Where it sits
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Where it sits

The Canon R50 is essentially Canon's replacement for the M50 and sits below the slightly larger R10 in the RF mount's growing APS-C lineup. As the least-expensive RF-mount camera, it's also the most noteworthy addition in the entry-level/under-$800 ILC category that we've seen for some time. The R50 does everything the M50 did and more, and slots into the RF-mount system that has seen greater company support.

We must acknowledge, though, that while Canon has produced a load of high-end full frame RF-mount lenses thus far, there are as yet not many "RF-S" (APS-C) or even low-end lenses in the system. The R50 can accept both full frame and APS-C RF-mount lenses but it's worth remembering the camera's 1.6x crop factor. For example, any 50mm lens on the R50 will have the field of view that an 80mm lens would on a full frame camera.

For the beginner photographers whom the camera is targeting, however, there are kit zooms to start shooting with, and perhaps the key point about the R50 is that Canon is showing a commitment to its RF lens mount even in compact APS-C bodies. That likely means long-term support for the RF-mount system.

The R50 also borrows some features that punch up to the R10, such as AF tracking and video from 6K capture. The main differences for the R50 from the R10 come in the form of its smaller body, fewer control dials and buttons (including a lack of simple switching between MF and AF), no joystick, fewer manual control options in certain modes, a slower burst rate and buffer, no support for faster memory cards and no fully mechanical shutter.

Canon EOS R50 Canon EOS R10
MSRP at launch $699 body only $879 body only
Resolution 24MP 24MP
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Control dials Single control dial Twin control dials
Control points
  • AEL and AF area buttons
  • [REC] button
  • ISO button
  • AF Joystick
  • AEL and AF area buttons
  • [REC] button
  • M.Fn button
  • Custom button
Shutter options
  • Electronic 1st curtain
  • Fully electronic shutter
  • Full mech shutter
  • Electronic 1st curtain
  • Fully electronic shutter
Burst rate

12 fps (EFCS)
(15 with e-shutter)

15 fps
(23 with e-shutter).

Video 4K/30 (from 6K capture) 4K/30 (from 6K capture)
4K/60 (from crop)
Memory card slot UHS-I card slot in battery compartment UHS-II card slot in battery compartment

Ultimately the choice between them comes down to how the user intends to use the camera. If you're looking for a step up from a smartphone that is still compact, lightweight and has the pick-up-and-play ease for capturing memories during a night out or producing videos for social media, you may opt for the R50. If you're a photographer looking for greater control, who wants more tactile buttons, a better hand grip and the ability to make more advanced videos, and you don't mind a slightly larger body, then the R10 might be worth a look.