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Canon M50 Mark II vs Canon RP

The Canon EOS M50 Mark II and the Canon EOS RP are two digital cameras that were revealed to the public, respectively, in October 2020 and February 2019. Both the M50 Mark II and the Canon RP are mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras that are based on an APS-C (M50 Mark II) and a full frame (Canon RP) sensor. The M50 Mark II has a resolution of 24 megapixels, whereas the Canon RP provides 26.2 MP.

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

Headline Specifications
Canon M50 Mark II versus Canon RP
Canon M50 Mark II Canon RP
Mirrorless system camera Mirrorless system camera
Canon EF-M mount lenses Canon RF mount lenses
24 MP, APS-C Sensor 26.2 MP, Full Frame Sensor
4K/24p Video 4K/30p Video
ISO 100-25,600 (100 - 51,200) ISO 100-40,000 (50 - 102,400)
Electronic viewfinder (2360k dots) Electronic viewfinder (2360k dots)
3.0 LCD, 1040k dots 3.0 LCD, 1040k dots
Swivel touchscreen Swivel touchscreen
10 shutter flaps per second 5 shutter flaps per second
305 shots per battery charge250 shots per battery charge
116 x 88 x 59 mm, 387 g 133 x 85 x 70 mm, 485 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon EOS M50 Mark II and the Canon EOS RP? 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

The side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size and weight of the Canon M50 Mark II and the Canon RP. 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 measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The M50 Mark II can be obtained in two different colors (black, white), while the Canon RP is only available in black.

Size Canon M50 Mark II vs Canon RP
Compare M50 Mark II versus Canon RP top
Comparison M50 Mark II or Canon RP rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Canon RP is notably larger (11 percent) than the Canon M50 Mark II. Moreover, the Canon RP is markedly heavier (25 percent) than the M50 Mark II. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the M50 Mark II nor the Canon RP 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 M50 Mark II gets 305 shots out of its LP-E12 battery, while the Canon RP can take 250 images on a single charge of its LP-E17 power pack. The power pack in the Canon RP can be charged via the USB port, which can be very convenient when travelling.

The adjacent table lists the principal physical characteristics of the two cameras alongside a wider set of alternatives. In case you want to display and compare another camera duo, you can use the CAM-parator app to select your camera combination among a large number of options.

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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 M50 Mark II 116 mm 88 mm 59 mm 387 g 305 n Oct 2020 599 i
2.
 
Canon RP 133 mm 85 mm 70 mm 485 g 250 n Feb 2019 1,299 i
3.
 
Canon T8i 131 mm 103 mm 76 mm 515 g 800 n Feb 2020 749 i
4.
 
Canon M200 108 mm 67 mm 35 mm 299 g 315 n Sep 2019 549 i
5.
 
Canon SL3 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 M6 Mark II 120 mm 70 mm 49 mm 408 g 305 n Aug 2019 849 i
8.
 
Canon M50 116 mm 88 mm 59 mm 390 g 235 n Feb 2018 779i
9.
 
Canon R 139 mm 98 mm 84 mm 660 g 370 Y Sep 2018 2,299 i
10.
 
Canon 77D 131 mm 100 mm 76 mm 540 g 600 n Feb 2017 899 i
11.
 
Canon M6 112 mm 68 mm 45 mm 390 g 295 n Feb 2017 779i
12.
 
Canon M100 108 mm 67 mm 35 mm 302 g 295 n Aug 2017 499i
13.
 
Canon SL2 122 mm 93 mm 70 mm 453 g 650 n Jun 2017 549i
14.
 
Canon M5 116 mm 89 mm 61 mm 427 g 295 n Sep 2016 979 i
15.
 
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.

Any camera decision will naturally be influenced heavily by the price. 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 M50 Mark II was launched at a markedly lower price (by 54 percent) than the Canon RP, which puts it into a different market segment. Normally, street prices remain initially close to the MSRP, but after a couple of months, the first discounts appear. 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. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Further, a large sensor camera will give the photographer additional creative options when using shallow depth-of-field to isolate a subject from its background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be associated with larger, more expensive camera bodies and lenses.

Of the two cameras under consideration, the Canon M50 Mark II features an APS-C sensor and the Canon RP a full frame sensor. The sensor area in the Canon RP is 160 percent bigger. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have a format factor of, respectively, 1.6 and 1.0. Both cameras have a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 3:2.

Canon M50 Mark II and Canon RP sensor measures

With 26.2MP, the Canon RP offers a higher resolution than the M50 Mark II (24MP), but the Canon RP nevertheless has larger individual pixels (pixel pitch of 5.74μm versus 3.72μm for the M50 Mark II) due to its larger sensor. However, the M50 Mark II is a somewhat more recent model (by 1 year and 7 months) than the Canon RP, and its sensor might have benefitted from technological advances during this time that enhance the light gathering capacity of its pixel-units.

