Canon EOS M5 Review

December 23, 2016 | Amy Davies | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star


Canon’s latest compact system camera is perhaps the first time the company has launched a CSC for a “serious” audience. The EOS M5 features a 24.2 megapixel, APS-C sized sensor, which is joined by a Digic 7 processor. It is, in essence, a miniature version of the Canon EOS 80D. Other interesting features include Dual Pixel CMOS AF, and a shooting speed of up to 9fps. It can record full HD video, and has WiFi and NFC built in. Canon EOS M series cameras have their own lens mount (EF-M), but you can buy an optional mount adapter which allows you to use any DSLR EF lenses with the EOS M. There are a couple of variations in how you can buy the Canon EOS M, including body only. We have been supplied with the new 18-150mm lens to test the camera with, along with an EF-M macro lens, and an EF adapter with the 50mm f/1.8 STM EF lens.

The EOS M5 body only costs£1,049 / $979. The EOS M5 with the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens costs £1,149 / $1099. The EOS M5 with the new EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens costs £1,399 / $1479.

Ease of Use

The Canon EOS M5 has a sort of miniaturised DSLR look about it, with nicely curved lines which give it a stylish look. It’s not quite on par with some of the retro cameras on the market, but it has an attractive look none-the-less.

Around the front part of the Canon EOS M5 is a rubberised coating which makes it feel high quality, and also helps the camera feel nice in your hand. There is a protruding grip which again helps you get good purchase on the camera - with your forefinger resting naturally on the shutter release button. Those with particularly large hands may find that the camera is a little on the small side to fit all of your fingers comfortably on the grip, though.

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Front of the Canon EOS M5

There are a variety of dials on the top of the Canon EOS M5. The largest is on the left hand side, and is used to change between the different exposure modes that the camera offers. Here you’ll find all automatic and scene modes, as well as a range of manual and semi-automatic options, such as aperture priority and shutter priority. The on/off switch is just below the mode dial, too. There’s handily space for two custom modes here, which is useful if you often find yourself shooting with one particular group of settings - perhaps high ISO or monochrome.

To the right of the viewfinder, there’s an exposure compensation dial, and one dial which is around the shutter release, and another which is just behind it. You can use the two dials in conjunction with each other - it feels like a very natural way to work. They both control different functions depending on the shooting mode you’re in. When in aperture priority for instance, it controls aperture. The rear dial, when in manual mode, adjusts aperture. There’s a small button in the middle of the dial which you can press to use the dial for a different function, such as white balance or ISO.

There are two more buttons on the top of the Canon EOS M5. There’s a small button for raising the camera’s inbuilt flash. There’s also a function button, which can be customised to a wide range of different options in the main menu, including file type, picture style, white balance, manual focus and more.

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Rear of the Canon EOS M5

Flip to the back of the Canon EOS M5 and much of its rear is taken up by the three-inch touch-sensitive screen. The screen tilts upwards, downwards, and can also face the front if you fold it underneath the bottom of the camera. This makes it particular useful for shooting hand-held selfies, but it’s not quite as useful if you want to place the camera on a tripod or other stable surface (such as a table) and take a self-portrait or group shot.

There’s a scrolling dial on the back of the Canon EOS M5, which can be used for certain functions, such as scrolling through images in playback. This doubles up as a four way navigational pad, with each directional key having its own particular function. For example, up controls ISO, left switches on manual focusing, the right is for flash modes, and the bottom key is used for deleting pictures in playback. However, you can customise all of these keys, along with most of the keys, to a different function if you prefer, meaning you can set up the camera exactly how you want to use it.

If you press the central key in the middle of the scrolling dial, you’ll be taken to the quick menu. This can also be accessed via a virtual button on the screen. With this, you can quickly access a variety of settings without having to delve into main menu settings and so on.

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Top of the Canon EOS M5

Around the rear scrolling dial there are four keys. One is used to switch between different display settings, such as the on-screen level, one is the playback button, another is used to access the main menu, and a fourth is for starting to record video. The final two buttons are found on the thumbrest, and again can be customised to your own tastes, but have default settings of exposure lock and AF point selection.

