Canon EOS M5 Mirrorless Camera Body - Wi-Fi Enabled & Bluetooth
|Model Name||EOS M5|
|Type of product||Mirrorless|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF-M|
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Behold True Brilliance
The top of the EOS M series line, the EOS M5 camera offers the incredible speed, performance and advanced features that experienced photographers are looking for. It packs brilliant image quality, fast autofocus through Dual Pixel CMOS AF, an electronic viewfinder and more in a portable design.
Dual Pixel CMOS AF
Over 24 million phase-difference sensors and a small AF frame allow the EOS M5 camera to quickly and smoothly lock onto your subject for precise and sharp focus. Touching the LCD snaps focus to that location in the image, allowing for quick and accurate focus changes when recording video.
Continuous Shooting up to 7.0 fps
Fast Capture, Smooth Tracking
To help ensure you capture the moment you want, the EOS M5 camera is capable of taking up to 7.0 frames per second (up to 9.0 fps with AF Lock) and staying locked on thanks to the DIGIC 7 Image Processor.
5-axis Digital Image Stabilization
Record Steady and Stable
Used in-camera when recording video, 5-axis Digital Image Stabilization* digitally minimizes blur and other effects that can alter your results. When a combination IS-compatible lens is attached, the EOS M5 camera can also pair the lens's Optical IS with Digital IS to further reduce the chance of shaking.
Control at Your Fingertips
To help you capture the photo that matches your imagination, the EOS M5 lets you quickly and easily adjust settings like shutter speed, aperture, picture mode and more, thanks to multiple customizable dials and intuitive controls inspired by EOS DSLR cameras.
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|Screen Size||3.2 inches||3 inches||3.2 inches||3 inches|
|Has Image Stabilization||Yes||Yes||—||—|
|Item Dimensions||2.40 x 4.60 x 3.50 inches||2.30 x 4.60 x 3.50 inches||2.40 x 4.60 x 3.50 inches||4.37 x 1.75 x 2.68 inches|
|Item Weight||1.00 lbs||0.86 lbs||2.05 lbs||0.81 lbs|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||24.2 megapixels||24 megapixels||—||12 megapixels|
|Photo Sensor Size||APS-C||APS-C||APS-C||APS-C|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p||2160p||1080p||1080p|
The EOS M5 BODY features fast and smooth Dual Pixel CMOS AF helps you capture stills and shoot video with quick and precise autofocus.
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So far I think my decision is panning out. Indeed the M5 + 22mm pancake is extremely portable and I'm carrying it around where I otherwise wouldn't. I'm putting it in a small fanny pack on bike rides. With the adapter, I can use my existing Canon prime lenses. While this is pricey compared to Sony equivalents, you're paying a premium for access to the Canon ecosystem and pedigree. Canon color is simply better than Sony color. Canon lenses are simply better and cheaper.
The touchscreen focus is awesome. The "touch-to-drag" focus while using the viewfinder is awesome. The ability to actually manually focus is awesome since this camera has the "peaking" feature where in-focus areas show up as highlighted in red. I don't think any of the dSLRs can do that.
Yes, the camera has the shortcomings people talk about. The battery life is lower than what I'm used to with Canon's Rebel lineup. The autofocus can be slow or hunt in low light (but the MF peak focusing feature makes up for that). The flash can be overpowered rather than the subtle fill. But I'm looking past those shortcomings in order to get a small/sweet package.
Also the WiFi/Bluetooth integration is great.
TL;DR │ This is the only mirrorless camera that made sense to me. The body is perfect. Mirrorless camera do not need to be uber-compact, sacrificing grip and physical controls, as you will haul lenses anyway. Good at everything it does, but not exceptional at anything. Also, Canon had some questionable and outdated choices on this camera.
This review if from a consumer. Most reviews online are from DSLR pros, or even mirrorless fans. This review is not one of those. I won't pretend to be a photography guru. What I will focus instead is what I understand best: the hardware.
CONTENTS: Intro | What I Like | What I Don't Like | What I Hate | Package | Outro | Notes | Comments | Verdict
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I've long stayed away from mirrorless cameras because they did not make sense to me. The use case was just not there. The best camera is the one you take with you, and mirrorless are — although smaller than a DSLR — still bulky due to the lenses. Photography is a hobby, but not a source of living for me. But then, somehow, my 1-inch sensor felt inadequate at times. This is also the reason I got this over a micro four-thirds.