The Canon EOS M50 Mark II has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 25600, which can be extended to ISO 100-51200. The corresponding ISO settings for the Canon EOS RP are ISO 100 to ISO 40000, with the possibility to increase the ISO range to 50-102400.

M50 Mark II versus Canon RP MP

Since 2007, DXO Mark has published sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a consistent methodology. This service determines an overall sensor rating, as well as sub-scores for low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and color depth ("DXO Portrait"). 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 M50 Mark II APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/24p........
2.
 
Canon RP Full Frame 26.2 6240 41604K/30p........
3.
 
Canon T8i APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/24p........
4.
 
Canon M200 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004k/25p........
5.
 
Canon SL3 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/25p........
6.
 
Canon G5 X Mark II 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p........
7.
 
Canon M6 Mark II APS-C 32.3 6960 46404K/30p........
8.
 
Canon M50 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/24p........
9.
 
Canon R Full Frame 30.1 6720 44804K/30p24.513.5274289
10.
 
Canon 77D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.613.397178
11.
 
Canon M6 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p........
12.
 
Canon M100 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.512.9127278
13.
 
Canon SL2 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.613.4104179
14.
 
Canon M5 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.412.4126277
15.
 
Canon M3 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.811.8116972

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but can also record movies. The two cameras under consideration both have sensors whose read-out speed is fast enough to capture moving pictures, but the Canon RP provides a faster frame rate than the M50 Mark II. It can shoot movie footage at 4K/30p, while the M50 Mark II is limited to 4K/24p.

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The M50 Mark II and the Canon RP are similar in the sense that both feature an electronic viewfinder, which is helpful when framing images in bright sunlight. Moreover, their viewfinders offer an identical resolution of 2360k dots. The following table reports on some other key feature differences and similarities of the Canon M50 Mark II, the Canon RP, and comparable cameras.

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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 M50 Mark II2360 n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 10.0 Y n
2.
 
Canon RP2360 n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 n n
3.
 
Canon T8ioptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 7.5 Y n
4.
 
Canon M200none n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 6.1 Y n
5.
 
Canon SL3optical 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 M6 Mark IIoptional n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 14.0 Y n
8.
 
Canon M502360 n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 10.0 Y n
9.
 
Canon R3690 Y 3.2 2100 swivel Y 1/8000s 8.0 n n
10.
 
Canon 77Doptical Y 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
11.
 
Canon M6optional n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 9.0 Y n
12.
 
Canon M100none n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 6.1 Y n
13.
 
Canon SL2optical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
14.
 
Canon M52360 n 3.2 1620 tilting Y 1/4000s 9.0 Y n
15.
 
Canon M3optional n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 4.2 Y n

One difference between the cameras concerns the presence of an on-board flash. The M50 Mark II has one, while the Canon RP does not. While the built-in flash of the M50 Mark II is not very powerful, it can at times be useful as a fill-in light.

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 reported shutter speed information refers to the use of the mechanical shutter. Yet, some cameras only have an electronic shutter, while others have an electronic shutter in addition to a mechanical one. In fact, the M50 Mark II is one of those camera that have an additional electronic shutter, which makes completely silent shooting possible. However, this mode is less suitable for photographing moving objects (risk of rolling shutter) or shooting under artificial light sources (risk of flickering).

The Canon M50 Mark II and the Canon RP 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 M50 Mark II and the Canon RP write their files to SDXC cards. The Canon RP supports UHS-II cards (Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 312 MB/s), while the M50 Mark II can use UHS-I cards (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 M50 Mark II and Canon EOS RP 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 M50 Mark IIYstereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
2.
 
Canon RPYstereomonoYYmicro2.0Y-Y
3.
 
Canon T8iYstereomonoY-mini2.0Y-Y
4.
 
Canon M200-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
5.
 
Canon SL3YstereomonoY-mini2.0Y-Y
6.
 
Canon G5 X Mark II-stereomono--micro3.1Y-Y
7.
 
Canon M6 Mark IIYstereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
8.
 
Canon M50YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
9.
 
Canon RYstereomonoYYmini3.1Y-Y
10.
 
Canon 77DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
11.
 
Canon M6YstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
12.
 
Canon M100-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
13.
 
Canon SL2YstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
14.
 
Canon M5YstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
15.
 
Canon M3YstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-

It is notable that the Canon RP has a headphone jack, which makes it possible to attach external headphones and monitor the quality of sound during the recording process. The M50 Mark II lacks such a headphone port.

Both the M50 Mark II and the Canon RP are recent models that are part of the current product line-up. The M50 Mark II replaced the earlier Canon M50, while the Canon RP does not have a direct predecessor. 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 is the bottom line? Is the Canon M50 Mark II better than the Canon RP or vice versa? A synthesis of the relative strong points of each of the models is listed below.


Reasons to prefer the Canon EOS M50 Mark II:

  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (10 vs 5 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Less disturbing: Has an electronic shutter option for completely silent shooting.
  • Less heavy: Is lighter (by 98g or 20 percent) and hence easier to carry around.
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (305 versus 250) on a single battery charge.
  • Easier fill-in: Is equipped with a small onboard flash to brighten deep shadow areas.
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced category (54 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More modern: Is somewhat more recent (announced 1 year and 7 months after the Canon RP).


