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Canon M50 Mark II vs T8i

The Canon EOS M50 Mark II and the Canon EOS Rebel T8i (labelled Canon 850D in some countries) are two digital cameras that were officially introduced, respectively, in October 2020 and February 2020. The M50 Mark II is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, while the T8i is a DSLR. 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 M50 Mark II
versus
Canon T8i
Canon M50 Mark II   Canon T8i
Mirrorless system camera Digital single lens reflex
Canon EF-M mount lenses Canon EF 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)
Electronic viewfinder (2360k dots) Optical viewfinder
3.0" LCD – 1040k dots 3.0" LCD – 1040k dots
Swivel touchscreen Swivel touchscreen
10 shutter flaps per second 7.5 shutter flaps per second
305 shots per battery charge800 shots per battery charge
116 x 88 x 59 mm, 387 g 131 x 103 x 76 mm, 515 g
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Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon EOS M50 Mark II and the Canon EOS Rebel T8i? 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 physical size and weight of the Canon M50 Mark II and the Canon T8i are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive views from the front, the top, and the rear side are shown. All size dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The M50 Mark II can be obtained in two different colors (black, white), while the T8i is only available in black.

Size Canon M50 Mark II vs Canon T8i
Compare M50 Mark II versus T8i top
Comparison M50 Mark II or T8i rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Canon T8i is notably larger (32 percent) than the Canon M50 Mark II. Moreover, the T8i is markedly heavier (33 percent) than the M50 Mark II. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the M50 Mark II nor the T8i 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 T8i can take 800 images on a single charge of its LP-E17 power pack.

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the two cameras alongside a broader set of comparators. If you want to switch the focus of the display and review another camera pair, you can move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible camera comparisons 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 M50 Mark II 116 mm 88 mm 59 mm 387 g 305 n Oct 2020 599 amazon.com
2.
 
Canon T8i 131 mm 103 mm 76 mm 515 g 800 n Feb 2020 749 amazon.com
3.
 
Canon M200 108 mm 67 mm 35 mm 299 g 315 n Sep 2019 549 amazon.com
4.
 
Canon SL3 122 mm 93 mm 70 mm 449 g 1070 n Apr 2019 599 amazon.com
5.
 
Canon G5 X Mark II 111 mm 61 mm 46 mm 340 g 230 n Jul 2019 899 amazon.com
6.
 
Canon M6 Mark II 120 mm 70 mm 49 mm 408 g 305 n Aug 2019 849 amazon.com
7.
 
Canon M50 116 mm 88 mm 59 mm 390 g 235 n Feb 2018 779ebay.com
8.
 
Canon 77D 131 mm 100 mm 76 mm 540 g 600 n Feb 2017 899ebay.com
9.
 
Canon M6 112 mm 68 mm 45 mm 390 g 295 n Feb 2017 779ebay.com
10.
 
Canon M100 108 mm 67 mm 35 mm 302 g 295 n Aug 2017 499ebay.com
11.
 
Canon SL2 122 mm 93 mm 70 mm 453 g 650 n Jun 2017 549ebay.com
12.
 
Canon T7i 131 mm 100 mm 76 mm 532 g 600 n Feb 2017 749ebay.com
13.
 
Canon M5 116 mm 89 mm 61 mm 427 g 295 n Sep 2016 979ebay.com
14.
 
Canon M3 111 mm 68 mm 44 mm 366 g 250 n Feb 2015 679ebay.com
15.
 
Canon T6i 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 555 g 440 n Feb 2015 749ebay.com
16.
 
Canon T6s 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 565 g 440 n Feb 2015 649ebay.com
Note: 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 listed launch prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The M50 Mark II was launched at a somewhat lower price (by 20 percent) than the T8i, which makes it more attractive for photographers on a tight budget. 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.

Sensor comparison

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant of image quality. A large sensor will tend to have larger individual pixels that provide better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixel-units 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 are more costly to manufacture and tend to lead to bigger and heavier cameras 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 M50 Mark II and Canon T8i 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 M50 Mark II and the T8i have the same pixel density, as well as the same pixel size. It should, however, be noted that the M50 Mark II is a somewhat more recent model (by 8 months) than the T8i, and its sensor might have benefitted from technological advances during this time.

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 Canon EOS Rebel T8i offers exactly the same ISO settings.

Technology-wise, both cameras are equipped with CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensors. Both cameras use a Bayer filter for capturing RGB colors on a square grid of photosensors. This arrangement is found in most digital cameras.

M50 Mark II versus T8i MP

For many cameras, data on sensor performance has been reported by DXO Mark. This service is based on lab testing and assigns an overall score to each camera sensor, as well as ratings for dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), color depth ("DXO Portrait"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"). The adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of comparator-cameras.

