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
|Sensor Type||CMOS||Live MOS|
|Sensor Format||APS-C||Micro Four Thirds|
|Image Resolution||6000 x 4000||4592 x 3448|
|Body Image Stabilization||Yes (Movie only)||Yes|
|Lens Mount||Canon EF-M||Micro Four Thirds|
|ISO||100 – 25,600||200 – 25,600|
|AF Points||49 Hybrid||49 Contrast|
|Cross-type AF Points||Dual Pixel AF||0 phase|
|LCD||3.2″ – Articulating||3.0″ – Fully Articulated|
|LCD Resolution||1,620,000 dots||1,040,000 dots|
|Top LCD Display||No||No|
|Viewfinder Type||EVF (2.36M)||EVF (2.36M)|
|Video Resolution||1920×1080 (60/50/30/25/24p||3840×2160 (30/24p)|
|1280×720 (60/50p)||1920×1080 (60/30/24p)|
|Memory Card Type||SD||SD|
|Dual Card Slots||No||No|
|SD UHS Support||UHS-I||UHS-II|
|Fastest Shutter Speed||1/4000||1/16000|
|Slowest Shutter Speed||30″||60″|
|JPEG Buffer Size||27||Unlimited|
|RAW Buffer Size||18||62|
|Max Flash Sync Speed||1/200||1/160|
|USB Type||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||295 shots||320 shots|
|Battery Included||Yes (LP-E17)|
|Weight||15.0 oz (427g)||17.8 oz (505g)|
|Size||4.6 x 3.5 x 2.4″||5.1 x 3.5 x 2.9″|
Canon M5 vs Panasonic G85 Common Features
|Wireless Connection||Yes vs Yes||Better connectivity|
|Articulating Screen||Yes vs Yes||Flexible shooting positions|
|Built-in Flash||Yes vs Yes||Useful in low-light|
|External Flash Shoe||Yes vs Yes||Better for flash photography|
|Touch Screen||Yes vs Yes||Easy control of camera functions|
|Viewfinder||Yes (Electronic) vs Yes (Electronic)||Better framing and control|
|RAW Support||Yes vs Yes||Better image quality|
|Face Detection Focus||Yes vs Yes||Useful for portraits|
|Continuous Shooting||9.0fps vs 9.0fps||Fast shooting speeds|
|Microphone Port||Yes vs Yes||High-quality audio recording option|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes vs Yes||Creative shooting|
|AE Bracketing||Yes vs Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Smartphone Remote Control||Yes vs Yes||Remote control your camera with a smartphone|
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.
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 Resolution||24 MP vs 16 MP||50% more pixels|
|LCD Screen Size||3.2″ vs 3″||0.2 inches larger display|
|LCD Screen Resolution||1.620k dots vs 1.040k dots||55% higher resolution screen|
|Weight||427 g vs 505 g||78 g lighter|
|Price||$880 vs $900||$20 cheaper|
|NFC Connection||Yes vs No||Easy wireless connectivity with compatible devices|
|Bluetooth||Yes vs No||Connect your camera to other devices via Bluetooth|
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 Stabilization||Sensor-shift vs None||All the lenses are stabilized|
|Battery Life||330 shots vs 295 shots||35 more frames with a single charge|
|Environmental Sealing||Yes vs No||Shoot at tough conditions|
|Flash Coverage||6.2m vs 5.0m||1.2m longer range|
|Sensor Pixel Area||14.21µm2 vs 13.84µm2||2% larger pixel area|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080||Higher Resolution Video|
|4K Photo Mode||Yes vs No||Extract 8MP photos from 4K Video|
|Focus Stacking||Yes vs No||Stacks photos in-camera to maximize depth of field|
|Post Focus Mode||Yes vs No||Change focus point after taking a shot|
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