Canon has done a great job improving focusing speeds for its latest CSC - something its previous efforts seriously struggled with. Now, instead of being on the tardy side, the EOS M5 is much faster - but still not as quick as other system cameras.

How much that bothers you is likely to depend on what kind of things you want to photograph - anything that’s not going to move? You should be fine. For fast-moving subjects, though, you might be better off with the Fuji X-T2 or the Olympus OM-D E-M1 II.

If you’re determined to track moving subjects, switching to AF (Servo) yields decent results with anything moving in a reasonably predictable (and not too rapid) motion, too.

The other area the EOS M5 loses ground on its rivals is with video. Full HD recording at 60fps is nice and all, but Panasonic’s Micro Four Thirds cameras have been shooting in 4K for a while now. If movie making is key, the Lumix GH4 could be a better bet.

Image Quality

No big surprises here: the EOS M5 is capable of producing some very nice pictures. It does use the same sensor and processor combination as the much-loved 80D, after all.

Directly from the camera, images have that satisfying amount of punch and vibrancy that Canon has become known for.

Detail is well resolved, but you can push the camera further by using the “Fine Detail” Picture Style setting - something which you can choose from either the quick or the main menu.

Automatic white balance gets it right most of the time, with perhaps a tendency to be a little cooler than we’d like under artificial lighting. All-purpose metering performs well, with nicely balanced exposures in the majority of conditions.

As for noise, everything is well controlled, only starting to become particularly noticeable at ISO 3200 - but you can still use these shots at smaller printing and web sizes. Reserve the very highest ISO 12800 and ISO 25600 settings for those rare occasions when getting the shot is more critical than it being high quality.

Canon EOS M5 Verdict

It’s great to see Canon finally taking CSCs seriously, and coming up with something that competes with big-hitting rivals from Fuji, Olympus and Panasonic. This is a camera that’s more than capable of taking some very nice images, and it’s also enjoyable to use.

If you’re already a Canon user, or perhaps have been in the past and are looking to downsize, it’s very tempting. Fast-moving wildlife, sports or action photography might not be its strength, but it’s still a great option if you like to photograph stationary subjects.

On the other hand, if you’re not already invested in Canon, it’s hard to recommend over more established CSCs - especially at the M5’s launch price.

There’s nothing truly “special” about this camera, and while it’s a good all-rounder, it could do with being a couple of hundred pounds cheaper. Hopefully that’ll be the case in a few months’ time.

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Tech Specs 
Canon M mount
24.2MP w/ dual pixel CMOS AF
Canon DIGIC 7
7fps w/ autofocus, 9fps with fixed AF
1080p @ 60fps
Wi-Fi, NFC, always-on Bluetooth
295 shots (420 shots in ECO mode)
Stuff says... 

Canon EOS M5 review

A lovely little CSC from the camera giant, if a little overpriced for what it offers
Good Stuff 
Lots of quick access dials and buttons
Bright and clear viewfinder
Tilting touch-sensitive screen
Bad Stuff 
M-mount lens range limited
Screen not fully articulated