• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 35mm 847.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Canon EOS M5 advantages over Sony A7 III

  • Less expensive
    $949 vs $2198
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Fast startup
    ~1.20 vs 1.7 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Lighter weight
    557g vs 945g
    Lighter weight
  • Higher-res screen
    540k vs 307k 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

Sony A7 III advantages over Canon EOS M5

  • Lens selection
    Good 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
    ~ 5.93 vs 3.72 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Higher effective ISO
    3,730 vs 1,262 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    14.7 vs 12.4 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer video battery life
    115 vs 85 minutes
    Capture more video
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 710 vs 295 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Newer
    3 months vs 20 months 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
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    163 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
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    204800 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
  • 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
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Both provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen 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
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera

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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.

  • New 24MP sensor offers excellent image quality; Outstanding high ISO performance and dynamic range; Improved JPEG colors; Improved build quality; Fast autofocus; Excellent 4K video; Very good battery life.

  • Buffer clearing can be slow even with fast UHS-II cards; UHS-II support only on one card slot; No losslessly compressed RAW option; Dedicated battery charger not included; Menus are still confusing; No built-in flash.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A7 II

Canon EOS M5
Sony A7 II
  • $829
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $1398
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Sony A7 III
Sony A7 II
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $1398
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Fujifilm X-Pro2

Canon EOS M5
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $829
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $1699
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Sony A7 III
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1699
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Thinner

Compared to Sony A9

Canon EOS M5
Sony A9
  • $829
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Sony A7 III
Sony A9
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • More dynamic range
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Faster JPEG shooting

Compared to Canon EOS M50

Canon EOS M5
Canon EOS M50
  • $829
  • APS-C
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Bigger RAW buffer
  • $629
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Sony A7 III
Canon EOS M50
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $629
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Fujifilm X-T100

Canon EOS M5
Fujifilm X-T100
  • $829
  • APS-C
  • NFC
  • Higher-res screen
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Sony A7 III
Fujifilm X-T100
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
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