Although you can use the AF point selection button to enter the AF selection options, the easiest way to set AF point is to use the touch screen, simply tapping where you want the AF point to be. You can use the touch screen to do this in conjunction with the viewfinder if you want, by selecting “Touch and drag AF settings” in the main menu. A great feature is that you can use the whole screen to do this, or you can apportion a section of the screen, for example the bottom right to allowing you to change the AF point - this is particularly handy if you find that your nose or face is accidentally moving the AF point when you don’t want it to.

The Canon EOS M5’s electronic viewfinder is found in middle of the top plate of the camera. There’s an eye-sensor for automatically detecting when it has been lifted to your eye, making it a very fluid movement akin to using a DSLR. It’s not the largest viewfinder currently on the market, but it is very bright and clear and there’s no obvious or noticeable lag when using it for most every day shots. Colours inside the viewfinder appear to be more vibrant and more saturated than colours displayed on the rear screen, and indeed in the final images - so just be aware that the image you see in the viewfinder may not be a 100% accurate representation of the image you’re going to end up with.

A quick note about the flash, if you’re using the 18-150mm lens, as we were. The flash is quite small, so it’s not quite tall enough to reach fully over the lens - this means that in some circumstances the lens will obscure the light of the flash and create a shadow. You shouldn’t find this to be problematic with shorter lenses.

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Tilting LCD Screen

As is pretty much standard now, the Canon EOS M5 has Wi-Fi connectivity. However, for the first time, there’s also bluetooth connectivity. You can use this as a low-power alternative to Wi-Fi to control the camera. It’s also easier and quicker to set up and use than connecting to the camera’s Wi-Fi network. Once you’re connected to the camera via Bluetooth, you can also use the Canon Camera Connect app (free download for iOS and Android) to activate Wi-Fi settings directly, which you’ll need to do to browse images and download images onto your phone. It’s quite a handy and useful app, but it’s not quite as useful as Nikon’s Snapbridge solution which automatically transfers images across to your phone ready for super quick sharing.

The lens mount on the Canon EOS M5 is the EF-M mount, which is smaller than the regular EF mount. You can buy an adapter which allows you to use any of your existing lenses with the EOS M5. We were supplied one for this review - it works well, but is perhaps best suited to smaller EF lenses, as anything particularly large will give the M5 an unbalanced look. It’s useful however if you have say a specialised lens (i.e. macro) that you don’t want to buy again.

In terms of focus, the Canon EOS M5 has come on leaps and bounds from the Canon EOS M cameras of old. Autofocus is quick and accurate in the majority of conditions, pretty much no matter what lens you are using. In low light, you may find the system is a little hesitant if you’re using an older or slower EF lens, but the EF-M native lenses we were supplied for the test, along with a 50mm f/1.8 STM lens coped very well in a variety of situations. That said, there are still quicker compact system cameras on the market when it comes to AF. The EOS M5 doesn’t match the Panasonic G series for almost instant focus acquisition, and while continuous AF (Servo) does a reasonably good job with fast moving subjects, it’s not on a par with something like the Fuji X-T2 or the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II. This wouldn’t necessarily be a huge problem if the EOS M5 was a mid-range camera aimed at beginners, but for something which is priced at over £1,000 (body only) it’s a little disappointing not to see more innovation in this area.

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 24 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 8Mb.

As we’d expect for a camera fitted with the same sensor and processor combination as the Canon EOS 80D, files from the EOS M5 are very pleasing. Indeed, if you’re already a Canon user, you will probably be happy to add the EOS M5 to your existing arsenal. Colours are warm and vibrant, having a decent amount of punch without being over the top - in short, they have that classic Canon saturation which we’ve come to expect from other Canon sensors.

