• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 360.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon EOS M5 advantages over Panasonic ZS200

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.72 vs 2.41 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Fast startup
    ~1.20 vs 2.9 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • 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 413k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 20.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

Panasonic ZS200 advantages over Canon EOS M5

  • Less expensive
    $598* 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
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 370 vs 295 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Thinner
    45 mm vs 60 mm
    Thinner
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/2000 vs 1/200 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    139 vs 27 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    33 vs 18 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

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • 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
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • 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
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • 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
  • 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 Panasonic ZS100

Canon EOS M5
Panasonic ZS100
  • $739
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $398
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Panasonic ZS200
Panasonic ZS100
  • $598
  • 1 inch
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $398
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Larger lens aperture

Compared to Fujifilm X-Pro2

Canon EOS M5
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $739
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Panasonic ZS200
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $598
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon EOS M50

Canon EOS M5
Canon EOS M50
  • $739
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $579
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Panasonic ZS200
Canon EOS M50
  • $598
  • 1 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $579
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Fujifilm X-T100

Canon EOS M5
Fujifilm X-T100
  • $739
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • NFC
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Panasonic ZS200
Fujifilm X-T100
  • $598
  • 1 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony RX100 VI

Canon EOS M5
Sony RX100 VI
  • $739
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $1203
  • 1 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoot 4K video
Panasonic ZS200
Sony RX100 VI
  • $598
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $1203
  • 1 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Larger lens aperture
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