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Canon Announces the EOS M5 | Point & Shoot Meets DSLR

By Justin Heyes on September 15th 2016

Canon is looking to remain the talk of the town with an announcement just days before Photokina. They announced today the new EOS M5, and it looks to be a serious challenger in the mirrorless market. When Canon first introduced the EOS M line of cameras it seemed like an afterthought with a simple interface and overall lackluster feel, but they might have finally found their stride with the EOS M5 that bares a  redesign resembling a micro-DLR. It’s sure to turn heads.


Canon EOS M5

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • 2.36m-Dot EVF, Touch and Drag AF Control
  • 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC, Bluetooth Smart
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Up to 9 fps Shooting and ISO 25600
  • Digital IS 5-Axis Image Stabilization

Sitting at the pinnacle of their EOS M line, the M5 takes design elements from the G5 X, but is more ergonomic, incorporating an integrated 2.36m-dot EVF (something that was conspicuously missing from the M3), and a Canon first: five-axis image stabilization.


While the outside may look like a serious enthusiast’s point and shoot, the internals are more akin to the prosumer-focused EOS 80D. There’s the same 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor with an ISO range of 100 – 25,600, Dual Pixel CMOS AF which helps you track moving subjects accurately in still and video mode, and 7fps burst. All of this is powered by the Digic 7 processor, which is the latest from Canon.


The touchscreen incorporates a ‘Touch and Drag AF’ for more intuitive focus control when you have the camera up to your eye. There is also built-in NFC, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth for easy pairing with devices like a smartphone


Product Highlights

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • 2.36m-Dot Viewfinder
  • 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Flip-out Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • 1080p60 Full HD video
  • 49-Point AF points
  • 5-axis in-camera Image Stabilization
  • 7 fps Shooting
  • Built-In Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth


Also part of the announcement is a new EF-M lens: the EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM. Covering an equivalent range of 28.8-240mm, the EF-M 18-150mm is designed to be compact an ideal walk around lens. It is one of the few EF-M lenses that have IS and can work in tandem with the in-body stabilization for shake-free images.

The EOS M5 is available for preorder from B&H for $979 for the body only. Adding the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM brings it to $1099 and with the new 18-150mm $1479.

The 18-150mm IS STM can be preordered separately for $499.


Canon is still trying to play catch up within the mirrorless race. I don’t think the M5 is a direct competitor to the offerings of Fuji or Sony; it is more geared to the Mirco 4/3. It has similar looks to an Olympus EM5 with the whole of Canon’s EOS lens line up behind it via an adapter. Time will tell if Canon can still be a major mirrorless competitor, unlike Nikon who seems to have abandoned their mirrorless line.


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Justin Heyes wants to live in a world where we have near misses and absolute hits; great love and small disasters. Starting his career as a gaffer, he has done work for QVC and The Rachel Ray Show, but quickly fell in love with photography. When he’s not building arcade machines, you can find him at local flea markets or attending car shows.

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Ralph Hightower

    My wife is happy with using her smartphone to take photographs and I think that she has one or two P&S cameras from a while ago. Both the smartphone and the P&S cameras don’t have the snappiest autofocus.
    She bought me my 5D III and I handed her my camera to do some “drive by shootings”.

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  2. BobBetty Grzesiak

    Have they fixed the yellow-green color crossover?

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  3. Gareth Roughley

    I will be interesting to see how the autofocus performs, particularly in low light.

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  4. Kyle Stauffer

    Why not make one of these already capable of accepting EF-S lenses without an adapter? This could really be a rebel killer and A6300 competitor IMO if they can get the price closer to it.

    Does it have something to do with flange distance and a bulky camera to make it work? Just wondering.

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    • Justin Heyes

      Something mirrorless that accepts DSLR lenses without an adapter would be something like the Pentax K-01, it would have all the disadvantages of both systems.

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    • Jean-Francois Perreault

      Yes, flange distance is the problem here. It would make the camera bigger, thus eliminating one of the advantages of mirrorless.

      It’s ok to need an adapter for EF lenses as long as the adapter is good, which I think it is. But they need to release more EF-M lenses. At least the most popular focal lengths.

      Knowing Canon, this might take a while unfortunately…I wonder how dedicated to mirrorless they really are. This camera doesn’t prove to me that they are but it’s a step in the right direction.

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  5. Luis Luna

    I think it is expensive considering that is pricier than 80d, and doesn’t have the supposedly expensive mirror mechanism neither 4k

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  6. Jean-Francois Perreault

    Well, at least they’re trying ;)

    I have nothing against Canon nor this camera except for the price. With these specs, it’s more in line with the a6000 rather than the a6300 and the a6000 is 548$…
    At 500-600$ I would have understood this product, but at 1000$, I don’t see who they are targeting. The Japan market maybe?
    I wonder who is gonna pay 1000$ (body-only!) for that.

    Again, at 500-600$, this would be an interesting product and it would certainly get some love from current Canon owners and I’m sure it could attract new customers.

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  7. Shivani Reddy

    Yes! I was waiting to read this, great job Justin!

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  8. Drew Pluta

    Does anybody care to speculate on how this will perform with EF adapted glass? I’m thinking this would be a street/event shooting beast with a 40mm pancake or a 50mm 1.4. My first thought is that the adapter with bungle any appeal of elegance I’m inferring.

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    • Justin Heyes

      If it has the internals of the 80D, I would imagine it would perform similarly when in live view.

      The 40mm with adapter would be bigger than the 15-45mm. An excellent alternative would the the EF-M 22mm with an equiv of 35mm

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    • Daniel Lee

      I have an M3 and I use it regularly with my EF lenses. The AF is surprisngly fast so I imagine with dual pixel AF, the M5 will be that much better.

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