Nikon D500 vs Canon EOS M50

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D500 and Canon EOS M50. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D500
Canon EOS M50


Nikon D500 is manufacturered by Nikon but Canon EOS M50 is from Canon. Both Nikon and Canon are well known brands though.

Nikon D500 were released 2016 and Canon EOS M50 was released 2018. That is a 2 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon D500 Nikon 2016
Canon EOS M50 Canon 2018

Type of camera

Nikon D500 is a DSLR camera while Canon EOS M50 is a Mirrorless camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D500 has a "DX"-sensor while Canon EOS M50 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")
Nikon D500 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)
Canon EOS M50 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 (Nikon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)


Nikon D500 has a 21 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS M50 has 24 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Nikon D500 21 MP 20668416 5568 3712
Canon EOS M50 24 MP 24000000 6000 4000

Canon EOS M50 has a 16 % larger resolution than Nikon D500. 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

Nikon D500 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS M50. Nikon D500 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 51200 while Canon EOS M50 has 100 to 25600.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D500 100-51200
Canon EOS M50 100-25600

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.

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

Here is a complete overview of which lenses that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D500
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS M50

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon D500 can shoot up to 10 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS M50 can shoot up to 10 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D500 10
Canon EOS M50 10

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Nikon D500 and Canon EOS M50 can shoot movies.


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.

Nikon D500 weighs 860 gr (equal to 1,9 lb) which is 121% heavier than Canon EOS M50 and its 390 gr (or 0,86 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D500 860 gr 1,9 lb
Canon EOS M50 390 gr 0,86 lb