Want great image quality but don't want to carry around a full-sized DSLR? Canon's EOS M50
and EOS Rebel SL2/200D
are two options you may have been considering. If so, let's take a look at these two cameras to see how they compare.
Canon EOS M50 and EOS Rebel SL2/200D Shared Primary Features:
Primary Advantages of the Canon EOS M50:
- Resolution: 6000 x 4000 pixels (24 MP)
- Auto Exposure Bracketing: 3 shots, +/- 2 EV, 1/3-stop increment
- Shutter Speed: 1/4000 sec. to 30 sec.
Primary Advantages of the Canon EOS Rebel SL2/200D:
- DIGIC 8 processor vs. DIGIC 7
- Up to 143 AF points vs. 9
- EV -2 – 18 AF working range vs. EV -0.5 -18
- Up to 10 fps burst shooting for 10 frames RAW vs. 5 fps for 6 frames RAW
- 384 zone metering sensor vs. 63
- EV 0 – 20 metering range vs. EV 1 – 20
- Up to 4K video recording vs. Full HD 1080p
- 100% viewfinder coverage vs. 95%
- 15mm built-in flash coverage vs. 18mm
- Smaller/lighter: 4.6 x 3.5 x 2.3" (116.3 x 88.1 x 58.7mm), 13.7 oz (387g) vs. 4.82 x 3.65 x 2.75" (122.4 x 92.6 x 69.8mm), 15.98 oz (453g)
- .CR3 RAW files with C-RAW support vs. .CR2 with no C-RAW support
- Native compatibility with EF-M lenses, compatible with EF, EF-S, TS-E and MP-E with adapter
Who should opt for the Canon EOS M50?
- +/-5 EV Exposure Compensation vs. +/-3 EV
- 100-25600 Auto ISO range vs. 100-6400
- White balance bracketing vs. N/A
- 9.8m built-in flash GN vs. 5
- 650 battery life vs. 235 (370 in Eco Mode)
- Compatible with Remote Controller BR-E1 & E3 remotes vs. Remote Controller BR-E1 only
- Native compatibility with EF, EF-S, TS-E and MP-E lenses
- Lower price
Those wanting the smallest and lightest camera option, especially for backpacking or family vacations, Canon's mirrorless cameras pack DSLR-level image quality in a take-anywhere size.
That the EOS M50 is compatible with Canon's similarly-small EF-M series lenses further bolsters this advantage.
And while the M50 is technically more versatile from a lens options standpoint when the EF-EOS M Adapter
is factored into the equation, use of the adapter with designed-for-DSLR lenses negates much of the small size and light weight benefits of an M50-based kit.
If you need a camera that shoots 4K, then the choice is easy – the EOS M50 shoots 4k, the EOS Rebel SL2/200D does not.
Although you don't get the benefits of Dual Pixel CMOS Movie Servo AF in 4K mode, the ability to shoot 4K combined with the M50's vari-angle LCD and small size/weight will make it an extremely useful tool for filmmaking, especially for vloggers or one-man crews.
If you appreciate the benefits of an EVF (Electronic Viewfinder), then the EOS M50 becomes the de facto option.
However, note that I didn't list an EVF as a benefit for the EOS M50 nor did I list the OVF (Optical Viewfinder) as a benefit for the Rebel SL2/200D.
Your own personal preferences and specific needs will dictate which viewfinder is most advantageous.
Check out our article "Comparing Electronic Viewfinders to Optical Viewfinders"
for more information.
The EOS M50 also features a better/more sensitive AF system, more sensitive metering system, a faster continuous shooting burst rate and a larger buffer.
These features along with the camera's new .CR3 RAW file format (with space saving C-RAW support) result in an overall more versatile camera compared to the EOS Rebel SL2/200D.
Who should opt for the Canon EOS Rebel SL2/200D?
For those who tend to occasionally forget to pack important items in their gear bag, an advantage of the SL2/200D is its native compatibility with all of Canon's EF, EF-S, TS-E and MP-E lenses (no adapter
Those needing to control larger lenses on their camera and those actively using the camera for substantial time periods will appreciate the SL2/200D's more substantial grip and longer battery life.
The Rebel SL2/200D's larger exposure compensation range can certainly come in handy under extreme exposure conditions.
The Rebel SL2 has one particular advantage that nearly every photographer can appreciate – a lower price tag compared to the M50.