Canon M5

Canon EOS M5 front
  • 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
  • Revealed September 2016
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  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon M5 overview

Canon M5 is Canon's Advanced Mirrorless digital camera initially announced on September of 2016. It has a 24 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 6000 x 4000.

The M5 ranks at #23 out of 62 in Advanced Mirrorless cameras and all-around #127 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. You can look at our Advanced camera finder to see camera ratings based on your personalized requirements.

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The following is a chart of various criteria used in the scoring system.

Canon M5 history

The Canon M5 is part of a family of cameras. You can see the full range below.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Canon-EOS-M50-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon M50 II
M5 vs M50 II
24MPAPS-C10.0 fps2020
Canon-EOS-M6-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon M6 MII
M5 vs M6 MII
33MPAPS-C14.0 fps2019
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Canon-EOS-M50 front thumbnailCanon M50
M5 vs M50
24MPAPS-C10.0 fps2018
Canon-EOS-M6 front thumbnailCanon M6
M5 vs M6
24MPAPS-C9.0 fps2017
Canon-EOS-M5 front thumbnailCanon M524MPAPS-C9.0 fps2016

Canon M5 Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of advantages and disadvantages of the Canon M5 based on aspects that are normally seen as crucial in a digital camera.

above average ISO range (25,600)
above average min ISO (100)
comes with external microphone socket
comes with HDMI socket
exports RAW formats
features focus via touch
good resolution screen (1,620 k dots)
has bluetooth
has built in flash
has face detection focusing
has tracking autofocus
manual focus
MP count decent (24MP)
NFC connectivity
screen is a decent size (3.2")
screen tilts
selfie friendly display
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports phase detect AF
swap lenses (Canon EF-M mount)
touch screen
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
bad battery power (295 CIPA)
missing headphone socket
no image stabilization
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Canon M5 Sensor specifications

The Canon M5 is powered by the Digic 7 processor chip. The sensor spec on the Canon M5 is 22.3mm x 14.9mm (APS-C). The 332 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 6000 x 4000 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 24MP and has a standard ISO range of 100 to 25600. RAW photos are supported which means that the user has wider margin for error.

The image below displays the M5's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The M5 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.6 and is shown in green.

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To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon M5 dimensions

Canon M5 weighs 0.94 lb (427 grams or 15.06 ounces) and the volume of the camera is 116mm x 89mm x 61mm (4.6" x 3.5" x 2.4"). The weight of general Advanced Mirrorless camera is 454 grams and the Canon M5 is very similar when compared to other competitors.

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The following is a photo of the Canon M5 beside a soft drink to help you have a sense of its scale.

Canon EOS M5 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will show the button design on the M5.

Canon EOS M5 topview buttons dials

Canon M5 Lens specifications

The M5 uses the Canon EF-M mount and has 26 lenses on the market today. Below is some of the lenses we have in our collection which will work with the M5.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Samyang-MF-14mm-F2.8-Mk2--Rokinon-MF-14mm-F2.8-II-Canon-EF-M- lensSamyang MF 14mm F2.8 Mk214mmf/2.8649g
Samyang-Reflex-300mm-f6.3-ED-UMC-CS-Canon-EF-M lensSamyang Reflex 300mm f6.3 ED UMC CS300mmf/6.3 318g
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Canon-EF-M-22mm-f2-STM lensCanon EF-M 22mm f2 STM22mmf/2.0 105g
7artisans-35mm-F1.2-Canon-EF-M lens7artisans 35mm F1.235mmf/1.2150g
Samyang-12mm-f2.0-NCS-CS-Canon-EF-M lensSamyang 12mm f2.0 NCS CS12mmf/2.0 260g
Samyang-16mm-f2.0-ED-AS-UMC-CS-Canon-EF-M lensSamyang 16mm f2.0 ED AS UMC CS16mmf/2.0 583g
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7artisans-12mm-F2.8-Canon-EF-M lens7artisans 12mm F2.812mmf/2.8295g
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Canon M5 Connectivity

The M5 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras which have NFC or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily send files and at times adjust camera settings without the hassle of connecting physically to the camera.

Certain applications even stream a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI out, it can easily be hooked up to an external monitor. Most cameras will allow you to recharge the battery with the USB port.

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Canon M5 Video specifications

The highest video resolution on the Canon M5 is 1920 x 1080 and it can shoot in MP4, H.264 and AAC file format. 1080p resolution will provide a decent balance for video quality vs file sizes but FULL HD is not going to leave you with much room to downsample. While the camera comes with a microphone socket, it is sadly lacking a headphone socket which means that you will not have the ability to keep an eye on your sound levels.

