• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Sony A6000 advantages over Canon EOS M5

  • Lens selection
    Good vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Less expensive
    $498 vs $1049
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 360 vs 295 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Thinner
    45 mm vs 60 mm
    Thinner
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.1 fps vs 9.2 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    47 vs 27 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    11.1 fps vs 9.3 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon EOS M5 advantages over Sony A6000

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Fast startup
    ~1.20 vs 2.2 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    12 months vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Higher-res screen
    540k vs 307k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in 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
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Amazing image quality for the price; Blazing-fast hybrid autofocus; Swift burst shooting with generous buffer depths; Good battery life with LCD monitor; More compact than a DSLR; In-camera Wi-Fi wireless networking

  • Continuous autofocus can't match its burst rate; High-ISO JPEGs can look overprocessed; Sluggish startup; No touch-screen display; Wi-Fi can be a bit frustrating to use

  • 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.

The Competition

Compared to Samsung NX3000

Sony A6000
Samsung NX3000
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Slow-motion videos
Canon EOS M5
Samsung NX3000
  • $929
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony A5100

Sony A6000
Sony A5100
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Higher-res screen
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
Canon EOS M5
Sony A5100
  • $929
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Fast startup
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Canon EOS M3

Sony A6000
Canon EOS M3
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $429
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
Canon EOS M5
Canon EOS M3
  • $929
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Fast startup
  • $429
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Fujifilm X-Pro2

Sony A6000
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • External Mic Jack
Canon EOS M5
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $929
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony A6500

Sony A6000
Sony A6500
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoot 4K video
Canon EOS M5
Sony A6500
  • $929
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Higher-res screen
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
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