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

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Differences

Canon EOS M5 advantages over Olympus E-PL10

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    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
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Higher-res screen
    540k vs 346k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens

Olympus E-PL10 advantages over Canon EOS M5

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Less expensive
    $549* vs $899
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • 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
  • More telephoto lens reach
    84 mm vs 72 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Thinner
    39 mm vs 60 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    15 months vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • 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
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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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 Fujifilm X-Pro2

Canon EOS M5
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $679
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Olympus E-PL10
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $549
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Olympus E-PL9

Canon EOS M5
Olympus E-PL9
  • $679
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $499
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Olympus E-PL10
Olympus E-PL9
  • $549
  • 4/3
  • Newer
  • $499
  • 4/3

Compared to Canon EOS M50

Canon EOS M5
Canon EOS M50
  • $679
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $579
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Olympus E-PL10
Canon EOS M50
  • $549
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $579
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Fujifilm X-T100

Canon EOS M5
Fujifilm X-T100
  • $679
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • NFC
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Olympus E-PL10
Fujifilm X-T100
  • $549
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Olympus E-M10 IV

Canon EOS M5
Olympus E-M10 IV
  • $679
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • NFC
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Olympus E-PL10
Olympus E-M10 IV
  • $549
  • 4/3
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
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