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Canon M5 Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing for the Canon M5 so you need to be cautious in rainy and dusty situations.

Canon M5 Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon M5 has a 3.2" tilting display screen supporting a resolution of 1,620k dots.

It features a selfie friendly screen to shoot self portraits as well as group shots if needed. Moreover the display screen is touch friendly which means that you can easily switch focus point plus change settings with your fingers.

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The View Finder specs regarding Canon M5 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Resolution 2,360k dots
  • Coverage 100 percent

In those bright outdoor situations which make the camera screens washed out and hard to view, viewfinders can be rather useful.

Canon M5 Shutter specifications

Canon M5 has the ability to shoot continuously at 9.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.

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Canon M5 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Canon M5 has got both built in flash and also external flash ability. The highest flash sync speed is 1/200 sec.

Canon M5 Autofocusing specifications

Canon M5 has got both Phase Detect Auto Focus along with Contrast Based Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster and exact in comparison with Contrast Based focusing. The camera has Face detection making it valuable for portrait photography.

The AF system has 49 focus points to choose from. Canon M5 has touch to focus. You are able to use your fingers to switch where you focus. It also boasts Tracking Auto Focus for objects on the move. Canon M5 features manual focusing when needed for low light scenarios or you want more precise focusing control.

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Canon M5 Battery life

The battery power for the Canon M5 is built to last for 295 pictures as per the CIPA requirements making it lesser compared with its competitors. The typical Advanced Mirrorless camera battery life is 390. Sony A6600 comes with the highest (810) battery life for this category of cameras.

Listed below is a listing of Advanced Mirrorless cameras with the highest battery life:

Canon M5 for various forms of photography

The following diagram provides a overview of the Canon M5 for various forms of photography. To look at more, go to the specific paragraph below.

Canon M5 Portrait photography information

The Canon M5 gets a score of 80 which is outstanding, and means the camera is a superb choice to use for portraits. Shooting portraits favors greatly towards sensor dimension, RAW support together with the flexibility to use off-camera lighting.

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has manual focus
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
offers face detect autofocus
supports RAW files

Canon M5 Street photography details

Coming in at a awesome points tally of 77, the Canon M5 is a awesome fit to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

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screen tilts up and down
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
has touch to focus
good high ISO (25,600)
does not have image stabilization

Canon M5 as a Sports photography camera

A above average sports photography rating of 66 indicates the Canon M5 is a good pick for photographing sports. A camera needs to have good tracking and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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decent MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
features tracking autofocus
supports phase detect AF
no image stabilization
not so great battery power (295 shots)

Canon M5 Travel photography details

Weight is super crucial in getting a camera for travel. In general, the Canon M5 gets a great 77 for a travel camera which makes it a superb fit to take with you on your travels.

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supports bluetooth
boasts touch focus
megapixel count good (24MP)
built-in flash
selfie friendly screen
not so great battery pack (295 per charge)

Canon M5 Landscape photography information

For anybody looking to choose a camera for landscape photos, the biggest aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Canon M5 with it's nice rating of 73 as a landscape camera is a fine fit within the current market.

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focusing manually
switch lenses (Canon EF-M mount)
screen size is good (3.2 inches)
good resolution (24MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
great ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
lack of image stabilization
terrible battery life (295 per charge)

Canon M5 Vlogging advice

A camera for vlogging really should posses a moving display, microphone input and ideally image stabilization. Taking everything in to account, the Canon M5 is a excellent pick as a vlog camera as it delivers a awesome rating of 77.

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display is selfie friendly
touchscreen functionality
comes with face detection focus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does have external mic support
lack of image stabilization

Canon M5 Alternatives

If you are shopping for replacements to the M5, below is a range of the highest ranked cameras that fall within the family of Advanced Mirrorless.

The line chart underneath shows you a bird's eye view of the M5 compared to it's top scored competitors shown previously.

Following are additional cameras you may regard as alternative options. To read through a complete comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Model type
Canon EOS M5
Advanced Mirrorless
Physical type
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Digic 7
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
22.3 x 14.9mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
24 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
6000 x 4000
RAW support
Maximum native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points
Lens support
Canon EF-M
Amount of lenses
Focal length multiplier
Type of screen
Screen size
Resolution of screen
1,620k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Viewfinder resolution
2,360k dots
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Lowest shutter speed
Highest shutter speed
Continuous shooting rate
9.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
5.00 m (at ISO 100)
Hot shoe
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 35 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
Maximum video resolution
Video format
MP4, H.264, AAC
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
427 gr (0.94 lb)
Physical dimensions
116 x 89 x 61mm (4.6" x 3.5" x 2.4")
Battery life
295 images
Battery type
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom, remote)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
Card slots
Launch cost