses in order to get the full picture of the size and weight of the two camera systems.

Concerning battery life, the 850D gets 800 shots out of its LP-E17 battery, while the M50 can take 235 images on a single charge of its LP-E12 power pack.

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the two cameras alongside a broader set of comparators. If you would like to visualize and compare a different camera combination, you can navigate to the CAM-parator app and make your selection from a broad list of cameras there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon 850D 131 mm 103 mm 76 mm 515 g 800 n Feb 2020 749 i
2.
 
Canon M50 116 mm 88 mm 59 mm 390 g 235 n Feb 2018 779i
3.
 
Canon M50 Mark II 116 mm 88 mm 59 mm 387 g 305 n Oct 2020 599 i
4.
 
Canon RP 133 mm 85 mm 70 mm 485 g 250 n Feb 2019 1,299 i
5.
 
Canon 250D 122 mm 93 mm 70 mm 449 g 1070 n Apr 2019 599 i
6.
 
Canon G5 X Mark II 111 mm 61 mm 46 mm 340 g 230 n Jul 2019 899 i
7.
 
Canon G7 X Mark III 105 mm 61 mm 41 mm 304 g 235 n Jul 2019 749 i
8.
 
Canon M6 Mark II 120 mm 70 mm 49 mm 408 g 305 n Aug 2019 849 i
9.
 
Canon 2000D 129 mm 101 mm 78 mm 475 g 500 n Feb 2018 449 i
10.
 
Canon 77D 131 mm 100 mm 76 mm 540 g 600 n Feb 2017 899 i
11.
 
Canon 200D 122 mm 93 mm 70 mm 453 g 650 n Jun 2017 549i
12.
 
Canon 800D 131 mm 100 mm 76 mm 532 g 600 n Feb 2017 749i
13.
 
Canon M6 112 mm 68 mm 45 mm 390 g 295 n Feb 2017 779i
14.
 
Canon M100 108 mm 67 mm 35 mm 302 g 295 n Aug 2017 499i
15.
 
Canon 750D 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 555 g 440 n Feb 2015 749i
16.
 
Canon 760D 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 565 g 440 n Feb 2015 649i
17.
 
Canon M3 111 mm 68 mm 44 mm 366 g 250 n Feb 2015 679i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

The price is, of course, an important factor in any camera decision. The manufacturer’s suggested retail prices give an idea on the placement of the camera in the maker’s lineup and the broader market. The 850D was somewhat cheaper (by 4 percent) than the M50 at launch, but both cameras fall into the same price category. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

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Sensor comparison

The imaging sensor is at the core of digital cameras and its size is one of the main determining factors of image quality. All other things equal, a large sensor will have larger individual pixel-units that offer better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Moreover, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more control over depth-of-field in the image and, thus, the ability to better isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be associated with larger, more expensive camera bodies and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature an APS-C sensor and have a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 1.6. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the review cameras among the medium-sized sensor cameras that aim to strike a balance between image quality and portability. Both cameras have a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 3:2.

Canon 850D and Canon M50 sensor measures

The two cameras under review do not only share the same sensor size, but also offer an identical resolution of 24 megapixels. This similarity in sensor specs implies that both the 850D and the M50 have the same pixel density, as well as the same pixel size. It should, however, be noted that the 850D is a somewhat more recent model (by 1 year and 11 months) than the M50, and its sensor might have benefitted from technological advances during this time.

The Canon EOS 850D has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 25600, which can be extended to ISO 100-51200. The Canon EOS M50 offers exactly the same ISO settings.

850D versus M50 MP

Since 2007, DXO Mark has published sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a consistent methodology. This service assesses and scores the color depth ("DXO Portrait"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports") of camera sensors, and also publishes an overall camera score. The following table provides an overview of the physical sensor characteristics, as well as the sensor quality measurements for a selection of comparators.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Canon 850D APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/24p........
2.
 
Canon M50 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/24p........
3.
 
Canon M50 Mark II APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/24p........
4.
 
Canon RP Full Frame 26.2 6240 41604K/30p........
5.
 
Canon 250D APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/25p........
6.
 
Canon G5 X Mark II 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p........
7.
 
Canon G7 X Mark III 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p........
8.
 
Canon M6 Mark II APS-C 32.3 6960 46404K/30p........
9.
 
