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Canon EOS M5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 92 reviews of Canon EOS M5. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Comments about the lens and size are overall positive. The performance and portability are also appreciated. There are some mixed reviews about the low light performance and durability. Many are negative about the storage and connectivity.

usability, portability, performance, size, lens

price, battery, flash, connectivity, storage

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon EOS M5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Daven Mathies (

Canon EOS M5 review


The EOS M5 finally brings DSLR-level performance to Canon's mirrorless series.

Jan, 2017

Expert review by : Sean O'Kane (

Canon M5 review: the best mirrorless camera of four years ago


It's something of a running joke in the photography world that Canon and Nikon, the two biggest camera companies in the world, have missed the boat on the interchangeable lens mirrorless camera...

Image quality ; Ease of use ; Small and light

Build quality ; Sluggish performance ; Meager lens lineup

Feb, 2017

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (

Canon EOS M5


The Canon EOS M5 is the best mirrorless camera that Canon has made to date, but it lacks some features you can get elsewhere at this price point.

24MP resolution. Quick autofocus. 8.2fps continuous shooting. TIlting touch-screen LCD. Sharp EVF. Built-in flash. Canon accessory compatibility. Wi-Fi.

Video limited to 1080p. Omits weather sealing. Focus can struggle in dim light.

The Canon EOS M5 is the best mirrorless camera that Canon has made to date, but that's not a statement that requires some context. The company, a giant in the SLR world, was slow to develop a system, and remains behind the competing companies that...

Feb, 2017

Expert review by : Michael Palmer (

Canon EOS M5


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...

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...

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...

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...

Mar, 2017

Expert review by : Bryan Carnathan (

Canon EOS M5 Review


Is the Canon EOS M5 the Canon MILC (Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera) that you have been waiting for? The short answer is ... perhaps! If you have been waiting to jump into a Canon MILC and an APS-C sensor format works for you, the EOS M5 is a...

Feb, 2017

Expert review by : Mark Peters (

Canon EOS M5 compact system camera


Canon EOS M5 interchangeable lens digital camera : Canon has announced the latest addition to its EOS M series system - the EOS M5 digital compact camera. The Canon EOS M5 camera features a 24.2 Megapixel APS-C sized CMOS image sensor, DIGIC 7 image...

The new Canon EOS M5 compact camera is scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers or through the Canon Online store in November 2016, for an estimated retail price of $979.99 for the EOS M5 body only. It will also be sold as part of...

Sep, 2016


Expert review by : Amy Davies (

Canon EOS M5 Review


The Canon EOS M5 feels like the first time the company has really taken compact system cameras seriously. The result is a very nice offering, which if you’re an existing Canon user will probably be particularly appealing.

Dec, 2016

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Canon EOS M5 Review


Enthusiast-oriented compact camera body; Good image quality in most situations; Built-in electronic viewfinder; Impressive Dual Pixel CMOS AF; Very good overall performance.

High ISO image quality and dynamic range aren't quite up to par with some of its competition; No 4K video recording; Native EF-M lens selection is still limited; Below average battery life.

Equipped with a 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 7 image processor, the Canon EOS M5 offers similar image quality as its predecessors but much improved overall performance. Considering also its inclusion of Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a built-in...

May, 2017

Expert review by : Richard Baguley (

Canon EOS M5 Camera Review: Nice Design With Some Rough Edges


There's a lot to like in the Canon EOS M5. It combines the controllability of a DSLR with the smaller size and weight of a mirrorless camera. It doesn't displace the Sony A6000 as our editor's pick for mirrorless camera, though, as it is more...

DSLR-like controls ; Can use EF-S lenses with optional adapter ; Compact size

No 4K video ; Disappointing image and video quality in low light ; Awkward video-shutter placement makes for bumpy video starts

The Canon EOS M5 is a nice combination of DSLR and mirrorless design, but it still has some rough edges.

Aug, 2017

Expert review by : Eric Reagan (

Canon EOS M5 Unveiled


Canon's latest mirrorless camera, the EOS M5, looks like a more serious approach to its mirrorless game. The camera features a 24.2MP APS-C sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF for solid AF performance during still and video capture.

How does it works with manual focus lenses? Does it have focus peaking?