JPEG images have a good amount of detail, but you can get even more from the camera if you use the “Fine Detail” Picture Style setting from the quick or main menu. You can start to see a little noise and image smoothing creep in to the shadow areas at ISO 800, but images taken at ISO 1600 or ISO 3200 are still more than usable at normal printing and web sizes. The high ISO settings perform well, but you may want to avoid using ISO 6400 if you have any intention of keeping very fine detail present - while the ISO 12800 and ISO 25600 are best reserved for emergencies where getting the shot is more important than image quality.

Automatic white balance does a good job of coping with a variety of different lighting conditions, perhaps ever so slightly over compensating under artificial lights to produce a cooler than realistic image. The overall effect is generally pleasing though, and you can always switch to a specific white balance setting if you’re looking for greater accuracy.

Exposures are generally pleasingly accurate, with Canon’s all-purpose metering system doing a good job. As with other Canon cameras, metering will be weighted towards the AF point of the image - this can sometimes result in under or over exposure if you’re shooting a very high contrast scene. It’s relatively rare for it to happen, but it’s something to keep an eye on in certain situations.


ISO sensitivity can be set between ISO 100 and ISO 25600 in full-stop increments. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting, with JPEG on the left and the RAW equivalent on the right.



ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

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The flash settings on the EOS M are Auto, Manual Flash On/Off, and Red-Eye Reduction. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1m.

Flash Off - Wide Angle

Flash On - Wide Angle

ISO 64 ISO 64

Flash Off - Telephoto

Flash On - Telephoto

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are a couple of portrait shots. As you can see, neither the Flash On setting nor the Red-Eye Reduction option caused any amount of red-eye.

Flash On


Creative Filters

The Creative Filters shooting mode contains 8 different options to help spice up your images.



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Art Bold

Water Painting

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Toy Camera

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Soft Focus

Grainy B/W

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Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Canon EOS M5 camera, which were all taken using the 24 megapixel Fine JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

Sample RAW Images

The Canon EOS M5 enables users to capture RAW and JPEG format files. We've provided some Canon RAW (CR2) samples for you to download (thumbnail images shown below are not 100% representative).

Sample Movie & Video

This is a sample movie at the highest quality setting of 1920x1080 pixels at 50 frames per second. Please note that this 17 second movie is 72.1Mb in size.

Product Images

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Front of the Canon EOS M5

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Front of the Canon EOS M5 / Pop-up Flash

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Side of the Canon EOS M5

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Side of the Canon EOS M5

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Rear of the Canon EOS M5

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Rear of the Canon EOS M5 / Image Displayed

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Rear of the Canon EOS M5 / Turned On

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Rear of the Canon EOS M5 / Quick Menu

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Tilting LCD Screen

Canon EOS M3

Tilting LCD Screen

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Top of the Canon EOS M5

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Bottom of the Canon EOS M5

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Side of the Canon EOS M5

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Side of the Canon EOS M5

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Front of the Canon EOS M5

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Memory Card Slot / Battery Compartment


The Canon EOS M5 feels like the first time the company has really taken compact system cameras seriously. The result is a very nice offering, which if you’re an existing Canon user will probably be particularly appealing. 

Images directly from the EOS M5 are great, and it’s certainly on a par with other compact system cameras in those terms. However, while Canon has made excellent progress with its AF system for this camera, it can still be bested by others out there - the impact of which will vary greatly depending on the type of images you like to take. If you take images mostly of things that don’t move, such as landscapes, still life and macro - and portrait sitters with patience - you won’t find this a problem. However, if you like to photograph sports, wildlife, and possibly even street photography, there are perhaps cameras out there which are better suited to you. 

There’s a lot to like about the style and setup of the Canon EOS M5. Lots of dials and buttons make it easy to make changes, while the touch sensitive screen is responsive and useful in a variety of different scenarios. The viewfinder is great, if a little oversaturated, and the fact that you can continue to use the touchscreen to set autofocus point while you’re using it makes a lot of sense. 

Ultimately, the biggest problem with the Canon EOS M5 is its price. Over £1000 for a compact system camera puts it in competition with some of the very best cameras on the market - and although it’s very very good, it does feel like you should be getting even more for your money. One glaring omission in the current climate seems to be that 4K video recording is missing - not a huge problem for most people, but somewhat of a surprise in a world where the format is becoming so commonplace. 

