• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 819,200

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Differences

Canon EOS M advantages over Pentax KP

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Thinner
    32 mm vs 75 mm
    Thinner
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Pentax KP advantages over Canon EOS M

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • Fast startup
    ~1.40 vs 2.7 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 390 vs 230 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Newer
    2 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Less shutter lag
    0.09 vs 0.74 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 18.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Optional anti-aliasing filter
    Optional vs Fixed
    Lets you choose sharper photos or reduced moiré
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    7.1 fps vs 4.2 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    35 vs 13 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    7.0 fps vs 4.4 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    10 vs 6 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/24000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    819200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting 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 panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • 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

  • 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-5N

Canon EOS M
Sony NEX-5N
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Pentax KP
Sony NEX-5N
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Samsung NX1000

Canon EOS M
Samsung NX1000
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $355
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Pentax KP
Samsung NX1000
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $355
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner

Compared to Sony NEX-5R

Canon EOS M
Sony NEX-5R
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • External Mic Jack
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Pentax KP
Sony NEX-5R
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon D5600

Canon EOS M
Nikon D5600
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Thinner
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Pentax KP
Nikon D5600
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Canon T7i

Canon EOS M
Canon T7i
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Thinner
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Lens selection
Pentax KP
Canon T7i
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
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