Canon EOS M5 review (a modern mirrorless, DPReview)

Canon Eos M5 Mark Ii Mirrorless

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At a glance:

  • 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

DPReview posted their complete Canon EOS M5 review. The most important thing I wanted to learn, was about the Dual Pixel AF performance with non native lenses. Well, it seems the EOS M5 delivers plenty of good performance.

DPReview says DPAF works perfectly with adapted lenses (i.e. EF or EF-S lenses used thru the adapter), which is an important point given the limited offer of native lenses.

From the conclusion:

With regards to autofocus, the EOS M5 is remarkably similar to using an EOS 80D or 5D Mark IV in Live View mode, and overall, that’s a good thing. You can tap the touchscreen to initiate tracking on a subject (which proves very ‘sticky’), or even drag between multiple faces in a scene to tell the camera which to focus on (even if they’re at dramatically different distances from you). And with a full-on Dual Pixel AF setup, just like the 80D and the 5D, EF and EF-S lenses work just as well on the EOS M5 also. An added bonus – Dual Pixel AF has been shown to be extremely effective in very low light scenarios, but make sure you’ve also got a fast lens to give the system all the light it can get.

As far as performance, the EOS M5 is solid, if not exemplary. Startup time averages around a second, the burst shooting speed is at least competitive, and though battery life comes in with a below-average CIPA rating, those users who eschew flash use and constant ‘chimping’ will see a single battery last them through a day of moderate shooting. Read the review…

The review is obviously not without critics, which are of the usual kind: too late to hit the market, few lenses, and the ominous lack of 4K (who really needs it?).

I had the chance to play around with an EOS M5 for a few hours and was impressed with the ergonomics and the AF performance. A very cool feature is what Canon calls “Touch-and-Drag AF”, i.e. the possibility to control and move your AF points by using the touchscreen and while you are using the M5 with the viewfinder.

In the few hours I played around with the EOS M5 it made me think it is a solid product, with well-thought controls, and the overall quality we are used to get from Canon. And with Dual Pixel AF working so good, the EOS M5 could become a best seller.

Canon EOS M5 hands-on video review

Canon Eos M5 Mark Ii

Canon EOS M5: Amazon USA, Amazon CA, B&H Photo, Adorama, Digitalrev, KEH Camera, eBay US, Canon USA, Canon CA, BestBuy

At a glance:

  • 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

DigitalRev’s Kaiman Wong started his own YouTube channel, and the EOS M5 is one of the first cameras he reviewed. Kai is even fond of the EOS M5, though he has some criticism.

Canon’s latest mirrorless camera promises to be an 80D in a smaller package. With 1080p and a reasonable 24-megapixels, is it another flop or does the Dual Pixel Autofocus save the day?

The user manual for the Canon EOS M5 can be downloaded at Canon USA. Good to learn about the features of the EOS M5.

The Canon Store has refurbished Canon EOS M3 on sale at $298.99

New prime lenses and a zoom for Canon EOS M system coming in 2017? [CW3]

Canon Eos M5 Mark Ii Mirrorless

I have been told (thanks) that Canon will announce new lenses for their EOS M system in 2017.

The rumor makes sense. Having announced the EOS M5 to the world,  Canon now definitely needs some good native lenses to improve the system. The lenses that are actually available for the EOS M do their job but are nothing particularly exciting. According to my source Canon will announce at least two prime lenses for the EOS M system, a 35mm and a 50mm. Both lenses are said “to be fast” but I didn’t get any information about the specs. Another lens for EOS M may be announced in 2017, a zoom lens that has been described to us as having a “quality above the other EOS M kit lenses” (whatever it means).

Canon Watch’s take: while the rumor comes with no specifications and is of the kind “something to come some-when” (the kind of rumors I do not like), I think this rumor has a good chance to be reliable. Canon simply can’t afford not to build some better lenses for their EOS M system, not after the feature-packed EOS M5 many people was waiting for. A 35mm and 50mm prime and a more pro-level (and possibly fast) zoom lens would benefit Canon’s EOS M ecosystem. As good as the EF/EF-S to EF-M adapter may work, there is nothing like native lenses.

Please note: this is not the first time we get the suggestion that Canon is working on prime lenses for the EOS M system. The first rumors are more than a year old, and we didn’t see new prime lenses for EOS M so far.

Amazon Germany deal: Canon EOS M5 with EF-M 15-45mm f/3,5-6,3 IS STM lens and free EF/EF-S to EF-M adapter – €812

Canon Eos M5 Mark Ii

Cool deal by Amazon Germany. Get the Canon EOS M5 with EF-M 15-45mm f/3,5-6,3 IS STM lens and the Canon EF/EF-S to EF-M adapter for €812. Free shipping in Germany. The same offer (free adapter) is also available for the EOS M5 body only kit at €734. The adapter alone usually sells for over €100.

Update: there are some doubts if this seller is legitimate. See in the comment section.

Thanks Alaska

Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 MACRO IS STM sample pictures

EF-M 28mm F/3.5

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At a glance:

  • EF-M Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 44.8mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Maximum Aperture: f/3.5
  • One UD Element & Two Aspherical Elements
  • STM Stepping AF Motor
  • Hybrid IS Image Stabilization
  • Maximum Magnification: 1.2x
  • Super Macro Setting for 3.7″ Min. Focus
  • Built-In Macro Lite LED
  • Retractable Design for Compact Profile

The Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 MACRO IS STM lens with built-in led lights didn’t get much attention since it was announced. That’s a pity because it’s an interesting lens with an affordable price.

The EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM is a compact prime lens designed for macro photography (44.8mm-equivalent). It has a 1.2x maximum magnification and 3.7″ minimum focusing distance. Moreover, the EF-M 28mm f/3.5 has an integrated Macro Lite LED to provide additional illumination to close-up subjects. Aiding its ability to reproduce small subjects at greater than life size, the optical design incorporates one UD element and two aspherical elements to reduce chromatic and spherical aberrations in order to provide a high degree of sharpness and clarity. And the best thing is, it costs just $299.

Digital Life Innovator posted a small set of pictures taken with the EF-M 28mm f/3.5 MACRO IS STM and a Canon EOS M5.

EF-M 28mm f/3.5
Canon EOS M5 & EF-M 28mm f/3.5 MACRO IS STM, 0.025 sec (1/40), f/3.5, ISO 5000, 0 EV

 

EF-M 28mm f/3.5
Canon EOS M5 & EF-M 28mm f/3.5 MACRO IS STM, 0.017 sec (1/60), f/3.5, ISO 1000, 0 EV,

All pictures © Digital Life Innovator, and used with permission. See all EF-M 28mm Macro sample pictures at Digital Life Innovator

Canon EOS M5 hands-on and introduction video

Canon Eos M5 Mark Ii Mirrorless

Canon EOS M5: Amazon USA, Amazon CA, B&H Photo, Adorama, Digitalrev, KEH Camera, eBay US, Canon USA, Canon CA, BestBuy

At a glance:

  • 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 is here, and it seems to be anything users wanted. Tony & Chelsea Northrup posted an overview video that you may be interested to watch.

 

DPReview posted a critical article about the EOS M5, named “Opinion: The EOS M5 is Canon’s best ever mirrorless camera, and a big disappointment“, and in my opinion is one of the many, boring Canon brand-bashing reviews without any relation to the real world. Since Canon is market leader, I guess throwing mud on the company is some hipster-like thing the makes you look cool.

A large selection of EOS M5 pictures (not samples shot with the EOS M5) can be reviewed at Photography Blog.

EOS M5