Canon M5 vs Nikon D5600: A Complete Comparison

Canon M5 vs Nikon D5600: Two cameras. Two different body types. This article compares Canon's Semi-Pro Mirrorless camera, the Canon EOS M5, with Nikon's Entry-Level DSLR, the Nikon D5600. 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 Nikon D5600 Specs

Canon M5 vs Nikon D5600

Canon M5 vs Nikon D5600


Canon M5

Nikon D5600

Sensor FormatAPS-CAPS-C (DX)
Crop Factor1.6x1.5x
AA FilterYesNone
Image Resolution6000 x 40006000 x 4000
Body Image StabilizationYes (Movie only)No
Lens MountCanon EF-MNikon FX/DX
ISO100 - 25,600100 - 25,600
Expanded ISONoneNo
AF Points49 Hybrid39
Cross-type AF PointsDual Pixel AF9
Continuous Mode7fps5fps
LCD3.2" - Articulating3.2" - Fully Articulated
LCD Resolution1,620,000 dots1,036,800 dots
Focus PeakingYesNo
Top LCD DisplayNoNo
Viewfinder TypeEVF (2.36M)Optical
Viewfinder Coverage100%95%
Viewfinder Magnification0.82x
Video Resolution1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p
1280x720 (60/50p)1280x720 (60/50p)
Microphone JackYesYes
Headphone JackNoNo
Memory Card TypeSDSD
Dual Card SlotsNoNo
Fastest Shutter Speed1/40001/4000
Slowest Shutter Speed30"30"
Bulb ModeYesYes
JPEG Buffer Size27100
RAW Buffer Size1812
Time LapseYesYes
Built-in FlashYesYes
Max Flash Sync Speed1/2001/200
Startup Time1.2s0.4s
Built-in Wi-FiYesYes
Built-in GPSNoNo
Built-in NFCYesYes
USB TypeUSB 2.0USB 2.0
Environmentally SealedNoNo
Battery Life (CIPA)295 shots820 shots
Battery IncludedYes (LP-E17)Yes (EN-EL14a)
Weight15.0 oz (427g)16.4 oz (465g)
Size4.6 x 3.5 x 2.4"4.9 x 3.8 x 2.8"
Release Date20162017

Nikon D5600 vs Canon M5 Common Features

Wireless ConnectionYes vs Yes
 Bluetooth ConnectionYes vs Yes
 Articulating ScreenYes vs Yes
 Built-in FlashYes vs Yes
 External Flash ShoeYes vs Yes
 Touch ScreenYes vs Yes
 ViewfinderYes (Electronic) vs Yes (Optical)
 RAW SupportYes vs Yes
 Face Detection FocusYes vs Yes
 Max Resolution24 MP vs 24 MP
 LCD Screen Size3.2" vs 3.2″
 Microphone PortYes vs Yes
 Timelapse RecordingYes vs Yes
 AE BracketingYes vs Yes
 Selfie Friendly LCDYes vs Yes
 NFC ConnectionYes vs Yes
 Smartphone Remote ControlYes vs Yes

Canon M5 vs Nikon D5600 Size Comparison

The Canon M5 is the smaller of the two cameras. Its body is 8mm narrower, 8mm shorter and 9mm thinner than Nikon D5600. And, for those who want to know, the Canon M5 is 38g lighter than the Nikon D5600.

Canon M5 vs Nikon D5600

Canon M5 vs Nikon D5600

Moreover, both cameras have an APS-C sensor. Hence, the lenses they use are practically the same. So, when factoring in the weight, this is not an issue.

Canon M5 vs Nikon D5600 Sensor Comparison

Both the Canon M5 and Nikon D5600 have APS-C sized 24.0 MP resolution sensors so sensor size and resolution are the same between the two cameras.

However, it is worth mentioning that the Nikon D5600's sensor lacks anti-alias (Low-Pass) filter. This increases the sharpness and level of detail however it also increases the chance of a ripple effect in certain pictures.

Canon EOS M5 vs Nikon D5600 Sensor Comparison

Canon EOS M5 vs Nikon D5600 Sensor Comparison

As both the Nikon D5600 and Canon M5 have the same sensor sizes, they provide a good level of control over the depth of field when used with same focal length and aperture. However, the Nikon D5600 has a 1.1x larger sensor area than Canon M5. Larger sensors give you 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 Advantages Over Nikon D5600

Number of Focus Points49 vs 39
 LCD Screen Resolution1.620k dots vs 1.037k dots
 Viewfinder Coverage100% vs 95%
 Continuous Shooting9.0fps vs 5.0fps
 Weight427 g vs 465 g
AE Bracketing Range±3 EV vs ±2 EV
 Digital video stabilizationYes vs No

Main reasons to choose the Canon M5 over the Nikon D5600:

  • Body Image Stabilization – It has body image stabilization but it only works in video.
  • AF Points – 49 vs 39
  • Continuous mode – 7fps vs 5fps. More is better for sports and wildlife since you have more chances of getting a tack sharp shot.
  • LCD Resolution – Higher resolution.
  • Focus Peaking – Very useful for seeing if your subject is in focus (both photo and video).
  • Viewfinder Coverage – 100% vs 95%.
  • RAW Buffer Size – 18 vs 12.
  • Size – The Canon M5 is noticeably smaller.

Video: Canon M5 Hands-on Review

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Nikon D5600 Advantages Over Canon M5

 Battery Life820 shots vs 295 shots
 Flash Coverage12.0m vs 5.0m
 Sensor Pixel Area15.28µmvs 13.84µm2
 Price$697 vs $929

Here are the key reasons why you may consider buying the Nikon D5600 instead of the Canon M5:

  • AA Filter – The Nikon D5600 has no AA filter.
  • LCD – It’s fully articulated.
  • JPEG Buffer Size – 100 vs 27. Useful for long bursts.
  • Battery Life – 820 shots vs 295 shots.

Video: Nikon D5600 Hands-on Review