Canon 2000D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.611.9100971
10.
 
Canon 77D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.613.397178
11.
 
Canon 200D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.613.4104179
12.
 
Canon 800D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p........
13.
 
Canon M6 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p........
14.
 
Canon M100 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.512.9127278
15.
 
Canon 750D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.712.091971
16.
 
Canon 760D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.612.091570
17.
 
Canon M3 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.811.8116972

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. The two cameras under consideration both have sensors whose read-out speed is fast enough to capture moving pictures, and both provide the same movie specifications (4K/24p).

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the M50 has an electronic viewfinder (2360k dots), while the 850D has an optical one. Both systems have their advantages, with the electronic viewfinder making it possible to project supplementary shooting information into the framing view, whereas the optical viewfinder offers lag-free viewing and a very clear framing image. The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Canon 850D and Canon M50 along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Canon 850Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 7.5 Y n
2.
 
Canon M502360 n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 10.0 Y n
3.
 
Canon M50 Mark II2360 n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 10.0 Y n
4.
 
Canon RP2360 n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 n n
5.
 
Canon 250Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
6.
 
Canon G5 X Mark II2360 n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 30 Y Y
7.
 
Canon G7 X Mark IIInone n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 30 Y Y
8.
 
Canon M6 Mark IIoptional n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 14.0 Y n
9.
 
Canon 2000Doptical n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
10.
 
Canon 77Doptical Y 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
11.
 
Canon 200Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
12.
 
Canon 800Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
13.
 
Canon M6optional n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 9.0 Y n
14.
 
Canon M100none n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 6.1 Y n
15.
 
Canon 750Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
16.
 
Canon 760Doptical Y 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
17.
 
Canon M3optional n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 4.2 Y n
Both cameras have an articulated rear screen that can be turned to be front-facing. This feature will be particularly appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in taking selfies.

The Canon 850D and the Canon M50 both have an intervalometer built-in. This enables the photographer to capture time lapse sequences, such as flower blooming, a sunset or moon rise, without purchasing an external camera trigger and related software.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the 850D and the M50 write their files to SDXC cards. Both cameras can use UHS-I cards, which provide for Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 104 MB/s.

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Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Canon EOS 850D and Canon EOS M50 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Canon 850DYstereomonoY-mini2.0Y-Y
2.
 
Canon M50YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
3.
 
Canon M50 Mark IIYstereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
4.
 
Canon RPYstereomonoYYmicro2.0Y-Y
5.
 
Canon 250DYstereomonoY-mini2.0Y-Y
6.
 
Canon G5 X Mark II-stereomono--micro3.1Y-Y
7.
 
Canon G7 X Mark III-stereomonoY-micro3.1Y-Y
8.
 
Canon M6 Mark IIYstereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
9.
 
Canon 2000DYmonomono--mini2.0YY-
10.
 
Canon 77DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
11.
 
Canon 200DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
12.
 
Canon 800DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
13.
 
Canon M6YstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
14.
 
Canon M100-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
15.
 
Canon 750DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-
16.
 
Canon 760DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-
17.
 
Canon M3YstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-

The 850D is a recent model that features in the current product line-up of Canon. In contrast, the M50 has been discontinued (but can be found pre-owned on eBay). As a replacement in the same line of cameras, the M50 was succeeded by the Canon M50 Mark II. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Canon website.

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Review summary

So what conclusions can be drawn? Is there a clear favorite between the Canon 850D and the Canon M50? Which camera is better? Below is a summary of the relative strengths of each of the two contestants.


Arguments in favor of the Canon EOS 850D:

  • Brighter framing: Features an optical viewfinder for clear, lag-free composition.
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (800 versus 235) on a single battery charge.
  • More modern: Is somewhat more recent (announced 1 year and 11 months after the M50).


Advantages of the Canon EOS M50:

  • More framing info: Has an electronic viewfinder that displays shooting data.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (10 vs 7.5 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • More compact: Is smaller (116x88mm vs 131x103mm) and will fit more readily into a bag.
  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight (by 125g or 24 percent) and is thus easier to take along.
  • More legacy lens friendly: Can use many non-native lenses via adapters.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been on the market for longer (launched in February 2018).

