You all recognize Canon for its trusty DSLR cameras, but did you know that the company’s newest compact mirrorless camera is geared towards enthusiasts? That’s right: The EOS M5 is a late yet welcome entry to the competitive interchangeable-lens shooter market.
It feels strange to see the EOS M5 reveal itself before an M4 ever came out. No, it’s not Canon doing a Samsung Galaxy Note 5-to-7 thing. While this is indeed the fifth member of the EOS M series, the fourth one is considered to be the EOS M10. It goes like this: EOS M, M2, M3, M10, and M5. Now that we cleared that up, let’s move on to the specs and features.
What separates the EOS M5 from its predecessors are the enthusiast-level functions. Look at the top and back, and you’ll notice more DSLR-like controls, which let you adjust settings much quicker. Even the handle grip has been made sturdier to keep your shots steady, but to ensure sharp images, there’s built-in 5-axis stabilization to reduce motion blur from wobbly hands.
Another high-level feature is the electronic viewfinder on top, which is also a first for the EOS M lineup. While it may not be as accurate in composing photos as an optical viewfinder you’d find on a DSLR, it’s better than relying purely on the LCD on the rear. But if you prefer a larger display when taking shots, the tilting 3.2-inch touchscreen is quite good too, thanks to touch-to-focus abilities and rich colors.
The rest of the internals feel like they’ve been ripped out of a DSLR. There’s a 24-megapixel APS-C image sensor with Dual Pixel technology to accurately capture high-resolution photos, Canon’s DIGIC 7 processor to shoot up to seven frames per second, and ISO sensitivity reaching 25,600 for bright pictures in poorly lit environments. Unfortunately, video recording is capped at a resolution of 1080p, so no 4K videos here.
The EOS M5 will be available in November 2016, with a price of $979 for the body alone, and $1,099 for the 15-45mm kit lens bundle. There’s going to be a more expensive 18-150mm kit lens offer with the M5 for $1479, but it won’t come out until December 2016.