Canon EOS M5

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Canon EOS M5

Canon EOS M5 (14.880 oz./421.9 g with battery and card, about $979) and EF-M 15-45mm (about $1,099 as a kit). bigger. I got mine at Adorama. I'd also get it at Amazon, at B&H or at Crutchfield.

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Sample Images

Fisherman's Landing

Fisherman's Landing, 27 December 2016. Canon EOS M5, Canon EF-M 15-45mm at 39mm at f/5.6 at 1/60 at Auto ISO 400, Perfectly Clear.) bigger or camera-original © file to explore on your computer.

 

Mario's, Indio CA

Mario's, 26 December 2016. Canon EOS M5, Canon EF-M 15-45mm at 28mm at f/4.5 hand-held at 1/40 at Auto ISO 4,000, Perfectly Clear.) bigger or camera-original © file to explore on your computer.

 

Candy House, Desert Marriott

Candy House, 27 December 2016. Canon EOS M5, Canon EF-M 15-45mm at 21mm at f/4 hand-held at 1/40 at Auto ISO 2,000, Perfectly Clear.) bigger or full-resolution © file to explore on your computer.

 

Fountain at Dusk

Desert Fountain at Dusk, 27 December 2016. Canon EOS M5, Canon EF-M 15-45mm at 45mm at f/6.3 at 3 seconds at ISO 100. bigger or camera-original © file to explore on your computer.

 

Fire at the Teppan Grill

Fire at the Teppan Grill. (Canon EOS M5, Canon EF-M 15-45mm at 45mm at f/6.3 at 1/60 at Auto ISO 500, Perfectly Clear.) bigger.

 

Fan Palm

Fan Palm, 28 December 2016. Canon EOS M5, Canon EF-M 15-45mm at 45mm at f/6.3 at 1/320 at Auto ISO 100. bigger or camera-original © file to explore on your computer.

 

My Thai

My Thai, December 2016. Canon EOS M5, Canon EF-M 15-45mm at 35mm at f/7.1 at 1/400 at Auto ISO 100. bigger or camera-original © file to explore on your computer.

 

Two Palms

Two Palms, 29 December 2016. Canon EOS M5, Canon EF-M 15-45mm at 18mm at f/7.1 at 1/250 at Auto ISO 100. bigger or camera-original © file to explore on your computer.

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Introduction

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The Canon EOS M5 is Canon's best mirrorless camera, with an excellent electonic viewfinder (EVF). It offers the best image quality due to its generally superior color rendition over Sony, Fuji and LEICA, however it runs more slowly, much slower than the Sony A6000, A6300 or A6500.

Since the Sonys work so much faster and cost the same or less — and have even better EVFs — I'd suggest getting any of the superior Sony A6000, A6300 or A6500 for general use. If you only photograph people, get a Fuji camera for its superior skin-tone reproduction, but if you shoot mostly landscapes, travel and architecthure that hold still, this Canon has superior color for everything else.

Shooting the Sony A6000, A6300 or A6500 alongside this EOS M5 makes it obvous how instantaneous is the Sony's autofocus, while this Canon is relatively very slow.

Get this Canon if you're as sensitive to color rendition as I am since it's the best mirrorless on the market for most things and people, but get a Sony for most uses where autofocus speed is important, or a Fuji if skin-tones are critical.

 

New

● black circle

● black circle

 

Good

● Solid mostly metal construction.

● Dedicted compensation dial.

● Mode dial with C1 and C2 global

● 4:3, square and 16:9 crops.

 

Bad

● black circle

● black circle

 

Missing

● black circle

● black circle

 

 

Compatibility

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Specifications

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Image Sensor

24 MP.

14.9 × 22.3 mm.

3:2 aspect ratio.

1.61 × crop factor.

 

Image Sizes

3,000 × 4,000 pixels native (24 MP).

 

Cropped Aspect Ratios

3:2 native.

4:3 cropped.

1:1 square crop.

16:9 crop.

 

ISO

ISO xx ~ xx; ISO xx is optimum.

To ISO xx with a special mode.

 

Auto ISO

Adjustable for high and low limits from ISO xx to ISO xx in xx stops.

Auto ISO minimum shutter speeds adjustable either to track the zoom setting (and adjustable ± xx stops from there) or settable in xx stops from xx seconds to 1/xx.