WHAT I LIKE │ + │
+ Still my favorite ergonomics (Canon).
+ Can open battery/card compartment without removing tripod.
+ The Android app for remote shooting and wireless transfer is very responsive.
+ Not too much lenses to choose from.⁽ⁿ¹⁾
+ I really like the optional macro lens you can use with this (Canon only).
WHAT I DON'T LIKE │ × │
× Very, very, plasticky body. No hint of metal (besides the knobs).⁽ⁿ²⁾
× Not fully articulating screen.⁽ⁿ²⁾⁽ⁿ³⁾
× Canon pulled an Apple, by partially locking battery compatibility.
× Even the 1080p is mediocre.⁽ⁿ⁴⁾
× What appears to be a bug on the AF/AE Lock.
× I find the mode dial lock unnecessary.
× They should have included the EOS lens adapter.
× Not a lot of accessories, like a battery grip.
WHAT I HATE │ × │
× Can't charge through USB.⁽ⁿ²⁾⁽ⁿ⁵⁾
× Cannot re-assign buttons when in "auto" mode.⁽ⁿ²⁾⁽ⁿ⁶⁾
× No PC-tethered remote shooting. I was about to write my own program, but I couldn't proceed because it is not even supported by the SDK.
× Very fragile data ribbon for the screen.
PACKAGE │ ✓ ✗ │
✓ EOS M5 Body
✓ 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens
✓ Canon Battery Pack LP-E17
✓ Canon Battery Charger LC-E17
✓ Canon-branded neck strap
✓ Micro USB data cable
✓ Printed materials
✓ Hot shoe cover (Canon-safe)
✓ Adequate packaging
✗ No extra battery
✗ No lens adapter
My background: I am not a professional, I do not own a DSLR. I know how to shoot. I currently use a G5 X, and also have a G15. I've also had a G9, and an S3 IS (2005-ish, my first camera, and it has an EVF and articulating screen).
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⁽ⁿ¹⁾ I acknowledge that this is a "con" for DSLR users. I do however think that the target market of this camera are those who are just starting into the whole "body+lens" camera. Having little option can also be a good thing, especially when you are learning. I know a lot of DSLR owners, who are regular consumers, who shoots at auto all the time, and cannot decide what lens to purchase. I think this is the perfect camera for these people, to really learn.
⁽ⁿ²⁾ These are downgrades for me, comparing to the G5 X.
⁽ⁿ³⁾ I already knew these before buying, and does not factor much in my rating.
⁽ⁿ⁴⁾ I do not care for 4K when it comes to consumer-grade products. But I, at least, expected 1080p to be great. It is okay, and I really like how smooth the focus is.
⁽ⁿ⁵⁾ I cannot believe this. I thought the days of bringing a battery charger is over. This would have been fine have they included the separately sold USB battery charger. Or if the battery has a USB slot. OR if the battery lasts longer. I find this unacceptable in 2017.
⁽ⁿ⁶⁾ I almost never shoot Auto, but people around me do. I always like to set the EVF to manual control. However, I find the camera unusable this way when in any of the Auto modes.
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This camera is for consumers like myself. If you're a pro and primarily use a DSLR, then this might not be perfect due to the lack of lens options. It is worth noting though that you can use Canon EOS lenses with this.
Having used a G5 X, I got really disappointed with this camera. The G5 X is better built, looks more premium, has superior screen ergonomics, and can charge in-camera. This camera will not replace my G5 X, but rather will be a companion.
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VERDICT: It's okay. I'll recommend it if you like Canon ergonomics (which I do).
★★★☆☆ | 3 stars out of 5. My objective rating. I tried my best to avoid post-purchase rationalization (choice-supportive bias).
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This review is for the Canon EOS M5 Mirrorless Camera EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens Kit .
1. Much improved AF speed over M3. Pretty much instantaneous. In dimmer light and lower contrast situation, the AF struggles a little bit with slow zoom lenses. However there is now manual focus peaking which is quite helpful. I tried using the 35 f2 IS through an adaptor. It's incredibly fast even in low light.
2. Touch and drag AF. While looking through the viewfinder, you can drag the focus point using the touch screen. This can be useful in some situations. But I find it faster to compose with with the LCD screen, tap on what I want to focus on, and then look through the viewfinder. Or if I am taking picture of a person, I just use face detect.
3. The ergonomics is getting even more similar to other Canon DSLR. I am able to adjust settings much quicker than when using M3. The grip is still very small and not comfortable to hold for extended period of time. But that's really the trade-off we have to live with.
