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

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Differences

Canon EOS M5 advantages over Panasonic G9

  • Less expensive
    $1099 vs $1998
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Longer video battery life
    85 vs 55 minutes
    Capture more video
  • 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
    60 mm vs 91 mm
    Thinner
  • Higher-res screen
    540k vs 347k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 20.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos

Panasonic G9 advantages over Canon EOS M5

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • Fast startup
    ~0.90 vs 1.2 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 400 vs 295 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Newer
    9 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • 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
    60.0 fps vs 9.2 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    50 vs 27 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    60.0 fps vs 9.3 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    50 vs 18 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/32000 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
  • 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
  • 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

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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
  • $979
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Panasonic G9
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $1298
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Lens selection
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Olympus E-M1 II

Canon EOS M5
Olympus E-M1 II
  • $979
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $1699
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Panasonic G9
Olympus E-M1 II
  • $1298
  • 4/3
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Top deck display
  • $1699
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Longer video battery life

Compared to Sony A6500

Canon EOS M5
Sony A6500
  • $979
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Higher-res screen
  • $1098
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Panasonic G9
Sony A6500
  • $1298
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $1098
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive

Compared to Panasonic GH5

Canon EOS M5
Panasonic GH5
  • $979
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $1698
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Lens selection
Panasonic G9
Panasonic GH5
  • $1298
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Top deck display
  • $1698
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

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
Panasonic G9
Canon EOS M50
  • $1298
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $779
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
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