Nikon D3500 vs Canon EOS M50

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D3500 and Canon EOS M50. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D3500
Canon EOS M50

Manufacturing

Nikon D3500 is manufacturered by Nikon but Canon EOS M50 is from Canon. Both Nikon and Canon are well known brands though.

These two camera models were both released 2018.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon D3500 Nikon 2018
Canon EOS M50 Canon 2018

Type of camera

Nikon D3500 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 D3500 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 D3500 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)

Resolution

Both these cameras has the exact same resolution. Nikon D3500 has a 24 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 D3500 24 MP 24000000 6000 4000
Canon EOS M50 24 MP 24000000 6000 4000

ISO range

Both of these cameras offers the exact same ISO range. They both have 100 to 25600.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D3500 100-25600
Canon EOS M50 100-25600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big diffence between these two cameras. Canon EOS M50 has a built-in autofocus motor but Nikon D3500 does not. If you want to be able to use autofocus on Nikon D3500 there is a need for having an autofocus motor inside the lens. We really encourage you to look closely at our lens compatibility charts at the links below.

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 D3500
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 D3500 can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS M50 can shoot up to 10 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D3500 5
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 D3500 and Canon EOS M50 can shoot movies.

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 M50 weighs 390 gr (equal to 0,86 lb) which is 7% heavier than Nikon D3500 and its 365 gr (or 0,8 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D3500 365 gr 0,8 lb
Canon EOS M50 390 gr 0,86 lb