• APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 20.9 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Nikon D500 advantages over Canon EOS M50

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Fast startup
    ~0.30 vs 1.6 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1240 vs 235 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    200 vs 36 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    200 vs 10 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    1638400 vs 51200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon EOS M50 advantages over Nikon D500

  • Less expensive
    $599 vs $1797
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Longer video battery life
    85 vs 50 minutes
    Capture more video
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    58 mm vs 81 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    7 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 20.9 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Both provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • 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

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Review Excerpt

  • Superb image quality; Great high ISO performance; Rugged, comfortable camera body; Sharp articulating touchscreen display; Excellent AF point frame coverage; Fast continuous shooting speeds; 4K UHD video; Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth.

  • Somewhat large for an APS-C camera; Expensive for a DX camera; 4K UHD video doesn't offer full DX field-of-view; No built-in flash; Still uses contrast-detect for Live View AF; Dual slots use two different card types (XQD and SD).

The Competition

Compared to Pentax K-3 II

Nikon D500
Pentax K-3 II
  • $1797
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $830
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Canon EOS M50
Pentax K-3 II
  • $579
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $830
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Canon EOS M5

Nikon D500
Canon EOS M5
  • $1797
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $579
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Canon EOS M50
Canon EOS M5
  • $579
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $579
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Pentax KP

Nikon D500
Pentax KP
  • $1797
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $890
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Canon EOS M50
Pentax KP
  • $579
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $890
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon D7500

Nikon D500
Nikon D7500
  • $1797
  • APS-C
  • NFC
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $1147
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Canon EOS M50
Nikon D7500
  • $579
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1147
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Fujifilm X-T100

Nikon D500
Fujifilm X-T100
  • $1797
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Canon EOS M50
Fujifilm X-T100
  • $579
  • APS-C
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Fast startup
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
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