Canon EOS M5 Full Review

Preview posted 09/14/2016 by Michael Palmer
Review posted 03/24/2017 by Josh Fate

Quick Take
  • iAuto and Program shooting modes are accurate and easy in all situations
  • Dual Pixel AF is very fast
  • Burst shooting went beyond the Canon claims
  • Great image quality at the lower ISOs
  • 5-Axis image stabilization was a help when shooting handheld stills
  • Touch AF is great for selecting an AF point while shooting with the EVF
  • Controls are easy and familiar to Canon DSLR cameras
  • Both EVF and LCD are great for shooting in all lighting conditions
  • Good shooting performance
  • Average Battery Life for a Mirrorless ILC
  • HDMI output
  • Microphone Input
  • High ISO includes a lot of noise
  • Touch AF can be difficult when turned on as it will change the AF point every time the LCD is touched (If you are not intending to use this feature)
  • Limited M-Mount lens selection
  • 5-Axis IS was a little disappointing when shooting handheld video
  • Adapter adds weight in order to use larger lenses
  • Pricey for a limited ecosystem
Bottom Line
Canon has introduced their first relevant Mirrorless ILC with the EOS M5. It features above average performance and great image quality at the lower ISO settings and loaded with features. Its limited lens availability (M-mount lenses) and high price tag are things to consider. Read more in our Full Conclusion.

Smaller than most DSLRs, but larger than a many other ILCs, Canon's EOS M-Series takes DSLR components like APS-C sized image sensors and stuffs them into a more compact body. New for 2016, we have the Canon EOS M5 camera with a newly developed 24.2MP CMOS image sensor as well as the new DIGIC 7 image processor. In terms of performance, you're looking at a camera that can match, if not best the Canon EOS 80D DSLR. In terms of styling, as you can see above and below, the M5 is decidedly more DSLR-esque thanks to a larger, ergonomically designed hand grip.

Other features include an ISO 100-25,600 (not expandable), Dual Pixel CMOS AF for quick and accurate focusing, 7 frames-per-second burst shooting with Auto Exposure and Auto Focus engaged (9FPS without), and Full 1080/60p video recording at up to 35Mbps in AVC MPEG-4.

The EOS M5 boasts two displays -- a new 3.2" titling touchscreen as well a 2.36M dot EVF (electronic view finder) built into the body -- that work together for the new Touch and Drag AF feature. Basically, most people know you can adjust focal points while using a Touchscreen LCD, but Touch and Drag allows you to use the LCD's touchscreen while looking through the higher resolution EVF. For many cameras, LCD displays fully disengage when you glance through the viewfinder.
HR_EOS_M5_EFM15-45_BACKOPEN_CL.jpgAnother great feature is the Combination IS (Image Stabilization) with in-camera 5-axis image stabilization (including for video). Combination IS coordinates the camera's in-body IS with any IS system from compatible/capable Canon lenses. Speaking of which, M5 has an M-mount, naturally, but can shoot with EF or EF-S lenses if you purchase an optional adapter.

Lastly, like most modern cameras, the EOS M5 has a bevy of wireless capabilities, including built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth, making it easy to transfer files to, or remotely control the M5 directly from iOS or Android devices.
HR_EOS_M5_BODY_FRONT_CL.jpgKey Features

  • 24.2MP APS-C Size CMOS image sensor
  • EF-M lens mount
    • EF/EF-S compatible with an optional adapter
  • New DIGIC 7 processor
  • ISO from 100-25,600
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • 7FPS burst with AE/AF
    • 9FPS without
  • Full 1080p HD Video Recording
    • 1980 x 1080 @ 59.94 fps / 29.97 fps / 23.987 fps
    • Up to 35 Mbps
    • Clips limited to 29 minutes 59 seconds.
  • 3.2" Tilting Touchscreen LCD
    • 2.36M dot EVF built-in to the body
    • New Touch and Drag AF feature
  • New Combination IS system
  • Wi-Fi, NFC, & Bluetooth
  • JPEG, 14-bit Canon RAW, MP4, & MOV files
  • Micro USB
  • Micro HDMI out
  • Battery: LP-E17
    • 295 shots
    • 420 shot in Eco Mode
    • 85-90mins Movie Recording
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards
  • Dimensions 4.6 x 3.5 x 2.4 inches (115.6 x 89.2 x 60.6mm)
  • Weight: 13.4 oz. / 380.0g (Body only)

In the Box

  • EOS M5 Camera Box
  • EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens (Graphite)
  • Battery Pack LP-E17
  • Battery Charger LC-E17
  • Neck Strap EM-300D
  • BUSB Cable IFC-600PCU

Price & Availability

The Canon EOS M5 is available in three forms. The first is body-only with a $979.99 MSRP:


Next we have a KIT that costs $1,099.00 (MSRP) and includes an EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM zoom lens:


And lastly we have a secondary KIT that will set you back $1,479.00 (MSRP) and includes an EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM zoom lens:


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