Arguments in favor of the Canon EOS RP:

  • Better image quality: Features bigger pixels on a larger sensor for higher quality imaging.
  • Richer colors: The pixel size advantage translates into images with better, more accurate colors.
  • More dynamic range: Larger pixels capture a wider spectrum of light and dark details.
  • Better low-light sensitivity: Larger pixels means good image quality even under poor lighting.
  • Better video: Provides higher movie framerates (4K/30p versus 4K/24p).
  • Better sound control: Has a headphone port that enables audio monitoring while recording.
  • Easier travel charging: Can be conveniently charged via its USB port.
  • Faster buffer clearing: Supports a more advanced SD data transfer standard (UHS-II vs UHS-I).
  • More heavily discounted: Has been on the market for longer (launched in February 2019).

If the count of individual advantages (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the Canon RP emerges as the winner of the match-up (9 : 7 points). However, the pertinence of the various camera strengths will differ across photographers, so that you might want to weigh individual camera traits according to their importance for your own imaging needs before making a camera decision. A professional wedding photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a travel photog, and a person interested in cityscapes has distinct needs from a macro shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

M50 Mark II 07:09 Canon RP

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon M50 Mark II and the Canon RP place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera listing 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 remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance when actually working with the M50 Mark II or the Canon RP. 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 why expert reviews are important. 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 M50 Mark II.......... Oct 2020 599 i
2.
 
Canon RP4/5+..4.5/54/5 Feb 2019 1,299 i
3.
 
Canon T8i4.5/5+80/1004/53.5/5 Feb 2020 749 i
4.
 
Canon M200..+79/1004/54/5 Sep 2019 549 i
5.
 
Canon SL3..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 M6 Mark II..+85/1004/54/5 Aug 2019 849 i
8.
 
Canon M50..+79/100..3.5/5 Feb 2018 779i
9.
 
Canon R4/5o79/1004.5/54/5 Sep 2018 2,299 i
10.
 
Canon 77D4.5/5..82/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2017 899 i
11.
 
Canon M6....80/1004/54/5 Feb 2017 779i
12.
 
Canon M1003/5+..4/53.5/5 Aug 2017 499i
13.
 
Canon SL24/5+ +78/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2017 549i
14.
 
Canon M54/5+82/1004/54/5 Sep 2016 979 i
15.
 
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. Hence, a score should always be seen in the context of the camera's market launch date and its price, and comparisons of ratings among very different cameras or across long time periods have little meaning. Also, please note that some of the review sites have changed their methodology and reporting over time.

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    Specifications: Canon M50 Mark II vs Canon RP

    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 M50 Mark II Canon RP
    Camera Type Mirrorless system camera Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens Canon EF-M mount lenses Canon RF mount lenses
    Launch Date October 2020 February 2019
    Launch Price USD 599 USD 1,299
    Sensor Specs Canon M50 Mark II Canon RP
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor Full Frame Sensor
    Sensor Size 22.3 x 14.9 mm 35.9 x 24.0 mm
    Sensor Area 332.27 mm2 861.6 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 26.8 mm 43.2 mm
    Crop Factor 1.6x 1.0x
    Sensor Resolution 24 Megapixels 26.2 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 6000 x 4000 pixels 6240 x 4160 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 3.72 μm 5.74 μm
    Pixel Density 7.22 MP/cm2 3.01 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 4K/24p Video 4K/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 25,600 ISO 100 - 40,000 ISO
    ISO Boost 100 - 51,200 ISO 50 - 102,400 ISO
    Image Processor DIGIC 8 DIGIC 8
    Screen Specs Canon M50 Mark II Canon RP
    Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100% 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.70x
    Viewfinder Resolution 2360k dots 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 M50 Mark II Canon RP
    Focus System On-Sensor Phase-detect On-Sensor Phase-detect
    Manual Focusing AidFocus Peakingno Peaking Feature
    Continuous Shooting 10 shutter flaps/s 5 shutter flaps/s
    Shutter Life Expectancy100 000 actuations100 000 actuations
    Electronic ShutterYESno E-Shutter
    Time-Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer built-inIntervalometer built-in
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash no On-Board Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-I UHS-II
    Connectivity Specs Canon M50 Mark II Canon RP
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI micro HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port External MIC port
    Headphone Socket no Headphone port Headphone port
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs Canon M50 Mark II Canon RP
    Battery Type LP-E12 LP-E17
    Battery Life (CIPA)305 shots per charge250 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging no USB charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 116 x 88 x 59 mm
    (4.6 x 3.5 x 2.3 in)
    133 x 85 x 70 mm
    (5.2 x 3.3 x 2.8 in)
    Camera Weight 387 g (13.7 oz) 485 g (17.1 oz)

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