Canon M5 vs Panasonic GH5: A Detailed Comparison

Canon M5 vs Panasonic GH5: Let’s compare these two mirrorless cameras to see where they shine. The Canon’s EOS M5 with its 24.0MP APS-C sensor and Panasonic’s GH5 with its 20.0MP Four Thirds sensor. Here’s an overview of the main specifications before we go into more detail.

Panasonic GH5 vs Canon M5 Specs

Canon M5 vs Panasonic GH5 – Comparison

Canon M5 vs Panasonic GH5 – Comparison


Canon M5

Panasonic GH5

Megapixels 24.2 20.3
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 5184 x 3888
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 225 Contrast
Cross-type AF Points Dual Pixel AF 0 phase
Continuous Mode 7fps 12fps
LCD 3.2″ – Articulating 3.2″ – Fully Articulated
LCD Resolution 1,620,000 dots 1,620,000 dots
Touchscreen Yes Yes
Focus Peaking Yes Yes
Top LCD Display No No
Viewfinder Type EVF (2.36M) EVF (3.68M)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 1.52x
Video Resolution 1920×1080 (60/50/30/25/24p 4096×2160 (24p)
1280×720 (60/50p) 3840×2160 (60/50/30/25/24p)
Microphone Jack Yes Yes
Headphone Jack No Yes
Memory Card Type SD SD + SD
Dual Card Slots No Yes
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/4000 1/16000
Slowest Shutter Speed 30″ 60″
Bulb Mode Yes Yes
JPEG Buffer Size 27 600
RAW Buffer Size 18 60
Time Lapse Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Yes No
Max Flash Sync Speed 1/200 1/250
Startup Time 1.2s
Built-in Wi-Fi Yes Yes
Built-in GPS No No
Built-in NFC Yes No
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Type USB 2.0 USB 3.0
Environmentally Sealed No Yes
Battery Life (CIPA) 295 shots 410 shots
Battery Included Yes (LP-E17) Yes
Weight 15.0 oz (427g) 25.6 oz (725g)
Size 4.6 x 3.5 x 2.4″ 5.5 x 3.9 x 3.4″
Price Amazon Amazon
Release Date 2016 2017

Canon M5 vs Panasonic GH5 Common Features

Wireless Connection Yes vs Yes
Bluetooth Connection Yes vs Yes
Articulating Screen 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
Max Resolution 24 MP vs 20 MP
LCD Screen Size 3.2″ vs 3.2″
LCD Screen Resolution 1.620k dots vs 1.620k dots
Microphone Port Yes vs Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes vs Yes
AE Bracketing Yes vs Yes
Selfie Friendly LCD Yes vs Yes
Smartphone Remote Control Yes vs Yes

Panasonic GH5 vs Canon M5 Size Comparison

The Canon M5 is the smaller of the two mirrorless cameras. Its body is 23mm narrower, 9mm shorter and 26mm thinner than the Panasonic Lumix DMC GH5.  The EOS M5 is also 298g lighter than the Lumix GH5. A noticeable weight difference that impacts usage of the camera.

Canon M5 vs Panasonic GH5 – Comparison

Canon M5 vs Panasonic GH5 – Comparison

However, since the Canon EOS M5 has an APS-C sized sensor and the Panasonic GH5 has a smaller Four-Thirds sensor, Panasonic GH5’s lenses for a similar focal length and aperture are lighter and smaller than the Canon M5 lenses.

Panasonic GH5 vs Canon M5 Sensor Comparison

The Canon EOS M5 has a 24.0MP APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm ) sized CMOS sensor and features a Digic 7 processor. On the other hand, the Panasonic Lumix DMC GH5 has a 20.0MP Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm ) sized CMOS sensor and features a Venus Engine processor.

Panasonic GH5’s sensor lacks anti-alias (Low-Pass) filter. This means that photos are sharper and offer more detail. However, it also increases the chances of moire.

Lastly, The Canon EOS M5 has a 1.5x Larger sensor area than the Lumix DMC GH5. 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 Panasonic GH5

Built-in Image Stabilization Sensor-shift vs None
Number of Focus Points 225 vs 49
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
Continuous Shooting 12.0fps vs 9.0fps
Battery Life 410 shots vs 295 shots
Headphone Port Yes vs No
Environmental Sealing Yes vs No
Viewfinder Resolution 3680k dot vs 2360k dot
Max Video Resolution 4096 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080
Flash Sync Port Yes vs No
4K Photo Mode Yes vs No
6K Photo Mode Yes vs No
Focus Stacking Yes vs No
Post Focus Mode Yes vs No
Storage Slot vs 1
Support for UHS Memory Cards UHS-II vs none

Advantages of the Panasonic GH5 Over Canon M5

  • AA Filter – The Panasonic GH5 has no AA filter.
  • Body Image Stabilization – The Panasonic GH5 has built-in body stabilization for photos and videos, which is an excellent feature for traveling and shooting in low light.
  • AF Points – 225 vs 49.
  • Continuous mode – 12fps vs 7fps. More is better for sports and wildlife since you have more chances of getting a tack sharp shot.
  • LCD – It’s fully articulated.
  • Video Resolution – 4K video available.
  • Headphone Jack – Useful for previewing your audio quality straight out the camera.
  • Dual Card Slots – More room for extra photos, or simply for backup.
  • 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 – 600 vs 27. Useful for long bursts.
  • RAW Buffer Size – 60 vs 18. 
  • Max Flash Sync Speed – 1/250 vs /200.
  • USB 3.0 – Faster file transferring out the camera.
  • Environmentally Sealed – The Panasonic GH5 more suited for shooting outdoors in difficult terrain and bad weather conditions.
  • Battery Life – 410 shots vs 295 shots.

Video: Panasonic GH5 Hands-on Review

Why You Should Choose The Canon M5

Built-in Flash Yes vs No
Max Sensor Resolution 24 MP vs 20 MP
Weight 427 g vs 725 g
Sensor Pixel Area 13.84µmvs 11.16µm2
Price $880 vs $1,998
NFC Connection Yes vs No

Advantages of the Canon M5 Over the Panasonic GH5

  • Megapixels –  3.9 more megapixels. It’s a small difference and you won’t notice it unless printing really big.
  • Sensor Format – APS-C is bigger than MFT, which results in slightly less noise at higher ISO levels.
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in NFC
  • Weight – The Canon M5 weighs 298g less.
  • Size – The Canon M5 is noticeably smaller.

Video: Canon M5 Hands-on Review

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