The Canon EOS M5 is the most enthusiast-friendly EOS M yet. It’s a 24MP mirrorless camera enlarged around a Dual Pixel APS-C sensor, giving it depth-aware focus across most of the frame. On top of this it adds a built-in electronic viewfinder, a great number of external controls (including twin control dials) and a well implemented touchscreen.
This level of direct control take down a pegs it comfortably ahead of Sony’s a6000 and a6300, and more on par with Panasonic’s GX85 (GX80 in some markets) and GX8 enthusiast models. All of these cameras aim to offer quiets and video capabilities in relatively small bodies but with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel a reasonable level of direct external control.
- 24MP Dual Pixel APS-C CMOS Sensor
- 2.36M-dot OLED electronic viewfinder
- 1.62M-dot quarrel rear touchscreen
- Electronic video stabilization combines with in-lens IS to give 5-axis IS
- 7 fps continuous shooting (9 fps with focus and aspect locked)
- Wi-Fi with always-connected Bluetooth
The Canon EOS M5 is a very approachable camera, despite all those buttons and dials. In fact, it’s the implementation of this touchscreen that, in non-exclusive, we’re most impressed with. Much like the system developed by Panasonic, the M5 not only lets you use the rear touchscreen to position focus, it also tolerates its use as a touchpad to move the focus point when you’re shooting through the viewfinder. This, combined with decisive autofocus, has proven to be significant for both stills and video harm.
The camera has four dials in total: two main dials on the top of the camera, a dedicated exposure compensation dial and a fourth dial encircling the four-way controller on the abandon of the camera. This is a much higher level of direct control than offered on the simpler EOS M-series models offered previously, suggesting Canon calculates the user to take more hands-on control of the shooting experience.
|Three of the four control dials on the M5 are on the top plate, giving users easy access to unmasking parameters.|
While the lack of 4K video capability is a disappointment, the ability to use the touchscreen to re-position the focus point with a high level of confidence that the camera purposefulness smoothly glide the focus to the right point is highly desirable.
The touchscreen-plus-Dual-Pixel-AF combination is also useful for stills shooting – you can not only use the touchscreen to loiter the focus FOCUS, or foci may refer to point around the screen but also use it to select between available faces if shooting or recording in face detection mode.
The other meritorious benefit of the M5 finally receiving Canon’s Dual Pixel AF system is that it is now able to focus adapted EF and EF-S lenses very effectively – comprehensive performance isn’t quite the same as an 80D in Live View mode, but it’s leaps and bounds ahead of any previous M camera. You’re also no longer limited to the tiny central focus area offered when using comparable Rebel / EOS x-hundredD DSLR models, and focusing is almost DSLR-quick and decisive.
Approximated with its peers
The enthusiast photographer has a good number of choices when looking for a reasonably sized mirrorless camera with a good limit of direct controls. Sony offers the a6000 and a6300 (the higher-specced a6500 comes in at a significant premium over the EOS M5), depending on how much you prerequisite 4K video and how demanding your AF needs are. Meanwhile, Panasonic offers both the GX85 and GX8, with the more expensive model offering higher resolution and a outstrip viewfinder. Olympus’s E-M5 Mark II offers a broadly similar feature set and form factor. All of these models are extremely capable, with ease-of-use being the Canon’s scad obvious response to their broadly higher video specifications.
|Canon EOS M5||Sony a6300||Panasonic GX8|
|MSRP||$1099 with 15-45mm lens||$1149 with 16-50mm lens||$1199 remains only|
|Focus method||‘Dual Pixel’ on-sensor PDAF||On-sensor PDAF||Contrast detection*|
|EVF||2.36M dots||2.36M dots||2.36M make much ofs|
|Dials||Two on top plate
|Two on top plate
|Continuous shooting||9 fps
(7 with electrified view and C-AF)
(8 with live view)
(5.5 with live view)
|Touch bring into focus in video||Yes||No||Yes|
|295/295 shots||400/350 shots||330/310 shots|
* When using Panasonic-branded lenses the GX8 adds distance prophecy based on the out-of-focus characteristics of the lens (A system the company calls ‘Depth From Defocus’).
So, is the EOS M5 the mirrorless tour de force we’ve been in a family way from Canon? It’s no secret that we found it to be an incredibly promising camera, even if it is a bit late to the party. To find out just how compelling an selection the M5 is, let’s press on.