Canon EOS M5 Review

December 23, 2016 | Amy Davies |


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