While Canon has, along with Nikon, long dominated the DSLR marketplace, it has struggled to reproduce that achievement with mirrorless cameras. The EOS M was underwhelming to state minimal, with poor autofocus efficiency, as the EOS M3 and M10 haven’t actually progressed the number that much.
The arrival of the M5 could shake things up a little though. Sitting near the top of Canon’s (albeit still modest) mirrorless range, the M5 is made to appeal to experienced users, with Canon wishing it will charm to current higher-end EOS DSLR users searching for an even more portable option to their DSLR.
The EOS M5 sports an all-new 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor, though its DNA can be traced to the wonderful sensor we’ve already observed in the EOS 80D enthusiast DSLR, with a sensitivity range running from 100-25,600.
The initial EOS M suffered from a notoriously slow AF system, and while the EOS M3 featured a Hybrid CMOS AF III program that was a noticeable improvement over its predecessor, the EOS M5 takes benefit of Canon’s latest sensor technology and uses its now tested Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which includes impressed in the past, partnered with its most recent DIGIC 7 image processor.
Build and handling
As opposed to the compact-style appearance that previous EOS M series CSCs have followed, the EOS M5 appears like a mini DSLR, thanks partly to its built-in EVF sitting down relatively central over the zoom lens – there’s also a little built-in flash saved in the raised hump of the camera. It’s certainly extremely petite, however, not so little that it’s a concern when you select it up.
Taking its design cues from both EOS Digital slr and mirrorless ranges, the delicate two-tone complete of the EOS M5 provides camera a premium appear, with the metallic grey matching that of the lenses in the EF-M range.
Despite appearances though, the chassis is certainly made of strong polycarbonate rather than aluminium alloy, and weighs about 427g body-only with electric battery and cards. In the hands, while there’s no obtaining away from the obvious plasticky feel, especially when you tap the very best plate, the modest grip is wonderful and comfy, with Canon’s satisfying textured rubber coating improving the feel.
As we’ve mentioned, Canon’s primary EOS M got a significant kicking because of its sluggish AF functionality. There is no issue using its accuracy; the issue was with enough time it had taken to lock onto topics, and it wasn’t anywhere near as snappy as its rivals. Issues have improved since that time with the M3 and M10, and the M5 things takes issues up a sizeable notch.
The camera uses Canon’s newest Dual Pixel CMOS AF system, where all of the pixels on the top of sensor are made of two distinct photodiodes, which are read separately for phase-recognition AF, and together for imaging.
We’ve been impressed with this technique in famous brands the EOS 80D and 5D Mark IV, and it doesn’t disappoint in the EOS M5. When compared to first EOS M, AF functionality is almost unrecognizable.
With some help from the brand new DIGIC 7 image processor chip the EOS M5 is with the capacity of shooting at a burst rate of 7fps, with full AF functionality and metering, and it could sustain this for (approximately) 31 JPEG files, before dropping in speed to 4fps, continuing at this specific rate before card is full. If you want to shoot quicker than this, 9fps can be done, but concentrating and metering will be locked after the shutter has been fired; this rate could be sustained for 26 JPEGs.
The EOS M5’s metering system supplies the selection of evaluative, partial, centre-weighted and spot metering settings, with the default evaluative option working well (much like the shot above), although it’s worth remembering that is installed to the chosen AF point, so in some scenes you may want to dial in a few exposure compensations.
The EVF is great – it includes a good 120fps refresh rate, even though the 0.62x magnification isn’t the largest out there the view doesn’t experience cramped when you increase your eyesight up to it, and it compares favorably with rivals just like the Fujifilm X-T10 and Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II.
The trunk LCD’s touchscreen interface is great, tying in seamlessly with the M5’s body-mounted controls to provide quick access to pretty much any core setting you want – tap the Quick Menu button and you could select and adapt every key setting.