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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
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Canon M50 Mark II APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/24p24.013.6193983
2.
 
Canon T8i APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/24p24.013.5187383
3.
 
Canon M200 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004k/25p24.013.5183682
4.
 
Canon SL3 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/25p23.913.4179182
5.
 
Canon G5 X Mark II 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p22.212.458365
6.
 
Canon M6 Mark II APS-C 32.3 6960 46404K/30p24.013.5184883
7.
 
Canon M50 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/24p23.813.3168481
8.
 
Canon 77D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.613.397178
9.
 
Canon M6 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.713.1158680
10.
 
Canon M100 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.512.9127278
11.
 
Canon SL2 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.613.4104179
12.
 
Canon T7i APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.713.1158680
13.
 
Canon M5 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.412.4126277
14.
 
Canon M3 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.811.8116972
15.
 
Canon T6i APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.712.091971
16.
 
Canon T6s APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.612.091570
Note: DXO values in italics represent estimates based on sensor size and age.

Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. Both cameras under consideration have a sensor with sufficiently fast read-out times for moving pictures, and both provide the same movie specifications (4K/24p).

Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a variety of features. For example, the M50 Mark II has an electronic viewfinder (2360k dots), while the T8i 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 table below summarizes some of the other core capabilities of the Canon M50 Mark II and Canon T8i in connection with corresponding information for a sample of similar cameras.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Specifications
(inch/000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Max
Shutter
Speed *
Max
Shutter
Flaps *
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Canon M50 Mark II2360 n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 10.0/s Y n
2.
 
Canon T8ioptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 7.5/s Y n
3.
 
Canon M200none n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 6.1/s Y n
4.
 
Canon SL3optical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0/s Y n
5.
 
Canon G5 X Mark II2360 n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 30/s Y Y
6.
 
Canon M6 Mark IIoptional n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 14.0/s Y n
7.
 
Canon M502360 n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 10.0/s Y n
8.
 
Canon 77Doptical Y3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.0/s Y n
9.
 
Canon M6optional n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 9.0/s Y n
10.
 
Canon M100none n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 6.1/s Y n
11.
 
Canon SL2optical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0/s Y n
12.
 
Canon T7ioptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.0/s Y n
13.
 
Canon M52360 n3.2 / 1620 tilting Y 1/4000s 9.0/s Y n
14.
 
Canon M3optional n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 4.2/s Y n
15.
 
Canon T6ioptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0/s Y n
16.
 
Canon T6soptical Y3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0/s Y n
Notes: *) Information refers to the mechanical shutter, unless the camera only has an electronic one.
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 T8i 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 T8i 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.

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 Rebel T8i 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
Mic / Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Canon M50 Mark IIYstereo / monoY-micro2.0Y-Y
2.
 
Canon T8iYstereo / monoY-mini2.0Y-Y
3.
 
Canon M200-stereo / mono--micro2.0Y-Y
4.
 
Canon SL3Ystereo / monoY-mini2.0Y-Y
5.
 
Canon G5 X Mark II-stereo / mono--micro3.1Y-Y
6.
 
Canon M6 Mark IIYstereo / monoY-micro2.0Y-Y
7.
 
Canon M50Ystereo / monoY-micro2.0Y-Y
8.
 
Canon 77DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0YYY
9.
 
Canon M6Ystereo / monoY-mini2.0YYY
10.
 
Canon M100-stereo / mono--micro2.0YYY
11.
 
Canon SL2Ystereo / monoY-mini2.0YYY
12.
 
Canon T7iYstereo / monoY-mini2.0YYY
13.
 
Canon M5Ystereo / monoY-mini2.0YYY
14.
 
Canon M3Ystereo / monoY-mini2.0YY-
15.
 
Canon T6iYstereo / monoY-mini2.0YY-
16.
 
Canon T6sYstereo / monoY-mini2.0YY-

Both the M50 Mark II and the T8i are recent models that are part of the current product line-up. The T8i replaced the earlier Canon T7i, while the M50 Mark II followed on from the Canon M50. Further information on the features and operation of the M50 Mark II and T8i can be found, respectively, in the Canon M50 Mark II Manual (free pdf) or the online Canon T8i Manual.

Review summary

So how do things add up? Is the Canon M50 Mark II better than the Canon T8i 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:

  • 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.
  • Less disturbing: Has an electronic shutter option for completely silent shooting.
  • More compact: Is smaller (116x88mm vs 131x103mm) and thus needs less room in the bag.
  • Less heavy: Is lighter (by 128g or 25 percent) and hence easier to carry around.
  • More legacy lens friendly: Can take a broad range of non-native lenses via adapters.
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced segment (20 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More modern: Is somewhat more recent (announced 8 months after the T8i).


