Canon Releases EOS M5 Mirrorless Digital Camera

We now have a new entry in the mirrorless space with the Canon M5 which could also be called a Canon 80D without the mirror. Just like the Canon 80D, the M5 has a 24.2MP APS-C sensor, dual pixel AF, 1080p video at up to 60fps with a new in body 5 axis image stabilization system which is a first for Canon. The camera will be offered with a 15-45mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM lens and an 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM lens. Prices start at $979 for the body only and pre-orders are underway.

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During my Canon 80D Review, we observed some solid improvements on the sensor offering much better quality on the photography side of things but not much in terms of video performance. I expect to see the same improvements with the Canon EOS M5. The dual pixel AF system from Canon is one of my favorites as well which should make the M5 extremely capable in that regard and potentially one of the best mirrorless cameras on the market. An extremely large 3.2" tilting touch screen dominates the back of the camera and with Canon's touch friendly interface, this is a welcome inclusion. Wifi, bluetooth, and NFC are also present making this a very capable stills camera with all the connectivity you could want. 

On the video side of things, we have nothing new from Canon. 4k is still noteablely absent when the competition from the Panasonic G7 and Sony A6300 offer both 4k recording and a ton of video centered features all absent on the Canon M5. However, 1080p video from Canon is still great quality and with a great autofocus system, 5 axis in body stabilization, a 3.2" tilting touch screen, this could still be a capable camera for Canon on the video side.

Let's talk lenses as well. This camera uses Canon's EOS-M mount and other than some OK quality variable aperture zoom lenses and a small handful of prime lenses (literally, you could hold them all in your hand), there really is very little to talk about. Thankfully Canon has an adapter for using standard EF lenses just keep in mind you will probably be adding that to your cart if you want any decent glass. Hopefully with the M5 filling in a slightly higher end market for mirrorless, Canon begins to offer some better quality and wide aperture options. While we are talking negatives, Canon has forgone the traditional flip out monitor for a horrible tilt monitor found on most Sony cameras. This means no more self portraits! Plan on a little extra wait as well as availability is not expected until November.


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