Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
The goal of this overview is to provide a detailed comparison of two popular camera models introduced by the same brand - Canon. Although both products are offered by the same brand, they come from different categories. Thus, Canon, is a camera from Entry-Level Mirrorless category, while EOS 5D Mark IV is a Semi-Pro DSLR camera. Both products that we are going to review are equipped with the same type of sensor - CMOS. However, they have different resolution. The first compared model, Canon EOS M50, features has a resolution of 24.0 MP. Another model that we are reviewing, Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, features a sensor with a resolution of 30.0 MP.
Without a doubt, these two categories have a few considerable distinctive features. However, it is worth saying that cameras from MirrorLess category create serious competition to models that fall into DSLR category. Such an intense competition between these two categories is explained by the significant advantages of cameras from the first category in terms of size and weight. In addition, thanks to the latest enhancement, this type of cameras come with increased focus speeds. This fact makes our comparison overview even more exciting.
Now, before we can move on to our comparison, let's take a moment to look at the key characteristics of Canon EOS M50 and Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.
Canon EOS M50 Key Features:
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Key Features:
|Bluetooth||Yes vs No||Connect your camera to other devices via Bluetooth|
|Continuous Shooting||10 fps vs 7 fps||3 fps faster|
|Built-In Flash||Yes vs No||All the lenses are stabilized|
|Flash Range||5 vs No||5 better flash range|
|Number Of Focus Points||143 vs 61||82 more focus points|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated vs Fixed Type||Flexible shooting positions|
|Weight||390 g vs 890 g||500 g lighter|
|NFC||Yes vs No||Easy wireless connectivity with compatible devices|
|Gps||Built-in vs No||Has GPS|
|Storage Slots||2 vs 1||Extra storage slot|
|Sensor Resolution||30.0 MP vs 24.0 MP||20% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||864 mm2 vs 332.27 mm2||61.5% larger pixel area|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 vs 1/4000||Faster shutter speed|
|Screen Size||3.2″ vs 3″||0.2" larger screen|
|Screen Resolution||1,620k dots vs 1,040k dots||35.8% higher resolution screen|
|Battery Life||900 shots vs 235 shots||665 more frames with a single charge|
|Environmental Sealing||Yes vs No||Shoot at tough conditions|
|Max Video Resolution||4096 x 2160 vs 3840 x 2160||Higher Resolution Video|
|Headphone Port||Yes vs No||Has headphone port|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.71 vs No||0.71 better magnification|
|Touch Screen||Yes | Yes||Easy control of camera functions|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3.2″||Large display|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots | 1,620k dots||High resolution screen|
|Viewfinder||Electronic | Optical (pentaprism)||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|Sensor Resolution||24.0 MP | 30.0 MP||Bigger prints and more details|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Microphone Port||Yes | Yes||High quality audio recording option|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes | Yes||Creative shooting|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Flash Sync Port||Yes | Yes||Port for Flash Sync|
|Image Stabilization||No | No||No image stabilization|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Canon EOS M50 and Canon EOS 5D Mark IV from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Canon EOS M50 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 500g less than the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Canon EOS M50 and Canon EOS 5D Mark IV any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Canon EOS M50 features a 24.0 MP APS-C sized CMOS sensor . Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, in its turn, comes with a 30.0 MP Full frame sized CMOS sensor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Canon EOS M50 and Canon EOS 5D Mark IV by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is equipped with a sensor that is 0.4x larger than the one featured in Canon EOS M50. Compared to the cameras with smaller sensor area, the ones with larger sensors ensure more control on the blurry background and depth of field if you shoot in the same aperture and focal length. Thus, the first model has a significant advantage here.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Canon EOS M50 and Canon EOS 5D Mark IV in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Canon EOS M50||Canon EOS 5D Mark IV|
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Canon EOS M50 or Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Canon EOS M50 and Canon EOS 5D Mark IV here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Canon EOS 5D Mark IV deserves a higher Total Score than the Canon EOS M50. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Canon EOS M50||Canon EOS 5D Mark IV|
|Model||EOS M50||EOS 5D Mark IV|
|Announced||Feb 26, 2018||Aug 25, 2016|
|Body Type||SLR-style mirrorless||Mid-size SLR|
|Sensor Size||APS-C||Full frame|
|Sensor Dimensions||22.3 x 14.9 mm||36 x 24 mm|
|Sensor Area||332.27 mm2||864.00 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||24.0 MP||30.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||6000 x 4000||6720 x 4480|
|Max Native ISO||25,600||25,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||51,200||102,400|
|Min Native ISO||100||100|
|Lens Mount||Canon EF-M||Canon EF|
|Number of Lenses||16||256|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1.6x||1x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||143||61|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||41|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots||1,620k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||2,360k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s||1/8000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||10.0 fps||7.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||no built-in flash|
|Video Resolutions||3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC||4096 x 2160 (29.97p, 24p, 23.98p), 1920 x 1080 (59.94p, 29.97p, 24p, 23.98p), 1280 x 720 (119.9p)|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160||4096 x 2160|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264||MPEG-4, Motion JPEG|
|Weight||390 g||890 g|
|Physical Dimensions||116 x 88 x 59 mm||151 x 116 x 76 mm|
|Battery Life||235 shots||900 shots|
|Battery Type||Built-in||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC slot (UHS-I compatible)||CompactFlash + SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I enabled)|