Canon EOS M5 Review

Canon's tiny mirrorless snapper is good but expensive


Canon EOS M5 specifications


Sensor    24.2MP APS-C CMOS (22.3 x 14.9mm)

Focal length conversion on lens    1.6x

Memory    1x SD/SDHC/SDXC

Viewfinder    EVF, 2.36 million dots

Max video resolution    1,920 x 1,080

ISO range    100-25,600

Autofocus    Dual Pixel CMOS AF, 49 points

Max burst rate    9fps, 7fps with AF

Screen    3.2in, 1,620k, tilting touchscreen

Shutter speeds    30-1/4,000 sec, Bulb

Weight    427g (body only, with battery)

Dimensions    116 x 89 x 61mm

Power supply    LP-E17 lithium-ion battery (supplied)

Canon EOS M5 lab tests

We use Imatest and DxO Analyzer hardware and software to test cameras for their colour accuracy (colour error) signal to noise ratio (the amount of noise in the images) and dynamic range (their ability to capture detail in very bright and dark areas). We also pick three rival cameras to test them against. 

Colour error

We tested the EOS M5 against three of its main rivals: the Olympus PEN-F, Panasonic GX8 and Sony A6300. The EOS M5 yields very similar colour error results to its rivals, the Panasonic GX8 and Sony A6300. The Olympus Pen-F’s results are a little more saturated.

Signal to noise ratio

The EOS M5 may have an APS-C sensor, but it fares no better than the smaller-format GX8 and Pen-F in this test. The results are good right up to ISO 6,400, however.

Dynamic range

Dynamic range was not really the EOS M5’s strong point in our tests. It’s still perfectly adequate for everyday use, but its rivals edge ahead in this respect.