 

 

White Balance

 

Still Formats

JPG and/or raw.

xx MP and xx MP JPG image sizes.

sRGB and Adobe RGB.

 

Video

Frame Sizes and Rates

File Formats

 

Audio

Recorded only along with video.

Stereo microphones built in.

Mic-in jack with plug-in power overrides built-in mic.

Headphone jack.

 

 

Lens

 

Actual Focal Lengths

xx ~ xx mm.

 

35mm Equivalent Focal Lengths

This xx ~ xx mm lens sees the same angles-of-view on this camera's sensor as a xx ~ xx mm lens sees on a 35mm or full-frame camera.

 

Optical Construction

xx elements in xx groups.

xx ED and xx Super ED glass element.

xx aspherical elements, xx of which are ED.

 

Close Focus

xx" (xx cm) at wide and xx" (xx cm) at tele.

See also Macro.

 

Diaphragm

xx blades.

Round Straight.

f/xx minimum aperture.

 

Maximum Apertures

Actual focal length

(shown in EXIF)

35mm equivalent

(shown as zoomed)

Maximum aperture
xx mm
xx mm
f/xx
xx mm
xx mm
f/xx
xx mm
xx mm
f/xx
xx mm
xx mm
f/xx
xx mm
xx mm
f/xx
xx mm
xx mm
f/xx
xx mm
xx mm
f/xx
xx mm
xx mm
f/xx

 

Zooming

It zooms either via the electronic zoom ring or the little lever around the shutter.

It's a xx zoom, getting longer as zoomed.

It retracts when off.

 

Stabilization

Optical Moving Sensor.

Rated "xx stops improvement."

 

Hood

The plastic bayonet hood is

 

Autofocus

 

Finder

Optical

xx % coverage.

xx x magnification with 50mm lens.

xx º apparent angle.

xx mm eyepoint.

xx diopters.

 

Electonic Finder

xx" xx OLED LCD.

xx aspect ratio.

xx dots.

xx x magnification at xx mm equivalent setting, rated.

xx x magnification at xx mm equivalent setting, measured.

Auto brightness control.

xx diopters.

xx mm eyepoint.

 

 

Shutter

Frame Rates

xx FPS

 

Frame Buffer

 

 

Mechanical Shutter

1/xx to x seconds in all modes except AUTO, whose maximum time is xx seconds.

The leaf shutter only runs to 1/xx at f/xx and smaller. At f/xx it only goes to 1/xx. If you need faster than 1/xx at f/xx, no worries; use the electronic shutter:

 

Silent Electronic Shutter

1/xx to xx seconds in all modes except AUTO, whose maximum time is xx seconds.

 

Remote Releases

Standard threaded cable release.

 

Flash

1/xx sync speed.

 

Built-in Flash

Yes, pops up.

GN xx at ISO 100.

 

External Flash

Dedicated hot shoe.

Standard PC (Prontor-Compur) flash sync.

No Prontor-Compur (PC) terminal; use the built-in flash to trigger your slaves or use a hot-shoe adapter for corded sync.

 

Light Meter

 

 

Live View

 

 

LCD Monitor

xx" (xx mm) diagonal.

xx dots.

xx aspect ratio.

Swivels up xx º and down xx º, but not left or right.

Does not swivel.

No anti-reflection coating.

Anti-reflection coated.

 

Connectors

 

 

 

WiFi

 

Storage

 

 

Body

 

Quality

Made in USA Germany Japan Taiwan Thailand Malaysia Indonesia China.

 

 

Power & Battery

Battery

Charging

 

Size

x″ × xx″ × xx″ HWD.

xx × xx × xx millimeters HWD.

 

Weight

xx oz./xx g with battery and card, actual measured.

Rated xx oz. (xxg) with battery and card, xx oz. (xxg) stripped.

 

Environment

Operating

xx ~ xx º C (xx ~ xx º F).

xx to xx % RH.

 

Storage

xx ~ xx º C (xx ~ xx º F).

xx to xx % RH.

 

Included

 

 

Announced

 

Promised for

 

Price, USA

xx, December 2016.

