It’s been a long wait, but finally Canon has launched its first really serious SLR-style mirrorless camera. Andy Westlake finds out how it stands up in this competitive market

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Canon EOS M5

Features:
Build/Handling:
Metering:
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LCD viewfinder:

Pros:

  • + Superb control layout and handling for such a small camera
  • + Excellent image quality in both JPEG and raw
  • + Works extremely well with a wide range of EF-mount SLR lenses
  • + Easy-to-use wireless communication using Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

Cons:

  • - Relatively small and over-contrasty electronic viewfinder
  • - Shutter is noisier than most mirrorless rivals
  • - Price is very high

Product:

Canon EOS M5 review

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Price as reviewed:

£1,049.00 (body only)

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Canon EOS M5 review: Performance

1/6 sec f/5.6 ISO 100 Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-5.3 IS STM

1/6 sec f/5.6 ISO 100 Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-5.3 IS STM

When put to practical use, the EOS M5 generally delivers very decent results. It’s snappy in all aspects of its operation, powering up quickly and responding to controls promptly with no lag. It’s the kind of camera that gets out of your way and never feels like it’s holding up your shooting, which is exactly what you want.

Canon’s evaluative metering is on the whole very reliable, although it’s quite strongly linked to the AF area so tends to overexpose when focusing on a dark part of the scene. But you can see this in the viewfinder and apply exposure compensation accordingly, aided by the live histogram. Auto white balance is likewise very well judged, and Canon’s JPEG output gives attractive colours that are saturated without being overblown, and with particularly fine skin tones.

1/200 sec f/8 ISO 1600. Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM. Converted to B+W in Photoshop

1/200 sec f/8 ISO 1600. Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM. Converted to B+W in Photoshop

The default Standard picture style uses somewhat unsubtle noise reduction and sharpening algorithms, but switching to the Fine Detail style delivers much better resolution with the same colour rendition. At higher sensitivities of ISO 3200 and above, the processing prioritises colour retention over detail, so files look distinctly mushy when examined at the pixel level. Other brands do rather better in this respect, most notably Fujifilm. As is often the case, you’re likely to get better results at high ISOs by shooting and carefully processing raw files.

  1. 1. Canon EOS M5 review: Introduction
  2. 2. Canon EOS M5 review: Features
  3. 3.  Canon EOS M5 review: Viewfinder and screen
  4. 4. Canon EOS M5 review: Build and handling
  5. 5. Canon EOS M5 review: Autofocus
  6. 6. Canon EOS M5 review: Video
  7. 7. Canon EOS M5 review: Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity
  8. 8. Canon EOS M5 review: Performance
  9. 9. Canon EOS M5 review: Image quality
  10. 10. Canon EOS M5 review: Verdict
  11. 11. Canon EOS M5 review: hands-on first look
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