• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 120.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon EOS M5 advantages over Nikon W300

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1/2.3 inch
    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
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.72 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Longer video battery life
    85 vs 60 minutes
    Capture more video
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More dots on screen
    1620k vs 921k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 16.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.2 fps vs 7.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    27 vs 5 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon W300 advantages over Canon EOS M5

  • Less expensive
    $387* vs $1099
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Waterproof
    Yes vs No
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Thinner
    29 mm vs 60 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    15 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Both provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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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.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon AW120

Canon EOS M5
Nikon AW120
  • $979
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $219
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
Nikon W300
Nikon AW120
  • $387
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $219
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Canon N2

Canon EOS M5
Canon N2
  • $979
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Thinner
Nikon W300
Canon N2
  • $387
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Fujifilm X-Pro2

Canon EOS M5
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $979
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Nikon W300
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $387
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony A6500

Canon EOS M5
Sony A6500
  • $979
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Higher-res screen
  • $1098
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Nikon W300
Sony A6500
  • $387
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $1098
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Canon EOS M50

Canon EOS M5
Canon EOS M50
  • $979
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $779
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Nikon W300
Canon EOS M50
  • $387
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $779
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
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