Canon EOS M5 Mirrorless Camera Review

Exceptional in both stills and video, the Canon EOS M5 is a multipurpose mirrorless camera with a 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 7 image processor. It is available in black or silver. When used together, these technologies provide a wide sensitivity range of ISO 100-25600, as well as fast performance for up to 9 frames per second continuous shooting and Full HD 1080p/60 video recording at 60 frames per second.

It’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF system delivers rapid and precise phase-detection autofocus for multimedia applications, which is a result of the sensor’s architecture. Specifically designed for subject tracking, this focusing mechanism works in conjunction with Digital IS 5-axis image stabilization to produce smoother, shake-free video recording.

Additionally, the camera’s design is similarly adaptable, thanks to the presence of both a 2.36 million dot electronic viewfinder and a huge 3.2-inch 1.62 million dot LCD tilting touchscreen, which complements the imaging capabilities.

Touch and Drag AF for easy focusing point management is enabled by the touchscreen design, and an array of extra physical knobs and control buttons give an efficient way of making configuration changes.

Aside from that, the camera is equipped with built-in Wi-Fi with NFC for fast and simple pairing with a smartphone or tablet for wireless image sharing, as well as Bluetooth for image sharing to and remote camera control from a mobile device.

An 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens is included with the camera body, offering a 28.8-240mm equivalent focal length range. The lens is also compatible with the Canon EOS M3 camera body.

This lens, which works well with the camera, is equipped with an STM motor, which provides rapid, smooth, and near-silent focusing performance that is beneficial for both stills and video applications.

Its Image Stabilizer works in concert with the camera’s Digital Image Stabilizer to provide more effective performance, and stabilized panning is also enabled to accommodate dealing with subjects that move quickly.

APS-C CMOS sensor with 24.2MP resolution and DIGIC 7 image processor

High-sensitivity and rapid camera performance are provided by both an APS-C CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 7 image processor, which are suitable for use in both stills and video applications.

The ISO range of 100-25600 is suitable for working in a variety of lighting circumstances, and the processing capabilities reduce noise to provide significant clarity in the images.

The CPU also adds to the camera’s rapid continuous shooting rate of 7 frames per second, which can be increased to 9 frames per second with an AF lock for photographing subjects that move quickly.

Full HD 1080p video recording is also available at frame speeds of 60 and 50 frames per second. Additionally, the CPU allows for a quicker camera startup time as well as shorter interval durations between each shot, resulting in a more intuitive and efficient shooting experience.

CMOS AF with Dual Pixels

A similar mechanism to that used by a camcorder to acquire focus is used by Dual Pixel CMOS AF to provide smooth and quick focusing performance. Using two distinct photodiodes integrated inside each pixel, this technology creates a broad and dense network of phase-detection collecting elements across a large portion of the image sensor, reducing focus chasing and allowing for faster and more direct control of focus placement in the picture.

Although it is designed for still pictures, this focusing system is equally adept at acquiring critical focus on moving things, making it particularly well suited for shooting and monitoring moving subjects to ensure that critical focus is achieved with each shot.

Using Movie Servo Autofocus when recording video, you may achieve smooth and natural focusing when switching between several objects of varying distances within a scene.

You can also customize the tracking sensitivity and speed, as well as the importance is given to Face Tracking when shooting video. Rack focus is made possible thanks to the Touch AF technology, which allows you to adjust the focus by merely touching anything within the scene on the touchscreen in an easy manner.

It is also possible to achieve better subject tracking in movies, thanks to the Dual Pixel CMOS AF system’s ability to detect subjects and keep focus even while operating in rapidly changing or crowded environments.

Canon EOS M5 Specifications

MSRP$979 (body), $1099 (w/15-45mm lens), $1479 (w/18-150mm lens)
Body type
Body typeSLR-style mirrorless
Body materialMetal
Max resolution6000 x 4000
Other resolutions3:2 (6000 x 4000, 3984 x 2656, 2976 x 1984, 2400 x 1600), 16:9 (6000 x 3368, 3984 x 2240, 2976 x 1680, 2400 x 1344), 4:3 (5328 x 4000, 3552 x 2664, 2656 x 1992, 2112 x 1600), 1:1 (4000 x 4000, 2656 x 2656, 1984 x 1984, 1600 x 1600)
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors26 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDigic 7
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
ISOAuto, 100-25600
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Image stabilization notes5-axis for video only
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, standard
File formatJPEG (Exif v2.3)Raw (Canon CR2, 14-bit)
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points49
Lens mountCanon EF-M
Focal length multiplier1.6×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3.2″
Screen dots1,620,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder resolution2,360,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modesProgramShutter priorityAperture priorityManual
Built-in flashYes
Flash range5.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes
Flash X sync speed1/200 sec
Continuous drive9.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs, custom, remote)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpotPartial
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Modes1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 35 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 24 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 24 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1280 x 720 @ 60p / 16 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC card
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
Wireless notes802.11/b/g/n with Bluetooth and NFC
Remote controlYes (Wired, wireless, or smartphone)
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLP-E17 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)295
Weight (inc. batteries)427 g (0.94 lb / 15.06 oz)
Dimensions116 x 89 x 61 mm (4.57 x 3.5 x 2.4″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes


Jeffrey has been a journalist for over 21 years, and his love for photography brought him to the industry in 2014. With his extensive experience, he has honed his skills in capturing beautiful images in various genres, including landscape, portrait, and street photography. He also deeply understands camera technology and has tested and reviewed countless cameras, lenses, and accessories. Jeffrey’s expertise and attention to detail make him a valuable team member.