• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • APS-C 357.3mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16000

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Advantages

Canon EOS M over Sony A5000

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Love or hate them, they can be useful
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Might improve live view and video AF performance
  • 60p
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • External Mic
    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
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 16000 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Sony A5000 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
  • Fast startup
    2.00 vs 2.70 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Longer battery life
    420 vs 230 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Newer
    9 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Less shutter lag
    0.304 vs 0.742 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • 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
  • Faster RAW shooting
    1.2 fps vs 0.5 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in single-shot mode
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    1.3 fps vs 0.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (single-shot mode)

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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 Fujifilm X-M1

Canon EOS M
Fujifilm X-M1
  • $349
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
Sony A5000
Fujifilm X-M1
  • $298
  • APS-C
  • More pixels
  • 24p
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Higher-res screen
  • Hot shoe

Compared to Sony NEX-5T

Canon EOS M
Sony NEX-5T
  • $349
  • APS-C
  • External Mic
  • $299
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
Sony A5000
Sony NEX-5T
  • $298
  • APS-C
  • More pixels
  • $299
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Fujifilm X-A1

Canon EOS M
Fujifilm X-A1
  • $349
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
Sony A5000
Fujifilm X-A1
  • $298
  • APS-C
  • More pixels
  • 24p
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Higher-res screen
  • Hot shoe

Compared to Sony A6000

Canon EOS M
Sony A6000
  • $349
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • External Mic
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
Sony A5000
Sony A6000
  • $298
  • APS-C
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Sony A5100

Canon EOS M
Sony A5100
  • $349
  • APS-C
  • External Mic
  • Hot shoe
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
Sony A5000
Sony A5100
  • $298
  • APS-C
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
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