Canon M5 Field Test: The latest EOS M series camera is Canon’s first true enthusiast mirrorless camera


posted Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 5:57 PM EDT


Canon’s latest mirrorless camera, the Canon M5, is their first to include a built-in electronic viewfinder and Dual Pixel CMOS AF. Along with its SLR-style design and ample physical controls, the M5 is also the first Canon mirrorless camera to be enthusiast-oriented. Thanks to its new 24.2-megapixel image sensor and DIGIC 7 processor, the camera offers much better performance than its predecessors as well. The Canon M5 impressed me during my hands-on time with it.

Not all is different for the M5, however, as the camera continues with an excellent touchscreen and user interface that we saw in the previous M series cameras. Whereas other M models relied heavily on the touchscreen, the M5 also offers great physical controls, including a twin dial design.

In the field, the M5 excels in many ways, including with its autofocus performance and continuous shooting capabilities. The M5 employs Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, and it pays dividends during both stills and video recording. On the topic of video, the M5’s resolution tops out at 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is disappointing when compared to similarly-priced interchangeable lens cameras from other manufacturers.

Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM at 200mm (320mm equivalent), f/6.3, 1/320s, ISO 125.

What other strengths and weaknesses does the M5 have? Find out in our newly-published Canon EOS M5 Field Test.

Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM at 70mm (112mm equivalent), f/8.0, 1/13s, ISO 100. This image has been modified.

Canon M5 Field Test