Canon M5 vs Olympus E-M10 II: A Detailed Comparison

Canon M5 vs Olympus E-M10 II: These are two mirrorless cameras. This article compares Canon’s Semi-Pro Mirrorless camera, the Canon EOS M5, with Olympus’ Semi-Pro Mirrorless camera, the Olympus E-M10 II. The EOS M5 features a 24.0MP APS-C sensor while the E-M10 II features 16.0MP Four Thirds sensor. To start, here’s a brief overview of the main features of both cameras.

Canon M5 vs Olympus E-M10 II Specs

Canon M5 vs Olympus E-M10 II – Comparison

Canon M5 vs Olympus E-M10 II – Comparison


Canon M5

Olympus E-M10 II

Megapixels 24.2 16.1
Sensor Type CMOS Live MOS
Sensor Format APS-C Micro Four Thirds
Crop Factor 1.6x 2.0x
AA Filter Yes None
Image Resolution 6000 x 4000 4608 x 3456
Body Image Stabilization Yes (Movie only) Yes
Lens Mount Canon EF-M Micro Four Thirds
ISO 100 – 25,600 200 – 25,600
Expanded ISO None None
AF Points 49 Hybrid 81 Contrast
Cross-type AF Points Dual Pixel AF 0 phase
Continuous Mode 7fps 8fps
LCD 3.2″ – Articulating 3.0″ – Articulating
LCD Resolution 1,620,000 dots 1,037,000 dots
Touchscreen Yes Yes
Focus Peaking Yes Yes
Top LCD Display No No
Viewfinder Type EVF (2.36M) EVF (2.36M)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 1.23x
Video Resolution 1920×1080 (60/50/30/25/24p 1920×1080 (60/50/30/25/24p)
1280×720 (60/50p) 1920×1080 (60/50/30/25/24p)
Microphone Jack Yes No
Headphone Jack No No
Memory Card Type SD SD
Dual Card Slots No No
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/4000 1/16000
Slowest Shutter Speed 30″ 60″
Bulb Mode Yes Yes
JPEG Buffer Size 27 28
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 0.8s
Built-in Wi-Fi Yes Yes
Built-in GPS No No
Built-in NFC Yes No
Bluetooth Yes No
USB Type USB 2.0 USB 2.0
Environmentally Sealed No No
Battery Life (CIPA) 295 shots 320 shots
Battery Included Yes (LP-E17) Yes (BLS-50)
Weight 15.0 oz (427g) 13.8 oz (390g)
Size 4.6 x 3.5 x 2.4″ 4.7 x 3.3 x 1.8″
Price Amazon Amazon
Release Date 2016 2015

Olympus E-M10 II vs Canon M5 Common Features

 Wireless 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 (Electronic)
RAW Support Yes vs Yes
Face Detection Focus Yes vs Yes
Continuous Shooting 9.0fps vs 8.0fps
Timelapse Recording Yes vs Yes
AE Bracketing Yes vs Yes
Smartphone Remote Control Yes vs Yes

Canon M5 vs Olympus E-M10 II Size Comparison

The Olympus E-M10 II is 6mm shorter and 14mm thinner than Canon M5 however it is also 4mm wider. With regard to weight, the Olympus E-M10 II is 37g lighter. However, the weight difference here is not noticeable if you plan on carrying either camera around for a long time.

Canon M5 vs Olympus E-M10 II – Comparison

Canon M5 vs Olympus E-M10 II – Comparison

Moreover, since the Canon M5 has an APS-C sized sensor and the Olympus E-M10 II has a smaller Four Thirds sensor, Olympus E-M10 II’s lenses for a similar focal length and aperture are generally lighter and smaller than the Canon M5 lenses.

Canon M5 vs Olympus E-M10 II Sensor Comparison

Sensor wise, the Canon M5 has a 24.0MP APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm ) sized CMOS sensor and features a Digic 7 processor. In contrast, the Olympus E-M10 II has a 16.0MP Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm ) sized CMOS sensor and features a TruePic VII processor.

Canon M5 vs Olympus E-M10 II Sensor Comparison

Furthermore, the Canon M5’s sensor gives 8MP more than the Olympus E-M10 II’s sensor. This is a significant increase. It allows you to print larger images and offers more flexibility with cropping. Additionally, the Canon M5 has a 1.5x Larger sensor area than the Olympus E-M10 II. Larger sensors allow the photographer 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 Olympus E-M10 II

Max Sensor Resolution 24 MP vs 16 MP
LCD Screen Size 3.2″ vs 3″
LCD Screen Resolution 1.620k dots vs 1.040k dots
Continuous Shooting 9.0fps vs 8.0fps
Microphone Port Yes vs No
 Selfie Friendly LCD Yes vs No
NFC Connection Yes vs No
Bluetooth Yes vs No

You may want to choose the EOS M5 over the E-M10 II because:

  • Megapixels –  8.1 more megapixels. For printing big and cropping, the Canon M5 is a much better choice.
  • Sensor Format – APS-C is bigger than MFT. When shooting above ISO 3,200, you’ll notice a big difference in image quality.
  • LCD – 3.2″ vs 3.0″.
  • LCD Resolution – Higher resolution.
  • Built-in NFC
  • Bluetooth Support

Video: Canon M5 Hands-on Review

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Olympus E-M10 II Advantages Over Canon M5

 Built-in Image Stabilization Sensor-shift vs None
Number of Focus Points 81 vs 49
Max Shutter Speed 1/16000s vs 1/4000s
Battery Life 320 shots vs 295 shots
Weight 390 g vs 427 g
Sensor Pixel Area 14.12µmvs 13.84µm2
Price $549 vs $929
AE Bracketing Range ±5 EV vs ±3 EV
Focus Bracketing Yes vs No

Reasons for choosing the Olympus E-M10 II over the Canon M5 include:

  • AA Filter – The Olympus E-M10 II has no AA filter.
  • Body Image Stabilization – The Olympus E-M10 II has built-in body stabilization for photos and videos, which is an excellent feature for traveling and shooting in low light.
  • AF Points – 81 vs 49.
  • Continuous Mode – 8 vs 7. It’s an advantage, but not something you will notice often.
  • UHS-II – Faster writing speeds than UHS-I, but you need a memory card that can handle such speeds.
  • Faster Max Shutter Speed – 1/16000 vs 1/4000.
  • Slower Max Shutter Speed – 60” vs 30”.
  • Max Flash Sync Speed – 1/250 vs 1/200.

Video: Olympus E-M10 II Hands-on Review

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