• 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

Buy From

Differences

Sony A7 II 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
    ~ 5.97 vs 3.72 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,449 vs 1,262 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    52 vs 27 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    28 vs 18 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon EOS M5 advantages over Sony A7 II

  • Less expensive
    $949 vs $1298
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Fast startup
    ~1.20 vs 1.7 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Newer
    2 years vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    557g vs 930g
    Lighter weight
  • Higher-res screen
    540k vs 307k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Less shutter lag
    0.14 vs 0.22 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • 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 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    9.3 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode

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
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • 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
  • 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
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

Buy From

Your purchases support this site

Buy the Sony A7 II

Your purchases support this site

Buy the Canon EOS M5

Review Excerpt

  • Excellent 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization; Sensor-shift IS brings stabilization to nearly any lens; Much-improved ergonomics and top-deck control layout; 'Mark II' maintains same impressive image quality, dynamic range and high ISO performance; XAVC S 50Mbps video format; Faster start-up time; Hybrid AF performs well with good continuous AF.

  • (Similar to A7): Loud shutter (but electronic first-curtain helps); Battery life could be better; Low-light AF still not as good as most DSLRs; High ISO JPEGs look over-processed; Slow buffer clearing; Limited selection of native Sony FE lenses (but it's getting better).

  • 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 Sony A7

Sony A7 II
Sony A7
  • $1098
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $798
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
Canon EOS M5
Sony A7
  • $829
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup
  • $798
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony A7R II

Sony A7 II
Sony A7R II
  • $1098
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Higher effective ISO
Canon EOS M5
Sony A7R II
  • $829
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Canon EOS M50

Sony A7 II
Canon EOS M50
  • $1098
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $629
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Canon EOS M5
Canon EOS M50
  • $829
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $629
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Sony A7 III

Sony A7 II
Sony A7 III
  • $1098
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
Canon EOS M5
Sony A7 III
  • $829
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Fujifilm X-T100

Sony A7 II
Fujifilm X-T100
  • $1098
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Canon EOS M5
Fujifilm X-T100
  • $829
  • APS-C
  • NFC
  • Higher-res screen
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Compare Other Cameras?