Canon EOS M5 Detailed Review

Canon EOS M5

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In additional EOS M5 was introduced by Canon in September 2016. It belongs to the Mirrorless Cameras category.

Canon is well-known and shouldn’t require further introduction, please see our manufacturer’s page for more digital cameras by Canon.

Brand Canon
Category Mirrorless
Date 09/2016
Sensor Properties

Also EOS M5 has a APS-C CMOS sensor with size of 22 x 15 mm² (0.88″ x 0.59″).

Picture of EOS M5’s sensor compared to popular format.

Infographic: EOS M5 comparing sensor sizes

The 1-Euro coin has a diameter of 23.25mm.

The EOS M5’s sensor has resolution of 24 megapixel.

The EOS M5 features a mechanism for automatic sensor cleaning.

Format APS-C
Sensor area 22.30 x 14.90mm²
(0.88″ x 0.59″)
Resolution (physical) 25.80 megapixel
Resolution (effective) 24.40 megapixel
Pixel size 13.80 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 9 frames/second
Interchangeable lens
Mount Canon EF-M
Viewfinder Properties

The EOS M5 uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.36 megapixel, an excellent value for a viewfinder like this which makes the camera a joy to use.

The magnifcation is c. 0.60x, an above average value for an electronic viewfinder.

Type Elektronic
Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.60x
Resolution 2.36 megapixel
Dioptric correction

The EOS M5’s shutter speed varies from 1/4000s to 30s.

Max. shutter speed 1/4000s
Min. shutter speed 30s
Sensitivity Properties

The EOS M5’s sensitivity goes from 100 ISO und 25600 ISO, a very useful and practical range.

Min. sensitivity 100 ISO
Max. sensitivity 25600 ISO
Exposure Modes

The EOS M5 supports all general exposure modes.

The Canon allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Auto Focus Properties

The EOS M5’s auto focus processor uses 49 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. when panning the camera).

Manual focus is also possible with the Canon, a plus in tricky situations or for some creative freedom.

Type Phase Detection
AF points 49
Manual focusing
Flash Specs

The EOS M5 has a built-in flash with a diapason of up to 5m (17 ft.). That range will fit for almost all occasion.

Range 5.00m
(17 ft.)
Hot shoe
Display Specs
EOS M5 display and touch screen

The EOS M5 features a monitor with a diagonal of 80.00mm (3.1 in.) and a resolution of c. 1.62 megapixel. A resonable value that will make it easy to evaluate images directly in-camera.

The camera’s display is articulated, a plus for selfies and other challenging situations.

The EOS M5’s monitor can work as a touch screen, just like a smartphone. That can be very useful, for example to pick AF points, but keep in mind that touch screens usually don’t work when wearing gloves.

Display characteristics at a glance:

Type LCD
Size 80.00mm (diagonal)
(3.1 in.)
Resolution 1.62 megapixel
Touch screen
Video Specs

EOS M5 video supported the resolution with 1920 x 1080 pixel.

Also the camera is equipped with an external microphone.

Canon EOS M5 Video parameters:

Max. resolution 1920 x 1080 pixel
…with frame rates 24 frames/second
25 frames/second
30 frames/second
50 frames/second
60 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

The EOS M5 has Wifi connectivity already built-in. Use Wifi to transfer images to a smartphone or computer and to remote control the camera. With NFC, camera and smartphone can be paired without the need for passwords.

For photo transferring users may use Bluetooth option.

Connect the Canon to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

The Canon supports USB 2.0.

Connection parameters:

Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini

The camera supports SD HC and SD XC cards.

Memory cards characteristics:

Slots 1
Memory cards SD

The Canon EOS M5 works with a LP-E17 LiIon battery. The battery lifetime is an average 295 shots. That’s on the lower side of things for a full day, consider a spare battery for the EOS M5.

The EOS M5’s battery battery parameters:

Type LP-E17 LiIon
In-camera charging
Battery life 295 photos

The Canon EOS M5’s size is 115.6 x 89.2 x 60.6mm³. (4.6″ x 3.5″ x 2.4″). That dimensions are without lens. The weight of camera is 4.6″ x 3.5″ x 2.4″ grams (427 oz.) without lens weight.

Here is front and top view of the EOS M5:

Canon EOS M5 Dimensions (Width / Height)
Canon EOS M5 Dimensions (Width / Depth)
Dimensions Comparison

For a better idea of the size of the camera, takes a look off camera and ID card comparison image.

Canon EOS M5 size comparison

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