 

 

Optional Accessories

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Getting a Legal USA Version

(for USA only)

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In the USA, be sure your box says

If not, you got ripped off with a gray market version from another country. This is why I never buy anyplace other than from my personally approved sources. You just can't take the chance of buying elsewhere, especially at any retail store, because non-USA versions have no warranty in the USA, and you won't even be able to get firmware or service for it — even if you're willing to pay out-of-pocket for it when you need it!

If a gray market version saves you $1,000 it may be worth it, but for $200 or less I wouldn't risk having no warranty or support.

Always be sure to check your box while you can still return it, or just don't buy from unapproved sources or at retail so you'll be able to have your camera serviced and get free updated firmware as needed.

Even easier, a legal USA version has a warranty card from xx. The serial number on the card must match the serial number of your camera, or you have no warranty. The serial number on the box should also match the serial number on your camera.

US versions include two printed manuals, one in English (shown on left) and uno en español (a la derecha).

Get yours from the same places I do and you won't have a problem, but if you take the risk of getting yours elsewhere, be sure to check everything while you still can return it.

 

Performance

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Overall   Autofocus   Breathing   Bokeh   Coma   Distortion   Ergonomics   Exposure   Eyeblow

Falloff   Filters  Finder   Flare & Ghosts   High ISOs   Auto ISO   Auto White Balance

Flash   Image Quality  Lateral Color Fringes     Macro   Mechanics   Noise & Vibration

Quiet Mode   Sharpness   Stabilizer   Spherochromatism  Sunstars  Teleconverters 

Tripod Collar  Vibration Reduction   Zooming    Movies   

Top LCD   Rear LCD   Playback   Data   Power & Battery

 

Overall

Performance          top

The

 

Autofocus

Performance          top

Autofocus is f

 

Manual Focus

performance          top

Just grab the rear focus ring at any time for instant manual-focus override.

 

Ergonomics

Performance          top

 

Exposure

Performance          top

 

Finder

Performance          top

 

High ISOs

Performance          top

Cozy Christmas Fireplace

Cozy Christmas Fireplace, 26 December 2016. Canon EOS M5, Canon EF-M 15-45mm at 19mm at f/4 hand-held at 1/50 at Auto ISO 1,600, Perfectly Clear.) bigger or camera-original © file to explore on your computer.

 

Ryan at Carnitas Snack Shack

Christmas Animals, 22 December 2016. Canon EOS M5, Canon EF-M 15-45mm at 45mm at f/6.3 at 1/40 at Auto ISO 1,600, Perfectly Clear.) bigger or camera-original © file to explore on your computer.

 

Desert Walkway

Walkway, 27 December 2016. Canon EOS M5, Canon EF-M 15-45mm at 15mm at f/3.5 at 1/50 at Auto ISO 1,600, Perfectly Clear.) bigger.

 

Desert Marriott

Desert Marriott, 27 December 2016. Canon EOS M5, Canon EF-M 15-45mm at 15mm at f/3.5 hand-held at 1/40 at Auto ISO 2,500, Perfectly Clear.) bigger or full-resolution © file to explore on your computer.

 

Ryan at Carnitas Snack Shack

Carnitas Snack Shack, 22 December 2016. Canon EOS M5, Canon EF-M 15-45mm at 20mm at f/4 at 1/40 at Auto ISO 2,500, Perfectly Clear.) bigger or camera-original © file to explore on your computer.

 

Kids and dogs

Ryan, Katie Sasha and Toby at Noni's, 24 December 2016. (Canon EOS M5, Canon EF-M 15-45mm at 37mm at f/5.6 at 1/40 at Auto ISO 3,200, Perfectly Clear.) bigger or full-resolution.

 

Noni and Pops

Noni and Pops. (Canon EOS M5, Canon EF-M 15-45mm at 33mm at f/5 at 1/40 at Auto ISO 6,400, Perfectly Clear.) bigger or camera-original file.

 

 

ryan at the desert

Ryan at the desert. (Canon EOS M5, Canon EF-M 15-45mm at 45mm at f/6.3 at 1/40 at Auto ISO 10,000, Perfectly Clear.) bigger or camera-original © file.

