Canon EOS 1D X Mark III vs Canon EOS 50D

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 1D X Mark III and Canon EOS 50D. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Canon EOS 1D X Mark III
Canon EOS 50D

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufacturered by Canon.

Canon EOS 1D X Mark III were released 2020 and Canon EOS 50D was released 2008. That is a 12 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Canon EOS 1D X Mark III Canon 2020
Canon EOS 50D Canon 2008

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS 1D X Mark III has a "FF"-sensor while Canon EOS 50D has a "APSC"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also effect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Canon EOS 1D X Mark III 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)
Canon EOS 50D 80 mm (a Canon APS-C sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.6)

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)

Resolution

Canon EOS 1D X Mark III has a 20 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS 50D has 15,1 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Canon EOS 1D X Mark III 20 MP 19961856 5472 3648
Canon EOS 50D 15,1 MP 15054336 4752 3168

Canon EOS 1D X Mark III has a 33 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 50D. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Canon EOS 1D X Mark III has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 50D. Canon EOS 1D X Mark III has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 102400 while Canon EOS 50D has 100 to 12800.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS 1D X Mark III 100-102400
Canon EOS 50D 100-12800

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that supports autofocus, does not have a autofocus motor of their own but this wont cause any problems with these two cameras.

Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 1D X Mark III
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 50D

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Canon EOS 1D X Mark III can shoot up to 20 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS 50D can shoot up to 6,3 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS 1D X Mark III 20
Canon EOS 50D 6,3

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

When comparing these two cameras there is only one of them that can shoot movies and that is Canon EOS 1D X Mark III. Unfortunately Canon EOS 50D does not support recording movies and movie clips.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, carried around, for several hours at the time.

Canon EOS 1D X Mark III weighs 1440 gr (equal to 3,17 lb) which is 75% heavier than Canon EOS 50D and its 822 gr (or 1,81 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Canon EOS 1D X Mark III 1440 gr 3,17 lb
Canon EOS 50D 822 gr 1,81 lb