• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Canon EOS M advantages over Sony A7

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • Thinner
    32 mm vs 48 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    503g vs 769g
    Lighter weight
  • More kit lens zoom
    3.1x vs 2.5x
    Zooming is easier than walking

Sony A7 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
  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.97 vs 4.30 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Longer battery life
    340 vs 230 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Less shutter lag
    0.23 vs 0.74 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 18.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Newer
    17 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    50 vs 13 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    28 vs 6 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • 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
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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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.

  • Incredibly small body for a fully-featured, full-frame camera; Very high resolution; Hybrid autofocus is reasonably fast and confident; Significantly better burst-shooting performance than A7R; Excellent image quality even at very high sensitivities; Faster x-sync than A7R; Accepts existing Alpha-mount and E-mount lenses, and can optionally crop to APS-C image circle.

  • Grass-is-greener syndrome when compared to its higher-res sibling; Moderate performance; Loud shutter (but electronic first-curtain helps); Mediocre battery life when using electronic viewfinder; Weak low-light autofocus considering its price; Limited selection of native Sony FE lenses.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A7R

Canon EOS M
Sony A7R
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $1881
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
Sony A7
Sony A7R
  • $989
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1881
  • 35mm
  • More pixels
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter

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 A7
Sony NEX-C3
  • $989
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $559
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Thinner

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 A7
Sony NEX-5N
  • $989
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Longer battery life
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Sony NEX-5R

Canon EOS M
Sony NEX-5R
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • External Mic Jack
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
Sony A7
Sony NEX-5R
  • $989
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Samsung Galaxy NX

Canon EOS M
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • External Mic Jack
  • Lighter weight
  • $1021
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sony A7
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $989
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $1021
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
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