Canon’s latest mirrorless camera, the EOS M5, looks like a more serious approach to its mirrorless game. The camera features a 24.2MP APS-C sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF for solid AF performance during still and video capture.
It has a built-in electronic viewfinder, which is something enthusiasts demand, that offers 2.36M-dot resolution. Additionally, a 3.2″ tilting LCD features touchscreen input for camera control, along with a number of external control dials and buttons. The M5 also offers focus peaking for fine-tuning manual focus settings.
The Canon EOS M5 can capture 7 frames per second with AF tracking and 9fps with AF lock. It captures 1080/60p video and features built-in WiFi and NFC connectivity.
One feature that I’m anxious to try out is the Bluetooth Smart for smoother pairing with compatible smartphones. While the WiFi connectivity of the EOS M10 is the major selling feature for me, it still leaves a lot to be desired in the user friction department. We use the M10’s WiFi sharing to smartphones nearly everyday in my house but the experience definitely can be improved upon. Something as simple as getting this completely right, could be the biggest win of the spec sheet for a Canon mirrorless camera.
Alongside the EOS M5, Canon also unveiled a new EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM kit lens (a 29-240mm equivalent) that features up to 4-stops of shake correction. At first blush, this lens seems to add quite a bit of bulk to the compact spirit of the EOS M line. I’m still waiting on my 30mm and 50mm fast prime options for the EF-M lens series. The prosumer appeals of the EOS M5 is somewhat lacking without a more prosumer lens line.
Canon EOS M5 Key Features
- 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
- DIGIC 7 Image Processor
- 2.36m-Dot EVF, Touch and Drag AF Control
- 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
- Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
- Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC, Bluetooth Smart
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF
- Up to 9 fps Shooting and ISO 25600
- Digital IS 5-Axis Image Stabilization
The Canon EOS M5 should be available in November 2016 for $979.99 for the body only. It will also ship as a kit with the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens for $1099; or as a kit with the EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens for $1479. You can pre-order it here at B&H Photo or here at Amazon.com.