- 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
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
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 #22 out of 61 in Advanced Mirrorless cameras and all-around #122 out of 1459 for cameras in our collection. You can look at our Advanced camera finder to see camera ratings based on your personalized requirements.
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.
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Canon M5 Gallery
You can check the M5 from various angles in the gallery underneath.
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.
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.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
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.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
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 453 grams and the Canon M5 is very similar when compared to other competitors.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The following is a photo of the Canon M5 beside a soft drink to help you have a sense of its scale.
The top view directly below will show the button design on the M5.
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.
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.
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.
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.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
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.
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.
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 386. 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:
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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.
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.
Canon M5 as a Sports photography camera
A above average sports photography rating of 67 indicates the Canon M5 is a good pick for photographing sports. A camera needs to have good tracking and continuous shooting for sports photography.
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.
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.
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.
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.