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

Megapixels 24.2 24.2
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Sensor Format APS-C APS-C (DX)
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 Nikon FX/DX
ISO 100 – 25,600 100 – 25,600
Expanded ISO None No
AF Points 49 Hybrid 39
Cross-type AF Points Dual Pixel AF 9
Continuous Mode 7fps 5fps
LCD 3.2″ – Articulating 3.2″ – Fully Articulated
LCD Resolution 1,620,000 dots 1,036,800 dots
Touchscreen Yes Yes
Focus Peaking Yes No
Top LCD Display No No
Viewfinder Type EVF (2.36M) Optical
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.82x
Video Resolution 1920×1080 (60/50/30/25/24p 1920×1080 (60/50/30/25/24p
1280×720 (60/50p) 1280×720 (60/50p)
Microphone Jack Yes Yes
Headphone Jack No No
Memory Card Type SD SD
Dual Card Slots No No
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/4000 1/4000
Slowest Shutter Speed 30″ 30″
Bulb Mode Yes Yes
JPEG Buffer Size 27 100
RAW Buffer Size 18 12
Time Lapse Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Max Flash Sync Speed 1/200 1/200
Startup Time 1.2s 0.4s
Built-in Wi-Fi Yes Yes
Built-in GPS No No
Built-in NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Type USB 2.0 USB 2.0
Environmentally Sealed No No
Battery Life (CIPA) 295 shots 820 shots
Battery Included Yes (LP-E17) Yes (EN-EL14a)
Weight 15.0 oz (427g) 16.4 oz (465g)
Size 4.6 x 3.5 x 2.4″ 4.9 x 3.8 x 2.8″
Price Amazon Amazon
Release Date 2016 2017

Nikon D5600 vs Canon M5 Common Features

Wireless Connection Yes vs Yes
 Bluetooth Connection Yes vs Yes
 Articulating Screen Yes vs Yes
 Built-in Flash Yes vs Yes
 External Flash Shoe Yes vs Yes
 Touch Screen Yes vs Yes
 Viewfinder Yes (Electronic) vs Yes (Optical)
 RAW Support Yes vs Yes
 Face Detection Focus Yes vs Yes
 Max Resolution 24 MP vs 24 MP
 LCD Screen Size 3.2″ vs 3.2″
 Microphone Port Yes vs Yes
 Timelapse Recording Yes vs Yes
 AE Bracketing Yes vs Yes
 Selfie Friendly LCD Yes vs Yes
 NFC Connection Yes vs Yes
 Smartphone Remote Control Yes 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 Points 49 vs 39
 LCD Screen Resolution 1.620k dots vs 1.037k dots
 Viewfinder Coverage 100% vs 95%
 Continuous Shooting 9.0fps vs 5.0fps
 Weight 427 g vs 465 g
AE Bracketing Range ±3 EV vs ±2 EV
 Digital video stabilization Yes 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 Life 820 shots vs 295 shots
 Flash Coverage 12.0m vs 5.0m
 Sensor Pixel Area 15.28µmvs 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


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