• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • APS-C 357.3mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000

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Differences

Canon EOS M advantages over Sony A5000

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • More dots on screen
    1040k vs 461k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Faster RAW shooting
    4.4 fps vs 2.5 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 16000 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Sony A5000 advantages over Canon EOS M

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Lens selection
    Good vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Fast startup
    ~2.00 vs 2.7 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,089 vs 827 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    13.0 vs 11.2 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer battery life
    More info 420 vs 230 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Less shutter lag
    0.30 vs 0.74 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Newer
    15 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 29 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    9 vs 6 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality similar to Rebel T4i, T5i and SL1 DSLRs, with 18-megapixel APS-C-type sensor delivering considerable resolution for a mirrorless camera; Solid build and sleek design; Bright, high-resolution 3-inch LCD touchscreen monitor; Full 1080p HD video recording that's virtually silent with an STM lens.

  • Barely acceptable autofocus speed still lags far behind most mirrorless cameras despite firmware update fix; Limited physical controls and buttons, including no Program, Priority, or Manual on Mode dial; Lacks built-in flash or electronic viewfinder option; Only two compact EF-M mount lenses currently available.

The Competition

Compared to Sony NEX-C3

Canon EOS M
Sony NEX-C3
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $559
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen
Sony A5000
Sony NEX-C3
  • $478
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $559
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • More dots on screen

Compared to Sony NEX-5N

Canon EOS M
Sony NEX-5N
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Sony A5000
Sony NEX-5N
  • $478
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Shoots 60p video
  • More dots on screen

Compared to Sony NEX-5R

Canon EOS M
Sony NEX-5R
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • External Mic Jack
  • $361
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
Sony A5000
Sony NEX-5R
  • $478
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Longer battery life
  • $361
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Samsung NX1100

Canon EOS M
Samsung NX1100
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Wi-Fi
Sony A5000
Samsung NX1100
  • $478
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Higher-res screen
  • Hot shoe

Compared to Samsung NX3000

Canon EOS M
Samsung NX3000
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $341
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tiltable Screen
Sony A5000
Samsung NX3000
  • $478
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $341
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Hot shoe
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