Canon EOS M5 review

December 16, 2016

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Canon EOS M5

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  • + 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


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



Price as Reviewed:

£1,049.00 (body only)

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Canon EOS M5 review: Video

Canon EOS M5 ports

A 3.5mm microphone socket is included alongside micro-USB and remote-release sockets

Video recording is available in full HD resolution at up to 60fps, with a built-in 3.5mm stereo socket for adding an external microphone (but no headphone socket). However, there’s no 4K video option, which this year we’ve seen as standard from companies such as Sony and Panasonic. You do at least get full manual control over exposure in video mode. You can also record time-lapse movies.

There’s 5-axis image electronic stabilisation on board for video recording, meaning footage is stabilised even when using non-IS lenses, and the electronic stabilisation can be combined with optical stabilisation when using compatible EF-M or EF-S lenses. It does a reasonable job of reducing camera shake and smoothing out panning movements, but not surprisingly it’s nowhere near as effective as the mechanical systems found in rival cameras from Olympus and Panasonic.

It’s also possible to pull focus from one subject to another during recording simply by tapping the touchscreen. Here, the Dual Pixel AF really comes into its own, producing smooth, controlled focus transitions with no hunting or overshoot. You’ll need to use an STM lens for this, though; lenses with other focus motors are liable to give visible juddering.

Video quality is much as we’d expect from a camera that only records Full HD. Exposure, white balance and colour are all very creditable, but fine detail is lacking and sharpening artefacts very visible. It’ll probably be acceptable for stills photographers who are dabbling in video, but if you’re serious about getting quality footage then you’d be much better off buying a 4K-capable camera.

  • Sensor: 24.2MP APS-C Dual Pixel CMOS
  • Output size: 6000 x 4000
  • Lens mount: EF-M
  • Focal length magnification: 1.6x
  • Shutter speeds: 30-1/4000sec + bulb
  • ISO sensitivity: ISO 100-25,600
  • Exposure modes: P, A, S, M, Scene Intelligent Auto, Hybrid Auto, Creative Assist, Scene, Creative Filters
  • Metering modes: Evaluative, partial, centre-weighted, spot
  • Exposure compensation: +/3 EV in 1/3 steps
  • Continuous shooting: 9fps (fixed focus), 7fps (with AF)
  • Screen: 3.2in 1.62-million-dot tilting touchscreen
  • Viewfinder: 2.36-million-dot OLED EVF
  • AF points: 49
  • Video: Full HD (1920 x 1080), 60fps
  • External Mic: Yes, 3.5mm stereo
  • Memory card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Power: LP-E17 Li-Ion
  • Battery life: 295 shots; 420 in ECO mode
  • Dimensions: 115.6 x 89.2 x 60.6 mm
  • Weight: 427g inc battery and card

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