As well as being compared against other pro DSLRs, the Canon EOS 50D is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs and mirrorless. The Canon EOS 50D's top rivals come from Canon (such as the EOS 5D Mark IV and the Rebel T5i) and Nikon (such as the D3200 and the D5200)

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 50D compared to other pro DSLR competitors include: it has a weather sealed body, has much less startup delay (300 ms vs 500 ms), has much less shutter lag (131 ms vs 197 ms), is slightly smaller (professional size (146×108×74 mm) vs large (147×123×77 mm)) and is slightly less expensive ($531.59 vs $1,590.99).

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 30fps), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.59x vs 0.71x), takes slightly lower resolution photos (15.1 MP vs 21 MP), has a significantly shorter battery life (640 shots vs 1800 shots) and has slightly fewer focus points (9 vs 45).

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
8 years newer
$2,219 - $2,999 (body only)
$2,558 - $3,899 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark IV (vs the 50D)

  • Much higher true resolution: 30.1 MP vs 15.1 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 920k dots
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark IV (vs the 50D)

  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the 5D Mark IV and 50D

  • None found

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
1 year newer
$1,099 (body only)
$1,418 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the 50D)

  • Shoots significantly faster: 8 fps vs 6.3 fps
  • Significantly better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%

Significant disadvantages of the 7D (vs the 50D)

  • None found

common strengths of the 7D and 50D

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Professional size (146×108×74 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $1,099.00 vs $531.59

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
2 years newer
$555 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the 50D)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly longer battery life: 1100 shots vs 640 shots

Significant disadvantages of the 60D (vs the 50D)

  • No weather sealing
  • Significantly thicker: 3.1" vs 2.9"

common strengths of the 60D and 50D

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Professional size (146×108×74 mm)
  • Very inexpensive: $554.94 vs $531.59

Nikon D700

Nikon D700
similar age
$1,591 (body only)
$2,277 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D700 (vs the 50D)

  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.72x vs 0.59x
  • Significantly more focus points: 51 vs 9
  • Longer battery life: 1000 shots vs 640 shots

Significant disadvantages of the D700 (vs the 50D)

  • Shoots slower: 5 fps vs 6.3 fps
  • Larger: Large (147×123×77 mm) vs Professional size (146×108×74 mm)
  • Heavier: 1,074 g vs 822 g

common strengths of the D700 and 50D

  • Inexpensive: $1,590.99 vs $531.59
  • Built-in flashes

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
1 year older

Significant advantages of the 1Ds Mark III (vs the 50D)

  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.76x vs 0.59x
  • Much longer battery life: 1800 shots vs 640 shots
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 21 MP vs 15.1 MP

Significant disadvantages of the 1Ds Mark III (vs the 50D)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Much larger: Large (150×160×80 mm) vs Professional size (146×108×74 mm)

common strengths of the 1Ds Mark III and 50D

  • None found

Canon EOS 40D

Canon EOS 40D
1 year older
$1,800 28-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 40D (vs the 50D)

  • Significantly longer battery life: 1100 shots vs 640 shots

Significant disadvantages of the 40D (vs the 50D)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • No weather sealing
  • Significantly lower true resolution: 10.1 MP vs 15.1 MP

common strengths of the 40D and 50D

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (146×108×74 mm) vs Professional size (146×108×74 mm)
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 2.9"

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 50D compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has a significantly larger screen (3" vs 2"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 130k dots), significantly larger viewfinder (0.59x vs 0.52x), lets you preview your photos on the screen and has a weather sealed body.

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 30fps), takes much lower resolution photos (15.1 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't have a screen which flips out, is older (august 2008 vs february 2011) and is much larger (professional size (146×108×74 mm) vs prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)).

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
4 years newer
$1,095 (body only)
$539 - $549 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (vs the 50D)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 15.1 MP
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the T5i (vs the 50D)

  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.53x vs 0.59x
  • No weather sealing
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the T5i and 50D

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the 50D)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 15.1 MP
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the 50D)

  • Shoots much slower: 3.7 fps vs 6.3 fps
  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.53x vs 0.59x
  • No weather sealing

common strengths of the T3i and 50D

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
3 years newer
$550 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the 50D)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 15.1 MP
  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm) vs Professional size (146×108×74 mm)
  • Significantly lighter: 505 g vs 822 g

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the 50D)

  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.52x vs 0.59x
  • Shoots significantly slower: 4 fps vs 6.3 fps
  • No weather sealing

common strengths of the D3200 and 50D

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the T2i (vs the 50D)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 15.1 MP
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm) vs Professional size (146×108×74 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the T2i (vs the 50D)

  • Shoots much slower: 3.7 fps vs 6.3 fps
  • No weather sealing
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the T2i and 50D

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
4 years newer
$600 (body only)
$567 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the 50D)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 15.1 MP
  • Shoots movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs None
  • Many more focus points: 39 vs 9

Significant disadvantages of the D5200 (vs the 50D)

  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.51x vs 0.59x
  • No weather sealing
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the D5200 and 50D

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D50

Nikon D50
3 years older
$1,342 (body only)
$2,058 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D50 (vs the 50D)

  • Has a built-in focus motor
  • Significantly smaller: Professional size (133×102×76 mm) vs Professional size (146×108×74 mm)
  • Significantly lighter: 620 g vs 822 g

Significant disadvantages of the D50 (vs the 50D)

  • Much lower true resolution: 6 MP vs 15.1 MP
  • Much lower resolution screen: 130k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2" vs 3"

common strengths of the D50 and 50D

  • None found

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 50D compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a much larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 230k dots), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs digital), has a weather sealed body and lets you preview your photos on the screen.

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 60fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), takes slightly lower resolution photos (15.1 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II
7 years newer

Significant advantages of the E-M10 II (vs the 50D)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a touch screen
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%

Significant disadvantages of the E-M10 II (vs the 50D)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 108 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • No weather sealing

common strengths of the E-M10 II and 50D

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Each has a built-in flash

Leica M9

Leica M9
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the M9 (vs the 50D)

  • Much smaller: Mid size (139×80×37 mm) vs Professional size (146×108×74 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.5" vs 2.9"
  • Significantly lighter: 585 g vs 822 g

Significant disadvantages of the M9 (vs the 50D)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • No live view

common strengths of the M9 and 50D

  • Viewfinders: Rangefinder vs Pentaprism

Canon EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M)

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9 years newer

Significant advantages of the EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M) (vs the 50D)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M) (vs the 50D)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 13 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Much shorter battery life: 235 shots vs 640 shots

common strengths of the EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M) and 50D

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Each has a built-in flash