EOS M5: Canon’s first mirrorless camera will be a genuine game-changer


Canon has taken some time out to reflect on its camera-making technology over the past year and guess what they have come up with? Its first mirrorless camera, dubbed the EOS M5.

The entry-level segment for DSLR cameras is already a very tightly knit spot, with every model vying for that top place, offering professional features at a good budget. The Rebel series was a great hit back in the day and the new models like the 760D will come into close competition with the EOS M5.

The EOS M5 is hard to miss, owing to the fact that it has a different build and look compared to the other series. It will come paired with the EF-M 15-45mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM lens for anywhere between $980 to $1100. It’s still up there in the premium range for entry-level, but it’s worth the extra penny. There’s another lens kit it comes with, equipped with a EF-M 18-150mm lens for $1,480.

Of course, there are a few stand-out features of the camera, one being the sensor, which is the same as that of the stellar 80D. It offers superior tracking and autofocus which is way better than what the entry-level range will be like. And with a continuous shooting range of up to 7fps, the camera claims surpassing image quality than the 80D.

Unlike the standard image stabilization functionality of its other models, the M5 will use hybrid stabilization, with a 5-axis compensation. It’s also got a touchscreen, a built-in electronic viewfinder and a grip. The touchscreen also lets the user autofocus on selected areas. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi come with the M5 for low-energy connectivity and file transferring.

Where the camera falls short is when compared to its already available competition – the Sony A6300. The Sony can shoot in 4K, has much better battery life, a continuous shooting capability of 11fps, a more compact body and a support for plenty of lenses without the need for an adapter. The M5 will need a little bit of help in that department. The only way the Canon wins, is however, with its fancier, hybrid optical image stabilization.

It’s a pretty good first for Canon, but there is still room for improvement. Perhaps Canon needs some more self-reflection. But the verdict will be out once it releases in November.


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