Advantages of the Canon EOS Rebel T8i:

  • Brighter framing: Features an optical viewfinder for clear, lag-free composition.
  • Longer lasting: Gets more shots (800 versus 305) out of a single battery charge.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been on the market for longer (launched in February 2020).

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the M50 Mark II is the clear winner of the match-up (8 : 3 points). However, the relative importance of the various individual camera aspects will vary according to personal preferences and needs, so that you might like to apply corresponding weights to the particular features before making a decision on a new camera. 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 08:03 T8i

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon M50 Mark II and the Canon T8i place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera and Best DSLR Camera listings whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of the spec-sheets of cameras can offer a general idea of their imaging potential, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance when actually working with the M50 Mark II or the T8i. User reviews that are available, for instance, at amazon can sometimes shed light on these issues, but such feedback is all too often partial, inconsistent, and inaccurate.

Expert reviews

This is why expert reviews are important. The following table reports the overall ratings of the cameras as published by some of the major camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], digitalcameraworld [DCW], 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
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 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DCW 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
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Canon M50 Mark II4/5..4/5..4.5/53.5/5 Oct 2020 599 amazon.com
2.
 
Canon T8i4.5/5+3/580/1004/53.5/5 Feb 2020 749 amazon.com
3.
 
Canon M200..+3/579/1004/54/5 Sep 2019 549 amazon.com
4.
 
Canon SL3..o4.5/579/1004/54/5 Apr 2019 599 amazon.com
5.
 
Canon G5 X Mark II4/5+4/582/100..4/5 Jul 2019 899 amazon.com
6.
 
Canon M6 Mark II..+4.5/585/1004/54/5 Aug 2019 849 amazon.com
7.
 
Canon M50..+4/579/100..3.5/5 Feb 2018 779ebay.com
8.
 
Canon 77D4.5/5..4/582/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2017 899ebay.com
9.
 
Canon M6......80/1004/54/5 Feb 2017 779ebay.com
10.
 
Canon M1003/5+....4/53.5/5 Aug 2017 499ebay.com
11.
 
Canon SL24/5+ +4/578/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2017 549ebay.com
12.
 
Canon T7i4.5/5..3.5/580/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2017 749ebay.com
13.
 
Canon M54/5+4/582/1004/54/5 Sep 2016 979ebay.com
14.
 
Canon M34/5o..75/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2015 679ebay.com
15.
 
Canon T6i5/5....75/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 749ebay.com
16.
 
Canon T6s5/5+..77/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 649ebay.com
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. Thus, a score needs to be put into the context of the launch date and the launch price of the camera, and comparing ratings of very distinct cameras or ones that are far apart in terms of their release date have little meaning. It should also be noted that some of the review sites have over time altered the way they render their verdicts.

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Other camera comparisons

Did this review help to inform your camera decision process? In case you would like to check on the differences and similarities of other camera models, just use the search menu below. As an alternative, you can also directly jump to any one of the listed comparisons that were previously generated by the CAM-parator tool.

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    Specifications: Canon M50 Mark II vs Canon T8i

    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 T8i
    Camera Type Mirrorless system camera Digital single lens reflex
    Camera Lens Canon EF-M mount lenses Canon EF mount lenses
    Launch Date October 2020 February 2020
    Launch Price USD 599 USD 749
    Sensor Specs Canon M50 Mark II Canon T8i
    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 M50 Mark II Canon T8i
    Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder Optical viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100% 95%
    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 M50 Mark II Canon T8i
    Focus System On-Sensor Phase-detect Phase-detect AF
    Manual Focusing AidFocus PeakingFocus Peaking
    Max Shutter Speed (mechanical) 1/4000s 1/4000s
    Continuous Shooting 10 shutter flaps/s 7.5 shutter flaps/s
    Shutter Life Expectancy100 000 actuations100 000 actuations
    Electronic ShutterYESno E-Shutter
    Time-Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer built-inIntervalometer built-in
    Fill Flash Built-in Flash Built-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Single or Dual Card Slots Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-I UHS-I
    Connectivity Specs Canon M50 Mark II Canon T8i
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI mini 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 M50 Mark II Canon T8i
    Battery Type LP-E12 LP-E17
    Battery Life (CIPA)305 shots per charge800 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 116 x 88 x 59 mm
    (4.6 x 3.5 x 2.3 in)
    131 x 103 x 76 mm
    (5.2 x 4.1 x 3.0 in)
    Camera Weight 387 g (13.7 oz) 515 g (18.2 oz)
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