4. Built-in viewfinder is nice and bright. Unlike an optical viewfinder, there is a lag that is noticeable espeically if I do a panning motion. This is something to get used to. I believe Fuji xt2 has shorter lag but that's a different league of mirrorless camera. The EVF in the M5 is good enough for my purpose. Definitely beats the detachable EVF of the M3.
5. Customizable buttons. Most buttons can be customized to my own liking. For instance, I assign the delete button as touch shutter, the flash button as display on/off, the front button as AF->servo, etc. Even the red dot record button can be assigned to something else.
6. Flip screen. I have had 80D briefly. I personally prefer a simple flip up/down screen as opposed to a fully articulating screen. With an articulating screen I need to flip the screen out to the side before I can flip up and down. To me that's not very efficient. Flipping up and down is so much faster. It can flip all the way facing front for selfies.
7. Image quality. Nothing to complain about. Even M3 was pretty good. Now with improved dynamic range, I'm even happier with how much I can edit the RAW files.
8. Continuous shooting. With the M3 if I hold down the shutter it will take something like 5 pictures and then the camera slows down. I'm not a techie but I guess the buffer fills up too quickly. Now it can last way longer. Nothing scientific. But at least I no longer feel like I'm missing critical moments as the M3 would .
9. Small. To take advantage of compactness you absolutely must use M lenses. Canon finally came out with a 18-150mm which I purchased also. M5 + 11-22 + 18-150 +28 macro pretty much fulfills most of my needs. I still carry 5dmk3 with me sometimes but its main purpose now is for fast prime lenses like 135L. I use slow zooms on M5 and fast primes on full frame. To me it makes the most sense. I only got the 18-150 for one day. So far I'm happy with my purchase. It seems as good as the 18-55 kit.
10. Customizable timer. Now with M5, I can set up the camera to, for instance, take 10 pictures consecutively with 5 seconds delay. What it means is that I can set up the camera on a tripod, walk back to my family, and get 10 pictures taken while we try to convince our 3 year-old to look at the camera. I don't think it was available on m3.
1. Expensive. Listing price is not substantially cheaper than 80D. The 80D is a better camera in an absolute sense. But M5 is compact and offers similar image quality. 80D is weather sealed. M5 is not. A refurbished or used M3 is around $300 right now. I personally feel that $800 would have been a fair launch price. If you don't need it right now, you should wait for a price drop.
2. No weather sealing. Granted, the M lenses are not weather sealed so it's pointless to weather seal the camera body. But the thought of paying $1000 for a non-weather resistant camera just doesn't much sense especially knowing that the 80D does offer weather resistance. It's not a deal breaker but I would have been a happier customer.
3. Battery life. It's nothing compared to the 80D which can shoot hundred of shots without recharging. Just buy a few spares. I don't under why Canon charges so much for the EP 17. Almost the same price as 5D, 80D batteries.
4. Where is tap and focus?? I have to tap on the subject I want to shoot and then half press shutter to focus. This happens when I disable continuous focus. If I let the camera keep acquiring focus it'll drain the battery, so I always turn continuous focus off. This is different from the 80D where I can tap on the screen and it will focus on exactly where I tap. I get very annoyed by this. Maybe Canon is trying to help us save battery but they should give users the option to turn it on/off. Well, at least I can use tap and shoot, which is another handy feature. Tap to focus is available in movie mode. That's a big deal. Because if it's not even available in movie mode, I'm returning the camera.
Overall, I'm ambivalent about the M5. It's finally looking less like a point and shoot and more like a dslr. I like M5 to some extent but it doesn't quite match the 80D. It's certainly better than M3 in many ways. But it depends on how desperately you need faster AF and a viewfinder. In terms of image quality, there just isn't substantial change. M3 was great. I'm not a patient person and I can't stand the M3 being slow.
My biggest gripe is price. If as I said the launch price were $800 and I had purchased it at a nice discount price of $650 I'd be a happy camper. I'm trying to say that the value proposition isn't high at this point. The reason I bought it at launch price is because I can no longer carry heavy gear like I used to, and the only mirrorless option from canon that can do what I need it to do is M3 or M5, and between them M5 is highly preferable.
Another thing many complain about is the lack of lens selection. I felt that way before. But now that the 18-150 and 28 macro are released, I think I'm happy as far as lens choices. I don't want big lenses on a small body. Slow zoom is fine if that's what it takes to preserve compactness.