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

Megapixels24.224.2
Sensor TypeCMOSCMOS
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 ISONone102,400 (B&W)
AF Points49 Hybrid51
Cross-type AF PointsDual Pixel AF15
Continuous Mode7fps6fps
LCD3.2" - Articulating3.2" - Fixed
LCD Resolution1,620,000 dots1,228,800 dots
TouchscreenYesNo
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
SD UHS SupportUHS-IUHS-I
Fastest Shutter Speed1/40001/8000
Slowest Shutter Speed30"30"
Bulb ModeYesYes
JPEG Buffer Size2756
RAW Buffer Size1818
Time LapseYesYes
Built-in FlashYesYes
Max Flash Sync Speed1/2001/250
Startup Time1.2s0.4s
Built-in Wi-FiYesYes
Built-in GPSNoNo
Built-in NFCYesYes
BluetoothYesNo
USB TypeUSB 2.0USB 2.0
Environmentally SealedNoYes
Battery Life (CIPA)295 shots1110 shots
Battery IncludedYes (LP-E17)Yes (EN-EL15)
Weight15.0 oz (427g)23.8 oz (675g)
Size4.6 x 3.5 x 2.4"5.3 x 4.2 x 3.0"
PriceAmazonAmazon
Release Date20162015

Nikon D7200 vs Canon M5 Common Features

Wireless ConnectionYes vs Yes
 Built-in FlashYes vs Yes
 External Flash ShoeYes 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″
 Continuous Shooting9.0fps vs 6.0fps
 Microphone PortYes vs Yes
 Timelapse RecordingYes vs Yes
 AE BracketingYes vs Yes
 NFC ConnectionYes vs Yes
 Smartphone Remote ControlYes 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 ConnectionYes vs Yes
Built-in FlashYes vs Yes
External Flash ShoeYes 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″
Continuous Shooting9.0fps vs 6.0fps
Microphone PortYes vs Yes
Timelapse RecordingYes vs Yes
AE BracketingYes vs Yes
NFC ConnectionYes vs Yes
Smartphone Remote ControlYes 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.

Video: Canon M5 Hands-on Review

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Nikon D7200 Advantages Over Canon M5

Number of Focus Points51 vs 49
Max Shutter Speed1/8000s vs 1/4000s
Battery Life1110 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
AE Bracketing Range±5 EV vs ±3 EV
Storage Slotvs 1
Autofocus at f/8 apertureCenter 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

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