 

Ryan at Carnitas Snack Shack

Christmas Animals, 22 December 2016. Canon EOS M5, Canon EF-M 15-45mm at 39mm at f/5.6 at 1/40 at Auto ISO 20,000, Perfectly Clear.) bigger or camera-original © file to explore on your computer.

 

ISO 25,600

Desert Glow, 26 December 2016. Canon EOS M5, Canon EF-M 15-45mm at 15mm at f/3.5 hand-held at 1/10 at Auto ISO 25,600, Perfectly Clear.) bigger or camera-original © file to explore on your computer.

 

 

Complete Images

Click any for the camera-original © files as above to explore on your computer; mobile devices rarely show the full resolution files properly:

 

Crops

These are 600 x 450 pixel crops. They will vary in size to fit your browser window; if they are about 6" (15cm) wide on your screen, the complete image would print at xx x xx" (xx x xx meters) at this same magnification.

Click any for the same camera-original © files as above to explore on your computer; mobile devices rarely show the full resolution files properly:

 

Auto ISO

Performance          top

Auto ISO is

 

Auto White Balance

Performance          top

Auto White Balance is

 

Flash

Performance          top

Desert Bedroom

Camera Flash ON, 27 December 2016. Canon EOS M5, FLASH ON, Canon EF-M 15-45mm at 15mm at f/4.5 at 1/200 at Auto ISO 200. bigger.

 

Desert Bedroom

No flash, 27 December 2016. Canon EOS M5, no flash, Canon EF-M 15-45mm at 15mm at f/4 at 1/100 at Auto ISO 100. bigger.

 

Image Quality

Performance          top

 

 

Mechanical Quality

Performance          top

Front Bumper

Rubber.

 

Filter Threads

Metal.

 

Hood Bayonet Mount

Plastic.

 

Gold ED Band

14 karat gold filled.

 

Front Barrel

Plastic.

 

Zoom Ring

Rubber-covered plastic.

 

Mid Barrel

Section with focus lock buttons: plastic.

 

Focus Ring

Rubber-covered metal.

 

Rear Barrel

Section with focus distance window: plastic.

 

Tripod Collar

Metal.

The collar doesn't come off the lens, but the foot does come off from the collar.

If you lose the foot, the collar's stub has a standard ¼″ × 20 tripod thread.

 

Identity

14 karat gold-filled debossed metal plate around focus distance window.

 

Internals

Plastic Seem like all metal!

 

Moisture Seal at Mount

Yes No.

 

Mount

Dull chromed metal.

 

Markings

Paint.

Plastic zoom ring focal length markings molded as engraved and filled with paint.

 

Serial Number

Engraved and filled with paint on a little piece glued into a recess on the bottom of the tripod collar.

 

Date Code

None found.

 

Noises When Shaken

Mild to moderate clunking.

 

Made in

Japan.

 

Noise and Vibration

Performance          top

 

Quiet Mode

Performance          top

The Quiet Mode

 

Sharpness

Performance          top

The only limitations are your skill as a photographer and the lenses you use.

As shown at High ISOs like all cameras, it's sharpest at the lowest ISOs.

 

Movies

Performance          top

 

Top LCD

Performance          top

I consider top LCDs a throwback to 35mm film days, and prefer cameras without these vestiges of days gone

 

Rear LCD Monitor

Performance          top

 

Playback   

Performance          top

 

Data

Performance          top

Card Formatting

It takes about to format a GB card.

Cards are formatted as "

 

JPGs

JPG files are

They are tagged as xx DPI.

 

Folder Creation

 

Power & Battery

Performance          top

 

 

Compared

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Usage

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Recommendations

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Lens Suggestions

recommendations     top

 

Where to Get Yours

I got mine at Adorama. I'd just as well have gotten it at Amazon, at Crutchfield or at B&H.

This ad-free website's biggest source of support is when you use those or any of these links to approved sources when you get anything, regardless of the country in which you live. xx does not seal its boxes in any way, so never buy at retail or any other source not on my personally approved list since you'll have no way of knowing if you're missing accessories, getting a defective, damaged, returned, store demo or used camera. I use the stores I do because they ship from secure remote warehouses where no one gets to touch your new camera before you do. Buy only from the approved sources I use myself for the best prices, service, return policies and selection.

Thanks for helping me help you!

Ken, Mrs. Rockwell, Ryan and Katie.

 

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