• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Canon SL1 advantages over Canon EOS M50

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Less expensive
    $549 vs $649
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.30 vs 3.72 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~0.60 vs 1.6 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 380 vs 235 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More telephoto lens reach
    88 mm vs 72 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    1140 vs 36 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Canon EOS M50 advantages over Canon SL1

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Newer
    15 months vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Higher-res screen
    540k vs 346k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Less shutter lag
    0.07 vs 0.26 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 18.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 29 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 3.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    10.0 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Extremely compact and lightweight for a DSLR; Delivers good image quality that's virtually identical to the Canon T4i/T5i; Accurate and relatively fast autofocus with improved Live View and Movie Hybrid CMOS II AF; Full 1080p HD movie recording; Better-than average kit lens (EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM).

  • Still not as compact as most mirrorless cameras; Slightly worse than average dynamic range and high ISO performance; Poor battery life.

  • Comfortable ergonomics and solid build; Versatile EVF and tilt-swivel, touch-screen LCD; Good image quality; Great performance for its class; New C-RAW format saves on raw file size; 4K video is an M-series first.

  • Somewhat limited dynamic range; JPEGs a little soft at base ISO, and more so at higher ISOs; Warm white balance under incandescent light; Poor battery life; Raw buffer is still shallow (but C-RAW helps).

The Competition

Compared to Pentax K-5 IIs

Canon SL1
Pentax K-5 IIs
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $623
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon EOS M50
Pentax K-5 IIs
  • $629
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $623
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony A58

Canon SL1
Sony A58
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Canon EOS M50
Sony A58
  • $629
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Canon T5

Canon SL1
Canon T5
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $474
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
Canon EOS M50
Canon T5
  • $629
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $474
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Canon EOS M5

Canon SL1
Canon EOS M5
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $579
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
Canon EOS M50
Canon EOS M5
  • $629
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $579
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Sony A6400

Canon SL1
Sony A6400
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Canon EOS M50
Sony A6400
  • $629
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
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