Canon EOS M5 Review

December 23, 2016 | Amy Davies |

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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