Canon M5 vs Nikon D7100: A Complete Comparison

Canon M5 vs Nikon D7100: This article compares Canon’s Semi-Pro Mirrorless camera, the Canon EOS M5, with Nikon’s Semi-Pro DSLR, the Nikon D7100. 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 D7100 Specs

Canon M5 vs Nikon D7100

Canon M5 vs Nikon D7100


Canon M5

Nikon D7100

Megapixels 24.2 24.1
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 – 6,400
Expanded ISO None 25,600
AF Points 49 Hybrid 51
Cross-type AF Points Dual Pixel AF 15
Continuous Mode 7fps 6fps
LCD 3.2″ – Articulating 3.2″ – Fixed
LCD Resolution 1,620,000 dots 1,228,800 dots
Touchscreen Yes No
Focus Peaking Yes No
Top LCD Display No Yes
Viewfinder Type EVF (2.36M) Optical
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.94x
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 Yes
Memory Card Type SD SD + SD
Dual Card Slots No Yes
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/4000 1/8000
Slowest Shutter Speed 30″ 30″
Bulb Mode Yes Yes
JPEG Buffer Size 27 12
RAW Buffer Size 18 5
Time Lapse Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Max Flash Sync Speed 1/200 1/250
Startup Time 1.2s 0.3s
Built-in Wi-Fi Yes No
Built-in GPS No No
Built-in NFC Yes No
Bluetooth Yes No
USB Type USB 2.0 USB 2.0
Environmentally Sealed No Yes
Battery Life (CIPA) 295 shots 950 shots
Battery Included Yes (LP-E17) Yes (EN-EL15)
Weight 15.0 oz (427g) 27.0 oz (765g)
Size 4.6 x 3.5 x 2.4″ 5.3 x 4.2 x 3.0″
Price Amazon Amazon
Release Date 2016 2013

Nikon D7100 vs Canon M5 Common Features

 Built-in Flash YesvsYes
 External Flash Shoe YesvsYes
 Viewfinder Yes (Electronic)vsYes (Optical)
 RAW Support YesvsYes
 Face Detection Focus YesvsYes
 Max Resolution 24 MPvs24 MP
 LCD Screen Size 3.2″vs3.2″
 Continuous Shooting 9.0fpsvs6.0fps
 Microphone Port YesvsYes
 Timelapse Recording YesvsYes
 AE Bracketing YesvsYes

Canon M5 vs Nikon D7100 Size Comparison

The Canon M5 is unquestionably the smaller of the two cameras. Its body is 20mm narrower, 18mm shorter and 15mm than Nikon D5500. Also, the Canon M5 is significantly lighter (338g ) than the Nikon D7100. A noticeable difference for those who do long photo sessions without a tripod.

Canon M5 vs Nikon D7100

Canon M5 vs Nikon D7100

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 D7100 Sensor Comparison

Both the Canon M5 and Nikon D5500 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 D5500’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 M5 vs Nikon D7100 Sensor Comparison

Canon M5 vs Nikon D7100 Sensor Comparison

As both the Nikon D7100 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 D5500 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 D7100

Wireless Connection Built-In vs Optional
 Articulating Screen Yes vs No
 Touch Screen Yes vs No
 Max ISO 25.600 vs 6.400
 LCD Screen Resolution 1.620k dots vs 1.229k dots
 Continuous Shooting 9.0fps vs 6.0fps
 Weight 427 g vs 765 g
 Price $929 vs $1,197
 Selfie Friendly LCD Yes vs No
 NFC Connection Yes vs No
 Bluetooth Yes vs No
 Smartphone_remote control Yes vs No
 Digital video stabilization Yes vs No

Main reasons to consider buying the M5 instead of the D7100:

  • Body Image Stabilization – It has body image stabilization but it only works in video.
  • Continuous mode – 7fps vs 6fps. It’s an advantage, but not something you will really notice that often.
  • LCD – It’s articulated.
  • LCD Resolution – Higher resolution.
  • Touchscreen Support
  • Focus Peaking – Very useful for seeing if your subject is in focus (both photo and video).
  • JPEG Buffer Size – 27 vs 12. Useful for long bursts.
  • RAW Buffer Size – 18 vs 5.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built-in NFC
  • Bluetooth Support
  • Weight – The Canon M5 weighs 338g less.
  • Size – The Canon M5 is noticeably smaller.

Video: Canon M5 Hands-on Review

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 Nikon D7100 Advantages Over Canon M5

Number of Focus Points 51 vs 49
 Max Shutter Speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
 Battery Life 950 shots vs 295 shots
 Headphone Port Yes vs No
 Environmental Sealing Yes vs No
 Flash Coverage 12.0m vs 5.0m
 Sensor Pixel Area 15.28µmvs 13.84µm2
 Top LCD Yes vs No
 Storage Slot vs 1
 Autofocus at f/8 aperture Center point vs none

Main points that might sway your decision toward the Nikon D7100 instead of the Canon M5:

  • AA Filter – The Nikon D7100 has no AA filter.
  • AF Points – 51 vs 49.
  • Top LCD Display – When shooting in semi-auto/manual modes, you can quickly preview all of your settings.
  • Headphone Jack – Useful for previewing your audio quality straight out the camera.
  • Dual Card Slots – More room for extra photos, or simply for backup.
  • Faster Max Shutter Speed – 1/8000 vs 1/4000.
  • Max Flash Sync Speed – 1/250 vs /200.
  • Environmentally Sealed – The Nikon D7100 is suited for shooting outdoors in difficult terrain and bad weather conditions.
  • Battery Life – 950 shots vs 295 shots.

Video: Nikon D7100 First Impression Hands-on

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