Canon M5 vs Fujifilm X-T2: A Detailed Comparison

Canon M5 vs Fujifilm X-T2: Two mirrorless cameras up for comparison. This article compares Canon’s Semi-Pro Mirrorless camera, the Canon EOS M5, with Fujifilm’s mirrorless camera, the Fujifilm X-T2. Both cameras feature a 24.0MP APS-C sensor. To start, here’s a brief overview of the main features of both cameras.

Canon M5 vs Fujifilm X-T2 Specs

Canon M5 vs Fujifilm X-T2 – Comparison

Canon M5 vs Fujifilm X-T2 – Comparison

Specifications

Canon M5

Fujifilm X-T2

Megapixels 24.2 24.3
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Sensor Format APS-C APS-C
Crop Factor 1.6x 1.5x
AA Filter Yes None
Image Resolution 6000 x 4000 6000 x 4000
Body Image Stabilization Yes (Movie only) No
Lens Mount Canon EF-M Fujifilm X
ISO 100 – 25,600 200 – 12,800
Expanded ISO None 100 – 51,200
AF Points 49 Hybrid 325 AF Hybrid
Cross-type AF Points Dual Pixel AF 169 phase
Continuous Mode 7fps 8fps*
LCD 3.2″ – Articulating 3.0″ – Articulating
LCD Resolution 1,620,000 dots 1,040,000 dots
Touchscreen Yes No
Focus Peaking Yes Yes
Top LCD Display No No
Viewfinder Type EVF (2.36M) EVF (2.36M)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.77x
Video Resolution 1920×1080 (60/50/30/25/24p 3840×2160 (30/25/24p)
1280×720 (60/50p) 1920×1080 (60/50p)
Microphone Jack Yes Yes
Headphone Jack No No
Memory Card Type SD SD + SD
Dual Card Slots No Yes
SD UHS Support UHS-I UHS-II
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/4000 1/32000
Slowest Shutter Speed 30″ 30″
Bulb Mode Yes Yes
JPEG Buffer Size 27 55
RAW Buffer Size 18 48
Time Lapse Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Yes No
Max Flash Sync Speed 1/200 1/250
Startup Time 1.2s 1.0s
Built-in Wi-Fi Yes Yes
Built-in GPS No No
Built-in NFC Yes No
Bluetooth Yes No
USB Type USB 2.0 USB 3.0
Environmentally Sealed No Yes
Battery Life (CIPA) 295 shots 340 shots
Battery Included Yes (LP-E17) Yes (NP-W126S)
Weight 15.0 oz (427g) 17.9 oz (507g)
Size 4.6 x 3.5 x 2.4″ 5.2 x 3.6 x 1.9″
Price Amazon Amazon
Release Date 2016 2016

Fujifilm X-T2 vs Canon M5 Common Features

Wireless Connection Yes vs Yes
Articulating Screen Yes vs Yes
External Flash Shoe Yes vs Yes
Viewfinder Yes (Electronic) vs Yes (Electronic)
RAW Support Yes vs Yes
Face Detection Focus Yes vs Yes
Max Resolution 24 MP vs 24 MP
Microphone Port Yes vs Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes vs Yes
AE Bracketing Yes vs Yes
Smartphone Remote Control Yes vs Yes

Canon M5 vs Fujifilm X-T2 Size Comparison

The Canon M5 is 17mm narrower and 3mm shorter than Fujifilm X-T2, however, it is also 12mm thicker. Also, the Canon M5 is noticeably lighter than the Fujifilm X-T2. It weighs 80g less. The weight plays a huge factor when buying a digital camera. You don’t want to be carrying around a heavy camera for long periods of time.

Canon M5 vs Fujifilm X-T2 – Comparison

Canon M5 vs Fujifilm X-T2 – Comparison

On the bright side, since both the Canon M5 and the Fujifilm X-T2 have an APS-C sized sensor the lenses for a similar focal length and aperture are generally the same weight.

Canon M5 vs Fujifilm X-T2 Sensor Comparison

Also, with regard to the sensor, both the Canon M5 and the Fujifilm X-T2 have APS-C sized 24.0 MP resolution sensors. Hence, sensor size and resolution are not different between these two cameras. Additionally, the Fujifilm X-T2 has a 1.1x Larger sensor area than Canon M5. Larger sensors allow the photographer more control over the depth of field and blurry background compared to the smaller sensor when shot in same focal length and aperture.

Canon M5 vs Fujifilm X-T2 Sensor Comparison

Canon M5 vs Fujifilm X-T2 Sensor Comparison

Another key difference between these two sensors is that the Fujifilm’s sensor lacks an anti-alias (Low-Pass) filter. Removing the anti-alias filter increases the sharpness and level of detail but, at the same time, it increases the chance of watery overlays occurring in certain pictures.

Canon M5 Advantages Over Fujifilm X-T2

 Wireless Connection Yes vs Yes
Articulating Screen Yes vs Yes
External Flash Shoe Yes vs Yes
Viewfinder Yes (Electronic) vs Yes (Electronic)
RAW Support Yes vs Yes
Face Detection Focus Yes vs Yes
Max Resolution 24 MP vs 24 MP
Microphone Port Yes vs Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes vs Yes
AE Bracketing Yes vs Yes
Smartphone Remote Control Yes vs Yes

Reasons why you might choose the Canon M5:

  • Body Image Stabilization – It has body image stabilization but it only works in video.
  • LCD – 3.2″ vs 3.0″.
  • LCD Resolution – Higher resolution.
  • Touchscreen Support
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in NFC
  • Bluetooth Support
  • Weight – The Canon M5 weighs 80g less.
  • Size – The Canon M5 is noticeably smaller.

Video: Canon M5 Hands-on Review

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Fujifilm X-T2 Advantages Over Canon M5

Number of Focus Points 325 vs 49
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
Continuous Shooting 14.0fps vs 9.0fps
Battery Life 340 shots vs 295 shots
Headphone Port Yes vs No
Environmental Sealing Yes vs No
Sensor Pixel Area 15.34µmvs 13.84µm2
Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080
AE Bracketing Range ±5 EV vs ±3 EV
Flash Sync Port Yes vs No
Storage Slot vs 1
Support for UHS Memory Cards UHS-II vs none

Reasons to choose the Fujifilm X-T2 over the Canon EOS M5:

  • AA Filter – The Fujifilm X-T2 has no AA filter.
  • ISO – 51,200 vs 25,600. Higher maximum ISO sensitivity.
  • AF Points – 325 vs 49.
  • Continuous mode – 8fps vs 7fps.  It’s an advantage, but not something you will really notice that often.
  • Video Resolution – 4K video available.
  • Dual Card Slots – More room for extra photos, or simply for backup.
  • UHS-II – Faster writing speeds than UHS-I, but you need a memory card that can handle such speeds.
  • Faster Max Shutter Speed – 1/32000 vs 1/4000.
  • JPEG Buffer Size – 55 vs 27. Useful for long bursts.
  • RAW Buffer Size – 48 vs 18. 
  • Max Flash Sync Speed – 1/250 vs 1/200.
  • USB 3.0 – Faster file transferring out the camera.
  • Environmentally Sealed – The Fujifilm X-T2 is better suited for shooting outdoors in difficult terrain and bad weather conditions.

Video: Fujifilm X-T2 Hands-on Review

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