Overall, Canon has produced an excellent compact system camera, which takes lovely images and is nice to use. But we can’t help but feel that the camera manufacturer is asking too high a price for this system - hopefully the price will drop in due course. It will also be interested to see where Canon goes next - having made something which competes better with existing offerings on the market, hopefully the EOS M5 will be well received and Canon will continue to build on its success. 

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 4
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 4
Value for money 3

Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Canon EOS M5.

Fujifilm X-Pro2

The new Fujifilm X-Pro2 is an exciting flagship premium compact system camera. The weather-proof X-Pro2 offers a brand new 24 megapixel sensor that's claimed to rival full-frame DSLRs, an improved hybrid viewfinder, faster processor and AF system, and a host of other improvements. Read our Fujifilm X-Pro2 review to find out if it can live up to its early promise...

Fujifilm X-T2

The Fujifilm X-T2 is a new compact system camera that builds on the success of the popular 2-year-old X-T1, most notably by adding 4K video recording, a more sophisticated auto-focusing system, and a wealth of other improvements. Read our in-depth Fujifilm X-T2 review to find out if it's worth the upgrade...

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Capable of shooting at 18fps with focus tracking, the new Olympus O-MD E-M1 Mark II is a blisteringly fast professional compact system camera. Read our in-dpeth Olympus O-MD E-M1 Mark II review to find out if this speed demon can really deliver the goods...

Olympus PEN-F

The new Olympus PEN-F is a new premium compact system camera boasting a gorgeous retro design and some pro-level features, including a new 20 megapixel sensor, 5-axis image stabilisation, 10fps burst shooting, vari-angle 3-inch LCD touchscreen, 4K time-lapse movies, an electronic shutter and built-in wi-fi. Priced at £999 / $1199 body-only, is the PEN-F all style and no substance? Read our in-depth Olympus PEN-F review to find out...

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G80

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G80 is a new compact system camera that looks like a DSLR that's been shrunk in the wash. Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix DMC-G80 review with sample photos, test shots, videos and more...

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80 is a new mid-range compact system camera. With a 16 megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor with no optical low pass filter, new dual 5-axis image stabilization, built-in electronic viewfinder, 3 inch tilting LCD touchscreen, 4K video and photo modes, and integrated wi-fi connectivity, can the Panasonic GX80 live up to its early promise? Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80 review complete with sample images, test shots, videos and more to find out...

Sony A6300

The Sony A6300 is a new high-end compact system camera that features the fastest auto-focusing system in the world and the highest number of AF points. With a 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, 4K movie recording, high-res 3-inch tilting LCD screen, electronic viewfinder and built-in flash, the Sony NEX-6 also offers 11fps burst shooting, wi-fi and NFC connectivity, and downloadable PlayMemories Camera Apps. Read our in-depth Sony A6300 review to find out if it's the best Sony APS-C camera yet...

Sony A7 II

The Sony A7 II is the first full-frame compact system camera in the World to feature built-in 5-axis stabilisation. Other key improvements include better ergonomics and build quality, faster auto-focusing and startup, a wider range of video options, and greater customisability. Is this the best ever Sony full-frame compact system camera? Read our Sony A7 II review to find out...

Review Roundup

Reviews of the Canon EOS M5 from around the web. »

The Canon EOS M5 is the most enthusiast-friendly EOS M yet. It's a 24MP mirrorless camera built around a Dual Pixel APS-C sensor, giving it depth-aware focus across most of the frame. On top of this it adds a built-in electronic viewfinder, a good number of external controls (including twin control dials) and a well implemented touchscreen.
Read the full review » »

Although Canon launched its first mirrorless camera, the EOS M, back in 2012, the company has never quite seemed to take the idea seriously until now. The original EOS M was over simplistic and painfully slow at focusing, and while last year’s EOS M3 was much improved, it was hamstrung by the lack of an integrated electronic viewfinder. To date, Canon has also only produced a limited range of native EF-M lenses for the system, most of which are slow, variable aperture zooms. But now, with the EOS M5, it has finally made a camera to turn enthusiast photographers’ heads.
Read the full review » »

