• 35mm 858.0mm2
  • 24.5 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Nikon D780 advantages over Canon EOS M50 II

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.94 vs 3.72 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • More telephoto lens reach
    120 mm vs 72 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • More dots on screen
    2359k vs 1040k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Longer exposure
    900 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    12.0 fps vs 10.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    204800 vs 51200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon EOS M50 II advantages over Nikon D780

  • Less expensive
    $699 vs $2797
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Newer
    2 years vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    387g vs 840g
    Lighter weight

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • 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
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Both provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • 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
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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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The Competition

Compared to Canon 5D Mark IV

Nikon D780
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $2230
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $2566
  • 35mm
  • NFC
  • Built-in GPS
Canon EOS M50 II
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $2566
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon D850

Nikon D780
Nikon D850
  • $2230
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $2664
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More pixels
Canon EOS M50 II
Nikon D850
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $2664
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Pentax K-1 II

Nikon D780
Pentax K-1 II
  • $2230
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon EOS M50 II
Pentax K-1 II
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Fujifilm X-T200

Nikon D780
Fujifilm X-T200
  • $2230
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Canon EOS M50 II
Fujifilm X-T200
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • NFC
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon Z fc

Nikon D780
Nikon Z fc
  • $2230
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $957
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
Canon EOS M50 II
Nikon Z fc
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $957
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Thinner
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