Canon M5 vs Nikon D7200: A Complete Comparison

Canon M5 vs Nikon D7100: Two cameras. Two different body types. This article compares Canon's Semi-Pro Mirrorless camera, the Canon EOS M5, with Nikon's Semi-Pro DSLR, the Nikon D7200. 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 D7200 Specs

 Specifications

Canon M5

Nikon D7200

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 102,400 (B&W)
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 1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p 1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p
1280x720 (60/50p) 1280x720 (60/50p)
Microphone Jack Yes Yes
Headphone Jack No Yes
Memory Card Type SD SD + SD
Dual Card Slots No Yes
SD UHS Support UHS-I UHS-I
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/4000 1/8000
Slowest Shutter Speed 30" 30"
Bulb Mode Yes Yes
JPEG Buffer Size 27 56
RAW Buffer Size 18 18
Time Lapse Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Max Flash Sync Speed 1/200 1/250
Startup Time 1.2s 0.4s
Built-in Wi-Fi Yes Yes
Built-in GPS No No
Built-in NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes No
USB Type USB 2.0 USB 2.0
Environmentally Sealed No Yes
Battery Life (CIPA) 295 shots 1110 shots
Battery Included Yes (LP-E17) Yes (EN-EL15)
Weight 15.0 oz (427g) 23.8 oz (675g)
Size 4.6 x 3.5 x 2.4" 5.3 x 4.2 x 3.0"
Price Amazon Amazon
Release Date 2016 2015

Nikon D7200 vs Canon M5 Common Features

Wireless Connection Yes vs Yes
Built-in Flash Yes vs Yes
External Flash Shoe 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″
Continuous Shooting 9.0fps vs 6.0fps
Microphone Port Yes vs Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes vs Yes
AE Bracketing Yes vs Yes
NFC Connection Yes vs Yes
Smartphone Remote Control Yes vs Yes

Canon M5 vs Nikon D7200 Size Comparison

The Canon M5 is definitely the smaller of the two cameras. Its body is 20mm narrower, 18mm shorter and 15mm thinner than Nikon D7200. Furthermore, the Canon M5 is noticeably lighter (338g ) than the Nikon D7200. The M5 is easier to carry around than the D7200.

Canon M5 vs Nikon D7200

Canon M5 vs Nikon D7200

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 D7200 Sensor Comparison

Both the Canon M5 and Nikon D7200 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 D7200'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 D7200 Sensor Comparison

Canon M5 vs Nikon D7200 Sensor Comparison

As both the Nikon D7200 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 D7200 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 D7200

Wireless Connection Yes vs Yes
Built-in Flash Yes vs Yes
External Flash Shoe 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″
Continuous Shooting 9.0fps vs 6.0fps
Microphone Port Yes vs Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes vs Yes
AE Bracketing Yes vs Yes
NFC Connection Yes vs Yes
Smartphone Remote Control Yes vs Yes

Key reasons that might sway you to choose the Canon M5 over the Nikon D7200:

  • 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).
  • Bluetooth Support
  • Weight – The Canon M5 weighs 248g less.
  • Size – The Canon M5 is noticeably smaller.

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Nikon D7200 Advantages Over Canon M5

Number of Focus Points 51 vs 49
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
Battery Life 1110 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
AE Bracketing Range ±5 EV vs ±3 EV
Storage Slot vs 1
Autofocus at f/8 aperture Center point vs none

You may want to choose the Nikon D7200 over the Canon EOS M5 because:

  • AA Filter – The Nikon D7200 has no AA filter.
  • ISO – 102,400 vs 25,600. Higher maximum ISO sensitivity.
  • 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.
  • JPEG Buffer Size – 56 vs 27. Useful for long bursts.
  • Max Flash Sync Speed – 1/250 vs /200.
  • Environmentally Sealed – The Nikon D7200 is good for shooting outdoors in difficult terrain and bad weather conditions.
  • Battery Life – 1110 shots vs 295 shots.

Video: Nikon D7200 Hands-on Review