Canon EOS M5 Brief Review



  • Other Features : Electronic viewfinder
  • Weight : 13.4 oz.
  • Battery : Li-ion rated at 295 shots
  • Weather Sealing : No
  • Screen : 3.2" tilting touchscreen
  • GPS : No
  • Wi-Fi : Bluetooth
  • Flash : Yes
  • Video : 1080p at 60 fps
  • RAW : Yes
  • Image Stabilization : Optical and sensor shift
  • Autofocus Points : 49
  • Burst Speed : 7 fps
  • Shutter Speed : 30 sec. - 1/4000
  • ISO : 100-12800, expandable to 25600
  • Processor :
  • Sensor : 24.2 megapixel APS-C
  • Release Date: 2016-11-30
  • Final Grade: 90 4.5 Star Rating: Recommended

The M5 is Canon's best mirrorless camera yet
Canon's mirrorless lineup is a bit less varied than most, but the latest EOS M5 looks to be the best one yet.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 12/1/2016

The Canon EOS M5 certainly isn’t the camera giant’s first mirrorless, but it could very well be the first that packs enough features that it could grab the attention of serious enthusiasts and even some pros. 

With a 24.2 megapixel APS-C sensor, Cannon says the M5 will produce images inline with the 80D. 

While the image quality is on a similar front, improved performance could also entice users who weren’t impressed by the M3. That’s because the M5 uses Dual Pixel focus technology, the same autofocus system that’s inside several Canon DSLRs. The camera’s burst speed is also finally big enough to at least fit in with the average speeds across most other models, at 7 fps.

While the speed has improved, the M5 also carries a bit more style design-wise than the M3. That’s because the camera is Canon’s first mirrorless with an optical viewfinder. Factor in the dual control wheels and the M5 is expected to handle more like a DSLR than Canon’s more budget-minded mirrorless cameras. The camera also uses Bluetooth to maintain a constant connection, unlike Wi-fi, which requires too much power to hold a connection long term. The cameras battery is rated for 295 shots.

The Canon EOS M5 is, no question, Canon’s best and most competitive mirrorless camera to date. That doesn’t mean it’s not without competition though. The Sony A6300 adds 4K, though doesn’t have the same level of optical stabilization. The Olympus PEN-F sits at a similar price point and offers a faster burst, though that’s with a smaller micro four thirds sensor. The Fujifilm X-E2S will get you a lens and the body at the $1,000 mark, and while it has fewer megapixels, it has a faster maximum shutter speed. All three cameras offer better batteries. The M5 is the right move for Canon and more competitive with similarly priced options than earlier EOS M options. Since the lens is compatible with Canon DSLR lenses with an adapter, it's a good option for photographers already invested in the Canon system.

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