If the count of individual advantages (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the M50 emerges as the winner of the match-up (6 : 3 points). However, the relevance of individual strengths will vary across photographers, so that you might want to apply your own weighing scheme to the summary points when reflecting and deciding on a new camera. A professional sports photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a street photog, and a person interested in family portraits has distinct needs from a landscape shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

850D 03:06 M50

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon 850D and the Canon M50 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best DSLR Camera and Best Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera listings whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it says little about, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance of the 850D and the M50 in practical situations. At times, user reviews, such as those published at amazon, address these issues in a useful manner, but such feedback is on many occasions incomplete, inconsistent, and unreliable.

Expert reviews

This is where reviews by experts come in. The adjacent summary-table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon 850D4/5+80/1004/53.5/5 Feb 2020 749 i
2.
 
Canon M50..+79/100..3.5/5 Feb 2018 779i
3.
 
Canon M50 Mark II......4.5/53.5/5 Oct 2020 599 i
4.
 
Canon RP4/5+..4.5/54/5 Feb 2019 1,299 i
5.
 
Canon 250D..o79/1004/54/5 Apr 2019 599 i
6.
 
Canon G5 X Mark II4/5+82/100..4/5 Jul 2019 899 i
7.
 
Canon G7 X Mark III..+ +81/1004/5.. Jul 2019 749 i
8.
 
Canon M6 Mark II..+85/1004/54/5 Aug 2019 849 i
9.
 
Canon 2000D..o..3.5/53.5/5 Feb 2018 449 i
10.
 
Canon 77D4.5/5..82/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2017 899 i
11.
 
Canon 200D4/5+ +78/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2017 549i
12.
 
Canon 800D4.5/5..80/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2017 749i
13.
 
Canon M6....80/1004/54/5 Feb 2017 779i
14.
 
Canon M1003/5+..4/53.5/5 Aug 2017 499i
15.
 
Canon 750D5/5..75/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 749i
16.
 
Canon 760D5/5+77/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 649i
17.
 
Canon M34/5o75/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2015 679i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The review scores listed above should be treated with care, though. The ratings were established in reference to similarly priced cameras that were available in the market at the time of the review. A score, therefore, has to be seen in close connection to the price and market introduction time of the camera, and comparisons of ratings among very different cameras or across long time periods have little meaning. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.

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    Specifications: Canon 850D vs Canon M50

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Canon 850D Canon M50
    Camera Type Digital single lens reflex Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens Canon EF mount lenses Canon EF-M mount lenses
    Launch Date February 2020 February 2018
    Launch Price USD 749 USD 779
    Sensor Specs Canon 850D Canon M50
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 22.3 x 14.9 mm 22.3 x 14.9 mm
    Sensor Area 332.27 mm2 332.27 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 26.8 mm 26.8 mm
    Crop Factor 1.6x 1.6x
    Sensor Resolution 24 Megapixels 24 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 6000 x 4000 pixels 6000 x 4000 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 3.72 μm 3.72 μm
    Pixel Density 7.22 MP/cm2 7.22 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 4K/24p Video 4K/24p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 25,600 ISO 100 - 25,600 ISO
    ISO Boost 100 - 51,200 ISO 100 - 51,200 ISO
    Image Processor DIGIC 8 DIGIC 8
    Screen Specs Canon 850D Canon M50
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 95% 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.51x
    Viewfinder Resolution 2360k dots
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 1040k dots 1040k dots
    LCD Attachment Swivel screen Swivel screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Canon 850D Canon M50
    Focus System Phase-detect AF On-Sensor Phase-detect
    Manual Focusing AidFocus PeakingFocus Peaking
    Max Shutter Speed (mechanical) 1/4000s 1/4000s
    Continuous Shooting 7.5 shutter flaps/s 10 shutter flaps/s
    Shutter Life Expectancy100 000 actuations100 000 actuations
    Time-Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer built-inIntervalometer built-in
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-I UHS-I
    Connectivity Specs Canon 850D Canon M50
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port mini HDMI micro HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port External MIC port
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs Canon 850D Canon M50
    Battery Type LP-E17 LP-E12
    Battery Life (CIPA)800 shots per charge235 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 131 x 103 x 76 mm
    (5.2 x 4.1 x 3.0 in)
    116 x 88 x 59 mm
    (4.6 x 3.5 x 2.3 in)
    Camera Weight 515 g (18.2 oz) 390 g (13.8 oz)

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