• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 26.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 40,000

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Differences

Canon EOS M5 advantages over Canon EOS RP

  • Less expensive
    $599 vs $1899
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Higher-res screen
    540k vs 347k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Less shutter lag
    0.14 vs 0.22 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.2 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    9.3 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode

Canon EOS RP advantages over Canon EOS M5

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.75 vs 3.72 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • More telephoto lens reach
    105 mm vs 72 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Newer
    14 months vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 27 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 18 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Both provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • 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 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 Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • 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
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Buy the Canon EOS M5

Review Excerpt

  • 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.

  • Very good image quality; Good high ISO performance; Fast Dual Pixel CMOS AF autofocus system; Eye AF with tracking & video support; 4K video; Good build quality; Excellent value.

  • No IBIS; Sub-par dynamic range; Burst shooting tops out at 5fps; Poor battery life; Limited video features.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A7R II

Canon EOS M5
Sony A7R II
  • $494
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $1398
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Canon EOS RP
Sony A7R II
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1398
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive

Compared to Fujifilm X-Pro2

Canon EOS M5
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $494
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $1249
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Canon EOS RP
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
  • $1249
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive

Compared to Sony A9

Canon EOS M5
Sony A9
  • $494
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
  • $3498
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Canon EOS RP
Sony A9
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $3498
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Canon EOS M50

Canon EOS M5
Canon EOS M50
  • $494
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $479
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Canon EOS RP
Canon EOS M50
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $479
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Fujifilm X-T100

Canon EOS M5
Fujifilm X-T100
  • $494
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • NFC
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Lens selection
Canon EOS RP
Fujifilm X-T100
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
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