The EOS M5 is Canon's best mirrorless camera yet, and is certainly a very capable piece of kit. The only things really holding it back are the hefty price difference compared to rivals, and a limited lens range.
Read the full review » »

It's fair to say we've been highly critical of Canon's compact system camera EOS M line. For a simple reason, though: the Japanese company's mirrorless cameras simply haven't been able to stand up to the competition. And with the current line-up - think Fujifilm X-T2, Panasonic Lumix G80 and more - rapidly advancing, it's a camera-eat-camera world.
Read the full review »


Image Sensor


22.3 x 14.9mm CMOS

Effective Pixels

Approx. 24.2 megapixels

Total Pixels

Approx. 25.8 megapixels

Aspect Ratio


Low-Pass Filter


Sensor Cleaning

EOS integrated cleaning system

Colour Filter Type

Primary Colour

Image Processor




Lens Mount

EF-M (EF and EF-S lenses compatible via Mount adapter EF-EOS M)

Focal Length

Equivalent to 1.6x the focal length of the lens

Image Stabilisation

Optical Image Stabilizer on compatible lens
Movie: In-camera 5-axis Digital IS available. Further stabilisation enhancements from lenses compatible with Dynamic IS



Dual Pixel CMOS AF System.  Phase detection pixels built onto imaging sensor1

AF System/ Points

Maximum 49 AF points (Fixed location on 7x7 grid) via camera automatic selection2
Freely position 1 AF point/ 1 AF Zone (9 points, 3x3 grid) via manual selection3

AF working range

EV -1 - 18 (at 23 °C, ISO 100, with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM)

AF Modes

One-Shot AF and Servo AF

AF Point Selection

Face + Tracking: Face and subject tracking via automatic recognition/ manual selection via touchscreen. Automatic selection over 49 AF points when no face recognised within frame.
Smooth Zone AF: Manual zone selection, plus automatic selection over 9 AF points within selected zone
1-point AF: Manual selection via touchscreen/ buttons

Selected AF point display

Indicated on LCD monitor/ EVF

AF Lock

Locked when Shutter Button is pressed half way or customisable AE Lock Button

AF Assist Beam

via LED assist beam

Manual Focus

With EF & EF-S lenses - Select via AF/MF switch on lens
With EF-M lenses - Select via dedicated MF Button/ other customisable buttons (toggle AF/MF).
MF Peaking available
AF+MF available (Manual focus adjustment after One-Shot AF)
Magnify image available during MF (5x or 10x)

Exposure Control

Metering modes

Real-time metering from the image sensor
(1) Evaluative metering
(2) Partial metering at center
(3) Center weighted average metering
(4) Spot metering

Metering Range

EV 1-20 (at 23 °C, ISO 100)

AE Lock

Auto: In One-shot AF mode with evaluative metering exposure is locked when focus is achieved.
Manual: By AE Lock Button in creative zone modes.

Exposure Compensation

+/-3 EV in 1/3 stop increments


3 shots, +/- 2 EV, 1/3-stop increments (can be used together with manual Exposure Compensation)

ISO Sensitivity

ISO AUTO (100 - 25600), 100 - 25600 in 1/3 stop increments4
Movie: ISO AUTO (100-6400), 100-6400 in 1/3-stop increments



Electronically controlled focal-place shutter


30-1/4000 sec (1/3 stop increments), Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)

White Balance


Auto white balance with the imaging sensor


AWB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, White
Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Colour Temperature (100 Kelvin increments)
White balance compensation:
1. Blue/Amber +/-9 levels
2. Magenta/ Green +/-9 levels

Custom White Balance

Yes, 1 setting can be registered



0.39-type OLED Electronic Viewfinder
Approx. 2,360,000 dots

Coverage (Vertical/Horizontal)

Approx. 100%


Approx. 22 mm

Dioptre Correction


Viewfinder Information

Customisable and toggle via INFO. Button
(1) Liveview image with exposure info
(2) Liveview image with basic info
(3) Liveview image with full info
Customisable settings:
Grid overlay (x3 formats), Histogram (Brightness/ RGB), Electronic Level, Multi aspect ratios

Depth of field preview

Yes, via customisable buttons

LCD Monitor


8.0 cm (3.2”) ClearView II Touchscreen LCD (TFT). 3:2 aspect ratio. Approx. 1,620,000 dots. Electrostatic capacitive type. Tiltable 85 degrees up and 180 degrees down.


