• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Canon EOS M3 advantages over Panasonic GH5

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Less expensive
    $360* vs $1698
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,169 vs 807 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    44 mm vs 87 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    366g vs 725g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 20.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 600 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Panasonic GH5 advantages over Canon EOS M3

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • 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
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (DCI) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Fast startup
    ~1.00 vs 2.4 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • More dynamic range
    13.0 vs 11.8 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 410 vs 250 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Newer
    20 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    1620k vs 1040k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.9 fps vs 4.2 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    11.9 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    65 vs 4 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output 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 panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera

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Review Excerpt

  • DSLR image quality & resolution in a mirrorless body; Higher-res 24MP APS-C sensor; Much improved AF performance; Better ergonomics with full PASM dial; Built-in Wi-Fi & NFC; Tilting LCD.

  • No built-in EVF; Limited native lens selection; Slow burst mode; Shallow buffer depth with RAW files; No 60p video frame rate or 4K video option.

  • 20MP sensor; Better per-pixel sharpness; Very good, slightly improved dynamic range and high ISOs; Stellar 4K video up to 60p with no crop; 6K Photo; Dual UHS-II SD slots; Good battery life for its class.

  • Buffer is deep, but slow to clear; Expensive; Menus still confusing; No optical low-pass filter means greater risk of moire; No built-in flash.

The Competition

Compared to Samsung NX3000

Canon EOS M3
Samsung NX3000
  • $360
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Panasonic GH5
Samsung NX3000
  • $1698
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony A6300

Canon EOS M3
Sony A6300
  • $360
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Panasonic GH5
Sony A6300
  • $1698
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive

Compared to Olympus E-M1 II

Canon EOS M3
Olympus E-M1 II
  • $360
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $1599
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Lens selection
Panasonic GH5
Olympus E-M1 II
  • $1698
  • 4/3
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $1599
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Fujifilm X-E3

Canon EOS M3
Fujifilm X-E3
  • $360
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Panasonic GH5
Fujifilm X-E3
  • $1698
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive

Compared to Panasonic G9

Canon EOS M3
Panasonic G9
  • $360
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $1298
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Panasonic GH5
Panasonic G9
  • $1698
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $1298
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Top deck display
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