Canon M5 vs Panasonic G85: A Detailed Comparison

Canon M5 vs Panasonic G85: Let's compare two Semi-Pro Mirrorless cameras. The Canon EOS M5 which has a 24.0MP APS-C sensor and the Panasonic Lumix DMC G85 which has a 16.0MP Four Thirds sensor. Here's a brief overview of the main features and specs before we go into more details.

Canon M5 vs Panasonic G85 Specs

Canon M5 vs Panasonic G85 – Comparison

Canon M5 vs Panasonic G85 – Comparison

 Specifications

Canon M5

Panasonic G85

Megapixels24.216.0
Sensor TypeCMOSLive MOS
Sensor FormatAPS-CMicro Four Thirds
Crop Factor1.6x2.0x
AA FilterYesNone
Image Resolution6000 x 40004592 x 3448
Body Image StabilizationYes (Movie only)Yes
Lens MountCanon EF-MMicro Four Thirds
ISO100 - 25,600200 - 25,600
Expanded ISONone100
AF Points49 Hybrid49 Contrast
Cross-type AF PointsDual Pixel AF0 phase
Continuous Mode7fps6fps*
LCD3.2" - Articulating3.0" - Fully Articulated
LCD Resolution1,620,000 dots1,040,000 dots
TouchscreenYesYes
Focus PeakingYesYes
Top LCD DisplayNoNo
Viewfinder TypeEVF (2.36M)EVF (2.36M)
Viewfinder Coverage100%100%
Viewfinder Magnification1.48x
Video Resolution1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p3840x2160 (30/24p)
1280x720 (60/50p)1920x1080 (60/30/24p)
Microphone JackYesYes
Headphone JackNoNo
Memory Card TypeSDSD
Dual Card SlotsNoNo
SD UHS SupportUHS-IUHS-II
Fastest Shutter Speed1/40001/16000
Slowest Shutter Speed30"60"
Bulb ModeYesYes
JPEG Buffer Size27Unlimited
RAW Buffer Size1862
Time LapseYesYes
Built-in FlashYesYes
Max Flash Sync Speed1/2001/160
Startup Time1.2s0.8s
Built-in Wi-FiYesYes
Built-in GPSNoNo
Built-in NFCYesNo
BluetoothYesNo
USB TypeUSB 2.0USB 2.0
Environmentally SealedNoYes
Battery Life (CIPA)295 shots320 shots
Battery IncludedYes (LP-E17)
Weight15.0 oz (427g)17.8 oz (505g)
Size4.6 x 3.5 x 2.4"5.1 x 3.5 x 2.9"
PriceAmazonAmazon
Release Date20162016

Canon M5 vs Panasonic G85 Common Features

Wireless ConnectionYes vs Yes
Articulating ScreenYes vs Yes
Built-in FlashYes vs Yes
External Flash ShoeYes vs Yes
Touch ScreenYes vs Yes
ViewfinderYes (Electronic) vs Yes (Electronic)
RAW SupportYes vs Yes
Face Detection FocusYes vs Yes
Continuous Shooting9.0fps vs 9.0fps
Microphone PortYes vs Yes
Timelapse RecordingYes vs Yes
AE BracketingYes vs Yes
Smartphone Remote ControlYes vs Yes

Panasonic G85 vs Canon M5 Size Comparison

Mirrorless cameras are small and neat. In this case, the Canon M5 is 12mm narrower and 13mm thinner than the Panasonic G85 but they have the same height of 89mm.  The EOS M5 is also 78g lighter than the Lumix DMC G85.

Canon M5 vs Panasonic G85 – Comparison

Canon M5 vs Panasonic G85 – Comparison

Also, given that the Canon M5 has an APS-C sized sensor and Panasonic G85 has a smaller Four-Thirds sensor, Panasonic G85's lenses for a similar focal length and aperture are normally lighter and smaller than the Canon M5 lenses.

Panasonic G85 vs Canon M5 Sensor Comparison

The Canon M5 has a 24.0MP APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm ) sized CMOS sensor and features a Digic 7 processor. Meanwhile, Panasonic G85 has a 16.0MP Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm ) sized CMOS sensor. Here, the EOS M5 offers 8MP more than the Panasonic G85's sensor.

Furthermore, the Canon EOS M5 has a 1.5x larger sensor area than the Panasonic G85. Larger sensors provide you with more control over the depth of field and blurry background compared to the smaller sensor when shot in same focal length and aperture.

Why You Should Choose The Canon M5

Max Sensor Resolution24 MP vs 16 MP
LCD Screen Size3.2" vs 3″
LCD Screen Resolution1.620k dots vs 1.040k dots
Weight427 g vs 505 g
Price$880 vs $900
NFC ConnectionYes vs No
BluetoothYes vs No

Advantages of the Canon M5 Over Panasonic G85

  • Megapixels –  8.2 more megapixels. For printing big and cropping, the Canon M5 is a much better choice.
  • Sensor Format – APS-C is bigger than MFT, which results in slightly less noise at higher ISO levels.
  • Continuous mode – 7fps vs 6fps. It’s an advantage, but not something you will really notice that often.
  • LCD – 3.2″ vs 3.0″.
  • LCD Resolution – Higher resolution.
  • Max Flash Sync Speed – 1/200 vs /160.
  • Built-in NFC
  • Bluetooth Support
  • Weight – The Canon M5 weighs 78g less.
  • Size – The Canon M5 is noticeably smaller.

Video: Canon M5 Hands-on Review

Why You Should Choose The Panasonic G85

Built-in Image StabilizationSensor-shift vs None
Battery Life330 shots vs 295 shots
Environmental SealingYes vs No
Flash Coverage6.2m vs 5.0m
Sensor Pixel Area14.21µmvs 13.84µm2
Max Video Resolution3840 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080
4K Photo ModeYes vs No
Focus StackingYes vs No
Post Focus ModeYes vs No

Advantages of the Panasonic G85 Over the Canon M5

  • AA Filter – The Panasonic G85 has no AA filter.
  • Body Image Stabilization – The Panasonic G85 has built-in body stabilization for photos and videos, which is an excellent feature for traveling and shooting in low light.
  • LCD – It’s fully articulated.
  • Video Resolution – 4K video available.
  • 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”.
  • JPEG Buffer Size – Unlimited vs 27. Useful for long bursts.
  • RAW Buffer Size – 62 vs 18. 
  • Environmentally Sealed – The Panasonic G85 is much more protected for shooting outdoors in difficult terrain and bad weather conditions.

Video: Panasonic G85 Hands-on Review