Canon M5 vs Sony A7R II

Portability
77
Imaging
70
Features
84
Overall
75
Canon EOS M5 front
 
Sony Alpha A7R II front
Portability
68
Imaging
79
Features
84
Overall
81

Canon M5 vs Sony A7R II Key Specs

Canon M5
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Canon EF-M Mount
  • 427g - 116 x 89 x 61mm
  • Introduced September 2016
Sony A7R II
(Full Review)
  • 42MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Expand to 102400)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 625g - 127 x 96 x 60mm
  • Introduced June 2015
  • Succeeded the Sony A7R
  • Later Model is Sony A7R III
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Canon M5 vs Sony A7R II Overview

Below is a comprehensive overview of the Canon M5 versus Sony A7R II, one being a Advanced Mirrorless and the other is a Pro Mirrorless by manufacturers Canon and Sony. There is a crucial difference among the sensor resolutions of the M5 (24MP) and A7R II (42MP) and the M5 (APS-C) and A7R II (Full frame) come with different sensor measurements.

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The M5 was announced 16 months later than the A7R II making the cameras a generation apart from each other. Both the cameras come with the identical body type (SLR-style mirrorless).

Before we go straight into a thorough comparison, below is a simple highlight of how the M5 scores versus the A7R II when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon M5 over the Sony A7R II

 M5 A7R II 
IntroducedSeptember 2016June 2015More recent by 16 months
Display dimension3.2"3"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution1620k1229kClearer display (+391k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sony A7R II over the Canon M5

 A7R II M5 

Common features in the Canon M5 and Sony A7R II

 M5 A7R II 
Focus manually More exact focus
Display typeTiltingTiltingTilting display

Canon M5 vs Sony A7R II Physical Comparison

For anyone who is intending to lug around your camera regularly, you will want to factor in its weight and measurements. The Canon M5 enjoys exterior dimensions of 116mm x 89mm x 61mm (4.6" x 3.5" x 2.4") having a weight of 427 grams (0.94 lbs) and the Sony A7R II has proportions of 127mm x 96mm x 60mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.4") and a weight of 625 grams (1.38 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you have at the time. The following is the front view size comparison of the M5 vs the A7R II.

Canon M5 vs Sony A7R II size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability grade of the M5 and A7R II is 77 and 68 respectively.

Canon M5 vs Sony A7R II top view buttons comparison

Canon M5 vs Sony A7R II Sensor Comparison

Usually, it's tough to imagine the gap in sensor measurements merely by looking through specifications. The photograph below will help offer you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the M5 and A7R II.

Plainly, each of the cameras posses different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The M5 using its smaller sensor is going to make achieving shallow depth of field trickier and the Sony A7R II will provide you with extra detail with its extra 18 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also enable you to crop pics somewhat more aggressively. The more recent M5 provides an advantage with regard to sensor technology.

Canon M5 vs Sony A7R II sensor size comparison

Canon M5 vs Sony A7R II Screen and ViewFinder

Canon M5 vs Sony A7R II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon M5
Portrait photography with Sony A7R II
82
manual focus
megapixel count decent (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports face detection focusing
supports RAW formats
87
you can focus manually
megapixel count fantastic (42MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
provides face detect focus
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon M5 as a Street photography camera
Sony A7R II as a Street photography camera
77
has a tilting screen
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
provides touch focus
good high ISO (25,600)
does not have image stabilization
82
screen tilts up and down
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
big sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
environment proofing
very good high ISO (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon M5
Sports photography with Sony A7R II
68
megapixel count decent (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports tracking autofocus
comes with phase detect AF
does not have image stabilization
low battery pack (295 CIPA)
78
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count fantastic (42MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
provides tracking focus
environment proofing
supports phase detect auto focus
continuous shooting slow (5.0 fps)
not so great battery life (290 CIPA)
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Travel Comparison

Canon M5 Travel photography features
Sony A7R II Travel photography features
78
has bluetooth
provides touch focus
megapixel count decent (24 megapixels)
built-in flash
display is selfie friendly
low battery pack (295 CIPA)
63
environment proofing
megapixel count fantastic (42MP)
not so great battery life (290 CIPA)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon M5
Landscape photography with Sony A7R II
74
manual focus
change lenses (Canon EF-M mount)
screen is a decent size (3.2 inch)
megapixel count decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
good high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW formats
does not have image stabilization
low battery pack (295 CIPA)
83
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Sony E mount)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count fantastic (42 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
does not have anti-alias filter
very good high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW files
environment proofing
not so great battery life (290 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon M5 Vlogging info
Sony A7R II Vlogging info
78
display is selfie friendly
built-in touchscreen
supports face detection focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does have external microphone jack
does not have image stabilization
37
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
provides face detect focus
video res high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
comes with microphone port
does not feature selfie friendly screen
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Canon M5 vs Sony A7R II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon M5 and Sony A7R II
 Canon EOS M5Sony Alpha A7R II
General Information
Company Canon Sony
Model Canon EOS M5 Sony Alpha A7R II
Class Advanced Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Introduced 2016-09-15 2015-06-10
Body design SLR-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Digic 7 Bionz X
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size APS-C Full frame
Sensor measurements 22.3 x 14.9mm 35.9 x 24mm
Sensor surface area 332.3mm² 861.6mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixels 42 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 6000 x 4000 7974 x 5316
Highest native ISO 25600 25600
Highest enhanced ISO - 102400
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Min enhanced ISO - 50
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 49 399
Lens
Lens mount Canon EF-M Sony E
Available lenses 23 121
Focal length multiplier 1.6 1
Screen
Screen type Tilting Tilting
Screen diagonal 3.2 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 1,620k dot 1,229k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dot 2,359k dot
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.78x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 9.0 frames per sec 5.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 5.00 m (at ISO 100) no built-in flash
Flash settings - no built-in flash
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/200 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 35 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC 3840 x 2160 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video data format MP4, H.264, AAC MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 427 grams (0.94 lbs) 625 grams (1.38 lbs)
Dimensions 116 x 89 x 61mm (4.6" x 3.5" x 2.4") 127 x 96 x 60mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.4")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 77 98
DXO Color Depth score 23.4 26.0
DXO Dynamic range score 12.4 13.9
DXO Low light score 1262 3434
Other
Battery life 295 pictures 290 pictures
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model - NP-FW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom, remote) Yes (2 or 10 sec; continuous (3 or 5 exposures))
Time lapse shooting With downloadable app
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots 1 1
Price at release $680 $2,913