The new Canon EOS M5 is the latest mirrorless camera from Canon: the EOS M5 features a 24 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, 9fps continuous shooting, DIGIC 7 image processor, and built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and low-power Bluetooth. There is a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF) with 2.36m dot resolution, and a 3.2inch tilting touch-screen on the back with 1.62m dot resolution. The Canon EOS M5 is available now, and is available with a new 18-150mm lens.
Canon EOS M5 Features
The Canon EOS M5 features a 24 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, and is the same generation as the Canon EOS 80D, with dual-pixel phase detection focus on the sensor, and gapless microlenses. This gives high-speed focus for stills and video, and the new DIGIC 7 processor is said to give 14x more processing power than in previous EOS M cameras.
The Canon EOS M5 fits into the top of the EOS M range with the 18-megapixel entry level model, the EOS M10 (£290), and middle model, the 24-megapixel EOS M3 (around £500), remaining on the market.
The electronic viewfinder (EVF) features a fast 120fps refresh rate, as well as a high resolution of 2.36million dots. There is dioptre correction, and an eye-detection sensor, so that the camera will automatically switch between the EVF and screen when it is held up to your eye. When you are using the EVF, you can use the touch-screen on the back to move the focus position. This can be switched off if you don't want to use this feature, or you can customise it so that the touch-AF is only active on a certain area of the screen, for example so you can set it so that your nose doesn't accidentally set the wrong focus position.
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If you're a fan of Canon cameras, want a Canon APS-C CMOS sensor, and like Canon's image processing, but want a much smaller camera body than a DSLR, then the Canon EOS M5 will be right up your street, using Canon's EF-M lens mount introduced in 2012, it offers a much more compact camera system.
The Canon EOS M5 offers the same sensor as the Canon EOS 80D, with rapid shooting, but in a camera body that is much more compact.
The shooting modes available will be familiar to anyone who's used a Canon camera before, with Hybrid Auto, Intelligent Auto,P, Tv, Av, Manual, 2 custom modes, Video, Creative Effects, Scene selection, and Creative Assist. The camera gives direct controls to settings, with two control wheels on top, as well as an exposure compensation dial.
The EOS M5 has built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, which means you can very quickly setup a connection to a compatible smartphone, and with Canon's Camera Connect app (available for iOS and Android), you can remotely shoot, transfer images, as well as add GPS location data to photos. The M5 has low power bluetooth for image transfer as well as low power remote shooting, which will help with battery life, as this consumes less power than Wi-Fi.
The Canon EOS M5 features a FullHD video mode, recording at (up to) 60fps, with stereo sound. A mic socket is provided on the side, so that you can use an external microphone for improved audio quality.
The camera comes in a two-tone grey and black colour, that matches the existing Canon EOS-M (EF-M) lenses. There are currently seven lenses available from Canon in the EF-M mount, including the newly announced 18-150mm lens. The lenses available include:
There are also a range of accessories available for the EOS M5, including a black or brown case, and black or brown straps. Canon will be providing an EF to EF-M adapter with early purchases of the EOS M5, so that you can easily use existing Canon EF lenses with the camera.
9fps continuous shooting, 7fps with AF-C (up to 31 JPEG shots)
ISO100 to ISO25600, 14-bit Raw shooting
FullHD video at 60fps with 5-axis digital image stabilisation, can be used with lens optical image stabilisation
Two custom settings on the mode dial
HDR shooting is included
Wi-Fi / NFC connectivity
Bluetooth low energy technology
Wireless multi-flash support
295 shots possible, 420 shots with eco mode
Canon EOS M5 Handling
The Canon EOS M5 has a plastic body, which is a little surprising considering the EOS M3 features a metal body. However, saying that, the dials on the camera are metal and feel solidly constructed, and the plastic body feels well built. The body is not weather-sealed, which you might have expected at this price point. It is however, very compact, and has a similar size to the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II, which has a smaller Micro Four Thirds sensor.
There is an excellent handgrip at the front and back of the camera with a good rubberised texture covering a lot of the camera, giving the camera a good feel in your hand. If you have large hands and are used to using a DSLR, then it may take a while to get used to the size of the camera, and the use of one of the larger lenses (rather than the compact 22mm prime lens) will help with grip.
The Canon EOS M5 has a locking mode dial that is released with the middle button, and there are two custom modes available. There are a number of customisable buttons on the camera, and you can customise the control wheels. You can also toggle through what the rear top control wheel does with the button in the middle of the dial, this toggles through ISO, WB, Metering, AF, and Drive, setting the rear top dial to each option. The controls are well positioned, and the exposure compensation dial is placed away from the edge to help you avoid accidentally turning it.
The electronic viewfinder (EVF) has a good resolution of 2.36m dots and is quite a good size, although we would estimate magnification around 0.6x, as Canon do not give the specifications for this on any of their websites. The EVF shows a higher level of colour saturation, and is darker when compared to the screen on the back, which is a little disconcerting, as you can end up not knowing which one is the most representative of the actual image. Saying this, the rear screen is impressively large, at 3.2inch, and easy to view in most light, being clear and detailed with a high resolution of 1.62 million dots.
The tilting screen can be tilted underneath the camera so that it can be used for group shots or selfies, and you can also tilt it up making it easy to use the camera at awkward angles. As a touch-screen can be used to set the focus position, as well as go through the different menu options. Touch-AF lets you pull focus when recording videos, or change the focus position when the camera is held up to your eye. You can set the focus position to almost anywhere on the screen.
Menus – The menu system on the Canon EOS M5 is colour coded to make it easy to find each section, and is also responsive and quick. You can use the buttons on the camera or the touch-screen to change options. The customisable My Menu area can be customised to add your favourite settings, and you can also customise the Q (Quick) menu to give quick access to settings.
Underneath the camera is the battery and memory card compartment, which does not feature a locking mechanism.The shutter sound is quite loud, and there is no electronic shutter option, but as you can see in this video, the focus system is very quick.
Canon Camera Connect
Wi-Fi features - The M5 features Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth. The Canon Camera Connect app has built-in guides, to take you through the process of connecting, which makes it easier to connect to the camera. If you have an Android smartphone with NFC, then simply touching the camera and the phone together will connect the camera to the smartphone. In the app you can remotely control the camera, and the app lets you change a number of settings from the app, as well as use the touch screen to set the focus position. You can transfer location information from the phone to the camera, so that images have GPS location data with them.
Battery life - Battery life is rated at 295 shots according to Canon / CIPA test results, or alternatively 420 shots with Eco mode switched on. This is reasonable, although you may want to invest in a spare battery, if you think you are going to be away from a power source for a length of time.