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Canon EOS R10 vs R50


I am a 23F and starting to become a bit interested in photography. I have tried using my boyfriend’s old Canon 600D. But its monitor is kind of broken and the lens are a bit mouldy. So I want to get one of my own.

I mainly want to take photos of cats and dogs (my own dog, street cats, cat cafe etc.) for my own pleasure, not for business. I had looked at them at the showroom and I really like the feel of handling R10 (I feel like it’s lighter than R50? Although it’s not?) But my boyfriend keeps saying R50 is a better deal. So it makes me struggle. My concern is that if I want to go more in-depth in the future, R50 may not be enough for me. But at the same time their functions are kind of the same, so do I really need R10? Or will R50 be enough?

These two models are also around my budget so I am considering these two. Any advice?



The R10 and R50 will be very similar and I feel that either would be a good first camera.  By going with the cheaper R50, that would allow you to have more money to spend towards lenses which is really the most important part of the investment.  A good lens can last a very long time.


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Hi Duffy and welcome to the forum:

The R10 is the more capable camera, but that comes as a price.  So, as always, it is important to establish what you budget is and if you need the extra capabilities of the R10.  A camera like either of these is more than just the body, it is also about the lenses you will use.
Given the general-purpose nature of your indicated interest, I would suggest that the lens be the RF 18-150 IS STM - with luck, this one lens, with its very wide range of focal lengths: from moderate wide angle to telephoto, will supply all your needs in one unit for a while.  So, factor in the cost of that lens option into your budget.

If you have enough money, then getting the R10 is likely to offer you more to grow into, and thus is potentially a better investment, but again - you need to consider the cost of the lens, an extra battery and a couple of good-quality full-size SD cards.  Avoid the micro SD cards as they are not reliable with cameras.  Something like a Lexar or Sandisk card of around 32-64 GB in size and get them from a reputable dealer, avoid cheap deals on the internet as there are lots of counterfeits out there.

So, in summary, it comes down to what you want to invest, but considering the optic as well as the body.  Both bodies will likely work well for you right now, but only you can decide if you think you might get benefit from the extra capabilities of the R10 over the R50.

Definitely spend some time reading the manual - these cameras are highly sophisticated devices.  I would strongly suggest following this tutorial on the R10, but will be very similar to the R50:
(4) Canon R10 Tutorial Training Video Overview Users Guide Set Up - Part 1 - Made for Beginners - Yo...

Feel free to ask more questions, we're here to help.

cheers, TREVOR

Before you ask us, have you looked in the manual or on the Canon Support Site?
"All the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow", Leo Tolstoy;
"Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase" Percy W. Harris


Not much else I can add to the excellent advice from Ricky and Trevor.

Lenses aside (which are very important) the R10 is a better long term investment over the R50.  The R10 has additional controls that you will likely "learn" to use and grow in to, that the R50 lacks. The R10's joystick is a prime example.

Side by side they are very close.  I think the R10 would be my recommendation for still photography and I might recommend the R50 if video was important to you. Image quality wise, they will be very equal.  The user experience is where the differences lay primarily.

Take your time making lens decisions and ask questions here.  All will provide assistance.    

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"...starting to become a bit interested in photography."


If this is true then almost always the better camera will always be the better choice. It could possibly wind up being cheaper in the long run. Lower end cameras can quickly become outgrown if the person is advance in the hobby. The R10 has more buttons and dials, an AF joystick, and it offers more customisation. The R50 is intended to be used in automatic mode mainly, with its users relying more on the touch screen interface. The R50 is what I call a soccer mom camera. The R10 is more a photographers camera. Keep in mind both are entry level into the mirrorless digital camera world.

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"So I want to get one of my own."


Warning, this hobby can become highly addictive with no end in sight.

Free tip at no extra cost to you, when you get your new R50 or R10 make sure you d/l the DPP4 image editor from Canon. Learn it. Use it. (it will make a bigger impact on your photos than either camera will.)  It is free with every camera.

EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and several lenses!