Sep, 2016

Product Specifications


Audio system:Stereo
Built-in Microphone:Y / Yes
Voice recording:Y / Yes


Battery Capacity:1040
Battery life (CIPA standard):295
Battery performance:1040
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:LP-E17
Battery voltage:7.2
Number of batteries supported:1
Power source type:Battery


Brightness adjustment:Y / Yes
Built-in processor:Y / Yes
Camera file system:DCF 2.0, DPOF, Exif 2.3, RAW / DCF 2.0, Exif 2.3 / DCF 2.0,DPOF,Exif 2.3,RAW
Camera playback:Single image, Slide show
Contrast adjustment:Y / Yes
Dioptre correction:Y / Yes
Direct printing:Y / Yes
GPS (satellite):N
Histogram:Y / Yes
Languages support:Multi
Multi-shot:Y / Yes
Orientation sensor:Y / Yes
Photo effects:Black&White, Neutral, Sepia, Vivid
Playback mode:Next, Pause, Previous, Zoom / Next, Previous, Zoom
Playback Modes:Next, Pause, Previous, Zoom / Next, Previous, Zoom
Playback zoom:10
Playback zoom (max):10
Saturation adjustment:Y / Yes
Scene modes:Close-up (macro), Night portrait, Panorama, Portrait, Sports
Self-timer delay:10
Shooting modes:Auto, Manual, Program, Scene
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent L, Lamp, Shade / Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Fluorescent L, Lamp, Shade


Color of product:Black


Display aspect ratio:3:2
Display Diagonal:3.2
Display Diagonal (metric):3.15
Display resolution (numeric):1620000
Field of view:100
Flip-out screen:Y
Touch screen: Yes
Vari-angle LCD display:Y / Yes


External flash connector:Y / Yes
Flash exposure compensation:Y / Yes
Flash exposure correction:±2EV (1/3 EV step)
Flash exposure lock:Y / Yes
Flash guide number:196.9
Flash modes:Auto, Manual, Red-eye reduction / Manual
Flash recharging time:3
Flash sync-speed:1/200
Shoe mounting point:Y
Shoe mounting point type:Hot


Auto Focus (AF) assist beam:Y / Yes
Auto Focus (AF) lock:Y / Yes
Auto Focus (AF) points:49
Auto Focus (AF) points selection:Auto
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Continuous Auto Focus, One Shot Focus / Continuous Auto Focus, One Shot Focus, Servo Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance:9.84
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Lens System

Filter size:1.93 / 2.17
Focal length range (f-f):0.591 - 1.77 / 0.709 - 5.91
Lens mount interface:Canon EF-M
Lens structure:10/9 / 17/13
Lens structure (elements/groups):10/9 / 17/13
Maximum aperture number:40 / 6.3
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):2.83 / 9.45
Minimum aperture number:3.5
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):0.945 / 1.14
Number of diaphragm blades:7

Light Exposure

Auto Exposure (AE) lock:Y / Yes
ISO sensitivity:100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 12800, 25600 / 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600 / 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600, Auto
ISO sensitivity (max):25600
ISO sensitivity (min):100
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 3EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Partial, Spot


Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC / SD,SDHC,SDXC
Memory slots:1


Bluetooth:No / Y / Yes
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y / Yes
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Other Features

USB connectivity:Y / Yes

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Digital Photo Professional, Picture Style Editor, EOS Utility, Image Transfer Utility Camera Connect
Quick start guide:Y / Yes

Picture Quality

Camera Type:MILC / MILC Body
Image formats supported:JPEG XR, RAW / JPG, RAW / JPG,RAW
Image sensor size (W x H):0.878 x 0.587
Image Stabilizer:N / No / Y / Yes
Image stabilizer location:Lens
Maximum image resolution:6000 x 4000
Sensor Format:Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
Sensor Type:CMOS
Still image resolution(s):6000 x 4000, 3984 x 2656, 2976 x 1984, 2400 x 1600, 6000 x 3368, 3984 x 2240, 2976 x 1680, 2400 x 1344, 5328 x 4000, 3552 x 2664, 2656 x 1992, 2112 x 1600, 4000 x 4000, 2656 x 2656, 1984 x 1984, 1600 x 1600
Supported aspect ratios:1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9 / 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Total megapixels:25.8

Ports & interfaces

HDMI:Y / Yes
HDMI connector type:Micro
PictBridge:Y / Yes
USB connector:MICRO-USB
USB version:2.0


Camera shutter type:Electronic
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/4000
Slowest camera shutter speed:30

System Requirements

Mac operating systems supported:Y / Yes

Technical Details

Image processor:DIGIC 7
User guide:Y / Yes


HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG frame rate:59.94
Resolution at capture speed:640x480@60fps, 1280×720@60fps, 1920x1080@60fps / 640x480@60fps,1280×720@60fps,1920x1080@60fps
Video compression format:MP4
Video formats supported:MP4
Video Frame Rate:59.94
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video Resolutions:640 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080


Camera viewfinder:Electronic
Viewfinder screen size:0.39
Viewfinder type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Lens diameter:2.4
Lens length:1.75 / 3.41
Lens weight:10.6 / 4.59
Weight (including battery):15.1
Width:4.55 / 4.57