Approx. 100%

Brightness Adjustment

Adjustable to one of five levels

Display Options

Customisable and toggle via INFO. Button
(1) Liveview image with basic info
(2) Liveview image with full info
(3) Liveview image with no information
(4) Quick Control Screen
Customisable settings:
Grid overlay (x3 formats), Histogram (Brightness/ RGB), Electronic Level, Multi aspect ratios


Built-in Flash GN (ISO 100, meters)


Built-in Flash Coverage

Maximum coverage at approx. 15mm (35mm equivalent: approx. 24mm)

Built-in Flash recycle time

Approx. 3 seconds5


Auto (E-TTL II), Manual Flash On/Off (3 flash power output settings)

Red-Eye Reduction

Yes - with red eye reduction lamp


1/200 sec

Flash Exposure Compensation

+/- 2EV in 1/3 increments

Flash Exposure Bracketing

Yes, with compatible external flash

Flash Exposure Lock

Yes, via AEL Button

Second Curtain Synchronisation


HotShoe/ PC terminal

Yes/ No

External Flash Compatibility

E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support

External Flash Control

Via camera setting/ flash setting menu



Scene Intelligent Auto, Hybrid Auto, Creative Assist, SCN(Self-Portrait, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Food, Panning, Handheld Night Scene, HDR Backlight Control), Creative Filters (Grainy B/W, Soft Focus, Fish-eye Effect, Art bold effect, Water painting effect, Toy camera effect, Miniature effect (Stills and Movie), High Dynamic Range), Program AE , Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual exposure, Custom (x2), Movie (Movie auto exposure, Movie manual exposure Time-lapse movie)

Picture Styles

Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Fine Detail, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (x3)

Image Processing

Highlight Tone Priority
Auto Lighting Optimizer (4 settings)
Long exposure noise reduction
High ISO speed noise reduction (4 settings + Multi Shot NR)
Lens peripheral illumination correction and chromatic aberration correction
Diffraction correction
Creative Assist:
Background Blur (5 settings)
Brightness (19 levels)
Contrast (9 levels)
Saturation (9 levels)
Color Tone (19 levels)
Monochrome (Sharpness Strength / Sharpness Fineness / Sharpness Threshold / Contrast (9 levels) / Filter effect (Ye - Yellow / Or - Orange / R - Red / G (Green) / Toning effect (S - Sepia / B - Blue / P - Purple / G - Green))

Drive modes

Single, High-Speed Continuous, Low-Speed Continuous, Self timer (2s, 10s, Custom, Remote)

Continuous Shooting

Fixed AF: Approx. 9 shots/s for up to 26 frames in JPEG6
With AF: Approx. 7 shots/s7

File Type

Still Image Type

JPEG: Fine, Normal (Exif 2.30 compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0)
RAW: RAW (14-bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition),
Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant

RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording

Yes, RAW + various JPEG compression possible

Image Size

RAW: (3:2) 6000 x 4000, (4:3) 5328 x 4000, (16:9) 6000 x 3368, (1:1) 4000 x 4000
JPEG 3:2: (L) 6000 x 4000, (M) 3984 x 2656, (S1) 2976 x 1984, (S2) 2400 x 1600
JPEG 4:3: (L) 5328 x 4000, (M) 3552 x 2664, (S1) 2656 x 1992, (S2)  2112 x 1600
JPEG 16:9: (L) 6000 x 3368, (M) 3984 x 2240, (S1) 2976 x 1680 (S2) 2400 x 1344
JPEG 1:1: (L) 4000 x 4000, (M) 2656 x 2656, (S1) 1984 x 1984, (S2) 1600 x 1600
In-camera RAW processing & Resize available

