• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 36.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 819,200

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Differences

Canon EOS M5 advantages over Pentax K-1 II

  • Less expensive
    $1099 vs $2297
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • 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 85 mm
    Thinner
  • Higher-res screen
    540k vs 346k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.2 fps vs 4.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    9.3 fps vs 4.6 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode

Pentax K-1 II advantages over Canon EOS M5

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.88 vs 3.72 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 670 vs 295 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More telephoto lens reach
    105 mm vs 72 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Newer
    6 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More pixels
    36.4 vs 24.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Optional anti-aliasing filter
    Optional vs Fixed
    Lets you choose sharper photos or reduced moiré
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    77 vs 27 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    819200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

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
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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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
Pentax K-1 II
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $1897
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Pentax K-1

Canon EOS M5
Pentax K-1
  • $979
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $1762
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Pentax K-1 II
Pentax K-1
  • $1897
  • 35mm
  • Newer
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $1762
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive

Compared to Sony A6500

Canon EOS M5
Sony A6500
  • $979
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Higher-res screen
  • $1098
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Pentax K-1 II
Sony A6500
  • $1897
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $1098
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video

Compared to Nikon D850

Canon EOS M5
Nikon D850
  • $979
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • NFC
  • $3297
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Pentax K-1 II
Nikon D850
  • $1897
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $3297
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen

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
Pentax K-1 II
Canon EOS M50
  • $1897
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $779
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
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