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

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 - 6,400
Expanded ISONone25,600
AF Points49 Hybrid51
Cross-type AF PointsDual Pixel AF15
Continuous Mode7fps6fps
LCD3.2" - Articulating3.2" - Fixed
LCD Resolution1,620,000 dots1,228,800 dots
Focus PeakingYesNo
Top LCD DisplayNoYes
Viewfinder TypeEVF (2.36M)Optical
Viewfinder Coverage100%100%
Viewfinder Magnification0.94x
Video Resolution1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p
1280x720 (60/50p)1280x720 (60/50p)
Microphone JackYesYes
Headphone JackNoYes
Memory Card TypeSDSD + SD
Dual Card SlotsNoYes
Fastest Shutter Speed1/40001/8000
Slowest Shutter Speed30"30"
Bulb ModeYesYes
JPEG Buffer Size2712
RAW Buffer Size185
Time LapseYesYes
Built-in FlashYesYes
Max Flash Sync Speed1/2001/250
Startup Time1.2s0.3s
Built-in Wi-FiYesNo
Built-in GPSNoNo
Built-in NFCYesNo
USB TypeUSB 2.0USB 2.0
Environmentally SealedNoYes
Battery Life (CIPA)295 shots950 shots
Battery IncludedYes (LP-E17)Yes (EN-EL15)
Weight15.0 oz (427g)27.0 oz (765g)
Size4.6 x 3.5 x 2.4"5.3 x 4.2 x 3.0"
Release Date20162013

Nikon D7100 vs Canon M5 Common Features

 Built-in FlashYesvsYes
 External Flash ShoeYesvsYes
 ViewfinderYes (Electronic)vsYes (Optical)
 RAW SupportYesvsYes
 Face Detection FocusYesvsYes
 Max Resolution24 MPvs24 MP
 LCD Screen Size3.2"vs3.2″
 Continuous Shooting9.0fpsvs6.0fps
 Microphone PortYesvsYes
 Timelapse RecordingYesvsYes
 AE BracketingYesvsYes

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 ConnectionBuilt-In vs Optional
 Articulating ScreenYes vs No
 Touch ScreenYes vs No
 Max ISO25.600 vs 6.400
 LCD Screen Resolution1.620k dots vs 1.229k dots
 Continuous Shooting9.0fps vs 6.0fps
 Weight427 g vs 765 g
 Price$929 vs $1,197
 Selfie Friendly LCDYes vs No
 NFC ConnectionYes vs No
 BluetoothYes vs No
 Smartphone_remote controlYes vs No
 Digital video stabilizationYes 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 Points51 vs 49
 Max Shutter Speed1/8000s vs 1/4000s
 Battery Life950 shots vs 295 shots
 Headphone PortYes vs No
 Environmental SealingYes vs No
 Flash Coverage12.0m vs 5.0m
 Sensor Pixel Area15.28µmvs 13.84µm2
 Top LCDYes vs No
 Storage Slotvs 1
 Autofocus at f/8 apertureCenter 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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