Movie Type

MP4 [Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio: MPEG-4 AAC-LC (stereo)]

Movie Size

Full HD - 1920 x 1080 (59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, 23.976 fps)
HD - 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps)
VGA - 640 x 480 (29.97, 25 fps)

Movie Length

Max duration 29min 59sec, Max file size 4GB


New folders can be automatically created monthly or daily

File Numbering

(1) Consecutive numbering
(2) Auto reset

Other Features

Custom Functions

12 customisable buttons/ dials

Metadata Tag

User copyright information (Author's Name, Copyright Details)
Image rating (0-5 stars)

LCD Panel / Illumination

5 levels

Intelligent Orientation Sensor

Yes, with Image Rotate

Playback zoom

2x - 10x enabled in 10 steps

Display Formats

(1) Single image with information (toggle up to 8 options)
(2) Single image
(3) Index display (6/12/42/110 images)
(4) Jump Display (1/10/100 image, by shot date, by rating)

Slide Show

Playback time: 3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/15/30 seconds
Repeat: On/Off
Transition Effects: Off, Fade


Brightness/ RGB

Highlight Alert


Image Erase/Protection

Erase: Single image, Selected images, Selected range, All images
Protection: Selected images, Selected range, All images. Unprotect all images

Menu Categories

(1) Shooting menu (x8)
(2) Playback menu (x5)
(3) Setup menu (x4)
(4) Custom Functions menu
(5) My Menu

Menu Languages

25 Languages
English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese

Firmware Update

Firmware update possible by the user.



Hi-Speed USB (Micro USB connector)


Wireless LAN (IEEE802.11b/g/n), (2.4 GHz only, 1-11 ch), with Dynamic NFC support8
Bluetooth® (Specification version 4.1, Bluetooth low energy technology)9
HDMI (Micro - Type-D connector)
External microphone (3.5mm stereo jack)

Direct Print

Canon Printers

Canon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge


Yes (via USB or Wireless LAN)



SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS-I compatible)

Supported Operating System

PC & Macintosh

Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7 SP110
Mac OS X 10.9 / 10.10 / 10.11
For Wi-Fi connection to a PC:
Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7 SP1
Mac OS X 10.9 / 10.10
For Image Transfer Utility:
Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7 SP1
Mac OS X 10.9 / 10.10 / 10.11


Image Processing

Digital Photo Professional


Picture Style Editor, EOS Utility, Image Transfer Utility
Camera Connect app available on iOS and Android devices11

Power Source


1 x Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E17

Battery life

With LCD monitor: Approx. 295 shots (at 23 °C, AE 50%, FE 50%)
With EVF: Approx. 295 shots (at 23 °C, AE 50%, FE 50%)
ECO Mode: Approx. 420 shots (at 23 °C, AE 50%, FE 50%)

Battery Indicator

4 levels

Power saving

Display off (15, 30 sec or 1, 3, 5, 10, 30 mins)
Auto Power Down (30 sec or 1, 3, 5, 10 mins)
ECO mode

Power Supply & Battery Chargers

Battery charger LC-E17
Compact Power Adapter CA-PS700
DC Coupler DR-E17


Cases / Straps

Body Jacket EH29-CJ
Neck Strap EM-300DB
Neck Strap EM-E2


EF-M lenses
All EF and EF-S lenses compatible via Mount adapter EF-EOS M


Canon Speedlites (including 90EX, 220EX, 270EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 380EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 430EX III-RT, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, 600EX, 600EX-RT, 600EX II-RT, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR-14EX II, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT)
Off-Camera Shoe Cord OC-E3, Speedlite Bracket SB-E2

Remote Controller/ Switch

Remote Switch RS-60E3
Timer Remote Controller TC-80N312
Remote Controller RC-6


Interface cable IFC-600PCU

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