Canon EOS M50 vs Nikon D3s

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS M50 and Nikon D3s. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.


Canon EOS M50 is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon D3s is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

Canon EOS M50 were released 2018 and Nikon D3s was released 2009. That is a 9 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS M50 2018
Nikon D3s 2009

Type of camera

Canon EOS M50 is a Mirrorless camera while Nikon D3s is a DSLR camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS M50 has a "Canon APS-C"-sensor while Nikon D3s has a "Nikon FX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Canon EOS M50 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6
Nikon D3s 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

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


Canon EOS M50 has a 24 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D3s has 12,1 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS M50 24 MP
24000000 pixels
6000 x 4000
Nikon D3s 12,1 MP
12052992 pixels
4256 x 2832

Canon EOS M50 has a 99 % larger resolution than Nikon D3s. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon D3s has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS M50. Nikon D3s has an ISO range that stretches from 200 to 102400 while Canon EOS M50 has 100 to 25600.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS M50 100-25600
Nikon D3s 200-102400

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Worth mentioning is that Canon EOS M50 belongs to the Canon EOS M-system and needs an adapter to work with Canons EF, EF-S, MP-E, and TS-E lenses. You can read more about this adapter here:
Canon Lens Mount Adapter EF-EOS M

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS M50
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D3s

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS M50 can shoot up to 10 pictures per seconds and Nikon D3s can shoot up to 9-11 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS M50 10
Nikon D3s 9-11

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Canon EOS M50 and Nikon D3s can shoot movies.


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

Nikon D3s weighs 1240 gr (equal to 2,73 lb) which is 218% heavier than Canon EOS M50 and its 390 gr (or 0,86 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS M50 390 gr
0,86 lb
Nikon D3s 1240 gr
2,73 lb

Canon EOS M50 vs Nikon D3s Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS M50 and Nikon D3s, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Canon EOS M50
Nikon D3s
Name Canon EOS M50 Nikon D3s
Manufacturer Canon Nikon
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS M50
Nikon D3s
Release Year 2018 2009
Release Date 2018-02-26 2009-10-14
MSRP 779 USD 5199 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS M50
Nikon D3s
Camera Type Mirrorless DSLR
Canon EOS M50
Nikon D3s
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 22.3 x 14.9 mm) Full Frame (approx 36 x 23.9 mm)
Also known as "FX"
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 6000 x 4000 pixels 4256 x 2832 pixels
Megapixels 24 MP 12,1 MP
Image Processor DIGIC 8 EXPEED
Canon EOS M50
Nikon D3s
ISO Range 100 - 25600 200 - 102400
White Balance Presets 6 12
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW + TIFF
Optics & Focus
Canon EOS M50
Nikon D3s
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Face Detection
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Focus Points 143 51
Lens Mount Canon EF-M

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier APS-C Sensor
1.6x multiplier
24 mm becomes 38 mm
50 mm becomes 80 mm
100 mm becomes 160 mm
200 mm becomes 320 mm
FX (Full frame)
No multiplier
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Canon EOS M50
Nikon D3s
Articulated LCD Fully articulated Fixed
Screen size 3 3
Screen dots 1040000 921000
Touch screen Yes No
Screen type TFT LCD Low-temperature polysilicon TFT color LCD
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Electronic Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification N/A 0.7
Viewfinder Resolution 2360000 N/A
Photography features
Canon EOS M50
Nikon D3s
Frames per second 10 fps 9-11 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes No
Built-in Flash Range 5 meters N/A
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse No Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Center Weighted
Exposure Compensation 3 (at 1/3 EV steps) 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
Videography features
Canon EOS M50
Nikon D3s
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
Motion JPEG
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
1280 x 720
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes No
Canon EOS M50
Nikon D3s
Memory Card SD/SDHC
Compact Flash
Canon EOS M50
Nikon D3s
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port Yes No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless Yes
Built-in ( 802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth)
Remote Control Yes (via Smartphone) Yes
GPS No Yes
Optional with GP-1
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS M50
Nikon D3s
Enviromentally sealed No Yes
Battery Built-in Battery Pack
Battery Details LP-E12 lithium-ion battery & charger
Lithium-Ion EN-EL4a rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 235 shots 4200 shots
Width 116 mm 160 mm
Height 88 mm 157 mm
Depth 59 mm 88 mm
Weight 390 gram 1240 gram