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

Megapixels 24.2 16.0
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 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
Expanded ISO None 100
AF Points 49 Hybrid 49 Contrast
Cross-type AF Points Dual Pixel AF 0 phase
Continuous Mode 7fps 6fps*
LCD 3.2" - Articulating 3.0" - Fully Articulated
LCD Resolution 1,620,000 dots 1,040,000 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 1.48x
Video Resolution 1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p 3840x2160 (30/24p)
1280x720 (60/50p) 1920x1080 (60/30/24p)
Microphone Jack Yes Yes
Headphone Jack No No
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"
Bulb Mode Yes Yes
JPEG Buffer Size 27 Unlimited
RAW Buffer Size 18 62
Time Lapse Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Max Flash Sync Speed 1/200 1/160
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 Yes
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"
Price Amazon Amazon
Release Date 2016 2016

Canon M5 vs Panasonic G85 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 9.0fps
Microphone Port Yes vs Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes vs Yes
AE Bracketing Yes vs Yes
Smartphone Remote Control Yes 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 Resolution 24 MP vs 16 MP
LCD Screen Size 3.2" vs 3″
LCD Screen Resolution 1.620k dots vs 1.040k dots
Weight 427 g vs 505 g
Price $880 vs $900
NFC Connection Yes vs No
Bluetooth Yes 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 Stabilization Sensor-shift vs None
Battery Life 330 shots vs 295 shots
Environmental Sealing Yes vs No
Flash Coverage 6.2m vs 5.0m
Sensor Pixel Area 14.21µmvs 13.84µm2
Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080
4K Photo Mode Yes vs No
Focus Stacking Yes vs No
Post Focus Mode Yes 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